Category Archives: Eclipse

Then add an eclipse to the mix …

As you’ve probably noticed, this is intense and powerful astrological energy at the moment. The last of Pluto-Uranus earlier this week, and now a solar eclipse in the final degree of the zodiac, the day before the solstice and the beginning of a new cycle.

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A solar eclipse happens when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth, so it always happens on a New Moon (compared with the lunar eclipse that happens on a Full Moon, which we are going to get in a couple of weeks … on 4th April).   So, with a solar eclipse, the Moon is casting its shadow over the earth, so there’s an element of our emotions overshadowing our past. With this eclipse in Pisces, this is a clearing energy on a deep, psychological level. Being at the last degree of the zodiac, and with both the Moon and the Sun entering Aries over the next day, and beginning their new year cycle, this eclipse is a powerful opportunity for setting new intentions.

Plenty of people around me have been experiencing this intensity of the astrological energies over the last week or two … whether it has manifested as oppressive fatigue, turgid energy, penetrating dreams, unexplained tears, frustrations with others, fears of letting go, fears of holding on … this is a time of transition, and the evolution is all around us.  This eclipse is the essence of it. Today is a day to put aside some time to set new intentions, to allow the old to flow out and the new to flow in.

Today is the beginning of a new cycle … it is powerful energy, be gentle and purposeful with it!

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A syzygy … New Moon eclipse in Scorpio

A solar eclipse happens when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are all in a straight line, in Astronomy this pattern is called a syzygy … you’ve just got to love that word!! Eclipses go in patterns, with a New Moon solar eclipse typically following the Full Moon Lunar eclipse, so its no wonder that the last fortnight has been an intense time.


On a geographical level, the gravitational effects of a syzygy can involve earthquakes and moonquakes. I guess that’s probably symbolic for what goes on psychologically … a rumbling up from deep beneath the surface of fundamental and transformative change that is just going to happen no matter what!

This week’s New Moon eclipse is in the first degree of Scorpio (at 8.57am (AEDT) on Friday 24th ), and it has Venus in exact conjunction. Take into account that Mercury is in its last few days of being retrograde and that we’re still in the Uranus-Pluto ‘evolve or evaporate’ pattern, and we’ve got an intriguing combination, and I’m personally looking forward to noticing how the energy plays out.

With a solar eclipse, the Moon is casting its shadow over the earth, so there’s an element of our emotions overshadowing our past. With this eclipse in Scorpio, this is a clearing energy, with the capacity to penetrate the depths, and rid ourselves of emotional baggage to allow new growth. As well as ruling the cycles of birth, death and regeneration, Scorpio is the astrological waste management energy, clearing out the crap we no longer need.

Add Venus, the planet of harmony and relating, into the mix, and I anticipate that, despite the Scorpionic passion, this eclipse will feel softer and gentler than the confusion and intensity often attributed to eclipse energy. Venus here does mean that a major focus of this eclipse will be about intimacy and partnerships. This really is a time for noticing old patterns and old ties, recognizing what is holding us back from growth.

New Moon energy is all about inviting in the new, and the power of this one combined with the Venusian influences means that intentions set during this New Moon will take on a profound depth … the results will be seen in a our experiences and relationships over the next six months.

The time is ripe for getting perspective on love and relationships, and especially on old stuff that might have served its purpose.

But keep in mind that this is a time for inner knowing, rather than a time for forcing change. The impetus to manifest these changes will come next week, after Mercury turns forward and Mars moves into Capricorn. Friday’s eclipse is the perfect time to sit in stillness with self, to set intentions, and to energetically plant the seeds of harmony, intimacy, depth and connectedness. Act on it next week.

And of course, don’t forget that astrology is not causal, it’s just a way of reading the fundamental interconnectedness of all things!!


Courage after the funk!

After the funk of last week’s eclipse energy, this is a week for movement, for making things happen.

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The energy of the Grand Fire Trine is still active, with the Mars-Jupiter connection especially strong at the moment. This is enthusiastic, active, creative, inspirational kind of energy. It is the perfect time for actualizing change out of all those less than comfortable rumblings and stirrings of the eclipse. A time to grab your life goals and expand, be big, move forward, take chances. A time for courage.

But Mercury is still in retrograde, so don’t forget to study the details carefully before deciding which chances to go with … just because the opportunity for expansion is real, there’s no excuse to stuff it up with recklessness!

The next couple of days also see some nice little Venus aspects to the North Node, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury. This combination of aspects is a potent opportunity for clarity in relationship … there is an ease in connection and communication. And because the New Moon eclipse on the 24th October means that intensity in relationship is likely to amp up over the next two weeks, take advantage of this little hiatus of peace to express just what you want, believe, desire with self, partners … and everyone else.