Less than a week after ringing in the 2016 New Year, Mercury stationed retrograde in the 1st degree of Aquarius and made its way back through the latter half of Capricorn. The beginning of the year, a time normally associated with resolutions, consciously changing our habits and taking responsibility for ourselves and the way in which we live, became a time of pause, review, reflection and distraction. It is common to enter the New Year with a positive, ambitious mindset; that you will finally take charge of the changes you want to make and quit the habits that must be broken. However, with the fog, interferences, unpredictability and backwards tug of Mercury retrograde – it is likely many of our resolutions and goals have spent more time on the back burner than they have guiding us to make the positive changes we had intended. It isn’t that these ideas, plans or thoughts have escaped us – in fact, there is a good chance that these ideas continue to brew and simmer beneath the surface, giving us a little kick in the butt every now and then to remind us to get back on track – but they have not been our driving force.
For more on Mercury retrograde, check out Reclaiming Your Power.
It is easy to give into the obstacles life throws at you, to give up on pursuing dreams and fall into the trap of “making ends meet”, or managing struggle after struggle. It can be much more difficult to take responsibility, to confront your inner demons and to realize that maybe the reason you’re floundering is because you have yet to take responsibility. Maybe the reason you have not been able to save money, is because you continue to spend it unwisely. Or the reason your relationships are not fulfilling, is because you, yourself, have failed to acknowledge your own needs; and the reason you have not lost weight – because you have not changed your diet or begun exercising. It is easy to blame life and others for the actions we are too scared or lazy to take – but, that is not likely to get us very far on the road to accomplishing our goals and happiness. So, why settle for defeat, when you could just as easily choose success?
We are about to enter a time of great possibilities and revelation. The perfect combination of celestial energies to breathe life into our dreams and intentions, and help us to implement the changes we must make in order to better cope and thrive, both emotionally and physically, will soon be upon us. An alignment of planets in Pisces, including a total solar eclipse, forming aspects to Jupiter and Saturn, will soon provide us with the gifts of opportunity, insight and manifestation.
On March 8, at about 5:57 pm PST, shortly after the Sun and Moon disappear below the horizon, the total solar eclipse will peak over the Pacific Ocean and parts of Indonesia. Eclipses typically occur in pairs, a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse, separated by two weeks. These two weeks, the eclipse zone, tend to present us with opportunities, tools and clues, as well as a time of rapidly accelerated growth and bringing to light issues that we have kept in the dark, either consciously or unconsciously. They are windows of chance and the ideal time to integrate new habits and end toxic patterns.
Pisces represents the last phase in a cycle, the metamorphosis that occurs when the leaves of autumn fall and the flowers of spring sneak up on us. Pisces is a compassionate, creative sign. Ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, it is associated with dreams, intuition and the ability to manifest and heal. Pisces is the bridge to the other side of consciousness, the thin veil that separates the thoughts we think and emotions we feel, from the physical world that we experience in front of us.
This eclipse in Pisces represents a kind of spiritual culmination. In the New Year, we move forward in time, according to our calendar year. With this new moon/solar eclipse, we are given the chance to move forward spiritually, according to our souls calling.
With the eclipse making a conjunction to Chiron, and Mercury and Neptune close by in Pisces, in the 6th house, there may be an overwhelming sensation of everything happening all at once. The Sun and Moon, both representing different facets of our identity, our ego and emotional identity, merging together in the house associated with our daily tasks, health, work and the way in which we refine our skills – suggests an inner alignment or awakening between our thoughts and heart; there is a need to practice what you preach, and for the way you view yourself, to align with the person that you actually are. With honest self-examination and an objective perspective, awareness will develop and likely direct our attention back to plans and life changes that we may have pushed to the side in the past. It is time to consciously refine our daily routines, improve our ability to cope, take responsibility for our health and make our lives a more accommodating environment for our successes to grow.
Jupiter conjunct the Ascendant in Virgo is opposite all the action in Pisces. Jupiter is associated with luck, gifts and opportunities. It is expansive and benevolent and with its energy tied into the equation there is even more support in manifesting that which our intent is focused. However, misguided intent is still intent, so it is important to pay attention to your thoughts and be responsible for the world you envision, especially since Jupiter in Virgo can feel anxious and critical. Positive thoughts will lead to positive changes, while negative thoughts will likely only bring about more distraction. Own your personal power, aim your arrows high and as always, be gentle with yourself and those around you.
Saturn midway through Sagittarius in the 3rd house forms a square to both Jupiter and the stellium in Pisces, adding a sense of order and helping us to know there is purpose in all that we have been experiencing.
The acceleration of the eclipse zone is likely to be felt throughout the next few weeks, until March 23, when the Moon and Sun create the lunar penumbral eclipse, bringing an end to this round of eclipses.
The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed. If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please fill out the form below