Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn – Empty Garden

On July 5th, 2020 we have a Lunar Eclipse at 13° Capricorn.

This is the very last eclipse in the Cancer/Capricorn axis. This is the “final act” of the drama series that started in 2017 when we had our 1st eclipse on the Cancer/Capricorn axis. 


This Lunar Eclipse is a South Node Eclipse so it is about letting go of the past. Even the aspects the Full Moon is engaged in are separating. Everything about this eclipse screams “move on”. We are ready to move on. 

“Ready to move on” doesn’t mean moving on is easy. Moving on is almost never easy, and even when we think we have moved on it’s probably because we haven’t fully processed the experience. 

South Node eclipses are about letting go. Again, we can never truly let go of something, because the material and energetic imprint of that ‘something’ does not just ‘disappear’.

It transforms. It moves on to other realms. It becomes something else. It may no longer belong to us. It may no longer be part of our lives. But it is still somewhere, ever-evolving. 

In Vedic astrology, the Lunar Nodes are represented by a Serpent. The North Node is the head of the Serpent, or the Direction, and the South Node the tail.

That’s why we are told to focus on our North Node – our Direction in life. (at least in our capitalist society; in the past, it was the South Node that was revered, since it was a spiritual point of liberation and transcendence). 

The North Node, the head, is hungry for new experiences. The South Node, the tail, is what comes out of these experiences.

But then the serpent is depicted as an infinity symbol or as a serpent that eats its tail. What comes out, the South Node, doesn’t just go away, it becomes the new fuel for the North Node. That’s karma, or what goes around comes around. 


This Lunar Eclipse highlights themes connected to Cancer and Capricorn. Cancer is what we create and nurture. Capricorn is rules, systems, and top-down hierarchies.

We need both, however when the North Node is in Cancer and the South Node in Capricorn, our focus is on nurture, not on systems. Now the question is, what do we do with these outdated Capricorn systems and rules? Do we just drop them?

Just as the serpent that eats its tail, we cannot just drop them. We need to take what’s nurturing and can still serve the purpose of the North Node, and then allow what’s left to become something else. 

Today a song came to mind, “Empty garden” by Elton John, a very South Node title.

It is a sad song about separation and letting go. Elton John sings about a gardener who used to take good care of a garden, so “he must have cared a lot”, however now the garden is empty and “in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more”. He’s been knocking on the door, but no one answers. 

I was surprised to find that he wrote the song as a tribute for his good friend John Lennon, a few months after Lennon’s assassination in 1980. 

Elton John was very affected by it, and writing this song was a way to ‘move on’ in a South Node way. He did not “let go” of Lennon, but he processed his emotions through a tribute-song, leaving a legacy behind.

Moving on does not mean erasing something, or making it go away. It means just that. Moving on. From Elton John’s psyche into the collective psyche. John Lennon is no longer amongst us but he still lives through his own songs and through other artists’ tributes. 

If you know you need to let go of something and you find it difficult, remind yourself that letting go is not about eliminating or erasing that thing from your life. Is about allowing it to re-invent itself and become something perhaps even greater.   

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7 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn – Empty Garden

  1. The conclusion in the last paragraph brought me a lot of comfort and relief. And new perspective. Much needed in these difficult moments of letting go a relationship.
    Thank you! Bless you! 🙏❤

  2. My brother died 2 1/2 years ago and I would not let go, till it became a hitting-rock-bottom catalyst for a new spiritual journey. I’m still not whole, but am trying to listen now to these signs from the universe.

  3. I accept myself when I own it. I have eaten of the past and now it belongs to me, it is not ‘out there’ any longer but a part of me. I am learning to love the way I am and the people who contributed to making me the unique me I am today. .

  4. Thank you so much for this helpful article on the eclipse tonight. It will affect me a lot since I have a Sun in Capricorn 3 degrees more than the eclipse degree. I’m having problems with procrastinated dental care, which I’ve avoided due to not trusting dentists, not having much money, and being afraid that what they do will affect my already somewhat low kidney function. Yesterday I began having very strong pain below some broken (and undoubtedly cavity tilled) teeth, and I’m afraid that being a Capricorn and having Teeth problems at this time is going to push me to Let Go of Teeth that are probably doing my body no good. I’m trying to look at the Bigger Picture as much as possible.

  5. Two days before this article came out, I had once again gotten fed up with myself and the PTSD from early childhood. I have been letting go of it, very hard work, over the years. I finally consulted the Tarot, and it came up with “change “ two of pentacles. As the Buddhists say “Change your mind “. I am actively renouncing “ going there.” Glad the universe is giving me a little push.

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