June 21st marks a Solar Eclipse at the Summer Solstice which is 0 Degrees Cancer. While a solar eclipse is always important for planting new seeds and beginnings that will evolve over the course of the next 6 months, this one is even more intense and important because it lies on the world axis. That means that it connects with events that play out on the world stage in even more fated ways. Its influence will be felt in the collective and everyone's response will be extremely personal in nature as well as more emotional. There will be much unconscious, conditioned behavior called out in the open to be processed and looked at. The history of our country is up for reinterpretation especially the parts of our history that have been hidden, swept under the carpet or totally obfuscated. Everyone will have a personal reaction and it will be publicized, advertised, televised and visualized through the media and world events. Try to be reflective as opposed to responding in knee-jerk fashions. That goes for everyone, even those that feel to be on the right side of history.
Eclipses occur in 19 year cycles. Astrologers and scientists define this as the Metonic cycle. That means that 19 years ago we had another eclipse at 0 Degrees Cancer on June 21, 2001. That was the eclipse cycle that ushered in the events of 9/11. You have to be aware of the past in order to predict the future. There is something about his cycle of eclipses that will reflect back to that time. We already have had a terrorist attack in the form of a the Covid-19 Pandemic so we are aware of the cycle being reflected in current events. In 2001 it came in the form of an open enemy and this year it arrived through a hidden enemy. Of course we have other cycles affecting the process this year, most importantly the Saturn/Pluto conjunction as well as the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction. That has only intensified the challenges of this year. The other major influence is the USA experiencing her Pluto return that will continue for several years. That is exposing the dark underbelly of the institutions and structures that form the basis and foundation of our country; namely slavery and capitalism. The dark and hidden side must come out in the open in order to be processed, understood and eventually transformed and rebirthed into something more constructive and powerful.
The summer of 9/11 was interesting because even though the eclipse happened on June 21 the event of 9/11 occurred a couple of months later. What one must remember about eclipse energy is that often the event doesn't occur exactly on the date. The energy is put in place but often another planet triggering the degree of the eclipse can set the event in motion - especially Mars or the Sun. In the case of 9/11 Mars, the action and war planet was transiting 0-1 degrees Capricorn on the day of the attack. This year Mars will transit 0 degrees Aries on June 29-30 very close to the date of the eclipse, so let's watch out for important world events around that time. We are in the middle of three eclipses this summer, June 5, June 21 and July 5 and world events are in a precarious state. Bernadette Brady defines this set of eclipses as belonging to a difficult Saros Series. Here's a direct quote from her book The Eagle and the Lark: "Restriction, inhibition, restraint, separation and illusions are the trademarks of this family of eclipses. Events can occur which seem to block the individual. In this blocking the individual is very prone to misjudge his or her strengths or the situation and is best advised to wait until the eclipses passes before taking any real action. This is a difficult Saros Series".
On an individual level having a North Node solar eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer suggest that everyone has to personally redefine the concept of home and family. This could be as simple as refurnishing, redecorating or purchasing a home but on a more psychological level it's about investing a new energy and concept surrounding the definition of home and family and those people, ideas, concepts and situations that you devote time and energy towards that promote your personal comfort and security. Cancer energy is extremely self-protective and there's a strong urge to fight and defend family values. Are your family values in tact or are they in need of redefining? Those are the big questions that we as individuals must ask ourselves as well as the country on a collective level. Look at the past and see where you have succeeded and failed and how will you lay new foundations to promote growth instead of stagnating in a quagmire of self-inflicted pain and suffering. Where are you holding grudges? So much of the polarization in our country stems from everyone feeling that their personal security is being stripped away - whether that belief is true or not. People like to hold on to the past because it feels comfortable - even if it is outdated, and no longer serves a useful purpose. They will go down screaming unless awakened. We will see more fighting and emotional and irrational behavior. Just think of the image of a mother lioness fighting to defend her cubs from an outside invader. That's the kind of energy we see in the human race right now. It can be ugly because of its raw, instinctive and visceral nature. The child of a drug addicted mother will scream if taken away from that mother even if it's in their best interest. That is the only type of nurturing and mothering the child is conditioned to, but doesn't mean it is good for them. Zero degrees Cancer has a strong connection to the umbilical cord. The minute we are born that umbilical cord is severed yet the baby screams for continued nurturance. Our growth and maturity from infancy to adulthood comes out of finding ways to re-attach the umbilical cord through our own devices and without relying helplessly on the outside Mother figure in our life. We have to become our own Mother by discovering ways to nurture ourselves through new relationships and creative activities. How we do this is always predicated on the original conditioning. It must evolve and grow and cannot stay attached to the past especially when that past has proven to have outgrown its original function.
If you have planets at 29 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) or 0-1 degrees of the cardinal signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Aries) then you will experience the events of this eclipse much more intensely during this period and within the next couple of months. The form that experience will take depends on what planet it hits and what houses are involved. I cannot go through all the permutations of what that means. For that you need to invest in a full astrological reading of your personal natal chart.
Take a couple of deep breaths. The planet Neptune is also stationing in the sky right now turning retrograde on June 23 so that is adding to heightened sensitivity, anxiety, sentimental behaviors as well as strong feelings of compassion and love. Neptune inflates emotions, whether good or bad, that are already in the ethers so be aware. Remember what I always say about eclipses: Nothing is as bad as it seems and nothing is as good as it seems. Events, situations and feelings are always heightened and inflated so try to take a step backwards. That is true now, more than ever.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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