September marks the fall eclipse season with two eclipses – a solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 and a lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016. This means we can experience heightened sensitivity this month, along with possible new revelations, like divine messages, that helps us to get back on track, bringing us deeper healing and transformation. Eclipses could be considered days of “spiritual initiation” and are wonderful days for deep inner work, insight, meditation, and prayer. Material or worldly pursuits are not recommended around eclipse days. Being in positive and supportive environments can be helpful during these events. These are times we need to be more mindful and focused, as occasionally we can feel more mentally confused or too emotionally stimulated around eclipses as sudden shifts can occur.
September 1, 2016 brought an early morning solar eclipse (new moon) at 15 degrees Leo in the creative nakshatra of Purva Phalguni. As this eclipse is in the strong sign of Leo, it brings an emphasis on our personal power – are we not standing up for ourselves or are we too over-bearing? Where does our “power” really come from? We may realize we need more creativity or self-expression in our work or in our lives. We are learning to open our hearts, to appreciate and inspire others and be helpful. The deity of Purva Phalguni is Bhaga (god of good fortune), so this eclipse helps us re-define what real prosperity is. Watch for self-indulgence or impulsiveness.
On September 16, 2016 (12:05 PM PDT) a very significant and eventful lunar eclipse (full moon) occurs at 0 degrees Pisces inPurva Bhadrapada – quite a spiritual, idealistic, and intense nakshatra. This eclipse can bring deep purification of self as we move toward a higher awareness. Performing activities that stabilize the mind and calm the emotions are positive. This eclipse nakshatra can have two opposing views or positions, so choose pure and enlightened goals. Try not to engage in critical or angry feelings, which is the shadow-side of Purva Bhadrapada. In addition, during this lunar eclipse the Sun changes signs, which is called sakranti in Sanskrit, as the Sun moves from the sign of Leo to Virgo. This can indicate some type of significant “shift” is occurring – whether individually or globally. As it is the Sun transitioning – this means that on the outer level it can bring a change with a leader or in a government, but on a higher, inner level, the heart opens and a deeper soul-connection happens. This can manifest as a feeling of oneness and desire to service to humanity – with the Sun moving to the helpful and healing sign of Virgo.
Also, Mars (the planet of action, courage, frustration, anger, and forcefulness) will be transiting the critical degrees of 29 degrees Scorpio to 0 degrees of Sagittarius (called gandanta) on September 16, 17, and 18, right around the time of the September 16 lunar eclipse. This can bring heightened emotions and passionate or angry actions. This is a good opportunity to practice neutrality or equanimity and be calm. Gandanta means “knot,” and when planets pass through these junctures we are given opportunities for deeper soul growth by transmuting our wounds and old patterns. Knots are not always easy to untie, and so the transit of Mars through these degrees trigger past, ancient issues centering around anger and separatism that we must not resist but mentally shift, or the “knots” gets tighter. The end result could ultimately be a higher, more authentic expression.
For the first few weeks of September, until the 18th, Venus (planet of love and relationship) will be in Virgo, its sign of debility or weakness (having been there since August 25). We may experience some criticalness with loved ones or issues surface around self-love as we demand perfection. So along with Venus in Virgo andthe eclipse energies this month, it is best for everyone to choose love and compassion over selfishness and doubt. It’s suggested to do heart-felt activities and even work with the heart chakra. Diplomacy can be challenged until the 18th, but can be rectified once Venus moves into the friendly and harmonious sign of Libra from September 18 until October 13, 2016. Venus enjoys being in Libra, and so relating to others becomes smoother, more balanced, and peaceful. We also find it easier to negotiate or compromise with others.
At the beginning of the month, until September 21, Mercury is retrograde (having been so since August 30). And on September 9 until October 3, Mercury will retrograde back into the sign of Leo where it joins Rahu, the north node of the Moon. Mercury with Rahu (a shadow planet) can bring a little more challenge for some to accurately perceiving the truth behind communications, the news, or with business endeavors. So do take a little more time to reflect and to evaluate circumstances and one’s own motivations. Use this time to meditate, go on retreat, and take some stimulating educational courses. Be clear and precise while talking with others, double-check travel plans, and back-up electronics. Mercury then goes direct on September 21, 2016, so projects now can slowly move forward with greater confidence. In addition, after October 3, when Mercury moves into its best sign of Virgo and away from Rahu, we experience even better discernment and more mental clarity.
Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.