total Solar Eclipse in Cancer:
opening an emotional portal

by Juliana McCarthy

Carleton Watkins,  Solar Eclipse

Carleton Watkins, Solar Eclipse

July 2, 2019 — The Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer arrives on Tuesday, at 3:16pm Eastern Time, opening a deeply emotional eclipse portal. The two-week period between eclipses is always a time of karmic compression. Big changes occur as we enter a whole new energetic frequency. 

This time, the Solar Eclipse is close to the North Node, and in many ways, it marks a fresh start. As we continue another year of eclipses along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, we’re empowering our inner feminine, increasing our care for one another and our emotional maturation. We’re learning to resolve conflict, forgive ourselves, and reveal our hearts, while worrying less about external validation.

We’re also learning to harness difficult emotions. We’re seeing that feelings like anger and heartbreak can be catalysts for change, within ourselves and in the outside world. They can help us connect with clarity and empathy, so we can stand up for a world that’s built on compassion, rather than selfish gain.

In fact, this is one of the great lessons of this eclipse period, as we move away from Capricorn. With the North Node in Cancer, marking our way forward, we’re embracing the enlightened qualities of the Crab, who’s the mystical and sensitive Great Mother. We’re prioritizing vulnerability, care, and genuine human connection over empty achievement and material gain.

Meanwhile, we’re continuing to discover that repression is not a sign of strength—our openness, genuineness, and emotional depth are our real gifts. They’re ready to root deeper, both within us and in society. We’re seeing that tenderness is true courage, and allows us to be who we are without repression, control, or influence from outside authority.

As Neptune continues to square Jupiter, we may feel tremendous uncertainty now, especially as we prepare for a whole new paradigm in 2020. The future is unwritten, but for now, we can create safe spaces to go within. We can feel the pain of past traumas and release them, without judgment. And we can ask ourselves: What do we yearn for? What basic needs still feel unmet? As we answer these questions, we can gather our partners, friends, counsellors, and communities to help bring them into life. 

On this Solar Eclipse, as colorful flowers dance in the warm breeze, may we be still and quiet, supported by nature and loved ones. From here, may we open to significant, long-awaited changes, as we step across the threshold, into a whole new energetic chapter.

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