In many ways, July’s New Moon serves as ACT II to the energies activated by the Solstice Solar Eclipse, which occurred in the early degrees of Cancer. This is the second New Moon in Cancer in a row, which for me, is the cosmos’ way of trying to underline how important the June solstice energies – and the six month cycle that began at the solar eclipse – are for us in terms of preparing us for the rest of 2020.
The June and July New Moons took place in the first and last degrees of Cancer – both considered by Arabic astrologers to be the most powerful and potent sectors of any zodiac sign – so I think it is important for us to pay attention to what this particular ‘zone’ of the zodiac is all about.
This is the time of year when the contrast between the light and the shadows are at their greatest. Whether we are in the northern or southern hemisphere, the solstices mark the point of greatest light/dark; whilst the month that follows is generally when we experience big spikes, or fluctuations in, temperature.
So, for example, in the northern hemisphere, the 40 days between 3 July and 11 August used to be known as the ‘dog days’ because they coincide with both the hottest time of the year and the heliacal rising (that is, rising with the Sun at dawn) of Canis Major, the Dog Star, which we know, of course, as Sirius. Just think back to 2019 and all the wildfires that erupted around the planet at this time.
However, as it turns out, this story may have arisen out of a mixup between the mythology of the two so-called ‘dog stars’. Rather than Sirius, whose heliacal rising star is associated with Sothis (Isis), the Egyptian Great Mother and the coming of the fertile Nile inundation (and therefore, with the maternal water sign of Cancer), the ‘dog star in question was actually Canis Minor, whose alpha star is Procyon, which the Greeks sometimes associated with a fox (for starters,it is red, and it has a brushed tail that can look as if it is on fire).
POSTSCRIPT: I didn’t realise it when I wrote this blog post, but Procyon is another star associated with Starseeds. You can read all about Procyon starseeds at the Starseeds Compass.com.
It is this so-called “Teumessian Fox” of Canis Minor, which rises BEFORE Sirius (Canis MAJOR) at this time of the year, that is associated with wildfire season in the northern hemisphere. Of course, we do also have to mention that the searing quality of Sirius could also be due to an association with Sekhmet, the fierce and fiery aspect of the mother goddess that the Egyptians associated with the protective energy of a mother lioness for her cubs.
At any rate, what I find interesting is that in Leormand cartomancy, the Dog is sometimes associated with the loyal and unchanging love of a soulmate, whereas the fox is associated with cunning, deception and a Mercurial or trickster-like temperament – the shape-shifter who appears one way but can morph into something else. Now, this can be the metis-like streetwise cunning that we sometimes need to employ in tricky situations order to ensure our survival; or it can be about something a little more ‘smoke and mirrors’. More on which below…
So, back to our forecast!
This New Moon will take place at around 28-29 degrees of Cancer. Now, Procyon is currently located at roughly the celestial longitude of 25 degrees of Cancer, while Sirius is closer to the longitude of 14 Cancer (so smack bang in the middle of the sign). So, unlike the last two eclipses, where first Mercury and then the Sun, were conjunct Sirius, this New Moon will fall closer to the fox (canis minor) than the dog star (canis major).
In addition, the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the July New Moon, is: A Greek Muse weighs newly-born twins on a pair of golden scales.
What this means for me is that:
a) There will be an element of dualistic, mirroring, trickster type of energy at work during this particular moon phase, which is likely to begin one way, but end very differently – in other words, appearances are likely to be deceptive now, so we need to use our discernment (the scales = weighing things to make sure they ‘add up‘) to tell light from shade, truth from deception, and not fall prey to knee-jerk reactions, especially when it comes to circumstances or external developments. This may prove to be a major karmic test of some kind to see if your intuition (what Henry Corbin called the ‘eye of the heart’) has been fine-tuned enough to see through the veil of deception;
b) We need to take our lead from the stars and the order of their rising according to primary motion (which moves in the opposite direction to that of the stars – from east to west ie. left to right, not west to east ie. right to left!) when it comes to understanding how events are likely to unfold: The name ‘Procyon’ is Greek for ‘before the dog’, because it precedes, or rises BEFORE the “Dog Star” Sirius in terms of the daily east-west movement of the stars caused by Earth’s rotation.
Symbolically, this means that the fox (faker/imposter) will often precede the arrival of the real deal, ie the dog, synonymous with loyalty and unconditional love. So, for me, this may well be synonymous of the spiritual test that occurs before a major blessing. How often, for example, in love, do people encounter the false soulmate (sometimes called the false twin), who hurts and lies to them, before the ‘real deal’ turned up?! A similar chain of events is also at work in this particular lunar phase.
These themes are likely to be further enhanced by the two Neptune transits set to take place at the end of July on the same day – one, a positive sextile to Jupiter (= blessings); and the other, a challenging and deceptive square to Venus (tests).
Given this dilemma isn’t it interesting that on the Rider-Waite version of The Moon trump card, we have a dog and a fox or wolf, here coloured red, both howling at what looks like either a full moon, or an eclipse. How perfect! Also, given the Neptune influences, it is rather fitting that we have a crustacean emerging from the sea…
So rather than two people, this energy could also represent having to choose between your tame vs your wild sides – or distinguish between the part of you that has been conditioned, perhaps by trauma or false beliefs vs those canny, raw survival instincts that often work with intuition to keep us alive.
The key here is to use your discernment – because, as we know, things look very different in the moonlight to the way they do during the day. So, keeping a firm grip on both blind optimism and nameless fears or knee-jerk responses triggered by past trauma will be important if you are to avoid the trap of illusion generated by the Venus-Neptune square.
My interpretation of this energy, based on my geoscope readings for all the 12 signs, is that:
So, LOTS going on!
The Capricorn Lunar Eclipse is likely to be a powerful one for a number of reasons:
2. It will also occur during the annual Sirian alignment, when the Sun and earth align with Sirius from the sign of Cancer. However, this year, there is an additional twist: at the Full Moon eclipse, the Moon will join this alignment, but from the other side of the zodiac (Capricorn). This means that at the lunar eclipse, the luminaries will form a polar axis of energy that will connect the alpha stars of BOTH Lyra AND Sirius – Vega and Canis Majoris. At the centre will be the Earth! Wow, right?
So, what is this likely to mean? In a nutshell, this alignment seems to indicate a balancing of polar energies, As an astrologer, this indicates to me an opportunity for important balancing of opposites or paradigm-shifting via a connection/collaboration between what are reported to be two of the oldest star nations in our galaxy, both of whom are thought to be responsible for seeding and shaping the human race.
According to Aspen Rain of The Starseeds Compass:
Lyrans are some of the oldest souls in our galaxy and have incarnated into several other star systems including Arcturus, Sirius and the Pleiades. Lyran beings are diverse in appearance but they have some common behavioral traits. All Lyrans are humanoid and are said to be the root race of all humanoid races in our galaxy.The Starseeds Compass
So, historically, there is a link between Lyrans and Sirians. This may well be amplified (or perhaps alternatively, polarised, depending on where you stand in the dualistic spectrum) at the eclipse.
The key to understanding what type of shifts to expect may well lie in the energetic body – according to Aspen, Lyrans are masters of the root chakra, which is all about survival, physical wellbeing and abundance; while Sirians are adepts of the sacral and throat chakras, governing self-expression, confidence, self-empowerment, as well as victim-victimiser patterns. All of which seem to suggests the possibility of new healing modalities (possibly using a combination of fire and water) or earth-friendly technologies and innovations arising out of a joining-up of Lyran and Sirian civilisations – combining the best of both worlds, so to speak.
A balancing of masculine and feminine energies?
This is already part of the signature of this eclipse via the alingment of Sun & Moon, Cancer & Capricorn, but perhaps this may be taken to a new, more galactic level via this star alignment and activation. Aspen says that Lyrans have a strong Divine Masculine energy, while Sirius, certainly according to the ancient Egyptians, was closely associated with the Divine Feminine. They called this star Sothis, and saw her as representing their mother goddess, Isis. (Orion, on the other hand, represented Osiris). I look forward to seeing what starseed channels connected to those two star systems have to say. about this particular starseed activation
Special Importance for the US
3. Taking place very close to Independence Day in the US, a few hours after 4th of July celebrations, the Capricorn lunar eclipse could also prove to be significant for America – not only will the eclipse Sun and Moon be making EXACT contact with the Cancer Sun in the US Sibley chart, but the luminaries will also be forming a T-square to the US Saturn in Libra.
With a retrograde Saturn having just regressed back into Capricorn in time for the eclipse, I think it likely that this eclipse will precipitate a collective karmic test relating to authority, national identity and the rule of law. With transiting Mars in Aries also making a square to the US Jupiter, it’s possible that we could see a flare up in violence or civil unrest, perhaps with connections to previous Lyran wars. I have been meaning to finish a post on the upcoming lunar eclipse for my Astroinsights Blog, so will look in more detail at the US chart then.
Interestingly, the US Sibley chart has the Sun in Cancer conjunct Sirius, making it a very important fixed star in terms of American national identity, so whatever happens as a result of the Sirius-Lyra eclipse alignment could also affect the United States too. Given the importance of independence, democracy and individual liberty, both to the US and the Lyrans, this may well be a key theme running through whatever events transpire at this time, and in the two weeks that follow.
For more details, check out my video forecast on the Cosmic Weather of the July Lunar Eclipse.
July’s Rose Moon Lunar Eclipse will be the twin or mirror image of June’s Solstice Solar Eclipse in Cancer.
With a new six month soli-lunar cycle now underway, care of the solar eclipse, it’s time to see what is now culminating or closing out from the last one. Or even the two before that – this eclipse will happen in a very similar position in the zodiac to the January 2019 solar eclipse in Capricorn, so there may be links to events precipitated back then.
The eclipsed Moon will also make an earth trine to Uranus in Taurus, which signals a change of heart or a paradigm shift of some kind, particularly when it comes to diet, ingrained habits and matters of the heart. This energy is all about unexpected shifts and the need to pivoting internally.
How this is likely to play out for you personally will depend largely on where Uranus and the Moon fall in your natal chart. Short of getting a personal astrology consultation, the next best thing might be to check out my eclipse horoscopes – available exclusively to AstrologySphere members. Join now if you’re curious – it’s FREE.
Failing that, why not check out my July Eclipse Geoscopes on YouTube? I have created individual forecasts for each of the 12 zodiac signs.
The Solstice Solar Eclipse in Cancer that occurs on 21 June 2020 will begin a brand new six month cycle for the collective. No doubt this will come as welcome news to many, given that the last soli-lunar cycle, which was over-shadowed by the Capricorn Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January, didn’t exactly turn out to be a picnic.
Luckily, this particular eclipse promises to be a completely different animal. Light-oriented and hope-filled, it will coincide with opening of the Sirius stargate, marked by the solstice and the heliacal rising of the two great ‘Suns’ of our galaxy, an astrological alignment made famous by the ancient Egyptians in their New Year festival, which was focused on abundance, fertility, life-force energy and the healing power of their mother goddess, Isis.
Mercury, currently retrograde in nostalgic and emotional Cancer, will join with Sirius – the brightest star in our galaxy – at the eclipse, to usher in a time of great ‘rememberings’ of past life gifts and wisdom; as well as an opportunity to release challenging beliefs and difficult ancestral karma. This meeting of human and cosmic minds has the potential to activate a surge in downloads and lightcodes from the Higher Dimensions, leading to spiritual awakenings and aha moments for many on the planet, particularly around relationships, parenting, and self-love, as well as how we choose to live and nourish ourselves in the future. For change is certainly on the cards, something that is likely to be accelerated by both the June-July eclipses and the second conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto since April.
In a continuation of the themes around beliefs, judgements and communication raised at the June Full Moon, a mutable T-square to Mars in Pisces will open up further opportunities for dialogue and growth, around how to free ourselves from the bondage of heavy karmic cycles and toxic patterns. For the collective, this will centre heavily around Orion ‘warrior’ themes, which have been so active, along with the planet of strife and war, Mars, since the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, with its Mars T-square and Orion Gateway alignments.
Coming as it does at the start of what is set to be a HUGE 10 days astrologically-speaking, this soli-lunar event is likely to feel highly charged and energetically expansive and upbeat, helped by the heart-opening and uplifting energy of Jupiter, which is set to make its second conjunction to Pluto on June 30. It’s worth remembering that this was also the energy of revolution and revelation that opened up the 444 gateway in April. Once again, humanity is being offered the opportunity for a major reset – will we choose take it?
To help you navigate through these energies and help you ease into the weekend, I have prepared some Eclipse Geoscopes on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!
This year’s Orion Alignment happens to coincide with the period between the Sagittarius lunar eclipse of 5 June (the centaur who is also a hunter/archer) and the Cancer solar eclipse on 21 June when we begin a fresh six month soli-lunar cycle. One that will take us to the December 2020 solstice portal, which leads to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius, activated by a fresh set of eclipses in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in November-December (which happens to coincide with the US mid-term elections).
This ‘gateway’ period between 5 and 20 June is likely to be a time of major information downloads, flashes of insight, knowledge upgrades and realisations, as well as a surfacing of memories from past lifetimes on Orion, which could lead to a reclaiming of latent gifts or abilities cultivated during previous incarnations.
This is also a great time to heal solar plexus issues (and therefore the old paradigm of relationships based on manipulation and the exertion of our willpower in order to get what we want). Instead, it signals a time to find new ways to express our ideas and beliefs, and assert our points of view, philosophical beliefs and intellectual needs that do not result in arguments, violence or clashes of will/ideas/politics. Venus will be travelling with the Sun, reminding us to ‘make love and not war’ and to focus on empowering ourselves and stepping into our sovereignty, rather than descending into chaos, guilt-persecution cycles, and/or victim-perpetrator consciousness.
In fact, I see it as a window in which to ‘unlearn’ some outdated ‘warrior’/fight or flight responses to differences in opinions, morals, ethics, perspectives, views, and beliefs, as well as interpretations of natural/man=made laws and how to enforce them. These are all Gemini-Sagittarius issues highlighted by the polar opposite energies of the Sun in Gemini (= ideas, politics, media, communication, persuasion) and Moon in Sagittarius (= beliefs, philosophies, faith, ‘preaching’, ethics, the law and judgement) at the time of the lunar eclipse, which is all about closing out cycles, releasing old patterns and transmuting/resolving karmic issues. Not knee-jerk reactions, mass hysteria or triggered behaviour.
No form of violence can ever be excused in a society that wishes to call itself decent.Nelson Mandela
Beyond the Victim-Bully Paradigm
There is a reason why Mars was at the head of a T-square to both the luminaries at this particular eclipse. It is telling us that the Martian ‘might is right’ attitude (police in the US) as well as its corollary response, the idea of rioting, demonstrating or marching against/fighting any cause, which is equally combative/defensive – needs to be moved through and transcended. This is Orion dualism (separation consciousness) and warrior karma associated with a galactic event known as Orion’s War, which we now have the opportunity to clear and transmute.
Viewed from a higher perspective, it is important to remember that our souls do not identify with skin colour, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference or any other social structure or power-based ideology.These are 3D illusions, designed to teach us important soul lessons here on Earth School – but nothing more. The soul is ABOVE identity politics, religious creeds or any other intellectual/social construct not based in love, and this needs to be borne in mind when it comes to the present chaos and division we see playing out on the world stage.
Instead, Venus and the Sun, together with Neptune in Pisces, are urging us to see with the eyes of the heart: to look beyond difference to what unites us (universal/humanitarian principles such as fairness, equality, fraternity and liberty for ALL, as embodied in the Age of Aquarius). It’s time to move past victim-perpetrator consciousness (represented by Mars & Neptune, which form a conjunction on June 11), which is a bottomless pit once you start to move in that direction (especially once certain people/groups start to compare wounds/traumas/war stories and compete to see who has been the most mistreated).
The energy of the eclipse is urging us to move closer towards a place of sovereignty and self-empowerment (Venus conjunct the Sun) so that we can free ourselves from the wheel of karma and the illusions of slavery/helplessness and control/domination that are the hallmarks of separation consciousness, duality and the 3D world. Both are forms of manipulation – the one, through fear; and the other, through guilt.
When it comes to transcending destructive emotions like fear, guilt and shame, as well as Orion-based ego structures rooted in power and domination, (often resulting in blocks/destructive beliefs in the will centre and the mental body) the only recourse is: acceptance, repentance/restitution, forgiveness and healing.
No problem is so deep that it cannot be overcome, given the will of all parties, through discussion and negotiation rather than force and violence.Nelson Mandela
Remembering the actions and words of great peacekeepers like Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama can also help us keep on track and avoid the ego-based pitfalls of the blame game. As Ghandi once said: “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” Instead, we need to remember that: “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,” and “Apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made.”
Let your anger (Mars) at injustice motivate you to do things differently, to be the change you want to see in the world; and let your empathy for the weak teach you to be more humble, compassionate and less judgemental (Neptune) of others.
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Maintaining our cool and perspective, and not falling for clickbait, sweet talk or passive aggressive attempts to draw us into conflict – these are just some of the themes of this week’s Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.
The luminaries will be making a T-square to Mars, currently touring through sneaky and passive aggressive Pisces, which is causing subtle havoc, both in political circles and in relationships. Giving in to your hormones or passions will not get you the long-term happiness and respect you desire. In fact, quite the opposite. Rather the position of a retrograde Venus close to the Sun is emphasising the need to value your own worth and work on developing greater sovereignty and independence within the context of money, creativity and love.
The lesson of this eclipse is to avoid a return to old addictions or patterns of co-dependency. In fact, with Mercury making a positive aspect to earthy Uranus, by freeing yourself from outmoded ways of thinking about self-love, gender roles or family, you can open yourself up to new and exciting possibilities. It’s time to reinvent what love, nurturing and financial prosperity mean.
The Sagittarius Strawberry Moon also marks the start of Eclipse season 2.0 for 2020. See this as a gateway to the new karmic themes and collective issues slowly being introduced via the nodal shift from Gemini to Sagittarius that will start to bed in during the December eclipses.
For now, consider this Eclipse ‘shoulder season’ – an in-between time when many things are in flux, including our love lives, thanks to Venus retrograde.
Full Moon blessings.
Get ready for some serious smoke and mirrors as we head for Venus retrograde season, which begins on May 13 runs all the way to 25 June, which is one of the reasons why the planet of love, beauty, pleasure and creativity is going to spend so long in the sign of the twins.
Although this can be a time of second chances in love, particularly for twin flames and other separated lovers longing for reunion, this will also be a time of major tests, both of our powers of discrimination and of our willpower, thanks to a series of squares between Venus, Neptune and Mars.
We’ll get a taste of what these tests could potentially entail on May 4 when Venus makes the first of her three squares to romantic Neptune. Think back to June and September 2019 when Venus last made challenging aspects to the planet of magic and mirages.
My advice: Arm yourself with some firm resolve and a pair of X-Ray specs, because, like Eve and those unsuspecting sailors who came within earshot of the siren’s call, you’re about to be tempted – bigtime!
Find out more in my latest video forecast.
Our second Venus-ruled Moon phase, the New Moon in earthy Taurus on April 23, encourages us to take pro-active steps to generate greater health and wellbeing by going back to basics – eating well, getting physical exercise and spending time outdoors in the sun, fresh air, and nature.
Taking place in the 4th degree of Taurus (444 anyone?!), the Sabian symbol for which is ‘A Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow’ , this New Moon is also urging us to work on generating abundance in a new way – one that requires us to turn our normal conceptions of reality on their heads – a process that could prove challenging.
This seeming clash of paradigms, symbolised by the square between the luminaries and Uranus, to Saturn in his guise as patriarch and archon of linear time and mortality, is likely to create a fair amount of tension. Until we realise that Saturn and Uranus have a long history, and that both have more in common than may at first be apparent.
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April’s Full Moon in Libra (8.4.2020) has been dubbed the ‘Pink Supermoon.’ Pink is the colour of love and has strong symbolic ties to the planet Venus, goddess of romance and beauty whose energy will preside over the Easter 2020 waning moon phase.
In many ways, though, this Full Moon is about healing and restoring equality and balance to both close relationships and social connections. Let’s not forget that Venus also rules qualities like charm and politeness – all those pleasantries that oil the wheels of social interaction. Venus is in Gemini, so the focus is on using communication to improve relations with others, particularly on a one-to-one level.
Libra is the sign of Justice, hinting at the need for both more social equality as well as legal/personal restitution of some kind – either in the form of an apology or a restoration of a level playing field in which there is more equal give and take between two parties that are somehow bonded together, either through blood ties, a legal contract, romantic commitment or verbal agreement.
It is worth remembering that this is a Full Moon (a Supermoon at that – our third in a row!), so the Aries Sun will be opposite the Libra Moon, so both Venus (Libra) and Mars (Aries) energy will be strong.
As the cosmic archetypes of love and hate, war and peace, masculine and feminine creative energies, these two planets highlight the need to find a healthy balance between our individual needs and those of others; between our own pent-up feelings of frustration or seething resentment, on one hand, and our desire for heart-felt connection, on the other.
Right now, living peacefully with others might feel very challenging – many folks will be cooped up with the very people who trigger them emotionally for long periods of time – unable to get away – a source of tension/agitation that is being amped up by the Mars-Uranus square. While others will be feeling afraid that connection with others might lead to illness, or feel pushed into competition with others due to fears around a scarcity of resources.
Luckily, though, Venus and Mars will be making a minor grand trine to Chiron, the wounded healer, which means that the Libra Supermoon also has the potential to be a time of mending and healing – if people can learn to forgive/atone for past actions, overcome differences/coflicting needs, and find better ways to resolve conflict and work through their problems. No more running away or living in denial!
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