Eclipse Aspects to Natal Planets: The Narrative of Change

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Eclipse Aspects Natal PlanetsChances are, your birth chart contains at least one planetary configuration so dreadful that astrologers take one look and gasp: “How do you live with that?”

And you shrug. Because it’s like having been born with blue eyes or red hair: that’s the way it’s always been for you, so you’re pretty much used to it, much the way one gets used to a throbbing arthritic joint. A hypothetically awful aspect is your cross to bear, as Sister Rita used to say. But the very aspects that inspire terror in the casual observer are, potentially, your treasure.

Planets woven together by difficult aspects are as strong as steel. They represent problems you can’t ignore, and conflicts that chew at you until you find a resolution – or at least détente. They describe your defining attributes; and each time an eclipse scores a glancing blow off these aspects (about every four and a half years), you’re given another chance to become a little bit more … you.

So not even the most unpleasant natal aspect is inherently awful. And despite the unease they inspire, neither are eclipses. Some are part of a larger and more daunting planetary picture with global implications. Personally, however, we tend to experience eclipses most strongly when they form close aspects (especially conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) to planets in our birth chart. Each time an eclipse aspects one of the planetary crosses that you bear, a narrative of change emerges – one that is repeated over and over throughout your lifetime.

Unless an eclipse triggers these high-tension natal aspects, or falls very close to the cusps of the first, fourth, seventh, or tenth houses, you are likely to experience its influence as relatively subtle, like the flutter of a leaf in a chilling breeze. But let one of your more sensitive aspects get triggered, and it’s the difference between a doctor checking your reflexes during an exam and hammering an arthritic knee.

  • Eclipse aspecting the natal Sun: If life is a movie, the Sun is the protagonist – however flawed – for whom we cheer. Each of us is born to be the hero of our own life story; but often, timidity or false modesty persuades us to hand over that role to others. When eclipses aspect your natal Sun, you are thrust into the starring role – and if you’re not used to it, that can be uncomfortable.
  • Eclipses aspecting the natal Moon – From the moment we’re ripped from mom’s womb, we seek to reclaim the security and safety that we knew there. We feather our nests, stock the pantry with foods we like, and surround ourselves with people who make us feel comfortable. But when eclipses aspect the natal Moon, something – a new living situation, a change in health – may leave you feeling as exposed as a crab with her shell cracked open.
  • Eclipses aspecting Mercury: How do you define yourself? Usually, it begins with a name. Then, with your rank in the family pecking order, on the playground, in the workplace. Finally, numbers (grades in school, numbers on a paycheck) define you. When eclipses aspect natal Mercury, the god of definition, prepare for a change in your name, rank, or serial number – and for a change in how you define yourself.
  • Eclipses aspecting Venus: If only each of us were endowed with flawless confidence, great relationships, bountiful self-esteem, and oodles of cash! Eclipse aspects to Venus remind us that world will not always give us the treatment, whether kind or cruel, that we think we deserve.
  • Eclipses aspecting Mars: Mars is a trained, ruthless guard dog that answers only to you. He guards you and your home, defends your reputation, and helps you get all the cool things that you want. When eclipses aspect natal Mars, the watch dog is stirred up and straining at his leash; get what’s yours, but don’t let anyone get hurt.
  • Eclipses aspecting Jupiter: When was the last time you had an adventure? When eclipses aspect Jupiter, you’re itching to take a chance, to feel the thrill of being completely alive. These can be times when you overreach out of sheer optimism; but they are also moments when your life jumps tracks and starts moving in a new direction.
  • Eclipses aspecting Saturn: When eclipses aspect Saturn, you may feel worn out and discouraged. Probably, you’ve outgrown your life or are playing by outdated rules. But you’ll never get anywhere by blaming others for your problems. Regardless of how things got this way, what are you going to do to make your life better?
  • Eclipses aspecting Uranus: When eclipses aspect Uranus, you may feel like a misfit – and that can hurt. Recognizing who your friends are (and aren’t), and looking for a tribe that lets you be yourself, is the challenge of these eclipses.
  • Eclipses aspecting Neptune: These eclipses compel you to examine your blind spots, question your faith, and dispute what you previously thought was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself – like a wife who ignores the signs that her husband has strayed, or the man who is disillusioned by his womanizing guru – these eclipses can deliver a wakeup call.
  • Eclipses aspecting Pluto: In each of us, there is a dark side. There are feelings that are unworthy of us – rage, jealousy, fear, covetousness. They weaken us, making us slaves to our emotions and to people who are more self-possessed. When eclipses aspect Pluto, we meet that dark self and the others who embody it for us, grappling with power and the need for control.

Combine these descriptions to better understand the sensitive points in your own chart that will be awakened by the upcoming eclipses on April 15, 2014 (lunar eclipse at 25.16 Libra) and April 28, 2014 (solar eclipse at 8.52 Taurus). If a planet in your birth chart, or the Ascendant/Midheaven, falls:

  • between about 21 to 29 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn (April 15), or
  • between about 5 and 14 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius (April 28)

your reflexes will be working overtime… and that arthritic knee is going to be really, really sore.

© April Elliott Kent All rights reserved.

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19 Responses to “Eclipse Aspects to Natal Planets: The Narrative of Change”

  1. MarlyK

    The last two eclipses will aspect, respectively: my natal Moon/Venus/Pluto t-square, and; my ascendant, grand fire trine, and that darned t-square again.

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  2. Trish

    Ugh! The first eclipse squares my natal Moon Pluto conjunction @ 10 Virgo, the second eclipse conjuncts my natal Venus, though not as closely, and the last eclipse opposes my Sun & Mercury. Lets see what fun it creates!

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  3. Jackie

    April 25th the lunar eclipse will conjunct my Sun 5 deg Scorpio Sun exact, I’m having surgery the same day, literally knee surgery, nothing life threatening. Then the May solar eclipse will conjunct my Moon in Leo 15 degrees. Should I reschedule how bad might that be? Any advise, thoughts, recommendations, insights? Appreciated! :)

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    • April

      Hi Jackie – I would recommend you get in touch with Molly Gauthier of Molly’s Astrology. She does a lot of work with surgery electionals and would be able to give you better feedback about that. Good luck with your surgery!

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  4. Maria

    First, my pal Neil Gaiman has natal Saturn in the 7th. He got married during an eclipse to his Saturn. Ergo, eclipses aren’t necessarily bad, as you pointed out.

    Second, I’ve examined the historic dates in the downloadable booklet about this upcoming eclipse, and I’ve discovered that it’s always an interesting time for relationships and personal contacts in general, with both couplings and breakups. The latest eclipse at that point, which happened in April 2005, was just before I got together with the Frenchman. Although I should point out the 5 Scorpio eclipse affects both my ascendant and midheaven.

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  5. Rich

    This is so funny….The eclipse for 4/25 is conjunct my arabic part of fortune and Mars both in the 2nd house…I have been winning scratch off lottery tickets (never play them) getting things for free, and making xtra money..I luv Astrology!!!!

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  6. Sag

    Hi April,

    The solar eclipse on may 9th will be in my 6th house conjunct natal jupiter. Would this indicate possible “positive” changes in my day to day working environment?

    Thanks!
    Sag~

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    • Faye

      This eclipse on 25th April triggered my natal Neptune (9 Scrorpio) square Venus (4 Leo). A couple of days after the eclipse on the 27th, when transiting mars going through my 5th opposed my Neptune (and that eclipse degree), I unexpectedly met someone on a tram – love at first sight. He chatted to me and got my phone number. We spent a brief hour and half together in a bar that night. Sadly, he was 25 years younger than me so nothing could come of it. We went for a romantic walk along the beach and kissed for half an hour. Wow – it was like a dream. I didn’t see or hear from him again. My Neptune/Venus square was activated so powerfully. He (and the experience) was so Neptunian.

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  7. Michael

    This May 25th, 2013 lunar eclipse is of particular interest to me because of the following in my natal chart. I even thought the eclipse on my MC (with everything else) could possibly serve as a “catalyst” for the lottery. In addition to what’s stated below (all natal transits), I have my Progressed Pluto, Sun, Mercury, and Mars all in my Progressed 5th House. I also have my Progressed Moon in my Progressed 11th House. In addition, transiting Venus and Mercury both conjunct my natal POF next month at 21 degrees Cancer. Any thoughts?

    All natal positions:

    (1) My MC is 4 degrees 45 minutes Sagittarius.

    (2) My MC conjuncts my 10th House Saturn (within 3 1/2 degrees).

    (3) My MC trines my 6th House Leo Mercury (2 degrees), Leo Mars (9 degrees), Leo Venus (10 degrees), and Leo Uranus 1 (degree).

    (4) My MC sextiles my 7th House Virgo Jupiter (8 degrees).

    (5) My MC is sesquiqadrate my 6th House Cancer Sun and POF (1 1/2 degrees).

    (6) My MC is Quintile my Aquarius Moon (1 degree).

    (7) My MC is Quintile my Aquarius Ascendant ( 0 degrees 41 minutes).

    (8) My MC also squares my Leo Pluto (6 degrees).

    (9) My Progressed 3rd House cusp is also 4 degrees 47 minutes Cancer (which, of course, makes my Progressed 9th House cusp 4 degrees 47 minutes Capricorn) .

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    • April

      Michael – When working with eclipses, I use only the conjunction, opposition, or square to natal planets, within a 4 degree orb. So of the things you list, I would focus on the eclipse conjunction to the Midheaven. That immediately makes things much simpler and more focused. This is an eclipse cycle that indicates change underway in your career, reputation, and/or essential life direction – your “calling,” and how you’re perceived by the rest of the world. I would go back to previous years in this cycle – in particular, May 2012, May 2002, May 1994, May 1993 – and think about what was happening then re: Midheaven/career matters.

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  8. sky talk

    I feel change closing in.. start of last eclipse season I have been plagued with death and imparticular suicide. 7 deaths 4 funerals 2 attempts, 2 people unexplainable health issues brought close to death. All have been within arms reach.. with this eclipse on my ascendant that conjunct uranus/mars/ceres. One can hope for positive change.

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  9. Kat

    This Eclipse full on Mercury at 25 Libra and Progressed MC. Job changes, volunteering with kids, looking at all minutiae to get big picture. Saturn is on Jupiter/Neptune in Scorpio. Resuming running and health routine- cleaning up eating. Facing big home transitions as eldest applies to uni. Gratitude for all of it!

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  10. DP

    Wow, this is funny… the October 18th 2013 (today) eclipse is conjunct my Saturn and MC… and, I am suffering from an arthritic knee!

    Synchronicity rules!

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  11. LB

    This month’s Eclipse will be conjunct my 2nd house Libra Sun, Venus and North Node – and also conjunct my progressed Ascendant from the 12th, just 1 degree shy of my natal Sun (ruler of my natal 12th).

    During my last Nodal Return, I got married. I also started having past-life dreams in which I was married to an artist who passed my artwork off as his own – I tried to leave the marriage but failed. Although not a happy dream (and one that seemed to have *nothing* to do with my present-day husband), it did inspire me to pick up a paint brush and try my hand at painting. Though I’d never claim to be a great artist, I discovered I had a natural talent -especially for design and for capturing archetypal images and universal symbols. Although some people liked what I created, I stopped a few years ago and turned my attention elsewhere, trying to figure out how and what I could contribute to the world after my long-time career as an office-manager ended.

    Then yesterday morning, before I was fully awake (and, I believe, in direct answer to the previous night’s prayer), I received a bit of guidance in the form of a brief message, along with woman’s name and a single word; I knew the name and word were important, though I didn’t know how.

    When I googled them, up popped the story of an artist, a woman who’d lived and died before I was born and whose artistic contributions only became widely recognized a few years ago, many years after her death. Until the discovery, it was thought the artistic genius behind her creations was another well-known artist, the man who owned the company she worked for – like me, she was a manager. The word I’d received was the name of the one artistic creation she’d received a major award for – coincidentally, it’s also something I’d drawn myself, and in a similar style.:0 Not *nearly* as good, but still spooky. All my life, I’ve been drawn to the style of art she created.

    This woman lived during a time when married woman weren’t allowed to work. Later in life, her eventual decision to (re)marry meant giving up her beloved career (where she earned a sizable income) and living the remainder of her life in relative obscurity, though she continued to create. I imagine her sense of self-worth took a major hit, though from what I gather, she did find love.

    Reading bits of her story, I felt sad and overwhelmed, wondering about our connection and why I’d received her name. It’s hard not to wonder who I was and who I’m meant to become. This isn’t at all what I’d expected from this Eclipse. If I were her, I’m not sure I’d want all of the attention focused on me – which is what I got from your post.

    One more funny coincidence is that my progressed Sun is now conjunct this deceased artist’s natal Sun – and my natal 4th house Saturn. I’m sure there’s more to unfold. . . thanks for sharing your insights on Eclipses, April. I found this post very enlightening.:)

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