This New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 18.56 Pisces is on March 8, 2016 in North America (5:54 pm PST/8:54 pm EST), and on March 9, 2016 most everywhere else (1:54 am GMT / 11:54 am AEDT)
When I was new to astrology, I was easily frightened by it. Astrology seemed accurate about so many things that I assumed it was right about everything, and so much of what I found in astrology books was profoundly scary.
Eventually I came to realize that the disturbing interpretations in those books were simply the way a few astrologers saw the world, and not gospel. Many years later, having watched all sorts of planetary cycles come and go, I’m rarely afraid of anything astrology can throw my way. Yet, I have to admit: the March 8/9 Solar Eclipse has me feeling uneasy.
I hasten to tell you that this has nothing to do with eclipses in general, and I’m not saying that this particular eclipse should scare you. To be honest, though eclipses are dramatic and interesting, few of them are truly life-changing. For many of us, this Solar Eclipse will come and go with some mild emotional disruption and perhaps some unexpected developments in some area of life, and that’s about it.
But watch your chart closely over a number of years, and you learn to identify its hot spots. And this particular eclipse triggers one of mine.
Eclipses near this degree (18.55 Pisces) sharply oppose my birth chart’s Mars/Midheaven conjunction, a particularly sensitive and challenging combination. My parents (ruled by the IC and Midheaven) died suddenly after two separate Solar Eclipses near this degree, 27 years apart. Each of the three Solar Eclipses at these degrees since my birth coincided with important relocations and change in my life’s direction, including the purchase of my first house and the transition to my career as an astrologer.
Granted, even if history repeats itself (or at least rhymes), this eclipse is unlikely to bring about the same events. I have no parents left to lose. I’ve lived in the same house since 1997 and am unlikely to move anytime soon, and my career is pretty stable. But if roughly four decades of astrological study have taught me anything, it’s that astrology is endlessly creative in the ways that it manifests. So, I’m kind of nervous to see what the universe will dish up this time around. (more…)