Total Solar Eclipse at 0°21′ Cancer 21 June 2020 – follow your feelings


On 21 June 2020, on the day of the Winter (or Summer in the Northern Hemisphere) Solstice which marks a turning point in our annual seasonal cycle, we have a powerful New Moon Total Solar Eclipse at at 00°21′ of the sign of Cancer, the Crab, at 11:41 pm PDT on 20 June, and 2:41 am EDT, 7:41 am BST, and 4:41 pm AEST on 21 June (please see chart below). This is an Annular Eclipse, or a “Ring of Fire” eclipse, where the Moon does not completely cover the Sun as it passes between the Sun and Earth, as seen from our perspective. A ‘ring’ of light still shines around the edge.

Cancer has a Cardinal quality or modality which not only signifies the change of season, it is initiatory, action-oriented; liking to “get new things going.” Cancer is also one of the signs which is also associated with the Water element concerning feelings and emotions, instinct and sensitivity. Some ‘keywords’ for Cancer include: caring, nurturing, protective, receptive and tenacious.

Cancer has an orientation towards family and fostering emotional ties within the home, it is our sense of belonging and feeling safe and secure – the “shell” we can return to after a long day out. Cancer is also connected with being moody, touchy, clingy and smothering, and feeling the sentimental need to hang on to the past and family momentos.

Cancer is ruled by one of the Luminaries, the Moon. The Moon isn’t a planet per se, but a “light” like the Sun (even though it has no light of its own but reflects the Sun’s light), and is the Earth’s satellite. The Moon is associated with security and safety, instinctive responses, the unconscious, family, our heritage and ancestry, Mother, basic needs, caretaking, food, feeding and the rhythms and tides.

The New Moon is a new personal cycle, a time of new opportunities and beginnings, with a Solar Eclipse, especially a Total Eclipse, being an intensified New Moon. Eclipses are like ‘wildcards’ and can bring up anything emotionally repressed to be dealt with, especially since the Moon is the planetary ruler of this Eclipse, being the ruler of Cancer.

The Eclipse is also making an out-of-sign square to Mars in Pisces – another Water sign, at 25°48′, so repressed anger may rise to the surface to be addressed and released. Mars however is conjunct Neptune, potentially clouding, confusing and “steaming up” any assertiveness of our feelings.

The Solar Eclipse makes an inconjunct aspect as well to Saturn in Aquarius, generating frustration between our emotional needs and honouring our feelings on the one hand, and on the other, our duties, responsibilities, restrictions, limits, and following the rules and obligations.

What house (area of life) does this New Moon/Solar Eclipse fall in in your chart:

1st house: A positive new self-image when reaching out into the world.

2nd house: Managing physical resources and money. Our innate skills and talents, and what is of value to us.

3rd house: Expressing ideas, more expansive in the way we think, being enthusiastic in our communication patterns. Taking a short course, changes in neighbourhood and more short trips.

4th house: Home – new beginnings regarding the home environment, renovations, family interactions.

5th house: Learning a helpful new hobby, or you could be involved with children. A new romance could eventuate.

6th house: New beginnings in day-to-day work and routines, diet and exercise.

7th house: One-to-one relationships. The possibility of a new partnership, either personal or business.

8th house: Connecting in relation to emotional intimacy. New issues may also arise around the areas of death, inheritances, wills, taxes, and legal issues with joint monies, property or other shared resources.

9th house: Making plans to travel or move overseas for higher learning purposes (university, religion, philosophies).

10th house: New career and social position, new career move, improved public standing, planning your vocation.

11th house: New networks and connections as part of a group or community. Deepening friendships and social connections.

12th house: Commune and connect with your inner self. Start a meditation routine, study tarot or the metaphysical realm.

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