20 June 2020

The Solstice Today, A Solar Eclipse Tomorrow & Venus Goes Direct Soon

Annular Solar Eclipse, Photo by Marek Okon on Unsplash

C.S. Sherin, 20 June 2020

Today (June 20th), at 4:43 pm CDT (21:43 UTC), it is officially the Solstice. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Solstice is the longest day of the year, and a time to fully welcome Summer. For the Southern Hemisphere, this Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and a time to fully welcome Winter. Astrologically, between June 20th and June 21st, the Sun will be moving from the Zodiac sign of Gemini to Cancer.

In the wee morning hours of 21 June 2020, the Annular Solar Eclipse occurs. And it is a New Moon in Cancer, and Father's Day.

We already had a penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5th, and will have another on July 5th.


How Often Do Eclipses Occur?

Each year is different. For solar eclipses, there are usually 2-4. Rarely there are 5 solar eclipses in a year (1935 and 2206). For lunar eclipses, there can be anywhere from 0-3, with an average of 2. Even with those numbers, it is rare to have 7 eclipses in a year. This year through 2023, there will be 4 eclipses in total each year. In 2024 and 2027, there will be 5 eclipses for each year. 

What Is An Annular Solar Eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Sun and Moon are directly in line with the Earth, and the light of the Sun is still visible as a ring (annulus), outlining the Moon. See the photo above for an example.

Will I Be Able To See This Eclipse?

This annular solar eclipse won't be visible to the Americas or Northern Europe. But, it will be visible in parts of: South and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific, and Indian Ocean.

To see a map of where the annular eclipse will be visible exactly, go to TimeAndDate.com.

What Other Kinds of Eclipses Are There?

We see Solar and Lunar eclipses from Earth. They happen when there is a direct alignment between the Sun, Moon, and portions of Earth. Here the various kinds of eclipses possible:

SOLAR ECLIPSES: occur during a New Moon

  • Total: the Moon completely obscures a view of the Sun from our viewpoint.
  • Partial: the Moon only obscures part of the Sun from our viewpoint.
  • Annular: the Moon obscures the Sun, but appears smaller from our viewpoint, and so a ring of the Sun remains visible around the Moon.
  • Hybrid: Depending on where you are, you may see an annular or total eclipse of the Sun, or you may see it change from one to the other, and something in between. This is a less frequent type of eclipse.

LUNAR ECLIPSES: occur at a Full Moon
  • Partial: the Earth's shadow (umbra--darkest part of the Earth's shadow, where the Sun isn't shining; and penumbra) partially obscure the Moon.
  • Total: the Earth's shadow completely obscures the Moon.
  • Penumbral: not always very noticeable, the Moon is obscured only by Earth's lighter or partial section of shadow, called penumbra.

Spiritually speaking, eclipses are a time when
energies are amplified, and hidden dynamics can be revealed, if we are willing to look. Most of all, eclipses bring shifts and changes, subtle and obvious, short-term, and long-term.

Tomorrow's eclipse, is happening at a peak time, energetically--just after the time of Solstice, and then going into the sign of Cancer, brings forward the best and the worst of that sign for us to deal with. Home, family, ownership of land, ancestry, past karma, our illusions and delusions, our dependencies that are unhealthy, our mother (Mother Earth, mother energy), tradition, and the need for healthy boundaries to maintain mental, emotional and physical health. Because it is a New Moon, and also Father's Day at a time when we are dealing with economic hardships, a pandemic, racism, and social justice protests--this is a good time to root down and set some intentions...plant some seeds of what we wish to grow, nourish, envision, encourage, and facilitate now, and in the coming month. It is important to give time and energy to what we want, for ourselves personally, and collectively.

Another part of eclipses, is that they highlight shadow. In psychological Jungian terms, the shadow is the part of our own psyche that is rejected by us. It is a part of ourselves that has the potential to commit evil acts, to cause harm, to betray ourselves, others, life and love. However, the shadow also contains the parts of ourselves that we reject and exile because we think it is unlovable, unacceptable or not "normal." Those parts of ourselves may very well be valuable, worthwhile, and wise. Jung described it as the gold we find in the darkness. But, we must face the terrors, fear, rage, and hate that is possible in our shadow, in order to find what is of value.

Some mistake this concept as saying that we have evil in us, or that we are evil, or troubled, or fallen, etc. But, that isn't accurate. We all contribute to harmful actions, because we are all embedded in corrupt systems. We all have the potential for causing harm. We all have, in some ways, exiled parts of ourselves that are unacceptable or deemed unacceptable by society. That is a difficult, but important thing to become aware of. When we become aware of something hidden within us, we are no longer unconsciously controlled or sabotaged by it--we can begin to healthfully integrate that knowing with conscious knowing. We aren't born evil or fallen. We are born human, and are conditioned into systems, with a lot of unconscious messages that we haven't faced or dealt with properly. Until we become conscious of what we don't want to face, it will be a problem, and it will grow, as a destruction, a problem, in the world around us.

It often comes down to choice, experiences, and opportunity really, how we (are able or unable to) face our own darkness. For those of us who have experienced considerable trauma, and events that are evil and are like hell on earth, we more easily see and access our own shadow, because we have witnessed that truly evil acts are real, and they are committed by fellow humans.

That is what we are all collectively facing now. There are internal protective mechanisms that try to prevent us from facing that darkness (avoidance, denial, projection, manipulation), and then, there is the the joining of the heart and mind, and will that becomes dedicated to facing fear, and doing the right thing anyway--that is courage, and it leads on into the journey of right action, meditation, prayer, and activism--all of which call into action our gold, our greatest powers and gifts.

We can say they are: love, courage, creativity, common sense, reason, listening, restoration, responding, and compassionate action. But really, for each of us, our expression of these is unique and important. Each one of us is needed, and contributes something no one else can. Sometimes, it is through presence alone. But, when possible, action is needed as well.

By the way, as we consider the emotional needs and health of our families, home, and collective home and family, here in the US our economy is causing suffering during a hard time like the pandemic because it is a corrupt economy. A healthy economy built with right action and compassion would not cause us to suffer, it would act like a back up generator during a storm--it would be set up to get us through the unexpected, hard times. Clinging to systems that are corrupt, and not letting go, is a collective shadow aspect of the sign of Cancer the crab. We would do well to tap into our deepest strengths and envision better ways forward...

Time to take a deep breath and let go of all that tension, and start to pace ourselves, so that a long-term amount of changes and challenges can be sustainable for us.

Good thing that Venus is going direct on June 25th. So, by then, we should all have a clear idea of how we value ourselves, how others value us, and how our relationships (to ourselves--self-worth, significant others, money, possessions, luxury) need to be adjusted. With Venus direct, our relationships can end or move forward on more solid ground, which is deeply helpful with so many other planets going backwards and looking inward still.

Neptune is going retrograde very soon, and I will be posting about that on Monday. And, Uranus will be joining the troupe, the square dance of retrograde planets in August. But, let's just take this one week at a time.

I highly recommend finding a balance between the "excitement" of these astrological events, human events, and the personal need for mental, emotional and physical health. We need to face things together and alone, we need to process, and we each have our own ways and timing for that. Most of all, I recommend seeking ways to envision and create beauty and creative solutions for hard times, and to be gentle with ourselves and each other, as much as we can. See my previous post for more on the current Mercury retrograde, and more suggestions for this window of time.

C.S. Sherin (Chandra), Wild Clover Astrology 2020©. You are free to share this content via social media, unaltered and with the author, link and copyright intact. Any alterations or lack of credit is prohibited.

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