It’s a big one. Today’s eclipse takes place in a broad conjunction to Neptune and a tight square to Saturn and a nearly exact opposition to Jupiter. There are a variety of ways to look at eclipses so let’s run through some of the different themes that stand out in tonight’s event.
* The places on earth where eclipses happen at important angles of the sky become potential areas of interest or concern. For example today’s eclipse takes place throughout the western Pacific and southeast Asia. It will be visible throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, south-east Asia, and parts of Australia. It will conjoin the MC in Micronesia and through the Solomon Islands and very close to the MC over Syndey and other coastal cities in Australia. As today’s eclipse features the water sign of Pisces, it’s possible that there are important connections to this area of the world in the months ahead, especially in terms of the environment, the oceans, and perhaps the economies of this region of the world. It’s interesting to note that the Spring Equinox will take place at the MC of Hong Kong this spring, which might also indicate upcoming changes in the Chinese market place. As I’m just starting to get interested in mundane astrology (predicting world events), it’s interesting to look at an eclipse and subsequent spring equinox from this predictive angle. However, there are many other ways to look at eclipses!
* This particular eclipse takes place at the south node of the moon. The south node of the Moon is traditionally related to the idea of decrease. It was said to decrease both the good and the bad. The north node is oppositely related to increase. It was said to increase both the good and the bad. This eclipse is interesting insofar as the eclipse takes place in conjunction with the south node, but it’s ruling planet Jupiter is conjoined the north node. The themes of increase and decrease are therefore very much in play with this eclipse. While the Sun and the Moon coming together in Pisces might signify a powerful new beginning, perhaps related to the releasing or purging of something, there is also a powerful Jupiterian component to this eclipse suggesting growth and expansion. One image that comes to mind is the planting of a new garden intended to take the place of buying food exclusively from the grocery store. While one is releasing the dependence upon a particular resource another resource is being exchanged or grown in its place.
With Saturn in Sagittarius in a square to both the Sun/Moon and Jupiter, it might be that there is a particularly generational or philosophical stand one is taking amidst the change over. For example, not only are you planting your own garden, but you’re also doing it because you are trying to take a more active stance on the environment and its health, or you are becoming a vegan, or there is some particularly strong philosophical structure that you are trying to put into place by way of planting your garden.
Regardless, think about the ideas of a strong restructuring effort that requires the releasing or diminishing of one type of resource as another is simultaneously starting to grow. With Jupiter in Virgo the new growth might take a little while, might be very small or humble, or may require constant upkeep or patience. Virgo is a dry/earth sign and Jupiter (considered a more moist/warm planet) has a little harder time expressing its growth oriented qualities in this sign. Nonetheless, sometimes that means modest growth, or earthy simplicity, or frugality.
* With Jupiter/Saturn in square to each other at the time of this eclipse there might also be a theme of generational conflict, torch passing, or change over. Watch for connections between the old and the young, the traditional and the progressive…potentially clashing or potentially joining arms and spurring each other along
* It’s important to note that all the planets in Pisces, as well as Saturn in Sagittarius, are ruled by Jupiter. Meanwhile Jupiter is retrograde and in the sign of his detriment. This might signify setbacks, delays, or challenges to our faith or hope in a process of some kind. Like a young person just getting their license only to get into an accidental fender bender, by no fault of their own, and then getting grounded for a month before they’ve had a chance to spin the wheels. Keeping the faith, looking at long term victories, long term success, patient progress, modest gains, and humble beginnings might be the way to cope with any of the difficulty Jupiter is signifying.
* It’s also important to note that Jupiter retrograde and in his detriment might signify something like progress by a return to something from the past. Or a vision of progress that is actually impoverished of something vital. For example (and I try not to get too political in my dailies), many Trump supporters believe he is a positive step forward (Jupiter) while many others see him as a return to 1930’s Germany. Similarly many democratic voters have been talking about Hillary Clinton as not progressive enough and too linked to past mistakes or dynasties of the past. Sanders supporters argue for the basis of Sander’s progressive nature based on black and white photos of Sanders as a protesting youth in Chicago. These are broad strokes, but it’s important to notice the fact that Jupiter’s vision of the future, and Jupiter’s vision of growth and progress, are very front and center right now, and yet Jupiter is retrograde and in a dry/earthy climate (Virgo) that is not as conducive to rapid growth or progress. In some ways we are going back to go forward, the idea of progress has become perverted or hypocritical, or the path forward is encountering delays or setbacks that will take time to sort themselves out.
This eclipse has the feeling of a crisis of faith, but also perhaps the slow and gradual turning of the tide. On a mundane level I think about global/economic resources, water, and environmental tipping points. Psychologically and spiritually I think about the principled releasing of something and the mindful planting of something new..something that will likely take time to grow to its fullest potential…something requiring patience and maybe even frugality.
Prayer: Light of the Sun, light of the Moon, waters of the planet, teach us how to grow something new….something that is more in line with who we are and what we want for the future of our planet.