On Friday the 5th of June 2020 we had the first in a series of eclipses in the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius. What themes are likely to emerge with the nodal axis’ shift to these mutable signs? And what will it mean for you?
(Skip to Themes below if astro-fluent)
The term eclipse has its roots in ancient Greek, coming from the word ékleipsis, meaning to fail or to abandon. That these celestial events were considered malefic is hardly surprising, since life was organized around the luminaries in ancient times. The Sun’s disappearance during the Solar eclipse, and the Moon appearing bloody and wounded at Lunar eclipses were seen as omens of evil.
We know today that eclipses are conjunctions or oppositions between the Sun and Moon. They occur every six months when Full and New Moons happen close to a Lunar Node. Whether Earth is in the middle or to the side of this alignment determines the type of eclipse.
Eclipses are like the regular monthly lunations, but with more far-reaching (6 months to a year) and dramatic effects. At the highest level, an eclipse can manifest in one of two ways:
New Moon (Solar) eclipse
Full Moon (Lunar) eclipse
The signs and houses in your chart that they fall in, coupled with any aspects to other planets or placements, also colour your experience of these astrological events.
Whether it’s a North or South Node eclipse also carries special significance. The Lunar Nodes are the intersection points where the Moon crosses the Ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun around Earth over the course of a year. At the North Node, the Moon begins to ascend above the Ecliptic, while at the South Node it descends below it. Consequently, these two points carry diametrically opposed significance. The North Node is about the future, the South about the past. One is about expansion, the other about stagnancy. If comfortable with the notion, you can even take their interpretation into past lives, karma, dharma, and beyond. I just like to think of them as symbols for embracing the new (North Node) and releasing what we use as a crutch in life (South Node).
The first of the Air and Mutable signs, Gemini is all about dialogue and connecting the dots. With a healthy curiosity and a positive approach to life and other people, Geminis embrace new ideas and experiences, and seek playful exploration and partnerships. Shadow sides may include gossip, fixating on details, duality, distorting the truth, relying on others to initiate, scattering your energy in too many directions.
The last of the Fire signs, Sagittarius is concerned with The Truth. With a philosophical approach to life, this is the eternal student who craves freedom, expansion and experience. Always seeking new horizons, this sign is endowed with intuition, spontaneity and self-belief, the shadow side of which may at times be arrogance, needing to be right, and a lack of tact.
To summarize, some of the themes that we can expect over the next 18 months are:
If you know which house the eclipse falls in your natal chart (your true horoscope), read my posts on the Moon Through The Houses for a general indication of what to expect. This is because while signs give us the how and the planets the what, the house in your chart where an eclipse lands gives you the sphere of life affected. On the premise that Lunar Eclipses are similar to (but significantly more potent than) Full Moons, while Solar eclipses are like New Moons, you'll find what you need in my Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse) Through The Houses and New Moon (Solar Eclipse) Through The Houses posts. (Do let me know if they resonate!) Please remember however that a chart should always be considered in its entirety. An astrological event can trigger contrasting and bewildering experiences in life.
With the Lunar Nodes changing signs every 18 months, and returning to the same sign and house polarity every 9 and 18.6 years, eclipse themes tend to repeat at these cyclical intervals, with story arcs evolving with the same cadence. You can therefore predict the future by looking back into your past. By revisiting the same themes at these intervals, you can either bring them to conclusion or develop them further to springboard your next life chapter.
What themes came up for you back in the years below?
Gemini North Node
Dec 14, 1945 – Aug 2, 1947
Aug 26, 1964 – Feb 19, 1966
Mar 17, 1983 – Sep 11, 1984
Oct 14, 2001 – Apr 14, 2003
May 6, 2020 – Jan 18, 2022
Sagittarius North Node
Apr 3, 1955 – Oct 4, 1956
Oct 28, 1973 – Jul 9, 1975
Aug 2, 1992 – Feb 1, 1994
Mar 4, 2011 – Aug 29, 2012
Sep 24, 2029 – Mar 20, 2031
Eclipses only really affect you if you have a natal/progressed/directed/profected placement within 3º of an eclipse. The only meaningful aspects are conjunctions, oppositions and squares.
If you do, these are points of great transformation for you during this year and the next, and indeed throughout your life. Check the dates of earlier eclipses at the same degrees for you to reflect on past themes and what personal narratives are likely to get under the spotlight this time round.