8 Phases of the Moon Cycle
In just over 6 hours we begin another Eclipse Season and New Moon cycle all at the same time! AND 13 hours later the Sun moves into Aries, announcing the Vernal Equinox – the beginning of Spring. Similar to what we experienced back in December for the Winter Solstice (New Moon AND Solstice on the same day) yet with a bigger energetic bang due to a Total Solar Eclipse this time.
The cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra all initiate CHANGE – a change of season, therefore weather and plant life – and a chance to renew something – not totally, but renew just the same. When the Sun changes signs, especially entering one of the cardinal signs, it signals a new phase of life here on Earth.
And the New Moon phase of each Moon cycle also means CHANGE – a chance, through our conscious intention, of bringing some new aspect of change into our life for that Moon cycle.
Eclipses occur during a New Moon (solar eclipse) or a Full Moon (lunar eclipse) but not every New or Full Moon creates an eclipse. The short version why this is: it is all about the location of the current Moon’s Nodes (North Node in Libra or South Node in Aries) at the time of a New Moon or Full Moon timing. Since Libra and Aries are cardinal signs, it makes sense that the South Node in Aries will be close to the Sun’s orbit because the Sun enters Aries shortly after the New Moon phase begins, triggering the Solar Eclipse. And we will experience a Total eclipse this time (not all eclipses are total).
The New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse occurs around 3:36a MDT March 20th causing a dark shadow to travel across the face of the Earth. In ancient times, darkness from either a Solar or Lunar Eclipse brought fear and terror to the surface of mankind. The word eclipse means to dim, to hide or conceal – somehow Light becomes invisible when it should be light. People are afraid of the dark corners of their inner self – the Ego Shadow self – the dark of night, the bogey man in the closet or under the bed.
Giza Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt 2011
What fears will we be processing this time? What does all of this mean for us humans? With the Moon blocking the Sun’s energies as it passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, what emotional (Moon) truths will be revealed after the darkness or blockage passes?
This New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse occurs at 29 degrees of Pisces 27′ – an ending of something emotional for all of us. Collectively, we humans are still processing and releasing our hold on the Drama Triangle – be it taking the Victim stance, being the Rescuer or wanting someone to rescue us, or Persecutor (aka bully) or feeling persecuted. Some of us run around the Drama sitting at each of these positions; others sit at one or two. The key is to GET OFF and away from the Drama!
Pisces is all about Magic, Movies and Illusion. Dreams and dreaming. Intuitive knowing and emotional sensitivity. What is your normal State of BEING? Emotions will occur and stay with us for maybe 15′ before moving on (sad or mad or happy or glad or joy or calm etc). The state of BEingness can be patience, giving, taking, risk-taking, or perpetual drama etc.
As humans we are still figuring out how to BE with our emotional body AND move away from our addiction to the drama. Drama keeps us busy emotionally and mentally, distracting us from moving forward with purpose. Look at your life, the people in your life and ‘see’ the drama playing out around you. Would you rather be IN the storm of the drama or stand in the eye of the storm instead?
The Eclipse energy, Solar = sun = vitality and action. To me the Sun represents our Soul self – so during a Solar Eclipse I ask myself what ACTION is my Soul beckoning me to take? The theme begins with Pisces – our divine and spiritual self – that wishes to BE of service for the good of all, BEYOND the Ego self (or little self). Mastering the Ego in order to all the Soul to come forward to be leader, from the heart with unconditional love, compassion and no judgement – with Self or Others.
Mt Shasta Morning Mists 2011
This is what we will be working on for the next TWO YEARS. Tomorrow’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Pisces is just ONE of FIVE timings of connecting either with Pisces or the opposite sign of Virgo between tomorrow and March of 2017! Seems like the Universe is sending us a message: learn to deal with your emotions, be aware of your feelings AND learn to BE with them and yet not OF them. Deal with them (don’t run away from them by escaping into your collection of addictions aka crutches that keep you distracted from the REALITY by staying within the ILLUSION).
Interestingly, we have BOTH the Moon and the Sun plus Neptune (ruler of Pisces), Mercury and Chiron all in Pisces at this time. The Moon, during its month-long cycle, shows each of us what aspect of our Ego Shadow needs to die, whilst the Sun shines a Light on what that aspect of self is, and Neptune helps us imagine and dream higher dreams of a better way of BEing, Mercury shows us how our thoughts can be deluding us (idealizing the situation rather than seeing the reality) and Chiron continues to assist all of us to HEAL the wound of separation from our Spiritual/Divine self.
Chiron in Pisces brings hypersensitivity to the mix, whereby we sense and are alerted to the pain and suffering of others around us. Energetically, and emotionally, set up healthy boundaries with self and others. What are you willing, and not willing, to experience with others from here on out? This New Moon begins at 29 degrees – indicating an end of a cycle – an end of HOW we do energy and emotions with self and others. In other words: let GO of the DRAMA, heal the wound of separation that prevents you from SEEing yourself (and all others) as a Divine BEing having a physical experience down here on Mother Earth, DREAM your dreams of a better world, life (inner and outer) and IMAGINE your heartfelt intention.
Objectivity will be difficult during this Solar Eclipse – this energy peaks at the time of the eclipse and for several days later, yet remains available to work with until the next eclipse that closes this one (in other words, this Solar Eclipse in Pisces will close at the Lunar Eclipse of Virgo – opposite sign to Pisces) in September). We have six months to work through this process (and it will bear fruit further along for three years thereafter).
BE NOT AFRAID and TRUST and have FAITH that all is in right and proper timing. As per usual the Moon’s phases are always bringing us new ways to ‘see’ our true inner self and in turn bring awareness and conscious action for next steps forward.
Chemainus, BC Feb 2012
Then at 4:45p MDT March 20th the Sun enters 00 degrees of Aries 00′. The Equinox – equal hours of light and dark – a rebalancing occurs energetically. The Vernal (green) Equinox signifies the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere (Fall down under) and the ‘new moon’ of the Solar year.
Aries is cardinal fire – taking action, via courage and assertion (not aggression), your self-identity is being SEEN outwardly by others. What do YOU want? Are you taking action toward what YOU want? Aries also represents the Inner Warrior (so that courage I mentioned) AND being a Pioneer in some regard. I think of pioneering new inroads within myself that I may have been afraid to take before now. Hence that courage and asserting self. Where have YOU been afraid to live, deep within, that no longer feels that way now? What was I so afraid of before? Huh!
To find out where the 29th degree of Pisces and 00 degrees of Aries are in your birth chart tells you what area of your life is being affected right now. For me I have the end of Pisces and the beginning of Aries in my 8th House of intimacy, shared money and resources, the life-death-rebirth cycle. Here intimate and business partnerships prevail. It will be interesting to see how I allow more intimacy into my life, allowing others to SEE me more clearly and deeply than I have allowed them to before now.
The path of this Total Solar Eclipse begins to the south of Greenland, circles to the east of Greenland and Iceland by midday, and ends to the north of Greenland at sunset. The best viewing of this eclipse from land will be the Faroe Islands and Svalbard archipelago [EarthSky astronomical website]. To varying degrees a partial eclipse in the rest of the world occurs over Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern Africa (Egypt), the Middle East and northwestern Asia.
I find it interesting, with all the unrest and wars going on in the east, this is where this supermoon is bringing LIGHT into a dark subject! What healing will occur there to bring less drama and more love to the heartbeats that live there? Time will tell…
Solar Eclipse – Partial
From the chart I created for this New Moon/Solar Eclipse, we are also connecting with the LAST of the seven square timings between Uranus and Pluto since June 2012! This occurred March 16th and this was the ONLY time that both planets were DIRECT – bringing forward movement together all at once!
Many people have been downsized/let go from oil and gas companies up here in Canada (especially here in Calgary where most of the head offices are) since September 2014, and I am not surprised to hear of many more layoffs occurring this week and into the next six months.
Pluto has been travelling through Capricorn since 2007 – bringing to the surface deeply buried INTEGRITY issues, via power and control struggles, within governments, countries, corporations. Interestingly, the sign of Pisces rules the liquids of Mother Earth – oil and gas being one aspect. the 29th degree of Pisces – what are we truly letting go of this Moon cycle AND eclipse timing?
Uranus has been travelling through Aries since March 2011 – asking us to BE more independent, self-sufficient, not victims needing to be rescued. One thing I know to be true: no one ever dies from losing a job. It is a great opportunity to usher in much needed CHANGE in direction, thought, feeling and living. All in Divine timing. Right on time, and just in time.
Uranus brings Unexpected Change, seemingly out of left field – yet if you glance back you most likely were picking up on the nuances and signs along the way. The Ego likes to deny seeing them, hoping it will just go away quietly.
The South Node in Aries brings unresolved issues from the past to the fore – re: warring, fighting, bullying (self and others) which in turn activates change (Uranus) and taking action (Mars) for more EQUALITY in the world, especially for women (Eris) – all in Aries.
Planets & Glyphs
Venus is now in Taurus – what do we wish to create, lovingly, in a tactile way, to beautify this world rather than tear it down with war and anger? She is like the lone voice in the wilderness, asking for us to let go of old patterns of conditioning re: our global leaders and so-called authority figures. Who gave them the authority to begin with and when?
Jupiter turns Direct again April 8th, within Leo, ruling the heart, the heartbeats in the world, magnifying and expanding our previous experience beyond the norm. After this supermoon, just what will we CREATE (Leo) heartfully and directly with its energy? What will change in the world? What will change deep within?
Posted by: (Laurie) Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer, Teacher & Facilitator
Scenic pictures taken by LR Rezanoff; other images from Google Images