Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Solar Eclipse of March 2007 in Pisces

By Robert Wilkinson


What Does this Solar Eclipse Mean? What Are its Effects?

The Solar Eclipse occurs at 29 degrees of Pisces on March 18, 2007 at 7:43 pm Pacific Daylight Time, right before the Vernal Equinox on March 20, 2007 at 5:08 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

This Solar Eclipse will bring many endings, and the seed essence of whatever progress we've been making will be stripped of old forms so newer, more appropriate means of expressing our Light can come forth. Eclipses affect everyone, including nations, for a long time after they occur, and take things away that are no longer a part of our future; they obscure the Greater Lights so lesser ones can be seen which will become Greater Lights in their time. This Solar Eclipse at the end of Pisces will be the next larger step in time to free us from "a narrow destiny" promised by last September's Virgo Eclipses.

As I wrote in the article on the September 2006 Solar Eclipse in Virgo still in major play in our lives, it opened opportunities to "hear and take the call and joyously rise to the occasions about to be presented to us. The quality of what will be offered entirely depends on our willingness to be trained and educated in ways appropriate to our individual mental-spiritual dharma."

We've all left some things behind that has led to a freedom from old conditions that were a significant part of our lives. It affected different signs in different ways, of course, since how an eclipse works is entirely how it configures with our planets in our houses. In this article I gave a brief sketch on how it affects each individual sign, and if you know your Ascendant, or Rising sign, please look at that as well.

The theme of an "escape from a narrow destiny" had been initiated by Mars at 30 Virgo in the September 2006 Lunar Eclipse, and was kicked into high gear by the Solar Eclipse on that exact degree. That Lunar Eclipse promised some short term revolutionary developments that were picked up by the Solar Eclipse and moved into long term situational dynamics. So for the past 6 months we've begun to be shown a "conquest of illusion," and had to concentrate on finishing up some form of training, preparing for the new ways being precipitated by the endings of the current Pisces Eclipses as well as the openings and inspiration on every level promised by the on-going Grand Fire Trines.

Here it's important to note that there was a Grand Fire Trine in the March 3-4 2007 Lunar Eclipse. This will be a factor in the events promised by the Lunar Eclipse in the months it will be operative. For those concerned with the endings and adjustments already in motion associated with the recent eclipse, it will ultimately prove to be very brightening and inspirational in its effects. On a final note regarding last Autumn's Solar Eclipse, it will be in major effect for 5 to 7 years, thus affecting what happens in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Later we'll see what NASA says about the coming eclipse. For now let's explore the astrological meanings behind the Eclipse configurations. To begin with since the Eclipse falls in the penultimate degree of Pisces, the Moon would usually be considered void of course, but this Solar Eclipse is exactly square Pluto, a very powerful indicator that many things will be stripped to the core as a result of this lunation.

It will most affect people with planets in late Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, and challenge all to find self-confidence amidst the general chaos and breakdowns, and not lose sight of our greater Realizations or fall into forgetfulness under the pressures of lesser things. Use focus, concentration, and self discipline in creative ways, follow the details, and get a "form" to practice your Truth and skills.

We'll find new ways to take our social skills and cultural values and express them differently, and some will find their "virtuosity." If appropriate, see it as "finding your cause." Find situations where your special talents can be valued. For Truth-seeking Souls consciously walking the Way, find the central point with which to "anchor" your perspective so you don't get disoriented by all that is stirring but only partially developed. The gestative power of the Ageless Wisdom will be seen and experienced, some will revise ideas back to source, and some will find a greater understanding resulting from "patient steady work and persisting aspiration." All will realize new potentials based in recapping past opportunities at the threshold of a new cycle of experience.

Jupiter and Neptune rule this eclipse. Jupiter is exactly trine Saturn and sextile Neptune, promising a very fortuitous effect. Jupiter's degree is a challenge to actively prepare for the future, sacrificing parts of the present to ensure future well being. Use foresight to plan for future needs, and do what is needed to ensure the means of supplying those needs. Be thorough, find ways of connecting to the source of life on Earth, and link with others, turning weakness into strength, deprivation into connectedness, through compassionate cooperative relationships.

Jupiter expands all it touches, and represents the morality, ethics, higher spirituality, and clergy of a country. That the eclipse is in a Water sign would indicate more increase of water, usually meaning floods, and with the Lunation square Pluto, expect everything to be intense and at times extreme. This can mean a lot more water (rain) where there was none before, so crops could benefit as well as being deluged. I would think hypocrisy would be busted, and intrigues exposed in the light of a higher law coming forth. Jupiter and Saturn are stabilizing each other in a very strong and enlightening way at present, setting the inspiration for rapid developments to comes.

Neptune is on a degree of disappointments, challenging us to develop resilience and strength as we turn from difficult relationships to more promising interactions. Move through all interactions with integrity and character, and when confronted by the vanishing of old illusions, have compassion. Retire from problematic situations creating stress, and you can find a "spiritual justification" for being true to yourself through the forms of difficulty.

Jupiter and Neptune in a favorable aspect shows that these two forces will work productively in the natal houses they occupy, and bring forth good results for those with planets between 17-23 Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. It will be very productive for those born between the 5th and 13th of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

This Eclipse will work as a Thinking-Deciding-Feeling sequence of responding on the personality level. It will require that we need to consciously incorporate our feelings and experience of things we've seen, discussed, and acted upon. This is a great configuration for getting information and clear visions, then deciding or acting on the basis of those. Still, we need to remember to feel, and name those feelings and experience to ourself or others, to complete the process. Follow decisions with naming your feelings and how you're experiencing those actions and decisions, then do more research and communication, get information that updates your understanding, again followed by deciding, acting, and then complete the process through feeling and experiencing what just moved forward. Just don't get hung up on feeling frozen in place.

How the planets are proportioned in the chart determines the Jones Patterns. The Eclipse chart is a classic Bucket due to almost all the planets occupying half the chart and one on the other side. As I explained in this article the Saturn opposition Neptune defines the axis of opposition, with Saturn the nozzle to express and/or balance the energies of all the other planets. The primary occupied section is led by Jupiter, again indicating a time of radical expansions and openings, and closes with Venus at 2 Taurus, a degree of "a cosmic visitation" that will awe our consciousness and can lead to a complete transformation of how we do our Being.

Primary Lunation aspects include the Sun-Moon square Pluto and wide novile to Neptune, a wide conjunction with Uranus, wide semi-square to Mars, and semisextile to Venus. Thus Pluto is the prime factor in this eclipse. Besides the Jupiter sextile-trine the Saturn opposition Neptune, other outstanding astrological factors include Mars conjunct Neptune, Mercury quintile Jupiter and sextile both Pluto and Venus, which are in trine. Astrologers should take note that the aspects are "out of sign" but close in orb, which carries its own significance.

The very powerful Venus in Taurus will be a stabilizing influence despite the transformational awe of the degree, and its close tredecile to Saturn and quintile to Neptune and Mars promise a lot of serendipity in those areas of our lives. That configuration is so unique and gifting to all, I would suggest surrender to the larger quality of life you've been moving into before now, stop resisting the magnetic pull of the future, and you'll see gifts specialized to your circumstances, while your gifts perfectly fit circumstances you'll find yourself in.

The aspects challenging "right action" on our part include the Mars conjunct Neptune opposed Saturn, and Venus semisquare Uranus square Jupiter, tying Venus to a sesquisquare (135 degrees) to Jupiter. This 3-point configuration activates the void points of the Great Octile of the other points semisquare, square, and sesquisquare around 1 to 5 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, and 16-20 of Gemini, Virgo, Sag, and Pisces. Depending on how your Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus are functioning as a team, you'll see varied results.

I've discussed the Jupiter square Uranus effect for 2007 in this article. These aspects have coincided with the release of powerful, erratic, and high strung energies in our world, so watch Venus, since she's going to release all her extraordinarily positive aspect energy through these Octile aspects. With Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn so favorably aspected, this should be a good eclipse, even though it will take some things away.

Thus the Saturn opposed Neptune is extraordinarily harmonized by both Venus and Jupiter, a very good thing since Neptune is, after all, still doing its fogging thing in its dance of The Grand Irrationality with Pluto, the release point and trigger for this Eclipse. While Neptune is supported by Moon, Sun, Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus with no direct release point activated, Pluto will release the square from the Sun and Moon through its productivity and understanding harmonized by an out of sign sextile from Mercury and trine from Venus. Thus every bump can be turned into multiple productive applications, and there will be concrete developments assisting us to see that whatever was is now in our rearview mirror.

On a final note, the New Moon North Node is on a degree that offers us a form of "rebirth" through participating in collective events dedicated to renewal of how we present ourselves to our world and our Deity. The North Node is conjunct Uranus, so this eclipse will feature many Piscean individuation experiences showing us a synthesized view of long term developments. It's time to keep forgiving and blessing the passages as compassionately as we can. Get some quiet time to get a new inspiration, be at peace retreating from old excitable or bizarre dramas, and see the movie of your life and the larger Life we all share as symbols of your unique Self.

The South Node of the eclipse is on the degree of "a volcanic explosion," showing there will be many forceful releases of things that have been pent-up before now in both our inner lives and the outer world of affairs. Follow your "will to wholeness" to "break up old complexes" and release whatever you need to in order to get beyond old ego structures and subconscious fears that have kept you bottled up. Purify your body, feelings, and mind of old frustrating distinctions, and exercise Divine discernment to figure out some action that shows what you're learning.

This continues the theme from the recent Eclipses with the North Node in Pisces and South Node in Virgo. The eclipses falling with the Nodes in that axis are blessing us to go our own way within the larger fields of overlapping reality while witnessing the Oneness we ALL are together. We are learning not to expect others to conform to a pulse from Divine Mind the same way we would, and that we also get to do our thing in our own way and don't have to conform to another's expectations. To some extent this sanctions the passages, and shows us what is closing out in our lives. Pray, meditate, forgive, release, and merge into the compassionate ALL of the oceanic field that is Pisces, symbol of the great Ocean of Consciousness.

For those of you into what NASA has to say about eclipses, here it is, straight from the site:

Partial Solar Eclipse of March 19 - "The first solar eclipse of 2007 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in Pisces and is visible from eastern Asia and parts of northern Alaska. Greatest eclipse takes place at 02:31:56 UT when the eclipse magnitude will reach 0.8754. The penumbral contact times with Earth are listed below.

Partial Eclipse Begins: 00:38:26 UT

Partial Eclipse Ends: 04:25:00 UT

Here's a link to a NASA table of when the eclipse shadow will hit various cities throughout its path. As you can see, its shadow will primarily fall on Asia, from Iran and Russia through Afghanistan, India, and Mongolia, all the way to Vietnam, China, the Koreas, and northwestern Alaska. From another site, we find times of maximum eclipse and magnitude at 4 major cities are Beijing - 02:23UT (0.39), Shanghai - 02:12UT (0.19), Hong Kong - 01:47UT (0.16) and Calcutta - 01:30UT (0.42).

As you know from reading other eclipse articles on this site, historically wherever the shadow falls indicates regime change, environmental changes, or other forms of major shifts of power. Further, if the eclipse falls on the Ascendant or Sun of a country or person, we will see a stronger effect than if it fell away from an angle or is making few aspects in the natal chart.

Also remember that with Solar Eclipses, the number of hours it's active is the number of years it's in force. This one is about 3 hours 46 minutes, which would imply it will be in effect for about 3 years, 9 months. Thus this eclipse will primarily affect us through 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Keep in mind that the September 2006 Solar Eclipse will also be active simultaneously, and last longer than this one.

Overall, my assessment is that many things will abruptly end, and very unique and specialized gifts will replace old stuck situations. Avoid worry, restlessness, and needlessly being driven by nerves. The Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces parts of our lives are being harmonized, and the coming years will bring ways we can demonstrate that inspired understanding.

Furthermore, this eclipse will lead to our Gemini and Virgo energies productively interacting with our Taurus and Libra energies, which themselves will be in a uniquely positive interactive relationship to our Capricorn and Aquarius sectors. The ruler of our Aries and Scorpio is in productive aspect with the Jupiter, ruler of the eclipse, so enlarge your perception, analyze the subtleties, and allow the husk of old things to fall off, preparing the seed of more inspired things to come. With all this, it should be a very productive eclipse!

To see how it affects your individual sign, here's How The 29 Pisces Solar Eclipse in March 2007 Affects Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces?

For those interested in what I've written about eclipses dating back to 2001, here's Eclipses Past and Present – A Look At What They’ve Brought All of Us in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001

© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson