This New Moon Solar Eclipse will usher in the first of two solar eclipses in 2017. The first is an annular eclipse, often called a ring of fire eclipse. During an annular eclipse, the outer edge of the sun appears as a thin ring (annulus) of sunshine around the moon. An annular eclipse is a special type of partial eclipse. At no time will the sky grow dark, but you will still need continual eye protection to watch it from a place on Earth where the eclipse is visible.
This eclipse will be visible from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, mainly over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and will be viewed from southern South America (Chile, Argentina) and the southeastern part of Africa (Angola, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo). A partial solar eclipse will be visible from a much larger area of South America and Africa, and Antarctica.
New Moons occur when the Sun and Moon are conjunct. As the Moon’s light gradually increases after the conjunction, it represents a new beginning. This New Moon is also the last in a series of eclipses in Pisces, the 12th sign of the zodiac, or the last sign. This represents an ending as well as a beginning. Since this is also a South Node eclipse, information and intuition around old patterns, like defeatism, escapism, and idealism are up for review.
Pisces, as the 12th sign, shows where ego is absorbed by the whole and we merge into all that is. It represents both the womb and the tomb, and who we are as a soul, through many lifetimes of experience, rather than our physicality in this incarnation. In Pisces imagination is unlimited, and it’s intuition that guides us through the indefinable cosmos.
With 6 major players of the zodiac in Pisces (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron, and the South Node), this eclipse surrounded by deep water, magnifies our sensitivity. In the deep watery darkness, our other senses are enhanced to make up for our lack of sight. Mercury’s participation is a wide conjunction to this New Moon opening the way for spiritual and subliminal messages from our soul. Pay attention to that quite voice that whispers of things to come and paths that are now open and activated for your evolution.
Jupiter, co-ruler of Pisces, is opposite Uranus and square Pluto. Mars is also in a tight conjunction with Uranus, triggering a challenging t-square aspect. As a result, chaos continues to reign as Uranus in Aries works with these other helpers to break up the cement of Pluto in Capricorn and expose the shadowy underbelly of corrupt governments and greedy corporations.
Written by Wendy Cicchetti
PLAN YOUR OWN NEW MOON CEREMONY. Give yourself some quiet time in meditation to see where you need to seed new ways of becoming. List these areas within your life you want to change. What areas do you want to break free from the norm and become more productive and discerning? The NEW MOON is the time to manifest the personal attributes you want to cultivate as well as the tangible things you want to bring to you. Possible phrasing: I now manifest ____ into my life. I am now _______ . Remember, think, envision and feel with as much emotion as possible, as though you already have what you want. Thoughts are things and the brain manifests exactly what you show it in the form of thoughts, visuals and emotions. The Buddha said, and I am paraphrasing, “We are the sum total of our thoughts up to today. ” If we want to be different then we must change our thoughts. “If you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” CONSCIOUS CHANGE is the key.