In the 1984 song If This Is It , Huey Lewis pleads to a girl who can’t decide what she wants. He wants to stop wondering what’s going on, and know whether he should move on or be with her:
If this is it, please let me know
If this ain’t love you’d better let me know
If this is it, I want to know
If this ain’t love baby, just say so
Likewise, during the Solar Eclipse on July 12, 2018 (which is in effect for the next six months) our higher self is asking us to shit or get off the pot. That’s why people have been feeling out of sorts lately; they intuit that a new beginning is needed, but they’re tentative about the sacrifices, changes and challenges for that commitment, just like the girl in the Huey Lewis song.
Transformative Pluto, the planet that breaks down the old to make room for the new, opposes the luminaries and gives us an ultimatum: If you want this, you must do this. If the new normal is not worth the adjustment, and we decide to arrest the new beginning, we will still have a new beginning, just with the previous status quo.
To see which life area is being activated by the eclipse, look to where 20° of Cancer is in your chart; you can also read your sun and/or rising sign below.
Aries: The new beginning is about EMOTIONAL SECURITY, as the Solar Eclipse will hit the Fourth House. Pluto’s opposition takes place in the Tenth House of Career, calling for a balance between the private and public lives: Is your career trajectory fostering your emotional security? What changes can be made professionally to create more emotional sustenance? Is it climbing up another level, more creativity, or a new career entirely? In essence, what will make you feel more at home in the world.
Taurus: The new beginning is about COMMUNICATIONS, as the Solar Eclipse will transit the Third House. The Plutonian opposition takes place in the Ninth House of Beliefs. Whatever you believe makes life worth living —your life philosophy — needs to inform your day-to-day activities. Ex.: if you believe life should be joyful, you wouldn’t stay in a job you hate; if you believe life’s a bitch, you’ll stay in a dead-end job (relationship, home, etc.). You’re being asked to declare your world-view by your daily lifestyle.
Gemini: The new beginning is about VALUES, as the Solar Eclipse will hit the Second House. Values change; are you living according to what matters more to you now? The Pluto opposition occurs in your Eighth House of Rebirth: Is the desire to reprioritize values (e.g., family, fun, wealth) strong enough for you to let go of previous priorities and preferences? What door needs to be shut tight for the new value to stand strong? Are you cool with the consequences of not closing it?
Cancer: The new beginning is about IDENTITY, as the Solar Eclipse will transit the First House. We are constantly creating ourselves — in two seconds, you could decide to be someone new, believe that you are this new person, and act accordingly to create an entirely different life story. The Plutonian opposition takes place in the House of Partnerships: If this new identity is to exist, how will your partnerships change? Are you willing to make the adjustment? Are your partners willing to change along with you?
Leo: The new beginning is about the SUBCONSCIOUS, as the Solar Eclipse hits the Twelfth House. We get in life what we subconsciously believe we are by virtue of like attracting like: If you’re not happy with your lot, then you must turn to your subconscious and see what beliefs are to blame. The Plutonian opposition occurs in your Sixth House of day-to-day activities. We are what we repeatedly do, so look at your daily schedule (work, health habits) and ask if it’s a vibrational match to your desires. If not, make the changes to your daily routines that instill the feeling of consistent success.
Virgo: The new beginning is about HOPES, WISHES & IDEALS, as the Solar Eclipse hits the 11th House. This area of the chart teaches us that if we have a desire, then it can materialize — that there are no “dangling carrots” in the universe. Pluto’s opposition takes place in the Fifth House of Self Expression. Are you creatively expressing yourself in a way that is aligned with your greatest hopes, wishes and ideals? Are you having fun moving toward your goals? What’s the next level of self-expression needed to make your dreams come true? Could it just be having fun, enjoying more romance and laughter?
Libra: The new beginning is about CAREER, as the Solar Eclipse hits the Tenth House, which depicts the highest point one can reach professionally. The Plutonian opposition is emotional security, as it’s in the Fourth House. To climb higher and achieve more, how can you feel more emotionally secure? Is it a new relationship? A new job? More sex? Or is it letting go of something that’s causing more harm than good (like a job or relationship)? Or is it just a matter of staying in a situation but adjusting it accordingly?
Scorpio: The new beginning is about EXPANSION, as the Solar Eclipse transits the Ninth House. How much do you want to expand? How far will you allow your talents go? The opposition of Pluto is about communications, as it hits the Third House. Are you communicating how far you want to go to both your personal and professional contacts? Or are you thwarting yourself by being quiet? Let your desires be known to help bring them to fruition, or find a more desirable plan that doesn’t rock the boat.
Sagittarius: The new beginning is about REBIRTH, as the Solar Eclipse will hit the Eight House; opposing Pluto will be in the Second House of Personal Resources. In order to be reborn, or merge with another in some capacity, there’s certain things you will have to relinquish. For instance, a new career may mean a new lifestyle; moving in with someone requires less control over your space. If you want this new beginning, you’ll have to make adjustments pertaining to those things you had previously valued more. If you don’t want the new beginning, you’ll still have one, but with the previously scheduled program.
Capricorn: The new beginning is about PARTNERSHIPS, as the Solar Eclipse hits the Seventh House. The Plutonian opposition is about identity, as it transits the First House. We’re constantly deciding who we are. If you want a new partnership or want your partnership to improve, you need to tap into another version of yourself. If you’re not willing to change, then accept the way things are with all its strengths and limitations.
Aquarius: The new beginning is about LIFESTYLE, as the Solar Eclipse transits the Sixth House. The Pluto opposition occurs in the Twelfth House of the Subconscious. Is your subconscious commitment to your work and health 100%, or are you dragging your feet, not giving it your all? The results will show. If you want to work and feel a certain way, you need to change your subconscious beliefs and check in with your actual level of commitment. If you’re not willing to change or commit, that’s okay, too — just stop running in circles, getting annoyed when the results you’re after don’t materialize.
Pisces: The new beginning is about SELF-EXPRESSION, as the Solar Eclipse transits the Fifth House. The Plutonian opposition is about Hopes and Dreams, as it hits the Eleventh House. Clearly define your hopes and dreams, and ensure your self-expression is aligned with these ideals. If you’re not up for expressing yourself in such a way, maybe it’s a matter of revising those hopes and dreams, as they can change sometimes without us noticing.