I will first take a quick look at this eclipse in the context of its historical “roots” and then give you an idea of how the eclipse could relate to you and your chart. Though many of you are very fearful of eclipses, they do not always bring dire events. They do bring change. Learning to deal effectively with the changes in your life is a valuable skill to help you navigate the rough spots. Astrology is an outstanding tool to help you develop this skill.
Historical Information of Saros Series 14 South
The May 20, 2012 eclipse belongs to the Saros Series 14 South. Every eclipse belongs to a “series.” The eclipse that started this series occurred on August 29, 984 A.D. An eclipse carrying the signature of Saros 14 South will occur every 18 years.
The original eclipse featured Jupiter on the midpoint of the new Moon/Pluto, with the new Moon on the midpoint of Mercury/Pluto and also on the midpoint of Mars/Saturn. A planet on the midpoint of two other planets acts like a conjunction, combining the energy of all three planets. It is important to understand the planetary energy from the eclipse that started this Saros Series, because the energy carries over into the present eclipse as an overlay.
Planetary Contacts of the May 20, 2012 Solar Eclipse
The current, May 20, 2012, eclipse sun and moon fall at zero degrees Gemini and are square Neptune in Pisces at 03 degrees. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury is at 22 degrees Taurus conjunct Jupiter. In addition, the eclipse falls on the fixed star Alcyone, which is at zero degrees Gemini in the Pleiades star cluster.
This solar eclipse will especially impact those with planets at early degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius). Because the eclipse is at zero degrees, it will also impact those who have planets around 27 to 30 degrees of the preceding fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In addition, those with planets around 22 degrees of Taurus may feel some effect, especially as it relates to communication and/or earning money from some sort of communication.
How the May 20, 2012 Solar Eclipse Will Affect You
We must first start with the energy from the original eclipse of Saros 14 South: Because of the Jupiter contact (expansion) with the New Moon (fresh start) and Pluto (power), this eclipse family tends to bring success after a period of hard work (Saturn contact). The Moon-Mercury-Pluto contact brings the possibility of an obsessive (Pluto) idea (Mercury) finally being accepted (Jupiter). During this eclipse, pushing for your ideas (even ones that have been ignored over and over) could bring an eventual breakthrough. For instance, now is the time to rework that resume or business proposal and present it once again to finally have it noticed.
Some caution is in order because of Mars in combination with Pluto. Push too hard and you could have a case of “immovable object meets the brick wall” (Pluto) with overtones of anger (Mars) and even violence (Pluto).
Both solar and lunar eclipses denote a time of change. Every solar eclipse falls on a new moon, so every solar eclipse is about starting something new and beginning a time of growth. However, in order to start something new we must give up that which is no longer working for us. This is where the pain often comes in. For instance, a relationship that is no longer working must either be completely rejuvenated and rebuilt (Pluto) or it must be left behind to make room for a new relationship (new Moon).
Because the eclipse falls in Gemini, there is a very big emphasis on communication. You are being called to communicate in a new way. The way you have been communicating in the past may not be working. Or, maybe you need to put more emphasis on communicating. For those of you with a strong Gemini/Sagittarius emphasis in your chart—it may be time to go to the next level with your communication skills (writing, speaking, teaching, publishing, etc.). Gemini’s ruler, Mercury (communication), at 22 degrees Taurus (a money and security sign) conjunct Jupiter (expansion) also gives the green light to such activities. The planetary wind is at your back and will help you along to the degree that you are willing to give up the habits or thoughts that have held you back.
The eclipse sun and moon are square Neptune at 3 degrees Pisces. With a square to Neptune (illusion, delusion) things may not be as they seem. Be especially aware of self deception and of others who want to deceive you. Be sure that your anti-virus software and your computer firewall are working. Drug and alcohol use is most definitely not advised at this time. However, it is an especially good time to meditate and to get in touch with your spiritual side.
The eclipse conjunct the fixed star Alcyone in the Pleiades cautions you to only be concerned about your own progress, not what others are or are not doing. The story of the Pleiades is a story of seven sisters who were in competition with one another to the extent that it brought the downfall of all of them. It also speaks to letting go of our attachment to the people, places, or situations that have passed from our lives and to move on and to forge better and stronger bonds in a new way. For instance if you are still emotionally (Moon) tied to a relationship that ended a long time ago, now is an excellent time to let go of it and to move on (Alcyone).
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