I write about eclipses a lot. They’re an astrological passion of mine, because I’ve seen their dramatic cycles play out in my life, the lives of those close to me, and the lives of my clients. I’ve delineated eclipses moving through the houses of the horoscope, eclipses in aspect to natal planets, and written about how to work with eclipse cycles.
But I rarely write about eclipses in signs, other than as part of my monthly essays. It’s not that I think signs are unimportant. In fact, watch the news in the next couple of weeks and I’m confident you’ll see important stories that relate to the general symbolism of Leo (performance, self-expression, ego, children, games/gambling, recreation in general, the arts) and Aquarius (collective creativity, activism, future goals, social networks, technology). Eclipses mean change is coming, that these matters have reached a tipping point and will, over the next couple of years, bring resolution closer.
It’s interesting to watch this play out in society. But I find it a lot more interesting to watch it play out for individuals. And this is where houses, planets, and your personal relationship with a sign come into play.
“What will the eclipse mean, what will it mean?” we cry. And the answer is that it will mean something a little different for each of us. Much in the same way humans are built from the same essential biological building blocks, we all contain the same astrological symbols as well. It’s how they’re arranged that makes us unique.
So while it would be handy for an astrologer to be able to tell you precisely what an eclipse, a transit, or a progression will mean for you, it would be a fool’s errand to try, because these things never mean exactly the same thing for everyone. For astrology to be most helpful, you have to be willing to do some of the work. You have to be curious and creative enough to adapt astrology’s symbolism to what you know about yourself and your life.
What is your relationship with this summer’s eclipses? Look at the degrees of the eclipses:
Which houses do these eclipses occupy in your birth chart? Does either of them make hard aspects to your natal planets? And most interestingly, what happened the last time an eclipse fell at those degrees (for instance, the July 11, 2010 solar eclipse at 19.24 Cancer, the Jan. 26, 2009 solar eclipse at 6.30 Aquarius, or last summer’s August 7 lunar eclipse at 15.25 Aquarius)?
Not every eclipse brings big change to you personally. But taken together, these two – the first in a Cancer/Capricorn series that will extend through 2020, and the latest in a Leo/Aquarius eclipse series that plays out through Jan. 2019- mark an important change of focus toward nurturing inner security and following a heart-centered path toward worldly achievement; and, ferocious engagement with your creative spirit, and fierce collaboration with a like-minded community. There’s a little something to get your imagination started. Have fun putting together creative eclipse connections!