The end of spring is a peculiar period of the year. Sunlight gets weird, and the Sun is so high in the sky that it almost feels like it’s not even shining. It is as if it was standing still, precisely as the word Solstice suggests. And in this stillness the Sun seems to call the human soul, almost absorbing it, dragging it with him in the heavenly heights.
It’s this feeling of “being absorbed” that in my opinion makes it difficult for the Soul to say that the Sun is shining out. This is because even though it’s true in a physical sense, the inner experience seems to go in the opposite direction. In a sense, when we look something irradiating we feel pushed away from it. And this is not what I feel, contemplating the midsummer Sun.
We are leaving Gemini, a mutable sign. Traditionally all mutables are considered to be “double signs”. This also applies to Virgo that from a symbolic perspective doesn’t have a double nature at all. Whereas Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius can clearly be understood as having a double body.
This doubleness refers to the fact that mutable signs transition us from a season to the next. This means that during the month we can experience a mix of the mood and flavor of both. In the case of Gemini in particular, the Twins have two different natures. One of them, Castor, is mortal; his brother Pollux, immortal. We can picture them as a living image of the human being. In fact we all have a mortal garment and an immortal spirit.
May 2022 has been a very eventful month. Eclipse season one is still ongoing, and it will end only with the next new moon in Gemini on May 30th. Mercury is still retrograde, and it’s going to turn direct only on June 3rd. And we still need to check on Mars, since his ingress in Aries is definitely going to be a game changer. Especially because he is going to stay in his sign until early July.
We’re definitely going to monitor Mars’ transits during the following months, since we’ve been talking about him as the activator of the recent eclipses. However, in this article I’d like also to focus on a more pleasant configuration that is going to last for a whole week in June.
On May 16th we are going to have the second and last eclipse of the first season of the year. This is going to be a Total Lunar Eclipse, taking place at 25° 17′ Scorpio. The first was a Partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus, and it was the new moon of the current lunation. This lunar eclipse instead is its full moon.
In general a solar eclipse affects the human willing. This is because the beginning of the lunation, the new moon, is dark and unconscious as the forces of our will. As we know from Anthroposophy human beings “are sleeping in their willing”.
A lunar eclipse instead affects mainly the human thinking. Thoughts are the result of the reflection in the brain of the imaginative etheric thinking. This reflecting activity belongs to the lunar forces, especially when the Moon is full. Simply put, the etheric thinking of the heart-Sun is reflected by the brain-Moon.
Since lunar eclipses occur during a full moon, they mainly affect our thinking. Steiner said that the cone of shadow that the Earth cast on the Moon during the eclipse allows nasty astral influences to pour into the earth. You can think of it as an upside down funnel, creating an opening for harmful entities. Hence, we want to take particular care of our thinking during a moon eclipse.
Jupiter is the planet of spiritual wisdom. In the first months of 2022 we discussed about his journey through Pisces, his nocturnal domicile. We’ve been talking about the harmonizing effect that the Great Benefic has tried to bring tirelessly to the world. Was his impulse for compassion enough to awaken our consciousness?
Now it looks like the tide is about to turn. Too many astrological events are converging. The eclipses are going to start soon, right during the second Mercury retrograde period. And on May 11, Jupiter is going to leave Pisces, staying in Aries until late November.
But what happens when the planet of Wisdom enters the zodiac sign of the Warrior during such a turbulent time? Let’s take a look at the general meaning of Jupiter in Aries.
As we discussed in the previous post Eclipse season one is going to start on April 30th. And we’ve seen how its main challenges are going to mainly focus on resources. However, we’ve also been talking about a more interior, psychological component. I’m referring to the planets in Pisces, that are going to give the eclipse a strong idealistic component.
In Anthroposophical terms, we are going to be dealing with the Luciferic forces. These forces seduce the human being with strong, one-sided, spiritual impulses. All spiritual communities should be very aware that “too much light” is as dangerous as “too much darkness”. And the social damages of a one-sided spiritual attitude are there for all to see.
In order not to get blinded by the mirages of the mind, we can prepare for these events. We can use Mercury retrograde as an opportunity to process the issues of the eclipses. In fact, when Mercury is retrograde the cosmic Mind turns within. Similarly, we can distance ourselves from the world to see things more clearly.
And as we are going to see, this Mercury retrograde is especially tied up with the second eclipse of May 16th.
So far, 2022 has been a very eventful year. It started with the appearance of a comet, which is always a sign of upcoming challenges for humanity. In addition, the first months of the year were marked by two stelliums in Capricorn. They brought both a feeling of heaviness and a prolonged cold season.
Yes, the balancing forces of Jupiter in Pisces have been inspiring us with the spiritual virtue of compassion. But that has mainly focused on the terrible war in Ukraine.
And now eclipse season is coming, a time of the year when karmic forces of change are released. Season one starts with a Partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus, which is a new moon. Immediately followed by a Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio, the full Moon of the same lunation.
This means that May is going to be an extremely dense month. Not only the two main phases of the lunation, new moon and full moon, are going to be eclipses. But we’re also going to have Jupiter’s ingress in Aries on May 11th, and Mercury Retrograde between Gemini and Taurus.
As we’ve said in the Astrology of 2022, this year focuses mainly on both the Air and Earth Elements. And all this emphasis on Taurus is now going to inevitably involve Uranus.
This article is part of a series about the Russian-Ukraine crisis. In previous posts we’ve been talking about Ukraine, Putin, Russia and the United States. Now it is the turn of NATO, the North Atlantic Alliance. What role is it going to play in this conflict?