by Robert Wilkinson
Soon we'll have the first Lunar Eclipse of 2008 at 2 degrees of Virgo-Pisces. The midpoint of this total eclipse will occur on Feb 20 at 10:26 pm EST, Feb 21 for Greenland and points east. This is very close to the last Lunar Eclipse of August 2007 at 5 Virgo-Pisces, so expect echoes. Since Full Moons always fulfill the energies of the previous New Moon, this Eclipse will sprout the seeds of the Feb 2008 Solar Eclipse. Both eclipses are shutting some old ways of life down forever (as all eclipses do), leaving us space to embrace the new already waiting for us exactly mirroring what we've prepared for up to now. These will shine a light on closures, courage, and transmutation of energies into personality strengths in our process of going through our "liberating ordeals" that are protective mechanisms ultimately restructuring our lives, and what work we consider important.
As the eclipse is total, it's considered a very important influence wherever its shadow falls. This eclipse will be able to be clearly seen in most of North America, South America, Western Europe, Africa, and West Asia. The total eclipse lasts 50 minutes, implying this Eclipse will be a very strong influence for the next month for those under the total shadow. The eclipse lasts 3 1/2 hours in all, which equals 3 1/2 months of coming influence for everyone.
We will all be able to find a better way of seeing what is essential and discard irrelevancies while weaving what's left into a higher or broader vision. This eclipse will move us into preparations for things to come, and help many to find protection against those who are too aggressive. The yearning for something greater, or distant horizons, will bring forth adaptability, intuition, and flashes of brilliance.
Before we go into more details about this eclipse, I must remind you that we're still heavily influenced by the eclipses of 2007 as well as others before them, discussed in Eclipses Past and Present – A Look At What They’ve Brought All of Us in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001. The Lunar Eclipse of March 2007 fell very close to the Lunar Eclipse of September 2006 at 15 Pisces-Virgo and continued some long lasting patterns of change. Examining the Virgo-Pisces eclipses of the past couple of years can yield interesting insights as to how the polarizations of this axis manifest. The last Solar Eclipse of September 2007 was very powerful, and is still an influence in our lives. Go to the link to find out more about that eclipse, as well as two articles on the Lunar Eclipse of September 2007. For now, here are a few paragraphs about the eclipses in 2006-2007 that may help you understand why so many things changed as they did:
... expect some unexpected events to revolutionize your life. For those pitting their little will against the Higher Law or the greater evolutionary trend, there will of course be crashes through abrupt and unexpected explosions... Those who have trained and prepared to escape from "a narrow destiny" can do this through being willing to rise to some task or duty, and be joyous in "enlisting in a task which broadens the life horizon"... That 2006 Autumn Full Moon Eclipse yielded major transformations. The line of greatest development was in honoring our unique way of responding to the Divine Will and finding inspiration in new routines and rituals. For some, it was a liberating ordeal. For others, the unveiling of cloaked totalitarian attitudes. At 15 Virgo-Pisces, we fulfilled a form of culture, and rehearsed and prepared to take the training into the world.
The September 2006 Solar Eclipse fell at 30 Virgo, Mars' degree at the Lunar Eclipse (setting) Mars into motion and a) shut down some things forever after the Solar Eclipse, or b) activated things after the Solar Eclipse that yielded major results. Of interest is that those eclipses fell at 15 and 30 degree of Virgo, both said to be the fulfillment of that sector of the sign... the September 2006 Solar Eclipse will be an influence through 2013...
The March 2007 Lunar Eclipse was a See Saw, with Moon in Virgo opposing a cluster of planets in Pisces. Saturn was also in long term opposition to planets in Aquarius, showing oppositions and polarizations... (forcing) adjustments, lessons in discrimination and forgiveness. There was also a Grand Fire Trine of Venus at 14 Aries, Jupiter at 19 Sagittarius, and Saturn at 20 Leo. (yielding) lightness, brightness, and inspiration that burned up old forms no longer appropriate to our new direction. Disappointments (taught) us how to navigate polarities leading to Chiron's healing wisdom. We formed unique relationships while dealing with the weirdness of the revolutionary conditions that freed us for greater activity and expanded feeling capacity.
The August 28 2007 Lunar Eclipse had a powerful Grand Mutable Cross between Mercury at 17 Virgo, Mars at 14 Gemini, Uranus at 18 Pisces, and Jupiter at 11 Sag... (functioning) more as a strong T-square throwing the void into 14, 17, and 18 Sag, which Jupiter triggered as it moves through that span late Sept-early October 2007.... expect major developments when the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars cross over these degree spans in Virgo, Sag, and next Pisces. The void shows us... our need to contact the Ageless Wisdom, our "spiritual ancestry," renew ourselves in relationships that help us "come out of darkness and despair," and value what protects us from too great a light or feelings.
... expect splits from the past wherever the Mutable signs fall in your chart. Mercury is on a degree of "volcanic eruption," so besides many explosions to come, we will be offered the chance to "break up old complexes" and find our "will to wholeness." Things will erupt in a big way as a result of this, so be as creative and regenerative as you can while things, people, and whatever else whirls through the air around you... Venus in this eclipse is the same degree as Saturn in the March 2007 eclipse. This should help us find people, resources, and values that make personal the larger lessons of maturity promised by the Grand Fire Trine. If we've "done Saturn correctly" the past six months, we should be able to capture pleasing and enjoyable forms perfect for our personal situations.
So what can we expect from this March 2008 Total Lunar Eclipse? This Eclipse features a dramatic See Saw pattern, with 8 planets in Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces in opposition to Moon conjunct Saturn in early Virgo and Mars hanging out on the periphery at 27 Gemini. Mercury and Jupiter are rulers of this eclipse, and are in an obscure aspect called the quindecile, said to be 24 degrees and specializing in a minor way. Mercury, ruling the Moon and Saturn, is in its sign of exaltation at its stationary direct degree indicating it's time to launch a vision, whatever that means in our lives.
The Moon and Saturn opposition the Sun is cut into a favorable sextile-trine configuration by Pluto at 1 Capricorn, a degree of power. This eclipse will take away power players from the past, while opening the door to some fairly extreme energies for good or ill. Many will make critical decisions over the next few months, find a broader perspective by giving up old limited approaches and searching for a wider view, and actively give up the lesser so that elements of a new life can begin to come forth. "Feather your nest," and prepare for new activities, new relationships, new needs, new things and people to care about, and new ways of securing your day to day security.
Perhaps the outstanding quality of this Eclipse is that despite the See Saw polarizing views and lives, there are no squares. This can provide many realizations without the gear grinds that squares usually symbolize. The See Saw cautions us not to get marginalized or out on the periphery of things, and find a whole view to any opposition that can include both views and more.
Neptune leads the Sun, showing a metaphysical bent to this eclipse, where much concerning the collective consciousness and unconscious will be illuminated, articulated, healed, and called to its higher function. Neptune is in a training degree, again reinforcing our need to get in shape to "pick up and deliver" some form of higher power in the near future.
Mars is a harmonizing force in this eclipse, so follow your yearning for larger things. It is still quintile Saturn, trine Neptune, and biquintile Venus, all productive of unique and harmonized understandings and relationships. Other notable aspects are the out-of-sign trine to the Sun and opposition to Pluto, and a sesquisquare to Mercury.
Astrologers should take special note of Mars' 65+ degree aspect to the Moon, one of the aspect series I've termed "Elftile," as they are based on the division of the circle by 11. This division yields nonrational aspects that are much different than the irrational aspects of the Septile series. I have researched these for years, and find these aspects (32+, 65+, 98+, 130+, and 163+) offer us a chance to transcend and master duality by making leaps of faith. In this eclipse it will primarily work out in the areas the Moon and Mars affect in our lives.
Adding another layer to this subtle but powerful aspect is the Moon-Jupiter aspect in this same "higher irrational," duality-transcending aspect series. Many will have to make leaps of faith to transcend some old duality, and in doing so will achieve a measure of mastery in that realm of life. This will work out wherever late Gemini, early Virgo, and mid-Capricorn fall in our charts, and obviously affect Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces houses and planets.
That would imply we have many dualities to transcend by making multiple leaps of faith, these leading us to expertise or at the very least a greater faith in our abilities and how the Divine Plan is working out in our lives. Uranus also configures in the same aspect series with Moon and Mars, but the orb to Jupiter is a bit wide. Still, for you researchers, take note.
Speaking of irrationality, we also have Moon triseptile Venus and Mercury triseptile Saturn adding more of the usual choices, changes, and forks in the road wherever they influence. Add the Venus quincunx Saturn from a degree of "communing with the Spirits of our ancestors," and no doubt the pressure will be upped to a great degree offering us chances to demonstrate expertise in some skillful way. Expect major karmic adjustments, as well as the ability to transcend old ways of experiencing our inner nature.
Much will be triggered as Mars moves into early Cancer during the first half of March 2008 and creates a Mystic Rectangle with the Sun, Moon, and Pluto positions of this Eclipse. Very definitely we will see major "sea changes" in our world, as well as our individual lives, though it may take a while to recognize it.
Here are some technicals for astrologers: This activation will be given substance each time the Moon moves through the Rectangle zone, just as the Light or Illumination of what this eclipse is about will be understood much better in mid-March when Mercury and Venus traverse the Solar eclipse position. The Earth trines from Moon-Saturn to Pluto will be stabilized and understood with greater clarity the 3rd week of April and beginning of May with transits through early Taurus.
Expect major development of whatever voids Mars is activating in March to come around the Summer Solstice and early July, when we have lots of activity in early Cancer and Mars is activating the Virgo points. Of course, the profoundest insights will come in August when Mercury, Venus, and Sun all cross the Virgo points of the Eclipse, capturing whatever Mars has promised.
So that you may prepare, in North America the Lunar Eclipse will have 25 Virgo rising in LA, and 29 Libra in Washington DC. The Aquarius stellium will occupy the 5-6 houses in PST, and the 4-5 houses in EST. London will have 21 Sag rising, Amsterdam has 24 Sag rising, and Tallinn has 30 Sag rising. These places will have the opposition between the first and second houses and the 7th and 8th.
Istanbul has 1 Aquarius rising, Johannesburg has 25 Aquarius rising, and Baghdad has 26 Aquarius rising. In these places the opposition primarily occupies the horizon, which I would think would be significant. Moving east, New Delhi has 14 Aries rising, while Trivandrum has 11 Aries rising, thus accenting the 5 and 11 house axis. Hong Kong has 27 Taurus rising, offering the 8-9-10 houses opposed by planets in the 2nd and 4th. Tokyo has 30 Gemini rising, showing the 3-9 house axis accented.
In Western Australia, we find mid-Taurus rising with the opposition between the 2-4 and 8-10 houses, while in Melbourne we find 3 Gemini rising and in Brisbane 14 Gemini rising, putting the emphasis on the 3-9 house axis.
In Part 2 we'll explore more about the qualities of this total Lunar Eclipse, as well as the critically important Lunar Eclipse degree, which I noted earlier is exactly the same as Saturn's stationary direct point. Stay tuned!
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson