• two steps forward…three backwards

    The second of three solar eclipses, this annular Solar eclipse occurs at 0° 21’ degrees of the sign of Cancer, the day of the Summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere. The antiscion point of 29°39’ Gemini is almost exactly to the minute on the stationary North Node. Our heads and hearts are getting a boost of confidence with a lucky aura to it, pointing to a decisive new start, unfortunately the rulers of the lunar nodal axis are both retrograde which adds difficulty to any kind progress.

    The Sun and Moon are also quincunx a retrograde Saturn in Aquarius, self-isolating at home is questioned in a rather rude way by a knowledgeable Saturn in social Aquarius that might be hinting that some rules could be broken in a responsible manner allowing us more interaction with the outside world.

    The Eclipse chart itself it totally lacking in planets in the Fire element, we’re at a standstill and the engine’s still cold but we also have 5 planets in the Cardinal signs, that kick-start can be made if we really try. However, the 5 retrograde planets with Neptune also near its station, mean that forging ahead could be really difficult also because the 5 planets in the Water element lend themselves to losing the right direction to take by placing too much faith in our emotions. Moving ahead in a smooth controlled manner could be arduous at the best and certainly full of illusions/delusions.

    Although of different Saros* series, eclipses occur at similar degrees of the same sign in 18-year cycles as they move in a retrograde motion through the zodiac. Thus they have effect on the same house polarity in your natal chart (or on any personal planets or angles in Cancer and/or Capricorn that fall in a 2°30’ orb for conjunctions, 2° for oppositions, allowing 5° if Sun or Moon is involved).

    The last Solar Eclipse at 0° Cancer took place on 21st June 2001 and was of the 3 North series whilst this eclipse is part of the family of the 4 North series which Bernadette Brady describes as “difficult”. The 2001 eclipse, described by Brady as “over-excessive”, took place 6 weeks before the infamous attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in America on 11th September that year when Mars was opposing the eclipse degree.

    What was happening in your personal life in the summer of 2001?

    The effects of eclipses can be quite unpredictable (a “what-the-heck effect”), sometimes stressing emotions or bringing unexpected events into our lives, at other times they can go seemingly unnoticed. Some astrologers say that the effects of the eclipses manifest for as long as the duration of the eclipse itself, transmuting the minutes of the duration into days.

    To see the eclipse path please click on the link in the bibliography. It will also be visible from Italy and affects the Italian chart (10 June 1946, 18.10 CEDT, Rome) with its Mercury at 01° Cancer and it also effects the chart of Italy’s present Prime Minister (Giuseppe Conte, 8 August 1964, 02.20 CET, Volturara Apulla) with its North Node (01°20’) conjunct Venus (01°54’) in Cancer. Conte has several other planets in his chart which interact with the Italian chart.

    Events connected to an eclipse can manifest before or after the event or when a following New Moon or other planet squares the eclipse degree. So future dates to watch could be 28th June when Mars enters Aries and squares the eclipse degree (this could be a particularly “hot” date) and 8th of August when Venus enters Cancer (remember that Venus isn’t only about romance it can be exclusively finance-oriented so there could be upsetting news concerning world finances).

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phases” calls this the “Daughter’s Moon” and likens it to the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone who was abducted into the Underworld by Hades (Pluto). He therefore attributes painful conflicts with family members to this and all the other Cancer moon phases and on this Moon he recommends that we examine our relationships with close ones, especially those which involve nurturing received or given.

    The Sabian symbol for 1° Cancer: “On a ship the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one.” Indicating a radical change of allegiance exteriorised in a symbolic act: a point of no return.

    For its antiscion point at 30° Gemini: “A parade of bathing beauties before large beach crowds.” Indicating the setting of social standards through personal excellence and competition.

    “Here am I, here are you: but what does it mean? What are we going to do?” W.H. Auden


    Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 207-236 and pp 307-352, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA

    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 58-61, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 109 and 110, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Eclipse path: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2020-june-21

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