The second eclipse of 2017 occurs this Sunday, February 26th at 8:58 A.M. Central Standard Time. This New Moon Solar Eclipse will be at 8 degrees Pisces, the last eclipse to occur in a mutable sign for a while. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and we’ve seen from previous lunations involving the South Node in Pisces that this often means saying goodbye in very real ways in our lives. I think this final mutable Piscean eclipse will be painful in the way it will be bringing endings to many of us, though I think it will be ultimately for the best. As this eclipse is doing its own thing, we’ll also have Mars in Aries conjunct Uranus and opposing Jupiter in Libra, ushering in surprising new beginnings so there’s a lot going on here.
All eclipses involve the Moon’s Nodes, and at 8 degrees Pisces this eclipse is conjunct the South Node at 3 degrees Pisces. The South Node is where we find things we cling to out of a false sense of safety or security or fear of letting go and moving on. For this reason I think this eclipse is going to be painful in the sense that it will throw a lot of crap in our face as a way of forcing us to let go of detritus. This is not an easy eclipse. It’s a beneficial one if used to acknowledge the dis-ease and unhealthy in our life, but beneficial is not the same as easy. The conjunction to the South Node is dredging up all manner of Piscean/Neptunian sore points: gaslighting; feeling unloved, unlovable or unable to love; confusion and rudderlessness; realization of misplaced faith and corresponding crises of faith. Heavy stuff; “why have thou forsaken me?” experiences rising.
The interesting thing about this eclipse is that elsewhere in the sky, Mars is in pioneering sign Aries, the sign it rules, and conjunct rebellious planet Uranus the same day (22 degrees, 6:19 PM CST). The next morning Mars perfects its opposition to Jupiter in Libra (8:24 AM CST). This is high octane energy, which clashes considerably with the fatigue and malaise of the Pisces stellium (Mercury will be at 1 degree Pisces and Neptune at 11 Pisces in addition to the Sun, Moon and South Node). People will be in high spirits once they’ve managed to get out of bed and out the door, which will be difficult under an eclipse that will have some struggling to find the emotional energy to do the dishes or brush their teeth. Mars in Aries conjunct Uranus and opposing Jupiter is definitely future oriented and unsentimental, which creates unease during the eclipse but also shows the way out of the heavy fog bearing down on us.
Nothing wrong with experiencing a crisis of faith in people, things and even yourself as it has existed in the past. The faith should be placed in the newness of the future and the unseen unfolding.
I do want to caution that such eclipses are usually difficult on people’s health. This obviously applies to physical health, and indeed everyone should safeguard against such typical Neptunian ailments as infection, fluid retention, neglect etc. But, also watch out for your mental health. The South Node hitting us in the face with so many “shoulda-woulda-coulda’s” isn’t going to be fun. Music helps; alcohol and drugs, not so much here, ok? People are going to be all over the map, energetically speaking; best to stay out the way and let the dominoes fall where they fall and move on with your own life.
As always, look to the house of your natal chart that this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces falls for further information about how you will be uniquely affected. Those of you with planets or angles (ascendant, descendant, nadir/IC or Midheaven) at 5-11 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will definitely be the most impacted by this eclipse. If you need help with finding where eclipses occur in your birth chart, read here for easy instructions.