Making the most of tomorrow’s lunar eclipse

Tomorrow, 23 March 2016, at 11:48 AM GMT (London), there is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon.


As you probably know, this means that the (full) Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. A penumbral eclipse is where the Moon enters only the penumbral shadow of the earth and because it’s difficult to see, doesn’t often gather too much attention.

However, astrologers view every eclipse as a dramatic ‘wild card’ playing out someplace in our natal charts. Wherever this occurs, events will transpire in order to shake us out of our compliancy. With every eclipse something ends and something begins. But whilst solar eclipses tend to offer new opportunities, lunar eclipses tend to bring final endings.

Because tomorrow’s lunar eclipse occurs at 3 Libra 17, those with planets or sensitive areas of their charts at this degree (and/or also around 4 Aries, 4 Capricorn or 4 Cancer) might expect their lives to be shaken up, perhaps by memories and dreams, both good and bad, resurfacing. Because eclipses come in pairs (solar/lunar) and repeat in nearly exact degree and sign every 19 years, if this eclipse has special significance for you, then look back 19 years to get some sense of how it might again, manifest.


Everyone can make good use of the energy released with this eclipse and using the Sabian symbol (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Dr Marc Edmund Jones) for 4 Libra, I offer you the following:

A group around a campfire:

  • Group experience,Spiritual-Communion-Around-The-Campfire-1920-300x153
  • Realities broader than simple self-concern originate in common functions,
  • Every responsibility undertaken should become the expression of identity rather than one of divergence in interest,
  • Importance of building everyday morale in order to create social structures that further life objectives,
  • AVOID letting opportunities lazily drift away and idly depending on others.

Memories and dreams cloud judgment. Our path becomes more treacherous when succumbing to our fears. Yet even in the darkest hour, dawn is implicit and in order to fully take this on-board, we must learn to separate illusions from reality. This becomes much easier when we team up with like-minded others in order to accomplish common goals. Even the scariest and darkest of paths becomes more navigable when tread in the company of another.


During this lunar eclipse, prepare a cup of rose-hip tea and sit back in a comfy chair. Sip your tea whilst thinking about people with whom you’d do well to team up with; feel a surge of warm feelings going out to them knowing that this is a legitimate method of communication. Amiability (the quality of having a friendly, pleasant manner) is the name of this eclipse’s game. Contemplate how you can develop and express it.

Using tomorrow’s Total Solar Eclipse to your best advantage

Tomorrow, 9 March 2016, at 2 AM GMT (London), there is a total eclipse of the Sun.

As you probably know, this means that the Moon  passes between the Sun and Earth and hence completely blocks our view of the Sun.

You probably also know that most calendar years have four eclipses, two of which must be solar eclipses and whilst total solar eclipses are not exactly rare (approximately once every 18 months a total solar eclipse is visible from some place on Earth), they do tend to attract a good deal of attention.

eclipse-traditions1Astrologers view eclipses as a release of pent up energy that shakes us out of our everyday complacency and gets us up and running again.  Because the Moon is associated with the unconscious and the Sun with the conscious, a total solar eclipse (when the conscious is completely blotted out by the unconscious), offers a perfect opportunity to undertake some housekeeping in regards to your personal unconscious.

Tomorrow’s eclipse occurs at 18 Pisces 56. So for those of you with planets or sensitive areas in your charts at this degree (and/or about 19 Virgo, 19 Gemini, or 19 Sagittarius), you might expect your daily (unconscious) routine to be quite shaken up.

But everyone can positively utilise the energy released by this eclipse to reset his or her personal intentions. The Sabian symbol (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Dr Marc Edmund Jones) for 19 Pisces, offers assistance as follows :

A master instructing his pupil:

  • Unlimited potential
  • Self-refinement of human intelligence
  • Enjoy & employ the privileges and bounties of life allotted to you
  • Personality comes into its own to direct destiny
  • Careful direction through patient investigation and genuine psychological insight
  • AVOID the tendency to live by rules forged by the conceit of empty knowledge.

To release unconscious behavioral patterns working against reaching your unlimited potential, you first need to accept that they exist. Next, accept that as the creator of these patterns, you can eliminate them and that in doing so, you will be able to consciously direct the privileges and bounties allotted to you in order to reach your unlimited potential. During this eclipse, honestly identify unconscious behavioural pattern that you think may be getting in your way and write them down on a piece of paper. Each day for the next seven days, study your paper whilst making specific plans as how to eliminate these unwanted patterns. If you like, you may also light a white candle and/or chant “Blow wind blow, blow a path for me. Make it clear and straight so the future I can see.”

The Dangers of Individuality – The Sabian Symbol for Today

With the Sun moving towards 24 Leo, the Sabian Symbol for today is an ‘untidy, unkempt man’.

Usually with Leonine energy, we think of proud playfulness, openhearted generosity, and confident charm.   But sometimes, it can all go wrong.

The ruler of Leo is the Sun, which can be equated with the Ego – that part of your personality that maintains the balance between impulses (‘id’) and conscience (‘superego’).   When balance is achieved, you have the unruffled self-assurance so often associated with Leo.  Actually, you’d expect nothing else.   Leo is ‘fixed fire’.  The Leonine ego must come to terms with itself by turning not to the world outside, but instead to within.

Yet after such intense soul-searching, it’s imperative to share your hard-won wisdom with your fellow man.  Most spiritual traditions emphasis this final leg of the Self’s journey as the most important.  This makes perfect sense as Leo’s balancing energy is to be found in its opposite -Aquarius -the epitome of social responsibility and the egalitarian ideal.

But when the ego fails to find balance, the result is complete self-obsession and an unattractive insensitivity to the wider world.

Today’s Sabian less is not just for Leo, but also for everyone.  Individuality is key to human happiness.  But without balance, the exact opposite is attained.  Hence we find the image of this Sabian Symbol – a negative, perverse satisfaction in the neglect of self.