On Thursday, June 10, there is a solar eclipse in chatty Gemini. There’s no nice way to say this, star babies, but the mood will be chaotic. In case the communication mishaps and exes slithering out of their holes didn’t tip you off, Mercury is already retrograde, where it will stay until Tuesday, June 22. And Mercury, the messenger of the zodiac, is the planetary ruler of glamorous yet messy Gemini. So what does a solar eclipse in Gemini mean during Mercury retrograde? Drama, children, drama!
Each month, we can depend on the moon’s consistent cycle: the velvety darkness of the new moon, the vivid illumination of the full moon, and all the phases in between containing divine intuition. But every so often, the moon’s orbit creates a powerful alignment with the sun, forming a potent lunation known as an eclipse.
In school, an eclipse is an excuse to go outside and wear funny glasses. In astrology, however, all eclipses are known for being drama queens. That’s why, while your science teacher might have lead you outside, astrologers tend to advise staying in and laying low during an eclipse. Life gets dramatic enough without your meddling making it worse! Both solar and lunar eclipses (and we’ll talk about how they differ) bring massive shake-ups and surprises. While 2021’s four eclipses should prove to bring less chaos than the six we saw in 2020, it would still behoove you to read through this guide to getting through them.
What is an eclipse?
Eclipses are dynamic cosmic occurrences that activate the lunar nodes. Simply put, the moon glides across an elliptical that is constantly rotating around the zodiac. The highest and lowest points of this orbit correspond with the lunar nodes, which appear in our birth charts as south and north nodes. The south and north nodes, often referred to as the Nodes of Fate, symbolize our past and future — our karmic pathway. Accordingly, eclipses activate these nodes within our birth charts, illuminating our destiny.
What is the difference between a solar and a lunar eclipse?
There are two types of eclipses: solar and lunar. Solar eclipses occur during the new moon phase when the sun and moon are positioned at the exact same degree within the same zodiac sign. In this configuration, the moon passes between the sun and earth, temporarily obscuring the sun. If this occurs during daylight (as it did in August 2017, during the “Great American Eclipse“) the result is breathtaking: For several moments, the sun is completely obscured by moon’s silhouette.
Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, correspond with the full moon phase. But, unlike a normal full moon that reflects the sun’s illumination, during a lunar eclipse the moon emanates the Earth’s shadow (known as the umbra). With Earth perfectly wedged between the sun and moon, the moon exudes a tawny-red tone — this distinctive hue is why it is often referred to as a “Blood Moon.” Lunar and solar eclipses also signify different types of shifts in astrology; we’ll get to that in a minute.
When and How to See the June 10 Eclipse
Before we get into the how and where to see this eclipse, let’s get the bad news out of the way. In the eyes of an astrologer, eclipses tend to be a bit dramatic, and staying indoors to soak in a bath or curl up with a good book or a movie on is preferable to going out in the eye of the storm. An eclipse in Gemini, especially during Mercury retrograde, can mean there’s potential for relationship drama, saying the wrong thing, being impulsive, and gossiping unnecessarily. If you want to play it safe, lay low. However, if you’re interested in the eclipse from more of a scientific and astronomical perspective, here’s how to watch it.