New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse in Gemini
Updated: Jun 24, 2021
“Be mindful of your thoughts, and be mindful of your self talk and the Universe will treat you kindly.”
10th June 2021 12:53-13 CEDT-2:00
The Astrological Bit
Sun and Moon conjunct in Gemini at 19 degrees and 47 minutes
Retrograde Mercury in Gemini, conjunct the New Moon at 20 degrees and 41 minutes.
The New Moon squares Neptune in Pisces at 23degrees.
Mars in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces.
Mars in Cancer, still in opposition to Pluto, now retrograde in Capricorn.
Retrograde Saturn in Aquarius, trines the Gemini New Moon.
Uranus in Taurus, still squaring retrograde Saturn in Aquarius.
And What Does This Mean To You?
In June 2021, two weeks after the total lunar eclipse on May 26, some locations in Russia, Greenland, and Canada will see a “ring of fire” annular solar eclipse. If the weather permits it, locations in the United States, China, Mongolia, and Northern Europe will see a partial solar eclipse. Solar eclipses happen when the New Moon casts a shadow on Earth.
The Moon Casts A Shadow
The Moon's shadow is not big enough to engulf the entire planet, so the shadow is always limited to a certain area (see map illustrations below). This area changes during the eclipse because the Moon and Earth are in constant motion: Earth continuously rotates around its axis while it orbits the Sun, and the Moon orbits Earth. Solar eclipses are only visible from within the area where the shadow falls, and the closer you are to the center of the shadow's path, the bigger the eclipse looks.
Annular Means Ring-Shaped The name “annular” comes from the Latin word for ring, “annulus.” These eclipses are named for their darkest, or maximum, point even if it only lasts less than a second. If the characteristic ring of fire is visible from even just one location, the whole eclipse is called an annular solar eclipse. However, in most places and for most of the duration, an annular eclipse looks like a partial solar eclipse. This is also the case for total solar eclipses and for the rare hybrid solar eclipses which have an annular maximum point in some locations and a total maximum point in other locations. Astronomical terms & definitions
When Do They Happen? Annular solar eclipses can only take place when: 1. It is New Moon. 2. At the same time, the Moon is at (or very near) a lunar node, so the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are aligned in a straight (or nearly straight) line. 3. The Moon is near its farthest point from Earth, called apogee, so the outer edge of the Sun remains visible as a ring of sunlight.
1. Why Not Every New Moon? Solar eclipses are relatively rare. For any solar eclipse to take place, it has to be around New Moon, when the Sun and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Moon. Normally, the New Moon is invisible from Earth. The only time we can see it is during solar eclipses, silhouetted against the Sun.
2. Close to Lunar Nodes
Lunar nodes are the locations where the Moon crosses the Earth's orbital plane. So why isn't there an eclipse every night there is a New Moon? This is because the New Moon also has to be close to a lunar node. The plane of the Moon's orbital path around Earth is inclined at an angle of approximately 5° in relation to Earth's orbital plane around the Sun—the ecliptic. The points where the 2 orbital planes meet are called lunar nodes. When the Sun and the Moon are close enough to a lunar node to form a perfect or almost perfect line with Earth, we are in the eclipse season, which lasts around 34.5 days. In every eclipse season, there are 2 to 3 eclipses, and at least 1 of these is always a solar eclipse; at the most 2.
3. Moon Is Far from Earth Throughout every lunar month, the distance between our planet and the Moon varies because the shape of the Moon's orbit around Earth is elliptical, rather than circular. The reason we can see the glowing outer edge of the Sun at the maximum point of an annular eclipse is that it happens while the Moon is near its farthest point from Earth, called apogee, when the Moon is smaller than the Sun when viewed from Earth.
The Moon's Antumbra
Solar eclipses are caused by the Moon casting shadows on Earth. There are 3 different types of shadow that the New Moon can cast on Earth: the umbra, the penumbra, and the antumbra. To see annularity, you must be in a location where the Moon casts the antumbra. At the maximum point, the width of the annular path is typically around 150 km (93 mi) although this can vary considerably. If you're at the center of this zone, you will see the annularity's maximum point as a perfect ring of fire. In other areas of annularity, where the Moon is not perfectly centered on the Sun, the ring has varying width. If you're at the edge of the annularity path, you may see a broken ring of fire and–for a brief moment–a phenomenon called Baily's beads, which are little bead-like blobs of light at the edge of the Moon. These happen because gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon's surface allow sunlight to pass through in some places, but not in others.
Stages of an Annular Solar Eclipse There are 5 distinct stages of an annular solar eclipse: * 1st contact—partial eclipse begins: The Moon's silhouette starts becoming visible in front of the Sun's disk. The Sun looks as if a bite has been taken from it. * 2nd contact—full eclipse, or annularity, starts: The ring of fire appears. For a few seconds just as the annularity begins, Baily's beads, which look like beads of light, can sometimes be seen at the edge of the Moon's silhouette. * Maximum eclipse: The Moon covers the center of the Sun's disk. * 3rd contact—annularity ends: The Moon starts moving away from the disk of the Sun. Once again, Baily's beads may be visible along the Moon's leading edge. * 4th contact—partial eclipse ends: The Moon stops overlapping the Sun's disk. The eclipse ends at this stage.
How Long Does it Last? Annular eclipses can last over 3 hours in locations where annularity is visible. From start to finish, the total duration of annular eclipses can be over 6 hours but not in a single location. The annularity, when only a ring of fire is visible in the sky, can range from less than a second to over 12 minutes. Protect Your Eyes! Never look at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses. The Sun’s rays can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. A safe way to watch a solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.
Now for the astrological energetic interpretation.
With retrograde Mercury in its own sign of Gemini, conjunct the New Moon Solar Eclipse, squared by Neptune in Pisces. News that’s been hidden from us could come to light. This news will be challenging for the situations and people involved, and with Mars in Cancer, still in tight opposition to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, we could see governmental institutions in various parts of the world pushed to boiling point, and truth and lies drowning in misinterpretation.
Solar eclipses always precede significant endings, beginnings, and much needed change. It’s no surprise that the ancients saw eclipses bringing dramatic changes to their leadership, and ‘the death of Kings’.
My sense with this new moon eclipse, is that we could see a scandalous exposure bring about the downfall of a world leader. The timescale for this energy lasts for several months. It’s what’s going on behind the scenes now, that we may not hear about for sometime. But with the ongoing challenging square between Saturn and Uranus, for certain, a scandalous and shocking revelation will rock a government.
And how does this play out in our individual lives ? My sense is that if we come from a place of truth and integrity in our dealings with others, then we’re more likely to reap the benefits of this eclipse, in terms of brilliant opportunities to further our life passions. However, should we be engaged in nefarious pursuits it will not be so beneficial for us. My advice is to stay within your truth, and if there are areas of your life which need tweaking and tidying up to bring them in alignment with your truth, then do that now.
The main energies of this eclipse are in the mutable signs of Gemini, which is all about communication, social media, and thought. And Pisces, which is about the inner boundary less world of our psyche. Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is being urged through this eclipse for us to remove the scales from our eyes, and not give up seeking our own truth, and the collective truth.
Retrograde Mercury is giving us a chance to repair the damage we may have inadvertently caused by our words and actions. On June 22nd Mercury will station direct, so there’s time to repair what needs fixing.
Finally Venus, newly arrived in Cancer, pours soothing balms on troubled waters, and helps ease the way with anything that comes to us now that is destructive and shocking.
Join me for my live stream video blog on Sunday June 6th at 19:00 CEDT for all the insight and how it will affect each Zodiac sign.