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The Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015

The Astronomy

A Solar Eclipse is a special type of New Moon when the Moon is directly between the Sun and Earth. That is, they are aligned near the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun and the apparent annual path of the sun).

The moon's orbit is inclined by 5 degrees to the ecliptic; the two points where they intersect are called the Moon's Nodes, identified as the ascending node (North) and the descending node (South). Eclipses occur during two periods each year when the apparent motion of the Sun meets up with the nodes. The closer the Moon is to the center of the line between the Sun and Earth, the more total the eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely obscures the Sun over a relatively narrow band across the Earth's surface, its shadow racing generally eastward.

Non-total eclipses include the annular, when the Moon is farther from the Earth and appears smaller, so the Moon does not completely block the Sun but leaves a ring around the rim; and the partial, when the Moon is slightly off center, blocking only a portion of the Sun.

The fourth type of solar eclipse is the hybrid, also known as an annular/total. A hybrid eclipse shifts between a total and annular eclipse. At certain points on the surface of Earth it appears as a total eclipse, whereas at other points it appears as annular. Just over 5% of solar eclipses fall in this category, making the hybrid eclipse something of a rarity.

The solar eclipse on March 20 is a total eclipse. This event will be visible visible within a 250-mile-wide strip in the north Atlantic with a partial eclipse visible in Iceland, Euroe, northern Africa and northern Asia.

For more information, visit the NASA Page for this Eclipse.

The Astrology

A solar eclipse is a New Moon with tremendous impact. The Sun that gives us life and lights our path is joined briefly with the dark and mysterious qualities of the Moon. The Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine anew, beginning another cycle in the spiral of our personal development.

This solar eclipse takes place with the Sun and Moon at 29 degrees and 27 minutes of Pisces. The last time there was a solar eclipse close to this degree was in 2007. Think back to the personal themes in your life during the spring of 2007 and review the progress of your personal growth over the last 9 years.

All eclipses indicate change; solar eclipses signify beginnings and usually manifest as events in the outer world. At solar eclipses we: begin something new, make promises to ourselves, commit, announce, present ourselves, show up, make plans, select events, make decisions, rise to the challenge, make an effort, change, mature, take on greater challenges, travel at a faster pace, feel restless, feel pressured by deadlines and a buildup of emotions, experience a crisis and feel excited.

In astrology, we also note at which of the Moon's nodes the eclipse occurs. North nodal eclipses have a personal orientation and symbolize personal identity, ego and the physical body. South nodal eclipses are other-oriented and symbolize a spouse or significant other, relationships and new perspectives based on interaction with others.

This is a south nodal eclipse, suggesting that we are being called to use previously learned skills and talents in new ways and that the opportunities to do so will come through others.

The heightened impact of eclipse energy can be felt by everyone as much as 3 months in advance and has subtle reverberations for as long as 3 years afterwards. Although the energies are most prominent for a week on either side of the eclipse (many feel a heightened sense of anxiety during this period), the influence on events continues. Eclipse periods are extremely active, often associated with meaningful events and public exposure.

image of Tarot Key  15 The Devil  The tarot card associated with the sign of Pisces is Tarot Key #18 - The Moon. This card teaches us to use the power of imagination to visualize spiritual ideals and project them into physical form.

Sabian Symbol: 30 Pisces
A Majestic Rock Formation Resembling A Face Is Idealized By A Boy Who Takes It As His Ideal Of Greatness, And As He Grows Up, Begins To Look Like It."

The symbolic degree interpretation of this eclipse suggests the capacity for self-transformation inherent in this cycle. The key lies in being able to see your ideals take form. What does greatness look like? Take the time to envision the seeds you are planting. See them as tender sprouts. Handle them gently as they grow and take form.

The Chart:

This chart speaks of being on the edge of a major change. The energy feels pent-up and explosive and at the same time too diffused to take action. The desire for sensual gratification may be restricted by the need to conserve resources. The lesson is to use one's talents in new ways to enjoy individual freedom while working within an organized or structured enviornment. Release your creativity. Ask your muse what archetypal image embodies your for ideals for the future.

If your birthday falls around Jan 19, Feb 3 or 18, Mar 20, Apr 19, May 5 or 20, Jun 20, Jul 22, Aug 7 or 22, Sep 22, Oct 23, Nov 6 or 21, Dec 21, your experiences now will have impact lasting three years. Expect to see current themes begin to develop ambitiously on their own in December 2015. A full understanding of the impact of this period will take until mid-September 2016 to unfold.

When an eclipse falls on your birthday, you can definitely count on an eventful year ahead. However, it does not have to be in your sun sign for you to feel its effects. If it makes any contacts to a planet or personal point in your chart, your experience of the eclipse will be intensified. A qualified astrologer can determine the placement of an eclipse in your chart and advise you about what to expect, along with how to make the most of the potential offered.

Cancer Lunation
Full Phase
Leo Sun
Pisces Moon

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