Like June, the month of July is ushered in by a Partial Solar Eclipse (read the June 1 entry for reference), only this time in the water sign Cancer, giving the Moon rulership over it. Besides fluctuations in the precipitation cycle, which could cause heavy rains, floods or droughts, and atmospheric changes, matters of farming, crops, maternal and fertility issues, bonding and nurturing instincts, women, the public, patriotism, tradition, heritage, properties, real estate, domesticity as well as home- and family related issues are affected and highlighted for the next months. Conditions and circumstances in general will be subject to fluctuation or tidal changes during alternating phases of growth and decline.
In addition, July 1st sees the birth of a new Saros cycle. This new series will be Saros Series 13 New South (to use the Jansky naming system) or Saros Series 156 (according to the van den Bergh numbering system), which features in its birth chart a loose Cardinal Grand Cross comprised of the New Moon in Cancer, Saturn in Libra (square), Pluto in Capricorn (opposition) and Uranus in Aries (square). The closest midpoints (45 degree module) are Pluto on the midpoint of Mars/Jupiter and Jupiter on the midpoint of The Sun/Neptune, for which renowned astrologer Bernadette Brady, M.A., gives the following interpretation:
“The theme of this entire series will be about undertaking and or completing large endeavors. At a personal level, hard struggles begin to resolve, old thorny issues begin to untangle and the too-hard problems start to become clear. Added to this Grand Cross is the energy of the tightest midpoints and these are Pluto to Mars/Jupiter, which suggests extraordinary effort and achievement PLUS Jupiter to New Moon/Neptune, which brings long and difficult issues to gentle conclusions through inspiration or the insight of a bright idea. So, if you are stuck or jammed on an issue at the moment, apply your mind and give yourself permission to ‘think outside the box’ or do a little active imagination to help find solutions. Old problems can be solved in this period. This eclipse is also happening amongst the stars of Gemini which, within the Assyrian astrologer/priests’ letters to their kings, usually indicates the death of a king or the ending of an issue. So endings… but endings of problems, the ending of ‘old’ things, which then allows a fresh approach to life.” (excerpt from her newsletter)
Thus, the extraction, release and filtering of accumulated energy, associated with a South Node Eclipse, is related to the closing of a chapter or drawing of a bottom line so that issues can be resolved and matters concluded and we can ready ourselves for the utilization of our inherent talents and gifts or for the outpouring of those things, ideas and plans, we’ve nourished and gestated in our imagination for a quite some time, as evidenced by Mercury in Cancer’s trine to Ceres in Pisces in the Eclipse chart, which indicates the completion of a developmental phase on the mental plane and communicative level. Mars in Gemini’s semi-square to Eris in Aries stresses the enactment of our agenda in this regard and also that our motivation is driven by our self-interests and the will to survive and end up on the winning side in this competitive environment of ours (“eat or be eaten” is very much a motto). As Juno in Virgo is approaching a square to the nodal axis, we’re reaching a turning point in the way we define our role in the larger scheme of things, which requires from us to imitate and practice what we learn and observe in order for our relationship principle to function in a manner that serves our future prospects.
Under the pressure of the Cardinal Grand Cross we’re forced to break out of our shell or cocoon to be shaped and formed by the new trends and collective processes at work in both – our individual lives and society at large, while our inner barriers are eroding, providing us with a chance to reinvent ourselves and to become more self-sufficient and authentic as we grow into the Self-image we’ve envisioned. We can rely on our resourcefulness, inner strength and personal power for the sustainment and fostering of this new seed-tone that sounds forth with the Solar Eclipse as we prepare ourselves to master the challenges inevitably presented to us. In the end, the ultimate form is forged from considerable tension.
The Sabian Symbol for the Solar Eclipse/Cancer New Moon states:
”A large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process. Keynote: The arduous training for perfection in order to fully manifest an ideal – CRAFTSMANSHIP.”
Tarot card for the Solar Eclipse/Cancer New Moon is “The Wheel of Fortune reversed”, suggesting changes that could turn out to be difficult and could be feeling ‘out of control’. Expect the unexpected. Accept life’s sudden twists, even if you’re apprehensive and unsettled about something. Don’t be careless, though or let your ego get in the way. Count on interruption or inconsistency. Keep planting seeds and trust that there will be results. However, don’t depend solely on luck or fate and never struggle against the events coming into your life.