At the time of a lunar eclipse, the sun and the moon “oppose each other in their respective signs,” . “They tug against each other and create tension.” On July 16, the moon will be in Capricorn, opposing the sun in Cancer.
The planets come into play, too. “Restrictive Saturn, transformative Pluto, and illusive Neptune will all be triggered by this lunar eclipse (all these planets are retrograde, which means we are coming to terms with the past),”. “All these planets may cause havoc in our personal lives — but, they can also create change. We are letting go of the limits that hold us back and evolving into the person of our dreams. We are seeing things and others for who they are. We are letting go of the restrictions that hold us back.”
The full effects of eclipses take up to six months to be fully unpacked, but you’re likely to feel them intensely as they happen,”. “The lunar eclipse on the 16th is a powerful time for releasing; whether you need to let go of a habit, a relationship, or even the past, the energy is there to help you. The downside of this is that if you don’t use this energy to transform what you’ve outgrown, you’re likely to be confronted by drama, or find yourself caught up in obsessive and self-destructive thoughts, or projecting past hurts onto current situations.”
During a lunar eclipse, the sun, the moon, and the earth “are tightly aligned and create an intense luminary that brings extreme light upon earth,”. “This means that we are finally awakened from our sleep, as we are now able to see situations and people clearly with the bright light cast upon earth.”
The easiest way to think about lunar eclipses is that they’re full moons – but with the volume turned all the way up,”. In astrology, full moons are a time for clarity and completion, a time when everything comes out in the open — which makes sense when you consider how bright the full moon is.
This Lunar Eclipse FULL MOON on the Capricorn/Cancer axis vibrates on the theme of personal authority, guiding us back to our seat of power. It illuminates the key lines of our life choices, asking us to clearly see what has been driving them.
Beneath it all, have our choices been based on a need to stay safe? Or propelled by social approval and acceptance? Or perhaps have they been unconsciously bound to some old programming that has been passed down for generations?
Right now they are being realigned to emerge from the direct fount of our own truth and knowing.
With the Sun at the North Node and the Moon at the South Node, this eclipse warns against the sacrifice of inner knowing in favour of external authority. “Pluto conjunct the Moon, with Saturn also in Capricorn, emphasizes the power and influence of received wisdom which keeps us locked into old beliefs and patterns of behaviour.
Cancer is the sign of the Empath, the Nurturer, the Sensitive. And yet, Cancer the Crab needs its shell—representing strong boundaries—in order to survive in the world.
“The North Node in Cancer tells us that humanity’s growth depends on our ability to be more openhearted, more emotionally generous, more trusting in the guidance of our intuitive knowing.
“But, at the same time, we must also know our boundaries and our internal strength, so that we don’t dissolve into a helpless and hopeless emotional heap when viewing the problems in the world.”