We are now in the midst of the latest eclipse season, bookended by a total solar eclipse in Cancer on July 2 and a partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 19. Eclipses deliver shadow medicine, when we can read into the subtext of our life’s narrative. This eclipse season coincides with Mercury retrograde, also occurring in the emotional water sign of Cancer. Ruled by the Moon, Cancer reflects how our moods naturally ebb and flow like the tides. While Mercury represents the intellect, the Moon is the intuitive aspect of the mind. With this occurring alongside the eclipses, we are given pause to reflect on how our moods influence our thoughts and actions. Our feelings form our intuition, providing the innate signals that steer us toward our highest and healthiest potential. However, they are only useful when properly translated through the rational mind. Saturn rules Capricorn. His paternalistic energy is strong this eclipse season, encouraging a practical examination of our feelings. Renew your resolutions in the second half of the year by channeling the earth sign’s grounded and motivational energy. Too often, we sabotage our success by succumbing to the whims of our shifting mood swings. Creating and adhering to a disciplined plan provides a structure that can best nourish our growth.
Saturn, the farthest from the earth of the five visible planets, is typically not as luminous as its neighbor, Jupiter. The Sun’s recent opposition to the ringed planet, however, has Saturn shining brightly in its spotlight. Saturn is currently located near the tight cluster of stars that form the band of the Milky Way, and draws our eyes to the asterism known as the Teapot. An asterism is a distinct grouping of stars forming a recognizable pattern that exists within an official constellation. The Teapot is located within the constellation Sagittarius. Becoming visible in the southeastern sky as it dims after sunset, Saturn appears before all but the brightest stars. West of the planet, four stars in a square shape form the celestial vessel. The surrounding stars form a handle on the left, its spout on the right, and a lid on top. The Teapot tilts low westward, with its spout releasing a trail of steam — the misty image of the Milky Way. If you’re having trouble finding Saturn, the Moon will rise and set alongside the planet on the evenings of July 15 and Aug. 11.