The Astrology of Solar Eclipses: Spring Cleaning for the Soul

partial-solarCutting through Central Africa, swiping the tale end of India and sweeping through China, last Friday’s Annular Solar Eclipse happened at 25°01′ of Capricorn.

“A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. An annular eclipse will appear as partial eclipse over a region thousands of miles wide.”

A New Start

Solar eclipses always happen in conjunction with the New Moon, adding the power of the Sun to the cycle of the Moon, signaling a time of new beginnings. The two-week period before the next full moon is an especially sensitive time to set the stage for the next six months.

The area of 25 degrees 01 seconds of Capricorn is an area that is due for a major change in your life. Occurring as the planet of communications Mercury turns direct, there is an unleashing of new information, a revision of past actions, and a chance at a fresh start. Should you have a personal planet or even a midpoint between two planets in that area within a degree or two, this is place that will act as if a lens has been placed on it, focusing your attention on the issues of that planet.

In the Celtic perspective because this eclipse occurs roughly halfway between winter and spring solstices this eclipse signals a time when we balance the old against the new. We do not necessarily throw the baby out with the bath water, but we should be aware that growth means changing your perspective and ultimately your method of solving your problems.

Saturn Speaks

Whatever house has the degree of 25 degrees of Capricorn, whether or not you have a planet there, will kick up in importance. Because we are talking about Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn, your Saturn issues about self worth in this house may take on an added emphasis for the next half year.

Old issues if not resolved on previous cycles may reappear. Bills that have been stashed in a drawer, old lovers you are quite done with, legal issues that you thought were finished all show up on your door step to point out what limitations you’ve ignored. Think of this as Spring cleaning for the soul.

Limitations and roadblocks to our success are often self-imposed. Saturn always means to instruct us, but he will not do so by handing us the answers. We must thrash through the questions ourselves. We might realize that what our parents or other authority figures told us was not true and we do not need to be bound by their assessment. We might find out that our own view of self is faulty and is in serious need of revision. We may just discover that our fears are just shadows and wisps in the wind. This is the hope and promise of this Solar Eclipse, that we find what is holding us back from taking the action that will move our dreams forward.

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