Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse and Saturn in Retrograde, March 2016 is a busy month.
In March, we have a total Solar Eclipse in Pisces on March 8-9th and a Partial Lunar Eclipse on March 23rd in Libra. Eclipses are powerful events that set the tone for the coming months ahead. It’s important to recognize their meaning in our own lives and for the collective in order to be prepared for the changes, the sudden twists and turns, and most of all, what the eclipses are predicting for your near future. Eclipses herald in big change, especially in the house matters where it falls in your birth chart. The better prepared we are by knowing where the eclipse falls in our birth chart, the more we can calmly ride out the shifting tides or prepare for change, even sometimes making the most of this new change in order to get the most benefit.
The Solar Eclipse on March 8th will be mostly visible in Eastern India, Northern Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim countries, including western Alaska. Solar Eclipses occur at a new moon and this one is a Supermoon in which the Moon itself will appear larger than normal. This solar eclipse will be falling on the Pisces/Virgo axis at 18 degrees Pisces and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter will still be in Retrograde next to the North Node, both in Virgo, opposite Chiron, the South Node, Mercury, and Neptune, all in Pisces, across the chart next to the moon and sun during this Solar Eclipse. With all these planets in Virgo and Pisces associated with this eclipse, it means that all of us, in general, will be more introspective this year and perhaps want more time alone to ponder our lives, our health, our creativity and spiritual beliefs as events unfold.
There is much healing needed in the world at this time, individually and collectively. It starts within each of us, so tend to your inner life this year, your creative side, your health and health routines, your dreams, your service to others; all of which are associated with this Pisces/Virgo axis. Sort out your beliefs and make sure your outer world (career, love life, health, friends, etc) are in alignment with what you believe. Heal any subconscious beliefs or past life issues that hinder your health or progress in your work now. Sort out how you can be of service to the world at large and then go after that purpose! Dust off your dreams and prepare to go after them! The world needs your innovative thought and action! You will be happier being more independent, being of service, changing old ways, embracing technology, and being passionate about life! We are still dissolving those things that no longer serve us in order to embrace the new coming age of Aquarius (Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn). Letting go of the old way can be difficult for those who don’t like change, but the more you look to new ideas and new ways, the easier this transition will be.
The partial Lunar Eclipse on March 23rd, 2016 will be in the sign of Libra at 3 degrees. It will be visible in western South and North America, the Pacific Rim, Australia and Indonesia. This partial lunar eclipse is more about our emotions, especially with regard to our relationships and partnerships with others. Some may see very profound and meaningful relationships enter their lives or perhaps some may even leave relationships if they are adjusting their long held spiritual beliefs and the relationship cannot take the pressure of this change.
Saturn also goes Retrograde on March 25th. Mars, Pluto and Mercury will be going Retrograde in mid-to late April, joining Jupiter and Saturn retrogrades, to put five planets all in retrograde motion at the same time! More on this in next month’s issue, but for now, try not to plan any new project initiatives, big trips or life changes during this time unless they are already in the works. Plan for a slower, more restful time during April/May so that you can review, reassess and revisit those issues that still need your attention and may come up. Begin to march to your own drummer this March and let the eclipses shed insight into what part of your life that needs to happen within.
Yes, we are well on our way through the busy and fun filled year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese Astrology! Twists and turns abound but perhaps you can learn to dance to this new rhythm and actually enjoy the changes and excitement!