Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Pisces, September 16, 2016

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Thanks to Mars in Sagittarius squaring the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 24° 20′ Pisces on 16 September 2016, 12:05 PM PDT, this lunation looks to be rather cantankerous. And the underlying reasons probably stem from what emerged after the deep, seismic shocks of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo on 1 September. Having to face unpleasant realities is rarely comfortable.

On the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo the luminaries were part of a mutable T-Square with Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. This time Mars in Sagittarius forms a mutable T-Square with the Virgo Sun opposing the Pisces Moon. In many ways, the solar eclipse was an internal event with deep cracks starting to form within our foundation beliefs. Now Mars gives everyone an opportunity to vent their anger at whatever deus ex machina may have been at work in their lives. Unfortunately getting angry with Mother Nature or a faceless government bureaucracy is an exercise in futility, so instead we often displace all that rage on those closest to us . . . who are usually innocent of wrong doing. One way to work through Mars related issues is to do hard, physical activity, and with an active Virgo-Pisces axis helping others in some capacity is a great outlet. We can also dive into our own collections of items stuffed into closets, etc and sort into piles to give away or throw away. One benefit of clearing away old, worn out things in our lives is it makes room for clarity and light to enter.

Our love lives may liven up some now because lovely Venus in Libra is part of a harmonious triangle with a sextile to Mars in Sagittarius and an opposition to Uranus in Aries. This is a great setup for experiencing love at first sight with plenty of passion thrown in for good measure. Mars in Sagittarius is noted for successfully using humor as an ice breaker and if he can get Venus in Libra to laughing, he’ll probably succeed in seducing her. With Uranus involved, things could move very, very quickly. If you are part of a committed couple, these planets can renew your relationship in positive ways. Go out and play, share some laughs and enjoy life!

The other positive aspect is a waxing trine between retrograde Mercury in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. Nothing beats this trine for doing in-depth research because these two can sift through mountains of data and find exactly what is needed. This trine will be in place when Mercury stations direct on September 21 and ought to ease the usual Mercury station problems considerably. The insights we’ll need for the necessary perspective can be found with ease.

One of the differences between this lunar eclipse and the solar eclipse is the degree the outer planets are involved. This time only Uranus in Aries takes an active role by aspecting the inner or personal planets. Jupiter in Libra is unaspected, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces only square each other and Pluto in Capricorn makes a waxing trine to retrograde Mercury in Virgo.

Uranus in Aries takes its role as the awakener seriously during this lunar eclipse with a semi-sextile to the Pisces Moon and an inconjunct to the Virgo Sun. Those are not comfortable aspects and often that is what it takes to prod humans into making adjustments in their lives. I also see a strong possibility of revelations that will both shock and surprise us. Getting nudged out of our comfort zones periodically is usually a healthy thing, like it or not.

One thing the Pisces Full Moon has in abundance is compassion for the suffering, and the Virgo Sun is always good for finding sensible means to provide relief from pain. If we remember to apply generous doses of compassion and common sense when dealing with anger and resentment (luminaries square to Mars in Sagittarius), we might be able to eventually calm down enough to realize the person we’re probably the most upset with is ourselves. We’re all human and we all make mistakes. Now we need to learn from those and get on with our lives. It is time to spread peace and goodwill to all we meet. Namaste.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Moonset © SuperStefo