Dear Friend and Reader:
In just less than four days, we will experience the third eclipse in this year’s rich spring eclipse season. This eclipse is along the Gemini-Sagittarius axis: a Sagittarius Full Moon, with the Moon opposite the Gemini Sun, exact at about 12:25 am EDT Saturday. (View full chart here.)
Photo by Anthony Ayiomamitis.
Genevieve Hathaway has interpreted this Sagittarius Full Moon lunar eclipse for each of the 12 Moon signs in today’s Moonshine horoscopes below, and we’ll be running her post on this Full Moon eclipse in Thursday’s Daily Astrology blog. Your Moon sign is where the Moon was when you were born, which you can find out by entering your birth data into Serennu.com. It helps to have your birth time but often that is not necessary. You can also try reading these horoscopes for your Sun and rising signs for additional layers of insight.
Visually, this will not be as noticeable or dramatic as the first lunar eclipse of the trio or the solar eclipse that we experienced two weeks ago. With a penumbral eclipse, the Moon (or part of it) passes through the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow, not the core of its shadow. Even if you watch it carefully, you might not notice a difference in the Moon’s appearance.
Astrologically, however, this eclipse still carries plenty of mojo. The Sun and Moon will be square Neptune in Pisces. Both Sun and Moon square Neptune can bring up cautions about illusions and disillusionment, and questions about your inner sense of integrity. Neptune can also offer us a way to dissolve inner obstacles. In a season of three eclipses, which are about releasing old patterns and setting new ones, this is helpful.
In addition, there’s another little-used, Pluto-like planet exactly aligned with this weekend’s eclipse: Orcus. Orcus was named after an ancient Etruscan god of the underworld (the Etruscans pre-dated the Romans); it is the namesake of orca whales (so-called killer whales) and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Orcs. This planet carries some associations of ‘that which comes up from below’.
The planet Orcus is located in early Virgo, opposite Neptune and square the Sun and Moon, making the T-square into a grand square.
In this position, Orcus in Virgo feels like a lurking fearful thought-form (perhaps an existential fear of death). Opposite Neptune, Orcus is opposed by what we tend to do, culturally and individually, in response to these thought-forms: escape with distracting illusions (entertainment) and other mind-altering substances (alcohol, drugs). Yes, there is a higher, universal-love manifestation of Neptune, but many people find that a lot harder to access.
So many of our fears are these mental-level (Virgo) obsessions; there are many very scared people out there, and it’s easy to get caught in a mental loop when we’re scared. The daily news is full of reasons to be afraid. It’s natural to want to escape the fear.
When you add the Sun and Moon at right angles to this dichotomy of obsessive, fearful thought-form versus escapism, you get a very useful question: If a thought-form is frightening, how do you deal with it? You probably have more choices than you think, since it is not reality.
That’s the thing that this eclipse is breaking open and stirring up: the limiting idea that fear and escapism are the only options. They are not. So ask yourself: what else can you do? What breaks up the false dichotomy, the mental loop and the feelings of powerlessness they engender? Hint: squares urge us to take action. At eclipse moments, even small acts can get you far.
Yours and truly,
with minor planet research by Eric