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Virgo Eclipse, Equinox & More

(c) Pat Collins 2009

(c) Pat Collins 2009

When 2015 is in the rear-view mirror, September will be the month to remember for many of us. Here’s a list of things going on this month: Venus goes direct, Mercury goes retrograde, Saturn leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius for a 2 year stay, Jupiter entered Virgo for a one year stay, and the fall equinox is sandwiched between two eclipses.

In astrology, everything harkens back to your natal chart so to understand what any of this means to you, you need to find Virgo in your chart, check to see if you have any planets or points (Ascendant and Midheaven) at any of these degrees. Then take a look at the planets in any of the other mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius or Pisces) because those may be affected by square or opposition aspects.

Let’s start with the solar eclipse (new moon). As I say every time there is an eclipse, they are like new moons and full moons on steroids. Where your average new moon has an influence for a month, the solar eclipse has an influence until the next solar eclipse, six months from now. Use this energy wisely by setting your intentions well. Since it’s in Virgo, so be precise.

To help you set your intentions, let’s look at the backdrop—all the other planetary happenings that may influence where you are right now and where you want to go.

One of the things you may be feeling right now is that Venus just went direct. Venusian things like women and young children, and art and beauty—the things we love an value—that were in reflect and review mode are now ready to move forward. On the other hand, Mercury is preparing to go retrograde at 15 Libra (Venus’ sign) on the 17th. The heart is ready to go forward and now the mind is on the rewind. A little cosmic juggling act. All of the usual Mercury retrograde cautions are in place, but not to panic. Work with it. Let yourself reconsider what needs to be reconsidered.

If you’re feeling a little de ja vu about Saturn in Sagittarius, it’s because it dipped it’s toe in Sag around Christmas of last year and got just shy of 5 degrees before it turned around and went back to Scorpio for one last blast. Now it’s back in Sagittarius where it will stay for the next two years. Wherever Saturn is, we’ve got a lesson to learn. In Scorpio the lesson was about the deep, dark and murky waters of the psyche. In Sag, it calls on us to be more serious and disciplined about our spiritual and philosophical selves. Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter is pretty much the opposite of Saturn. Where Saturn constricts, Jupiter expands. But they are both teachers. In natal charts, when Jupiter and Saturn are found together they are often signatures of an ability to expand with discipline which is very useful for people engaged in business and other pursuits. Expand, but not too much. Conserve but without strangling.

I talked about Jupiter in Virgo a bit at the last full moon. They are a bit at odds. Virgo likes to break things down into their component parts and eliminate whatever isn’t useful. In the process, it makes things smaller. Jupiters like to make things bigger. Jupiterian things, growth and expansion, are achieved through the elimination of the unnecessary.  Benefit comes through attention to detail and in service to others.

Saturn’s move into Sagittarius and Jupiter’s move into Virgo is one more cosmic balancing act. The planet of making things smaller is in the sign of bigger while the planet of bigger moved into the sign of smaller. It reminds me a bit of the ying/yang symbol but instead of day into night, it’s largeness and smallness that are dancing together.

The eclipse takes place at 20 Virgo. The closer it is to any planets or points in your chart, the more important it will be to you. Virgo is all about routines and habits, the things we all—from king to pauper—need to do. Brush our teeth, comb our hair, do our work. This is a great time to set intentions related to all Virgo matters. Set a new health routine. Improve your work. Find a place where you can serve. The challenge of this eclipse is that it is also inconjunct Uranus—so our freedom urge may need to be curbed right now in service to the larger vision.

Finally, we are coming to the half-way point of the astrological year that started with the Spring Equinox. Both equinoxes are the points where day and night are in perfect balance, but the balance is short lived. At the spring Equinox, the year is opening up and we become more expansive. Here at the fall equinox we are heading toward shorter days and longer nights, signaling a turn inward, to reflection and to the winter solstice.

So here we are. A lot going on. You may feel like you are juggling a lot of conflicting priorities and emotions, and balancing incongruities. Remember that Virgo is the sign where we confront—even celebrate—our imperfections. There is a great deal of humanity there, and creative potential. Hold onto your uniqueness while tempering your urge to free expression in service to a greater good.

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