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Eclipse – an Opportunity for Deep Change

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On Christmas Day of 2019, as you may or may not know, there was an annular solar eclipse, which was visible in many Asian countries. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring).

Though I would have been wiser perhaps to tell you about this before the event itself, whoops, that didn’t happen! It is a bit “eclipsey” of me to tell you now, and not before, when you needed it most! The news that redeems my faux pas, luckily, is that eclipses sensitize the area of the sky that they occur in for up to six months! This eclipse occurred in sidereal Sagittarius. This means that the eclipse will bring forward themes from the area of life that Sagittarius rules in your natal chart for several months to come.

Eclipses momentarily hide the light of the sun, and have been thought of since ancient times as a sort of portal to the deep subconscious, when that which is normally hidden comes to the surface. You may have found in the time prior to the eclipse, and in the week since, that deep subconscious issues have bubbled up for you, creating conflict and/or new awareness in relationships, friendships, work, or some other area of life. If you have been feeling extra sensitive, raw, conflicted, or generally “hit” by something recently, don’t worry, you are not alone, and this too shall pass. 

On the positive side, eclipses are said to open unusual possibilities for change. Whatever has emerged for you to look at in yourself at this time is undoubtedly in service to your soul’s intent for you to become the best you  that you can be. While it can be hard to remember this in the moment that difficulties are happening; whatever new awareness has come to light recently is for your growth, and is very positive. So, embrace the challenge! Let the waves move you/move through you, and see if you can let in the unusual positives that are there for you. 

Here is a brief summary of what area of life may be impacted in you based on your Sun sign. Look closely because in the sidereal zodiac, your sign may have shifted from what you think of it tropical astrology. If you know your sidereal ascendent or moon, you may find those signs helpful to read as well. 

Aries (April 15 – May 15) – the eclipse happened in your ninth house, heightening your awareness of spirituality and activating a thirst for higher knowledge. You may feel interested in new subjects. It is a good period to follow your bliss and see where it takes you. You may find opportunities to travel in the coming months. 

Taurus (May 16 – June 15) – the eclipse took place in your eighth house, the house of change and transformation. You may find subconscious tension bubbling to the surface, or deep-rooted psychological patterns re-emerging for you to take another look at. If you feel a bit of a loss of control, embrace it! Meditation, therapy/healing work, or yoga may help you move through this time with more flow and ease.

Gemini (June 16 – July 16) – the eclipse is sensitizing your seventh house, the house of partnership, and all one-to-one relationships. You may find your relationships are challenging to you at this time, yet there may be unusual opportunities to share yourself in the coming months in more artistic or unusual ways with partners and friends. Try not to overreact to conflict. As you bring more of yourself to relationship, you may find things opening up in that area over the coming months. 

Cancer (July 17 – August 16) – for you, the sixth house of health is being impacted. This could be a great time to work on your health, perhaps through upping your exercise and cleaning up your diet. Perhaps you are already moving in that direction, as your body may already be talking to you. If you’ve been dealing with chronic symptoms of some kind, you may find an alternative way of working with them that creates a deeper shift, as you now have the opportunity to get to the root of the symptoms more fully than before.

Leo (August 17 – September 16) – for you, fabulous Leo, the fifth house of creativity is being activated. This house also pertains to children so if you have any, you may notice that they are being impacted in some way. For teachers, your students or clients will be going through a lot in the coming months, so it is a great time to hone your teachings as you will be particularly impactful and able to create unusual shifts for them in the coming months. Listen deep within for any new creativity that wants to move through you.

Virgo (September 17 – October 17) – for the Virgos among us, your fourth house is being worked on through this eclipse. The fourth house represents the foundations of your being, such as your experiences of childhood and mother, and your subsequent experience of root-level happiness or suffering. You may feel deep shifts around your foundational views of life. Try to nurture yourself and encourage yourself to expand rather than contract in this time. It is good to let go of outmoded habits and patterns of behavior that keep you from experiencing the level of satisfaction and happiness you really want. As you know, old habits die hard but now is the time to let them die!

Libra (October 18 – November 16) – dear Libra, you are being asked through this eclipse to look at your communication. In what way is your communication style working well? In what way is your communication creating issues for you? You may find yourself going through some kind of challenge in communication, and perhaps realizing that there may be a more effective way to convey your intentions to others. Perhaps you need to set more firm boundaries, for example, or perhaps you need to say more rather than holding back. As you work on new ways of communicating, your relationships will improve. Courage is key for you at this time.

Scorpio (November 17 – December 16) – beloved Scorpio, this eclipse is hitting your second house, the house of personal finance. It is a great time to look at your habits of both generating and spending money. You can use the emphasis here to get stronger in your business or work life, and to attract more of what you need on the nourishment level. 

Sagittarius (December 17 – January 15) – the eclipse is smack dab in your first house, creating some major shifting in your sense of self, your physical body, your presentation skills, your health, etc! It has been a big year for you and this year too will challenge you to grow more fully into your potential. Don’t be afraid of change. Let go and surrender to the ride you’re undoubtedly on! The eclipse can elevate you to a higher status in your life if you believe in yourself fully, take risks, and let go of your old identity and old personal grievances.

Capricorn (January 16 – February 14) – the eclipse falls in your twelfth house, which is a house of moksha, or liberation. It is a great time for meditation, reflection, rest, and practices that enhance your intuition. Work on your habits of sleep hygiene and you may find enhanced dream states. Sex is a good area of focus for you right now as well, so let your inhibitions go and get elevated with your partner(s) of choice!

Aquarius (February 15 – March 15) – the eclipse is sensitizing your eleventh house, so your humanitarian side is wanting to come forward even more! This is a good time to work on a project that impacts the whole in some way, or to expand your work to a wider audience. As you do, you’ll find unusual opportunities opening. Friends are a good resource for you at this time, perhaps consider pairing up with someone on a project or joining a group of like interest. 

Pisces (March 16 – April 14) – you are being asked at this time to bring your Piscean creativity and expansiveness into your career! This is a great time to try new things in your career, and feel into what actions you can take to bring more fulfillment to your work. Whether you are a stay at home mom, an artist, a waiter, a healer, or a venture capitalist, you can use the unusual opening of the eclipse to express yourself more fully in work.   

I hope this helps you to consciously work with the eclipse energy. Wishing you a happy and fulfilling 2020!

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Nina Handwerk: Brennan Healing Science Practitioner