Changing Eclipse Signs Carol Asks: “I understand the three eclipses that happened in July 2000 were to shift the universal focus from what has been Leo-Aquarius to Cancer-Capricorn for the year 2001. What does this change in focus mean? Does it affect those signs the most? Or it is the way it affects other signs?” Kevin Answers: Carol, The Moon’s Nodes change signs about every 18 months, moving backwards through the zodiac. The eclipses, of course, follow the nodes, and when the Nodes are near the boundary of a sign, the eclipses can occur across two signs, as they did in July of 2000, with a solar eclipse in Cancer, a lunar eclipse in Capricorn, and a solar eclipse in Leo. I’m not sure I’d go as far as to call the signs of the Nodes the “universal focus” but I certainly agree having eclipses occur in a pair of signs does bring the lessons of those signs more into the general spotlight. The shift from Leo/Aquarius to Cancer/Capricorn relates to a change in perspective from focusing on our individuality and our rightful place in the group (Leo/Aquarius) to being more concerned with meeting our emotional needs and protecting the integrity of society (Cancer/Capricorn). Certainly, individuals who have their sun in the sign of the current eclipses are going to be more sensitive to the energy of those eclipses than the rest of us, particularly if the eclipses make direct contact to the natal sun.