2016 Virgo New Moon
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
Monday, March 8, 2016
8:55pm EST, 5:55pm PST, 1:55am (March 9) GT
18 Pisces 56
Eclipse season is upon us. We enter through the gate of the Super New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Pisces. This new Moon eclipse comes with a lot of energy in mutable signs. As the seasons officially shift later this month, we too are being propelled forward by the winds of change. A new Moon always signifies both endings and beginnings. The eclipse in Pisces amps up the theme of closure, which gives way to new horizons. What threshold are you crossing?
The time around eclipses, and especially in between them, is incredibly potent. The eclipses set the stage for the next 6 months, when the next eclipse season comes around. The strength of the eclipses is conditioned by their proximity to planets or angles in our chart. You will likely feel this one most strongly if it makes contact with a planet, or forms a tight aspect with one, in your chart. Eclipses bring accelerated evolution. As the eclipses always occur in close proximity to the karmic nodal axis of the Moon, there can be a strong focus on something from the past coming up for healing/release and an equally strong focus on evolving into a new state of being.
To make the most of the wild card energy of the solar eclipse, stay focused on the highest and best outcome for all. Desire and attention lead to manifestation, so focus on what you wish to create, knowing that whatever transpires from what you seed now, is the perfect expression of what you are ready to bring to flower and fruit.
The eclipse in Pisces isn't alone. It's flanked by Neptune, Ceres, Chiron and the South Node of the Moon. This eclipse brings up specific themes from the past that are wanting to be relived and reworked, on a personal level and on the world stage. Gifts from the past are also ready to be brought forth. Awareness and compassion can be brought to core wounds, including experiences of deception, loss, confusion, hopelessness, overwhelm, escapism and addiction. When we are willing to acknowledge difficult experiences and look for the root cause, we are well on the way to healing.
Asteroid goddess Psyche, is on the north node of Uranus in Gemini, squaring the Pisces eclipse, and speaking in no uncertain terms about the necessity of listening to the wisdom of the Soul, and communicating from that place. The truth is within and readily accessible when we listen. Though we can choose to listen to the truth or not; to act on it or not, it is thankfully not going anywhere. Truth is independent of our opinion of it.
Soul doesn't necessarily speak in a language we are familiar with. It's messages may confuse the linear mind. However the answers to our questions are available when we quiet the mind and are open to receiving wisdom. With Uranian energy in play, we can expect the unexpected and perhaps experience lightening flashes of insight hinting at our destiny and helping us navigate some current challenge.
In the myth, at the outset of each of the difficult tasks given to Psyche, she feels overwhelmed, powerless and wants to end her life. Instead of doing that though, she sits still - a core lesson we learn from her through Robert A. Johnson's interpretation in his beautiful book, She. In times of overwhelm (which can be familiar territory for Pisces) Psyche teaches us that stillness is the ground from which direction and help arises. Being still may be one of the most difficult things to do in our society with it's many distractions. When we are flexibly, gently still and receptive, we enter to a space where energy is free to move. Psyche shows us that help always comes; an insight arises at some point. Jupiter on the north node of the Moon reminds us that we all have a way forward. What steps are you being guided to take? What obstacles are on the path? Or are perhaps being miraculously removed?
The eclipse in aspect to Psyche and Saturn shows us the importance of both focusing and thinking outside the box; of creating effective, energy-conserving strategies for achieving our goals. Maybe we are trying to use too much force. Maybe we can surrender our fears and have faith that all is coming. By working intelligently and working together, we accomplish more than we can on our own. Energy is lost through worry, fear, negativity, and repression of our individuality. We consolidate energy through faith, positivity, and focus on the task at hand.
The new Moon is in harmonious aspect to the north node's of Saturn and Pluto in Cancer. We are tuned into our collective destiny; tuned into the desire for societies built on values of safety, health, nourishment and opportunity for all. This is the destination we are working towards, shaky as our progress may sometimes feel.
The eclipse in Pisces encourages us to contemplate where we find meaning. We are invited to humbly connect with the sacred in seemingly mundane moments, and to make sure that every step we take is in service of a worthy vision for the future.
The mutable signs as a whole ask us to be open to change. This is a powerful time to shift some long-held, deep rooted patterns, both personally and collectively. I think we can all feel the potency of this time - a turning point as we transition into the age of Aquarius. The unresolved past rears it's head, as it must, though how it plays out into the future is up to us, based on our capacity to make new choices and to respond versus react.
We are part of the same root system. Let's feed these roots and follow them deep down within to be nourished by the source that sustains us all. Pisces is the sign of ultimate potential and oneness. Our little human forms are one way of containing and expressing the vastness of consciousness. What a thrill and a gift to have this human experience.
Emily Samet, M.S. is available for soul-centered evolutionary astrology readings and nutritional consultations via emilysamet.com.