Life has been doing a pretty good job at imitating The Handmaid's Tale this summer, and it's pretty damn scary. As we gaze at the stars for some "as above, so below" answers, we can't help but ruminate on the upcoming solar eclipse that arrives with the new moon in Cancer this Thursday, July 12 at 10:47PM EDT.
This is the first eclipse to fall on the Cancer-Capricorn axis since July 1, 2011. Cancer is the zodiac's Alpha female, and is a leadership-oriented cardinal sign associated with all things stereotypically "woman," from emotional intelligence to motherhood to creating a secure and flourishing home. This energy, of course, is not reserved for those born with a double X chromosome set—nor does it fit for all female-identified beings. Nevertheless, it's an archetype that will be clamoring for attention over the next two years, as eclipses hit the Cancer-Capricorn axis every December-January and June-July until 2020.
Given this, you'd think that a solar eclipse in Cancer would immediately ignite a golden age for the divine feminine. But eclipses don't work like that...not exactly. Their job is to reveal the shadows so that we can get real about the rough spots, then, get to work. We can't turn away from what's exposed during an eclipse; it's impossible to un-see.
Get ready: For a brief window of time on July 12 (or July 13 in some time zones), the moon will "block out" the light of the Sun. Adding to the effect, this particular eclipse will sit directly across the sky from Pluto, the ruler of buried secrets and the underworld.Although this partial solar eclipse won't be visible in the U.S., it will still serve as a cosmic call to use your voice for good.
Another thing about solar eclipses: The first one tends to be the worst one—or at least the most intense, since it will fall at a later degree of Cancer, then back up from there. (In this case, the series goes from 20º Cancer on July 12, 2018 to 10º Cancer on July 2, 2019 to 0º Cancer on June 21, 2020.) Since solar eclipses arrive with new moons, we have two years to process this new, and often jaw-dropping data—intel that the eclipses may be exposed within the span of a month of the actual eclipse.
Gather your strength: The provocative incoming energy will bring more disruption. But maybe the reason is to push for real change? According to Newton's Third Law, every action has an equal an opposite reaction. As the heat turns up, so does the resistance. Avoiding or ignoring politics after July 12 could mean waking up to a world that feels more like Gilead by the day. The eclipse marks the beginning of the season to seize your power—in the boardroom and the voting booth.