September 2016 New & Full Moons: Solar Eclipse in Virgo, Lunar Eclipse in Pisces & New Moon in Libra
It’s eclipse month! September brings with it the second set of eclipses for 2016, and the first eclipse is a solar eclipse in Virgo to kick the month off on September 1st at 5:03AM ET. Eclipses are just like new and full moons, with solar eclipses corresponding to new moons and lunar eclipses corresponding to full moons (technically speaking, eclipses occur when a new or full moons occurs within 18 ½ degrees of the lunar nodes). The difference between them is, the new and full moons impact for two weeks, while eclipses can impact up to six months before and after. A long time!
So this first eclipse occurs in earth sign Virgo, sign of work, daily life, and health. Solar eclipses are enthusiastic and can signal new beginnings, just like new moons, but with an extra dose of energy. The problem with this solar eclipse is that it occurs in the same sign that Mercury is retrograde (appearing to move backward) in - uh oh! Now, this isn’t as troubling as a lunar eclipse in the sign Mercury is retrograde, and can actually be excellent for second chances and starting over again. Pick back up old work projects and give them another shot. Give old routines another chance, pick back up old health regimens that can be helpful now.
This solar eclipse also triggers the mutable t-square we’ve got cooking with Jupiter in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces and both square (three signs away) from Saturn in Sagittarius. The eclipse is opposite Neptune and square Saturn (not conjunct Jupiter though). So we can get some extra spicy energy jazzing up the mutable t-square, and we’ve gotta fight hard to not get caught up in the highly scattered energy (especially since we’ll also be fresh into a cardinal t-square at the same time too!). It’s incredibly high energy to start the month, so do your best to stay grounded and focus the energy as best as you can.
This solar eclipse occurs at 9 degrees 1 minute Virgo. The aspects to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 4 degrees 1 minute - 14 degrees 1 minute Virgo
Semisextile: 7 degrees 1 minute - 11 degrees 1 minute Leo or Libra
Sextile: 4 degrees 1 minute - 14 degrees 1 minute Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 4 degrees 1 minute - 14 degrees 1 minute Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 4 degrees 1 minute - 14 degrees 1 minute Taurus or Capricorn
Quincunx: 7 degrees 1 minute - 11 degrees 1 minute Aries or Aquarius
Opposition: 4 degrees 1 minute - 14 degrees 1 minute Pisces
Then we have the lunar eclipse, which occurs on September 16th at 3:05PM ET in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of compassion, intuition, imagination, spirituality, and sacrifice, so we can do more for one another, have stronger gut instincts, let our imagination soar, get in touch with your spiritual needs, and make sacrifices for those we care about. Pisces is also the last sign, associated with endings, as are lunar eclipses, so there can be some important endings around this time, and we can all be collectively purging our lives in some way, shape, or form.
This eclipse squares transit (moving) Mars in Sagittarius, so our anger, energy, and aggression may be high. We’ll need outlets for our riled up emotions to avoid getting into big arguments or big accidents. The eclipse is semisextile (positive aspect, one sign away) transit Uranus in Aries, which can help us to settle issues of individuality, originality, eccentricity, idealism, or independence. And this lunar eclipse is conjunct (aligned with) transit Chiron, an asteroid dubbed the wounded healer and is associated with our wounds, what we need to heal from and how. We may see a big wound opening up somewhere, or a big wound closing somewhere, or both.
We can be extra sensitive with this lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses tend to be more emotional and make us more sensitive anyway, but that’s even more the case with it in sensitive Pisces, and with it conjunct sensitive Chiron. We might do well having a little bit of armor, but not too much. It’s okay to feel the bad stuff.
This lunar eclipse occurs at 24 degrees 20 minutes Pisces. The aspects to this lunar eclipse are:
Conjunction: 19 degrees 20 minutes - 29 degrees 20 minutes Pisces
Semisextile: 22 degrees 20 minutes - 26 degrees 20 minutes Aries or Aquarius
Sextile: 19 degrees 20 minutes - 29 degrees 20 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 19 degrees 20 minutes - 29 degrees 20 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 19 degrees 20 minutes - 29 degrees 20 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Quincunx: 22 degrees 20 minutes - 26 degrees 20 minutes Leo or Libra
Opposition: 19 degrees 20 minutes - 29 degrees 20 minutes Virgo
There is a third lunar event in September, a new moon to close the month on September 30th at 8:11PM ET in Libra. After the wild and wacky eclipses, the month comes to a close with a very quiet, almost peaceful new moon. We can work on connecting better with one another, forging new partnerships and alliances, striving for peace and harmony, and seeing the good in all. We can come together, understand, and try to see both sides. We can compromise, be fair, strive for equality and justice, and get along better.
Libra is the sign of relationships, so this can be a good new moon for working on your relationships, as well as focusing on new ones. These can be any type of relationship, not just romantic ones. Strive to attain some balance and equality with the people in your life.
Libra is also the sign of peace and compromise, so we may be actively working to put the pieces back together after the tumultuous retrograde + eclipse + 2 t-squares period. Let’s meet in the middle and move forward together . . .
This new moon occurs at 8 degrees 15 minutes Libra. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Libra
Sextile: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Square: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Opposition: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Aries
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations