Yesterday’s astro weather led up directly to the Sagittarius New Moon/Solar Eclipse that transpired at 1:09 am
EST this morning at 2:36 degrees Sagittarius and will therefore carry this particular energy flavor for the time of its duration. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon, Earth and Sun align with the Moon’s nodal axis and the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. During a partial Solar Eclipse the area of the Earth, which falls within the penumbra of the Moon, where the Sun is partly covered and its light dimmed to varying degrees, sees how the “Moon is taking a bite out of the Sun”. The phenomena of this transition is so palpable to our senses that it transcends the boundaries between the visible and invisible, and thus between the conscious and unconscious. Things that have been eclipsed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, have now a chance to be brought into the light of conscious awareness, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. An Eclipse sets the ‘tone’ for the next six months. Its effect can be felt even longer.
Eclipses belong furthermore to a larger pattern; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse belongs to the Saros Series 14 North and was the last time around in November 1993 (triggering prominent themes of that time). Because this Eclipse is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, it is about beginnings and the intake of new energy. With the Eclipse placed in the fire sign Sagittarius, we may witness sensational events, which have religious and sweeping social connotations. There will be emphasis on the judiciary, on clergy, the pontificate, sociologists, on journalism, propaganda, broadcasting, publishing, publicizing, long-distance travel and connections, long-term perspectives, colleges and universities, professors, mentors, in-laws, the masses, viewpoints, opinions, concepts, convictions, tolerance levels, righteousness, expansion, knowledge, the outdoors, tourism, the sky, benefactors and beneficiaries, philanthropists, philanderers, pilgrims and pilgrimages, foreigners and foreign countries, ethnicity, multi-culture, globality, higher mind and higher education, philosophy, morals, ethics, generalizations, absolutes, principles, fanaticism, excess, abundance, enterprises, adventures, sports and exercises, discoveries, luck and fortune, quests and other searches, immensity, compensation, growth, the truth, faith and beliefs.
The hallmark of this Saros Series is Neptune in opposition to Saturn and Venus on the midpoint of Uranus/Neptune, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:
“A most peculiar Eclipse family, heralding an acute time of confusion in personal relationships, unexpected happenings in financial matters, and possible illness. There might be unrequited love, despair, confusion, a draining of energy, a peculiar turn of events. No important decisions should be made concerning incoming events as there is too much confusion and possible delusion to make clear judgments.”
(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, Appendices, Pages 325-326)
Thus, emotional and financial, even existential, uncertainties and insecurities will be part of the big picture and drive our choices. The more important it’ll be that we’re aware of our own patterns, conditioning and internal wirings, inclusive our expectations, projections and fears. The New Moon’s square to Chiron in Pisces and trine to retrograde Uranus in Aries suggest that we might be blazing new trails as the result of overcoming adversity together with emotional and spiritual unwholesomeness. There is potential for personal greatness and significance through re-inventing ourselves and on a larger scale for grand social reforms.
The Sabian Symbol for the Solar Eclipse/Sagittarius New Moon states:
“Two men playing chess. Keynote: The transcendent ritualization of conflict – INTERPLAY.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 211-212)
Because Jupiter, the ruler of the Solar Eclipse/Sagittarius New Moon, is retrograde in Taurus and in quincunx aspect to the lunation, we need to turn inside for guidance, relying on the accumulated wisdom gathered from years of experience and proceed slowly and cautiously, in carefully calculated steps as implied by the semi-sextile between Pallas in Aquarius and Pluto in Capricorn. Our wit, intelligence, genius and foresight in maneuvering our circumstances will complement our gradual acquiring of power and influence. Or else, if we fail to anticipate moves and tactics or politics, we could end up in a position of “checkmate”.
Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Swords”, representing a delicate balance. We may feel as though we have reached an impasse or even a stalemate. What is needed is a truce so that the problems we’re dealing with can be resolved using logic and the intellect, especially if we don’t know how to proceed. It’s a card of choice. There is a sense of being caught between a rock and a hard place, which could make decision-making difficult or, on the other hand, could have us torn by indecision. Awareness of the consequences of our decisions is therefore imperative. However, a new beginning is arising out of the solutions found.