By the time you read this, you probably already know the answer. If your life has been relatively smooth in the past two weeks, this is probably not a strong eclipse for you.
Powerful eclipses typically begin to ripple their waves of disruption into the lives of those they plan to unsteady at least one to two weeks before they occur. Eclipses are change-makers that rattle our personal and collective cages. But rarely do they wait until eclipse day to unleash their surprises. So if things are basically fine in your life, they’ll likely continue that way.
Eclipses occur twice a year, every six months, so you already have lots of experience with them. Some may indeed have sent your world reeling. If there have been a few “stand-out” months in your life, check to see if an eclipse was occurring then. The cool thing about astrology is that it can take you backward or forward in time. Before you should worry about a future eclipse, first check to see how many times an eclipse has actually rocked your world. This helps put things in perspective. Solar eclipses occur twice a year, every year.
Astrologers typically use the following checklist to assess a person’s eclipse vulnerability.
- What happened last time? Eclipses are cyclical, triggering the same degrees every 18 (and 9) years. If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve already lived through an eclipse near this degree. Recent eclipses at this degree occurred in July 2011 and July 2000. If these were significant months for you, they may be so again. Look for a common theme. Sometimes the broken pieces of an earlier eclipse are healed in the next one.
- Does your natal chart have planets at the eclipse degree? Natal planets near the eclipse degree–especially planets between 9 and 13 degrees of Cancer–may mean you’re one of the ones more vulnerable to “eclipse demons.” Planets near 10 degrees of the other cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Capricorn) are also vulnerable.
- Which house in your chart does the eclipse activate? This is where you need to put your “archetypal pattern” glasses on. The houses describe various areas of life–home, school, career. Your chart will tell you which house holds 10-11 degrees of Cancer. Once you understand the basic meaning of that house, now you need to draw the connections. Your life will have the answers! What’s happening in this area? Any challenges or instabilities? This could be wonderful. Perhaps the eclipse wants you to break free of old chains here.
- What are the themes in the Saros family of eclipses? Don’t ask me to explain Saros Cycles–my eyes have glazed over every time I’ve tried to learn this subject. Yet I know enough to consult the expert, Bernadette Brady. By identifying the Saros family from which each eclipse family originates, she’s able to outline a few of its possible themes. According to Brady, with the midpoint of Mercury/Pluto in the mix, this can bring transformative news–news about youths–information that can cause worry–or inspire sweeping positive plans. (see Eagle and the Lark)
If the signs point to this as a potent eclipse for you, be sure to treat yourself to one of April’s famous eclipse reports, available here.
Likely more influential than the eclipse is your transits and progressions, available here as Steven Forrest’s fabulous Skylog reports.
You can round out your star picture for the year with Mary Shea’s solar return report. It’s best to order this one if your birthday falls within in the next or last three months.