Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Astro Tips: Solar Eclipse March 8, 2016

Solar Eclipse:  New Moon at 18 degrees of Pisces
March 8, 2016

This Solar Eclipse guides our path from now to September when the next eclipse occurs.  While this eclipse is mostly visible in Indonesia and the Pacific, the effect of any eclipse is considered widespread. Eclipses signify important events on the personal and collective level. Important events are happening in your life even if your life seem status quo, or ordinary, or even seems calm and insignificant at this time.

When we look at a chart for a person or in this case, an event—the eclipse—we look for planetary configurations.  In other words, is the heavenly picture pretty, interesting, stressful, scary??  This eclipse at 18 degrees of Pisces is very interesting and it is full of inspiration and promise on the one hand, and deception and confusion on the other hand.

The Sun, new Moon, Chiron and South Node sit together in one big Pisces chair and stare boldly across the sky at Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo.   Neptune is sitting close to Mercury and they too are in the sign of Pisces. 

Saturn in Sagittarius sits like a stern arbitrator in between these planets in Pisces and Virgo.  Remember Pisces has domain over all the confusion in the Universe.  Pisces energy brings us to our knees when we can’t figure things out. We just have to let go and surrender to whatever will happen.  Virgo is the energy that tries to sort things out. Virgo brings order to the confusion. Saturn in Sagittarius tells us to get serious about what we believe, to use more discernment in our understanding of what truth is and to grow-up and release our attachment to what we thought was true.

The placement of Chiron in a horoscope signifies a deep wound in some area of a person’s life.  

One of the biggest messages of this eclipse has to do with Chiron joining up with the South Node and with Jupiter holding hands with the North Node in Virgo.  The Nodes are closely connected with our past and future; with our instinctive knowing and our hot headed grasping for our future; and of course, with our karma.  Chiron is an asteroid discovered in the 1970’s.  Astronomers named the asteroid Chiron and astrologers have interpreted the placement of Chiron in the natal horoscope based on the mythology of Chiron.  Chiron is known as the wounded healer.  He was a physician, prophet, and musician who could heal others but not himself.

The last time Chiron was at this degree of Pisces was in March of 1966.  So it seems that this eclipse is picking up on past wounds from that time.  We can stretch the period to include 1961 to 1968, since Chiron was transiting Pisces during these years. 

Chiron represents the deep wound in the soul or any part of the self—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.  The wound could be from another life, or this lifetime or even the current time right now.  This eclipse encourages us to move away from CHIRON IN PISCES  . . .  away from suffering, confusion, chaos, addiction, attachment to the past or to any kind of attachment to suffering or to the beliefs and words we have been given about suffering.   We are even moving away from what we think we know about craziness!  Who is sane? Who is insane?  We are headed towards new modalities of healing. We are moving across the sky to join Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo.  Words that pop up for this transformation are optimism, confidence, teaching our wisdom and truth, expansion, and learning to be our own guru.  Holding a balance of humility and confidence is important.  If Chiron and Jupiter get too full of themselves, there is inflation followed by deflation! 

This Eclipse period extends until September. It is a time of invitation to say goodbye to something very old. It’s time for a new walkabout.

This Eclipse in Pisces is intertwined with Chiron and the nodes of the Moon. It is an invitation to say goodbye to something old (an experience, a belief or set of beliefs, a habit, a strategy that is no longer useful, a person, an institution, a place, a group, and especially to pains that don’t want to go away).  Release and say so long.  It is time for a new walkabout. Of course there might be pains that are connected with illness that require medical modalities for healing. Maybe we have to release the belief that we are supposed to do it all alone.

Saturn sits in the middle of the sandbox and reminds us of our fears and pessimism. On the other hand, Saturn is our inner “old one” (our elder guide) who holds our personal story and life wisdom.  We can trust Saturn, this inner mature guide, to be realistic and practical and keep us on a good path.  Saturn can cause paralysis if we get too scared.  I believe Saturn wants us to DO something, to keep moving. Don’t get stagnate.  Set a goal, even if that goal is only something to do tomorrow that expresses the new path you seek.

Do one small thing that lights a spark for your new path. No matter what age you are, this eclipse holds the power to help you release something that holds you in a wounded pattern.

For readers who are in their late 40’s and early 50’s, this is one of the biggest Eclipse events you will experience.  Chiron was in Pisces when you were born.  On March 8, Chiron joins with the south node.  You will know your wounds and have opportunities to heal. When Chiron returns to its birth position in a horoscope, we make a decision. We assume we will continue with the same hurt and suffering we have always had (and hence remain possessed with our wound), or we assume we have lived long enough to know how to begin our healing journey.  Sometimes life gives us a gift that begins the healing process.  Sometimes it’s an event, a person, a book, a song, something that gives us new perception and a new map. The healing journey may actually become our dharma:  our life expressing itself with happiness, our life serving self and others, humanity and the divine.  We gather all our tools, we pack our bags and off we go.  No matter what age we are, this eclipse holds the power to help us release what holds us in a wounded pattern and to take a new journey.

There is plenty to say about this eclipse but just two more things. First of all, Pisces is water and the ocean.  Chiron in Pisces says our water is wounded. Pay attention to information about our oceans and our water supply as 2016 unfolds.  Secondly, Neptune (illusion and deception) and Mercury (communicator) are conjunct in Pisces during this eclipse and they are squaring Mars.  Neptune is the unconsciousness of the prevailing trends of the times. Neptune is subliminal advertising or even manipulation of the public through words and energy. Don’t believe everything you hear! Of course you don’t believe everything you hear anyway!

I’m closing with this poem by Portia Nelson.  Many of you will recognize it: 

By Portia Nelson

            I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.

I am lost . . . I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
                        It takes forever to find a way out.

                                    I walk down the same street.
                                    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
                                    I pretend I don’t see it.
                                    I fall in again.
                                    I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
                                    But it isn’t my fault.
                                    It still takes a long time to get out.

                                    I walk down the same street.
                                    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
                                    I see it there.
                                    I still fall in . . . it’s a habit
                                    My eyes are open
                                    I know where I am
                                    It is my fault. 
                                    I get out immediately.

                                    I walk down the same street.
                                    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
                                    I walk around it.

                                    I walk down another street.

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