Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE is just 10 days from now (on May 26), so we're very much in the building phase of this eclipse cycle. Even with all the energy shifts lately, you may have noticed an increase in changes and challenges since last week's New Moon.
I'll be writing more about this eclipse in next week's Journal, of course – but I also want to explain why you won't hear me saying that the eclipse is aligned with the Galactic Center (GC), even though you may read it elsewhere.
The GC is currently at about 27 degrees Sagittarius. The eclipse on May 26 is at 5 degrees Sagittarius. This means that the eclipse is 22 degrees away from being exactly aligned with the GC. I am among the astrologers who generally use a three or four-degree "orb" (number of degrees away from exactitude) when deciding whether there is a true alignment in situations like this. I would consider an eclipse to be conjunct the GC if it were between about 24 degrees Sagittarius to 0 degrees Capricorn.
In other words, I do not consider this upcoming eclipse to be conjunct the GC – but it has plenty of other qualities that make it impressive! It's a Total Eclipse, which is the strongest kind. It's occurring when the Moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, so it's a SuperMoon, which also strengthens its effects. So, yes, we can anticipate great energies being activated by this eclipse! And, we are already feeling them...
Pam Younghans is a professional astrologer, editor, and writer. She lives in a log home northeast of Seattle, Washington with her beloved animal companions. She has been interpreting charts professionally for over 25 years.