Key Transits for the Summer Eclipse Period of 2018
As the days of July come on, we are entering a major phase of eclipse and transit action that will have a profound effect on affairs both within the human psyche and without in our experience of life here on earth. Below are listed key transits at the time of the three eclipses to come and some thoughts on what they represent.
The first important feature is that Mars, ruler of ambition, action and aggression is retrograde in Aquarius and in square to Uranus the disrupter at 2° Taurus for all three eclipses. Jupiter, ruler of expansion and in Scorpio dedicated to sexual justice and transformation of social sexual rules is in trine to Neptune the dreamer and idealist in Pisces for all three also. Mars in Aquarius is interested in social interaction; the focus may be on friends, family or communal affairs, or it may be in exploration off the usual path and into strange and unique new ally-ways. Retrograde motion initially means a radical change in direction, or a withdrawal into the past; as the motion continues one can expect an intensity of focus to apply and as Uranus is involved, a drive towards impulsive action based either on a need to impose control or the equal and opposite urge to rebel against restrictions can occur, repeatedly.
The Neptune-Jupiter vibration will amplify the drive to idealism, beauty, glamor and in support of whatever is important as a belief system, whether it be religious, mystic, scientific, sexual, civil, or martial in nature. It also reinforces the sensation that anything is possible, that other-worldly influences are sharing space with one's own inner being and that whatever the desire or belief is, it will be supported. The electronic dream machine is already in overdrive out there, bathing us in a constant stream of images dedicated to constant pleasure, activity and distraction; the attention span is shortened and the stimulation actually leads nowhere, while scattering meaningful engagement.
The first partial solar eclipse is at 20° Cancer on July 12th; the Sun and Moon in Cancer will be opposed by Pluto at same degrees in Capricorn. The Saros cycle to which this eclipse belongs has a theme of endings in certain long-term relations connected particularly to home, family or close friends. It also speaks of control imposed by government authority in the name of ideology on the people at large; it is not particularly progressive. Mars at 7° Aquarius retrograde will be conjunct the South Node of the Moon at 6° Aquarius representing the past; in square to Uranus; the upshot will be financial instability for the purpose of condensing monopoly behind the scenes. Do expect some power players to fall from grace, and by the time the eclipses are over there may be big changes in the usual status-quo of politics. A grand trine in earth will shine in the heavens between Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus and Venus in Virgo; good fortune will certainly visit some of us however for now the elite will maintain their privileges, even if at the expense of the rest.
The second lunation will be a total lunar eclipse at 4° Aquarius on July 27th, just after Mercury ruler of all things connected to mind, speech and travel stations retrograde. The Moon will be conjunct the South Node of the past on one side and Mars retrograde on the other, all within two degrees; the Sun is opposite the Moon, so the luminaries make a t-square with Uranus at 2-4 degrees of the signs. Personally, expect moments of extreme confusion and disorientation; in the days before the eclipse and just after please take extra care in driving or otherwise engaging in activity as the potential for accident will be greatly increased. Take some time off from work if at all possible and get away from crowds or challenging interactions with others. This is not a good time to start new enterprises or aggressively pursue some goal of achievement. The usual state of collective consciousness is suspended, allowing all sorts of archetypal energies to come in and commune with the usual state of mind. There likely will be increased effort by higher authority to maintain order as usual but expect people to behave oddly and do let go of any preconceived notions of how things are supposed to proceed for awhile.
A second partial solar eclipse will occur at 18° Leo on August 11. The lunation is also conjunct Mercury retrograde, quincunx Neptune at 15° Pisces and square Jupiter at 14° Scorpio. Venus in Libra will be in square to Saturn and quincunx to Uranus, showing a lack of trust and an inclination to rebelliousness. The Merc retrograde is conjunct the Ascendant of a chart set for Washington DC; the electoral base is certainly confused, while difficult changes seem to be afoot in matters connected to the work place and health care, however Jupiter in Scorpio is lighting up the home base and providing energy for adjustment and the transformation of old attitudes and root belief patterns. Wherever in the world you live, do expect disharmony to be easy to find and a revisiting of difficult memories from the past to crowd the mind. These memories are meant to be reviewed and healed with loving, unconditional acceptance, before being released.
The comments above may seem ominous and unsettling for business as usual. The cosmos and mother Gaia are in collusion at this time, sending in new vibrational patterns that are indeed going to disrupt the global social order as usual. The key is to stay grounded in the heart while intending the best for yourself and all life around you; the personal work involves taking time to learn to flow with these new energies instead of judging, fighting, resisting or escaping into drugs, electronica or shopping. Do expect the social and commercial structures around us to react with a greater need for control and restriction; do expect greed, rudeness and violation to continue to happen, as many beings cannot and will not be able to adjust to the new templates of being downloaded into the physical, mental and emotional matrix at all. Do expect continued attempts to bring back the past and reinforce the restrictions and limitations that entrapped us well for the last few thousand years, but these structures are not compatible with the environmental and psychological changes that are upon us to incorporate into ourselves now.
Degree Symbols for the Summer Eclipses of 2018
July 12-13, 2018:: A partial solar eclipse shines at 20°41'. A waning moon amid a bank of clouds dimly reveals a ship at sea, but all disabled. Roving, unsettled habits that lead to many pursuits in quest of wealth, but which will lead one to be badly placed with little hope of improvement. Aptitude and versatility is available, but not much perseverance or hopefulness and this can lead to passing from one bad thing to something worse instead of improving that which is already in hand. A degree of INSTABILITY.*
July 27, 2018:: A total lunar eclipse will occur at 04°44'.A woman nude, looking at her reflection in a pool. Extreme danger to the moral nature, with an element of dalliance and self-love that is liable to lead to serious complications and entanglements. This egotism will only veil a weakness which cannot withstand the temptations of the carnal nature. The spirit will be sympathetic and to a large degree reflective of the immediate environment in which, however, there will be too strong an accent of self. Artistic tastes and talents are favored, therefore focus attention on production instead of seduction. A degree of EGOTISM*
August 11, 2018:: Another partial solar eclipse will pass at 18°41'. A man running in the face of a strong wind but making little headway. His garments fly in tatters behind him. A small wit and lacking in executive power and originality of thought, who will nevertheless set himself against public opinion and incur severe criticism and loss thereby. A certain foolish pride and obstinacy wholly unallied to anything of originality or distinctive merit will meet with no certain success. A degree of FOOLISHNESS.*
*Modified from Sepharial's The Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized.