Look for an in-depth essay next week, but here’s a quick review of the upcoming Solar Eclipse on May 20/21.
May 20, 2012 – Solar Eclipse 00.20 Gemini
4:47 pm PDT / 7:47 pm EDT
12:47 am BST (May 21) / 9:45 am AEST (May 21)
Sabian Symbol: A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.
This Solar Eclipse takes place at the Moon’s South Node. South Node eclipses call us to release old, comfortable patterns – a process that is often painful, and sometimes a bit frightening. In this case, you may find that what you’ve always accepted as “common knowledge” is nothing of the sort. The Sun and Moon square Neptune in the eclipse chart affirm that sometimes the path to real understanding is navigated not with the mind, but rather with intuition, imagination, and compassion. It’s a fitting reflection of this New Moon point’s Sabian Symbol, “A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.”
Transiting Mars in exacting Virgo is square the Moon’s Lunar Nodes at this eclipse, and suggests the journey toward greater understanding and perspective is one that will be energizing, but also demanding. Let yourself surrender the ideal of “perfection” so that you can embrace all that is “good.”
Venus will have entered its retrograde period in Gemini on the day of the eclipse. Venus’ retrogrades are potentially difficult passages for relationships in general – but this one will be especially hard on relationships that try to reduce love to a kind of formula or mental exercise. Expecting affairs of the human heart to follow the rules of logic and reason is a recipe for dissatisfaction. Don’t ignore underlying problems in your relationships, but seek solutions not with your brain, but rather with your heart. Sit knee to knee with the one you love, and peer into your relationship’s wondrous fathoms through your own “glass-bottomed boat.”
Previous years when eclipses fell near this spot can offer insight into what this eclipse might mean for you, and which of your life’s recurring themes are likely to be revisited. In recent years, eclipses have taken place near this degree on:
- May 21, 1993 (solar) – 0.31 Gemini
- May 25, 1994 (lunar) – 3.43 Gemini/Sag.
- Nov. 20, 2002 (lunar) – 27.32 Taurus
- Nov. 23, 2003 (solar) – 1.13 Sagittarius
Hot degrees: This eclipse will probably be especially significant for you if you have planets or angles – especially the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant – between about 28 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius, and 3 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. How to find where this eclipse point falls in your birth chart.
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