Eclipse season is upon us for approximately the next 36 days! While this may sound exciting, don’t get carried away. The only for sure with eclipses is that they express themselves rather erratically. Examining an eclipse’s date, time, and longitude is best done when being compared to an individual chart, being sure to note the house in which the eclipse is occurring within the chart. Typically, eclipses are known to trigger upsets—but whether these “upsets” are either good or bad, positive or negative (for lack of better terms), is usually clearer once the eclipse has passed. Taking a look at the house axis that is stressed by an eclipse in a natal chart is the best place to start, but by no means makes it absolutely clear how the energy will manifest.
The partial lunar eclipse on Monday, August 7th will occur at 15°25’ Aquarius in conjunction with the Full Moon at 11:11am EST. Because eclipses occur in series, typically with a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse (then sometimes followed by another lunar eclipse), the partial lunar eclipse can be considered a precursor for the total solar eclipse that will occur in Leo on Monday, August 21st. While lunar eclipses are typically manifested on a more emotional an internal plane, solar eclipses tend to express themselves externally. Thus, in many cases, the internal motivations of the effects of a lunar eclipse precipitate the external results experienced during the solar eclipse. What makes eclipses significant is their proximity to the North and South Nodes, our centers for karma and energetic intake and output in this lifetime. With a partial or total eclipse, there is upset to these centers, as noted earlier. Remember that eclipses are most relevant when applied to the location in which they will take place in your individual chart.
Following Monday’s lunar eclipse, Venus in Cancer will trine Neptune in Pisces on Saturday, August 12th at 1:17am EST (10:17pm PST 8/10). Energy channels dealing with romantic, artistic, spiritual, and creative will be open for accessing this during this transit. Later in the day, Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo at 9:00pm EST. Mercury in Virgo loves to pay attention to the fine print, and during this retrograde period, that characteristic may become overblown. Take advantage of this time to lock down the details of your life and finances, but don’t become petty over the small stuff unless you want to stress until Mercury goes direct on September 5th.
Moon Transits this Week:
A solar eclipse occurs today at 9:58am EST, with the New Moon obscuring the light from the Sun and casting its shadow on Earth. Solar eclipses occur when the Moon’s path travels between the Sun and Earth and essentially blocks the light coming from the Sun. Additionally, the Moon lines up with the South Node during today’s solar eclipse. The Moon’s nodes are imaginary points at which the Moon’s orbit intersects with the plane of the ecliptic. In order for a solar eclipse to take place, the New Moon and the Sun must be conjunct one of the lunar nodes. This is why a solar eclipse does not occur every New Moon—there must be a node nearby for the Sun, Moon and Earth to perfectly line up. This alignment, known as eclipse season, happens approximately twice a year and lasts for just over 30 days (34.5 days, to be more exact). Thus, the energetic effects of a solar eclipse can last for over a month, even though the solar eclipse proper lasts a mere 7:30 minutes max.
Sooo...what does this mean? With the solar eclipse taking place at about 8° Pisces, and Neptune lingering dangerously close to both the Sun and Moon, this eclipse is bound to unleash our creative and escapist potential. When the Sun’s rays are obscured and otherwise “filtered” by the Moon, our feminine energy acts as a dream catcher of sorts in an attempt to capture and blend our left-brain (Sun) and right-brain (Moon) on an internal level. We are more prone to consider and confront things from an emotional standpoint instead of a rational one. So while creativity may be heightened, it will not necessarily align with the day to day reality in which we live. This will be exacerbated by Neptune’s close hold on both the Sun and the Moon, blurring the facts and general reality to the point of confusion at times. Neptune is the great embellisher of the zodiac, sometimes in the form of art and accessorizing (Neptune is a great bedazzler--more is more!), other times in the form of bending the truth to justify its questionable actions. Neptune lacks understanding of the point at which the ego defines an individual against a greater whole. This can add to its sometimes humanitarian nature, but can also fuel its proneness for covert action and vicarious experience due to a weak understanding of self.
Modern astrologers associate Neptune as the ruling planet of Pisces, which would indicate that its current placement at 11°35’ Pisces in the Cancer decan gives it lots of encouragement and leeway to take action (cardinal decan). While I do not subscribe to modern astrology and therefore use Jupiter as the traditional ruler of Pisces, there’s no denying that Neptune in its current placement has an intense effect on the solar eclipse. It projects denial of reality and lack of rules (Neptune thrives on the idea of unlimited possibilities) onto both the left- and right-brain, offering an enticing path forward, but one that might be fraught with booby traps or dead-ends. Let’s face it—Neptune is not known for its planning—it prefers to go with the flow. Without the Sun’s rays to brightly illuminate this path, we rely on the darkness of the New Moon to guide us instinctively.
With the South Node in the mix at 3° Pisces, we’re reminded during this eclipse of what our purpose is and where we’re destined to serve. If the North Node represents what we “take in” and experience this lifetime, the South Node marks where we’re responsible for disseminating those experiences. This solar eclipse, with Mercury conjunct the South Node at 1° Pisces, may have us feeling responsible for communicating the visions and realizations that we come to during the next month or so. The challenge will be to decipher what is real and worthwhile, and what is merely a shadow of the truth.
Mars conjunct Uranus today in Aries adds to this feeling of getting off our asses to do something visionary and meaningful, as it sets off a tight opposition to Jupiter in Libra which can magnify our spiritual endeavors and desire for assimilating abstract higher thought into our daily reality. This conjunction and opposition between Mars, Uranus, and Jupiter in cardinal signs occurring at the same time as the solar eclipse is bound to motivate people both spiritually and politically. Expect these motivations to be intense and inextricably linked, lasting for approximately the next month. Pisces, the sign in which the eclipse is taking place, can be a safe haven for like-minded individuals, but can also be an area in which one claims expertise that they may not necessarily have—keep this in mind as you identify how the energy of this solar eclipse is affecting you personally and which bandwagons you feel called to join.
Monday, February 6th
Jupiter goes retrograde today at 1:52am EST (10:52pm on Sunday the 5th for west-coasters) and will remain in retrograde until about mid-June. This transit is just in time, as it will have us all seeking intuitive answers and developing our personal philosophies and morals. The normally excessive nature of Jupiter turns inward and admonishes us to clean up our own personal injustices so that we can address outward injustices on a large scale. Jupiter retrograde also gives us the capability to see a broad picture, which can sometimes be dismissive, but can also allow us to avoid getting caught up in the details of things.
Tuesday, February 7th
The Moon moves into Cancer today at 2:03am EST where it is most at home, providing some nurturing and sympathetic energy, especially after coming out of Gemini’s coolheadedness. You may be more prone to think from your heart than from your logic as this transit takes hold. Not to say that there won’t be some rationality today, as Mercury enters Aquarius at 4:35am EST, adding a sense of resourcefulness to the way we tackle matters of the heart. If you’re feeling more observant today or a better judge of character, this is Mercury working in your favor.
Wednesday, February 8th
The Moon in Cancer squares Jupiter retrograde in Libra at 5:00pm today, then goes void of course until entering Leo tomorrow. You may be prone to jumping to conclusions today if you’re caught in a situation in which you feel superior or smarter than someone, so be cognizant of this energy. Overreactions may prove to be a waste of energy that could be spent looking inward to address personal issues.
Thursday, February 9th
The Moon enters Leo at 4:41am EST, trines Venus at 12:20pm EST and then later trines Mars at 9:05pm EST. All of this Leo energy surrounding the Moon and involving Venus and Mars can result in excessive vanity, the need for attention, and drama related to personal pride. See how this energy shows up for you. You might choose to externalize the Moon’s energy by showering others with compliments, doting on them, and using your actions to serve others. The choice is yours.
Friday, February 10th
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse today at 7:33pm EST is the first eclipse of 2017 and a time when emotional energy is at its highest. Since the Sun is in Aquarius (the collective) opposing the Moon in Leo (the individual), this lunar eclipse is bound to bring us closer together as a collective conscious, using identity crisis to create philosophical exploration due to the favorable aspects of both the Sun and the Moon with Jupiter. Know that the effects of this lunar eclipse can last up to 6 months, which seems promising considering the current state of affairs in the world.
Saturday, February 11th
The Moon enters Virgo today at 8:52am, asking us to check in on some of the finer print in our lives, including our belongings, health, and duties. The Sun trine Jupiter rx at 10:25am continues to push our alignment with the collective that was jumpstarted by Jupiter moving retrograde earlier this week.
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