Gradually, the familiar golden ball slides behind a disc of silver. Birds fall silent, the air chills, for a moment the day is strange. Solar eclipse.
A superseding, a complete annihilation. Emotionally, in English anyway, the word eclipse contains a grain of fear.
A black shadow, exactly the same size as that beautiful shining Moon, crawls across her face, until she wears a veil. Instead of a glowing white goddess, we have a red-rimmed black mask. Lunar eclipse.
Eclipses are important events astrologically. They stir up the waters of time; their effect ripples outwards. Even if they do not directly touch your natal chart, you will see the ripples around you in the weeks and months that follow.
Eclipses come twice a year as the Lunar Nodes and the Sun meet around the Zodiac. Usually, they come in pairs in opposite signs, but this coming eclipse season, there will be three.
April 25 — Lunar Eclipse 5° Scorpio
May 9 — Solar Eclipse 20° Taurus
May 25 — Lunar Eclipse 4° Sagittarius
The Taurus-Scorpio set of eclipses started last year with a solar eclipse in Scorpio on Novemember 13 at 21°. The first eclipse this year is very short and only a tiny sliver of the Moon will be shadowed. This does lessen the impact. However, this is a strong and rather harsh Full Moon anyway, since Mars conjuncts the Sun and Saturn the eclipsed Moon.
This set does not complete until 2015 and overlaps for a long time with the next set in Aries/Libra, so there’s work to be done on this axis.
Taurus and Scorpio are the money signs. They are the signs of consumption and excretion; eating and shitting, procreation and regeneration, creation and destruction.
Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, rules Taurus, and traditionally her opposite, her partner, Mars, the god of war, rules Scorpio. So you see, there’s a balance there. In the North, spring is at it most fulsome in Taurus’ month, and the year dies for Scorpio. They are opposites but also complements.
|Venus and Mars by Botticelli. Opposites create balance.|
Why should these two signs, so deeply associated with natural processes also be the “money” signs? Other signs have to do with cash for sure. Libra is represented by the scales of commerce, Leo loves gold. But money is one way that we measure the energy flow our lives. If cash flows in and out of our purses smoothly and evenly, then we can be sure that an important aspect of our energy is moving well. If it’s stuck or never sticks to the sides, we may be doing something wrong, or frankly the circumstances in which we find ourselves are preventing us from using our energy well. In other words, the problem may well not be of your own making.
You can broaden this idea too. Taurus is a materialistic sign. It’s the sign of stuff, of possessions, of ownership. Now, Scorpio is said to be emotionally possessive, jealously guarding its beloved, but in fact, positive Scorpio energy cuts away and discards that which is unnecessary. Taurus accrues. Scorpio purges.
This flow of energy – in at Taurus, out at Scorpio – needs spring cleaning every few years. And the opportunity arises with eclipses. Eclipses bring change. Usually we have very little control over that change, but we have got some sway over how we respond to it.
The last such set was in 2003/2004. That time the North Node was in Taurus, and it was certainly a period of conspicuous consumption at home and of weaponry abroad in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe if our leaders had tidied up the national books more effectively then, we might not be in such a hole now.
This time around, the North Node is in Scorpio, the sign of debt. This occurred last time in 1994-95. Nelson Mandela was inaugurated on the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994, which just shows that an eclipse can mean the total end of something deeply rotten such as apartheid. We have the equivalent eclipse on May 9 this year.
The lunar eclipse in Sagittarius is the last across the information axis, Gemini/Sagittarius, and we have seen plenty of change and debate about how we get and distribute the news over the past two years.
It’s worth taking a moment to ask yourself a couple of things. Did anything change for you around May or November in 2003/4 or 1994/5? Or have you noticed the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipses and have they effected you?