Summer solstice 2020 is serving up more than just the longest day of light in the northern hemisphere. For the first time since 1982, this notable cosmic event dovetails with a “ring of fire” solar eclipse that peaks at 2:41AM EDT on June 21.
During a solar eclipse, the moon sits directly between the Earth and Sun, also referred to as a conjunction (or meetup at the same sign and degree of the Sun and the moon). During this brief time, the moon can block out the Sun’s light, temporarily disconnecting us from our sense of reality.
Astrologically, eclipses are provocative moments, where the only thing constant is change. Unsettling information may come to light, and whatever has been sitting in the shadows must be reckoned with. During these turbulent times, resolution often requires a revolution. As old structures and systems are exposed, they may tumble to ruin in order to pave the way for a new way of life to be born.
The eclipse will happen on Sunday, June 21
During the June 21 solar eclipse, both the Sun and moon are in Cancer, the zodiac’s heart-centered nurturer. This is the sign that rules our homes and homelands, our ancestral roots and financial security—all areas of life that are undergoing extreme transformation this year. As this eclipse arrives with a new moon, it may herald unprecedented ideas and actions.
A “ring of fire” will be visible in some parts of the world
An annular, or “ring of fire,” eclipse is a lot like a total solar eclipse. The only difference is that the moon blocks out 99.4% of the Sun’s rays (not 100%), leaving a blazing edge circled around the edge of the moon. This spectacle will be visible in Africa, Pakistan, India and China.
In astrology the moon is associated with the emotional force while the Sun rules the ego. As the dark new moon is silhouetted by the Sun, the cry for compassion will be amplified. We can expect another call to action for human rights—which could sound like a jarring wakeup call. The Sun’s ring of fire may illuminate a powerful female-identified leader (women are associated with the moon) who rises from near invisibility to lead a movement.
On a personal level, this eclipse could reshuffle the power dynamics within our homes and families. If one person has been dominating the roost, call a house meeting about a more democratic living situation. A relative may have a burning issue which requires support. If a loved one keeps popping into your mind, check up on them!
This is the final solar eclipse in a two-year series on the Cancer-Capricorn axis
Since July 2018, eclipses have been striking the Cancer-Capricorn axis. This lunar tug-of-war pulled us between the private and the public, our inner and outer worlds. Since Cancer is associated with the archetypal feminine and Capricorn with the masculine, gender identity issues and women’s rights have been hot topics of legislation. During this eclipse series, a landmark number of women were voted into Congress and ran in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Yet the pull of the old-guard Capricorn eclipses amplified entrenched patriarchal systems, giving us a chance to view them in stark contrast to the call for change.
The domestic Cancer eclipses, which took place on July 12, 2018, then July 2, 2019, January 10, 2020 and now on June 21, 2020, have shifted the way we “do” home. The Covid-fueled quarantines transformed our relationships to our households and families. With companies closing and the economy in free-fall, people were forced to tap into their savings or put their financial security at risk by taking out loans to save their businesses.
With this eclipse series wrapping on July 4, under the lunar eclipse in Capricorn, there could be landmark resolutions around homeland “security” (including police who are sworn to protect and serve).
This eclipse is the first in a pair of back to back Cancer new moons
Take two! This eclipse is the first in a rare pair of Cancer new moons. On July 20, 2020, a second new moon falls in this zodiac sign, echoing the frequency of whatever arises during the solstice.
Mercury is retrograde during the eclipse
If 2020 is teaching us anything, it’s that there’s no moving forward before we clean up the past. Mercury, the planet of communication, cooperation, information and transportation, is retrograde in Cancer from June 18 to July 12. Now’s the time to review our history—globally, nationally and personally—so we can rectify mistakes and rebuild from a place of illumination.
Here’s how the ring of fire solar eclipse will affect each zodiac sign:
The solar (new moon) eclipse in Cancer, the final in a two-year series, may lead you to question what makes you feel truly “at home.” Is it the sense you get when you return after a long day at work or hang out with close friends? Are there colors or scents that evoke nostalgia? This eclipse may have you craving more of a sanctuary than merely a spot to hang your hat. If you’re pondering a move, this lunar light can help get your plans underway. Set an intention to be living in your “right” space by the corresponding Cancer full moon in January 2021.
Sunday’s new moon solar eclipse in Cancer and your third house of kindred spirits could breathe life into a new platonic partnership—or finally help you get on the same page with someone you’ve been dancing around since this eclipse series began in July 2018. Make a point of reconnecting with like-minded contacts and invest energy in new friendships. Exciting news could arrive today regarding something you’ve been working on since the beginning of 2020.
The solar (new moon) eclipse in Cancer—the final in a two-year series—brings more momentum for your monetary goals. This cosmic tailwind gives you the confidence to make bolder-than-usual money moves. What skills have you been developing since July 2018? You may be ready to put a price tag on them or raise your rates before the year is through.
Sunday is not only the year’s only Cancer new moon, but it’s also a game-changing solar eclipse. This is the culmination of events sparked over the past two years, when eclipses began crackling across the Cancer-Capricorn axis. If you’ve been making a concerted effort to build your dream, this solar lift is bound to deliver something major. Maybe you’re ready to step into the spotlight and showcase your talents and skills. A solo project or leadership opportunity could get fast-tracked. Buckle up and ride this ride—the seeds you’ve been nurturing since July 2018 are about to bear some serious fruit!
Surrender control and invite in the new. This may be bittersweet as the new moon solar eclipse in your twelfth house of endings brings a situation (or some aspect of it) to its natural completion. Sure, saying goodbye may tug at your heartstrings, but hanging on won’t bring back what once was. Since this is the final eclipse in a series that began activating the Cancer-Capricorn axis in July 2018, you may have known for a while that this transition was coming. You’re surrounded with support, Leo; all you have to do is ask. Do you have some lingering forgiveness work to do? Swallow your pride and clean up the relationship. This closure will set you free.
Team Virgo could come out on top this Sunday, thanks to the Cancer solar (new moon) eclipse lighting up your eleventh house of collaborations. Pop the champagne, revel in the moment and reflect on all the successes you’ve achieved together over the past two years, when this series of Cancer-Capricorn eclipses began. Then, get real: Do you see true potential to grow with this group, or would it be better to dissolve and pursue separate paths? Don’t do yourself a disservice by sticking around just because of shared history. But if there’s more life in this collaboration, commit and go all in, Virgo!
The Cancer new moon solar eclipse—the final one in a two-year series that began in July 2018—is cutting the ribbon in your ambitious tenth house. You’ve had your nose to the grindstone for the past couple years, and it’s been laying the groundwork for a professional victory over the next two weeks. Get the manifestation ball rolling by acknowledging what you’ve accomplished and expressing gratitude to the people who supported you along the way. If you’ve been dissatisfied with an aspect of your work, this new moon helps you make the necessary changes. No more operating on autopilot! Ask yourself: What skills and knowledge do I need to ascend even higher?
Say what’s in your heart as the Cancer new moon solar eclipse sets your candid ninth house on fire. Filter your message to keep it tactful, but don’t dilute your words in the process. No doubt, this missive has been a long time coming since today’s is the final Cancer-Capricorn eclipse in a series that’s been striking your communication axis since July 2018. Over the coming two weeks, you could be offered an opportunity to publish your work, give a speech or get involved in a startup or launch. Keep your WhatsApp notifications on and cast a wider net in all your searches, because the call could come from a far-flung contact.
Sunday brings another burst of passion as the Cancer new moon solar eclipse erupts in your seductive eighth house. If you’re trying to figure out the future of a “situationship,” this new moon can illuminate a clear path forward. There’s no room for waffling, especially since this is the final Cancer eclipse in a series that’s been rattling your erotic cage since July 2018. Either your pairing becomes exclusive or you move on to a more satisfying union. Big money—anything from inheritances to royalties—could play a role in your world over the next two weeks. Debt hanging over your head? Take control and work out a settlement.
Sunday’s solar (new moon) eclipse in Cancer could flip on your love light. This is the final eclipse in a two-year series that’s been hitting the Cancer-Capricorn axis since July 2018. Ready to make a quantum leap? Find the right hand to hold and dive in! Existing duos could become way more dynamic over the six months. Eclipses bring surprises, so when it comes to your creative and romantic alliances, make sure to remain open to exciting plot twists along the way.
Your healthy-living zone gets a lunar lift from the solar (new moon) eclipse in Cancer—the final in a two-year series on your axis of detoxification and healing. Eclipses bring the opportunity for a fast-moving fresh start, and Cancer is the nurturer of the zodiac. You’re being prompted to make some important changes in your life that will not only give you more energy but will support your greater goals. But don’t make it about deprivation and steely self-discipline. Infuse pleasure into your meals and movement at every opportunity.
Fame, glamour and romance continue to permeate your field on Sunday, when the solar (new moon) eclipse in Cancer revs up that same fifth house of creativity and amour. Trust the wisdom of your heart. You’ve been honing it well since this eclipse series began in July 2018. This new moon is the grand finale of all that work you’ve been doing for the past two years. Single? You may fall for someone who doesn’t remotely meet your usual “criteria,” but give ’em a chance. Couples should bring more play into their sexytime. Laughter is a powerful aphrodisiac!
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