Please join me for Eclipse Season Survival Guide: Astrology for the Lunar Cycle from September 12th-October 12th. In this presentation, I will outline the significance of the upcoming eclipses, the upcoming Mercury retrograde in Libra, Saturn’s ingress into Sagittarius for the next 2+ years, and the Fall Equinox, as well as detailing the other impactful and important themes and days of the cycle and how to work with them.
It’s that time again. Eclipse season.
Things speed up. Choices come rapid fire. Life alters itself and we either keep up or get left behind. Eclipses tend to bring themes of major openings and closings. Portals of opportunity beckon us towards them. Things get cut short. Endings draw near without warning. Experiences are stark. Stakes are high.
Eclipses come in pairs. They happen on the new moon or full moon. They are either solar eclipses (the light of the sun gets partially or totally eclipsed) or lunar eclipses (the light of the moon gets partially or completely eclipsed and then sometimes turns red).
The eclipse on Saturday, September 12th at 11:54 PM PST at 20 degrees of Virgo is a solar one. During an eclipse, the light of the sun is diminished, obscured and confiscated (though not for those of us that will be experiencing it during night time). Life depends upon the light of the sun. We depend on the light of the sun. When that light appears to be threatened, so too are we.
We realize there are things we have no control over. Like the planets. Like our lives.
Life can become overwhelming. Archetypal. Eclipses relegate us to right size. In the grand scheme of the universe we are like the schmutz left on a dust mite’s shirt after she ate a bag of dust-chips. Schmutz that thinks it’s big news. Schmutz with Facebook pages and Tindr accounts. Schmutz that is convinced the world revolves around it.
We are insignificant and yet we contain every bit of significance. We are miraculous machines. Intricately woven. Made of stardust. Fueled by solar power. Capable of flying to the moon.
This eclipse is in Virgo. Virgo wants to know the specifics, the design and the down-and-dirty details of the situation. Virgo over thinks, over stresses, and over analyzes. There is no one that I would trust more with any kind of job that required a sincere and honest effort than a Virgo. This sign is unparalleled for its ability to work diligently at a task.
This Saturday’s eclipse in Virgo is near the north node of the moon (eclipses occur at either the south or north node of the moon). The nodes are not planets. They are a point in space where eclipses occur. The north node is what we strive towards and want to accumulate. We could say then that a solar eclipse on the north node, which this one is, is propelling us forward, opening us up to our appetites, asking or taunting us to push our boundaries, find our edge and possibly calls us to fulfill some aspect of our destiny.
Minutes before the eclipse, there will be a new moon in Virgo. Every new moon marks a new beginning. Every new moon happens in a new sign, energetically opening up that sign as well as any major planet that has just entered it.
Jupiter has just landed in Virgo. It was last here 12 years ago. Jupiter’s influence expands what it touches, creates opportunity wherever it is, makes magnanimity its monogram, flaunts blind faith as a virtue and enlarges whatever it touches. Jupiter’s year long stay in Virgo is asking us to spend some time considering how we deal with the organizational aspects of our lives, how to work in efficient ways, and what details to expand upon. But more importantly Jupiter is hard at work developing the house in our chart that it is transiting in a critical, thoughtful, discerned fashion. We are talking about Jupiter in Virgo, after all.
With this eclipse of the new moon, Virgos the world over are getting extra amounts of growth inducing game thrown their way. And all of us are being asked to pay special attention to the part of our chart that contains Virgo. These areas of our life want to be tended to, worked on, explored, opened up, expanded, brought into form and made into something (we can thank an impending square from Saturn in Sagittarius for that, but that’s another story for another time).
Because Juno, Guardian of Women and Goddess of Marriage is sitting next to the eclipse we can also ask ourselves if we are willing to commit to the most pressing issues that this area of our charts holds for us. Because the eclipse is sitting with Jupiter the benefic we can know that whatever the effects, they will be big. Because the eclipse is making a sextile to Saturn we can know that our efforts to stabilize and make real are being aided. Because this eclipse is making a trine to Pluto we should go deep and be real, ready to embrace our power and use it for good.
But. And. Finally.
Mercury, the planet that governs both this eclipse and Jupiter’s stay in Virgo, is slowing down to station retrograde. This might muck things up a bit or at the very least make for an extra strange eclipse season. One that makes us want to take well-assessed risks but one that can’t guarantee the outcome of any of them. One that wants us to have faith in what we know, but might not give us all the information. One that asks us to serve the design of our lives while it conceals an important blue print.
This eclipse calls for critical faith.