. We can be extra gentle with ourselves and others over the next few weeks as reality becomes increasingly wonky. Like with every eclipse season, the next two weeks may feel like time and karma are compressed. We are stepping across a threshold into entirely new feelings and perspectives. We’re ready to shed old beliefs about ourselves and the world as this South Node Lunar Eclipse encourages us to release all that no longer serves us. We can learn lessons more rapidly as events and epiphanies emerge, thrusting us forward. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, has just entered Pisces, submerging us into more expansive, loving waters. Coupled with the Sun in Gemini, we are now encouraged to open our minds to greater nuance and compassion, allowing our rigidity to soften. Like the Twins, we can become more curious, asking each other questions rather than asserting our answers. This eclipse season may feel extra wobbly since Saturn just stationed retrograde with Mercury stationing retrograde in a few days also. Communication may feel off, our progress stifled. But we have the chance now to slow down and allow for deeper self-examination. With Mercury retrograding, people from our past may soon reemerge for reconciliation and healing.
The planets are encouraging us to pause and reflect on all that’s arisen over the past year. Over the next few weeks, we can take time to integrate old feelings and wounds, and determine if any of our beliefs have kept our hearts closed. With the nodes falling along the Sagittarius-Gemini axis for more than a year now, issues around morality, politics, and ideologies have been ramping up, reaching points of crisis so that we can find resolution. This eclipse now offers a climactic release. Could our approaches evolve as we continue to heal our traumas and learn to communicate more effectively? Is peace possible? Sagittarius is the inspiring professor who extracts intelligence from her students, even if their words are nonsensical. She engages them in elevated dialogue, while gently questioning their perspectives. Her point isn’t to argue. She’s expanding their minds—broadening their understanding so they can see from different angles. We can now become our own inspiring professors, finding truth and meaningful frameworks through the lens of healthy skepticism and curiosity. We can stop to consider that belief in anything creates a pattern of tension in the body, as we ask ourselves: Which of our beliefs are creating patterns of tension? Where does that tension show up in our bodies, and what happens when we release it? How can we generate compassion when considering another’s point of view? How can we acknowledge that unhealed trauma, both personal and collective, is fueling our divisions? How can we work towards personal and collective healing? Like the Hanged Man in Tarot, we can find the Sun by suspending ourselves in not knowing. We can remember that we are specks in an infinite Universe, and at the same time, we are the Universe herself. We can surrender our hearts and minds to the oceans of healing and love, relaxing our certainty as the bright Sun warms all that’s become cold.
Then, the Fish and Twins can dance around us, making us laugh while questioning all that we thought that we knew. Our eyes can begin to sparkle as we go easier on ourselves and remember why we love each other and the world. We can trust in our basic goodness as we play, enjoy, and forgive ourselves and others. On this Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, may we soften our rigid minds and hearts as the arms of compassion embrace us, healing our traumas. May we release what no longer serves us as we relish in our journeys, remembering our humor as we relax into loving ourselves, this life, our planet, and one another. For more than twenty years, Juliana McCarthy has been studying and practicing Western Astrology, finding it to be a powerful tool for self-exploration and examining how we relate to others. She loves working with people to help them understand their authentic selves—their complexities, gifts, karma, and life paths. In particular, she finds Astrology to be helpful for major transitions, unexpected life changes, and for better understanding relationships—romantic and otherwise. Juliana also practices Energy Healing, using a blend of Reiki and shamanic methods. She helps facilitate powerful breakthroughs by clearing blockages around physical, spiritual, relationship, and emotional difficulties. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, she's an avid meditator and spiritual practitioner.
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