For Sun and Rising Signs
There are times when the world opens up to us and demonstrates to us that we live in a much greater reality of imaginative creativity, love, tremendous connectedness, and a shared heart than we know. It takes us beyond our limitation of perception within which we box ourselves in this modern culture. Those limitations fall like once mesmerizing veils, and we connect to greater sight and wisdom, an opening in the way we experience ourselves, our lives, and the world in which we live. The time of a Solar Eclipse breaks the normal time sequence and offers to us infinity and spaciousness. How can each sign of the zodiac step into this powerful time?
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): As an Aries you are constantly pushing and driving yourself. The eclipse potency offers you to more deeply inhabit yourself, to open your heart and relax into the great heart that has continually gifted and helped your navigation. Breathe deeply as you open to the moment with its fullness. The fiery grand trine alignment the Leo Solar eclipse activates with Uranus, the Awakener in your sign, Aries and Saturn in Sag, the seeker of greater meaning, delivers you an opportunity, to ground what is birthing and beginning in your life. There are gifts and surprises all around you as you slow your pace and drop from your head into your heart. Mars in Leo gives you courage and ability to take a risk and trust in your intuition to stand in who and what you are, and who you are becoming.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): As a Taurus it feels as if the world is moving too fast, the beauty of the sunsets and sunrises call, and you want to sink into the beauty so prevalent on this troubled earth. A fire burns within you, a great heart beating during times of stillness with appreciation, and pulses through your blood. Let yourself engage with the preciousness of this life by feeling the deep synchronicities of the how the inner world and the outer world connect. Extend your senses into the mystery in which we live to fuel your core, to embody yourself, and bring the beauty of your heart out in expression. With your planet, Venus, the planet of love and harmony, aligning with Uranus, be flexible, especially in your thoughts. Allow this time of eclipse to infuse what is fixed within you to be surprised with unusual possibilities.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): The fiery Leo energy of the Eclipse stimulates your mind and activates all sorts of connections and interesting communications. Your planet Mercury, is retrograde in meticulous Virgo, as if that trickster is setting you up to slow your forward movement, allowing the brilliance of the Gemini to find ground. There is a power in this, to inhabit a deeper space of knowing, an elegance of communication that comes from the heart. It’s as if the possibility exists in the deepening of those moments of eclipse darkness to embody the greater gifts of the Gemini psyche, the ability to harmonize the polarities with yourself and the opportunity to glimpse how the world creates and recreates itself through polarities. Follow your breath to activate this transformation.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Ah, child of the moon that you are. In a way this is your day. The day the Moon mates with the Sun and the cosmos celebrates with a show of stars, where the Moon presence brings the darkness, and directs the Sun. It is as if you are walking into the sacred temple of the Moon, to surrender some outdated perception or habit, and you lay it upon the altar. Give yourself time the morning of the eclipse, knowing how much you tune into the greater needs and themes around you. This is your moment to reconnect to your core values, to your own self worth. This is the moment to honor your life, reconnect, and let go to the great fiery trine of planets that are seeding the new in you.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Once every 18 years the solar eclipse will grace your sign, Leo, that’s 1999 when it last took place. If you are born under the sign Leo you seek to fully blossom and express your heart in this life. Carl Jung calls it “Individuation”. This time marks an intensification of your desire to bring your expression forward, to open your heart to life, to yourself, and to others in ways you perhaps couldn’t or haven’t before. When the eclipse takes place in your sign, then one of the lunar nodes aligns in your sign for 1 ½ years giving you a boost to come into your dharma, your evolution that you are meant to take up in this one precious life. With the extra punch of Mars in Leo, your courage is up and your intention is strong. The potency of the Solar Eclipse realigns you with your core. Set that intention now and let the fiery grand trine burn away the old, and help to ground a fuller expression of who you are to bring it out into the world.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, during this eclipse time you can be more tuned in than ever. It activates your dreams, touches you into layers of your psyche that exist in the present and the transpersonal, and encourages you to move into great time and great space that the Eclipse offers. I encourage you to make time to be in quiet, to contemplate and let stillness wrap around you, soothing your nervous system, while it strengthens your perceptual abilities. Lay down your plans on the day of the eclipse and the next, and come into your deep self. Your awareness can bring you to connection with the greater reality and dimensions which are present and spoken of by yogis and seers. Your planet, Mercury, is retrograde and wants to rein you in. It’s in complete agreement.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This eclipse time offers to you the opportunity to envision your future, or even to connect with a new future for yourself. What has been limiting has been part of the old cycle. This is the time for you to take the initiative and the risk to be fully yourself, to express your heart and open yourself to possibilities without attachment to outcome. Your planet, Venus, is the planet of love and connectedness, of artistry, and of feeling into the mysterious beauty of it all amid the earthy troubles. The fiery grand trine that the Eclipse initiates actives an awakening within you and brings about something new in how you are with people.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This eclipse brings initiation for you and activates the evolutionary spiral you are on, reaching you upward with the help of your clear vision into who you are now, and how you want to manifest yourself out into the world. Be true to yourself, it calls out. You are given the energy and courage to trust yourself. Aligning this vision with patience and understanding, with clarity of what it is you are wanting in the most positive sense. Clear out the fears and the negativity, all that your sharp mind sees as wrong with the world. Give yourself over to your heart and the love that is present in your life. Watch it grow over the next year.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This eclipse marks a special time for you, a turning point. The last couple years you have been laboring under Saturn’s influence, with hard work, and projects to complete. Perhaps you have been tested and confronted with your beliefs. Now there is an opening. If you take the time you will be richly rewarded. The grand fiery trine which the eclipse activates stimulates your own search for truth and your love of expanded vistas, your love of awakening to greater meaning and understanding. Your planet, Jupiter, now in the sign Libra, truth and justice, balance and relatedness aligns with Mars to take action and aim your arrow of intention.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): This eclipse brings your attention to deep inner processes of transformation. Here issues of power and powerless come up. There is a drive to break through but also the shadow of that drive, that pushes with the old voice. The intention to set is for transformation, for letting go, for accepting vulnerability that brings you into core human qualities we all share, for trust in the larger guiding forces, in the process of life. Our journey goes through unexpected twists and turns. Take it all in. It’s the mythic story of being human. New birth is around the bend.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): The lunar south node is now in Aquarius. The north node is in the opposite sign, Leo. Every 18 years this cycle repeats itself. The nodal axis is the line of karma and dharma. It points the way for the collective and personal growth of consciousness. Here, with the south node in Aquarius, it asks you, Aquarius, to push off from too much thinking, gathering of data, online study, and to drop into the heart. It’s like pushing off from a shore that you are accustomed to and settling into the presence of awareness within your heart. The eclipse activates this, taking you into places you love, greater dimensions of reality that have been obscured or hidden but now enrich your life and relationships.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): As a Pisces, you are a great dreamer. Possibility is your middle name, so many good ideas, or reveries that fill canvases, sheets of paper with rhythms of music or words. Now the eclipse activates a grounding, bringing you into your body, sweeping clear, burning away any habitual ways of being that keep you ungrounded. The focus is on your body and care for this body as a sacred place to live your sacred life. The grounding benefits your work. An activation stimulates a new level of excitement in your work and the service or vision you provide others. Others look up to see the stars. You ground their mysterious creativity within your core.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 35 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.