Chances are, your birth chart contains at least one planetary configuration so dreadful that astrologers take one look and gasp: “How do you live with that?”
- Eclipse aspecting the natal Sun: If life is a
movie, the Sun is the protagonist – however flawed – for whom we cheer.
Each of us is born to be the hero of our own life story; but often,
timidity or false modesty persuades us to hand over that role to others.
When eclipses aspect your natal Sun, you are thrust into the starring
role – and if you’re not used to it, that can be uncomfortable.
- Eclipses aspecting the natal Moon – From the moment
we’re ripped from mom’s womb, we seek to reclaim the security and
safety that we knew there. We feather our nests, stock the pantry with
foods we like, and surround ourselves with people who make us feel
comfortable. But when eclipses aspect the natal Moon, something – a new
living situation, a change in health – may leave you feeling as exposed
as a crab with her shell cracked open.
- Eclipses aspecting Mercury: How do you define
yourself? Usually, it begins with a name. Then, with your rank in the
family pecking order, on the playground, in the workplace. Finally,
numbers (grades in school, numbers on a paycheck) define you. When
eclipses aspect natal Mercury, the god of definition, prepare for a
change in your name, rank, or serial number – and for a change in how
you define yourself.
- Eclipses aspecting Venus: If only each of us were
endowed with flawless confidence, great relationships, bountiful
self-esteem, and oodles of cash! Eclipse aspects to Venus remind us that
world will not always give us the treatment, whether kind or cruel,
that we think we deserve.
- Eclipses aspecting Mars: Mars is a trained,
ruthless guard dog that answers only to you. He guards you and your
home, defends your reputation, and helps you get all the cool things
that you want. When eclipses aspect natal Mars, the watch dog is stirred
up and straining at his leash; get what’s yours, but don’t let anyone
- Eclipses aspecting Jupiter: When was the last time
you had an adventure? When eclipses aspect Jupiter, you’re itching to
take a chance, to feel the thrill of being completely alive. These can
be times when you overreach out of sheer optimism; but they are also
moments when your life jumps tracks and starts moving in a new
- Eclipses aspecting Saturn: When eclipses aspect
Saturn, you may feel worn out and discouraged. Probably, you’ve outgrown
your life or are playing by outdated rules. But you’ll never get
anywhere by blaming others for your problems. Regardless of how things
got this way, what are you going to do to make your life better?
- Eclipses aspecting Uranus: When eclipses aspect
Uranus, you may feel like a misfit – and that can hurt. Recognizing who
your friends are (and aren’t), and looking for a tribe that lets you be
yourself, is the challenge of these eclipses.
- Eclipses aspecting Neptune: These eclipses compel
you to examine your blind spots, question your faith, and dispute what
you previously thought was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself
– like a wife who ignores the signs that her husband has strayed, or
the man who is disillusioned by his womanizing guru – these eclipses can
deliver a wakeup call.
- Eclipses aspecting Pluto: In each of us, there is a dark side. There are feelings that are unworthy of us – rage, jealousy, fear, covetousness. They weaken us, making us slaves to our emotions and to people who are more self-possessed. When eclipses aspect Pluto, we meet that dark self and the others who embody it for us, grappling with power and the need for control.
- between about 21 to 29 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn (April 15), or
- between about 5 and 14 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius (April 28)