“Total Solar Eclipse July 11th at 20 Degrees Cancer is to Nurture or be Nurtured”

The total Solar Eclipse happening on July 11th 2010 at 12:41 p.m. PDT at 19 degrees 23 of Cancer is a very potent phenomenon appearing like a giant dragon swallowing its’ prey, the Sun, and covering a certain area of the earth with darkness for a short period of time.  Eclipses in ancient times have long been held as harbingers of evil such as earthquakes, tsunamis, bad weather conditions, riots, revolutions and public discontent.  On a personal level it brings a need for change, flexibility, adaptability, renewal, and on the emotional level, a need to change old habits, to develop new surroundings, friends, pleasures, and the need to nurture and be nurtured.  Being in the sign of Cancer concerns memories of the past, finishing a project, family, foundation, security, safety and a need for a comfort zone to retreat to from this hectic and fast paced world of today.  With the Eclipse sextile Mars in Virgo, the need to take action and to allow our feminine aspects  of our souls to express nourishing, encouraging, empowering, protecting, defending and shielding our love ones, ideas, thoughts, visions, hopes and wishes.  The need to help others in need or just to support others, must give way to allow others to support and help us, and allow others to fulfill their purpose during this time period, as well.

“The Sabian symbol for the 20th degree of Cancer is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Cancer 20  Gondoliers in a serenade  This is a symbol of the ever-exuberant music of life itself, and is an emphasis on experience as a symphony of co-operative relationships.  The divisions of labor which create a human society are here brought to high consummation in the expanding development of selfhood and its functions.  The capacity of the individual spirit for participation in the basic stream of events is exalted momentarily in a contribution to the imagination and the hunger of the soul.  The keyword is sentiment.  When positive, the degree is a perfecting of those personal traits and inclinations which bring an enduring satisfaction to every immediate situation, and when negative, a retreat of self from all worth-while reality.

To determine how powerful this Eclipse is, we must relate the aspects of the other planets, and take into consideration the ruler of the sign the Sun is in, and to see the interconnections they make, and the story they relate to us.  It is also important to understand the meaning of the glyph for cancer, depicting the feminine Moon encompassing and shielding the masculine Sun in the night sky with the reflection of itself seen reflected by the earth.  The symbol depicts the Yin and Yang, allowing us to realize that the answers and the resolutions can be found in our higher Self.  The answer is not outside of our selves, but within the depths of our real self and the answers come through to us by combining our feminine and masculine aspects of our being to unite and work as one.  Realizing this, is when we begin to become conscious that we are the masters of our own gondola, and can appreciate our connection with the other gondoliers, and that we all help to control the safe passage through this avenue of the waterway of life.

This is not to say that the Eclipses happening in 2010 may not be difficult for some and better for others and that this upcoming Total Solar Eclipse is not difficult, but it is how we maneuver our emotions and our ability to make the right judgments that will guide us into the right situations.  An example of this, is an eclipse I went through during my early days in my studies in astrology with my first teacher, who expressed to me the phrase “the Universe may give you trials and tribulations, but at the same time will give you an aspect in your chart to overcome one’s obstacles”.  One day, long ago I ran into my astrology class, horrified that the upcoming eclipse indicated I might lose my job.  My teacher tried to calm me down with the above quote, but my emotions took over.  It happened exactly as the eclipse peaked, and with hindsight I realized it was the best thing to happen to me.  This experience made me realize that eclipses are potent energies that were given to help us, whether it appears benefic or malefic. It is not what it brings into our lives, but how we nurture it, or let it nurture us, that brings us the results and success we are looking for.  We must look at these Eclipses as extra potent energies to be used and harnessed for our benefit and not to allow them to terrorize us with fears and doubts.

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