Shadow Work – Eclipses
Much of 2019 is asking us to let go of more than we amass. Purging and purifying our systems from the poisons that infiltrate them are a must. At this environmentally, socially, politically precarious moment, every issue we face is more pressing, more daunting, and more complicated. The truths of our situations are multi-faceted and multi-layered. They are personal and political. Collectively, we are coming to consciousness about the abuses of power that we have collectively and individually faced at rates more rapid than ever before. Thanks to social media, conversations that used to take decades to have publicly are now done, seemingly, in an instant. This causes what some experience as division, but the healing process requires us to parse out what the root causes of our pain are. As we collectively unpack the impact of thousands of years of structural inequity, and the traumas and tribulations that result from it, we are faced with the unending task of processing the damage it has done to ourselves and our communities. This process isn’t one that can be sorted through with the same instantaneousness as it is brought up in the digital age. Hearts aren’t timelines. This kind of work takes its own time, but it also takes an unrelenting commitment to the truth and what it calls us to do, and stop doing. The most abhorrent abuses of power are so commonplace that they are hiding in plain site the world, our families, and our lives over.
And over. These cycles of abuse must be called out continuously if they are ever to be interrupted, interrogated, and overthrown in our world, and of course, within ourselves. This is a process that calls for much heavy lifting. It takes an incredible effort to bring to light what has laid in the shadows all along. It is necessary work, but so too is the incredible compassion we must have for ourselves along the way.
This year is the first time in many that eclipses will begin to occur in Capricorn. Flanked by Saturn, Pluto, and the south node, these eclipses ask us to release ourselves from the structures, habits, and patterns that keep our systems clogged. Whatever fears have held us captive, stifled our growth, or limited our ability to heal must be made conscious so that they can be dismantled. Unless we want to be energetic hoarders, stockpiling raw sewage of the soul, we are well-served to address, process, and work towards healing the shadow material that these eclipses reveal.
Capricorn is a cardinal, earth sign that manifests, builds structures, and accomplishes through discipline, hard-work, and boundary setting. It’s also a sign that restricts, denies, and withholds. Because eclipses are pattern-setting times, times where we learn lessons specific to the astrology that they highlight, this year’s eclipses will teach us much about our personal integrity, maturity, and self-mastery. If we aren’t responsible for the energy we bring into each situation, we’ll never be the boss of our own lives. With Saturn present and ruling these eclipses, self-mastery is the end goal. With Pluto in the mix, these changes require that we deal with power and the abuses of it. Pluto takes its time but makes sure that the changes it creates are long-lasting in their impact. Occurring at the south node, these eclipses encourage us to release what is in the way of our spiritual growth. Leading us to a greater understanding of the limits of worldly power, south node eclipses point to what needs to be purged if we are ever to overcome the inhibiting impacts of greed.
Capricorn eclipses occur on January 5th (new moon and partial solar eclipse at 15° of Capricorn), July 16th (full moon and partial lunar eclipse at 24° of Capricorn), and December 25th (new moon and annular solar eclipse at 4° of Capricorn) 2019.
There are two eclipses occurring outside of Capricorn’s colosseum in 2019. The first of which happens on January 20th, and is a super moon, full moon and total lunar eclipse. Going out with a bang, this is the last of 5 eclipses in Leo that take place from February 2017 – January 2019. True to Leo form, this dramatic exit helps us to finish up, understand, and integrate the major life-lessons we learned in the area of our chart that contains Leo. This eclipse helps us tap into, and explore, the potency of living out our potential when we allow our unique self-expression to surface and take flight.
The next non-Capricorn eclipse occurs 6-months later, on July 2nd. With this total solar eclipse and new moon in the emotionally charged water sign of Cancer, we are called inward to cultivate a deeper understanding of our emotional intelligence, needs, and nourishment requirements. With the north node also in Cancer, our appetites increase. Cancer feeds the children, rules the stomach, and is ever voracious for emotional intimacy. This is the balance to all the austerity of the eclipses in Capricorn. Capricorn builds the structures, Cancer fills them with the waters of creation.
The Leo eclipse occurs on January 20th (total eclipse, and full moon, super moon at 0° of Leo). The Cancer eclipse occurs on July 2nd (Solar eclipse and new moon occurring at 10° of Cancer).
The Heavy Weights – Saturn and Pluto
With both Saturn and Pluto, the power players of our solar system in Capricorn, the structures of our world that need the greatest transformations could also be the ones that become (or remain) the least open to change. An overemphasis of Saturnian energy, when distorted, promotes regression, repression, and traditionalism. With the rhetoric of fear, exclusion, and domination easily spreadable under these skies, we must work with both our internal and external landscapes in order to implement change. What is poisonous must go through a purging process.
The solution to any external difficulty is, in part, to face the same within the self. It is the place from which we always have access and power. Working to understand, and then disrupt, our internal systems of inequity helps us to do so externally. Getting to know our inner critic well enough to interrupt the self-denial that keeps our souls, and our societies, undernourished is transformation from the inside out. Getting to know our own bitterness, hatred, and despair is one of the most effective ways to heal it internally, and address and interrupt it out in the world.
Since Saturn rules Capricorn, the themes of it are amplified while it transits through its home sign. Pluto brings with it extremes. Birth, death, and transformation are just an appetizer for this Underlord. Catharsis doesn’t come cheap, and Pluto is always willing to point out the price for such a journey.
The Seeker – Jupiter
Jupiter’s entrance and transit through Sagittarius from November 8, 2018 – December 2, 2019 is a markedly different tone from that of the cornucopia of Capricorn happenings. Here, Jupiter seeks to helps us expand our world view, open our options, and magnify the possibilities for all. Running on excess is a theme with this combination, but as previously stated, a large portion of the skies is heavily opposing such behavior.
Jupiter in one if its home signs can help us make huge strides in our life and world, however. What is helpful in doing so is focusing on the area of your chart that contains Sagittarius (written about in your horoscopes below and here). This much needed expansive energy should be worked with wisely. We don’t have endless options in a finite world, but we do have unlimited potential to find solutions to the very real issues we face. Working within the boundaries of our lives helps us access the power of the present, the tools we have, and the wisdom we have gleaned from all our work thus far.
The Game-Changer – Uranus
As Uranus finishes up the last of its transit through Aries (November 2018 to March 2019) and re-enters Taurus, to stay for good until 2026, we are asked to revolutionize how we relate to our resources. Written about below, in your individual horoscopes, and here in a much more in-depth post, Uranus in Taurus shifts the ground we often take for granted as solid and in the process shifts our priorities in regards to what we work towards building.
With so many major planetary transits occurring in earth signs this year, we know that how we work, what we build, what we consider a resource, and what we will end up understanding as essential to our ability to live on this earth, will change greatly as well as teach us the most.
We know that, outside of alternative facts about our climate and environmental conditions, living within the boundaries of the natural world is essential to being allowed to exist here. We are of the earth. We live an d die by its health and well-being. Far from owners of it, if lucky, we will realize our relationship to and dependence on it.
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