The Coming Series of Eclipses – 2011

Posted on May 30, 2011
Posted by Jim Sher


It is customary for our planet Earth to have a Solar (New Moon) and Lunar (Full Moon) eclipse once every six months, but this month is a bit different. This time we have two Solar eclipses with a Lunar eclipse right in between creating three eclipses, back to back, all happening during the month of June. Although this does happen occasionally, we can expect this month to be an important turning point for those of us who have planets in their birth chart in close aspect (3°) to the location of the eclipses. The first in the series occurs at 11° of Gemini on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 2:03pm PDT. The second of the series is the Lunar eclipse on June 15, 2011 at 24° of Sagittarius at 1:14pm PDT. And finally, we will have a second Solar eclipse on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 9° of Cancer.

I’m going to focus on the first eclipse of the series for this article and will talk about the others in the next newsletter. Many of my readers know that I regard a Solar eclipse as an ‘inertia destroyer.’ Things can be going along pretty well, or shall we say, normally, and then an eclipse occurs on a sensitive point in our chart and suddenly it seems that everything is shifting. The other way we can experience an eclipse is that it can trigger changes that have been brewing for some time but which have seemed to be stagnant and unmoving. In other words, eclipses tend to break the momentum of the past and create or force us into a new direction.

In astrology, eclipses have very bad reputations. Many astrologers regard them as ‘bad.’ Nothing good can come from an eclipse, many say. But this makes no sense to me. And, from my personal experience I know it isn’t true. My view is that what makes an eclipse feels good or bad is how we personally experience it in the short term. In my case, I once had a significant eclipse on my Jupiter and wondered for months what it would elicit. Would it be fortunate or unfortunate? Would I be lucky or unlucky since Jupiter rules luck? In actual fact, however, this particular eclipse resulted in my deciding to start the Sher Astrological Institute. Jupiter also rules education and this is exactly what was triggered by that eclipse. It was not unlucky for me to say the least. Also, it is helpful to be aware that what can seem terrible in the short run may turn out to be quite necessary for our personal growth later. It is not possible to avoid pain in life, so if there was a destructive aspect of an eclipse, often we see later, that we could not have progressed into new territory in the future without that pain. This principle can be hard to hear when we are in the midst of loss, but if it does occur, at least in the back of our minds, we can remember or feel that there may be important meaning for us even if it seems impossible to admit while we are in the midst of its effects.

This particular eclipse is characterized by a trine to Saturn. This adds a seriousness and purposefulness to this eclipse. Most of all, if you are in a process of creating or expanding a business, this is a great time to move forward as long as you have already determined the kind of structure or plan you need. If not, then this is the time to do it, so that when Saturn goes direct in a week, you will be ready to take advantage of new opportunities coming your way.

Of greater interest to many who pay attention to Saros cycles, this eclipse is called 13 South. Saros cycles are extremely long cycles that repeat every 19 years. The meaning of this one as interpreted by Bernadette Brady is that it carries two opposing forces. One is quite expansive, while the other is restrictive and delays progress. The reason for the expansion and optimism is that Jupiter is connected to the New Moon of this series. But due to the influences of both Mars and Saturn with it, there can also be frustration, inhibition, delays and separations included in the mix. In order to get an idea of how difficult this eclipse might be for a person, one would have to examine the natal chart of the specific person very thoroughly as the more negative aspects possible here are quite rare.

Jupiter and Saturn

In addition to the series of eclipses, this busy month has two additional factors to be considered. On June 5, 2011, Jupiter changes signs and enters Taurus for a one-year stay. And on June 13, 2011, Saturn turns back to its direct motion. Together these changes signal that important matters can move forward strongly. I will be going into this in future articles, but Jupiter’s entrance into earthy Taurus indicates that the inspiration and enthusiasm of Aries is now turning into opportunities for some of the things we have been considering to actually be manifested. Slow, steady and determined work is Taurus’ signature, so it is best not to seek fast results. But with Saturn also moving ahead again, we are entering a great time of steady progress as long as we are practical, do our homework and remain steadfast. The doors are opening fully now, so if you are involved in a project that you take seriously, this is the time to move with confidence and optimism. At times like these, one can achieve real results that can endure.

As always, I’d love to hear about your experience of this month’s shifts and changes, so please reply if you feel inspired to write.




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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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2 responses to “The Coming Series of Eclipses – 2011”

  1.' Francesca says:

    Let’s hope eclipses are harbingers of good tidings! The first one falls 3 degrees past my 7th house (natal) Jupiter, the second exactly hitting my 24° 8th house Gemini Sun (happy birthday to me!), and the third on my progressed Venus, also eighth house. I got laid off a year and a half ago, but have been hardly dormant. It’s been the first time I haven’t worked in probably 35 years, or even had more than about two weeks “off”. Recovering from the shock alone took about eight months, and I have no idea where that time went… and I really have no burning desire to return to what I was doing. I am a single, somewhat reclusive Gemini (yes — Scorpio ascendant, it happens), and with Pluto transiting my second house, have learned how to live on about a third of my normal income, and have also learned to brace myself for all else that entails; the other shoe perpetually about to drop, as it were.

    Oh, this should be interesting.

  2.' Linda S. says:

    Thanks so much for the insight Jim.

    I have been involved in a book project that I am hoping will be get the boost of energy it needs during the coming eclipses. “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now,” and I have learned to be open to what the universe has in store for me. I know now that my vision for my future is incapable of imaging all that is possible for me, so I learned not to try to assert my will and my limited expectations. I think that’s where our faith comes in, if we have it to rely on, when we’re in the midst of the unknown (the lion’s den).

    I wasn’t a student of astrology at the time, but your description of the events that are possible after an eclipse reminds me of years back when I first moved with my two children, as a single mother, from D.C. to Atlanta. Two days after we got here, I took my two-year-old son to see a doctor and found out the “routine” heart murmur he had been born with had progressed to a point where he needed open heart surgery. At the time I had no job, no health insurance, no place to live, and only a small savings that I had planned to use during our “brief” relocation period that stretched into two years. From your description, I’m guessing now that it must have been the work of a solar eclipse because I went through hell during a series of completely unexpected events in my life that I was completely unprepared for.

    But on the other side of it all, I can now see that the detour that my son’s health issue caused also brought me several good friends for life, including one of my best friends for for the past 30 years; the house of my dreams; a career that I had little chance of otherwise getting, and much more. And I can trace all of it back to events that would never have taken place had my son not needed heart surgery. The experience also deepened my emphathy for the trials and tribulations that other people and I can help them see that there is an “other side” of what they might be going through.

    The upcoming eclipses will be in close aspect to my Ascendant (10 degrees Saggitarius), as well as closely aspecting the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Pluto and the North/South nodes in my natal chart. I have put in a lot of work and have many irons in the fire right now trying to launch my book and publishing company. Keep your fingers crossed because I’m getting ready to hold on for the ride! 🙂

    Linda S.

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