Astro-Notes on September 1, 2016 – Virgo New Moon/Annular Solar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Annular Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 9:21 Virgo at 5:03 am EDT
– Sun in Virgo sextile Juno in Scorpio and square Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mars in Sagittarius quincunx Vesta in Cancer
– Mercury Rx conjunct Jupiter in Virgo

A solar eclipse occurs at a New Moon when the Moon, the Earth and the 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 an annular solar eclipse the Sun and the Moon are exactly in line, but the Moon is too far away and thus too small to completely cover the Sun’s disc. Hence, the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the dark ball of the Moon.


In astrological terms this means, things that have been eclipsed or concealed 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 is a pattern-setting event with duration for up to half a year and 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 is a member of the Saros Series 19 North, which means the Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, a point of spiritual influx, which provides us with the courage to allow new energy in. This Saros Series was the last time around in August 1998, the same degree was activated in September 1997(look for the common theme) and it’s hallmark is a Neptune-South Node conjunction together with a t-square of Venus opposite Jupiter and both squared by Saturn, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“This Saros Series is about realism, a coming down to earth. The individual will become aware of an old situation and see it for what it is rather than what he or she thought it was. This can be a constructive time for tackling the truth.”

(Bernadette Brady, “The Eagle and The Lark”, Predictive Astrology, Appendices, Page 335)

Virgo NM-SE 2016

Mercury, the ruler of this New Moon-Eclipse, did turn retrograde on August 30th in his home sign Virgo and yesterday, Ceres, a symbol of our nurturing principle and the seasons in our life, stationed retrograde as well in the material sign Taurus. Thus, we can assume that whatever matter or issue is being revealed will be reviewed, analyzed in detail and then figured out, though not without going over the bits and pieces of information or the mental process this entails (conversations, planning, to-do lists) again and again. Although this is quite a repetitive routine (even painstakingly so) for the next few weeks, it’ll help us to ensure things will be taken care of properly, whereby most of our ‘stuff’ that has accumulated will be thoroughly sorted out, making it worth our while in the end.

This New Moon-Solar Eclipse will not only set off the Saturn-Neptune square by changing it into an even more challenging t-square, it also connects to retrograde Eris and retrograde Uranus in Aries via a stressful sesqui-quadrate. So, this big gap between idealism and reality we’ve been experiencing in varying degrees and shades of hope, disillusionment, limitation and structure for the last 9 months will be further accentuated by the New Moon-Eclipse, forcing us to work things out one way or the other. It’ll be overwhelming and frustrating at first, but once things start rolling it’ll get easier and we will quickly adapt to the flow of events, trusting that everything will eventually fall into place. Thus, it’s time to look forward and to focus on our future now and this requires that we realize and accept that a season or aspect of our past is over. In fact, we might be undergoing a bit of an identity crisis that could see us teetering on the edge, because our situation could be quite difficult, demanding many a sacrifice from us, and the things we’ve been holding onto could still have a strong grip on us and therefore, we might be caught in a cycle where we are battling our more unhealthy attachments, while struggling with uncertainty, loss and even fear and paralysis.
However, the New Moon-Eclipse also forms a sextile to Juno in Scorpio, presenting us with opportunities of empowerment through close relationships with important others, who we can rely on for help and support in these times of need and despair. Consequently, once we let go of attitudes and values that don’t serve us any longer, we’re ready to move on with our life and take control over our circumstances.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 9:21 Virgo states:

“Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows. Keynote: The growth of true understanding, born out of the transcendence of duality even while immersed in the world of duality – SELF-TRANSCENDING ACTITIVY OF THE MIND.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 156 -157)

2 heads

Suggested by this symbolical imagery is that not only do see 2 heads more than one and can therefore inspire a constructive meeting of minds, but also that we must strive for clarity of vision and have to look at the situation or conditions we’re dealing with from different angles or perspectives and even contrasting viewpoints. Moreover, we need to be open and objective as well as willing to listen to others’ advice or seek out their opinion.

Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Wands”, suggesting that we’ll be seeing something through to the end and will persist against the odds or despite of setbacks. There might be a last test or challenge before we can reach success, but as long as we don’t give up, we will achieve our goals. Therefore, it is important that we show stamina and keep our resolve. We will eventually prosper if we maintain our position with patience and vigilance.


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