3/8 Solar Eclipse 5:54 PM PST (19º Pisces); Sun opposite Jupiter
3/10 Sun conjunct Chiron (21º Pisces); Mercury Conjunct Neptune (10º Pisces)
3/16 Jupiter trine Pluto (17º Virgo-Capricorn)
3/17 Mercury conjunct Chiron and South Node (22º Pisces)
3/19 Equinox; Sun enters Aries 8:30 PM PDT
3/20 Venus conjunct Neptune (10º Pisces)
March 6, 2016
We are entering one of the most transormative times of the year, where big shifts occur quickly. The winds of change are blowing strongly, and if we raise the sails of our awareness, we can rapidly advance towards our goals. We are the captains of our fate, with our heart at the helm; we are spirit in form, learning to be conscious creators.
The next new moon, which forms on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:54 PM PST, is the first of four eclipses this year, and the first of three SuperMoons in a row. Eclipses occur when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align more closely, focalizing a greater concentration of cosmic energies. As the customary flow of solar radiation is blocked, the electromagnetic fields of the Earth and all its inhabitants are reconfigured and rebooted. Although this total solar eclipse will be visible only in Indonesia and the western Pacific, its energetic effects are global and further intensified by the Moon being at perigee (the closest approach in its monthly orbit around the Earth), which enlarges its impact on tides, tectonic plates, and psyches. This solar eclipse lasts 4 minutes and 9 seconds, but its energetic effects are strong for 72 hours before and 72 hours after its totality.
All solar eclipses mark major endings and beginnings, where something in our life is ready to be completed or taken to the next level. Eclipses occur in 19-year cycles; on March 8, 1997, there was also a solar eclipse at 19º Pisces. What was happening in your life then? What needs to change now? Consider too what was important six months ago, when there was a solar eclipse opposite this one at 20° Virgo on September 12, 2015.
This eclipse occurs close to the Moon’s South Node in Pisces, calling us to surrender the shadow side of Pisces, which falls into addiction, victimhood, and/or martyrdom. We are releasing cellular residues of old programming and deep conditioning from many lifetimes. We are letting go of looking for the divine in all the wrong places, outside of ourselves. We are ending the game of playing god, of trying to rescue or change others so they will be what we want. We are beginning to see everything as an invitation and opportunity, rather than a problem or punishment. We are realizing we are not separate; that what we do to another, we do to ourself. We are growing into spiritual maturity, where we are fully responsible for all our thoughts, words, and deeds; nothing more, and nothing less.
This profound work takes time and energy. In addition to this extra powerful new moon/eclipse in Pisces, between March 12 - 20, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Ceres, Chiron, Neptune, and the South Node all move through the transpersonal waters of Pisces, stirring the depths of our emotions and collective unconscious. A lot is happening on the inner planes, which is greatly facilitated by allowing ourselves more rest and stillness for the next two weeks, and especially around the days listed at the top of this update. Watch for important insights and/or developments also around March 15, 16, and 27 when Mercury, Ceres, and Venus reach 19° Pisces, respectively, as potentials for deep healings and shifts in perception often occur when another planet crosses the degree of an eclipse.
Much of what we are feeling may be flotsam from the past and/or release from others; our moods may fluctuate from slack tides to gales, challenging us to stay centered in our witness and heart. As Matt Kahn succinctly puts it: “If we are feeling, we are healing.” The word “heal” comes from the Old English root halen, which also gives us the words “health” and “whole.” Healing involves recovering parts of ourselves that were formerly denied and suppressed. Pisces teaches us that enlightenment is not about being good, but about becoming whole. At the end of the spiritual journey, we come full circle. After experiencing both sides of every polarity, every role, every possible variation on a theme, we discover that we are the star, writer, and director of our dramas. We realize that there is no failure, no blame, only infinite learning.
This eclipse also highlights an important alignment of 2016, an ongoing T-Square between Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces, which remains within 10$ of orb from February 27 to July 21, supporting our movement into a more unified, heart-centered consciousness. Saturn urges us to not give our power away to others, but to trust our inner truth meter, which is located in the center of our chest. Neptune shows us how we are both finite and eternal, particle and wave, in an endless ocean of creation, while Jupiter reminds us of the universe’s inherent abundance and benevolence.
We're in the final weeks of the astrological year, and the death throes of a decaying paradigm. Take advantage of this extraordinary time by unpluging, slowing down, and tuning inward as much as possible. Meditate, create, be in nature, do whatever feeds your soul and connects you with your higher self. Reflect on where you have been, where you wish to go next, and keep in mind: ..."It is a powerful evolutionary time. Each day more and more awaken, while at the same time the Light is exposing a tremendous amount of pain and discord. Try not to be discouraged by what you observe in the world, but recognize it for what it is--the long hidden, dense energy of conflicts and experiences going back hundreds of centuries in need of clearing... Your job as awakening souls is to see through these appearances. See the Light within every individual, even when you can only perceive a pinpoint. Know that all are in and of the ONE, regardless of how they act or the depth of their unawareness... Love yourselves fully ... Love your emotions... Love every person you see, every animal, plant, and rock. Love the devic, elemental, nature spirit kingdoms, as well as Gaia herself, for you are each and every one of them. You are ONE. Love is the key--the resolution, the ending, the opening, the fullness of all things. You are ready." (the Arcturian Group, channeled by Marilyn; read the full 3/6/16 message here.
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Stephanie Austin M.A. is a full time astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, visit www.EcoAstrology.com.