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Virgo Solar Eclipse:
|“A special spark rises|
from the sorrow of a burning heart.
Have you ever heard
how the sigh of a broken heart
touches the Beloved?”
In keeping with what I promised in the New Moon missive, here is the letter with addenda to the last eclipse, along with Western astrological info on the eclipse to take place on the 22nd. This is a long letter, and out of the ordinary because I do not normally do letters in between the new and full Moon, but it is necessary in light of what has been happening in the world.
The past few weeks have been rather interesting (Don't you love the term!?) for people here. It is said that things always seem to happen in threes. Australia lost three of its favorite sons around the time of the last eclipse (Virgo Solar festival 2006) – Stephen Robert Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter), Colin Milton Thiele (Educator and author of such works as Storm Boy, The Sun on the Stubble, The Fire in the Stone, and many other beloved Australian books) and Peter Geoffrey Brock (“The King of the Mountain” in Australian motor sport).
The funerals for Peter Brock and Steve Irwin have just been held, hence the reason for the little Rumi stanza at the start of this missive. Many people are still in shock here. The reason I mention these three men is not only because they are current news, however. It is also because there are some eclipses that have played key roles in the passing of two of the men mentioned who died in tragic circumstances – Steve Irwin and Peter Brock – and one of those eclipses is the one that is to take place Friday Australian time. Thus, we need to take a closer look at the eclipse activity that is going on now, how it will affect us in the future and a little bit of the 'mechanics' around eclipses themselves. We will also look at how they operated in terms of Steve Irwin's chart, because the symbolism around his death was quite stunning and illustrative.
Eclipses are special events, both to the general public and to astrologers alike, and they have been both a fascination and ominous occurrences to people since the beginnings of human memory. For astrologers, an eclipse has the effect of super-charging a degree of the zodiac (the degree of an eclipse, that is). When a person's own planets or angles lie on or opposite within three degrees of the degree of an eclipse, then some rather special events take place in a person's life when the degree of an eclipse is activated, either by the event itself or by the transits of planets to that point or to the opposite point. Due to the motion of the Moon's Nodes, which are the defining places of eclipses in the zodiac, we have a rather energized situation before us at the start of the new season. As it turns out, there will be no less than 14 eclipses that will be activated by Mars or Jupiter from Friday through to the end of December, and there are two that have been activated since the last eclipse – one of which will not occur until next year (3 Mar 2007 at 13 Virgo 00). Yes, if an eclipse is close enough in time, although such a thing is not usually given much consideration. In other words, the degree of the eclipse can be sensitized before the event actually takes place, making the event itself more powerful or precipitous in some way. That particular eclipse was triggered by the retrograde transit of Uranus on the 30th of August this year. This eclipse was pre-triggered by Mars on the day of the last eclipse, so this eclipse will be a little more powerful than usual.
For those readers who are non-astrologers, this letter will be a little more technical than usual, but it is necessary in order that we gain some understanding of what lies just ahead of us in terms of planetary events and opportunities for real and needed change in our lives – for change is exactly what eclipses foretell. No other astrological event appears to have the power or capacity for change that an eclipse seems to be able to deliver. Every major change of direction in a person's or entity's life is usually marked by an eclipse of some sort. From births, marriages, moves, changes in philosophy and even death, eclipses tell the tale in the majority of cases. It is a fascinating astrological study, but it also has some very practical and serious ramifications for people.
There are three eclipses of which we need to be especially mindful in this period because they fall on or very close to either 15 degrees of fixed signs or the zero degrees of cardinal signs. These particular eclipses are known for their capacity to affect change on a world scale. We will not have the space to go into examples of how all that works out, but it is enough for us to know that there will be some potent catalysts for change that are about to be presented to us, and we can pinpoint the timing of it by the transits, primarily of Mars and Jupiter. With that, let us have a brief overview of what we are dealing with here.
There are 4 basic types of eclipses (between the Sun and the Moon):
|Solar South Node:||Sun conjunct Moon at the South Node|
|Solar North Node:||Sun conjunct Moon at the North Node|
|Lunar South Node:||Moon at South Node opposing Sun|
|Lunar North Node:||Moon at North Node opposing Sun|
The one we had on the 8th of this month was a lunar North Node eclipse. The one taking place Friday is a solar South Node eclipse. The one that was pre-triggered was a lunar South Node eclipse opposite the one that occurred on the 8th. Eclipses always take place in pairs, with one being a solar eclipse of either type (North or South Node) and the other being a lunar eclipse of the opposite type, and they take place within two weeks of each other. For solar eclipses, the eclipse degree is where the Sun/Moon conjunction takes place. For lunar eclipses, the eclipse degree is the degree of the Moon.
To keep things short and to the point, North Node eclipses, both lunar and solar, tend to bring increase and expansion. That can be either good or stressful, meaning it can bring people what they want or unexpected benefits, or it can cause too much of a good thing and bring on unwanted stresses. South Node eclipses tend to bring endings, subsequent vacuums, but expansion later because the past has been cleared away. In other words, North Node eclipses are harbingers of the future, whereas South Node eclipses bring closure on the past. That sort of closure is generally seen to be a loss of some sort, although the 'loss' is generally needed by a person in some way in order to clear the way for better conditions. Lunar eclipses generally give emotional expansion or release and deal more with public issues and mass consciousness. Solar eclipses are always about the relationship between Soul and the personal ego, either linking them beneficially or in highlighting where inadequate linking between the two lies.
Therefore, to put all the factors just described together and to get a better picture of what this solar eclipse on the 22nd is about, we have a South Node Solar eclipse on what is known as a 'Zero Aries point', or a 'world view' point. In other words, this is a serious eclipse in the arena of world affairs – and also within personal relations. The effects of this eclipse will be valid for at least 3 years after the event. It is in the same Saros series as the Sep 8th eclipse, so it, too, brings endings and separations. There will be a demand to release certain of the desires of the ego. There will be a feeling of an energy leak or drain. There could be possible identity crises for people. This will definitely eventuate in the wrapping up of an old matter or old association in order that a more fitting experience can be had. In other words, this eclipse will bring an opportunity to break free of something from the past. What that will be is indicated first by the house in which the eclipse occurs and then by planets on or opposite to that degree. Something has to be contributed with this eclipse – a debt paid or a voluntary submission – and a final product of some value must be produced. We will all be forced to recognize what is valid and what is not in our lives. The level of benefits from the new starts that come from this will depend upon how well we let go of the past. We will go into the dynamics of this eclipse in due course, but we need to look at what else is going to be triggered off in coming weeks first.
What follows is a table of eclipses triggered this season, in respective order of 1) the trigger date 2) the type of eclipse 3) the active degree/its opposite point and 4) the activating planet.
|Trigger Date||Type||Active Point||Activating Planet|
|18 Sep||Lunar NN||16 Tau / 16 Sco||Jupiter|
|21 Sep||Solar NN||9 Ari / 9 Lib||Mars|
|23 Sep||Solar SN||10 Lib /10 Ari||Mars|
|7 Oct||Solar NN||19 Ari / 19 Lib||Mars|
|10 Oct||Solar SN||21 Lib / 21 Ari||Mars|
|14 Oct||Lunar NN||24 Ari / 24 Lib||Mars|
|23 Oct||Solar NN||30 Ari / 30 Lib||Mars|
|29 Oct||Lunar SN||5 Tau / 5 Sco||Mars|
|30 Oct||Lunar NN||4 Sco / 4 Tau||Mars|
|31 Oct||Lunar SN||25 Sco / 25 Tau||Jupiter|
|12 Nov||Lunar NN||28 Tau / 28 Sco||Jupiter|
|14 Nov||Lunar SN||14 Sco / 14 Tau||Mars|
|28 Nov||Lunar SN||24 Sco / 24 Tau||Mars (Transiting Saturn stations square those points)|
|22 Dec||Solar SN||12 Sag / 12 Gem||Mars|
Mars brings conflicts and dynamic action. It is generally seen as malefic in nature and tends toward separations and endings. Jupiter can bring benefit or it can bring big separations, too. Of interest to note is the eclipse triggered on the 22nd of Dec squares the Sep 8th eclipse and the 3 Mar 07 eclipse. It thus sensitizes all three eclipses. The eclipse trigger of 28 Nov is of special interest as well, because Saturn is slowing to its station square to those points on the 6th of Dec and is well within orb of the square to the points on the 28th of Nov. The end of this year (28 Nov-Dec 31st) looks to be a bit of a wild ride for some people if they have planets or angles at those degrees. As a rule, Mars triggers produce results a week on either side of the exact conjunction with the point. Jupiter produces results two weeks on either side. The 28th Nov trigger is the one to watch. Mars and Saturn together can bring decisive endings, especially if angles are involved.
So, just what precipitates when an eclipse is triggered? To look at that we will examine Steve Irwin's chart at the time of his passing. When I wrote about 'stings in the tail' with the last eclipse, I had no idea what would actually come of that event, but when we look at Steve's chart, we will see that 'sting' is exactly what was implicated. The time for his birth is in question, but Milton Black (a famous Aussie astrologer) places the time around 1:00 AM on the 22nd of Feb 1962. Personally, I would place the time closer to 1:20 AM because the relocated IC would be pretty squarely on the eclipse point for the 8th of September. Steve Irwin was born in Essendon, Victoria. There were four eclipses triggered in his chart at the time of his death (4 Sep 2006), and all at the same time. The first was the 3 Mar 07 eclipse at 13 Virgo 00. The next was the actual eclipse of the 9th at 15 Pisces. The next was the Lunar SN eclipse at 14 Scorpio, conjunct his natal Neptune (God of the Oceans) and ruling the 4th House (conditions at the end of life and conclusions). The last was the eclipse of this Friday, which was triggered by Mars at the 0 Libra point on the date of the Sep 9th eclipse. That also triggered his Solar Arc Mars, also nearly conjunct that point. It was this last eclipse that was the 'sting in the tail' for him, and the combination of the four are what signaled his demise. Mars governs violence, piercing, stab wounds, and confrontations – this time with a sting ray. Let us be clear about how these eclipses affected him, then, and how.
The first eclipse which was activated for was the 3 Mar 07 eclipse, energized at the end of August this year by a retrograde transit of Uranus. That took place within 5 days of his demise, and conjoined his Midheaven. That was a lunar SN eclipse and it indicated sudden reversals of fortune (retro Uranus) in his work life. There was no need for him to go the way he did. He could have worn a protective suit before he went into the ocean with a potentially dangerous animal, but chose not to. More on that in a minute. Since it also opposes his IC (4th House cusp), it activated that point, too. The eclipse of the 8th also saw a Mars trigger to the eclipse of the 22nd, so there were two eclipses activated on the same day. The eclipse of the 9th was a Lunar NN eclipse on his IC in Pisces (oceans, self-undoing, stabs in the back-truly!, deception or deceptive circumstances – a watery death). The eclipse of the 22nd is a Solar SN eclipse conjoined to his solar arc Mars, which was semi-squaring his natal Mars. Since it was a Mars trigger and indicated separations and endings, the violence of the actions around that day will be apparent enough to most astrologers. There was a triple Martian emphasis with that eclipse. The last eclipse to be triggered was by Jupiter to Neptune, as stated, and ruler of his 4th House. All of these triggers occurred within orb of the day of his death on the 4th.
The eclipse of the 22nd that activated Steve's solar arc Mars will take place on the zero Libra point. Libra is about decisions, aside from being known for its relationship emphasis. A Solar SN eclipse to that point, especially activated by Mars, can indicate rash and impulsive decisions, and that such decisions can either instigate conflicts, wounding, dynamic change, new actions and drawing of blood-even conflagration and death. So, on the morning of his death he was given a choice. He was shown a new protective suit that would have stopped a stingray barb, but he chose not to wear it, thinking it too heavy. Steve Irwin was known for his propensity to stir up the animals with which he was working, and that – along with his bad decision – would prove to be his undoing. We could go into a long discourse on the symbolism and dynamics of it all, but the point to be made here is to show the power of eclipses and how-when there are multiple eclipses activating key points in a person's chart-change is irresistible, sudden and irreversible. There is a lot more that was happening in his chart for that day, but we hopefully get the idea of what eclipses are all about. Steve Irwin was loved throughout the world and his Sagittarian ascendant (if the chart is correct and at least while he was in Queensland) clearly showed his love of life and adventure, his devil-may-care attitude about some things, his love of nature and his willingness to take a risk and have an adventure. It also contributed to his demise. He is very much missed.
Go to Part 2 of The Virgo Annular Solar Eclipse, 2006, where Malvin discusses the eclipse effects and the Goddess Energy.