This Grand Cross is
a merger of the powerful energies of the four fixed signs: Taurus, Leo,
Scorpio, and Aquarius. The befuddling energies of Mercury retrograde
may cause confusion in communications, transportation, relationships,
commercial transactions, and other crucial matters relating to personal
property and money. Jupiter’s influence inflates incidents to greater
proportion and puts pride into this dynamic planetary recipe. Life
patterns may be radically altered during this eclipse. Fuzzy thinking
will be a real problem in emotional matters, which are very prone to
upheavals, misinterpretations, and conflicts that place opposing sides
into implacable positions that are difficult to modify except through
intense negotiations. The involvement of Juno places stress on
marriages and partnerships – relationships will either find new
boundaries for better understanding and emotional health or be prone to
deterioration. An alternative focus for this asteroid is one’s living
space, and some may feel impelled to redecorate or rearrange for greater
beauty and comfort.
Other possible effects typical of Mercury retrogrades/eclipse
combinations include extreme weather patterns: tornados, floods, freak
storms. Mars and Neptune show the possibility of accidents and attacks
– although with Mercury retrograde, these may be fumbled or botched, or
extremely senseless incidents where people are in the wrong place at the
wrong time. The other possible manifestation of the Mars-Neptune
conjunction includes cons, swindles, and deceptions. Exercise extreme
caution in any business dealings during the week of the eclipse.
Conflicts and scandals in religious and political settings are entirely
possible, although it will be difficult after the fact to determine
Not all total lunar eclipses are this difficult, but combined with the
other planetary indicators, and with the eclipse in the intense and
emotionally charged sign of Scorpio, one may expect turbulent emotions
and reactions to events in mid-May. Mars, the ruler of Scorpio and thus
of the eclipse, is involved an extremely difficult configuration, adding
to the potential for complex situations and harsh emotions. This
eclipse occurs at 9:36 pm Eastern Daylight Time, so will be visible in
the United States
The following lunation is a Solar Eclipse at 9Ò Gemini on May 31st.
This eclipse (a new
moon) has mixed influences. Mercury, ruler of Gemini, is the dispositor
(or ruler) of the eclipse. Mercury’s retrograde is completed before the
eclipse, on May 20th. However, by forward motion that retraces its
steps in Taurus, Mercury is once again square Jupiter in Leo and Neptune
in Aquarius, a T-square configuration in fixed signs. This continues
the influences of the prior lunar eclipse: confusion, delays, polarized
issues, and struggles with long-term arrangements.
However, this eclipse trines Neptune, which is favorable for eliminating
things that are no longer needed in life. It also foreshadows better
aspects in June that encourage holistic thinking and uplifting spiritual
messages. It is also sextile Jupiter, which is auspicious for the
consideration of new opportunities, messages, and travel. Mercury is
closely conjunct Venus, and this will tend to personalize the effects of
the eclipse. Meetings and reunions may bring a combination of success
and trouble. This combination of influences suggests the plight of the
individual in the face of cultural or group strife. Issues about
restructuring of hopes, desires, personal goals and income continue
through the entire eclipse cycle and into June.
THE ECLIPSE SPREAD
are specialized phenomenon, when the light from the earth’s two
luminaries – the sun and moon – are temporarily blocked. The obscured
light of the moon represents turning points in feelings, the flow of
emotions, dreams and the unconscious mind, and personal comfort
levels. The blocked light of the sun represents the ending of
identity-specific things: titles, names, labels, and ego attachments.
In a lesser sense, it may represent the ending of projects, the
elimination of unnecessary or obsolete situations, and resolutions.
Since the sun, earth and the earth’s moon create eclipses, this spread
focuses on those three bodies and what they represent. Each card is
covered by another card that represents a blockage, elimination, or
Shuffle the deck and focus on the upcoming eclipse cycle. Visualize the
earth in its orbit around the sun, and the moon orbiting around earth.
Visualize the earth receiving the light of both sun and moon.
Card 1 – The Sun: The self, mind and body. Physical conditions,
energy levels, conscious functioning. What is visible.
Card 2 – The Moon: Environment, emotions, hidden factors,
condition or mood of the group, unconscious functioning. What is
Card 3 – The Earth: Circumstances, pattern of events,
manifestation. Emerging conditions for self and environment. Results
from eclipses. What is experiential, or has tangible results.
Card 4 – Covers Sun: Temporary blocks or stresses to Self.
Card 5 – Covers Moon: Short term stresses or fluctuations in
environment, but may be rooted in long-term emotional background.
Card 6 – Covers Earth: Long-term issues that emerge during the
eclipse cycle, or obstacles to changing or improving those issues.
TALKING TO CLIENTS
ABOUT THE ECLIPSES
a client is the same sun-sign as an eclipse, they will tend to
experience it in a more personal and dramatic manner. Tarotists may
suggest that the client pay attention to emotional flow and keep a
handle on critical issues during the eclipse cycle. The closer one’s
birthday is to the eclipse (or opposite date), the more effects one will
The birthdates most sensitive to the coming eclipses are:
Lunar Eclipse: May 13 – 19th, November 13 - 19th;
and also birthdates in the other two fixed signs – February 11 –
17th, and August 15 – 21st.
Solar Eclipse: May 28 – June 2nd, November 29 – December 5th;
and also birthdates in the other two mutable signs – September 30
– October 5th, and February 26 – March 3rd.
The card that symbolizes eclipses is the Moon card. Some renderings of
this card actually show an eclipse in progress. The Moon card indicates
confusions, uncertainty, emotional flux and trauma, illness, and dark
Eclipses are absolutely not favorable for starting new projects
or jobs. Projects initiated during eclipses are like hubcabs falling
off a car wheel – they roll along the road for a little while, and then
fall in to the gutter. Since the eclipse series in May is synchronous
with Mercury retrograde, it is also an ill-omened month for signing
contracts, making critical agreements, or for organizing group events.
With the four fixed signs are involved, people may be more exhausted or
stressed than usual, and feel as though they are being buffeted by the
power battles around them. Likewise, areas of stability are prone to
instability. Trust issues rise to the surface.
Forecasts for all 12 sun-signs follow, and are organized by modality
rather than element.
(Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) – Lunar Eclipse: Critical focus
on finances, investments, welfare of children and friends; long-term
situations that are in a difficult state of flux. There are struggles
in finding equitable terms with others, delayed decisions on shared
goals, or finding worthy partners for future efforts.
Some phases are at completion; illnesses or unavoidable problems disrupt
plans to follow-through on projects; changing faces at work place or
family groups. Locations for activities and time management in flux.
(Taurus, Leo, Scorpio,
Aquarius) – Lunar Eclipse: Critical focus on relationships,
family stability, long-term career path. Important projects may be put
on hold or distracted. Strange accidents or sudden upheavals, health
issues, extreme emotional turbulence.
Personal choices come to a head; some aspect of situation disappears or
exits. There may be necessary sacrifices, elimination, and recognition
of obsolete aspects of life. Financial repercussions or costs at this
(Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) – Lunar Eclipse: Critical
focus on hidden or private circumstances that arise during the cycle.
Employment environment may be turbulent, or health concerns brought to
the forefront. Schedule changes, long-term plans in flux.
Transitions in names and faces in environment. Both losses and gains,
may need to relinquish personal or social connections and move to new
circles of people, or sources of needed items. Costly repairs, changes
While it is obvious that these are two difficult eclipses, both readers
and clients benefit from a conscious awareness of the potential
effects. If these are known in advance, the individual is less likely
to over-react or rush their fences. The long-term issues (fixed sign
influences) that are aroused must be slowly and cautiously considered
for solutions. Advance warnings also allow people to avoid scheduling
important meetings and events during this cycle, or at least encourage
better advance preparation to avoid last-minute crises.