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Arguing With Joy: May 2013’s Lunar Eclipse

By May 24, 2013 No Comments

This eclipse is about the argument between joy and logic.  Do you react to your dreams with rationality, thus killing and squashing them?  Or do you overreact with joy and delight, perhaps blowing their possibility out of proportion?  This is not likely to be a very strong, dramatic eclipse (as eclipses go), unless you have something in your chart right at 4 degrees Sagittarius.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: May 24, 2013
Time of eclipse: 9:25 PM PST
Type: penumbral (very weak in intensity)
Visible in:  the Americas, western Africa, southwestern Europe.
At: 4 degrees Sagittarius
Shadow Agent:  Neptune in Pisces

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
May 20-30
August 22-September 1
November 21-December 1
February 18-27

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  The Moon, Sun and Neptune are clustered on your doorstep, engaged in a fierce argument.  They sweep into your living room.
Moon: I’ve really had enough of this.  I’m going to be happy, whether you like it or not!
Sun:  You have no reason to be happy.
Moon:  I don’t need a reason!  I just am!  It’s a wonderful thing to be able to find joy and meaning in life, even when it “doesn’t make sense.”
Sun:  Yeah, if you want to be deluded and not live in reality.
Moon:  Well, that’s your definition of reality.
Neptune:  You’ve asked me to mediate your argument today and I have to interject something here:  I don’t care a lot about reality.
Sun:  To your detriment.
Neptune:  I’m not in my detriment—I’m in my home sign right now!  Pisces is where I belong!  You’re the one in a difficult sign.  You don’t like being in Air signs.
Sun:  You and the Moon are nothing but a couple of unruly Water planets.
Moon:  And proud to be so.  Very happy to be in Sagittarius, I might add.
Sun:  But when you are eclipsed, you’ve got to look at your own shadow.  And the shadow of Sagittarius is buoyancy without groundedness.  Is it a good thing when you’re  clueless, blunt, dunderheadedly optimistic, and outright denying the negative?
Moon:  I don’t care, I’m having fun.  Why should I care if anyone else is?
Sun:  Exactly my point.  You’ve gone too far, Moon.  You should care about others, because you are the Universal Mother archetype.
Neptune:  With all this arguing going on, how can I possibly listen for my dreams?
Neptune pulls out a giant pair of earmuffs and puts them on.  Suddenly, all sound in the room is muted.  Neptune rubs her hands together and a ball of energy springs to life between them.  She pulls her hands apart and the ball expands, till it barely fits into your living room.  Inside the ball appears a vision.  
Neptune:  What a lovely vision of what’s possible I’m creating here.
Inside the ball you can see a castle in the clouds.  It seems to be occupied by happy people, doing things they enjoy.
Moon:  Great—I’m sending joy into your vision.
The Moon waves some golden sparkles into the ball, making the image positively glow.
Sun:  I’m going to have to send some rationality into your vision.
The Sun waves some darts into the ball, but Neptune protests.
Neptune:  Hey, don’t burst my bubble!  Don’t squash my dreams, don’t harsh my mellow!
Sun:  You’ve got to balance your optimism with sense.

As, in fact, do we all.  What are your cherished dreams and what logic are you resisting?  During May’s lunar eclipse, it may show you your shadow.

Read about current year’s eclipses.

The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse

and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.



About Jamie

Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.