Capricorn Lunar Eclipse and the Grand Conjunction
Apparently this is a very rare event in astrology and very significant ~ groovy powerful forces in the heavens!
…Saturday’s Full Moon is also a partial lunar eclipse, and includes a powerful alignment of seven planets in a Grand Cross formation.
Let’s first look at the lunation (lunar event) itself. The Sun in Cancer is opposed by the Moon in Capricorn, and because the lunar nodes are within 15 degrees of the Moon (in this case the nodes are 8 degrees from the Moon) the lunation becomes an eclipse….
…We are approaching a lunar eclipse that becomes exact at 12:30 pm GMT on 26th June, 2010. The significance of this eclipse is massive as it coincides with a Grand Cross. In order to understand what constitutes a Grand Cross, we need to first understand the astrological aspect known as a square. A square is a tense aspect formed between planets that are at an angle of 90 degrees from each other. A Grand Cross is formed by four squares. Sound intense and challenging? Well, it’s certainly no piece of cake, that’s for sure. But without tension, there can be no release. A Grand Cross is a trial, yet we have a chance to excel by facing difficulty with awareness….
…then on saturday the lunar eclipse falls in capricorn and is conjunct pluto, the lord of the underworld. this is a potent time of endings, new beginnings, transformation, death and rebirth- and where it falls in your chart your life is about to get catapulted to a whole new level. saying goodbye is part of getting from point A to point B, but so is fearlessly embracing the new that is your destiny….
…A lot of people are afraid of this eclipse and while this is understandable, I don’t think there is real cause for concern.
It is dramatic with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto involved but we are talking about a hard core grand cross here which inherently provides checks and balances.
In this case, all four points are formidable. I don’t agree with astrologers who believe Pluto trumps Mercury for example so what that means is all 4 corners hold their own….
…Astrologically, it’s a very tense Full Moon/Eclipse, as Pluto is also at 4 degrees of Capricorn, and Uranus and Jupiter are squaring from early Aries. Mercury is also in the picture, conjunct the Sun. Saturn is in very late Virgo, so not an in-sign aspect, but probably influential nonetheless.
At the Full Moon, and for the two weeks thereafter, we’re in a waning cycle of energy and activity. Matters that need to finish come to a head, and, especially when there is an eclipse, end definitively. With the aspects at this particular Full Moon, this is a super-attenuated eclipse. If the eclipse hits sensitive points on your chart you will experience this personally; if not, you’ll see it more in the collective. The ending could be relatively benign, like moving house or stopping a bad habit, or it could be somewhat painful, such as ending a relationship or realizing your job is going to end. What it always means is that an old way of life ends, so there is always a liberation. This is a great opportunity to shed an outmoded way of perceiving reality, and to create a more current and workable life at the coming New Moon/Solar Eclipse (see below for details on this).
Eclipses seem to be felt for at least a month ahead and a month after, and if it hits a major point in your chart you have probably been preparing for a big change this summer anyway. In general, we are more likely to be shocked by something happening in the collective–like the death of an iconic figure, for example–than by our personal lives, depending on how in tune we are with our own process.
Uh, this is me! Serenity Now! Serenity Now!:
At the personal level, this eclipse most strongly affects people with the Sun at 4 Cancer or Capricorn, ie those born June 26-28 and December 26-28. If your birthday falls on those dates you are likely to find yourself being called to use great awareness and courage in ending old patterns. It’s a huge opportunity for positive change. At the collective level, we are all likely to feel the contraction and tension signified by the Grand Cross. Ultimately such a configuration can lead to great creativity, by squeezing us to be more resourceful and inventive….
…The first lunar eclipse of 2010 (in Capricorn on Jun 26) is a significant eclipse, even though partial, so not darkening the entirety of the Moon’s light. It will be visible from much of the Americas, the Pacific and eastern Asia, with greatest eclipse over the South Pacific. New England and eastern Canada will miss the entire eclipse since the event begins after moonset from those regions. Observers in western Canada and US will have the best views, with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. The eclipse will not be visible from Africa, Europe or Western Asia, though a penumbral eclipse will be seen in India. To catch the entire event, one must be located in the Pacific, New Zealand, or eastern Australia. To download a PDF of NASA’s graphic illustration of the Moon’s path through Earth’s shadows, as well as Fred Espenak’s map illustrating worldwide visibility, click here.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 26th, 2010 occurs at 4°50′ Capricorn, a Cardinal sign, with the Sun on the mid-heaven in Cancer, another Cardinal sign (remember, the Sun and Moon are always opposed at a Lunar Eclipse). It is significant because, although not visible in Europe and some other parts of the world, the Moon is exactly conjunct Pluto (obstruction; transformation) at the nadir of the Greenwich chart, while Saturn (karma; restriction; sorrow) is rising conjunct the ascendant, closely opposing Uranus (disruption) and Jupiter (leadership; fortune), which are setting (in Aries, another Cardinal sign). An angular Grand Cross aspect is formed, superimposed upon a Grand Trine! This is a foretaste of the complex Cardinal Climax phase that is forming in the heavens, climaxing this year on July 31, a rare occurrence indeed and one which will have powerful effects upon the world and those who dwell therein. It makes intense contacts with the US chart, the UK chart, the EC (European Community, now the European Union) chart, the Federal Reserve chart and the UN chart—not to mention the Australia chart….
…Let’s look at these aspects individually. The most immediately striking thing is the conjunction of the Moon with Pluto, with the Sun conjunct Mercury in opposition at the time of the eclipse. In addition to the stress inherent in the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, the conjunction of the Moon and Pluto awakens very powerful, strong-willed emotions and intense feelings. The Sun in opposition gives difficulties with obstacles from those whose egos are threatened by situations in which power and control are paramount. Political disputes and social revolutions threaten danger and destruction. The common people (the Moon, Saturn) will be inclined to overthrow or resist their rulers (Sun, Jupiter) who will seek to control and repress them, even while offering blandishments and concessions….
…There are positive directions that can be undertaken, even beneath such a severe set of aspects. There is no doubt that many among us have been feeling unaccountably held back and frustrated by circumstances recently. The release of energy indicated by the upcoming aspects and transitions surrounding the eclipses will be immense and will see many of us entering upon an entirely new and more positive life-path. This will apply especially to those who have Sun, Moon, ruling planet, ascendant or mid-heaven in cardinal signs.