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Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn ~ June 26, 2010

Image credit & copyright to Gain Lee

Whew... Time for another eclipse again? It's an extra trying one this time. The Capricorn-Lunar eclipse further stimulates the tension surrounding cardinal energies as it conjuncts Pluto and activates a Grand Cross involving the Sun (conscious will), Mercury (thought), Jupiter (opportunities), Uranus (radical change), the Moon (internal drives) and Saturn (restrictions) - with the exception of Saturn, who is making his way back to Libra, all are within 5 degrees of cardinal signs. We will no doubt experience the impact of this eclipse for months/years to come, in our personal lives as well as globally.

So, what does it all mean though -- Eclipse, conjunct Pluto, Grand Cross? We'll start with eclipses. Eclipses are supercharged full and new moons with influence extending up to six months. Full Moons signify endings, the culmination of what may been initiated during the previous New Moon in Gemini which encouraged us to expand our minds, improve our internal dialog & external conversations and shift our perspective to 'see' the bigger point of view. Per my original post on understanding eclipses:

Eclipses, in astrology, are accelerators. They speed up events, issues, situations in our personal lives and demand for them to be dealt with.

Eclipses trigger necessary changes to one's journey in life. Because these changes are triggered outside of one's own volition, they are often harsh, sudden and undeniable. The initial shock evoke sadness, confusion, frustration, anger, worry and, possibly, depression. However, it is our reaction past the initial shock that defines how we will allow these eclipses to influence us.

A Grand Cross is a combination of four squares and two oppositions. A square is the most difficult and challenging relationship between two planets. It is an impatient energy that requires action. A square is conflict, war between two celestial bodies. There is a need to create something birthed from inside us and to manifest that creation out into the world -- may it be in your own personal world, your immediate environment or something that influences many. An opposition is a tense relationship between planets that require balance. Unlike a square where agreeing to disagree is sometimes the best solution that can be hoped for, an opposition can be satisfied by finding the harmony/balance between the two polarizing energies.

As if the energies of an Eclipse and Cross were not enough, this Capricorn-full moon conjoins with Pluto. Pluto represents rebirth, regeneration and transformation. He is our compulsions, obsessions, ability for control and empowerment. Pluto gives us the power to tackle obstacles in life through deeply understanding our situations, which results in our letting go and being transformed in the process. Pluto's process usually brings endings, purging, destruction, complete annihilation of what no longer works before a renewal can occur. With the eclipsed moon conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, issues regarding security, material or otherwise, may arise -- what makes us feel secure and how we react when our security is threatened. We may assess what we do, hold on to, practice or believe in that no longer reflects our current life, our present self, our present drives. We may find ourselves establishing or reevaluating our goals/aspirations and define what the necessary steps are toward achieving them, including what we must sacrifice or let go of. These are just a few examples of how this eclipse may influence us. However the energies of this eclipse may manifest in your world, it can never be stressed enough that 'resistance is futile' :) We must learn to work with the energy with conscious intentionality, no matter the difficulty.

On the opposite end where the Cancer-Sun is, Mercury is conjunct the Sun while the Eclipsed Moon and Pluto both oppose Mercury, along with the Sun. Mercury governs how we think, process information, talk, communicate and interact with others. At first glance or immediate reaction, our minds are overwhelmed by both the eclipsed Moon and Pluto. We may overreact, internally or mentally panic, and unable to think clearly or in logical terms. Cancerian influence on the Sun and Mercury may cause raw, emotional reactions.

Elsewhere in the sky, Jupiter (optimism) and Uranus (the unexpected) remain in a close conjunction while Saturn (reality) and Neptune (dreams) are uncomfortably frustrating each other. So although Neptune is attuned to what our dreams may be, Saturn is working extra hard laying out the harsh truth of whatever our situation/s entail. This combination can be give a sobering effect; and if we can get past the depressing state of our affairs, we can focus our attention on what we can do to improve our situation. With Jupiter and Uranus still collaborating, we may remain eager and optimistic or we may catch a break or, at the very least, find solace/support in the least likely places or sources.

This Lunar Eclipse happens on June 26 at 7:30 a.m. EST at 4 degrees and 50 minutes in Capricorn. Those with natal planets/house angles within 5 degrees of cardinal signs will more strongly feel the impact of this eclipse, presently and in the future, more so than others. Capricorn-Suns born on or around December 26 will have this eclipsed Moon and Pluto conjunct their natal Sun and would definitely feel the impact of this eclipse in the days approaching the eclipse, as well as the longer term. Those celebrating a birthday within 3 days of June 26, prepare for an amazing, challenging and life-altering birthday year. I offer Solar Return readings, if you're interested.

Gifted Tarotist and Astrologer, Suzi Dronzek of, posted a Tarot Affirmation on the Eight of Cups for Detachment and Cutting Ties at the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Blog. This may be a helpful exercise should you realize that there is a need for you to purge.

For me, as a Cancer-Sun, this eclipse actually falls a few hours before my Solar Return. Ouch! Even if I wanted to hide under a rock until next year, the universe would find a way get me out of said rock and force me to deal. So, I choose to not hide but instead willingly take up the challenge set before me. I am, after all, ready for the miracle of my life, right? Or I better be. Life, as I know it today, changes dramatically and my degree of resistance is directly related to the degree of difficulty I will face. As a Virgo-rising with my Pluto also rising, I'm somewhat of a planner and, to some degree, have to be a few steps ahead at any given time. That will be put to the test, and I have to be able to be more okay with a greater degree of uncertainty. I'm not so okay thinking about it now, but I better be soon :) I know what I can't control. I know where my limitations lie. But I also know I have control over, and I'm clever and resourceful enough to work with or around whatever restrictions there are.

How might this eclipsed full moon influence your birth chart? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Capricorn on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries or Aries Rising ~ 10th House
  • Taurus or Taurus Rising ~ 9th House
  • Gemini or Gemini-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Cancer or Cancer-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Leo or Leo-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Virgo or Virgo-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Libra or Libra-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Scorpio or Scorpio-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Sagittarius or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Capricorn or Capricorn-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Aquarius or Aquarius-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Pisces or Pisces-Rising ~ 11th House
Unsure if you have natal planets or house angles within 5 degrees of cardinal signs? Cast your own birth chart -- birth date, time, and place required.

Alternatively, I am also available for a personal reading. Are you celebrating birthday soon? Schedule your session for a Solar Return (birthdays) or 3-Chart Reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months) or request a quote for a more customized reading tailored to your needs. You might also consider giving a loved one the gift of insight.

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Eclipsed Moon Rising Over England -- image credit and copyright to Gain Lee.

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