When an Eclipse Zaps a Natal Planet

What's the Forecast?

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By looking at where an Eclipse falls in the Houses,  you get a sneak preview of what's to come (or in progress).  And it's also instructive to look at planetary contacts to the eclipse. If there's a conjunction to a natal planet (within 5 degrees), this is the eclipse ruler.

Some astrologers say the last planet aspected by the eclipse, is your main symbolic messenger. An eclipse though, isn't always dramatic or shocking.

It's often a subtle, inward, and sometimes profound unfoldment, that happens over a period of time (six months is the rule).

Eclipses that aspect the Sun

Sun engagement with eclipses are significant milestones, being close to your solar return (Oh, and Happy Birthday!). You might already been in soul searching mode, with the urgency of another year, looking at what you have to show for it. Are ego needs and desires crowding out a sense of higher purpose? Are identity issues needing to be stabilized, in order to shine out in your unique way?

Your personal will, confidence, and identity are areas of potential crisis or revelation. It's possible, with a solar return, to see where your more externally-geared ego has been dominant. A speedy leap of growth is possible, as you ride a surge of your solar energies, like a wave rider, to what has life, shine, and makes you animated. Events happen that play out over six months, and rock your self of self.

Eclipses that aspect the Moon

Hits of your natal Moon to the eclipse bring emotionally churning events or atmospheres. A crisis or happening can relate to mother or mothering, the past, compulsions, emotional triggers, stability. You're overwhelmed by a great need, that's been denied for too long. There could be disruptions on the home front -- something unsettling -- that takes time to restore equilibrium.

A move could be in the works, or a symbolic break from "home" and its influence. There can be epiphanies about the emotional matrices that make up your being. A healing crisis could involve emotions and the soul, home base or feeling comfortable in your own skin. Any breakthroughs take months to integrate, and can also be recurring themes of meaning in your life.

Eclipses that aspect Mercury

A Mercury-touched by an eclipse can provoke an altered state of mind, a perceptual breakthrough or mind storm. In the extreme, an eclipse could take you to states, beyond your 'right mind.' There could be a mental crisis, but one that eventually leads to more tools and awareness for mental health. There can be amazing dreams, ideas, streams of consciousness and insights.

Events could draw you into more engagement in the neighborhood. You could hit a groove, and be prolific. Or, realize a flaw in your thinking, and be stunned by this. This could be an inspired time for communication. Or, you might realize that it's wise to wait until the fragments of the mind are re-ordered. In his trickster guise, Mercury could scramble things, in a way that takes a while to unravel. What's perceived anew could take time to fully integrate.

Eclipses that aspect Venus

A contact with Venus to eclipses charges up your love of life, and desire to share it. A new romance that starts now could have a fated feel -- that it came at just the right moment in time. An inner barrier to love could be where your breakthrough happens. Self-love and natural joie de vivre charges the atmosphere to attract and create more of your heart's desire.

Other big bangs can happen with money, unexpected assistance, new friendships, a heightened sense of well-being, a realization of your calling, sudden inspiration for something creative or artful, an urge to beautify yourself and your home space.

Eclipses that aspect Mars

If Mars is triggered by an eclipse, there can be outbursts, both constructive and destructive. The raw energy of Mars rushes out, and if there are underlying conflicts, this could be a time of getting into it.

You might have to stand up for yourself, if under attack, or find yourself initiating a confrontation yourself.

You could have a surge of physical vitality, with a Mars hit. It could be diverted into arguing, or an ongoing frustration reaches a breaking point. If a situation comes to a head, it could be explosive. And yet, that might be the cosmos way of provoking change, that wouldn't come otherwise. Any eruptions of raw emotion or energy, and actions from them, could take months to sort out. Looking back, you could see it gave you the momentum to make a change. This is an eclipse contact that gives you your groove back, and creates momentum.

Eclipses that aspect Jupiter

An eclipse meet and greet with your natal Jupiter could be a lucky day. It could somehow boost your faith, with some signal that you're on your right path. There might be unexpected help, or an offer out of the blue. If you've had blinders on, events happen that widen your world -- and sense of possibility. There could be travel in the mix. You meet someone from another culture, or be drawn swiftly toward what's been foreign, exotic, far-flung.

An eclipse hit to Jupiter could expose you to something higher, that takes awhile to see as a real possibility. It could be inspiration, a way someone is living, an ideal. The flash experienced could lead to sudden changes, or be a light that guides you on the next stretch of the journey.

Eclipses that aspect Saturn

If the eclipse engages your Saturn, be open to lessons the great teacher brings. If you're wisely using your gifts, this could involve reaching a milestone. You could be recognized in some way, or be ready to take a step that only comes from being seasoned.

Also likely, you experience hitting walls, if life has become too narrow, confined and is not the right structure for who you're becoming. This could be painful, if you are deeply bound up with what you've set up. There could be a shift with responsibilities -- more burdens or less. If you intuit an end, and are facing a sober reality about what is, that's the first start of change.

The subtle or extreme shifts in life structure can take months to play out.

Eclipses that aspect Uranus

The cosmos has surely has a big LOL when we anticipate what this kind of aspect will bring. Uranus is the planet of waking up to more expansive realities, a stroke of genius, leaps and breaking free.

The restlessness of this engagement could be felt for a few days or weeks prior. It could find you seeking kindred spirits to bounce wild ideas off. What's odd or eccentric about you has a chance to shine, and this could throw others for a loop. This eclipse is a shout out to your inner wild child, free spirit and original genius. See what's there to experience, and jot down or record any ideas, as they're sure to be inspired.

Eclipses that aspect Neptune

With Neptune aspected by an eclipse, the veils drop. What's been occulted before, is out in the open. There can be disillusionment, or relief. You might realize something about yourself or others that puts you in strange psychic territory.

There can be a sense of betrayal by another, or seeing where you've been fooling yourself. Like being someone you're not, to get approval or have status. The realizations can bring relief, but not before taking you through the states of death, including coming out of denial. Take heart that you'll emerge with a clearer understanding, once the fog clears.

Eclipses that aspect Pluto

It's time to take a walk on the dark side. Here the crisis has to do with psychic realities that get the better of us. It might be a wound that's made us crippled with fear, or an inexplicable compulsion to obsess. Something could happen that forces a confrontation. Or you gain the strength, and know it's time, to meet that shadow.

Often it involves deep merging with others, and the will to be free from that entanglement and control. The journey to soul sovereignty is one of facing those psychic demons. And an eclipse event could be a trigger for that path, one that could last as long as six months or more.