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Eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius

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?

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

  • New vision and awareness
  • Resets and fresh starts
  • Creativity and research
  • Excitement and desire for change
  • More profound effects on humanity

Full Moon (Lunar) eclipse

  • Culminations
  • Endings and releases
  • Realisations
  • Heightened sensitivity
  • Oppositions
  • Relationships

The Themes

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:

  • One's Own Truth (Sagittarius) vs. Facts (Gemini)
  • Cultural emancipation
  • Freedom of thought and diversity of perspectives 
  • The challenges of living in a hyper-connected world
  • Willingness to listen to and integrate new perspectives
  • Gender identity and fluidity
  • Challenging dogmatic viewpoints, intolerance, prejudice, and belief systems
  • Digressions, rapid changes of direction as well as resistance against excessive distraction
  • Misunderstandings
  • Ungrounded wanderlust and travel restrictions
  • Over-promising and under-delivering
  • Speaking without gathering the facts
  • Being overly philosophical or getting lost in theory
  • Arrogance
  • Insatiability and greed
  • Lasciviousness
  • Boorish and opinionated behaviour

Influence On Your Horoscope

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 times 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.

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) and New Moon (Solar Eclipse) posts. (Do let me know on social 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.

Learn From The Past

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

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