: gemini - your year in the stars :
One of the most important, but less trumpeted alignments to characterise your astrological year, involves a deep partial solar eclipse in Leo on August 11. This will be the second solar eclipse within one synodic month, following a shallower occultation in Cancer that on July 13, covers just 23% of the Sun’s surface and which a few in Antarctica or Australasia might manage to see. These two solar events bracket a single total lunar eclipse on July 27, highlighting the constellation of Aquarius. Outside of North America, this lunar event is evident around the globe, though only eastern Africa and central Asia get to see it from start to finish. A trifecta of eclipses is unusual enough: there were just sixteen similar sequences during the entire twentieth century, with two lunar eclipses either side of a solar event, only slightly more frequent.

But it’s the second solar eclipse that is the largest and most influential, along with the preceding lunar eclipse that’ll help you make the most of its symbolism. More than two-thirds (68%) of the Sun will be obscured, less than one day after the Moon reaches its closest approach to the Earth. This renders it the equivalent of the full moon phenomenon, nowadays colloquially called a supermoon. Weather permitting; always a big factor at these latitudes, the best views of the August solar eclipse are from the top of the world. In North America, the northern reaches of Quebec and Labrador; plus the Canadian territory of Nunavut and the island of Greenland, offer the best prospects. In Europe, the isolated archipelagos of Svalbard and Novaya Zemlya are good locations; while in Asia, north-eastern Russia boasts the finest views of all.
The 211 inhabitants of Billings, a settlement on the coast of the remote East Siberian Sea catch the deepest eclipse, among those staying ashore. A greater treat lies in store, for spectators who venture another 47 miles out across the Arctic Ocean. Northern Scotland enjoys a peripheral glimpse; along with Scandinavia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and much of China. Reykjavik in Iceland, will catch a little over 10% obscuration. The Shetland Islands await an almost invisible 2% coverage, while the Orkney Isles get 1% tops…

Whether you travel to a particular location, to experience the magic of this solunar arrangement; watch the fireworks on the Internet or try to ignore them altogether, you will still experience their fallout no matter where you are. Eclipses run in extended series, lasting a mind-boggling twelve to fifteen centuries or more. They produce one eclipse every eighteen years, plus a few extra days. Beginning at either the North or South Pole, every series gradually moves towards the Earth’s equator and produces total eclipses at lower latitudes. Each cycle then ends at the opposite pole, with totality replaced by partiality again, as each sequence nears a conclusion.

While the intricacies of astrophysics doubtless appeal to your butterfly mind, by now you are wondering how the machinations of an omnipresent universe, ought to impact in practical terms on your coming twelve months. Maybe, there is one factor in particular giving you cause for concern, tempting you to spend your time on minutiae, to the detriment of other interests. The August eclipse has a big bearing, on how you interact with the world and the way it views your contribution, a scenario you’ll notice most in everyday conversation and activities closer to home, both prior to August and in the six months that follow. As you figure out how best to proceed, consider the circumstances that have brought you to this juncture, rather than attempting to escape them with no adequate resolution.
: gemini - may 2018/may 2019 :
The August eclipse series is comparatively youthful; making itself felt during June 1928. This year’s eclipse is only the sixth solar event it has produced, out of 71 in total. One more partial eclipse occurs after this year, then totality predominates beyond this throughout the remainder of the third millennium. The first eclipse in any series is always small and partial, so this one managed just a 4% magnitude and lasted 51 minutes, over Western Siberia on Sunday, June 17 (UT). The Sun was in Gemini at this point, therefore all subsequent eclipses in this family carry a special resonance for you. In your horoscope, the constellation of Leo pertains to communication of all kinds: education and learning, your locality and the community. Thus the need to review your position, faced with a reason superficially matching the scope of these affairs.

It is possible that your gregarious and open nature; your versatility, adaptability and tolerance have been exploited by those with a less straightforward agenda than you’d imagined. Although you never shy away from complicated or even labyrinthine issues, there are some situations that are too emotionally driven for any rational process ever to succeed. The outcome is more irritating and annoying than it is serious, but in order to cope with what arises, remember the symbolism of the total lunar eclipse in July. Aquarius means independence and cutting your own furrow: not at the expense of others, but to ensure reason prevails and your sanity is maintained. Since this sign falls in the sector of your higher mind, you must resist the impulse to respond in kind. Rather, for enduring gain, ponder what prompts folk to act so.
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