The first Solar Eclipse of 2016: New Moon in Pisces 18°55′ – March 8/9 – ‘Ora et Labora’

Orcagna; Eclipse, 1360sORA et LABORA,

combination of Contemplation and Action

The first Eclipse Season of 2016 is upon us. The Sun will be eclipsed at the New Moon in Pisces (March 9, 12.54 pm) and the Moon will be eclipsed at the Libra Full Moon (March 23, 11 pm). The times given are Australian Eastern Summer Time.

To check the visibility of this event please navigate to my March 2016 Stars over Wollumbin Page.

Traditional astrological texts often equate  Eclipses to evil omens. Some modern astrologers instead often promise the profoundest realizations and life changing experiences to everybody, thanks to the magic of Eclipses!

Perhaps, to stay on safe ground, we could regard Eclipses the same way we regard important transits; making them part of the bigger picture and not just isolated ‘special’ events. I consider an Eclipse (Sun or Moon) closely aligned to your Birth Chart as important as a transit of one of the slow Planets, catalyst of major life shifts.

One consideration to bear in mind is that Eclipses are very selective, strongly affecting some individuals while leaving others untouched. This is because only very close alignments manifest into tangible effects or significant emotional/mental experiences.

There is, of course, a general effect of Eclipses also, manifesting in many people as an heightening of sensitivity, more intense emotions and deeper insights, during this lunar month.  The Pisces Solar Eclipse suggests cleansing, purifying, making amends, forgiving, unifying, ending of cycles, moving on… The connection to Chiron (conjunction) suggests a time for healing old wounds, philosophically accepting things that cannot be changed.

For some people however the impact of the Eclipse could be truly memorable. They are those whose Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other important astrological placements in the Birth Chart happen to be aligned to the degree of the Eclipse (in conjunction, on the same degree, in opposition, 180 degrees apart, or in square, 90 degrees apart),  and mainly if the alignment is very close (one to one and half degrees apart from exactness).

This Solar Eclipse might affect you much more personally:

  • IF You are a Pisces born between March 7 and 10.
  • IF You are a Virgo born between September 9  and 12.
  • IF you are a Sagittarius born between  December 9  and 12.
  • IF you are a Gemini born between June 8 and 11.
  • IF in your Birth Chart you have the Moon, the Ascendant, the Mid-Heaven, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and/or the Lunar Nodes between the 17th and 20th degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini.

Let’s look now at this Eclipse from the points of view of each of the four Signs involved

PISCES alignment: Happy Birthday! Under the spell of this Eclipse this could possibly be a life-changing year for you. Dreams may come true if you are ready to put in the hard work, limiting your expansion to make your inspirations into viable stuff. Negatively you could dissipate physical, emotional, psychic energies if you don’t realize the balance between inspiration and doing. Suggestion and auto-suggestion can work very strongly for you, for good or ill, depending on the choices you make. The alignment with Chiron will make your experiences  more revealing and profound, connecting you with what needs healing within your psyche, so that even painful memories can eventually produce wisdom.

VIRGO alignment: the accent for you is on Jupiter: time to explore the greater world outside your picked fences, with renewed optimism and faith in better things to come. The meaning of life could be also found in the smallest things though. You will feel inspired but remain grounded through your duties and commitments. You could reap the fruit of your present labor later in the year, in May, June, July, when Jupiter in direct motion, will return to the same degree of the Eclipse.

The role of Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo cannot be underestimated because its yearly opposition to the Sun  coincides with the event. Its role will be, first of all, to magnify the effect of the Eclipse, Jupiter at its brightest during the opposition phase. It seems that what we aspire to , at present, is confronted with serious challenges from all directions. The way to navigate the situation is assuming a yielding but not lethargic and passive attitude, humbly continuing the work in hand without losing sight of the ultimate goal. When Jupiter  turns direct in May will retrace the same steps and eventually bring things to fruition (June/July). It will be worth waiting for.

SAGITTARIUS alignment: you are viewing the Eclipse from the saturnine angle, the short hand of the stick. Your longing for better things, for a less prosaic and humdrum life is often confronted by the present limitations, in the form of lack of resources but also lack of faith. Becoming more conscious of the your underlying, self-defeating pessimism would help to put things in truer perspective, when negative and positives balance each other (Jupiter square Saturn).

The role of Saturn in Sagittarius will be to slow down whatever is happening, in order to obtain more durable results and greater efficiency. Saturn is playing the part of the devil’s advocate here, the reductive, skeptical role, that could stop your dreams in their track. Positively however Saturn could help you find practical ways to upheld them.

GEMINI alignment: this Sign is indirectly aligned to the Eclipse, in some way combining and focusing the effect of all planetary energies involved, Sun, Moon, Chiron, Jupiter and Saturn.  Trying to remain detached and clear minded will be Gemini’s task, not easy in the intense circumstances of this Eclipse. Gemini could in fact feel, at one and the same time, the pull of Pisces toward creativity, fluidity, ease, the push of Virgo toward responsibility and duty, the tendency of Jupiter to strive toward the future and of Saturn to look upon the past for guidance. Good luck!

Highlight on dreams, intuition, creativity, with ‘a get real’ twist: Mercury, Venus and the Solar Eclipse in Pisces, Mars in Sagittarius, and Jupiter in Virgo to the fore at Sun opposition

Fairy animationBig changes are happening on the cosmic canvas this week. In the space of a few days three of our closer neighbors are changing Signs, while a Total Solar Eclipse is looming, heralding the first Eclipse Season of 2016.

Mercury entered Pisces on March 5; Mars Sagittarius on March 6; then, on March 8/9 (depending where you are in the world) the Pisces New Moon will be a Total Solar Eclipse. On the same day mighty Retro Jupiter in Virgo will reach his yearly opposition to the Sun (while Sun, Moon and Jupiter  will be at right angle to Saturn in Sagittarius); and finally, on March 12, Venus will enter Pisces also.

The week before a New Moon is always an important time, when we feel a change is in the air, but it is still just floating within us, not yet affecting our external circumstances, until the seed of that change will be released at the New Moon and begin manifesting outwardly. This is even more so if the New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse. This special phase, combined with the highlight on idealistic/dreamy Pisces and philosophical/inspirational Sagittarius, could indeed make us feel slightly unhinged for the time being, perhaps unable to perform our daily tasks as efficiently as we wish.

When Pisces is highlighted by many transits, as it is at present, we are all given a chance to explore the psychic openness and mental fluidity of this watery Sign. Pisces can encourage us to go with the flow of things, to surrender to what cannot be changed and to find spiritual and uplifting meaning in all our experiences.

If you are the type of person who values dreams and the symbolical life, if you are an artist or would-be artist, or are already conscious of psychic or mystical tendencies, these transits will suit you well, helping you to pursue these interests in a deeper way. They could also make you even more dreamy and unpractical though (no good if you are trying to get a job or to put your house in order!).

On the other hand, if you are mainly a practical person, busy with your family and career, goal oriented and used to get your own way,  you could find this great number of Pisces’ transits a somewhat bewildering experience, bringing you out of your comfort zone, in strange and foggy back alleys, where you feel you could become irreparably lost. Your efficiency level may drop and things which are usually simple for you will seem rather complicated and muddled. If this is the case, the best thing to do will be to slow down, learning to relax and to purposely lose control of your situation, now and then, so to realize that things can run their own curse even without your constant intervention. A more spiritual, less straight and controlled life is beckoning, it would be sad if you miss that call. The dissatisfaction about your present circumstances,  the lack of direction and low energy are all telling you that there is more to life than chores, business or paying the bills.

Said that, the present Pisces transits, enlivened by the transit of Mars in the questing Sign of Sagittarius, are only half the picture because, at the same time, Jupiter, in practical Virgo, is reaching great prominence via his opposition to the Sun/Moon at the Solar Eclipse, while Sun, Moon and Jupiter are all at right angle to pragmatic Saturn, and all in positive aspect to Pluto (Jupiter trine Pluto – Eclipse sextile Pluto). These are all signs that pursuing our dreams and ideals is not going to be enough to make us feel good. We will have to try to squeeze our ideals into the straight jacket of reality in order to take better advantage of these transits. And not just for now. While a regular New Moon exerts its influence for one lunar month (until the next New Moon) a New Moon which is also a Solar Eclipse can exert its influence for many months, some would say until the next Eclipse Season (this year August/September).

The picture that seems to come out of all of this is that dreams and ideals need to be acknowledged now more than ever, without however losing sight of what is possible and what may be impossible to realize, at least for now. Jupiter is retrograding in Virgo (until May 9), meaning that we will need to revisit our ways of working, our daily habits and routines in order to achieve the results we envision, if not immediately in the near future. Next May/June the same transits of Jupiter will repeat with the planet in direct motion, a promise of fulfillment and reward for the efforts we may put in now. At least that’s my plan! On this positive note, see you next time…