Solar Eclipse in Pisces

A Total Solar Eclipse occurs on March 20th at 5:36 AM EDT at 29 degrees and 27 minutes of Pisces. Its effects can be felt up to six months after the actual date of the eclipse. In the sign of Pisces, imagination, service, dreams, ideals, and compassion will be in focus. This eclipse is about new beginnings when it comes to taking a leap of faith, our beliefs, the acceptance of imperfections and flaws, imagination and intuition, selfless service, and dreams. This eclipse is about new beginnings regarding all of these matters.

Occurring in the symbolic final degree of Pisces (and of the zodiac), this eclipse is about testing our faith, and putting an end to a matter that has outgrown its usefulness. This eclipse will illuminate our coping skills, faith, and dreams, and possibly challenge them.

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.

This is a time when we should build our powers of acceptance, belief, and compassion; take a leap of faith–believe in something higher; start a creative, imaginative project; practice putting ourselves in others’ shoes, and let some things go (such as judgments, annoyances, and the like); revitalize ourselves through experiences that require imagination, compassion, or that simply represent a “break” from the routine; give ourselves selflessly through compassionate service; and to share a dream with others. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to our spirituality. Nagging problems from the past six months need to be dealt with and put behind us.

We may find ourselves completely re-working the area of life ruled by Pisces in our charts. It’s a time to take special note of our 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. 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. 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. We may discover that we need more rest and relaxation or attention to our spiritual nature than we are currently allowing ourselves.

Release comes through humbling ourselves to the idea that things will work out. We do not need to be “on” all the time. Give yourself a break from daily pressures, and surrender yourself to the idea that “what will be, will be”, at least for the time being.

One of Pisces’ “lessons” is to release some of the anxiety that takes control of our everyday lives. So, for example, if someone is blocking your way in the grocery store, tell that person, “Take your time”, and mean it! If that statement might be taken as sarcasm, don’t say it out loud, but think it. You might “lose” 20 seconds of your time waiting for that person to move out of the way, but you will have saved yourself the stress and negativity that comes from allowing yourself to get annoyed and impatient. Same goes for drivers who take your turn at a stop sign. Let it go. Smile at the driver, instead of throwing your hand up in protest, or at the very least, smile to yourself. There is no need to get worked up. These are “little things” that, if practiced often enough, will actually condition you to understand and apply Pisces lessons in more substantial or far-reaching ways.

With this eclipse, we might experience a strong urge to act on impulse. However, it will be important to avoid jumping to conclusions and asserting ourselves without considering others’ feelings and reactions. There is a big difference between asserting ourselves from a place of healthy confidence, and asserting ourselves brashly and blindly, designed to give us a false sense of confidence or bravery.

With this potent Pisces 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 closer to the South Node of the Moon in Aries. Eclipses close to the South Node tend to “feel” a little more challenging than those conjunct or closer to the North Node, as we can concentrate too much on the idea that we might have to let something go. This energy echoes the ongoing struggle between Uranus and Pluto (which perfected for the last time on March 16th) that has been highlighting the need for change and resistance to it as well. Those of us with planets and points strongly stimulated by this eclipse can feel especially drained and tired, both physically and emotionally. There is a need to let go, forgive, cleanse, and release.

Major developments in the personal areas ruled by Pisces in our charts are likely to occur over the course of the next 3-6 months. This is the first eclipse in a series falling along the Virgo-Pisces axis. There will be a Solar Eclipse in Virgo in September 2015, a Solar Eclipse in Pisces in March 2016, a Solar Eclipse in Virgo in September 2016, a Lunar Eclipse in Pisces in September 2016, and a Solar Eclipse in Pisces in February 2017.

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 on a personal level the most.

This phase of the Moon occurs at 29 degrees and 27 minutes of Pisces, affecting people born with personal planets and points at 0 to 5 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) and 25 to 30 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.

Solar eclipses occurred at approximately the same degree as this March 2015 eclipse in March 1969, March 1988, and March 2007. It might help to think back to these periods and consider the themes that surrounded your life then 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.

—-Annie Heese and Adam Banks

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