New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo September 1st, 2016
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The New Moon Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees Virgo takes place on Thursday, September 1st, 4:03 AM Central Standard Time. It is an annular solar eclipse, meaning it will create the visible coronal ring (“ring of fire”) most people associate with eclipses. The closer an eclipse is to the Moon’s Nodes, the stronger; with the North Node at 12 degrees Virgo this does set us up for a powerful and intense eclipse! The Sun, New Moon and North Node all in Virgo will be joined byMercury retrograde in exact conjunction to Jupiter at 28 degrees Virgo. That’s quite the five star stellium! The Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse/stellium will also form a formidable mutable T-square by squaring Mars at 14 degrees Sagittarius and Saturn at 10 Sagittarius, and opposing Neptune retrograde at 10 degrees Pisces.
The orbs are tight for this one; no room for anything but a major event. The depth, power and complexity of everything that’s going into this eclipse gives me a sense of a “perfect storm”, in that it will probably be easier to assess the aftermath than it will be trying to understand it as it unfolds.
This eclipse, along with the equally important Pisces Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on September 16th, occurs in a mutable sign forming a mutable T-square. Here’s a refresher on what that means, from a previous post:
“The cardinal signs -Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn- are usually thought of as the most changeable but actually it’s the job of the cardinal signs to simply initiate the change; the triggering points and pot stirring. Each of the cardinal signs start an equinox. The fixed signs -Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius- stabilize and solidify the actions of the cardinal signs. So, it’s the mutable signs that are actually the most changeable as they follow the fixed signs but precede the cardinal signs; they adapt and adjust to the curves in the road, the flows of nature. With the cardinal signs starting a new season each, the mutable signs show the anticipation of the new seasons; the feeling of change in the air that can vary from one day to the next not unlike the quickly changing weather in the months between seasons.
The mutable [T-square] brings discomfort in that all four seasons seem to be up in the air at once, not knowing from one day to the next which way the wind is blowing us. Adding to the feeling of simultaneously inhabiting different worlds, all four of the mutable signs are bicorporeal or “double-bodied” signs that represent duality: Gemini is the sign of The Twins, Pisces the sign of Two Fish connected but swimming in opposing currents, Sagittarius The Archer which is half-horse and half-man. Virgo isn’t often thought of as a dual-natured sign in astrology anymore but it was considered bicorporeal in traditional astrology, and those familiar with Virgoan themes should be able to detect the Virgin/whore and sacred/profane dichotomy of the sign.”
Occuring the first day of September, there is indeed the tangible feeling of changing seasons, of leaving something significant behind and preparing for a new cycle to commence. Gemini is not represented here, but the other three mutable signs each compete for attention. Particularly Virgo, of course. Virgo season is harvest season; a time of reaping and preparation. As I wrote at the beginning of the year, 2016 is a year of change and transition; much of that work has already taken place and now we start to see where to end chapters and begin new ones. Reviewing the past to prepare for the future is a specialty of Mercury in its apparent retrograde motion. While Mercury Rx at 28 degrees is too far removed from the 9 degrees Solar Eclipse to actually be a major factor, it’s still part of the Virgo stellium and has our minds geared to running against the grain, seeing things from unexpected angles.
What is in orb of the Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse is Mars in Sagittarius, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Without doubt, 2016 has been shaped largely by Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (and Scorpio) and the ongoing Saturn-Neptune squares. While Mars has been direct since the end of June, and clear of its retrograde shadow since mid-August, we’re still carrying the themes of righteous anger and the healthy or unhealthy (and destructive!) expression of such energy with us. This Virgo Solar Eclipse square Mars in Sagittarius simultaneously brings righteous anger front and center again while asking that resolve it, put it to use or let it go.
The same with the square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, which tightly aspects this eclipse. The final of the three exact Saturn-Neptune squares perfects on September 10th, but here at the September 1st Virgo Solar Eclipse, Saturn and Neptune are already at 10 degrees each sign. Reality as we’ve known it (Saturn) has been in a constant state of uncertainty and dissolution (Neptune) since the squares began in 2015. This surrealism is going to reach fever pitch at the Virgo New Moon Solar Eclipse, just before the final Saturn-Neptune square. Eclipses are generally times to let things go, and here it is time to let go of the idea that we’re in control, know it all, have it all figured out. There’s a really stiff challenge here: feeling a bit punch-drunk (Neptune), working with dodgy information and facts (Mercury retrograde) and asked to put it all to practical use nonetheless (Virgo). Depersonalization is going to be a thing at both eclipses this September.
That type of challenge requires not only skill but a bit of magic, and Virgo’s the sign for the job. Virgo isn’t often given it’s due credit (a common Virgo theme as it is) as a sign associated with alchemy. Scorpio tends to be given that title; however, the distinction is this: watery Scorpio burns, purifies and transmutes matters of the soul, while earthy Virgo works the alchemical process in the matters of the physical realm. The symbology of Virgo as the pure Virgin separating wheat from chaff applies not only to the fussy mundane details of everyday life, but also the broader ritualistic purification of our spiritual life expressed in physical form. (“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and all that…) The mantra or intention here is “heal thyself”.
I am reminded of a passage from Gordon White‘s book Pieces Of Eight, in a chapter titled “Wizard, Heal Thyself“:
“Of all the tribal roles associated with the shaman or the witch, the dispensation of healing (or poisonous) concoctions seems pre-eminent. This traditional role assumes extra layers of urgency in a world overrun with Big Pharma and monocultural food supply systems. We are now sick in alarming and unprecedented ways… We must reclaim the role of healer. This is not simply a matter of rolling back the clock to simpler times. It is not replacing aspirin with willow bark tea and then hitting the drive-thru window… The very best magicians are scavengers of the useful and banishers of the useless.”
While the Pisces Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on September 16th clears psychic terrain, to facilitate that clearing we must first clean up our act in our basic everyday physical roles, as earth sign Virgo sees a type of spiritual healing in the healing of the physical bodies and the environment we live in.
I am worried about natural disasters and earthquakes in particular at both eclipses this September, but moreso at this Virgo Solar Eclipse as its the stronger of the two and so strongly triggers the exact Saturn-Neptune square, which makes breakdown of natural structure easy. My longtime readers will remember I correctly predicted earthquake weather at the Pisces Solar Eclipse in March…
Those who have planets and/or angles between 7 and 11 degrees of the mutable signs -Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces- will see eclipse activity the strongest in their lives, based on the nature of the planet or angle affected. Virgoans, of course, are the most affected. For the rest of you, as always look to the house of your natal (birth) chart that this Virgo stellium and New Moon Solar Eclipse falls in for further information about how it will affect you personally. Read here for easy instructions on finding the house this event falls in if you don’t already know how to find it. Also read here for a basic but informative explanation of eclipses in astrology in general. No matter what, this is a tremendously potent eclipse, one that has many faces, many layers of meaning and that will take time to work through in keeping with the Virgoan process.
Since the Saturn-Neptune square is so intimately involved in this New Moon Solar Eclipse, I thought I’d close this article out with the most Saturn-Neptune video I could think of: Cassini’s black and white images of Saturn set to a classical waltz. A marriage of perfectly crafted detailed handiwork and imagination of something transcendental:
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