Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 2nd

astrologySuzy OlsenComment

(This information was originally sent in our New Moon newsletter on July 1st)

Tomorrow at 12:16PM PT, we welcome a new lunar cycle in the sign of the crab.This new moon is extra special because it is a full solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and earth are aligned just right at the time of the new moon. If you happen to live in certain parts of South America, you will be able to see this eclipse in action! For the rest of us, we will be feeling its affects, and seeing its results play out in our lives in various ways.

The new moon occurs in its home sign at 10 degrees of watery Cancer, with the north node nearby. Eclipses occur in pairs, and we will be experiencing the 'lunar' partial eclipse two weeks later in the earth sign of Capricorn. The effects of these eclipses will be played out over the next six months,but we will definitely be getting some hints this month for what is to come.

How might this extra potent new moon affect you? The sign of Cancer is opening new doors in our lives that lead to healing, more intimate connections, as well as anything to do with the home and family.At this time you may be making a big move, purchasing a new home, welcoming a new baby, spending more time with children, inheriting something from your family, visiting loved ones, researching your heritage, or embracing living more in tune with the lunar cycles. All these things are highly Cancerian and they offer us ways to enrich our lives in truly deep and emotional ways.

Tomorrow marks a fresh brand new beginning, especially if Cancer plays a significant role in your chart. I pulled the 'Judgment' tarot card this morning in correspondence to this time. We are experiencing an awakening to a new chapter in our lives, and we have the opportunity to better align ourselves to living better and more authentically to who we are. With a sextile to Uranus, we are able to break free from old patterns that hold us back. We are supported in our pursuit of a bit more freedom from the structures that bind us. When we live in authentic alignment with our soul and our heart, we live in harmony with the universe.

Neptune gives us a little added grace at this transition. There is a flow and an ease that is available to us, and we may feel guided by a higher purpose. This dreamy quality allows us to 'look outside the box', but we might be inundated by the 'endless possibilities'. Know that you don't have to have all the answers now. A path will be made known over time.

With any pivotal new beginnings, comes some birthing pains. Saturn, Pluto and the South node sit opposite this New Moon in the sign of Capricorn. As we pursue our new path, challenges may appear. And with these challenges, new skills must be learned. We are asked to rise to these challenges and make adjustments where needed. The quiet wisdom of divine Saturn tells me that with these new opportunities coming our way, comes much solitary work. We are growing more independent and self reliant. Our growth comes from learning to be more self sufficient. I can also see that we have opportunities to use our talents in a more competitive way, or perhaps at a higher skill set. This could be a great time to take a class or increase your professionalism somehow.

While all these new doors are opening to bring us new opportunities, we are also simultaneously experiencing major endings in our lives. The full moon lunar eclipse in Capricorn will arrive on July 16th, and this marks a time of important endings. Six months ago we experienced the solar eclipse in Capricorn, which began the process of these particular endings. Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto have been orchestrating the process of releasing what is no longer serving us. The structures that have been supporting us for some time, may no longer be providing a stable base to stand upon.

Saturn and the South Node, in their innate wisdom, are showing us what we can do without. How can we live more simply in order to focus on what truly matters? How can we let go of more, in order to make room for the life we truly want to live? What may have brought us a sense of security in the past, may now feel like a heavy dead weight. Saturn is creating a new order and a new set of rules for us to live by.

If the eclipses weren't enough action for you, Mercury will be stationing retrograde on July 7th in the sign of mighty Leo. Because of its association with Mars, this may be a particularly hairy time for communication. Be careful not to act on anger or too impulsively around this time, as you may regret your actions later. Mercury will be retrograde in Leo and Cancer until August 1st. During this period, take extra effort to communicate clearly, thoughtfully and plan thoroughly.

All in all, July is jam packed with major shifts and some turbulence. There are, however, plenty of days filled with good opportunities to connect with yourself and others in meaningful and heartfelt ways. Happy new moon and eclipse!


astrologySuzy Olsen
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By now, you've probably heard about the solar eclipse that will be occurring this Monday. This eclipse will begin just south of where I live, on the Oregon coast, and it will work its way across the whole United States. There is much anticipation as we see the traffic in Oregon increase and we get closer to the date.. but what exactly is going on from an Astrological perspective?

I can tell you, there is a wide variety of interpretation out there. Eclipses like this one are rare, and Astrologers are pretty excited about the possibilities. One thing is for certain though, because we are at the heart of the location of this eclipse, those of us living in the United States are most deeply impacted

The eclipse is of course also a New Moon and occurs at 28 degrees Leo. The last Full Moon we had was a Lunar Eclipse occurring in the opposing sign of Aquarius. The Aquarius opposing Leo energies bring up issues concerning the majority 'people' versus those in power. Aquarius is concerned with human rights and humanitarian efforts, while Leo can be concerned with expressing stronger leadership and exerting power over others. Not to say that Leo is bad, because we need strong leaders in order to move forward in our societies.

Leo is a regal sign and represents those in prominent leadership positions: monarchies, presidents, the Pope etc.. You can probably see where I'm going with this -- our American politics are greatly affected by this eclipse. We can already feel the 'eclipse drama' from the past couple weeks.  It has been dramatic to say the least!

A solar eclipse, especially a total eclipse, is like a major re-boot button. There are often sudden and unexpected changes. Some great and some terrible, but all are necessary for pursuing our individual destinies. Often our feelings and reactions to these situations are exaggerated. I think of the 'Tower' or 'Death' card in Tarot, which signify sometimes abrupt ending and removal of old ways. Keep in mind, these cards are often welcome messages, telling us an old and unfavorable cycle is ending.

Each of us are affected uniquely, depending on where the eclipse occurs in our chart. Please note, this is an especially good time for manifesting what you desire for the next six months and beyond.  Be open for opportunities and be ready to take action. Here is a little clue as to where the eclipse might be affecting you in your life. These short readings are based on astrological transits and intuitive readings. This applies to rising signs, sun signs (and moon signs even). 

  • ARIES:  This is a time to reconnect with love, passion, creativity and what inspires you. Seek out what your heart desires.  This is also an excellent time to connect with children or get in touch your inner playful child. 


  • TAURUS:  There may be some hardships with family relationships. Seek better understanding of past events and engage better communication with family members moving forward. Some clarity will make all the difference and put you back on track. Be prepared for some major 'aha' moments. 


  • GEMINI:  Strength and perseverance is needed now as you tackle obstacles concerning communication or travel. You may be learning a new skill or taking an accreditation course to change things up in your career. Let your curiosity be your guide. 


  • CANCER:  Money and possessions are on your mind. How can you make more money and feel more secure? There are opportunities to earn extra cash on a side hustle or perhaps a raise on a current career path. Realize your self worth and step up your game. 


  • LEO:  This eclipse is all about you dear Leo. BIG changes are coming, and I'm sure you can already feel it. What changes are you hoping to make, and how can you use your leadership skills to get there? There may be dramatic shifts outside of your control, but you can stay dedicated to what matters most. Take some time to get in touch with your truest goals, and this means connecting with your heart.


  • VIRGO:  Your skills, dear Virgo, will be greatly appreciated during this time. You have an ability to nurture and be of service to others like no other. During this time you will also want to be taking care of yourself, by getting plenty of rest and time in solitude. Let go of the worries and problems of others that you cannot control. If you haven't tried meditation, perhaps this is the time. 


  • LIBRA:  What is your role among your peers and friend groups? You are being challenged to take a more active role in your community. Libras like to please, and sometimes they lose their identity within a group in order to 'fit in'. Let your unique talents shine. Don't worry, they will love you just the way you truly are. This is also a great time for taking your internet business or social media marketing to the next level. 


  • SCORPIO:  I see possibilities for an exciting new job or entirely new career path for you Scorpio. Through your leadership and vision, there is the opportunity to start something new and prosperous. Your positive and graceful interaction with others are key to your success.


  • SAGITTARIUS:  You are on the move! Dear to your heart, traveling and experiencing other ways are life are on your agenda. There are opportunities for you to speak up publicly during this time -- about important world type issues. Some of you will likely be headed off to university for the first or second or third time. Keep broadening your mind and sharing your wisdom with others.


  • CAPRICORN:  Dear Capricorn, I see you battling some bad habits or oppressive types of situations. This eclipse will bring opportunities to end these negative cycles that can be so hard to let go of. The bad vibes, once dealt with, will be quickly replaced by compassionate and caring love by an important person in your life. Transformation and intimacy go hand in hand. 


  • AQUARIUS:  A brand new partnership may be in your near future. Whether it's a business partnership, or a domestic partner/marriage type partner, this person will play a key role in your life in the months to come. Be patient. Most likely this person will be making the first move. You have much to give a partnership at this time. 


  • PISCES:  This eclipse is giving you opportunities to be of service to others, and most importantly -- to be a good friend to others in need. I sense you have much wisdom to impart, and you are able to help those who are perhaps suffering the most during these turbulent times. Those with a Pisces heart are not afraid to get their hands dirty, and are willing to give themselves completely. Make sure to take care of yourself first, especially your health, so that you have the energy to be most successful.