As did many people here in the West End, we walked out by the inukshuk at English Bay to see if we could get a glimpse of tonight’s Lunar Eclipse. But at 7:30 pm, we were still too early. We wandered along Denman Street, glancing up the side-streets and alleys, but still couldn’t see the moon. Finally, as we meandered back home, a small group of folks were staring up at the eastern sky, and there we saw it. Red and mystical. Captivating but so very quiet. Suspended in the sky between apartment towers.
Just minutes before 3:00 pm Pacific Time, we’ll experience a Solar Eclipse in the wee degrees of Scorpio. That’s right, the Moon just squeaks into Scorpio this afternoon and less than one hour later wanders in front of the Sun, blocking the light. Looking at this rain right now, I wonder if any of us here in Vancouver will actually get to see our dear Sun let alone notice the lack of it. However…
Last Sunday’s solar eclipse occurred just before 4:50 am Pacific Standard Time with both Sun and Moon at 11° 16′ of Scorpio. Although the eclipse could not be seen from Vancouver, casting a chart for that moment in time can reveal some interesting things that are likely to be made known over the next 6 months or so in our city. The recent lunar eclipse emphasized polarity and contrasts. This solar eclipse marks significant endings and beginnings.
A Lunar Eclipse marks a time of intense polarization. Setting tomorrow’s eclipse chart for Vancouver shows some interesting things to note. By the way, the chart set for Victoria BC, representing the province as a whole, is basically the same. From an astrological point of view, then, it is hard to differentiated from matters pertaining to Vancouver itself and matters pertaining to the entire province. Anyhow, let’s explore the symbolism.
Yesterday, in the wee hours of the morning here in Vancouver, Jupiter shifted back into direct motion. From our perspective on Earth, it’s almost like the planet needed to travel in reverse gear from it’s place at 16° Gemini last October to tend to some unfinished business. It made it back to 6° Gemini where it stopped for a moment. Now it is getting back into first gear.
Jupiter rules higher education — looking at the world with a broad, open mind. Jupiter brings expansion and growth. Jupiter is freedom to explore one’s belief system. Jupiter can inspire travel in order to enjoy the enriched experience of being with other cultures. Jupiter always wants to know more and wants to share that knowledge with others. And Jupiter can certainly dabble in politics.