Lunar eclipse ~ 18 Gemini (10th Dec 2011)

While full Moon’s tend to bring things to our full and immediate awareness, lunar eclipses have the same energy of full Moons but they are intensified. The energy is ying in nature, in that it is more internal, sensitive, empathic and is in the realm of the senses rather than the active will. What was a vague stirring during the waxing build up phase of the lunar cycle, now comes into full awareness with the full Moon. It is like an “ah ha” moment of realisation. The energy brought about by a full Moon/lunar eclipse can be felt and sensed first, prior to action being (or not) taken. It is what matters internally which the light of this Moon luminates.

 This eclipse is in the sign of Gemini which is all about communication, movement, impartially collecting and imparting information, flexibility and adaptibility as well as duality. Along with that, there is a ‘fist of God’ or ‘hammer of God’ aspect which is as powerful as it sounds. It involves the square of Sun and Mars both in sesquiquadrates towards Jupiter/Lilith, indicating that the solution to the potential for challenges and conflicts can be found in looking deeply into our beliefs, faiths, not getting pulled this way and that by external influences, by other people’s moods, pulling on our own inner resources of wisdom and faith.

This ‘hammer’ aspect more tightly involves the North Node square Mars both pointing towards Lilith/Jupiter which looks like an interesting outlet for that stressful Mars square Nodes, also happening now. It’s not an easy going energy associated with this eclipse but there are solutions and outlets to be found. Eclipses can also bring endings with a certain finality about them. Often, these endings are for our own higher good as we let go of situations that no longer help our soul development. Mars rules action, sex, passion, war as well as cutting, so this ‘hammer’ aspect may help some to break out and cut out a few bad or damaging habits. Ceres, the ruler of nurturance, motherhood, food, loss, the seasons as well as the cycles of nature, also involved by a square to the eclipse may show us where we need to change the way we nurture and care for ourselves. This may involve loss as we let things go, change our daily habits and routines to better take care of what is most important – our soul and heart. Letting stressful situations and people go may be what our soul’s health is craving and a lunar eclipse may help to bring about the start of such changes.

The ruler of the eclipse, Mercury, is still retrograde which may bring a few delays still, at least until Mercury is out of its retrograde shadow towards the end of the month. Mars will also be re-tracing his steps when he begins his retrograde transit from 24th January to 14th April 2012, going back through Virgo, so issues that come up now may resurface in the next four months in some way. A planets retrograde motion may be the cosmos’ way of bringing extra special attention to the areas of our lives that they are highlighting. It gives us the chance to take some extra time over those parts of our lives, understanding ourselves and where we are going much better as a result.

All in all, this seems like a pretty potent lunar eclipse. With oppositions, we do have a choice in how we behave or how we choose to react to external events. As my meditation guru always says, “just observe”, your internal reactions first before acting ~ is Mars’ fire and passion to win, or, Venus’ diplomacy and harmony in the forefront, are they in balance and working together to achieve the results you really desire?



Lunar eclipse 26th June 2010 at 4 degrees of Capricorn

In the transit chart of the eclipse, the full Moon is square to Jupiter/Uranus in Aries. The chart for the time of the eclipse in London has 15 degree Virgo rising, which could show a focus on health matters, ecology, as well as communications. The Moon in the 4th house (the home, roots, our base, family), Sun in the 10th (house of work, career, public life, also governments and people in authority). The square is thrown to Jupiter/Uranus which reside in the 7th house of relationships, conflict, business partnerships. Pluto is also conjunct the Moon, with Mercury conjuncting the Sun. That is quite a T-square going on with Jupiter/Uranus being a reaction point.

The ruler of the eclipse is Saturn, as the Moon is in Capricorn. At the time of the eclipse, Saturn is in Virgo, about to oppose Uranus for the final time, while in a loose square with the eclipse, could show that this is a good time to make any needed changes in our lives, to break away from the old and venture into the new. The square from Saturn may indicate a need to give proper structure to this change.

The eclipse/Moon is forming a transiting sextile to my natal 10th house Uranus, with the eclipse Moon falling in my 1st house, the Sun in my 7th. As the nodes are currently transiting my 1st /7th house axis, there has been a strong focus on relationships for me, with several opportunities presenting themselves, maybe for the purpose of discovering more about myself through interactions with others. Full Moons can bring realisations to light, as the whole of the Moon is lit up by the light from the Sun. Things that were brewing beneath the surface, things that may have been on our minds can have a chance for resolution during the full Moon. And a lunar eclipse is a super powered full Moon, with the changes made being longer lasting and more potent.

A few days prior to this eclipse, I suddenly became aware of something that was previously hidden, within a romantic relationship I was involved in, which was a catalyst to us breaking up. I can see a flavour of the eclipse Moon square to its 7th house Uranus/Jupiter here. The full Moon bringing things to full awareness, along with a square to Uranus (suddenness, disruption, break up, enlightenment), and Jupiter (expansion).

The lunar square to the Jupiter/Uranus in Aries duo brings of own will, aggression and winning to the mix. It also adds a lot of active energy and impetus to get things done, or resolved, or even changed. Whatever happens, it is likely to quite fast. For me, I discovered that I wasn’t receiving the nurturing (Cancer) that I needed, and I felt that my environment wasn’t reflecting the level of commitment that I felt I needed in my life, or perhaps I was not committed enough to my own goals (Capricorn). Moon in Capricorn in my first house gave me the impetus to pursue and nurture my unconventional career ambitions. The Moon also formed a kite formation, sextile natal Uranus and progressed Sun/Lilith. This in fact activated a natal progression involving progressed Sun trine natal Uranus. This has been increasing my interest and ambition to understand more about astrology, and yoga (being an unconventional career ambition to teach), and gives sudden flashes of insight. I decided to act in my own interests (Aries) change (Uranus) the situation, in order to nurture myself more. The issues involved had indeed been brewing for a while and ignored, but the full Moon presented the issues in such a way that they had to be attended to, and resolved.

Galactic Centre lunar eclipse (15th June 2011)

Lunar eclipse conjunct the Galactic Centre this Wednesday (15th June), alot of energetic movement in the ether right now… messages from beyond our ‘usual’ realm of experience coming through. Tune into the energies that are always there, which maybe more emphasised than usual thanks to being triggered by the full moon total lunar eclipse! These messages can mark important life / future turning points. Messages are connected with the cosmos around and beyond us, beyond our usual perception of life.

Full Moon lunar eclipse at 29 degree Gemini (21/12/2010)

Full Moon total lunar eclipse starting at 6.32am (GMT) and peaking at about 7.30am, at 29 degrees of Gemini at the south lunar node! In the UK and other areas of the world at the same northerly latitude, this eclipse falls across the horizon where both the Sun and the Moon are in the sky at the same time. Its called a horizontal eclipse. This also coincides with the winter Solstice, making this a very special time for looking back and learning from where we have come, assessing and re-assesing our plans for the future and seeing with full awareness any changes that we need to make in our plans.

Full Moons occur when the Sun lights up the maximum capacity of the Moon, which also lights up the usually dark nights on Earth as well as our unconscious. In astrology, full Moons highlight areas for us that were previously hidden. All kinds of things can come up during a full Moon, anything from discovering a secret, realising that a relationship is over, getting married, seeing that you need to change jobs or finding out about a promotion at work, realising that you need to move house, discovering what a health problem may be and finding a solution to it, finding a way out of debt, publishing a book. It all depends on where the Moon lands in your birth chart.

Lunar eclipses are super-powered full Moons in astrological effect. Where the focus of a normal full Moon lasts for that particular lunar month, the effects of a lunar eclipse last for about 6 months or until the next lunar eclipse and some say the effects last even longer. Whatever happens to be a focus in your life at this time, or what seems to be in the process of change is likely to have a lasting effect and be a major focus for the next half year. As full Moons also represent our emotions, the full Moon may also make this day and the next few days quite an emotional time as previously unconscious and hidden issues come into our full awareness. With this high-tide of emotional energy, it might be best to wait a few days before coming to any decisions, but then when the full power of the emotions take over it’s not always possible to tap into clear, rational thought. To see where the focus will be for you, look to the natal planets that the full Moon aspects in your chart.

Lunar eclipse at 29 degree Gemini 21st Dec 2010

This December’s eclipse falls at 29,21 degrees Gemini and it is a south node lunar eclipse. This south nodal influence can show past life matters being associated with this eclipse highlighting past karma, giving us a chance to tie up loose ends from a past life, bringing to our awareness to a connection with ties to our past.

The eclipse is square to Uranus at 26,46 degree of Pisces which recently stationed direct at 26,40 Pisces for its last foray in Pisces for another 77 years. Jupiter will also be engaged in this eclipse at 25,16 degree Pisces, bringing its own style of expansion to whatever it touches. Also opposing Uranus that day is Juno at 26 degree Virgo. Juno rules marriage, contracts and marital matters. Then there is Mercury, also conjunct the Sun at a retrograde 26,16 degree Sagittarius.

So all of those aspects makes this a mutable grand cross happening at the eclipse, involving Uranus/Jupiter/Mercury/Juno/and a lunar eclipse. Looks pretty wild!

The mutable quality shows a changeable feel to the energies created by the eclipse, it may show us a need to be adaptable to prevailing situations. The planets and asteroid that are involved could show talks of marriage, commitment, or talks of ending committed relationships if they don’t meet requirements for freedom, learning and growth. Where the planet Uranus is concerned, changes are often very sudden and unexpected.

The eclipsed Moon in Gemini will be highlighting areas where we need to work on for the coming months in 2011, where we need to make changes in our relationships and contracts (Juno), what we can or need to change or break from (Uranus), where our belief, optimism and expansion is (Jupiter). With Mercury joining from a retrograde position, communications are highlighted. We might be rethinking our plans before going ahead when Mercury travels direct again just over a week later. There could be a risk of misunderstandings or delays though while the retrograde is happening.

Asteroid Ceres is in sextile with Jupiter/Uranus while also trine with Juno. Ceres is the ruler of nurturing ourselves and others, making sure we are nurtured in body and soul. With the Ceres falling in Capricorn, there may be a flavour of seeking our nurturance through stability, status and structure. We may be quite serious about our nurturing needs, thus leaving behind situations and people that don’t fulfil these needs in us. This depends on what aspects the eclipse is making in our charts and what Ceres conjuncts.

Finally, last but certainly not least, involved with the eclipse is the asteroid Chiron who is the centaur that rules wounding and healing as well as teaching about the healing, and also conunct Chiron is Neptune and its softening influence. With these involved by a trine aspect to the eclipse Moon, there will be a lovely healing energy to this eclipse. If we do have sudden realisations of things we need to do, or things we need to break free from, there is a healing that will be felt. There could also be divine inspiration with Uranus and Neptune aspecting the Moon.

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