In a year full of the Air Element, the social struggle has been raging for months. Forces of hindrance are getting stronger and stronger now, as the Head of the Dragon approaches the Moon. Will their contribute make the situation worse?
In an astral environment full of masculine energy, the feminine planets has waited and watched. At least so far, since their intervention is now coming, walking through the doors of the Moon.
Eclipse season 2 is here. We are going to have a Partial Lunar Eclipse at 27° 14′ Taurus on November 19th, the first in this sign since 2014. Whereas on December 4th there will be a Total Solar Eclipse at 12° 22′ Sagittarius. The first is a Full Moon event, the second a New Moon, so the phenomena belong to two different lunation. This means that in terms of forces involved, they’re going to be separate events.
A North Node Eclipse
Let’s take a closer look to this eclipse. First of, a Lunar Eclipse always happens on a Full Moon. According to Rudolf Steiner, when the Moon is shadowed by the Earth, forces of hindrance have easy access to the earth. They approach the human being, affecting in particular our Thinking—one of the three members of the human soul. Simply put, a lunar eclipse inspires in us bad thoughts to committing deplorable deeds.
The direction of those forces are better understood if we take into account the lunar nodes. An eclipse always occurs on one of the nodes: Caput and Cauda Draconis, the head and tail of the dragon. The latter, has a destructive nature similar to “a little Saturn”; the former, a constructive nature similar to “a little Jupiter”. In both cases things happen suddenly and unpredictably.
This is going to be a North Node Eclipse, meaning that forces of construction are going to be involved. But how? And to what end? In order to understand this we need to take a closer look to the Moon in Taurus, as well as Venus—lord of the eclipse. The planet ruling the eclipse in fact is extremely important to understand the phenomenon. In this case it’s Venus because it’s the planet ruling Taurus, the zodiac sign in which the eclipse takes place.
Feminine Forces against Conflict
As we all know, we are still going through hard times. The main astrological aspect for this year has been the Saturn-Uranus Square. This aspect is mainly responsible for all the social tensions we are dealing with. We’ve been talking about it throughout the year, so if you want to deepen what it’s all about please checkout the article at this link.
War belongs to the masculine archetype. The feminine forces tend to stability and growth, expanding and nurturing what’s already there. War instead is part of dynamic change, which is mainly a masculine trait.
This eclipse clearly brings feminine energies into play. In fact not only it’s a Lunar Eclipse, but the Moon is also in Taurus, the astrological placement of its Exaltation. A Moon in Taurus is concerned with stability, construction, and natural growth of things, especially when the North Node is involved. In addition, Taurus is a Fixed Earth sign, meaning that it has the most conservative forces we can find in the zodiac.
These forces are clearly in contrast with the current situation. In fact not only the Moon is against it, but Venus as well. Let’s now take a look at Venus as lord of the Eclipse.
Venus Harmonizing the Mars-Uranus Opposition
In the chart above you can see Venus in Capricorn making:
- A sextile with Mars in Scorpio (light blue line);
- A trine with Uranus in Taurus (green line)
So what is Venus doing in the eclipse chart? She is trying to harmonize, through a sextile and a trine, Mars and Uranus in opposition. This planetary configuration (1 opposition, 1 sextile and 1 trine) in astrology is called Thales Triangle, referring to a famous theorem of the mathematician. Being Uranus ruled by Venus, it’s easy for her to calm down that planet. However, it is not as easy with Mars due to negative receptions. This because Mars in Scorpio doesn’t like Venus.
Venus in Capricorn represents contentment that comes from control. After all, Venus enjoys order and balance and doesn’t stand conflict. And being in control of the eclipse, I don’t think Venus is going to play fair. This because bad thoughts inspire action here, and the goal is clearly to grow (Taurus) and move on (North Node) at any cost. These measures are going to appear as a reasonable compromise, but are they really?
In my opinion, the role of Venus is ambiguous. The temptation I see here is to resort to manipulation, with the pretext of finding a middle ground, or ending the conflict. This because the feminine forces are done with it, whereas the masculine forces are still fighting without taking into account the long-term consequences of this struggle.
This conflict between the masculine and the feminine is also highlighted by the Sun-Moon Opposition. Of course this aspect always takes place during a full moon (by definition). However, if you take a look at the chart, you’ll see Jupiter in Aquarius closing the opposition in a T-Square (2 Squares in red, 1 with the Moon and 1 with the Sun).
Only because we have Jupiter making this aspect with the luminaries we can rightfully talk about a conflict between the masculine (Scorpio forces) and the feminine (Taurus forces).
The Eclipse in your Natal Chart
The main challenge of this eclipse is two-fold:
- The human spirit is called to find a balance between the masculine tendency to conflict and change, and the feminine request for peace and stability. Are we in some way exaggerating?
- We need to overcome the temptation of introducing forces of manipulation, inspired by bad thoughts, with the pretext of overcoming the conflict, and start back again.
As always, in order to see if and how the eclipse is going to affect you please check 27° 14′ Taurus in your Natal Chart. The effect of the eclipse depends on the astrological house involved, as well as the natal planets that it hits. The Lunar Eclipse brings sudden revelations in those area of life, that trigger the dynamics we just described. The areas of life involved are represented by both the astrological house of the eclipse, and by the houses that the hit planet rules.
For example, if the seventh (marriage), fourth (family) or eleventh (friends) houses are involved, we are going to see this challenge in our social relationships. If the eclipse fall in the sixth and tenth, we might experience it at work.
Most Affected Locations
As you may know, I usually use Astrocartography and the eclipse path to determine where the eclipse is going to be stronger. Astrocartography can show us where in the world the event is going to take place on one of the angles: Ascendant (red line), Descendant (yellow line), Midheaven (green line) and Imum Coeli (light blue line). In an astrological chart these spots are the most powerful.
Then, we are going to combine these information with the actual path of the eclipse, that is where the event is going to be visible. Here’s the path as provided by TimeAndDate.com:
As you can see Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South America are covered by both criteria. Of course, in order to see how the eclipse affects those countries in particular, we would have to look at their Natal Charts as well.
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I consider myself a free researcher in western spiritual disciplines, in particular Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and the Neoplatonic Hermetic tradition. I have a three-year training in Astrology at the CIDA delegation of Trieste, the Italian Center for Astrological Disciplines. I graduated in Computer Engineering from the University of Trieste.