Cancer 2020: Eclipses and a Black Moon

The Cancer lunation this year has us on our toes. After the annual Summer Solstice on June 20th, we have a Solar Eclipse on June 21. What a way to start the summer!

New Moons occur when the Sun and Moon occupy the same degree in the zodiac. We can’t see this event because the light of the sun is so bright that we cannot see the Moon. There are also times when a New Moon occurs in the nighttime hours which prevents us from viewing it.

The Solar Eclipse occurs at 00° Cancer 20, 2:39 am ET. The eclipse will occur on the night of June 20 for those west of the Mountain Time Zone. This degree carries very pure Cancerian energy. 

For contemplation: The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “On a ship the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one.” I love this symbolism for a New Moon and the start of a new season.

A Solar Eclipse can happen at the same moment of the New Moon, but there are often times when it occurs either before or after the New Moon event. There are only two minutes difference in the time of the New Moon and the Solar Eclipse this time.

What if I can’t see the eclipse?

We won’t be able to see the Solar Eclipse here in the states, but does that really matter? There are lots of varying opinions about whether or not you have to be in an eclipse’s path for it to have an effect on your natal chart and daily life. Note which house the eclipse occupies in your chart to get a clearer picture on what type of events you might expect. This Solar Eclipse is in Cancer, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is going to have some major family event, that something crazy wacky will happen to their home, or that their intuition is going to get all wonky.

The Lunar Eclipse occurs at 13° Capricorn 29 on July 5, 12:29 am ET. It will occur on the night of July 4 for all points west of the Eastern Time Zone.

For contemplation: The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long forgotten culture.” This seems in stark contrast to the Solar Eclipse sabian symbol. Lots to think about.

A Lunar Eclipse always happens when the Moon is Full. Like a Solar Eclipse, it can vary by a bit of time. The Lunar Eclipse is at 12:29 am ET followed by the Full Moon at 12:44 am.

This eclipse is viewable in all parts of the U.S. except Alaska. It is viewable in Hawaii. The eclipse is from 11:07 pm on July 4 through 1:52 am on July 5 in the Eastern Time Zone. To find the times for your area, check with Time and Date.

The second New Moon during Cancer occurs at 28° Cancer 27 on July 20, 1:33 pm ET. 

For contemplation: The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales.” Wow! While they aren’t identical, these two New Moons are twins by sign.

There are two types of Black Moons. There can be two New Moons in one month, but in different zodiac signs. This is because zodiac signs span two months, from roughly the 20th of one month to the 20th of the next. There are some instances when two New Moons occur in the same zodiac sign, but not the same month. That’s the type we have this month.

There is no special significance or weight given to a Black Moon. If I had to pick one more powerful than another, I’d choose the Black Moon that occurs in the same zodiac sign as the previous New Moon. However, they aren’t spooky or super-powerful. They behave as a regular New Moon. I do like to think of this type of Black Moon as a second chance, an opportunity for a do-over of sorts. That’s just me, though. The second lunation will roll out differently than the first, but they both are colored by the qualities of Cancer.