It is that time again. Since ancient times, eclipses have evoked a feeling of ominous foreboding. The mystic seers foretold of apocalyptic endings befalling humanity during this bi yearly celestial event. Sadly, for these ancient seers, honesty may not have been the best job-security policy. Prophesying that the ruler of the land was about to be “eclipsed out” by a more powerful, invading enemy, was certainly not a strategic career move; resulting in more than a mere job loss.
Famous astrologer and physician, Nostradamus, wrote his ecliptic predictions in quatrains to obscure their true meaning from the ever watchful gaze of the ruthless Catherine de’ Medici. He predicted the end of Valois dynasty much to the Queen Mother’s dismay. History paints a picture of a scheming matriarch hellbent on reversing these predictions but, alas, they came to pass. The Valois dynasty died out with their grand matriarch.
Eclipses have inspired fear and curiosity, but most interestingly, they have inspired some outlandishly unorthodox tales to explain their existence. The common thread in these early civilizations was the concept of Sun worship and reverence for the largest star in our galaxy. When the benevolent Sun bestowed his kindly rays on Mother Earth, the citizens of the land rejoiced in receiving his favor.
Yet, when darkness pervaded the land, whispers of destruction soon followed, as did the imminent fall from grace. As with most archaic societies which were patriarchal, the Sun always represented the primary, masculine principle, the light. The Moon being the feminine principal was always secondary to the Sun and was considered the shadow. Temporary disappearance of this luminary was considered an ill omen, indeed. The accepted explanation for the Moon eclipsing the Sun’s light was blamed on mythical creatures, animals or demons consuming the Sun;
- In Hindu mythology, the demon Rahu is beheaded by Vishnu for drinking the nectar of the gods. Rahu’s head flies off in the sky and swallows the Sun causing an eclipse.
- The Pomo, an indigenous group of people who live in northwestern United States, tell a story of a bear who started a fight with the Sun and took a bite of it.
- In ancient China, solar eclipses were also seen as bad omens. People thought eclipses took place when a dragon ate the Sun. To stop it, people would chant, beat drums and fire cannons to scare the dragon away.
- Vikings believe that Ragnarok (the apocalypse) comes about from two wolves, Skoll and Hati, wanting to eat the Sun and the Moon. Skoll goes after the Sun, while Hati chases the Moon. When either celestial body is caught, an eclipse takes place. On Earth, people must rescue the Sun or Moon by making as much noise as possible to scare away the wolves.
These famished protagonists echo the same recurring tale over and over again, lending credence to Carl Jung’s theories of archetypes and the collective unconscious. Strangely enough, these fears have not subsided in today’s modern world. Fear of eclipses still exist today. Many people around the world still see eclipses as an unfavorable prophetic occurrence. Eclipses are a time of change and restructuring but are not the harbingers of catastrophe as once thought by the ancients.
I like to view eclipses as a cosmic Molly Maid service, ready to clean out that which is no longer needed, useful or effective in our lives. Eclipses are course-correctors, ready to help you navigate your way home when you have wandered astray. As human beings, we are sometimes resistant to making the necessary changes that are needed for our personal growth; so the universe sends a giant feather duster to clean out the cobwebs of our lives and nudge us in the right direction. It is hard to leave that deadbeat job or lover, so isn’t it reassuring to know that we get cosmic kick in the pants if we don’t?
Eclipses come in pairs and they are a bi yearly event that take place approximately every 6 months. Eclipses fall in the same neighbourhood of the lunar nodal axis. The solar eclipse is the time of the new Moon meeting the Sun with the nodes. It signifies a new beginning or a fresh start. It is a creative magnetic energy with the urge to initiate or build something anew.
The lunar eclipse is the time when the Moon is opposing the Sun from its ecliptic path in conjunction to the lunar nodes. It usually symbolizes a culmination of an event or the closing of a matter as the Moon loses her light. Lunar eclipses are about letting go.
The 2016 September eclipses occur in the first half of September. The two polarities we are dealing with again, this year is the Virgo/Pisces axis. This axis is about service versus sacrifice and illusion or delusion. It is a theme that has been playing out since last year. We are really seeing it in vivid colour as Neptune is triggered by this eclipse series.
What is especially interesting this year is that there is a presidential election in The States and we have two candidates with their fair share of mutable planets in their charts. It should be a very interesting month for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
One of the things that I find quite reassuring about these Virgo eclipses is the cluster of planets in Virgo during the eclipses which will really shine the spotlight on the working class and the issues that are affecting the average American during this election. These issues will take front row and centre as the race progresses.
The rust belt which epitomizes the Virgonian spirit, is made up of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. These states will determine the ultimate winner of this election. The rust belt is the wild card. This has always been the case, even dating back to Abraham Lincoln’s time. This is the part of the country that has experienced the recession the hardest.
Dare I say it, it is also it is“The Donald’s” demographic. His running mate is Mike Pence the governor of Indiana and all governors in the rust belt are Republicans as of 2016. This is a hint of what the mood is in these states. Donald Trump was very strategic in his VP pick from the Hoosier state. Hillary not so much so. Hillary always makes the mistake of under estimating her opponents.
The solar eclipse on September 1, really highlights the polarities of these mutable planets. This eclipse falls at 9˚ Virgo. It is making an exact opposition to Neptune in Pisces and a square to Saturn/Mars in Sagittarius, the apex of the T square. Yes, we have a lovely T-square implying a stressful push, pull dynamic. This Neptune, Mars and Saturn aspect has been playing out all year. The theme is reality versus dream, exacerbated by fear and paranoia.
Fear and paranoia has certainly been a theme during this election campaign. Are we losing the American dream (Neptune)? Should we build walls to keep the others out (Saturn). No, it is not episode of Game of Thrones; it is just American politics. Sometimes, art imitates life. Hey Donald, don’t have a stroke but Jon Snow let The Wildlings in over the wall.
Anyone with planets in mutable signs will feel the impact of this solar eclipse. Geminis, Virgos, Sagittarians and Pisces, will feel the message of this eclipse the most. There are 3 to 4 houses in your chart that are having a tug of war at the opening of September.
Please note, that Mercury started its retrograde motion on August 30 which means clarity on any given situation is not available. It would not be a good time to initiate action on major projects. It is a good time to repose, restore, retreat, redo and re-examine the issues affecting the houses in conflict. Mercury retrograde is ideal for anything with a “re” in front of it.
There is a silver lining with this eclipse which is Pluto widely trining the Virgo planets. This indicates a positive transformation taking place in the form of healing the bruised psyche. As Saturn and Mars separate from the square in late August, we will begin to see it emerge. Just go with it and know that wholeness is on its way.
The theme of healing continues with the full moon eclipse on September 16. Some astrologers have claimed we already have had a partial eclipse on August 18. I am going to disagree because by definition an eclipse has to have the luminaries within 11° 38 of the nodal axis in order to qualify. According The American Ephemeris, which I trust, it is not. However, the moon clipped “The Earth’s” shadow.
This August 18 full moon was powerful because Uranus was trining it. A lot of stuff came to the surface for a lot of folks. What is also interesting is that Mars is now back in full motion and moving past where is it was before it retrograded back in April. If things have felt like they were in a holding pattern, this is why. Now the story can continue to unfold.
On September 16 there is a lunar eclipse. This full moon eclipse falls at 24˚ Virgo/Pisces.
What makes this full moon eclipse so powerful is that the Sun is opposing Chiron the asteroid of healing, while the Moon is conjoining it. Any emotional issues to do with mothering or nurturing are going to come to the forefront. Jupiter, Mercury and Venus in Virgo are in opposition to Chiron and the Moon, triggering this configuration.
Generation Xer’s are probably feeling these eclipses quite acutely. Folks born from 1965 to 1969 fall in this category. It is triggering their Uranus/Pluto conjunction and Chiron opposition. In fact, this group is experiencing their Chiron return. So what does that mean? It means that issues with woundedness are coming to the forefront and this is the opportunity to heal.
Not everything is coming up roses with this lunar eclipse. Mars will be squaring the Moon and Sun, again creating a T square configuration. Tempers may fly. This T square is much more emotional than the one imprinting the solar eclipse. Chill out and exhale.
What makes this eclipse season more challenging than usual is having Mercury out of commission and not able to provide help. The best advice is sit still and wait until it passes. Everything should be back to normal by the fourth week of September.
Rest assured, all will be well as eclipse season comes to a close in 2016, announcing new changes in your life. Letting go of “the old” and making room for “the new” should always be welcomed and never feared. There is something very reassuring about the idea of an all-knowing, compassionate universe shining a spotlight on your path as you make way to your future destination. Eclipses are the language that the universe uses to communicate this loving guidance.