By Brandon Alter:
TAROTSCOPES THAT SLAY
For Eclipse Season (July 2–July 31)
The tides are high, babies. If you've been feeling particularly edgy, angered, or just downright depressed, there may be an Astrological explanation for that. Cancer Season has arrived, and as the first water sign of the Zodiac, she stirs the emotional soup. But that's just the start of it, because Cancer Season is always an emotional one. That doesn't explain the especially high states of anxiety in and around our collective experience—that we can blame on Eclipse Season.
Eclipse Season happens twice a year with six months respite between them. Sometimes we get three eclipses in a season; this go round we have only two . . . but they are powerful AF. I like to think of eclipses as cosmic course correctors. They help us get where our soul wants to go. Eclipses like to take things away—literally. They take away the light of the sun or the moon. First the Sun, this Tuesday July 2nd; then the moon, two weeks later on July 16th. Energetically, eclipses help us release the things we've been clinging to for so long. Sometimes they also bring in miracles we've been too afraid to pray for. Above all, eclipses bring clarity. They turn out the lights so that they can be turned back on. It's like coming back into your own home after a long vacation; you see it with fresh eyes—sometimes you smell it fresh, too. And that can be horrifying but also, ultimately, healing.
These eclipses are here to help us evolve, individually and globally. But they will not do it for us. Like all Astrology, you must partner with the cosmic energies if you are wanting to make change. It's like buying all the ingredients for a cake and then setting them down on your kitchen counter, hoping the cake will bake itself. Gurl, it wont. So we must measure and mix, fold, stir, and pulse these astrological energies so as to bake the lives we've been waiting for.
Tuesday's Solar Eclipse happens in Cancer, the sign of the Matriarchy and the moon herself. Because this is the sign where the moon feels her most comfortable, Cancers can be quite witchy, magical, and possess deep intuitive abilities. This Solar Eclipse, which is also a New Moon, gives ALL of us access to the psychic powers of this sign. I want you to think of this Eclipse as an initiator. It will certainly take things away but it can also help you start anew.
What Tuesday’s eclipse wants to initiate in us is a more intuitive way of living and striving. You see, the Sun is our Ego, our soul. Its light is going to be veiled by the moon, our heart. When the sun comes back, it is forever changed. So too our means of asserting our will in the world will be rearranged by the power of the Cancerian new moon. It’s not that you have to surrender your ambition, it’s just that there is a softer, more magical, deeply synchronistic way to make it all happen. Your ego has a lot to accomplish, but it can’t force its will. This eclipse will teach us to trust our own extrasensory abilities and lean into the mystical as a means to manifest the physical. Your ego may not trust your heart. Your ego may not trust your magic. This eclipse can alter that.
Two weeks later, the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn invites us into a profound letting go. We are being challenged to release our toxic masculine energies. You see, Capricorn can represent the Patriarchy, and this Eclipse can help us release our own inner patriarchal voices. I don't care how woke you think you are, all of us need to continue to root out the deeply entrenched patterns that keep us feeling small, separate, and unvalued. We all have voices in our heads that tear us down, that belittle us, that talk us out of pursuing our dreams. But the truth is: YOU would never talk to yourself that way. Those voices aren't you. Those voices are the voices of the Patriarchy disguised as our own inner monologue. And if you are vigilant, you can root them out.
The last piece of astrology that needs mentioning is the Mercury Retrograde that happens next Friday, the 7th of July. Remember that retrogrades are not a punishment or a curse. They are a pause. They give us a chance to slow down, to sift through our lives and make new connections. If we are always moving forward, we struggle to see the patterns in our lives. Eclipse Season plus a Mercury Retrograde is a brilliant recipe for clarity. This could be the month where you really see how you have been getting in your way for so long. And you finally make those changes you’ve been resisting—and guess what? It can be easy. It can be fun. It could be easier than ever to put down the pipe, the bottle, and to pick up the pen, the paintbrush. Give yourself that permission. Watch miracles happen in your own life.