Many late-nighters got to see the total eclipse of the Moon on December 21st. I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t one of them (3 am is a bit much), but I keep having this strong feeling that something significant has happened, so I’ll write about it here.
Why This Lunar Eclipse was Significant
Astronomically, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and the Moon are exactly aligned with Earth in the middle, so that Earth blocks the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon. This eclipse was rare in that the total lunar eclipse has coincided with Winter Solstice, for the first time in 456 years.
Lunar eclipses always occur during the Full Moon. This time, it occurred during a Full Moon in Gemini. Sun was at the 29th degree of Sagittarius, about to enter Capricorn; Moon was at 29 Gemini, about to enter 0 Cancer. (For beginners, Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun enters 0 Capricorn.)
In astrology, the degree in which an eclipse occurs is considered significant, especially if it coincides with a planet or an Angle in your natal chart. This time the event seems doubly significant, because the eclipse occurred on an Aries Point (i.e. 0 degree of Cardinal signs.)
In a natal horoscope, Aries Point is the point of public projection: you have a potential to become known to the world through the quality of the natal planet (or the midpoint) on an Aries Point. In mundane astrology, transits to Aries Point often coincides with significant events.
Eclipse is often considered as a foreshadowing event, suggesting an important development to come through the natal planet or point it touched (usually through conjunction, square or opposition.) Considering that this eclipse aspected everyone’s Aries Point, there could be noticeable change that could be felt by many.
Interpreting the Lunar Eclipse in Your Own Horoscope
There is a Pluto-like quality to the symbolism of lunar eclipse, as the light of the Sun is temporary blocked, and a deep abyss opens into one’s emotional self. For some, this could signify an emotional breakthrough of some sort, as a result of seeing deeper into themselves. For others, surprisingly powerful emotions could be felt from within, empowering the psyche.
On the other hand, the lunar eclipse could coincide or foreshadow an emotionally stressful event, which may result in grief, or even despair. If you’re prone to negative thinking, it’s important not to draw far reaching conclusions from challenging events that may be going on at this time.
If you have a planet or an Angle within 2 degrees of the Aries Point, then pay special attention to it for the next 6 months or so, and see how your life develops in terms of the symbolism. Some examples follow:
- Saturn on the Aries Point in 5th house will highlight your business, serious hobby, your father, or your child. The eclipse could suggest the beginning of a transformation in the way you work, or how you relate with your father or your child.
- Venus on the Aries Point in the 7th house will highlight your popularity with the public, as well as your marriage/relationship. The eclipse could bring up uncomfortable issues, but may also strengthen the emotional bond you have with people.
- Neptune on the Aries Point in the 3rd house will highlight your creative imagination and inspiration expressed to others, or perhaps your confusion and escapist tendencies. The eclipse could intensify both positive and negative potentials of Neptune archetype.
If you have a midpoint on an Aries Point, then consider its symbolism in terms of the planets involved, and see how they may be highlighted for potential development and expression in the near future.
Conclusion and Further Discussions
Have you felt differently during or after this lunar eclipse? If you feel subtle or intense emotional shift at this time, it may be helpful to pay attention to how your horoscope has been touched by this rare celestial event.
In your natal chart, do you have a planet or a midpoint on the Aries Point? If so, what developments could they signify to you? Feel free to discuss your thoughts and experience through emails or comments…(note to use tight orb, 2 degrees from 0 Cardinal.)
(photo courtesy of Vic Acid in flickr)