What Astrologers Need To Know About Solar Eclipses
- Eclipses happen in pairs (sometimes triads).
- They happen every six months. (You can look up future dates in an astrology calendar.)
- Eclipses are New and Full Moons that happen near the Moon’s Nodes. The Nodes are where the karmic “tide” flows in and out.
- Together, the Solar and Lunar Eclipses set the stage for the next six months.
Because the July 2nd Solar Eclipse occurs in the sign Cancer, it sets a highly emotional tone for the coming cycle. Cancer represents emotional processing, coming to terms with the past, getting your needs met.
If we take a closer look at the chart of the Eclipse, we see the New Moon at the North Node opposing Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn at the South Node.
The South Node is where we release karmic and emotional connections. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are heavy. They represent the “old guard.” Rules and commitments that no longer make sense. Control dramas. Conflicts with authority. That’s why the time is right to flush these things right down the cosmic toilet. The drains are wide open. And remember– today’s poop is tomorrow’s compost.
The Solar Eclipse and Your Health
Cancer is the sign of the stomach. Capricorn rules the skeleton.
The relationship between the two is not obvious until you understand that you must have a well-functioning stomach to absorb the nutrients you need to maintain healthy bones. That is why acid-blocking drugs have side effects like osteoporosis and bone fracture when used long-term. You must have strong stomach acid to absorb protein, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals– the building blocks of bone tissue.
Heartburn, stomach ulcers, GERD, hiatal hernia, and other chronic stomach issues may tend to flare up around this Eclipse. The supplement DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) works for a lot of people to reduce heartburn symptoms without affecting mineral absorption like antacids and acid-blocking drugs do.
The Cancer Eclipse and Nutrition
The sign Cancer and the Moon relate to the physical stomach and breasts– the organs involved in giving and receiving nourishment. The Moon in your birth chart tells the story of your earliest experiences of having your needs met (or not) in infancy and early childhood– the most vulnerable, helpless, pre-verbal time of your life. That experience colors your relationship to food and nourishment as you grow up. Your relationship to food ties in with your feelings about yourself and can tap into issues of worthiness, identity, and/or control.
The South Node of the Moon conjoins Saturn, the planet of rules and structures. This means you can tap into the energies of this Solar Eclipse by letting go of rules that no longer apply. May I suggest the USDA Food Pyramid (now known as MyPlate) as the first health-related template to flush down the cosmic toilet. “Big Ag” agriculture industry profits, not your health, were first and foremost in its creation.
The Eclipse and Politics
Because Cancer rules infants, children, and parents– especially mothers, the Eclipse chart gives us a clear picture. We see children and families (Cancer) at the border (Capricorn) facing extreme hardship (Saturn) and trauma (Pluto) in concentration-camp-like conditions (Saturn-Pluto).
Where’s it all going?
It’s hard to say. I can only hope that care and concern (Cancer) will win out over cruelty. That we’ll go in the direction of the North Node in Cancer– and build a bigger table, not a higher fence.
I do expect that this tragedy will remain front and center in the public consciousness for quite some time.