As many of my readers may remember, Solar Eclipses (new Moon) and Lunar Eclipses (Full Moon) always occur in pairs. The order between them changes, but they always occur within two weeks of each other. In this case, we had a Solar Eclipse on November 13th which is about to be followed by a Lunar Eclipse on November 28th, 2012. The key to understanding a Lunar Eclipse is to note that it affects our emotions and subconscious attitudes most of all. What this means is that the emotions are heightened right now, which gives us the chance or opportunity to discover what we are really feeling. The Moon is not about the thinking process except that we may find ourselves ‘thinking ‘ about what we are feeling. I’ve noticed that Lunar Eclipses are the most difficult for people who, at the time, are not aware of how they feel. This is why the symbol of the Moon in astrology is often associated with the subconscious, feelings that are either buried or repressed.
Catharsis – Because this period sometimes brings up submerged feelings, many people find that this upsurge is quite painful. This is what this type of eclipse is known for the most. But, as painful as it might be, we do benefit from its cleansing nature. As the feelings are fully sensed, the crisis of emotion does bring about the potential for a powerful release. That’s what can happen on the other side, once we acknowledge what is actually already present in us. The more we allow ourselves to be truthful about what we are feeling, the better the outcome will be in the long term. Obviously, it’s much easier to say than to do, of course.
The Lunar Eclipse will affect those who have planets or angles at 6° of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces). Specifically, the Sun will be at 6° Sagittarius and the Moon will oppose it at 6° Gemini. Mutable signs are about communication, sharing information, and adjustment. So, whenever it is possible, it is best to deal with any stresses the eclipse brings up by talking with the person(s) that you are having intense feelings with. It may or may not work out the way you hope, but the best goal is to reach a state of clarity that can’t emerge if we repress what we’re feeling. You won’t feel good if you try to hold back and avoid communicating what is now in the forefront of you mind or heart. Oftentimes, though, it can best to wait a bit until you have processed what is coming up before you wildly express it. It is fine to take whatever time you need so that you can ensure the best possible outcome once you do begin to express yourself.
Mercury returned to its normal direct motion on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:48pm PST. This means that the review process has ended so that you can feel confident that what you’ve been thinking about is now completed. I find that Mercury retrograde periods are very important as they demand that we stop and take note of things we have not looked at for much too long. Most of that work is done now and since this particular cycle is immediately followed by a Lunar Eclipse, it may seem that we are completely going through both a ‘thinking and feeling’ transformation. Well, we are doing just that. It’s a double whammy, but also can be doubly helpful if we dedicate ourselves to seeking the truth that is now emerging. This can mean that we will make a break with others or them with us, if our destinies no longer coincide. That can be painful, but very possibly unavoidable. It also suggests, however, that if a break is to be avoided, a great deal of clear communication would have to occur to either work things out or clarify matters. It will be up to you to decide what is best for you.
U.S. Politics and the Uranus/Pluto Square
I want to stick to my occasional look at how the U.S. is being affected by the very powerful and transformative transit of which we are now in the middle. Specifically, I have to continue to mention the issue of secession. For many years, I have been writing that as much as people might want to dismiss such a possibility, I can’t do it. The chart of this country has a in its birth chart a square between the Sun and Saturn that is utterly activated by this outer planet square. It will test the Will of the people to remain unified as one nation. We have seen for many years now an increased widening of emotional distance between what has been labeled as the red and blue states. This election demonstrated the two extremes more than ever. Now, immediately after the election, the secession movement has gathered steam. Petitions in all 50 states have begun and Texas has over 100,000 signatures demanding that one of the largest states in the U.S. be allowed to secede. No one is taking any of this seriously right now. It seems unimaginable, doesn’t it? I’m sorry to say that I don’t think it is. The transiting square between Uranus and Pluto amps up beginning in May, 2013 and then strongly affects the U.S. chart in early 2014. The question we may all be asking is this: Do we have enough in common to remain together as a nation?
There are many other issues this transit will be bringing forth. The Middle East, a hotbed of rage and anger along with the looming threat of Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb are also potential casualties of the ‘transform at all costs’ energy of this unpredictable transit. The effects of this transit will soon become obvious for everyone to see.