Cancer New Moon / Partial Solar Eclipse:
Opening the eclipse vortex

by Juliana McCarthy

Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

July 12, 2018 — Today at 7:47pm Pacific Time, a partial Solar Eclipse arrives in Cancer, opening the vortex to eclipse season. Time begins to warp as we enter a prolonged period of compression and karmic ripening. Because there are three eclipses over the next two months, eclipse season lasts twice as long as usual, with the vortex closing on August 11—after a second Solar Eclipse. 

An eclipse is intense on its own, but this one falls opposite to Pluto—planet of death, rebirth, and alchemical transformation. The power of this combination cannot be underestimated. This marks a potent and transmutational beginning, when important changes must occur. The death and rebirth of ego, relationships, and structures of all kinds are in order, as we experience sudden change and cathartic revelations of truth.

Because there’s a supportive Grand Trine in the background, we know that the power of this eclipse will work toward good rather than needless destruction. With an eye toward the long-term future, pragmatism, and sanity, we can disrupt and revolt against old patterns, which have been harmful and systemic—even in our personal thinking. We have to face ourselves fully—our fears, regrets, and darkness—so we can liberate from them. Before building the new paradigm, set to begin in 2020, we are purging and clearing anything that's obstructing our path forward.

Solar eclipses often denote rectification of abuse, or “the falling of a king” when there’s an imbalance of power. With two of them this summer, we could truly experience transformation of power structures in all facets of life—within ourselves, our relationships, politics, and society. Occurring in the sign of the matriarchy, we could also read this eclipse as the beginning of a more female-ruled world. The female principle within in each of us is moving to the fore—strengthening our receptivity and kindness, as well as our powers to transform, love unconditionally, and birth new energy. Multiple transits are indicating a return of the goddesses as we begin to reclaim their long-lost wisdom. 

On this solar eclipse, may we allow our falling apart in order to heal. May we rise from our ashes—stronger, gentler, and more genuine, with greater boundaries, resilience, and love. 

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