Eclipses by Kaye Berjot
Column: Astrology Basics 101
In September, we finished up eclipse season. There are two types of eclipses; solar and lunar. Solar eclipses occur when the moon is between the sun and the earth. This can also be experienced as a conjunction. Lunar eclipses occur when the earth is between the sun and the moon. These types of eclipses can be experienced as oppositions. Please refer back to the article Astrology Basics 101-Transits and Aspects which was published in the December 2014 magazine. In that article I talked about oppositions and conjunctions and how they work.
In 2015 we experienced four eclipses; two of them were solar eclipses, and two were lunar. Eclipses occur in pairs. Pairs are zodiac signs that sit across the wheel from one another, in other words opposites attract.
Aries and Libra
Taurus and Scorpio
Gemini and Sagittarius
Cancer and Capricorn
Leo and Aquarius
Virgo and Pisces
In last month’s article, I made reference to this pairing by saying that if you want to know how to be your ideal sign then look across the zodiac table to see who is directly across from you. In layman’s terms this means that if you want to learn how to be a better Sagittarius, then take a good look at a Gemini, because a Gemini will give you a good glimpse at how to be a better, more authentic Sagittarius. Your opposite is a good glimpse in the mirror. They provide you with the opportunity to change what it is that you don’t like, and to keep what it is that you do like.
Let’s get back to eclipses. Eclipses force you to see things that you haven’t seen before. They force you to move in ways that you didn’t want to move, and they do this by either shining a light on the things that were hidden in the corner, or by removing obstacles that you paid too much attention to.
In 2015, eclipses occurred at 29 degrees Pisces, 14 degrees Libra, 20 degrees Virgo and 4 degrees Aries. The solar eclipses were in Pisces and Virgo, and the lunar eclipses were in Libra and Aries. The dates were March 20th (Pisces), April 4th (Libra), September 13th (Virgo), and September 28th (Aries). It’s important to note that eclipses occur during the times of new moons and full moons. Therefore, eclipses occur during times of beginnings and endings, and can be extremely powerful and potent.
Whereas a full moon can have you weeping a silent cry, a full moon with an eclipse attached to it can have you in a full blown cathartic mode, and have you questioning your entire existence. So don’t be alarmed if this happens, it’s the solar system’s way of having you address any issues that you’ve been avoiding. One additional thing that you should keep in mind is that you won’t always feel the impact of these eclipses on the exact date of the transit. You may feel them three to five days earlier, or three to five days after the eclipse has occurred. How soon you feel the effects is very much dependent upon how sensitive you are to the effects of the moon, and of planetary transitions in general.
The eclipses of 2015 were centered on the Pisces and Virgo axis, and the Aries and Libra axis. This means that the mottos of I believe (Pisces), I analyze (Virgo), I am (Aries), and I balance (Libra), were the main themes of the eclipses. Therefore, it’s important to take a look at your individual chart to see where these signs reside, and in which house they reside in.
The solar eclipses that took place on March 20th and September 13th would have shown a spotlight on your beliefs, and on your health. This is because Pisces naturally rules the house of the unconscious, and Virgo naturally rules the house of health. That spotlight would have shown on the things that were hidden in the corner. The unconscious can also be seen as a prison; so these are unconscious prisons that we get trapped in because it is how we’ve been doing things, and therefore they become routine. An eclipse in this sector or sign can show you the bad habit(s) that you’ve adopted as part of your healthy regimen. The solar eclipse would have made you analyze (Virgo) the habit(s), and by the time the September 13th eclipse came along you should have been able to break the habit(s). This is how conjunctions work. They help you to see your unconscious dependencies.
The lunar eclipses that occurred on April 4th (Libra), and September 28th (Aries), would have been experienced as an opposition. They would have had you questioning others vs. yourself. The key here is that you would have seen yourself reflected in the eyes of other people, and you may have seen yourself reflected differently than what you’d originally anticipated. A lunar eclipse would have removed the obstacle that you’d previously paid so much attention to. So if you thought that you couldn’t do something because of a limitation, that limitation will be removed so that you can experience a life without limitations. The key is to not kick yourself because you focused so heavily on that limitation; that would be defeating the purpose.
All in all, when you see an eclipse, take note of where it’s occurring within your chart. Think of them as conjunctions and oppositions with an ending and a beginning attached to them. Don’t be afraid of the beginning, and don’t be afraid of the ending. Also be mindful of the fact that the effects of eclipses happen over a period of time, so you don’t have to do everything on day one. You have some time to understand what needs to be changed, and then you have an entire lifetime to work on that change.
The benefit of an eclipse is to bring the change(s) that need(s) to happen to your attention. They are brought to you with light. As always, thank you for supporting Conscious Community Magazine.
Until Next Time!
Kaye Berjot is a transformational astrologer who can be contacted for readings and guidance at firstname.lastname@example.org.