A black girl fights for her independence in the city
The Gemini Eclipses of 2011
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator, presents his analysis of the Eclipses at the Gemini Moon cycles of 2011. The New Moon in Gemini 11º 02, a partial Solar Eclipse, takes place on the 1st of June 2011 at around 21:17 UT (GMT). Then the Full Moon for Gemini (Full Moon at Sagittarius 24° 23') is due on June 15 at around 20:15 UT.
I do not often write non-esoteric letters about astrology, but given the state of affairs in the world and the fact that we are about to experience a couple of eclipses it will be helpful to see how these events will affect us and what the eclipse figures will produce in terms of dynamics. We have looked at eclipses quite a bit in previous letters and the more esoteric side of them. In this instalment the focus will be much more on the effects in the world. The title of this letter may lead one to think that we will be looking at two sets of eclipses, but that is not the case. We are considering the Northern Hemisphere summer and Southern Hemisphere winter, specifically the eclipses that will take place on the 1st and 14th of June this year (2nd and 15th in Australasia). The first is a solar partial eclipse this Friday in Oz/New Zealand and the second is a total lunar eclipse. I have a short Wesak missive to send out in the coming days as well. Though that event has passed and was powerful in its effects, the repercussions of it will reverberate throughout the year, so it is important that we consider what Wesak has brought to us. For now, though, let's have a look at these eclipses.
Partial Solar Eclipse June 1
The solar eclipse is no. 68 of 72 of the Saros 118 series, and will cut a path from Japan, Siberia, the North Pole, Greenland and Labrador. This series started on 24 May 0803 at 1:36 PM LMT over Antarctica. Jupiter is the lord of the series, and at its inception the Sun and Moon along with Jupiter were in a Grand Trine with Pluto and Neptune (though the effect of the latter two would not have been felt in the world at that time), so this series has a powerful effect upon the oil and gas industry, emotional states, big business and expansion of consciousness. Though I have not looked at it a great deal, the symbolism around the dynamics and the degree for these series (the starting eclipses of any Saros series) yield up some fascinating possibilities. The Sabian symbol degree for the starting eclipse of the 118 series is “Workmen drilling for oil” (6 Gemini) and there have been some key developments in oil and gas coinciding with the series 118 eclipses and their activations, such as the development of kerosene, the founding of Standard Oil, the discovery of oil in Sumatra, the founding of Ford Motor Co., WWII and the battle for resources, and the first oil production in the North Sea, to name a few. More than that, however, is the emphasis of this series upon human ambition and big business, as oil has always been associated with big money, the control of energy resources and transport in the last 150 years, especially.
The June 1st eclipse will affect Australia, Egypt, France, Israel and the US. It also affects Chiron in Ireland's chart. It takes place at 21:04 UT (7:04 AM AEST in Australia on the 2nd), with peak eclipse some 20 minutes later. This is a South Node eclipse, with activations by Mars on 6 Jul 2011 (around American Independence Day), 22 Oct 2012, 15 Jun 2013 and 29 Sep 2014. The Jupiter activations come on 5 Aug 2012, 4 Dec 2012 and the 26 Mar 2013. For Australia and the US this eclipse falls on Uranus, and with a Mars activation we can expect the unexpected—accidents, fires, falls from grace, storms and the like on the negative side (the bad news first) and discoveries, inventions, events involving air travel and maybe just some peculiar people sticking their heads up to be noticed around that time (a week on either side of the eclipse). If you live in the US or Australia and have your Sun or Moon and especially angles at 3° on either side of 11 Gemini or Sagittarius I would stay out of airplanes and be very careful with travel and sharp objects or machinery unless absolutely necessary during the Mars activations. You will have to check your birth charts. Mercury is the lord of this eclipse and it will thus concern all areas of communications, young people, transport and technology, and this is for people the world over. With South Node eclipses we can expect endings or separations.
The Sabian symbol for the degree of the eclipse reads:
A black girl fights for her independence in the city.
This eclipse, then, will be about freeing oneself from other people's prejudices, about standing up for oneself and taking a stand for minorities, socially disadvantaged, the young and oppressed people. It is actually an empowering figure and can bring good results if rightly handled. The eclipse point is trine to Saturn, Jupiter is sextile to Neptune and we find a loose t-square with Uranus, Saturn and Pluto, all of which points to social pressures (indicated by the t-square) creating crisis points around which people can rise to opportunity. With the Saturn trine to the eclipse some very solid results can eventuate from whatever happens. The Australian and US charts are the ones to watch, as the other countries do not receive activations of the Sun, Moon or angles, though there could still be some interesting events in those countries. Los Angeles and Manhattan are also strongly affected with this one, as the Los Angeles Saturn is affected and the Manhattan ascendant receives activation as well. I am not into scaremongering or dire warnings. All I will say is that if you are in those cities on the activation dates, take due care and be careful with transport or large groups of people.
An old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use.
Overall, I do not expect much in the way of major events with either of these eclipses, as they are not very powerful on the scale of eclipse magnitude. The one just considered in particular is not the one of importance of this pair. The lunar eclipse on the 15th of June is the one of major consideration, as it is a total eclipse and coincides with the Festival of Goodwill this year, one of the three major spiritual festivals. I will not cover its meaning too much, as I will do that more in the Goodwill Festival letter in a week or so. However, since it is an eclipse this time, let's have a look.
Total Lunar Eclipse June 15
The lunar eclipse is no. 34 of 72 of the Saros 130 series, and will be visible throughout South America, Africa, Europe and Australasia, with the greatest viewing witnessed through eastern Brazil, north-eastern Europe and the UK, Manchuria, Japan, New Guinea, eastern Australia and New Zealand. This Saros series started on 10 Jun 1416 at 11:57 AM over Antarctica. The symbol for the degree for the start of this eclipse series is as follows:
An old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use.
This symbol is not so easy to define in terms of world events and, indeed, lunar eclipses do seem to yield results more in the emotional sphere than in outer events. Still, there are events that can be linked to this symbol, such as the Dibble's (Devil's) Bridge Crash, in which a busload of pensioners crashed (the highest road toll in Britain ever for a single accident), interestingly on a bridge over a stream in country Britain. Overall, however, this series of eclipses is about social icons and traditions that are still in use. In that eclipse figure Jupiter is again lord of the eclipse and we find an 'easy opposition' to the full moon axis formed by a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. Pluto is conjunct the Sun in the figure, however, and Mars is sesquisquare the Sun, marking the fact that tragedy can occur around these eclipses, bringing grief—as in the Dibble's Bridge incident.
As for the present, this eclipse (15 Jun) occurs at 25 Sagittarius at 6:15 AM AEST (8:15 PM GMT), the symbol for which reads:
A flag bearer in a battle.
The eclipse is a North Node type, marking new starts emotionally, but there is not a lot distinguishing the figure. Suffice it to say that this eclipse will bring up issues of dedication to causes, the battles we go through for ideals, and anything that requires us to wear our hearts on our sleeves. National and cultural symbolism colors so much of what we do and how our societies operate, sometimes for centuries. Patriotism or nationalism is very much included in the symbolism for this eclipse. In the figure for the event Venus is square to Chiron, meaning there may well have to be some reckoning with old scenarios before one can move forward with things. Mars is square to Neptune, giving warning that one should be measured in one's emotional responses to situations. The t-square found in the June 1st eclipse is in this one as well, and the same interpretation applies. Jupiter is applying to the Chiron/Neptune midpoint, implying that some rather good and long-lasting associations could come from events surrounding the eclipse and its subsequent activations. This is further indicated by Venus applying to a trine with Saturn. This is a more platonic, rather than passionate, figure. The energies of compassion and goodwill are there without a doubt, and we should be open to whatever possibilities eventuate from it.
The Mars activations of the eclipse point for the 15th of Jun eclipse are 25 Jul 2011, 9 Nov 2012, 7 Jul 2013 and 18 Oct 2014. The only Jupiter activation comes on 1 Jun 2013. Since Jupiter is lord of the eclipse the emphasis will be on judicial and religious matters on the world stage, with expansiveness in the economy, which should prove particularly true for Australia, since the eclipse activates Australia's Mercury and Neptune. Oil and gas, anyone? It will be of great interest to see what happens with the carbon tax debate in Australia under this eclipse, as I think it will highlight opinions on the matter. The debate is pretty polarised, with good and bad science on both sides and some heated agendas on both sides as well. In the end, if it goes through, which is doubtful in the present political climate—and if it cuts into people's pockets—it will be the undoing of the Labour Party for the time being. It should make for good play in the media here, though, which is also a very Mercurial/Neptunian combination. We'll keep our eyes on that one here, and see who the flag bearers are in the battle. Jupiter and Uranus are both affected in Israel's chart under this eclipse and we may well see some breakthroughs in current negotiations there, especially since Jupiter rules their 3rd House.
That is probably enough for the consideration of these two eclipses. As we saw, they are not especially powerful, but every eclipse brings its results. For those who are able to see them, enjoy the viewing! The lunar eclipse should be particularly good, so if you are awake in Australasia it would pay to go outside and have a look, provided it is not cloudy or raining. We'll leave it there for now. I will have the Wesak letter out within the week and the Goodwill letter the week after.
See you soon!
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