Solar Eclipse in Cancer – June 2020

Whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, the solstice is a time of extreme light or extreme shadow.

For me, on the subtropical east coast of Australia, the Sun’s ingress into the sign of Cancer marks the depths of a (mild) winter.

If you live close the equator, you may barely notice the seasonal fluctuation.

If you live close to the poles, there is no denying the extreme conditions.

This year, the Cancer solstice coincides with a solar eclipse, which intensifies your experience of this natural extremity.


Cancer is a cardinal signs. They are instigators.

Think of the Cancerians in your life. They’re not push overs. They might not say much – particularly now with Mercury retrograde happening in Cancer – but they certainly get their point of view across.

Cancer is a water sign, ruled by the Moon; they initiate emotional intimacy, a sense of belonging.

Solar Eclipses

A solar eclipse can only happen at a new moon. That is the only time the Moon can eclipse the power of the Sun, when they occupy the same place in the sky, as they do at each new moon.

At the new moon, the moon is not visible in the sky. She emits no light of her own and the brightness of the Sun’s light blinds our visibility.

Of course, not every moon is a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse only happens when the new moon is close to the nodes of the moon.


What are the nodes? They are the points that the moon crosses the ecliptic, moving from south to north at the north node (or dragon’s head) and north to south at the south node (the dragon’s tail).

This dragon is a lively beast and disturbs the lives of humans.

As the north node has recently moved into Gemini, this solar eclipse in Cancer is the last one in the recent series across the Cancer/Capricorn axis.

Coinciding with such an important point in the solar year, the solstice, it’s a big one.

The World

Eclipses are particularly important in mundane astrology, which has recently enjoyed resurgent interest given the recent major planetary alignments in Capricorn, the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated socioeconomic contraction.

Eclipses bring rapid sociopolitical change, particularly in regions where the eclipse is visible.

This one will be most influential through central Africa, the Arabian penisula, Pakistan, north India, Tibet, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Guam.


The changes brought about by solar eclipses are more enduring than the changes brought by a lunar eclipse – so if this eclipse activates any points or planets in your birth chart expect significant disruption and long-lasting change to your life.

Disruption isn’t necessarily a bad thing; although, human nature is usually rather resistant to change.

This solar eclipse is activated by the north node, the dragon’s head, the conscious end of the dragon. The dragon’s head is considered to be oriented towards growth and prosperity.

Perhaps the prospect of disruption and change now sounds a little more appealing?


I see eclipses as portals, temporary openings that enable you to take a great leap between one chapter of your life into another.

Sometimes you are unceremoniously sucked through into a new reality not of your choosing.

Sometimes – like with this one – you can choose to make changes with conscious awareness.

Cancer and the Moon

As I mentioned earlier, Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so the Moon’s influence is further emphasised by her presence in her sign of rulership.

The Moon is associated with our feelings, our bodies, our subconscious desires, where and how we are nourished.

Cancer is the sign of family, home, security, particularly in the sense of emotional belonging, and community.

With the Moon strong in her home sign, obscuring the Sun, at a shifting point of both the lunar and solar cycles, there is a powerful lunar drive for a sense of belonging to come into conscious awareness and for external changes to be initiated based on these internal needs.

Standing Still

The world ‘solstice’ means the sun stands still, describing the three days that the Sun moves no further – north or south, depending on your hemisphere and the time of year –  before moving back in the other direction.

The Sun pauses at the edge before initiating a new season.

There are two other personal planets essentially standing still during the week of the solstice solar eclipse.

(Neptune is also stationing retrograde on 23 June in Pisces and may also be interacting with your chart.)

Mercury retrograde starts just two days before the eclipse 15 degrees Cancer, further emphasising Cancerian themes.

Venus is also moving very slowly at the end of her retrograde cycle in Gemini and will station direct a few days after the eclipse.

Mercury is the ruler Gemini, which is where we find the north node.

There’s a dynamic conversation between the changeable intellect of Gemini and the forging of Cancerian bonds.

Alliances and Information

Consider not just your parents and ancestors, but also your sibling and peer relationships.

Think about your alliances, your allies.

What are they based on? The emotional intimacy of shared experience (community) or the curious novelty of transactional exchange (commerce)?

Such themes will play out between countries, as well as individuals.

Who’s playing with who and why? Is the relationship parent-child or a relationship between equals?

While community sounds lovely, not everyone wants to stay in the safety of the nest. Some people choose the freedom of new experiences. Some parental figures and motherlands will not like that.

With the north node now in Gemini, there is an increasing hunger for the facts and an increasing desire to obtainand share information and intelligence.

Sharing your thoughts is sharing your feelings.

Solar eclipse dates + times

Brisbane (AEST), 21 June 2020, 7:42 pm
London (BST), 21 June 2020, 10:42 am
New York (EDT), 21 June 2020, 5:42 am
Los Angeles (PDT), 21 June 2020, 2:42 am