Every six months, eclipses show the turning points in our lives. They shine a spotlight on something we have not seen previously. Eclipses indicate what we are to accomplish for the following 6 months to 3 years. They bring in news and events that are sometimes "out of the blue". Time seems to speed up. In a positive sense, eclipses can clear what may obscure the way forward. Remember that the key words for eclipses are emphasis and crisis.
Eclipses are contrary to the status quo. If impacted by one of these eclipses, your life will not run on the same track it has been on. But that can be a good thing. Some view eclipses as release and renewal points. If your birthday falls on or close to the dates of an eclipse your life will change dramatically in the months and years ahead.
The ancients believed that during an eclipse, the "mighty will fall". They appear often in the mythology of different cultures most often as symbols of obliteration, fear, and the overthrow of the natural order of things. Eclipses were the great omens of fated, large-scale events. The word eclipse comes from a Greek word meaning "abandonment." Quite literally, an eclipse was seen as the Sun abandoning the earth.
Solar Eclipses – The eclipse of the Sun has been traditionally viewed with dread over the ages, as the Sun seems to disappear from the sky. It gets dark in the middle of the day and it seems as if something dreadful is about to happen. Solar Eclipses tend to relate to sudden events that disrupt our day to day functioning; they are the crisis that seems to come out of nowhere and that suddenly demand all of our conscious attention and focus. They tend to stir things up on a physical and conscious level much more than Lunar Eclipses.
Solar Eclipse on Sept 1 at 9 Virgo
This is a partial Solar Eclipse visible from Madagascar and Africa.
Because this eclipse is in the sign of Virgo, We may feel the urge to clean, sort, troubleshoot and fix things. It is also a good time to work in the garden. This is also a health conscious sign. We may start paying attention to diet, hygiene and daily schedules.
This a pretty challenging eclipse because it forms a T-square with Saturn and Neptune. In other words the eclipse squares Saturn and opposes Neptune. This aspect can create fear and paranoia. To break this down, we have The Sun opposite Neptune which can create deception and insecurity, loss and disappointment. The Sun Square Saturn which can bring in challenges and pessimism.
Lunar Eclipses - The Lunar Eclipse gives us opportunities to break out of our current cycle and move on to a different level. A Lunar Eclipse can make us more aware of our patterns, and our unconscious motivations. Lunar Eclipses can bring up old memories and feelings. As a full Moon, a Lunar Eclipse tends to bring completion or endings. On a Lunar Eclipse something will end and on a Solar Eclipse something will begin. A Lunar Eclipse is an opportunity to break habits or eliminate socially conditioned patterns of thought and behavior that stand in the way of self-realization.
Full moon eclipses can bring things to completion that you have been working on. You can finally make decisions about issues that you have been thinking about. The Sun opposite the Moon, lights up the Moon and brings previously unexamined areas of your life into awareness.
Lunar Eclipses are more emotional than Solar Eclipses. Because a Lunar Eclipse only happens on a full moon, two houses in your natal chart will be affected.
Lunar Eclipse on Sept 16 at 24 Pisces/Virgo
This eclipse affects two signs – Pisces and Virgo. Pisces wants to daydream and Virgo wants to work. This is the conflict that needs to be worked out during this eclipse period. It is about getting in touch with your inner dreamer versus getting organized.
This eclipse is square to Mars in Sagittarius. This creates an urge in us to bring your ideals and wishes to fruition. Also a desire to have a fruitful union with another.
Eclipses repeat every 19 years. We had solar and lunar eclipses at the same point in September 1997. Look back to what happened then. This will continue a theme that was playing out at that time.
How will these eclipses affect you?
An eclipse tends to emphasize matters related to the house it falls in on your natal chart and what planets it conjuncts, or opposes. The areas ruled by the houses or planets will demand more attention, thought, energy, and time from you, at least until the next eclipse. Eclipses open doors and invite us to come in, illuminating and stimulating areas of our lives that need our attention.
The Solar Eclipse on the 1st will affect you if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and/or Mars) or the ascendant at 6 to12 degrees of Virgo or Pisces.
The impact on a personal planet is much stronger than if the eclipse hits outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto).
Also look at your natal chart for the houses that contains 6 to 12 degrees of Virgo or Pisces.
The Lunar Eclipse on the 16th will impact you If one of your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) or the ascendant is at 21 to 27 degrees of Pisces or Virgo It will mean the end of one set of circumstances and the beginning of another. Let go.
Also look at your natal chart for the houses that contains 21 to 27 degrees of Pisces or Virgo.
If either of the eclipses fall on a personal planet, check the list of keywords for the planets here.
To see a brief list of areas covered by the different houses in your birth chart click here
I leave you in the lap of the gods.