Astrologers love eclipses. Ancient civilizations both feared them
and revered them. Eclipses bring out your shadows and your strengths.
They help you to access your core soul desires. If you understand
the basic energy of eclipses, you can draw upon them for maximum
There are three eclipses during July, and an unusually high count
of six for the year. Although they are not especially significant
from a Pacific Northwest viewing perspective, they are important
from an energetic standpoint.
Like the tides of the ocean, eclipses work in cycles. This summer,
the eclipses shift out of the zodiac signs of Leo the leader and
freedom-seeking Aquarius, and into nurturing Cancer and solid, foundation-building
Capricorn. The shift is from the elements of fire-air into water-earth.
Think back to what you have done with your life since Summer, 1998
when the lunar emphasis on Leo and Aquarius began. You probably
began to get innovative ideas about how you can help humanity and
lead yourself to freedom. Beginning now, the shift is away from
an energy of outwardly seeking our highest desires and dreams towards
inwardly creating a life structure that will nurture us at the deepest
levels. Your core soul desires will seek ways to manifest themselves
in the practical, mundane world.
July has an emphasis on the sign Cancer beginning with the July
1st partial solar eclipse. The zodiac sign cancer rules women, children,
food, farming, upset stomachs, emotional nurturing, the disease
cancer, and all aspects of the feminine.
Since the United States was created with the Sun in Cancer, expect
the next president to enhance healing in all of these areas. Also,
watch for political and other news items in Chile, Argentina, and
the South Pacific, as they are under the path of the eclipse.
Solar eclipses like those on July 1st and 30th bring out the part
of you that has been holding back. You may have to interrupt the
busyness of your daily life to focus on what your soul really wants
to do in this life. Imagine, having to stop all of the little things
you do each day in order to bring forth what you really want out
If you were born under the zodiac signs of Cancer, Capricorn, Aquarius,
or Leo - or have natal chart planets in those signs, you will be
most highly stimulated this summer. Everyone should ask himself
or herself what do they really need in order to feel fulfilled and
nurtured in this life. Contrary to popular belief, this does not
necessarily include winning the lottery and finding your soul mate.
(Sorry!) It is time to seek a deep level of satisfaction and an
awareness that goes beyond the physical needs of this world.
The July 30th solar eclipse is the final one in Leo. Handle any
unfinished business from the last 1½ years. Leo asks you to step
forward to allow your Light to shine. The eclipse is partially visible
over Alaska and NW Canada, so there may be news from our friends
from the north.
On July 16th at 6:55 AM PDT, a lunar eclipse will be partially
visible in the WESTERN USA. Because it is a long 1 hour and 47 minutes
over Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, and New Zealand,
the effects of the Capricorn eclipse are likely to be pronounced
in those regions.
Whereas a solar eclipse stimulates your need to fully express your
self-identity and self-esteem in the world, a lunar eclipse impacts
your emotional body. What emotions have you pushed to the back burner
of your life for too long?
A Capricorn lunar eclipse calls you to balance the needs of your
physical world with your emotional world. In spiritual astrology,
Capricorn initiates you into a higher order. You let go of old ways
and step forth into a higher frequency of vibration. What old habits,
beliefs, and behaviors do you need to release this summer?
Add to that the wild card of Mercury retrograde in Cancer from
June 23 - July 17th and you have the makings of a summer that helps
you to blend your logic, your emotions, and your soul desires. Do
invest time during this introspective period in getting rest and
clarity in your life.
As you can see, eclipses are here to help you. If you find yourself
getting frustrated or depressed during July, it may be because you
have left your core soul desires and purpose on the backburner of
activity for too long. The surest way out of those feelings is to
reassert what you really want to do in life. Begin to take steps
to call into your life that which your heart and soul really wants
to do. Allow yourself to do those things that you have been too
busy for, even if just a couple hours per week. If you allow yourself
to experience the assistance that eclipses have to offer, you will
be well on the path to increasing your fulfillment in life. Now
is the time to flow with the changing tides of energy to create
a fully integrated lifestyle.
Mark Dodich has been a professional astrologer,
specializing in spiritual purpose and relocation, since 1980. He
is past president of the Oregon Astrological Association. For a
free copy of his newsletter, ASTROMARK, contact him at (503) 252-1558
or visit his weekly Astrology Forecast at www.europa.com/~mardo/astromark.html