• solar eclipseThere will be a New Moon an annular Solar Eclipse at 9°21’ Virgo on the first of September.

    Solar Eclipses repeat close to the same degree and sign every 19 years and usually indicate major endings and new beginnings. The last Solar Eclipse at 9°39’ Virgo took place in 1997, although it belonged to the Saros cycle 18 North* whilst the present eclipse belongs to the Saros cycle 19 North*, what was going on in your life back then? Also, what is in need of change now on the house axis where Virgo-Pisces is to be found in your natal chart?

    It is an annular eclipse which means that a tiny ring of the Sun will remain visible throughout the process. The Eclipse will be visible only across Africa and the Middle East but its effects will be felt on a global level.

    Eclipses occur when the Moon is conjunct or near conjunction to its own Node. Solar Eclipses occur on New Moons and Lunar Eclipses occur on Full Moons.

    Eclipses are considered to be Uranian in their nature

    due to the unexpected events

    that often mark the period leading up to and during the event.

    Those people with planets and angles in the mutable signs of Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini will be the most affected.

    A total dissolution or cleaning up of past approaches inherent to the matters of the house axis where the Eclipse falls in our chart may occur during an eclipse. Sometimes a crisis might arise that demands our complete attention and although this may be very upsetting at first it is a way of compelling us to release and let go of whatever is holding us on to past, no longer useful behaviour.

    Eclipses can also mark times of sudden insights

    and unexpected opportunities

    that wake us up to new possibilities.

    Solar Eclipses can also affect our physical and mental vitalities and this eclipse in particular could do so since it involves the health-oriented sign of Virgo who seeks bodily perfection and which is ruled by Mercury who is prone to over-worrying here.

    Furthermore, the Eclipse will form a tight opposition to Neptune in Pisces and a similarly close square to Saturn in Sagittarius, the square between these two slower planets will reach exactness for the third time this year on the 10th of September at 10°24’.

    Square aspects require adjustment, not an easy task for any two planets but particularly so for Saturn who rules the world of substance and rigour and Neptune in his own sign of Pisces who presides over the realm of spirit and all things meta-physical.

    Worth noting is also the fact that there are now 4 planets in Virgo (Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Mercury retrograde) as well as the transiting North Node of the Moon which finds itself less than 3° from the Eclipse point. All this might certainly give a pronounced emphasis to the need to develop our critical sense, resisting the day-dreaming and escapist tendencies of Neptunian charm whilst dedicating ourselves to the kind of usefulness that brings pleasure by using logic and reason to make sense of the unreal or impossible.

    The Sabian Symbol for 10 Virgo: “Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows.” Indicating the growth of true understanding, born out of the transcendence of duality even while immersed in the world of duality.

    On this Eclipse let’s not forget:

    “Why should you live in the past when the present already has everything that you need to start a new beginning?”  Edmond Mbiaka

     Does the Eclipse touch any planets or angles in your chart?


     *to learn more about the Saros cycles “ Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 334-335, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 156, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA