Do you feel like the world has been increasing
your load of responsibilities, or in some way adding to the pressure
cooker of life these past few months (years!)? If your answer is yes,
then the eclipses of June and July will help you to balance your inner
and outer worlds.
| Mark Dodich
Eclipses help you to stop and look within. Just like the light
of the Sun or Moon is shadowed during an eclipse, so too is the
busyness of your outer life. Many people experience an interruption
in their daily activities near an eclipse. It may simply be time
to take a vacation. Or, a life-changing event may manifest to change
Although the following are extreme examples of eclipses, they do
illustrate the importance of paying attention to your attitude and
behavior around an eclipse. Princess Diana was killed at a solar
eclipse that aligned with her natal placement of the planet Pluto,
ruler of major transformation and things that are hidden in the
underworld (like a tunnel). John F. Kennedy Jr. died in an airplane
crash near an eclipse that landed on his natal chart placement of
impatient and forceful Mars. As you can see, an eclipse landing
in an important part of your birth chart can have significant impact
upon your life.
The upcoming eclipses are particularly powerful because the June
21st Solar Eclipse (new moon) at 4:58 AM PDT occurs only four hours
after Summer Solstice. This means that the effects of this event
will be with you until the Autumnal Equinox. Summer Solstice ceremonies
will be especially auspicious this year.
Because the solar eclipse is in the zodiac sign of Cancer, emotions
may oscillate through highs and lows in the months ahead. Cancer
represents family, nurturing, women, emotions, healing, and your
ability to tune in to the feelings of the public. In the body, Cancer
rules breasts, the stomach, ulcers, the womb, and the disease cancer.
Pay extra attention to these areas of your life for the next several
On the psychological level, a solar eclipse asks you to look at
those projects and life goals that your Divine Nature wants to manifest
in this world. In the sign Cancer, you must go beyond the busyness
of your daily life to nurture yourself at the core of your spirit.
Now is time to bring those heart-warming special projects off the
back burner. Give yourself permission to nourish yourself this summer.
Of course, nourishment means that which makes you feel good at
the core of your soul, not the marathon session with ten pints of
"Ben & Jerry's." Make a list of things you would like
to give yourself, regardless of the obstacles. Invest some time
in experiencing how those things would make you feel. If you want
a summer sailing vacation, feel the ocean spray on your face, feel
the exhilaration of Dahl porpoises shooting out of the water beside
your boat, and hear the loud pop as the wind fills your sails. If
you can make it real in your mind's eye, you exponentially increase
the chances of it manifesting.
If the watery, emotional waves of the Cancer solar eclipse have
you feeling a little seasick, know that you will be stabilized and
grounded on earth with the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse on July 5th.
Capricorn represents structure, discipline, patience, responsibility,
long-term planning, and working within limitations. Physically,
you will want to pay attention to your bones, skin, teeth, rheumatism,
This full moon lunar eclipse is particularly significant because
it falls just after the USA and George W. Bush's birthday. A few
of the issues that could pop up include sudden and unexpected information
on unusual partnership agreements, warrior-like saber rattling,
hidden secrets coming to light, and information about George W's
father, the former president.
On the personal level, July's lunar eclipse asks you to balance
your worldly responsibility with the need to nurture yourself. It
is certainly true that you may be called upon to go to a new level
of responsibility, including family, community, or spiritual.
However, the universe is also asking you to take responsibility
for your personal needs. In esoteric, or spiritual, astrology, Capricorn
initiates you into higher levels of understanding. Like a shamanic
death, you leave behind your old nature and build anew. During the
next several months, it is important to take time to recharge your
emotional and physical batteries.
You must find the proper balance between work and play. Where are
you doing things for everyone else and putting your own needs and
desires on the back burner of life? It may be time to let go of
some of those projects that say, "if I don't do them, they
will not get done." In short, the summer eclipses are calling
you into harmony between the needs of the world and the needs of
your inner self.
If you allow yourself to flow in harmony with these eclipses -
to allow yourself to find your balance between inner and outer needs
and responsibilities- you will certainly be ready for the challenging
Saturn-Pluto opposition that begins on August 5th. But, you'll have
to check back at the next issue to learn about that!
Mark Dodich has been an Astrologer and Intuitive Counselor since
1980. He is past president of the Oregon Astrological Association
and provides consultations and workshops internationally. Call for
his free newsletter 503.252.1558 or visit his website at www.europa.com/~mardo/astromark.html