New Moon in Cancer – Eclipse of the Sun – 2 July
The eclipse season in July starts with a total solar eclipse as the moon blots out the light of the sun. This eclipse will be only visible in the south Pacific and across Chile and Argentina. But its astrological impact will be felt worldwide as the sun and moon in Cancer move towards an opposition with Saturn and Pluto.
Symbolically the moon blotting out the sun suggests the lunar unconscious blotting out the solar conscious. A change in perception is called for as there are things that can only be seen in a dim light. The shadow side (in the Jungian sense) cannot be ignored.
For Jung, the shadow represents the unacceptable side of ourselves, the side that we reject, that we do not want to admit. This unacceptable side is often projected onto others and we blame them for flaws and vices that are our own. By accepting the shadow, we can become conscious of it and can control it rather than being controlled by it and we become whole. (See Ursula Le Guin’s ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’)
But the shadow is not only personal – the parts of my nature that I don’t like to admit to; it is also collective – the dark episodes of our national history that we would rather forget, aspects of our culture that we prefer to ignore. And it is the moon that connects us to the collective, the social, the public sphere through our unconscious responses and unspoken agreements, while the sun is our individuality, the light of our personal consciousness which gives us our ability to choose our own path.
And with Saturn and Pluto opposing the sun and moon, the side of our shadow that is there to be recognised and accepted is the dark business of power and control.
For while Cancer has a deep instinct to protect home, family, tribe and nation, it can often see ‘the other’ as a threat to be repelled rather than a difference to be accepted and learned from.
Also, during this period, communication looks due for disruption, with Mercury hit by Mars and taking a sideswipe from Uranus. Arguments and accidents are potential. We may also be more sensitive to personal slights. In addition, it could be a good time to make sure that computer data is backed up, particularly before Mercury goes retrograde on 7th July.