Sagittarius lunar eclipse and Full Moon, June 15 2011

Midsummer Full Moon

The energy for tomorrow’s lunar eclipse is starting to build, and it’s likely to have a profound effect on many of us. The eclipse will peak at the moment of the Full Moon at 4:14 pm Eastern.

This is a Full Moon in Sagittarius, the sign that represents our search for meaning. Sagittarius describes the Truth that we create for ourselves, and the urge for expansion and adventure that drives us in search for that Truth. The Gemini Sun opposes the Sagittarius Moon, urging us to integrate the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity of knowledge and learning. In Gemini we learn with an open mind; in Sagittarius we seek understanding and discrimination between that which is true and that which is not true. Gemini opens us to new experiences but lacks discrimination; Sagittarius creates more rigid ideology but learns discernment. Neither is better than the other, but the two require balance.

A conjunction of Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, to the Gemini Sun will weigh the balance heavily in Gemini’s favor, activating the mind to be curious and wide awake, processing our life’s experiences through the realm of thoughts and ideas.  This can take us away from the emotional heart where wisdom can settle and become integrated into our life, and a conjunction of Chiron to Neptune in the eclipse chart suggests that there is still soul work to be done.

This eclipse is a powerful one as the Sun and Moon are only one degree from a conjunction to the nodes of the Moon.  The lunar nodes are not planetary bodies but are points in the sky where the Moon crosses the apparent path of the Sun from our earthly perspective.  The nodes are connected with our evolutionary progress and eclipses are said to occur when a lunation (Full or New Moon) occurs in proximity to the nodes.  Because this alignment is so tight, within one degree, this is a total eclipse and it contains greater astrological meaning.

Saturn has just changed direction to travel forward after a retrograde period, and it is still virtually stationary as it begins to pick up speed for its journey in direct motion.  As the planet of structure and responsibility, Saturn requires that we build a container in our lives for the transitions that are to come.  Saturn is traveling freely now, unencumbered by aspects to other planets which can create stress as we struggle with the process of how to apply focus in our lives.

In the eclipse chart Uranus and Pluto are lining up in a powerful aspect that is likely to create intense ripples of transformational energy through all of the political systems as well as our personal lives.  The square of Uranus and Pluto will be closer in July than any time this year before beginning their actual dance next year, but the pieces are falling into place.

This eclipse is an opportunity for us to examine our belief systems (Sagittarius) and keep an open mind to new ideas (Gemini) that will help us to create new structures (Saturn) for the change and transformation that is to come (Uranus/Pluto).  Yet the heart must remain open, because the work of the soul (Chiron/Neptune) is not yet complete.

So enter into the journey of this eclipse free from fear, and with a spirit of adventure and curiosity and all will be well!

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By | 2011-06-14T06:00:00+00:00 June 14th, 2011|Moon|9 Comments


  1. Kevin June 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

    For this eclipse, Saturn is actually trine Venus. So some aspect-structure. Good post though 🙂

  2. Maureen June 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks, Lynn. I really appreciate your summary in the 2nd to last paragraph. Very helpful!

    • June 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

      Thank you all! I’m so glad to be able to do this work. 🙂

  3. Annaa June 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    So grateful for the info Lynn.. gives me the strength to keep going inspite;)

  4. Luminous Becoming June 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you so much for this information…it’s interesting to me that I’ve been guided by seemingly-unconscious forces to have a very sacred and spiritual experience at 4pm which is nearly identical to the moment of the max point of this energy stream. Today will be a redefining point.

  5. Maria June 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    That explains a lot about why I’ve spent the past few of days obsessively learning about a certain topic and trying to decide how it fits into my worldview and to make plans going forward in light of what I now know. I’m not losing my marbles! Yet. 🙂

  6. Kelly June 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Well that explains why today hasn’t been going “normal”.

  7. Leonora June 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you for the very clear explanation of this eclipse. Not only were we in South Africa able to see its beauty, it also has special significance for me as the moon was conjunct my natal venus and Chiron and nepture conjuncting my north node.

  8. Camille1944 July 9, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Do you feel that the verdict in the case of Casey Anthony which seems to be taking on a life of its own could result in the necessary changes of the triple eclipse?

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