Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Black Friday' Solar Eclipse - 11/25/2011

Its eclipse season again! This most recent round starts off with a new moon solar eclipse that peaks at approximately 1:12am EST on Friday, November 25...'Black Friday' in the US.

Eclipses usually occur two weeks apart from each other twice per year. Each series typically includes a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse or vice versa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is partially blocking the moon from the sun during a full moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun from the Earth during a new moon.

Full moons and new moons represent astrologically potent time periods anyway, but the eclipses just add some amplification and usually a little dose of the unexpected!

Astrologically speaking, new moons are generally a time of sowing seeds while full moons are a time of reaping what we sow. Where a new moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of new beginnings and laying new foundations in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Where a full moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of sudden awareness, revelation, culmination and completion in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Eclipses just add some spice and surprise to these time periods.

Ancient astrologers saw eclipse seasons as especially potent time periods with regards to wars and the fate of nations. I personally prefer to look at eclipses relative to the lives and relationships of individuals. In this regard, eclipse seasons are often potent times for unexpected change in terms of surprise new beginnings and to final culminations of things which have been building for some time.

This particular solar eclipse occurs at 3° Sagittarius and will be forming difficult square aspects to Mars at 7° Virgo and to Neptune at 28° Aquarius. It will also form a smoother flowing trine to Uranus at 1° Aries as well as an adjustment-seeking quincunx to Jupiter at 2° Taurus. Its 'Black Friday' in the US and shoppers will be out in masses. But the unusually early start to this year's event has some people protesting. Is there really any question WHY the 'occupy' movement is occurring? The only real question that remains is what to do about a situation where high powered executives are not held accountable. Forcing their workers to work strange hours for higher profits while they pass out on a couch at home somewhere, is just another example of the unaccountability problem.

With this eclipse occurring in Sagittarius (along with the start of Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius), I see some sort of 'wake-up call' incident occurring that leads to a need to reassess the value of rushing out to beat out other shoppers in a game that only serves an elite few. It may be that it takes an unfortunate accident to occur that reminds us that this kind of approach just isn't 'worth' it. Hopefully not though...

Depending on where this lands in your own personal natal chart, this eclipse is likely to lead to the start of some type of new initiative that requires independent action without any clear sense of which way is the 'right' way. Our values are shifting and we just don't need the collective approval that we always thought we needed to move forward. We are prepared to do the little details and grunt work to head in the direction of our visions, even without a compass. Such brave souls we are!

The experiences of this nature would be felt within the domain of the astrological house that encompasses the location of this eclipse at 3° Sagittarius. You would need to consult your own natal chart to find out where this position falls for you. For example, this point falls in my natal 3rd house which is the house covering contracts, discussions, information, and general life 'busyness'. For me (and everyone else who has 3° Sagittarius in their 3rd house) this could mark a new beginning related to my daily activities and contract discussions. I'll be hitting the ground running (Mars in Virgo) with a new venture (Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius/3rd house) and meeting with clients in a whole new way (Uranus in Aries/7th house) relative to my previous experience all while remaining unclear exactly what my cause is (Neptune in Aquarius/6th house) and whether it will actually support me financially (Jupiter in Taurus/8th house). Sounds about right ;)!

The combination of the house location of the eclipse, its aspects to other current planets, and its aspects to the personal natal planets yields a very unique interpretation for each individual. For the best results in this case, find out where this solar eclipse and the other planets involved fall in your natal chart. Then find any planets or personal points in your natal chart that are also aspected by these configurations.

Location of Current Solar Eclipse Configurations

Solar Eclipse – Sun/Moon @ 3° Sagittarius

Mars – 7° Virgo

Neptune – 28° Aquarius

Uranus – 1° Aries

Jupiter - 2° Taurus

The effects of this eclipse may ripple out as long as several months with initial conditions starting at or near the eclipse date (November 25, 2011). Mars recently squared the location of this eclipse from Virgo last week (~Nov 15, 2011) and won't form a conjunction with this location in early Sagittarius until ~Oct 10, 2012. You may have already felt some of the effects of this eclipse starting last week and the full force of what this eclipse is unleashing may not be fully apparent until October 2012!

General Advice:

Expanding beyond our comfort zones takes a 'leap of faith' at the very least. Fortunately, we are ready for the hard work and we are more aware of our independent needs and can honor this shift in values while taking chances with our 'truth'. Its one thing to know your truth, but its another thing to take action to honor it. Let the window that opens with this eclipse allow in the courage you need to act as though you actually value your truth for once!

Good luck!

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