Solar Eclipse in Virgo Sept. 13th

Solar Eclipse

This Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015,  we will have a New Moon at 20 degrees Virgo that is also a partial Solar Eclipse, opposing Chiron in Pisces.

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  • 16-24 Virgo, Gemini, Sag, Pisces
  • 16-24 Aries, Libra, Cancer or Cap

What sign is the Moon in?

First we can consider the sign that the Moon is in.  The moon changes sign about every 2.5 days, taking a lunar month to traverse the sky and our charts.

When the Moon is in Virgo  
We instinctually gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.   The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.

When the Eclipse is in Virgo 
Virgo: prolitariate, liver, thyroid . Earth Eclipses: grains, earth/dust storms 

Setting Your New Moon intention when there is an Eclipse

Normally we want to set our intentions for the next month on the New Moon or just after it becomes exact, watching to not do it when the moon is void of course.  When there is an eclipse we want to wait about 48 hours because the energy is intensified.  You may want to wait until we feel more grounded, September 15th.

What is happening at the lunations?

Every new moon (and full moon) is different because it falls in a different sign.  When the moon is new it is in the same sign as the Sun because, by definition, they are conjunct and the moon is between the earth and the sun.  When the moon is full it is in the opposite sign from the Sun because, by definition, they are the farthest from each other, with the earth between them.

"This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere."

What's happening at a Solar Eclipse?

Total eclipses occur when the Moon lines up with the Sun exactly.

My post on eclipses

Links about solar eclipses through the houses

What house will the new moon fall into on your chart?

What house is this moon occuring in for your natal chart?

So an important thing to consider is the house in your natal chart where the lunation is falling, as well as any planets that might be nearby.

So you will need to look at your chart.  I recommend pulling it up at (use the free extended charts, natal and transits option) or you can order from me.

Here is the section of my chart showing the Moon (conjunct the Sun) on 9/13:

Solar Eclipse New Moon in my 9th house

Not sure what all those glyphs (symbols) mean?

So for me, the moon falls in my 9th house.  You can look up the meaning here, among other places: New Moon in the Houses and Solar Eclipse in the Houses.

New Moon in the Ninth House
The ninth house rules our spirit to grow, explore, and expand beyond the "regular" experiences in our lives. The New Moon here may bring some restlessness and dissatisfaction with regular routines. Make an effort to initiate new projects or activities that expand your mind, feed your spirit for adventure, and stretch your imagination. You may feel renewed by a new perspective on your life, something philosophical or spiritual that you read or learn, or an adventure that takes you away from the mundane routines in your life.

Solar Eclipse in Ninth House 
The focus is on the development of abstract or intangible thought. Questions of morality, ethics, religious practices, and philosophical issues are addressed in an attempt to develop a personal guide; a foundation and a sense of structure for living life. During Solar Eclipse's influence, higher education, cultural expansion, and travel experiences play a part in the individual's exploration for wisdom and truth.

From the New Moon, through the First Quarter Moon until the Full Moon, the moon is said to be waxing, which means the light is increasing.  From the Full Moon, through the Last Quarter Moon until the next New Moon, the moon is said to be waning, or reducing in light.

Balsamic Moon: 10 ½ days after the Full Moon, up to the New Moon, or 2.5 days before.  So we are entering the Balsamic Phase soon.  "If this is your Moon phase, you see in the dark. You're at home when enveloped in mysteries, especially the ultimate mystery - death. Your life purpose is to tie up loose ends, and create a nutrient-rich environment for the new to germinate."

Be a Closet Astrologer

The magical energy of the new moon is for setting new intentions (though wait 48 hours due to the eclipse). You can use it to commit to new ways you are going to be creative or develop something new in your life. You can use this time to dream your closet. What do you want to fill it with? What do you want to draw in to you? How is your closet feeling energetically for you? is it supporting you? What is needed to enhance this? This is a great time to build your pinterest boards, create polyvores or even make photoshop collages or paper ones.

Since this new moon is in Virgo, this is a practical time for reorganizing! The magical energy of an eclipse is for releasing things from your life, so this is also a time to cull your closet to make room for the new.

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Upcoming Lunations

Sept 27th, 2015: Full "Harvest" Moon eclipse (Lunar) at 4 degrees Aries, 10:50 PM,  Sunday  
Oct 12th, 2015: New Moon at 19 degrees Libra, 8:08 PM, Monday 
Oct 27th, 2015: Full "Hunter's" Moon at 3 degrees Taurus, 8:05 AM, Tuesday 
Nov 11th, 2015: New Moon at 19 degrees Scorpio, 12:47 PM, Wednesday 
Nov 25th, 2015: Full "Beaver" Moon at 3 degrees Gemini, 5:44 PM, Wednesday 
Dec 11th, 2015: New Moon at 19 degrees Sagittarius,  5:29 AM, Friday 
Dec 25th, 2015: Full "Cold or Long Night" Moon at 3 degrees Cancer, 6:11 AM, Friday  

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and now work at Western Psychological and Counseling Services in Gladstone and at Seth Lewelling Elementary.  I am a Certified Hypnotist and Certified Past Life Regression Facilitator. I am also an astrologer and Reiki Master.  I'm a graduate of Reed College (BA Psychology '87) and Portland State University (MSW '90). I work with children, teens, adults, parents, groups.

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