Current & Upcoming Eclipses
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Understanding eclipses – overview
Lunation (or New Moon and Full Moon) charts have been used by Mundane Astrologers for many centuries. In later times, people began to compare them to their natal charts.
The New Moon, or Conjunction, is used when you want to start something new or try to break some old patterns. That is the time of the month when you would attempt to start or do these kinds of things. The New Moon is the time of internalizing and looking within yourself.
The Full Moon, or Opposition, is the time when you would try to accomplish the things that were started on a New Moon. The Full Moon is when you look to external events or things get beyond your control.
Things to look at when comparing the Lunation charts to your own:
- Houses that the Sun and Moon are transiting in your natal chart.
- What aspects do the Sun and Moon make to your natal planets? Are the majority of those aspects easy or hard?
- Astrologers also look at the transits to the Lunation charts, particularly to the Moon.
An eclipse is a far more potent lunation. Look to the house the eclipse falls in your natal chart. The affairs of that house will be activated. Does the eclipse fall on a planet in your natal chart? That planet will also be activated. The sign of the eclipse plays a role in the likely events that the eclipse will trigger.
Many people tend to fear eclipses, simply because they often bring about a crisis of sorts that leads to a significant event or change. However, this event or change can be very positive.
Eclipses are tied to changing circumstances. However, we are usually the ones to precipitate or to attract changes because our “inner guides” know that we need it. Human beings are progressive by nature, and although we might stay in situations that are making us miserable for longer than we should, deep down inside we know that change is necessary for growth.
***A Solar Eclipse occurs in Virgo on September 1st, 2016.***
About the Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st, 2016
A partial Solar Eclipse occurs on September 1st at 5:04 AM EDT at 9 degrees and 21 minutes of Virgo. Its effects can be felt up to six months after the actual date of the eclipse. In the sign of Virgo, work and health matters will be a major focus now on a personal level. This eclipse is about new beginnings regarding work, attention to details, fitness, health regimes, and daily routines.
This is a time when we should build our powers of healthy, constructive discrimination; learn to be more pro-active; start a new health and fitness routine; set up specific routines that will help us manage our lives in positive, mindful ways; and learn the “power of now” and of mindfulness. This is a time when we can learn to master the “little” details of our day-to-day lives in a more organized manner so that we can free our minds of clutter. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to our work and health routines.
Flaws in an important system in our lives are revealed around the time of the eclipse, prompting us to redo or to start fresh. We may find ourselves completely re-working this area of life. Something ends in order for something else to start anew. We may be called to give up something in order to move forward into a new chapter in our lives. Although the “new” may be unrecognizable, it is important to allow the necessary surrender to the unknown. Virgo rules awareness of the body, making full use of resources, attention to details, organization, self-preservation skills, order, and critical analysis. Virgo sees flaws in systems, whether those systems are our daily routines, the methods we work with on the job, or our bodies. Striving for perfection can be a wonderful challenge, as long as we don’t allow ourselves to become overly focused on flaws and feel guilty or perturbed over them. This is where Pisces, Virgo’s opposing sign, comes in to help. Compassion, and finding beauty in imperfection, is our path to balancing this energy.
For some, a new “calling” will surface in the coming months. A new line of work that better matches our inner nature, desire to serve, or emotional make-up may unfold in the months following this eclipse.
This is a tougher eclipse – the Sun and Moon oppose Neptune and square Mars and Saturn. We may be wrestling with expectations and dealing with reality checks now, which can clear the path for new beginnings. Some feelings of disillusionment can come now as our dreams and ideals might be put to the test. Ideally, we move towards a realignment of material goals and spiritual ideals as we assess what is truly meaningful to us.
Significant developments in the personal areas of our charts ruled by Virgo are likely to occur over the course of the next few months. However, not everyone will feel the effect of the eclipse with the same intensity. Those whose personal planets are activated by the degree of the eclipse will feel its effects more directly on a personal level.
With this potent Virgo energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives that will benefit us well beyond this Moon cycle. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to these matters.
An eclipse occurs close to the nodal axis, and this eclipse is near the North Node in Virgo. Eclipses close to the North Node tend to “feel” easier than those closer to the South Node, as there is a sense of moving forward instead of concentration on having to let go of something.
This is the second to last eclipse in a series falling along the Virgo-Pisces axis that began with the Solar Eclipse in Pisces in March 2015, and it is the final Solar Eclipse in Virgo in this series. There will be a Solar Eclipse in Pisces in February 2017.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 9 degrees and 21 minutes of Virgo, affecting people born with personal planets and points at 4 to 14 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
The chart above is an Aries chart and shows the other planets’ positions at the time of the eclipse.
This lunation receives some challenging aspects as it ties into an ongoing Saturn-Neptune square, and Mars is involved as well (it is near Saturn and widely squares the Sun and Moon). New beginnings can come from frustrating realizations, disillusionment, and reality checks. We may be wrestling with our expectations now.
The last time a solar eclipse occurred at approximately the same degree as this September 2016 eclipse was September 1, 1997, (with a total Solar Eclipse exactly opposite it in February 1998) and before that, August 31, 1989, and August 31, 1970. It might help to think back to these series of eclipses if you were around then to consider the themes that surrounded your life in order to get a better understanding of what the current eclipse series might mean for you.
The last time we had a set of Virgo-Pisces eclipses was September 2006 to February 2008. Before this set, the dates were March 1997 to September 1998; September 1987 to August 1989 and September 1978 to August 1980. These are also periods of your past, if applicable, that may have had similar themes to this current eclipse set.
Virgo-Pisces Eclipse sets (current and some in recent history):
March 2015 to February 2017
September 2006 to February 2008
March 1997 to September 1998
September 1987 to August 1989
September 1978 to August 1980
If this eclipse stimulates your 1st-7th house axis, you are called upon to strike a balance between relationship and self. Issues of personal courage, confidence, and independence come to the fore over the next year. You may, for example, receive a cosmic push towards expressing yourself more creatively (especially if 9 Virgo is in the first house), and experience an increased drive to take charge of your life. Issues surrounding personal appearance, the body, and one’s image become especially important and, in some cases, critical. Basically, you will be learning to stand on your own two feet! This sequence of eclipses will alert you to the need to interact with others–either the public or through a close partnership (especially if 9 Virgo is in the seventh house). For some, marriage or divorce will be an issue. For most, carving out a personal identity that includes a significant other who furthers their own personal growth will come into focus. This eclipse should give you a push towards a stronger identity or sense of purposefulness through a close partnership.
If this eclipse stimulates your 2nd-8th house axis, you will be called upon to strike a balance between your own needs for security and comfort and the same needs of other people, likely those of a significant other. If 9 Virgo is in the second house, personal finances will come into strong focus. How well have you taken care of your finances? More importantly, have you taken charge of your personal sense of security? If 9 Virgo is in the eighth house, issues of sexuality and spirituality may be a stronger focus. In either case, issues of shared resources, sexuality, and possessions are featured. With this eclipse, it’s time to start fresh with regards to how you go about satisfying your needs for security and comfort. If 9 Virgo is in the second house, take charge of your life by taking the necessary steps to make yourself feel good and secure. You are called upon to make a stand and to tend to your comfort levels. If you do so, the benefits will ricochet back into your intimate life. If you continue to tend to your partner’s comfort levels while ignoring your own, feelings of resentment and neglect can infect your relationships. Get in touch with what feels most comfortable for you, and the intimacy level in your relationship will step up a notch. If 9 Virgo is in the eighth house, you are learning about the comfort levels of others. Essentially, you are learning to share and to surrender yourself (in a balanced manner!) to intimacy.
If the 3rd-9th house axis is stimulated by this eclipse, issues surrounding learning and sharing knowledge will come to the fore. For some, issues surrounding attention to one’s immediate environment, and branching out and beyond it, are stimulated. If 9 Virgo is in the third house, you are receiving a cosmic push to become more active in your immediate environment (neighborhood, with siblings/relatives, etc.), and/or to learn and communicate facts that fuel your opinions. If 9 Virgo is in the ninth house, you will be learning to expand your horizons, either through contact with people from an entirely different background than yours, travel, or higher learning. Your personal philosophy will be changing, and this eclipse gives you a push towards adopting beliefs that truly work for you in the real world. Other possible issues stimulated include transportation and mobility (for example, some may be learning to depend on others for getting from point A to point B, and others may be learning to take charge of their own mobility), running errands and tending to one’s daily life effectively, and learning about one’s need for self-expression through adventure.
If the 4th-10th house axis is stimulated by this eclipse, issues surrounding public and private lives, as well as attention to career and family, are stimulated. The fourth house rules our instinctual needs, the domestic scene, our needs for security, and our focus on family and home life as well as relationships with family. The tenth house rules our needs for status, our career and reputation, our worldly ambitions, structure, and our drive for success. Striking a balance between these issues is the focus of this sequence of eclipses. If 9 Virgo is in the fourth house, it’s time to take steps to improve your family and home life. This eclipse is the first cosmic push for you to take charge of your private life. If 9 Virgo is in the tenth house, you are called upon to pay more attention to your career and public life, and to take charge of this important part of your life. Either way, this can play out in a number of ways. Some may have to make some critical decisions due to situations in the life that force them to choose between career and family goals. Some people are promoted, or their career takes a new direction (especially if an eclipse occurs close to the Midheaven). The challenge is to find a healthy balance–to improve home life, while at the same time tending to one’s career needs.
If this eclipse stimulates your 5th-11th house axis, social activity is the focus. The need to be appreciated by others, and the need for togetherness with others, comes into play. A love affair may begin or end under this influence. New contacts with others may also occur. If 9 Virgo is in the fifth, you will learn to let go of a fear of taking risks, and to develop the courage to strike out on your own individual and creative path without fear. You are called upon to deal with others in a more personal, involved, and loving manner, rather than falling back on reason and intellect, which detaches you from your feelings. This series of eclipses is about learning to take personal risks, which requires a certain amount of self-confidence. If 9 Virgo is in the eleventh, you will be learning about letting go of your attachment to the drama of romance and personal relationships, as well as your willfulness. You are called upon to learn about the value of the team. You may need to give freedom to your romantic partner instead of expecting him or her to follow a script of your own making. You learn the value of brotherly love and the benefits of a sense of belonging to a community. Events are such that you move towards a more objective approach to your life, and you cultivate genuine friendships.
If this eclipse stimulates your 6th-12th house axis, issues of work and service, as well as health (both mental/spiritual, and physical), come into focus. If 9 Virgo is in the sixth house, you are called upon to deal with the details and practicalities of everyday life, to become more organized, and to take charge of your routines. It’s time to formulate some clear goals and plans. Circumstances are such that you need to develop some healthy habits, routines, and schedules. Believing in a grand plan is fine, but practical concerns need to be dealt with as well. Recognizing your personal limitations regarding just how much you can give to others and just how much compassion and understanding you can show is essential now. It’s time to structure your life. If 9 Virgo is in the twelfth house, over the next year you are called upon to rid yourself of guilt about under-performing, and to develop faith and trust in a larger more spiritual plan. It’s time to let go of some of your fears that you are not doing enough, to develop more compassion and understanding of others, and to be humble, feeling safe in the knowledge that you (and others) are not perfect. It’s time to let go of some of your obsessions with rules, details, and fears of not doing things perfectly. When this axis is stimulated, issues of guilt, worry, and anxiety become paramount.
***A Lunar Eclipse occurs on September 16th, 2016.***
About the Lunar Eclipse on September 16, 2016
As noted above, a Lunar eclipse is an especially potent lunation, in this case a potent Full Moon. Lunar eclipses are relationship-oriented. The “crisis” that these eclipses tend to elicit is a crisis of lack–a time when we suddenly realize a great need or want. The impact of the crisis can act to sever a relationship–it’s possible. But it can also bring two people together with a sudden awareness of a great need for each other. Although Lunar eclipses are more relationship-oriented than Solar eclipses, they are not always about relationships between two people. They can trigger awareness of need in other areas of our lives, such as our relationship to work, to our health and bodies, and so forth. This is a time when matters come to light–things that have been brewing under the surface.
When a Full Moon occurs, we can suddenly burst forth with proclamations and outpours that seem fresh and new, simply because they are not yet rationalized. A Lunar eclipse is a more potent Full Moon, and its effects tend to last longer. Many astrologers believe that the effects of a Lunar eclipse last approximately six months.
The Lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016, occurs when the Moon is at approximately 24 degrees of Pisces, opposing the Sun at 24 degrees Virgo, and is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.
Lunar Eclipses are about relationships and polarities. With the Virgo-Pisces service axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives. We are pushed to find a balance between day-to-day functions and routines, physical health, and the need for order (Virgo) and vision, spiritual health, disorder, and the infinite (Pisces). Virgo rules the tools and techniques that we use to deal with day-to-day life, while Pisces rules the tools that we use to deal with our spiritual selves. This energy echoes some similar themes of the recent Saturn-Neptune squares, pitting realism against idealism. The key to balance lies in identifying and expressing our spiritual needs while maintaining order in our everyday lives. Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire–we would either be living in chaos or excessive order.
Some sort of crisis (which can be a crisis of consciousness) or sudden awareness of a lack in our lives provides us with a golden opportunity to explore our emotional needs within the context of the house polarity where the eclipse occurs in our natal charts. Relationships may be challenged, broken, or strengthened dramatically at this time. Our discovery is emotionally charged and dramatic. Epiphanies are likely at this time as we become acutely aware of our lack. This understanding can propel us into affirmative action.
This lunation occurs when the Sun approaches a conjunction to Jupiter and forms a square with Mars and a quincunx with Uranus. Events or epiphanies are likely to be sudden and enlightening, but we should watch for aggressiveness and impatience.
Full Moons and Lunar Eclipses bring issues in our lives to fulfillment. Our emotions are heightened, and there is often some sort of drama involved with the house, sign, and any contacted planets activated by the Full Moon. Look to 24-25 degrees of Virgo and Pisces in your own chart (allow up to about a 5 degree orb when examining the planets and points it aspects). This Lunar Eclipse gives us a cosmic push to make needed changes in our lives. The areas of life activated by the eclipse may see dramatic turns, after which the path is clear to move forward. Note that whatever happens at this time is nothing truly new. The issues have been brewing inside of us, and emotions have been building. Something comes to light at the time of the Lunar Eclipse, and if we get in touch with our emotions, we can get a better idea of what needs to change, or what needs to go.
This Lunar Eclipse in Pisces is bound to thrust us into a state of heightened awareness. It’s a time to take special note of your dreams, as well as insights or thoughts/emotions that seem to come from “out of the blue”. These could be creatively inspiring. The range of emotions that Pisces registers is extraordinary, and this could be a time when we feel that enormous range. Around the date of the Full Moon Lunar eclipse, the idealistic side of us comes out full speed ahead. Some of us will be irritable and won’t know exactly why. Others will be moved towards romantic declarations or revelations. Still others will be walking around in a kind of daze, seeing only what they want to see while their common sense is temporarily “eclipsed”. With Virgo, we are acutely aware of imperfections. We see the flaws around us and perhaps become very tense and irritable, or we work hard at fixing them. To Pisces, however, imperfection is beautiful. At the time of the Lunar eclipse, we may suddenly see this Piscean “light”.
With the health and service axis (Pisces-Virgo) involved, health or work issues may come to the fore. As well, the ability to set boundaries to the amount of service we render can become a major issue. Situations that test our faith, or magnify our fears and doubts, may be part of the picture. Secrets may be revealed, and these can include discovering secrets of our own nature from deep within. For some, a new “calling” will surface in the coming six months. A new line of work that better matches our inner nature, desire to serve, or emotional make-up may unfold in the months following this eclipse, particularly if the natal Sun, sixth/twelfth houses, or tenth house is activated.
We may discover that we need more rest or attention to our spiritual nature than we are currently allowing ourselves. This is a time when lunar energy emerges and is most powerful. It’s a time when we can tap into our more idealistic, imaginative, and visionary nature. Our hearts open, and issues of trust and faith are in focus. Decisions made now are emotionally-driven.
With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives. However, these new feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as there is a sense of emotions bursting forth into our consciousness. It’s time to express ourselves, and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is new and not particularly rational as yet.
This eclipse is the second to last in a series of eclipses that fall along the Virgo-Pisces axis. It can be viewed as one of several cosmic pushes regarding the themes it is stimulating. The first in this set occurred in March 2015. This is a time to clear up past patterns that have been holding us back from personal fulfillment. The greater awareness of problems and especially lacks or flaws in our relationships that have been stimulated with recent eclipses can motivate us to take action.
This Lunar Eclipse occurs within a week after the inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun, and can stimulate an epiphany or new idea. This is a time for opening ourselves up to possibilities, examining the emotions that push to the surface, but finalizing plans should probably be saved for a later date.
In 2006, a Lunar Eclipse fell in Virgo at a similar degree as this Pisces one in September 2016 . [A Partial Lunar Eclipse occurred on March 14, 2006, at 24 Virgo 14.] A Total Lunar Eclipse occurred within one degree of this eclipse on September 16, 1997, and on September 16, 1978. It might be helpful to think back to issues in your life that were in effect in the last four months of 1997 and 1978 (if you can remember back that far) in order to get an idea of how this 2016 Lunar Eclipse affects you.
However, you can also look back in a general sense to eclipse sets occurring along the Virgo-Pisces axis as the current one in effect from March 2015 to February 2017 for more information gleaned by looking to the past to understand themes in the present and future. The last time we had a set of Virgo-Pisces eclipses was September 2006 to February 2008. Before this set, the dates were March 1997 to September 1998; September 1987 to August 1989 and September 1978 to August 1980. These are also periods of your past, if applicable, that may have had similar themes to this current eclipse set.
Virgo-Pisces Eclipse sets (current and some in recent history):
March 2015 to February 2017
September 2006 to February 2008
March 1997 to September 1998
September 1987 to August 1989
September 1978 to August 1980
The following lists the set of eclipses falling along the Virgo-Pisces axis only (there were other eclipses between these – the full chronological list of eclipses is at the end of this page):
- Total SOLAR Eclipse 2015 March 20 5:36:09 at 29 Pisces 27
- Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2015 September 13 2:41:14 at 20 Virgo 10
- Total SOLAR Eclipse 2016 March 8 20:54:26 at 18 Pisces 56
- Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2016 September 1 5:03:02 at 9 Virgo 21
- Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2016 September 16 15:05:02 at 24 Pisces 20
- Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2017 February 26 9:58:19 at 8 Pisces 12
If this Lunar eclipse conjuncts a planet in your chart, you may feel its intensity more than others. If the Lunar Eclipse conjuncts your Sun, for example, it can act like a charge of energy. The desire –or necessity– to turn over a new leaf is strong. A significant other or the public can play a large role in the events of your life now. In major aspect to the Moon, a Lunar Eclipse can trigger major changes to your living situation and personal life, including personal relationships. Circumstances that significantly change your daily routine and domestic world can arise.
Possible issues for the eclipse’s transit to natal houses: A Lunar Eclipse in the first house, it may be time to change your image or redefine your personality in some manner. Finding a balance between autonomy and dependence is what this eclipse is about for you. Your emotions are on your sleeve right now. It is a good time to put your needs first, but doing so with respect for others will take you further. Whether you can succeed as a leader is “tested” right now. There may be some drama involving a significant other. A Lunar Eclipse in the second house, you may get a cosmic push to make necessary financial changes in your life. Sharing issues come into focus, as do issues of power–what’s yours and what’s mine. Your comfort zones matter, and now is the time to take care of your own needs without eclipsing the needs of others. A financial settlement, the beginning or end of a particular debt, and other such scenarios can be part of the picture now. A Lunar Eclipse in the third house, there may be some sort of drama surrounding communication, modes of transportation, schooling, mobility, neighbors, or siblings. Daily routines can change dramatically. There may be a major event in the life of a sibling. There could be a publishing offer or you might be in a position to promote yourself. Travel or education plans may come to fruition. You might gain an entirely different perspective on a matter. A Lunar Eclipse in the fourth house, domestic conditions are illuminated. House repairs, family dramas, and other such issues need serious attention. The demands of your personal life are now paramount. Striking a balance between energy spent on work and energy spent on domestic matters is essential now. Balanced attention to your public and personal lives is what you need to focus on. It’s time to prioritize. A major career project can come to fruition or completion. A Lunar Eclipse in the fifth house, a romantic affair may be tested. If love is true, there’s nothing to fear. The demands of your larger goals in life may have been eclipsing your pleasure-seeking activities. Also possible, your children may be going through their own changes and “stages”, and need more attention now, or a child could be experiencing a major new beginning. Some might have a child. A new creative project might begin now. A Lunar Eclipse in the sixth, there could be changes necessary in your job or health routines. You can use this surge of emotional energy to make positive changes to your routines. Do something to improve your work conditions if they are annoying you. Get going on your exercise or nutrition program that you know you have to do in order to feel more balanced. A work project or a job itself can begin or end now. A physical or mental health issue might come to light.
A Lunar Eclipse in the seventh house, partnerships may be tested, but there is nothing to fear if the relationship is strong. The seventh house represents an important one-to-one relationship–a marriage partner, significant other, business partner, or an adversary. It’s time to strike a balance between your own needs and those of another. It’s time to compromise and negotiate. You might suddenly find yourself with more social opportunities, or you might acquire many new clients. A Lunar Eclipse in the eighth house, some drama with regards to a spouse’s income, or your taxes, debts, and investments, may occur on a mundane level. It may be time to settle some of your debts, financial or otherwise. What makes you feel comfortable and secure needs to be balanced with attention to other people’s needs and comfort levels. There can be new money coming into your life. A Lunar Eclipse in the ninth house, your personal beliefs may be tested. Your hunger for adventure or learning may come into focus. All of the attention you’ve been giving to mundane affairs has you wondering when you’re going to have some fun. You want to take a leap of faith now. There may be an important beginning or culmination in education. If you are in business, a writer, or the like, you might reach a wider audience. A Lunar Eclipse in the tenth house, you may need to review and change your career goals. Career matters come to a head, but as the seventh house from the fourth, so might a personal, domestic, family, or house and home matter. You’re called to perform, possibly on a moment’s notice, and it’s best to keep your cool and do whatever you can to show your competence. A Lunar Eclipse in the eleventh house, friendships may be tested, or your relationship to groups or organizations. You’re looking for validation from friends and group activities now. There can be a major event involving a child or a romantic partner, or a culmination of a creative project can occur at this time. A Lunar Eclipse in the twelfth house, you may recognize an overwhelming need for rest and spiritual renewal. You’ve been busy with all sorts of everyday activities, deeply involved in your work and routines. It’s time to balance your life with some down time–otherwise, you simply don’t feel whole. There can be exposure of a private or even clandestine matter in some cases. Secrets can emerge at this time, or there can be a desire to do something private, secret, or risky. A work project can come to fruition.
New Moon in 1st House This New Moon marks a time of personal beginnings, when you find yourself shot into the limelight and all eyes turn toward you to see what you’re going to do next. This may be somewhat startling, as it’s rather different than what last month brought, and you will need to step up and display your self-confidence in a way that wasn’t called on before. In a volatile situation, you will need to have your wits about you as you will have a particularly high profile. The trick is to handle it with grace and not let it go to your head, as this too shall pass and you’ll want to look back on a performance that maximized the opportunities dropped into your lap.
New Moon in 2nd House For a day or so you may be under pressure to underwrite new projects or finance situations that require sinking money into them. It may seem quite urgent, but it’s a time when everything seems a bit more intense, so you may do well to stand back and take a second look before jumping in with both feet. Wise investments made at this time can bring good returns in the next couple of weeks, but ill-conceived spending could drain you in the same time period. Know you’re right, then go ahead one way or the other, as the one option you probably won’t have is sitting on the fence or putting it all off until later. Strike when the iron is hot or pass the opportunity on to another.
New Moon in 3rd House A flurry of activity for several days can have the phone ringing off the hook as new ideas and propositions that require either your opinion or your decision come your way. Your challenge will be sorting the wheat from the chaff on the fly, and sorting out the confusion that always abounds at New Moon, especially this one. The day is won by multiple, smaller choices made wisely, rather than hanging on a single issue, so don’t obsess but decide quickly and move right along to the next. This is a great time for currying new acquaintances as the air of intensity makes for strong personal connections and breaks through the barriers of unfamiliarity.
New Moon in 4th House This may mark a day or so of raised tensions at home as biological tides run high and elbow room seems harder to come by. However, used creatively, this can lead to new ways of organizing and arranging your personal space so it doesn’t overlap that of others. It’s a good time to start new home-related projects as a way to utilize the extra energy in a constructive manner. Letting out your deeper expressions of feeling to another can make things especially intimate right now, but make sure you express yourself clearly and are not misunderstood. The perfect time to feel “at home” with someone, either literally or figuratively. The only thing you’ll not want to be is idle—the vibes are too intense to just sit on your hands.
New Moon in 5th House Find a party to go to, give one, or just party down where you stand—the astral weather is perfect for it. In fact, anything you do for enjoyment will seem twice as good right now. Play with your children, or just break out the inner child, as you can more easily part with self-consciousness and spontaneity breaks out, well, spontaneously! If you call on the muse for a creative project, she will definitely show up (muses love parties, and children), and you’ll find that your juices flow faster and easier than usual. There can be a fine line between joyous adventure and risky behavior, however, so try to stay on the safe side of the line. A good time to engage, but not be, a designated driver both literally and figuratively, so that you can be safely irresponsible for a while.
New Moon in 6th House A good time to take your blood pressure—if it’s not elevated now, you’re in really good shape. It can be easy to get worried about health matters now, but moderation is the right response. The temptation to throw yourself into a new regimen may run high, but choose your new path well before you embark or it will be a flash in the pan. The same goes for cleaning house in the workplace and starting off on a fresh footing. Make sure you’re not demanding too much of yourself in the long run—you will not always have this much drive, and you don’t want to peter out because you can’t keep up with yourself. A good program is determined by whether you can keep it going on an off day.
New Moon in 7th House: This is a particularly ripe couple of days for finding a new partner or turning over a new leaf with an old partner. You may find a flood of emotional intensity coming your way and how you utilize it could largely shape the direction of the relationship. That means be particularly understanding and realize that though feelings may be overstated at this time and emotions run hot, the message underneath is sincere and needs to be taken seriously. Breakthroughs can occur now that you both might have kept a lid on otherwise, and you’ll be glad you achieved the new closeness, even though you may not be able to keep it going at that level of intensity all month.
New Moon in 8th House You may find turning over a new leaf this month entails tossing out the old and ringing in the new, but you should take a second look before doing that. What you may find much more satisfactory is to simply rework and refurbish what is already there. Sometimes a new paint job makes everything new again, so you don’t have to start over from scratch. They don’t make things like they used to, so preserve what you can. It’s also a good time to initiate that new credit card, but avoid impulse buying, as it’s easy to go overboard right about now. Ditto for mortgage or other loans — a good starting time, but just take what you need and no more.
New Moon in 9th House It’s a great time for planning, cooking up new schemes, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now do not need detailed follow-up until later, so you can stick to generalities until you’ve got it all properly roughed-out. Put on the finishing touches later. New publishing efforts, or any project that generally disseminates what you have to say, are well begun now, and you may find the pressure is on to produce. Avoid hasty commitments, however, as you don’t want to be held to something ill-considered or not fully thought out. Well begun is half done, so be thoughtful, deliberate, and measured in your efforts, even though tempted or even encouraged not to be.
New Moon in 10th House New developments in career matters may have you quite wound up for a couple of days and the pressure to produce can be intense. Too many things happening at once make it hard to keep track of things, but you can’t afford to leave anything out. It is as important to listen at this time as to act. What people are saying to you and about you very much reflects your personal and professional status and you will want to make sure that you are being represented honestly. If you give your résumé a second look, you’ll find there are new things to say about yourself that need to be included. Taking a fresh stance can put you into new places, move you up a notch.
New Moon in 11th House Feelings run high among close friends and an intensity is available right now that can renew the love and passion that first fueled your relationships. It can be worth risking upset to get at what you are really feeling and share it with those that matter the most. Because there’s a crazy atmosphere surrounding it all, you can say things you might have hesitated to bring up and wear your heart on your sleeve without worrying about the outcome. The same ability to burst out of your shell will also aid in getting yourself into new company you might have thought didn’t care about you before. An approach of disarming honesty can make you welcome in unexpected places and bring you valuable allies.
New Moon in the 12th House Eruptions of the unconscious could bring both troubles and personal revelations to the surface right now, so you may want to be careful not to betray secrets or let the cat out of the bag prematurely. Don’t say the first thing that comes to mind, or you may give away more than you intend to. New deals are being struck behind the scenes with a strong sense of urgency, but they are not necessarily justified, so watch that you don’t climb aboard the wrong bandwagon right now. Wait until things come out into the open to make decisions, take sides, even though there appears to be advantage in secrecy. Open covenants, openly arrived at, are the better part of honor.
General: The Meaning of the Full Moon in the Houses
Full Moon in 1st House For a day or so you may find things get fairly wacky in your surroundings, and one of the causes may be you. The time is right (and the pressure is on) to bring critical projects to a conclusion, put on finishing touches, and show the world just what you’re all about. The emphasis is not so much on what you’ve done, but rather who you are, and it’s the right time to let your personality out of the box and shine, shine, shine. The whole set of circumstances may have you a little giddy, but that’s part of the surrounding picture at Full Moon, and this is your time to take a ride on that energy and put your personal mark on what comes of it.
Full Moon in 2nd House Under a little more intensity than usual, it’s time to wrap things up financially, collect on projects that have come to fruition, and generally tie up loose ends. That should mean ending extra spending for a time, as it will be less necessary, but that’s hard to do on a Full Moon, when things are a little crazy and judgment isn’t always on the mark. Still, put your focus on that last payment, that final accessory, as the appropriate approach is to round out what you have done, put on the final touches, and then showcase it. It’s a time to show off what you’ve got and make the most of it, not keep piling it on. You should concentrate on reaping its rewards.
Full Moon in 3rd House Don’t everybody talk at once! That’s what you’re likely to be saying as the volume level around you peaks and everybody is trying to get a message through, including yourself. Full Moon is like that in general, but this time it can be especially wordy as you try to finish up a lot of correspondence and tie up loose ends as the links you have established begin to really amount to something. That means crowding a lot of important last-minute things into the space of a few days, so don’t over schedule yourself in advance. Leave plenty of room open for last-minute situations that come rushing in and demand equal attention. Concentrate on matters that require conclusion and closure right now; save your new ideas for later when they can get proper attention.
Full Moon in 4th House You may find you could use a little more space at home as everyone there, including yourself, is taking up a lot more psychic space than usual right now. That can be claustrophobic and you can get on each other’s nerves—or you can use it as the opportunity to connect more by opening that personal space and letting people in. Or, you can just get out of the house and take a break from it all. Whatever you choose, you will find yourself with matters coming to a head and you’ll be making conclusions about just how well your internal game plan is working out. Literally and figuratively, good fences make good neighbors, but only when located strategically. Time to finish yours, and test it.
Full Moon in 5th House Spontaneity is the watchword right now, and it’s time to kick back and have some fun, especially with close friends and children. If you’re at a party and go just a little bit over the top, you will likely be in good company, as this is a general time of celebration for all. Passion and intensity, on any topic you choose, can run rampant and enthusiasm overflows. If you’re trying to get business done, you’ll be swimming against the tide, so if you have the option, just go with the flow. If you’re working on a creative project, make sure you get the product preserved for posterity—on paper, on film, on tape, on CD. If you’re just going to be pleasantly out to lunch, don’t bother, just enjoy.
Full Moon in 6th House If you aren’t finally achieving something from your diet or exercise regimen, ask yourself why not. This is the time you should be really getting things together and it should be starting to pay off. However, avoid excess and going over the top right now, as you may feel you can do more — and maybe eat more—than you really should. At work, you may feel a little overbooked as tasks multiply and time is short to complete them. Once you’ve put on the finishing touches, you’ll be able to stand back and take pride in your accomplishments. A good time for an office party, if you can concoct a good excuse for one. In general right now, celebrate finished tasks.
Full Moon in 7th House This is a wonderful time to let your partner shine and just lay back and appreciate it all. That can mean enjoying the fruits of your mutual labors wrought by the relationship, or it can mean finally fully connecting with someone you’ve been developing something special with for a while. In either case, the rewards of connecting closely will take center stage, and you can lean on the familiarity you already have to support what comes next. This can apply equally well in business as in romance, as long as you’re dealing with an equal on equal ground. The essence is that you bring things to full bloom right now, so you can begin harvesting what you have sown.
Full Moon in 8th House If you’ve been chasing down that extra credit line, looking for a better deal on a mortgage or equity loan, this is a likely time to pull it all together, as long as you’ve got all your ducks in a row. That may mean scrambling for some last minute details or information to make it under a deadline, but there’s real potential here. It’s also good psychic weather for putting the finishing touches on restoration projects, picking up that antique you’ve been chasing down, and clearing out the cobwebs that may have been settling on lesser-used items. You’ll have the courage to toss out those useless things you’ve been hoarding, and the burst of freedom will do you good. The theme: finish clearing the decks for action.
Full Moon in 9th House Think big, stretch the imagination, push the envelope of your beliefs and feelings—this Full Moon has the potential to be an eye-opener. The energy is in the air to expand your window on the world, especially where it has been an ongoing operation already in the works. The heady feeling of suddenly having put it all together can have you wondering now what to do with it all, but that will take care of itself down the line. Look for good news on the legal front, as things wrap themselves up and come to a conclusion, but don’t count your chickens yet, as it’s easy to overestimate right now. Main issues can get resolved now, as all parties are willing to go an extra mile to agree in principle, if not on the details.
Full Moon in 10th House This may be the perfect time to button down career matters that have been under development for a while. Although the pace may be accelerated and last-minute additions come crowding in, you can have a fuller, rosier picture of just where you stand in your profession and what people think of you. Choose this spot for releasing a shotgun blast of self-promotion, whatever it is you do, as public relations has extra carrying power from this Full Moon. The buzz about you comes in a rising crescendo that peaks now, so start figuring out ways to take it to the bank. Although you may be tempted to squirrel yourself away at home, take time out during these few days to wave your own flag.
Full Moon in 11th House Relaxation, comfort with your surroundings, and the warmth and glow of friendship can be the watchwords of this Full Moon, if you’re willing to disconnect from the daily grind and tap into your personal happy side for a while. Fine food, pleasant company, tales of shared lives and mutual adventures bring a fullness that makes you realize that the good life is about feelings, not money; friendship, not possessions. Satisfaction comes from just letting things happen for a moment and inviting in the blessings that surround you, despite the rigors of existence. If you want a peak experience, it’s in the wings right now, roll it out. Take the time to put the seal on relationships that elevate and support you.
Full Moon in 12th House Although this Full Moon may at times seem to place you between dream and hallucination, it emphasizes the ability to perceive and commune with your inner self in ways you might have been cut off from it. The intensity in the air breaks internal barriers and allows you to heal wounds, now that they have come to light. In more mundane affairs, things being cooked up behind the scenes come to fruition, although you may have to take extra precautions that they don’t come into the light, unless you are fully ready to go public with them. Avoid confrontations right now, which will put you at a disadvantage, use more subtle means to gain your ends when emotions run high.
Table: Eclipse Dates & Times for 2014-2020 (Eastern Time)
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2014 April 15 3:42:17 25 Libra 16
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2014 April 29 2:14:20 8 Taurus 52
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2014 October 8 6:50:34 15 Aries 05
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2014 October 23 17:56:38 0 Scorpio 25
Total SOLAR Eclipse 2015 March 20 5:36:09 29 Pisces 27
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2015 April 4 8:05:32 14 Libra 24
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2015 September 13 2:41:14 20 Virgo 10
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2015 September 27 22:50:28 4 Aries 40
Total SOLAR Eclipse 2016 March 8 20:54:26 18 Pisces 56
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2016 March 23 8:00:47 3 Libra 17
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2016 August 18 5:26:31 25 Aquarius 52
Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2016 September 1 5:03:02 9 Virgo 21
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2016 September 16 15:05:02 24 Pisces 20
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2017 February 10 19:32:49 22 Leo 28
Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2017 February 26 9:58:19 8 Pisces 12
Partial LUNAR Eclipse 2017 August 7 14:10:33 15 Aquarius 25
Total SOLAR Eclipse 2017 August 21 14:30:06 28 Leo 53
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2018 January 31 8:26:39 11 Leo 37
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2018 February 15 16:05:07 27 Aquarius 08
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2018 July 12 22:47:47 20 Cancer 41
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2018 July 27 16:20:15 4 Aquarius 45
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2018 August 11 5:57:38 18 Leo 42
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2019 January 5 20:28:05 15 Capricorn 25
Total LUNAR Eclipse 2019 January 21 0:15:58 0 Leo 52
Total SOLAR Eclipse 2019 July 2 15:16:06 10 Cancer 38
Partial LUNAR Eclipse 2019 July 16 17:38:06 24 Capricorn 04
Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2019 December 26 0:13:00 4 Capricorn 07
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2020 January 10 14:21:10 20 Cancer 00
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2020 June 5 15:12:15 15 Sagittarius 34
Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2020 June 21 2:41:19 0 Cancer 21
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2020 July 5 0:44:16 13 Capricorn 38
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2020 November 30 4:29:32 8 Gemini 38
Total SOLAR Eclipse 2020 December 14 11:16:26 23 Sagittarius 08