Partial Solar Eclipse in Virgo

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.

Major 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 weneed 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 first 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 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 positive effects 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 to 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 make choices 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 true 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 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 in terms of 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.


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