This month’s Full Moon (Dec 21) is also a Lunar Eclipse, bringing emotional intensity even though it’s in emotionally light Gemini. Gemini’s desire to skate across the surface of emotions may conflict with the Moon’s need to look at emotional shadows during an eclipse. Several other planetary influences complicate the matter: Mercury in Sagittarius, along with Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, leading to a sensation of busyness and many factors to consider. But if you stay in your head, you may miss the wonder, beauty and depth of this eclipse, so look for the calm place in the center of its storm.
Details About This Eclipse
Date: December 21, 2010
Time of eclipse: 0:13 AM PST
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: North America, South America. Its beginning will be visible in Europe and its end in Japan and northern Asia.
At: 29 degrees Gemini
Shadow Agents: Mercury, Uranus and Jupiter
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). The following script is just one possible way it could go.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. The Sun and Moon are there, with several more deities standing behind them. The Sun looks a little weak and the Moon looks strong and shiny. The Sun staggers into your living room and collapses onto the sofa.
Sun: This is really not my time of year. It’s just too much effort to light things up. I can’t keep going all day like I can in the summer. I get so tired.
Moon: It’s the longest night of the year. Soon you’ll get your juju back.
The Sun is already dozing. Jupiter and Uranus meander into the living room and take the love seat. The Moon is casting a lovely silvery glow over everything in your living room. On an impulse, you turn out the lights so you can get the whole effect.
Moon: I’m full and at the height of my powers.
Mercury pops his head in the door and like a streak is suddenly seated in another stuffed chair.
Mercury: But you’re going to have an eclipse tonight.
Moon: Yeah, I know. I’ll be lighting up the night—until I’m not.
Jupiter: But there’s always hope, even in the darkest night.
Uranus: And insights can be gotten—
Mercury: —sometimes even better when we stop thinking.
Moon: Merc, I can’t believe I’m hearing you advocate for stopping thinking.
Mercury: True, it’s not my usual strategy, but I’m always for new ideas, and when you think too much, sometimes the thing to do is stop. And you’re in Gemini right now—
Moon: Indeed I am—
Mercury: —so you could use to think less and feel more.
Moon: I do tend to overanalyze feelings when I’m in Gemini. Perhaps you, currently in Sagittarius, could remind me of the big picture.
Mercury: Happy to. And our old friend Jupiter is always good for that.
Jupiter starts to respond, but the Moon’s glow suddenly dims.
Mercury: Uh oh, it’s beginning!
The Moon’s light lessens until she is completely dark, so dark in fact that it’s as if there’s a black hole in your living room and the Sun’s glow, which he’s gently emitting while dozing on the sofa, is being sucked into it. A hush is cast over the room. You move to turn on the electric lighting, but Uranus stops you.
Uranus: Why not just dwell in the mystery? Humans used to experience the full darkness of the longest night. Modern people now understand that it’s a passing thing and soon over, and you are not afraid. But you can still experience the wonder.
The hush descends again. You sit in darkness and silence in the presence of these deities, noticing the magic and that there is nothing in particular that needs to be said. This brings you a deep sense of peace. After a time, the Moon begins to glow again, very faintly at first, then stronger and stronger until her full shine is restored. You are glad you didn’t adjust the lighting because this was worth seeing. You feel that you have been present for something ancient and true.
Jupiter: So it seems that the key to this eclipse is “Don’t think too much, but let yourself feel it all and don’t worry about whether the feelings make sense.”
Moon: Yes, the feelings will sort themselves out, given the chance.
Uranus: And who knows what startling new insights might come of it?
They all get up to go. Mercury pokes the Sun, who was quietly snoring.
Mercury: Wake up, Sun, your longest night is almost over and we’ve figured out how to handle it.
Sun: Cool. I’m going home to bed now. Days start getting longer tomorrow and I want to be alert.
They leave and you feel just a tiny bit of sadness as the cool glow leaves your living room.
Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.
If what follows looks familiar to you, it’s because this is my post from last year when Uranus went direct. Uranus goes direct every year, so the post continues to be useful, but the dates will be slightly different every year.
Uranus has spent the last few months (since July 6) traveling backwards. Today he turns his face forward and re-covers the same ground. Why should it matter to you? If he’s passing through a zone where you have a planet in your natal chart, he’s bringing you shocking new ideas that can turn your head around. And it’s still in progress.
This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Uranus transit this year, today may be pivotal for you. Around July 6, you came to realize that some area of your life was in a chaotic uproar. This was the chaos or breakdown that leads to breakthrough, although it probably didn’t look like that at the time. Since then, you’ve been re-evaluating that area. It might feel like a puzzle, the pieces of which have been thrown up into the air, forcing you to reassemble it entirely from the beginning. And when you’re done, chances are it will not look like it did before. Not in the least.
The puzzle is still in progress and now you’re waiting for the right moment to act. That moment is not today, but today (Dec 5, 2010) is when the seed may be planted that will lead to the right moment happening in the next few months. This day is pivotal in the process of you arriving at a whole new perspective in which so much more is possible than ever before.
Today (and I mean this loosely—it may happen as soon as 2 days before or as late as 2 days after today) is pivotal. Today may be the day you realize your internal quest for understanding is over. You’ve heard the message the universe is sending to you and you’re almost ready to act on what you’ve learned. You can now gather yourself to take that action sometime in the next few months (between now and March of 2011).
“What is a Uranus transit like . . .”
Uranus is archetype of the Revolutionary and he brings a shift in paradigm. A paradigm shift is a state-based shift, where enough momentum has been built up to cause a cascade into a new state, fundamentally different from the old one. Uranus’ purpose is to present a new way of thinking about something, so new and so radical that everything that previously existed inside that way of thinking is now reframed and thus altered by its new context. So the ways in which you were like a fish in water, taking the water for granted, will change because the very water you live in has changed. Uranus’s paradigm shift is intellectual in nature—a shift to a new perspective where the old way of thinking is rendered irrelevant in the new context. My favorite example is the way people used to think the world was flat and they shifted to thinking the world is round. You and I may never travel all the way around the globe we live on, yet every aspect of our lives is different because we know the world is round, not flat.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel. If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you’re having a Uranus transit. (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Uranus.) A Uranus transit has a particular sensation of agitation and unrest associated with it. There’s disruption and disarray in some area of your life. You feel that something has to change and you feel unsettled while you’re figuring it out. Maybe a new, startling idea has struck you like lightening and your point of view has already begun to shift and you are coping with all the fallout from that.
You can find out whether you’re having a Uranus transit by peeking at your chart. This year Uranus is covering the space from 26 degrees of Pisces to 0 degrees of Aries. This will affect you if you have any planet in the space from 26 to 29 degrees of any of the four Mutable signs (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius) OR in 0 degrees of any of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details into English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 26, 27, 28, or 29 degrees of Pisces Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius OR in 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. If you do, you are definitely having a Uranus transit this year. And knowing that gives you a chance to understand the major shift that you’re involved in and to see the usefulness of the chaos, instead of feeling overwhelmed by it.
“How long does it last?”
A Uranus transit will typically last for 9 months to 1-1½ years. Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in its flow. The timing of your transit will be personal to you. It takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost. In an astrology reading you can find out the timing of it and how to move through it consciously, instead of spending this valuable time agitated and disturbed. You can also find out which part of you (i.e. planet in your chart) is being affected by this paradigm shift. Is it Relationships (Venus)? Career (Saturn)? Home (Moon)? Or it could be something more subtle.
“What do I do now?”
Take a close look at the area of your life that’s changing. Why do you feel so agitated there? Is there some aspect of your life that doesn’t fit the way it used to? You may have to let go of some old ways of thinking before all this is done.
Sometimes a Uranian paradigm shift is launched by the arrival of a new, startling idea. It’s startling because it doesn’t fit into your old ways of thinking and therefore it makes you see ways you’d gotten stuck in thought-patterns. It shows up the flaws in those thought-patterns as if to say, “You weren’t prepared for me, were you? I’m a truly new idea and you’ll have to make room for me now.” Everything has to change to accommodate the new idea but because the system itself has to change, this results in a cascade of changes that will not only make room for the new idea but also make possible a whole host of new, exciting ideas, thoughts, perspectives and approaches that you couldn’t ever have seen from the old point of view. Holy ripple effect, Batman! This can be a shocking experience. And it massively widens your vistas.
Sometime Uranus transits are experienced by Uranian (i.e. Aquarius) types in different ways than other types experience them. For most people, a Uranus transit is a time of breaking out, rebelling and going in a new radical direction. But a Uranian may already be living that radical way, so for them sometimes the most radical thing they can do is to go conservative. Sometimes that’s the only new territory left. So if you’re already a rebel in the area where Uranus is influencing you, this transit may (paradoxically) stabilize you. It’s like of like how ADD people need to take a stimulant (Ritalin, etc.) to calm down their already hyperactive brain. (ADD is a Uranian condition, linked to the short attention span that seems necessary and appropriate for coping with the Aquarian Age of Technology.)
Uranus’ gift is that you come out the other side of this change with a whole new way of thinking about something. That new way of thinking yields ideas and approaches that were not possible before, that didn’t exist in the old paradigm. Your world is about to expand into new dimensions that were not foreseeable before. You are facing a singularity. After this, everything changes. Are you ready?
When it’s over, it’s over
After this transit ends, your period of paradigm shift will be over. It’s quite possible you’ll have another transit like this in a different area of your life in the next few years (it’s likely in fact), but this one will have passed. If this period is frustrating to you, be at ease, because it will end, and soon (between now and March). But also, and more importantly, take advantage. Use this shift while it’s happening. It doesn’t happen every day.
I get the eeriest feeling sometimes, when I’m doing readings. Most times, actually. I’m sitting there talking with someone I just met, telling them all about their life in intimate detail. I’m finding things in their chart that I don’t know about them as a person. I have to trust my knowledge of astrology in order to be able to say what I say at all, when the person I’m looking at doesn’t seem at all to match the interpretation that’s coming out of my mouth. And I experience cognitive dissonance between my personal experience of the client and my astrological assessment of their chart.
To be a practicing astrologer is kind of like speaking a foreign language, a language that is the tongue of one person only. It’s as if I am holding the map of this person’s inner country and I am describing the territory of their personal country, even though I am not in that country, never have been and never will be. I am pronouncing the words, sounding out the phrases that are found on the signposts in this person’s inner country. The listener can recognize himself in what I’m saying and is instantly transported into himself in what is sometimes a very deep way. People report to me that they feel incredibly seen and heard during a reading. I understand, because I’ve had that experience myself with astrology. But I cannot help but feel an odd disconnect as the astrologer in me and the everyday person in me part ways.
I think of myself as a good judge of character (doesn’t everybody?) but my sense of people is hugely enhanced by astrology. Without it, I’m a little at sea. I would never think of setting up two friends on a blind date because the everyday side of me is a terrible matchmaker. Yet the astrologer in me can sit with two strangers and talk about intimate, private details of how they connect with each other in their marriage. I can turn to one partner and say, “You have thus-and-so conflict with your partner, don’t you?” “Yes,” they confess, “that’s how it is for me.” Then I turn to the other partner and say, “Does it make you crazy when they do so-and-so?” “Of course!” they reply, “Wouldn’t that make you crazy too?” But I’m no matchmaker. Sometimes all this bends my own mind.
Some people are not living out their potential very fully. They are like folks who have been expatriate their whole lives and have never even seen their own inner landscape. They are very hard to read for, because they insist, “No—that’s not me!” when I start reading them their own map. Some become pensive or sad during the reading, because I tend to read with a positive slant, and they begin to recognize their own path in my words and realize that they have somehow gotten off track. Some resist the information but they often come to me later and tell me that I was actually right on the money. This just adds to the cognitive dissonance.
People are funny. It’s important to be gentle when you are speaking someone’s unknown, secret language to them, even if you don’t really know what you are saying, because you’ve never actually experienced it. Or perhaps especially for that reason.