The Solar Eclipse occurs at 23:47 (UT) on the 20th May 2012 at 00GEM21.
The Solar Eclipse is widely conjunct Mercury and Jupiter and square Neptune. The square to Neptune is the closest planetary aspect. However the eclipse is also conjunct to the degree with Alcyone, the main star in the constellation of the Pleiades. This constellation is also known as the Weeping Sisters due to their association with floods, grief and mourning. According to Constellation of Words - “Pleiades” is also related to the Greek verb plein “to sail”.”
When the Moon and Neptune come into a square together, emotions are confusing, overwhelming, challenging, smothering. Neptune has the capacity to raise you to a state of grace through perfect unconditional love. Neptune also has the capacity to raise a tidal wave of emotions which drown you, taking you to the very depths of yourself. The Moon and Neptune in aspect can be a very beautiful dream or a disorientating nightmare. The challenge is to somehow see the truth through the illusion.
It is easy under this influence to choose to believe the dream rather than the
reality. Your emotions can deceive you. Old habits and childhood fears can come back to haunt you for no apparent reason. The trick with the square to Neptune is to tune into your intuition. This aspect strongly highlights psychic ability, clairvoyance and visions. The difficulty with the square is knowing the difference between real intuitive insight and simple wishful thinking. The Gemini eclipse suggests that it is important to clear your mind in order to see the facts.
As the Moon is square Neptune, so too is the Sun, highlighting feeling lost or unsure of yourself. Neptune is also opposing Mars which can indicate a loss of motivation. When Mars and Neptune are connected, you can work hard for the underdog, fight for victims of injustice or propel yourself into rescuing someone. Or you can give up, swamped by a feeling that it’s all pointless anyway.
The powerful square from Neptune to the eclipse talks of collective sorrows that speak (Gemini) to us all. It challenges us to connect despite our differences, despite our separate and collective pain. Perhaps it’s time to push past tragedy. Funny, as I write that sentence, I’m listening to Moby sing ‘Look at us we’re beautiful’ over and over again
Mercury, ruler of the eclipse, is conjunct Jupiter. There’s an urge towards taking an expansive and inclusive viewpoint, to stretch the mind to go beyond what you think is possible. Jupiter encourages you to make the best of the moment, to see the meaning and contemplate the big picture. He also reminds you to embrace a positive frame of mind because this is how the future stays open. Perhaps too, this eclipse will let unspoken words ripple out across the ether. It is time to be conscious of what you are really thinking because Neptune has a way of delivering the message, regardless of whether you remember hitting ‘send’.
The Mercury – Jupiter aspect also reminds me that Bernadette Brady notes in Predictive Astrology that this Saros cycle ‘will tend to bring success‘ so whilst there are tense aspects at play, there’s a feeling of hope – much like the rainbow after the flood. Don’t forget, Jupiter is also co-ruler of Pisces so the water symbolism is reiterated.
The Sabian symbol for the eclipse is: -
A Glass-Bottomed Boat Reveals Undersea Wonders
“… The feeling is one of wonder. “I did not know this could exist! How beautiful” or “How exciting!” A NEW DIMENSION OF REALITY is perceived by the earnest inquirer”. Dane Rudhyar
There is so much watery imagery in the eclipse chart! The eclipse however is in the sign of Gemini so there seems to be a story about communication between the conscious and unconscious mind. It’s as if the collective pool of the unconscious has been opened up for all to look into. Here the Sabian shows the pure delight which can be experienced when you allow your gaze to turn inwards, when you see the beauty and wonder of all that you are to the depths of your being.
Questions and reflections for this eclipse
What fantasies are you harbouring?
Where do you want to believe the dream rather than the reality?
Do you feel like you’ve missed the boat?
Are you drifting?
Are you afraid of your deepest thoughts?
Do you feel like giving up?
Write down your dreams. Meditate. Draw. Look over old photographs. Set sail – metaphorically or physically. Fight for a better place. Live compassionately. Love unconditionally. Grieve openly. Let your mind speak and accept what you find there. Challenge illusions. Visit the sea or a body of water. Contemplate. Pray. Live in hope.