When an eclipse occurs, there is an obscuring of the “light” from one celestial body by the passage of another, between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination. During a solar eclipse, it is the light of the Sun that is blocked. When it is a lunar eclipse, it is the moon’s reflection that is concealed. Astrologically, the Sun represents the light of our consciousness, the masculine direction and radiance onto the world. The moon reflects our feminine essence, and the internal emotional Soul realm.

The planetary movements are a reflection of the unfolding of our human process. We are not separate from the planets. They are not ‘doing’ anything ‘to’ us. We are in a synergistic dance, in eternal movement and change catalyzing circumstance, growth, and evolution. During eclipse season, when ‘the lights are out’ so to speak, our normal MO of functioning is destabilized as the ego and emotional body experience a bit of a time warp. Higher forces ‘take over’ in order to catalyze huge change and redirection in our lives. There is a rapid acceleration that occurs, affecting whatever energies are present at the time. Where there is weakness, things may fall apart. Where there is budding creativity, circumstances come to fruition. It is a time when ‘the gates are open’ and it is common that many Souls pass over to the other side. Evolution speeds up and forces change often through shock, unexpected events, and profound realizations that have been lurking beneath the surface which may no longer be ignored. The events that occur during the eclipse portal, are extremely significant, to the larger evolutionary purpose of our lives.

Eclipse Season is Upon Us

 

We are right smack dab in the middle of this year’s 2ndand final eclipse season. This is an unusual eclipse window as we have three consecutive eclipses, where usually there are only two. The eclipses are in connection to the lunar nodes. The nodes travel through an astrological axis for 1.5 year, so the eclipses will correspond to these astrological signs for this duration. So the signs that the eclipses occur in, reflect the themes that we are working with. We are finalizing our work with the Leo/Aquarius axis with this eclipse season, and entering into the next astrological theme of Cancer/Capricorn.

July 12, 2018 Solar Eclipse New Moon at 20º 41’ Cancer

 
 
July 12thwe experienced the first eclipse of the Cancer/Capricorn axis that will continue throughout the next 1.5 years. Solar eclipses are New Moons, therefor have to do with birth, new beginnings, fresh starts. The Cancer archetype is that of the “Nourishing Mother”.

Themes of this energetic passage include:

  • Relationship to our mother; reviewing dynamics, connecting dots between the past and present
  • Relationship to the women in our lives
  • Relationship to the feminine principle in general, whether man or woman
  • Awareness to our deeper emotional processes, examining emotional wounds from past
  • Exploration of ‘home and family’… where is your home? Your tribe? Creating community

This eclipse was opposed by Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto, the Goddess of the Underworld, put an immense amount of pressure causing eruption of deep material to arise from the unconscious realm. Issues that we thought we had ‘dealt with’ already, possibly thrown in our face. This of course is the acceleration of evolution in action, forcing us to address and heal shadow parts so that we may find greater freedom, catalyzing refinement and bringing in deeper integration and wholeness.

July 27th, 2018 Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at 4º 45’ Aquarius

 
 
This eclipse is the big whammy of the three. It is a Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon, therefor has to with culminations and endings. Full Moons are known to bring a degree of intensity, because the ‘light’ of the Sun illuminates the deep, often unconscious layers of the emotional process. During a Full Moon eclipse, the energy is intensified. This eclipse has Mars, the God of War, sitting right on top of it. I’m sure most of you have seen the fiery red planet in the night sky as of late. It is closer to the earth than it has been in 15 years. Prior to this alignment, it had been 60,000 years since the red planet had been this close! And on top of this, Mars is currently retrograde, so the energy is unstable and volatile creating even more potential for ruptures, unconscious outbursts, along with potential violence and rage. For more on Mars retrograde, you may review my blog here:

http://www.shannonjonesastrology.com/mars-retrograde-opens-the-eclipse-portal-re-thinking-interdependence/

This Lunar Eclipse falls in Aquarius for the last time for 18 years. We have been working this polarity of Leo/Aquarius for the last 1.5 years, examining the dynamics between our individual ‘light’ and expression, in relationship to the group, collective, and community. We are looking at where we belong. Who is are our true friends, our community, our tribe? We are realizing that we need to work together. That the time of the lone wolf is no more, that we must begin to lean on and rely on the group collective energy. With the path we are on socially, economically, and planetarily, we must think in the way of sustainability, Eco living, alternative currencies and communal collaborations. This eclipse is the invitation to make a renewed commitment to where we are putting our energy. Who can we truly depend on? Where can we give more of ourselves? Ask for support or assistance? If you are feeling isolated or disconnected, this is the time to make a shift and create a different experience for yourself. But we aware, with the volatile conjunction with Mars, blaming, attacking, projecting and deflecting will be tempting. Remember we are the creator of our reality. If you don’t like where you are, take the reigns and utilize that Mars energy to forge a new path.

August 11th, 2018 Solar Eclipse New Moon at 18º 42’ Leo

This is the final eclipse of the season. It is a Solar Eclipse, therefor New Moon, and so a time of birth, beginning, a new chapter. This eclipse is the final eclipse in Leo, for the next 18 years. Leo is the spark of life, our unique radiance, and a gift of our true self that we are here share with the world. We have been in this exploration for the last year and half, and it is our time to own it, stepping fully out into the world – uninhibited – allowing our light to shine fully in service to the whole.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech

Life will continue to roll on, giving us ample opportunities to step more fully into our highest potential, offering us greater fulfillment and meaning. But the journey no doubt is a continual process of death and rebirth. We must realize that the healing and evolution never ends. And that we will cycle through our challenges time and time again. But when met with loving compassion, courage and willingness to grow and change, life gives us immediate feedback of greater joy, ease, opportunity and flow. Eclipse season is the time to surrender to oneself. To slow down, FEEL the deeper currents moving within, pay attention to the subtlety and signs all around, and engage while trusting the process. When we are able to align with the flow of the Universe, life can take on a magical quality.  When we are able to get out of our own way, we may become masterful co-creators living in a higher state of consciousness less burdened by lower vibrational frequencies. There is an acceleration happening on the planet, and we may burn through the obstructions to the light at rapid rate. Find your strength, stand in your power, and shine your light brightly, for the world needs you.

*Knowing where in your chart the eclipses fall, brings greater detail to what the energies are asking of you. I’m offering a discount during the eclipse window, to support your journey. 20% – through August. Just mention ‘eclipse discount’ and we will get your scheduled.*