Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius – a shift in perspective?

Astronomy: eclipses (top), and the Moon’s passage around the Earth. Coloured engraving by J. Emslie, 1851, after himself.. Public Domain Mark

Our first Eclipse for 2021 is a Lunar Eclipse occurring at 05°Sagittarius on Wednesday 26th May at 9:13pm AEST for us here in Australia.

A Lunar Eclipses occur during a Full Moon (the Sun and Moon are 180° opposite each other), when the Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned, and the Nodes of the Moon cross the Ecliptic. 

At that point, the light of the Sun is blocked by the Earth and the Moon receives Earth’s shadow.

If we have clear skies, we should get a great view of this Lunar Eclipse.

In astrology and magick, Full Moons are seen as a time of bringing things to fruition, we have reached a time when we become conscious of our creations and find ourselves at a crossroads: do continue as we were, or do we revamp and travel in a different direction, or do we purge and prepare to start anew?

Sagittarius is Ruled by Jupiter, who we find happily at home in His sign of Pisces.

Like his ruler, Sagittarius enjoys expansion, growth, exploration and the search for meaning. This is the ‘big stuff’, the meaning of life and the philosophical questioning that lead to us uncovering our spiritual being and oneness with the source.

Jupiter is forming a square aspect with this Lunar Eclipse, bringing some friction to our need to find meaning in life. But, as always with astrology, such fiction is considered ‘grist for the mill’ and if used well  the  stress will manifest something of value. 

Image: Astronomy: Jupiter with an eagle, an angel above, looking heavenward. Engraving by N. Dorigny, 1695, after Raphael, 1516.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

The danger here would be to seek escapism and avoidance from the underlying urge to connect with the Source. Or, go too far the other way: becoming so immersed in the search for meaning that we lose sight of humanness and forget to ‘keep our feet on the ground’!

The key is to take appropriate action and not sink into apathy and do nothing, nor go to the extreme at the expense of being grounded. Find the middle ground and balance metaphysical exploration with living in the physical realm too!

With that out of the way, lets get to the great news that this Lunar Eclipse brings!

Astrology: signs of the zodiac, Sagittarius. Coloured engraving by S. Hall.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Sagittarius is a Mutable Fire sign, enthusiastic and adaptable, with the flame of inspiration at its core. Sagittarius brings hope in the adventure of life – experiencing and growing through a quest for knowledge and wisdom.

In Sagittarius we find our ‘beliefs’, our ‘faith’,  and our ’truth’. 

Sagittarius is not fixed in his belief system, he is adaptable and optimistic that there is always more on the horizon to understand and bring meaning to life.

Image: Astrology: signs of the zodiac, Sagittarius. Coloured engraving by S. Hall.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Sagittarius energises our capacity to adventure in search of wisdom – this will be a time to seek out, study and experience things that fulfil our need to ‘know’, and to find ‘meaning’ in this life. This is a time to explore and find wisdom in being alive.

Our beliefs will be a the forefront of our Selves during this Lunar Eclipse – others will ‘see’ our philosophies and our ’truths’ by which we live our lives. Of course, this has potential risks – see above for Jupiter’s reminder to find the ‘middle-ground’ and not become bombastic. Remembering that ‘my truth’ is as valid as ‘your truth’!

With this Lunar Eclipse we may experience the emotional sensitivity of the Moon upsetting our capacity be objective and may become dogmatic in our belief structures – not taking into account the huge array of other peoples ideas, concepts and experiences that may enrich our understanding of life.

Here we have a point in time for review, to take stock, to end or modify what we started specifically around the time of the Lunar Eclipse that occurred in Sagittarius last year. I wrote a brief post on Facebook at the time, and made reference to Dane Rudhyar’s statement “that was mainly felt in the past is now seen” – suggesting that these Lunar Eclipses bring to the surface that which we have been gestating and now allowing for a shift in perspective. The Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius last year was on Saturday 6th June 2020 – what was occurring for you then; what plans did you put in place; did you set yourself new goals? A review of that period of time will help clarify what is occurring at this Lunar Eclipse on 26th May 2021.

Whilst the Lunar Eclipse will occur in a specific House in your natal (birth) chart and will provide a good indication as to the area of life that will be triggered by the Moon (see below), knowing the aspects the Lunar Eclipse makes to planets and points in your chart will really flesh out the impact.

So, as the Lunar Eclipse occurs at 05°26’Sagittarius you’ll find the following aspects occurring  between planets and points around 02° and 07° in these signs:

Opposition: Planets or points in Gemini between 02° and 07° (here, there will be the need to find balance and avoid the extremes of the planetary energies);

Conjunction: Sagittarius (when conjunct, two planets share a purpose: they are unified and their energies remain unique to their own essence but are directed together);

Sextile: Libra or Aquarius (sextiles provide support and stimulation of the planetary energies, providing opportunities to grow);

Square: Pisces or Virgo (these will be tense energies creating a sense of collision, but which if handled well will provide the greatest opportunity for growth);

Trine: Aries or Leo (harmony and flow will be found here, but if not worked with, the energies will lack the vitality there can bring).

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If you know your Rising Sign (your Ascendant – check here if you don’t), the Full Moon will illuminate these areas of your life:

Aries –  9th House: This is Sagittarius’ natural House – the House of Travel – literal and metaphorical.

Taurus –  8th House: The House of Transformation through shared resources – intimacy, power and money are the material of this House.

Gemini – 7th House: Relationships are the focus of this House, traditionally referred to as the House of Marriage.

Cancer –  6th House: Known as the House of Servants, here we experience our daily routines, our health, work and wellbeing.

Leo –  5th House: Ah, Joy! Creative self-expression through love, dating and developing human connectivity.

Virgo –  4th House: Your Roots are the focus in the House of Home, with emotional needs being paramount in terms of personal stability.

Libra – 3rd House: Communication and friendships in this House are geared towards information gathering – very apt for this Lunar Eclipse!

Scorpio – 2nd House: Our Values – personal and material are at the centre of this House. Money, food, possessions are the core focus here.

Sagittarius – 1st House: Who am I – I am me! This House is about You and the expression of You – personal development and self-awareness focus heavily here.

Capricorn –  12th House: Here we Transcend the mundane world! This is the area of life where we can let go and heal. 

Aquarius –  11th House: Our tribe is found here and we excel through teamwork and community involvement. Oh, and embrace technology 

Pisces – 10th House: Ambition is not a dirty word! Where do aspire to be the world – this is the area that the lunar Eclipse will stimulate – self-expression and destiny and intertwined here!

Take a look at my astrological services page, and feel free to contact me if you’d like to explore your birth chart or help interpreting the cosmic forecast for a successful future.


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