There’s always a host of planetary movements and energies afoot, but during an eclipse it can feel like situations are more supercharged, for better or worse. The impending partial Lunar Eclipse at 24 Capricorn is a South Node eclipse, meaning it is connected to patterns we are letting go of. In the polarity of Capricorn/ Cancer we have themes around how we negotiate power and authority with nurtured connection.
Framing this eclipse in the context of other planetary energies helps illuminate the teachings we can extract from situations we may be encountering. It’s essential to know where in our own chart the eclipse is happening. Is it coinciding with your natal planets? For me, it is exactly conjunct my Moon and Saturn (both at 24 degrees Capricorn) The lessons might not be as potently expressed in someone’s chart where it is not contacting natal planets so dramatically.
Here are some of the stronger aspects coinciding on a collective level with this eclipse:
Mars square Uranus lends unexpected, combustible energy. I personally experienced myself move quickly into anger and outburst. It’s a real pain in the ass, but some times we have to go through the fire to learn the lesson. In those moments where we can act regrettably and miss the higher point. I experienced the burn of learning the “hard” way, firing words off in moments of anger instead of backing away from the situation calmly. What can I learn for next time? Let the emotion diffuse before pulling the trigger on the text, the e-mail or the reaction.
Mercury Retrograde highlights the ability to ruminate or in a higher expression: really think things through. Be careful of what you might say now and regret later. Miscommunication is often at the root of many disagreements.
Moon conjunct Pluto in tight aspect. Accept that there are going to be intense feelings and emotions. Try to surrender to them without spiraling out. I struggled with this. When we get wrapped up in the drama, the petty argument, it’s easy to spiral down into a place where we can no longer see the forest for the trees and we most certainly lose the cosmic perspective. When we can finally come up for air and pan out, it’s helpful to know we aren’t wading in these intense emotions alone. This perspective allows us to re-frame with empathy and compassion. An emotion that seems triggered by one thing, may be coming from a different point of origin.
I guess that brings me to what I’ve extracted from this pressure cooker of growth: look for the opportunities in these challenges and power struggles. Most of us, at some point as children threw a tantrum. The parent observed it and possibly ignored us. Maybe we kept crying, kept fighting. Then a negotiation would happen. Now we have the opportunity to both re-parent and re-child.
I was speaking to my friend about feeling unheard and attacked and she gave me such valuable advice. She said, “One way to change these attack and defense tendencies can be to open up dialogues where suggestions are provided.” Rather than magnify the behaviors that are destructive and divisive in nature, we can use a conflict as a way to share vulnerabilities and connection. It may come easier to some more than others.
A way to frame it:
“Here’s our common ground: ____________ and here’s where I feel we are not connecting:__________.”
I’m learning how to stop learning the hard way. Challenge yourself to share vulnerabilities in times where you’re pulled to react in anger. Peace be with us all. Unity wins.