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Heya, I meant to post on this a couple of days ago, but my life has been full to bursting of chaos for the past several weeks. I'll be posting a Yule seasonal forecast for all of the winter season, but I'll talk briefly about eclipses now.

Total eclipses of the moon are pretty rare. We get a lot of annular (partial) eclipises, but for the Earth's shadow to completely encompass the Moon is a marvel of orbital dynamics. As such, eclipses correspond to big, life-changing impacts on our lives that span six months to a year.

Tonight's eclipse reaches totality at 29°22' Gemini. This is the very last degree of Gemini and very nearly the beginning of Cancer. The totality of the eclipse is also the Full Moon in Gemini, with the Sun still in Sagittarius up until Yule itself tomorrow evening.

To find out how you're going to be affected by the eclipse, you look at two things: your planets and houses. You look at your planets to find out if any of them are being directly triggered by the eclipse. To do so: refer to your natal chart and look for planets within five or so degrees on both sides of 29° Gemini, that is, from 24° Gemini all the way to 4° Cancer. (If you print a copy, you can mark this range with a highlighter.)

THEN, look for planets at a 90° and 180° angle to this range (and mark those with a highlighter). Conjunctions, squares, and oppositions are the most challenging aspects, so if you have natal planets that are in the highlighted ranges of the chart, then THOSE archetypes are going to have starring roles in the areas of your life most impacted by the eclipse.

The second thing we look at is the house in your natal chart where the eclipse falls. 29 Gemini may fall in the middle of a house or it may be on the cusp between houses. If it's within 5 degrees of the start of a new house, you read it as being on the cusp, as if standing in the doorway between two adjacent rooms and interacting in both of them at the same time.

Remember the houses are the stage sets for different areas of our lives.

If you have natal planets being activated by the eclipse, you look at their houses too, since those parts of your life will be affected, too.

Eclipses' effects last for SIX months.

Lunar eclipses resonate on a soul-growth level, and the placement in Gemini tells us that all of us (everywhere on earth) are in for an intensive course in interpersonal communications. The TYPE of communication depends entirely on what house 29 Gemini is in in your chart.

Here's a quick guide to the houses:
1. Outward appearance to others
2. What you value in yourself, your own possessions
3. Communication, early childhood, siblings
4. Home of origin, mother/nurturer-parent, your current home
5. Children, creativity, sex-for-play
6. Daily work, pets, short term illness
7. Close relationships (friends, lovers, enemies)
8. Eros, death, religious mysteries, other people's money (money you owe, inheritance)
9. Higher education, religion, the law
10. Career, father/authoritarian parent, authority in general
11. Friends and allies (acquaintances, not intimates)
12. Mysteries (things you don't understand), karma, long-term illness, hospitals, institutions

So, again, find 29 Gemini in your chart, find its house, find any planets in the highlighted ranges for conjunctions, squares, and oppositions, and find THEIR houses. These are the areas of your life that will be living the crash-course in communication skills until Summer Solstice.

Note, I only point out the challenging aspects (0-90-180) because the easy ones (60-120) are EASY! People don't need to take conscious preventative measures against easy, beneficial aspects -- you just enjoy the blessings! However, if you want to mark the areas for sextiles and trines, count out 60 degrees from 29 Gemini on each side (Aries and Leo), and use a different color to highlight the ten-degree area from 24° of that sign to 4° of the next sign. Do the same counting 120 degrees on each side, to Aquarius and Libra. The eclipse will activate any planets in these zones, but the positive sextile and trine aspects naturally channel that energy into useful, creative directions.

Let me know if you have questions!

Date: 2010-12-21 03:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sheafrotherdon
Okay, so, this is fascinating, but I am a total newbie at this stuff and the free natal chart I pulled up is soooo much mystifying mystery to me right now. Is there a good primer you could direct me toward? ♥

Date: 2010-12-21 03:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sage
Yeah, it really is a completely different language. I started learning this stuff back in 1998, mostly before the days of good teaching astrology websites. Some good basic books are The New Way to Learn Astrology and The Inner Sky.

But I think if you google "Intro to Astrology lessons" you'll be able to find some sites that teach the basics for free.

To give you a quick thumbnail sketch: your chart looks like a wheel because on one level it's a picture of the sky at the moment you were born. On the rim, you'll see the constellations of the zodiac (signs). Things get confusing because the same chart is also showing houses, because dividing the chart up to show horizons and zenith/nadir gives information about the parts of your life events happen in. So, if you look at your chart, the middle of the left side is the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. That's the start of the first house. The midheaven is the zenith and it's the start of the 10th house. Hopefully the chart you found has the houses labeled, so you can follow them around the wheel.

When I teach astrology, I use a theater metaphor. Planets are the actors. Like in commedia del'arte, each player has a certain archetypal role, so Venus is *always* about relationships and aesthetics, for example. The signs are the costumes, and planets change costumes when they move from sign to sign. Aries is a warrior outfit, Taurus is a lush, stubborn, musical, Earth-mama outfit, etc. And the houses are the stage sets, each corresponding to a particular part of life. (note: I edited the list in the entry slightly.)

Now that you have characters, costumes, and stage sets, you need a plot. The plot is driven by the relationships between the characters, which are determined by the geometric angles between the planets. These are called aspects. Conjunctions, Squares, and Oppositions are challenging and incite change. Sextiles and Trines are harmonious and maintain the status quo (for better or worse). There are other "minor" aspects, too, but these 5 are the big ones.

That's just one natal chart. If you have two people, you can put their charts against each other and see the planetary aspects between the two charts. And then there's the state of the sky right now. There are aspects from it to an individual's chart, too.

So, yes, there are an endless number of variables -- which is why newspaper astrology is so often wrong-wrong-wrong. But between this framework and a basic guide to the planet, sign, and house archetypes, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what's going on in your chart.

Date: 2010-12-21 08:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] samjohnsson
Okay, so what would to say to a 10th house eclipse square to a 2nd house North Node, with no other aspects, positive or negative? I never really know how to read the nodes - heck, if you can just give me a quick read on that, I can figure it out (though I've got a pretty good guess, lately).

Date: 2010-12-21 09:09 pm (UTC)
sage: Still of Natasha Romanova from Iron Man 2 (Default)
From: [personal profile] sage
Nodes are hard because they're a more nebulous archetype. First, they're the disparity between the lunar orbit and the ecliptic, so they occupy a fully intangible and emotional space, AND they move backward in the chart, so they're even more subtle.

Aspects to the Nodes are about Mother issues, always. They may be about your own mother or about a mother figure in your life, but imagine the Cancer archetype with super-powers, and then give her invisibility, so no one knows she's there.

The North Node is also about one's karmic mission in life. The sign defines the mission, the house indicates area of greatest impact. Aspects point to other players in the drama.

The South Node is typically deleted from charts because its position is implied by the North Node. I always include it to remind myself that it's as important an axis as any other in the chart. The South Node indicates past life lessons already learned -- i.e. natural talents, genetic memory, things we innately know. I want to say someone did a study of child prodigies and how their South Nodes were aspected in their charts, but my memory is fuzzy and I can't think where to find it.

When we have nodal connections in a synastry chart, some say there may be past life/karmic connections between the people that are relevant to their present lives. (Of course, some say there are karmic connections among *everyone*, so take as much salt as you like with that.)

The eclipse at 29 Gemini in the 10th is so apt for you, wow. I hope very much that it manifests in interviews, publishing a paper, presenting at conferences, etc. You can direct this consciously to a large extent. The square to the natal nodal axis underscores that your mission in life is absolutely part of your immediate career decisions. Either you embrace the pressure to publish and advance in your field, or you scrape by doing something else.

This also points to cultivating a strong network of professional contacts who will beta your papers and argue assumptions with you. It could also mean some lifechanging conversations with female authority figures in your life, possibly on your dissertation committee?

That's my best guess, anyway. *sends luck*


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