Written by Lauren Howard Coleman
It is up to everyone to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts. ~ former Pres. Barack Obama
Eclipse seasons can often feel like we’re riding this crazy roller coaster that has some how slipped off its tracks. This one has been feeling a bit more so than usual. Welcome to Eclipse season. In yet another unusual turn of events, we have 3 eclipses in a row coming up. Eclipses can be very unpredictable while at the same time feeling uncannily inevitable. This is because, especially with Lunar Eclipses, things have been building up for quite some time, and are now reaching a tipping point. Things are shifting. This is why it is not usually recommended to start new ventures during these periods. Best to wait until the dust settles to know exactly where we stand. This veil between the eclipses is where inevitable changes, insanity, endings and time warps converge. And all we can do is walk through the veil, to the other side.
Some will feel wired while others will feel totally exhausted and spent. Sleep is disturbed as we feel as if we are free falling in a time warp. The eclipse on Friday (or Saturday, depending on where you are in the world) is a penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Moon is only about 50% eclipsed, so is not close. It will be barely visible as a shadow on the Moon where it is visible in Asia, Australia and Africa. But don’t let that fool you. This Lunar Eclipse on June 5th/6th is the first of a series of eclipses to fall on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis over the next 19 months, and this one is edgy, changeable and raw.
Eclipses have this way of encapsulating all of the astrological weather, all at once. Like a large weather pattern gathering on the horizon it dares to swoop down and engulf us. Therefore in order to understand the complexity of Friday’s eclipse, we need to break it down: This is a South Node Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, opposing the Sun and retrograde Venus in Gemini, exactly square Mars in Pisces, and square Neptune as well. Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sagittarius, and is retrograde in Capricorn conjunct Pluto. Mercury is the ruling planet of the Sun’s sign Gemini, and is currently Out of Bounds in Cancer. The Nodes of the Moon are the signs and degrees where the paths of the Moon and Sun would intersect. When a Full Moon or New Moon falls near these degrees, that is when we have eclipses. This is a South Node in Sagittarius eclipse, meaning that we are being shown what needs to be released, what needs to change for the sake of our evolutionary growth and development. And once we pay attention, once we see what we are being shown, our lives will never be quite the same again, and we can never go back to where we were. Something needs to end, in order to create a new and hopefully better beginning.
Those things we could be asked to release thru the South Node in Sagittarius:
Intolerance and prejudice: Sagittarius is a sign of ‘others’, whether other countries, cultures, religions, races, ideology or beliefs. Usually a democratic sign of inclusion and acceptance, with the South Node traveling here we are currently facing and confronting these deeply entrenched undercurrents of racism in our institutions and society.
Superiority and arrogance: Whether that be moral superiority, or any other sense of self-righteousness or self-aggrandizement. This can be aggravated by zealotry and the absolute certainty that only one group has all the answers.
Assuming to have all the answers: And assuming anyone who does not agree is simply wrong or ill-informed. Clinging to what you believe to be the one and only truth and refusing to consider new perspectives. With North Node in Gemini we are being asked to question everything.
Propaganda: Question assertions. Especially if there are no proofs. Just because something is said repeatedly and often enough, does not make it true. This will be particularly crucial when Neptune is square the Nodes from September to March, as we will not be quite sure where to turn for the truth, and who to believe.
Travel: The last time we had these Nodes were immediately after 9/11. Travel was down significantly as it is now due to Covid19. The Neptune square will probably continue to make travel plans uncertain up until 2021. People will probably choose to travel locally (Gemini) rather than overseas.
Jupiter is the ruling planet of the sign of Sagittarius, and Jupiter is currently retrograde in Capricorn (our governments and institutions) and approaching a conjunction with powerful Pluto. Noam Chomsky once said: There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. He further explained that if you pursue one, it will diminish the other. When Jupiter is retrograde, as it is now, we are confronted not only with the unethical use of power and a lack of morality in others and within our society, it also compels us to look within, so that we ask ourselves: Are we living up to our own moral standards? Are we acting according to our own core principles and values?
Issues that can arise when Jupiter is conjunct Pluto: The unethical use of power and wealth; The unequal distribution of power and wealth; Using one’s wealth, privilege or power to harm or coerce others; Believing that the end justifies the means; and acting out of vengeance with the intent to harm or control others. The systemic racism and abuse of power in society that was being revealed leading up to the eclipse is not something new. It did not arise with this eclipse or the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction. But by seeing it now, having the evidence there for all to see, we are being asked to do something about it. The future evolution of our humanity depends on it.
What we are being asked to cultivate more of through the North Node in Gemini:
Being heard: Finding ways for our voices to be heard: sometimes more subtly; other times more loudly. The idea is that there is something important that needs to be said, and heard. We’re also being asked to listen. With the square to Mars there is an understanding that sometimes you have to speak a little louder in order to be heard.
Being informed: This includes hearing what others have to say and listening. Even if they don’t agree with you. What needs to be cultivated above all else is clarity and understanding. One of the key attributes of Gemini is curiosity, and the desire to learn more and be better informed.
Communications: Sharing information and ideas with others is key to our further development. It doesn’t really matter the medium, the idea is to be able to collaborate, explore and be transparent. Gemini has a story to tell. And we have a lesson to learn.
Thinking for yourself: Not necessarily going along with the zeitgeist just because it is the popular narrative. Gemini asks us to explore all aspects of an issue and then decide for ourselves what is valid and true.
Changing your mind: Flexibility of mind is necessary with North Node in Gemini where we are given the tools to see things from another perspective. Value curiosity and have an open mind, and question dogmatism and narrow thinking. Don’t assume that you know everything. Being able to sit with uncertainty and being able to change your mind is a necessary part of growth and learning.
Community: Grass roots activism, and ruling from the bottom up are key to this period. Being involved in local community groups, politics and neighborhoods will be the foundation for and lead as an example for larger initiatives.
Writers, intellectuals, teachers, media and the press: Will rule during this period. Think like an intellectual. Dare to ask questions. Dare to question beliefs and paradigms. The job of the press is to keep us informed. Some will be more biased than others, so our job is to discriminate between and hold accountable propaganda vs. the truth.
Youth: Giving them a seat at the table will help to open us all up to new and engaging ideas and perspectives.
Learning something new: Make it a point to teach yourself something new: whether that be a new skill, a new subject; taking up a new hobby; becoming informed, or looking at something from another perspective. It may take you places you’ve never been before and open up your eyes to a whole new world. Take a class. Attend a workshop. Go to a library. Open yourself up to your environment and the world of ideas.
Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini. It is also currently Out of Bounds until June 9th. When planets are out of bounds, it’s almost as if they are going rogue. They are no longer playing according to the usual rules. And they push past the limits of what is normally considered acceptable behavior in society. Mercury is here to say that sometimes you have to push past conventional limits in order to be heard.
The Lunar Eclipse is exactly square the planet Mars which will perfect a square to the Sun on June 6th, and a conjunction to Neptune on June 13th. The Eclipse is also square Neptune. Both Mars and Neptune are in the sign of Pisces, an idealistic and righteous sign. Mars has domain over anger, action, inflammation, fire, explosions, and the military. There is a strong urge to DO something when Mars is so prominent. And when people are mobilized and outraged, all that energy can be channeled in a constructive way as a vehicle for change. This is the stuff that protests are made of. In the throes of the Lunar Eclipse and Venus in its retrograde phase, we will all need to ask ourselves: What is our relationship to anger? How have we suppressed our anger in order to keep the peace and not rock the boat? How is your desire to maintain the status quo coming up against the necessity for change?
I hope that they continue to fight and I hope that they go out there today peacefully, as they did yesterday, and not blink because our country needs them, and needs you and everybody more than ever right now. ~ Rahul Dubey (man who sheltered protesters in his home during curfew, in Washington, D.C.)
Gemini and Sagittarius are signs of movement and travel. The world is gradually reopening as the pandemic subsides in some areas of the world: commerce is slowly returning, countries are reopening their borders, and travel is being reconsidered. However, the virus has not gone away. And the eclipse could be a vector. But although the virus continues to hover in the background of our lives, many have been called to another immediate crisis looming in our midst. A crisis that has been brewing for hundreds of years, and can no longer be ignored. One thing that became apparent as we approached the eclipse this past week, is the necessity, once and for all, to get to the very root of systemic racism, dissolving it at its core. We cannot grow into the light, if we insist on remaining in the darkness of denial. The evolutionary growth of humanity depends on it.
Some may ask what is going on with the United States? The Sibley Chart for the US (which is the chart that I use for the nation) has 12-13º of Sagittarius Rising. This Eclipse is at 15º of Sagittarius, spanning across the Ascendant/Descendant axis of the chart. Our self-identity is being challenged. Are we living up to our own standards? We can remain stuck and refuse to grow, or we can look to the future with a strong determination to evolve. To be better. Not for nothing, the United States is also experiencing the early symptoms of our Pluto Return. Pluto in Capricorn is testing the foundations of this country for stability: its institutions, the government, its leadership, and the principles upon which it was founded. It can bring us down to our knees. Pluto could even be our demise. But it also has the capacity to shore up and build more reliable, more sustainable structures and institutions that we can rely on for centuries to come.
It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upends everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ - whether it’s while dealing with the health care system or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park. This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America. It can’t be ‘normal’. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better. ~ former Pres. Barack Obama
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