Total Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Cancer July 2, 2019
10 degrees and 37 minutes of Cancer
12:16 pm Pacific, 3:16 pm ET, 9:16 pm GMT
The summer begins with two eclipses in the hypersensitive sign of Cancer. On July 2nd we have the New Moon and the Total Solar Eclipse then on July 16th the Full Moon in Capricorn and the Lunar Eclipse. Cancer heralds the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. With longer days and more sunlight we become more sensitive and receptive; so is the Cancerian nature. Ruled by the Moon, Cancer represents the feminine energy of our first emotional feelings connected to the mother and home. In Cancer’s sigil we can recognise the yin &yang’s dance of life symbolism as well as the joining of egg and sperm that create life. It’s our first imprint of what we feel during childhood – connecting us with family, our lineage, and the place we grew up.
A Solar Eclipse can only occur on the New Moon (Sun Moon conjunction), when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth. If the Moon’s shadow falls upon Earth’s surface at that time, part or all of the Sun’s disc is covered or ‘eclipsed’ by the Moon. On July 2nd we experience the Total Solar Eclipse: the Sun is shadowed by the Moon, making us highly sensitive and vulnerable. The Sun represents our ego and self esteem, the Moon, and our emotional realm, with the North Node in Cancer the emphasis is on family life and home.
In western astrology, the Nodes are considered to be points of evolution. The South Node is where we are comfortable because it is where our past life has been and thus we stay at that comfort level. The North Node by contrast, is the place we are compelled to move towards in order to evolve and be the best incarnation of ourselves we can be. Ultimately we must balance the two points, that is, the signs and houses. With Saturn conjunct the South Node opposing the Sun and Moon in Cancer, we can hardly relax into the familiar. Instead we may need to assert ourselves, and prioritise our needs over those of others or external requirements of the world. All eclipses involve growth that shows us something about ourselves we may not be aware of such as how we nurture ourselves, and how we respond to our own needs. It also calls into question the extent to which we live the lives that are in accordance with our ideals.
The Nodes are called shadow planets since they are always lurking in the background, and when an eclipse occurs, suddenly things that were hidden come out into the open. In keeping with that symbolism, during eclipse season secrets frequently come to light, and things get revealed, forcing us to deal with and transform them, or be destroyed—literally sink or swim. In addition to the Nodes connecting with Sun and Moon to form an eclipse, planets conjoining eclipses amplify the intensity of the eclipse as well as the house that the Eclipse falls in.
The Moon is the ruler of this Solar Eclipse so look for guidance within the Moon sign of your own chart. Your lunar sign and house will give you the clues for what makes you feel safe. You may gain new insights about your family situation, the type of home you want to create, which will be in accordance with what truly makes your heart sing so you can live in the most authentic way. Be in tune with your own needs without feeling the need to serve others, or to please.
This eclipse, together with Saturn conjuncting the South Node, is a part of a larger cycle of the Cancer / Capricorn axis. We experienced the North Node in Cancer Solar Eclipse on July 1st 2001, and then on December 30th 2001 Lunar Eclipse. As well as the eclipses on December 31st 2010 and July 1st 2011 with the South Node in Cancer. Look for an emerging theme between them all as they represent slow release of karma. Actualise your hopes, and aspirations, and don’t give in to the pressures of the world; you are here to make your own journey.
Anything that occurs globally that has great power and influence is certain to affect us. If the degrees of the eclipses concur with a point or planet in your chart, then it will cause occurrences as if you were experiencing an outer planet transit. But even if you do not have anything on personal points or planets, the eclipses will always fall in a house in our chart. It is important to see the area of your chart where the nodes and eclipses fall such that if they hit a planet or personal point in your chart (especially when it is combined with a retrograde) it will activate that point, bringing things to light that the planet or point represents, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. Be prepared for something to be activated.
Below are some definitions of the houses:
Western (Tropical) Houses: 1. personality, body, appearance; 2. finances, possessions, values; 3. communication, siblings, short journeys, learning; 4. Family, Mother, Home; 5. children, recreation, entertainment; 6. Health, service, pets; 7. marriage, contracts, partnership; 8. business transactions, sexuality, life and death matters; 9. Higher education, travel abroad, publishing, law; 10. profession, status, father; 11. gains, friendships, hopes, dreams; 12. compassion, spirituality, limitations, solitude.
Yannanda, June 30
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