5th June 2020: Lunar Eclipse in 16th Degree of Sagittarius ~ June 5, 2020

This lunar eclipse raises the issue of dependence and conditioning. In Sagittarius, it potentizes the transfer of power away from the expert elite triggered by the North Node’s arrival in Gemini last month. Against the backdrop of recent unprecedented – and in some quarters hotly debated – social and interpersonal restrictions the world over, further compounded by protests and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the US police, this eclipse cycle alerts us to a burgeoning shift of perspective, auguring an ever-increasing challenge to the authorities from people who have simply had enough.

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this eclipse speaks of seagulls circling a ship in expectation of food. It’s fair to say this isn’t the most natural food source for seagulls, but it’s convenient and reliable. That’s why they do it. If you’ve ever eaten a sandwich on the beach you’ll know how quickly you become central to their quest for an easy meal and how easy it is to lead a flock of hungry birds down the beach if you wander off whilst eating!

These images convey a warning: if we make ourselves dependent upon a single supply (of anything), the source of that supply can control and lead us where it would like us to go before we even realize we’ve been led. Focused on the satisfaction and security of an easy meal we overlook the changing scenery and the distance developing between where we used to be and where we’ve wound up now. In Sagittarius, we gain nourishment from information and learning, from broad concepts, highly sophisticated bodies of knowledge, and honed expertise. Sagittarius is the sign associated with law, religion, and medicine: three institutions that have shaped our modern world in many ways. This eclipse is an excellent time to reflect on how much power we’ve given them to determine what matters in our lives and whether now might be the time to expand our perspective beyond what they would like us to believe.

An alliance between Chiron, Uranus, and Mercury at the time of this eclipse unlocks fresh perspectives. But to benefit from them we must reclaim the fundamental right to honor our own experience and not have it dismissed, ridiculed, or silenced if it runs contrary to the received wisdom of the time. This takes courage in a world where people are being demonized and discredited for daring to question the ‘party line’ and reflect more deeply on the narrative they’re being fed. But if ever there was a time for the courage it is now! Courageous though, courageous speech, courageous hearts open to a new world in which we’re not told how things are but instead discern, through digesting many perspectives and listening, perhaps most importantly, to the voice within that knows the truth.

Mercury is currently preparing to turn retrograde in Cancer on 18th June 2020. Between this eclipse and that moment, we would do well to FEEL into what’s happening in our world right now. Let our intuition guide us towards an understanding that holds water in a deeper and more profound way. Once Mercury is retrograde, and as the next two eclipses occur, we’ll have the opportunity to recalibrate our internal knowing according to information that comes our way. But we can only do that if we give our intuition a platform from which to speak and reclaim the power invested in the experts as they dictate what our experience should be.

As we stand at this juncture in human history there are weighty choices to be made and we must each make them as best we can. This eclipse season will both reveal the shadow side of readily accepted sources of information – hidden interests, inaccurate assumptions, covert agendas –  as well as illuminate in their wake new sources of knowledge previously eclipsed by the might of received wisdom and unquestioned ‘truths’. The path ahead remains scattered with obstacles and the battle for dominion over the collective mind continues unabated. This lunar eclipse is just the beginning and there is much to be revealed and digested before we can decide, collectively, the quality of our future.

Saturn is now retrograding through Aquarius before returning to Capricorn in July. You can read more about what this means for us in terms of freedom of thought and speech here. But as we encounter this eclipse we may well find stirring within, a more insistent demand for information that challenges the dominant narrative and a burgeoning passion to forge alliances with others who sense a more pressing truth bubbling to the surface. For whatever’s going on in this world today, it is we the people, not the privileged elite with vested interests in our obedience to their cause, who can – and must – decide the shape our lives take from here.

Sarah Varcas

June’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Turns up the Heat to the Max ~ June 4, 2020

Eclipse season begins on Friday, June 5, 2020 (12:12 PM Pacific) with a full moon/lunar eclipse at 15°34’ Sagittarius.

This eclipse initiates a month-long process of releasing old energy and emotions and making way for new inspiration! Ruled by expansive Jupiter, the Sag full moon highlights our need for freedom and space to broaden our own horizons and grow to our fullest potential. But with Jupiter currently retrograde and conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, forces beyond our control are restricting our range of movement.

Fortunately, Sag’s trademark optimism can help us find freedom within these imposed limitations. Jupiter’s blessings may seem scarce… if we’re looking for them “out there.” But there’s an abundance to be found “in here,” if we’re willing to seek them out.

What does the June lunar eclipse in Sagittarius mean?

This eclipse brings exciting opportunities for learning and growth. But to receive its knowledge and wisdom, we’ll have to keep our minds wide open. After all, as the sun in Gemini reminds us: No matter how much we think we know, there’s always something new to learn. And with Venus retrograde in Gemini, we’re discovering that many of our old beliefs, interests, and values no longer hold the same meaning. The full moon’s opposition to Venus asks, what inspires us now?

That’s the “fun” part of this eclipse—more challenging is a mutable T-square, with both the moon and sun squaring Mars in Pisces. This “pressure cooker” of an aspect can really turn up the heat on ideological differences and disputes. And with Mars conjunct Neptune, conflicts have an almost surreal quality to them—not only do we disagree, we feel like we’re living in totally different realities!

Read me: June Forecast: Potent Lunations Herald in an Epic Summer Solstice

Our best bet to defuse the tensions is leaning into the analytical, problem-solving energy of Virgo (the only mutable sign not caught up in all that T-square drama). We can tune in to the subtle nuances of the situation, rather than sweeping generalizations—and practice what we preach instead of acting self-righteous.

Still, there is a time and place for righteous anger. And with this eclipse trine Black Moon Lilith in Aries, it might be now! In our society and within our own psyches, repressed and marginalized voices are rising up and demanding to be heard. We may be afraid of what they have to say, but ignoring or denying them won’t make it any less true. Welcoming their wild wisdom could be our saving grace.

True, with a square between Mercury in Cancer and Chiron in Aries, buttons are being pushed and sensitivities triggered. But while our first impulse may be to react defensively, that only shuts down the potential for emotional healing. We should be gentle with each other, while also keeping communication channels open. After all, with Mercury also sextile Uranus in Taurus, we never know what unexpected insights might result!

Read on for your sun sign (and rising if you know it) to learn more about the energies of this eclipse.

Horoscopes for the June full moon lunar eclipse in Sagittarius


As a student of life, Sag, relationships are your greatest teachers. But at this eclipse, the lessons are just as likely to come from past relationships as current ones. Reflecting on these people and experiences brings major realizations about who you were then… and who you are now.


Someone’s got to be a realist, Capricorn, so it might as well be you. Still, as you avoid giving people false hope, it’s easy to go to the opposite extreme. This eclipse brings your inner optimist out of the shadows, just when it’s needed most.


Dust off that vision board, Aquarius! It’s time to check the status of a long-term plan, goal, or creative project. Your ideas may seem less achievable—at least with the resources currently available to you. But don’t give up; Ask for what you need to see them through.


Your upbringing sets you on a particular path. But now, Pisces, it’s time to answer a higher calling! This eclipse reveals new insights about your life purpose, and challenges you to release whatever’s held you back from pursuing it wholeheartedly until now.


Life’s a journey, Aries, not a destination. So if you’ve stayed in the same place for too long (either physically or mentally), this eclipse hits you with a serious case of wanderlust! Still, right now inner explorations may be even more exciting than outer ones.


The elephant in the room: If anyone’s going to bring it up right now, Taurus, it’s probably you. You’re not afraid to say what everyone’s thinking… even if it’s unlikely to win you any friends. Just try to keep the drama to a minimum (especially online!).


It’s like falling in love all over again, Gemini: Recently, you’ve been rediscovering what makes you, you. But what you value most in yourself and what others see in you can be wildly different things.  If they can’t handle the real you, maybe that’s their problem.


Your work means the world to you, Cancer—still, sometimes you yearn for something more. And at this eclipse, you feel that stirring in your soul. Responsibilities alone aren’t enough to give meaning to life, so make sure you’re also cultivating a rich inner landscape.


To thine own self be true, Leo! At this eclipse, there’s no holding back that larger-than-life personality of yours. Still, you’ve got to adapt your distinctive style to ever-evolving norms and trends. It’s not about selling out your values, just finding new ways of embodying them.


Back to your roots, Virgo! This eclipse reconnects you with the memories, traditions, and family ties that nourish your soul and bring meaning to your life. But you may be surprised to realize how far you’ve strayed from your sense of home—so take this time to nurture yourself.


“Free your mind and the rest will follow.” Libra, this 90s throwback jam would make a fabulous eclipse theme song for you! You’re clearing out mental clutter, rethinking old assumptions, and becoming more selective about which ideas and information receive your valuable energy and attention.


You want it bad, Scorpio… and someone wants to give it to you! The only thing standing between you and whatever “it” is, is the crazy notion that it’ll only have value if you get it for yourself. This eclipse invites you to reconsider receptivity.

June full moon 2020: The ‘Strawberry Moon’ brings a penumbral lunar eclipse ~ June 4, 2020

The full moon of June, also called the Strawberry Moon, will occur the morning of Friday, June 5, at 3:12 p.m. EDT (1912 GMT), just a few minutes before entering a penumbral lunar eclipse, according to NASA’s SkyCal

Observers in New York City will see the full moon set at about 5:17 a.m. local time on June 5, according to timeanddate.com, and it will rise that day at 8:29 p.m. local time. The lunar eclipse starts at 1:47 p.m. and ends at 5:05 p.m., so the moon will be below the horizon in North America and much of South America. 

That said, this subtle lunar eclipse will be entirely visible for observers in eastern Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and Australia. It will start at moonrise for those on the eastern coast of South America, western Africa and Europe, and at moonset for sky watchers in Japan and New Zealand. The eclipse begins at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745) and lasts until 5:04 p.m. EDT (2104 GMT), or about three hours and 18 minutes. 

Related: How lunar eclipses work (infographic) 

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon enters the outer portion of the Earth’s shadow, known as the penumbra. The moon doesn’t get dark in the way it does during a total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon,” where it enters the umbra, the inner part of the shadow. Instead, the moon appears just slightly darker; some people say it looks a little more “brown” than usual. In this case the moon will be partially covered by the penumbra, so the darkening may not be that noticeable as the brightness of the uncovered portion of the moon washes it out.

At the western end of the zone where it is visible, for example in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the moon rises at 5:31 p.m. local time and the eclipse is already underway, ending at 6:04 p.m. As one moves east more of the eclipse is visible; in Rome the moon rises at 8:30 p.m. and maximum eclipse is at 9:24 p.m. The moon will be close to the horizon still, only about 7 degrees in altitude. The eclipse ends at 11:04 p.m. local time. a sky view looking up at night: This sky map shows the penumbral lunar eclipse of June 5, 2020, over Sao Paolo, Brazil, at 6:30 p.m. local time. The moon will be in the constellation Ophiuchus, to the left of the Scorpius constellation. At this time, the Earth's penumbral shadow will be moving off of the moon's upper limb. (Image credit: SkySafari app) © Provided by Space This sky map shows the penumbral lunar eclipse of June 5, 2020, over Sao Paolo, Brazil, at 6:30 p.m. local time. The moon will be in the constellation Ophiuchus, to the left of the Scorpius constellation. At this time, the Earth’s penumbral shadow will be moving off of the moon’s upper limb. (Image credit: SkySafari app)

More southerly observers will see the moon get higher; in Cape Town, the moon rises June 5 at 5:38 p.m. and the eclipse starts at 7:45 p.m., with maximum eclipse occurring at 9:24 p.m., the same time as in Rome. But the moon will be much higher in the sky by that point, a full 43.5 degrees above the horizon. The eclipse ends at 11:04 p.m. local time.  Time table for the penumbral lunar eclipse of June 5, 2020

Penumbral eclipse begins1:45:50 p.m. EDT (17:45:50 GMT)
Maximum eclipse3:25:02 p.m. EDT (19:25:02 GMT)
Penumbral eclipse ends5:04:03 p.m. EDT (21:04:03 GMT)

At the moment of greatest eclipse, on June 5, 2020 at 3:25:02 p.m. EDT (19:25:02 GMT), about half of the moon's surface will be in Earth's penumbral shadow, causing that half of the moon to appear slightly darker than usual. This map also shows the moon's path through Earth's shadow (with times given in GMT); the larger circle represents the penumbra, while the smaller circle represents the darker, inner shadow called the umbra. (Image credit: SkySafari app) © Provided by Space At the moment of greatest eclipse, on June 5, 2020 at 3:25:02 p.m. EDT (19:25:02 GMT), about half of the moon’s surface will be in Earth’s penumbral shadow, causing that half of the moon to appear slightly darker than usual. This map also shows the moon’s path through Earth’s shadow (with times given in GMT); the larger circle represents the penumbra, while the smaller circle represents the darker, inner shadow called the umbra. (Image credit: SkySafari app)

The full moon occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. Earthbound observers see the moon’s Earth-facing side reflect bright sunlight, unless its orbit carries it within the Earth’s shadow — causing a lunar eclipse. 

Through binoculars or a small telescope the full moon appears so bright that the glare can even require special filters. There is no danger to one’s eyes, but details can be harder to see than when the moon is a crescent or during quarter phases (“half” moons). This is because there are few visible shadows in the central part of the lunar disk from the point of view of an observer there the sun is directly overhead. Moon filters are available that can make some features stand out, or one can simply wait a few days after the full moon or observe a few days before, when shadows make spotting the surface features easier. 

Visible planets, stars and constellations

(Image credit: Starry Night ) © Provided by Space (Image credit: Starry Night )

On June 4, the almost-full moon will rise in the east and be joined by Mercury, which will be at its greatest eastern elongation, meaning it is as far from the sun as it gets along the ecliptic, the line of the Earth’s orbit projected onto the sky. This means the planet, usually elusive, is easier to see

In New York the planet sets at 10:14 p.m. local time and is at an altitude of 19 degrees at sunset, which is at 8:24 p.m. in New York. It should become visible about 15 minutes after the sun gets below the horizon, shining at magnitude 0.4, about as bright as Vega, the brightest star in the Lyra constellation and the fifth-brightest star in the night sky. Catching Mercury can be hard because it is often in the part of the sky that is still a bit light; allow your eyes to adjust (one challenge is to see how soon after sunset you can first catch it). a lake with mountains in the background: This sky map shows Jupiter and Saturn near the moon shortly after midnight on June 9, 2020. (Image credit: SkySafari app) © Provided by Space This sky map shows Jupiter and Saturn near the moon shortly after midnight on June 9, 2020. (Image credit: SkySafari app)

After the full moon, on Monday (June 8), the moon will get close to Jupiter and Saturn. The moon will pass 2 degrees south of Jupiter at 1:21 p.m. EDT (1721 GMT). Jupiter rises at 10:54 p.m. in New York City, and the planet will be about 15 degrees above the horizon by 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday (June 9), according to Heavens-above.com calculations. 

About nine hours after its encounter with Jupiter, the moon will pass about 2 degrees south of Saturn at 10:12 p.m. EDT (0212 GMT on June 9). The ringed planet rises in New York on June 8 at 11:47 p.m., after the moment of conjunction. By about 12:30 a.m. on June 9 the trio will be about 12 degrees above the southeastern horizon in the constellation Capricornus

When observing the planets and the moon at about 12:30 a.m. on June 9, one will see the almost-full moon with Saturn directly above and Jupiter above and to the right. All three will stay visible until sunrise. One interesting effect will be the movement of the moon relative to the planets; the moon moves relatively quickly against the background stars — approximately one lunar diameter per hour. By 4 a.m. local time, the moon will be visibly farther to the left of Saturn as opposed to directly below. 

At the time of the full moon, the summer constellations will be in full view all night, but the moon’s brightness will wash out most fainter stars. 

The Summer Triangle — which consists of the stars Deneb, Altair and Vega — will be approaching the zenith in the eastern sky around midnight, and Antares, the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation, will also be reaching its highest point in the sky. 

How the Strawberry Moon got its name

The full Strawberry Moon rises over Manhattan in this photo taken by John Entwistle on June 9, 2017. (Image credit: John Entwistle) © Provided by Space The full Strawberry Moon rises over Manhattan in this photo taken by John Entwistle on June 9, 2017. (Image credit: John Entwistle)

The term “Strawberry Moon” for the full moon of June comes from the berries that appear in North America around that time of year (though modern varieties are available at other times as well). 

According to the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, the Ojibwe treated the Strawberry Moon (Ode’miiin Giizis) as a time for annual feasts and welcoming people home. By contrast the Cree called it Opiniyawiwipisim, the Egg Laying Moon, as it was when birds and waterfowl started laying eggs. In the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, June 8 will fall during the fourth lunar month, called Locust Tree Month, or Huáiyuè

LUNAR ECLIPSE 1.10.2020: Intense Change Ahead ~ January 9, 2020

In this video, we cover the upcoming Lunar Eclipse on January 10th, 2020, and the window of opportunities that it presents us with during the months to come, along with new insights regarding the evolution of our spiritual consciousness for the coming months.

Rare Full Wolf Moon Eclipse: Get Ready For A Massive Energy Shift On January 10th 2020 ~ January 8, 2019

The Lunar Eclipse on January 10, 2020 is an event that has been anticipated for years, personally for about 5 years for me.

It is closely aligned with (conjunct) a once every 36-year heavy, purgative and nuclear yet shadowy aspect, Saturn conjunct Pluto, in Saturn’s own sign of monolithic Capricorn.

The bright side is, many will come out the other end of this moment of pure fateful tribulation cleansed, purified, open-hearted, replenished and blessed with the type of experience and purity of spirit that absolutely nothing but rough times in life can bring.

Nothing, absolutely nothing can supplement the character and purity of human spirit, obtained through struggle, and there are no exceptions: human beings do not develop as they should without hard times.