I am looking forward to Thursday evening’s New Moon partial solar eclipse, not so much as a discrete event but because eclipses are energetic power surges, heralding changes even months and years ahead.
I always enjoy it in late June or July when there’s a New Moon in Cancer, the sign of my Sun and Mercury. This New Moon will be extra intense as the Sun and Moon will be opposed by the transformative force of Pluto, now in the sign of Capricorn (hard work, structure, nurturing projects, getting things done.)
For any lunation (new or full Moon) or transit, we look to where it falls and activates our own natal chart. This July 12th union of the Sun and Moon at 21 degrees of Cancer will conjoin with my own natal Mercury at 21 degrees of Cancer in the 11th house. Mercury is the predominant force in my chart. My rising sign is 0 degrees of Virgo, one of the two signs ruled by Mercury. (Pluto is also there at 0 degrees of Virgo, adding punch, to say the least.) Mercury also rules my 10th house Venus in Gemini. The 10th house is about one’s career or mission to the world. (The aesthetics of research and writing, even of harsh, Plutonian realities, is what I focused on during the creative and publicly out-there years of my 20s and 30s.)
I’m viewing the New Moon eclipse at 21 degrees of Cancer as a power boost for my natal Mercury. I’m also currently undergoing a once-in-a-lifetime passage of transiting Pluto in Capricorn opposing natal Mercury. I have not feared this transit. I welcome the transformation, the more thorough the better. Pluto opposing Mercury by slow moving transit, punctuated by the July 12th solar eclipse, symbolize what one of my astrology teachers calls a “transformational identity moment.” Who am I becoming? I just turned 60 and I look forward to finding out.
I want to dive deeper into my true Mercurial nature. In the next few years, there will be several more eclipses activating my natal Mercury (and Sun) in Cancer.
Mercury rules all things to do with communication: quick-wittedness, sharp perception, absorption of learning, thinking, writing, expression of one’s voice. Mercury is also the traditional planet associated with astrology. I’ve got Mercury in the 11th house of allies, community and causes, realization of hopes and dreams, often later in life.
Kick-ass Pluto opposing my Mercury, high-lighted by Thursday’s eclipse, tells me: get out there and be your mercurial self. For me, this means re-turning to my natural work as a writer and cultivating my new work as an astrologer. During my late June vacation, while Mercury in the sky was in my home sign of Cancer (she/he’s now in Leo) I enjoyed the mental space to re-start the writing of the book I started two years ago and had put aside. I outlined sections, and now I’m writing scenes and connective material, a little day by day. I can’t write in big swaths of time as most of my weekday hours are taken up with a full-time day job. I am a “starving artist,” obliged to find moments of creativity in between stretches of drudge work.
Meanwhile, transiting shaker-and-mover Uranus in the earthy, sensual and values-oriented sign of Taurus is in my 9th house (associated with study, religion, mysticism and astrology). The force of Uranus is headed, in a few years, toward my mid-heaven angle, symbolizing the potential for major changes in the work I do in the world. Welcoming it!
My plan for Thursday evening during the solar eclipse, though we won’t see it in the sky here, is to add some plants to my garden–good Cancerian/Virgo woman that I am– and to re-dedicate myself to Mercury. I’ll be spending some time studying astrology and writing, even if just for a few precious moments of time.