September 1 2016 solar eclipse: A Fiesta of Virgo

The Virgo New Moon on September 1st is part of a stellium of four planets plus the North Node in Virgo.  A lunar event is said to be an eclipse when it occurs close to the lunar nodes, the points at which the Moon crosses the path of the Sun, and this is astrologically significant because the nodes represent the evolutionary movement of the soul from the past (South Node) to the future (North Node).  This is why eclipses are often linked to significant events – there is a sense of fate with the nodes that comes through in an eclipse.

Today’s eclipse is an eclipse of the Sun at the New Moon – the solar conscious principle is eclipsed by the lunar instincts.  It’s a total eclipse and very significant astrologically since the North Node is just three degrees from the Sun and Moon.  However, because the Moon is farther away from the Earth than at other times, this is called an “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.

The energy of this eclipse is powerful.  First of all, the intense concentration of Virgo precision impels us to seek improvement in all areas of our lives.  The details of our human existence are paramount right now and for the next week or so as the eclipse peaks and winds down.  Mercury (the mind) has just turned retrograde and is aligned with Jupiter (confidence and optimism) to expand our sense of what is possible.

The lunation (Sun/Moon/Node) is opposite Neptune (spiritual yearning) which aligns with the South Node to add a nostalgic touch and force us to address karmic patterns from the past that are holding us back.  There is a tension now between the eclipse at the North Node and Neptune at the South Node that will force us to choose a side if there is a major decision facing us right now.

This dynamic is locked in a challenging square with Mars (aggressive force) and Saturn (restriction), both in the expansive sign of Sagittarius.  There is a desire (Mars) to flee (Sag) that is being hampered by Saturn (discipline) which asks that we slow down and not skip any steps along the way.

Fortunately, powerful Pluto (personal transformation) harmonizes with the Sun/Moon/Node to facilitate the pathway and shine the light of wisdom and understanding to keep us moving forward.

New Moons, eclipses are not, are always times for new beginnings.  In Virgo, the sign of order and detail, this is the perfect time for planning and organization as well as, on the higher level of experience, ritual and daily magic.

By | 2016-09-01T07:23:59+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Moon|7 Comments


  1. Paula September 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    How appropriate. Having a Venus in Virgo 🙁 I have had a sense of foreboding all morning and have been busily planning appoints for the next 8 weeks. In a Mercury retrograde, some will likely need to be changed, but feels reassuring at the moment.
    Thank you for posting this at exactly the right time.

    • September 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad it’s helpful for you Paula.

  2. mary Dunlap-Beales September 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Very significant for me,,Pluto in Virgo 9 degrees ,exactly conjunct my NN in Virgo,all second house,,,Going to do a lot of meditating and planning. My husband is experiencing some health issues and I have spent all of yesterday and part of today doing research. Great use of this energy.Later I will order the herbs etc that will help him heal and repair,Handy having a Chiropractic,herbalist wife

    Stay well,


    • September 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Virgo is associated with health and hygiene Mary – all of those things that we need to attend to when we live in a body here on Earth. You are tuned right in!

  3. Cynthia Turner September 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    It is 4 degrees off my natal Pluto and north node in Virgo in the 4th house square my ascendant. Not sure how all that is going to play out.

  4. Shelley September 2, 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Saturn in Sag has had me in boots and physical therapy for Achilles tendonitis …..This Gemini with Virgo rising is ready for him to MOVE on … tired of being held back, tripped up, made to reflect and am ready to dance again-even if Mercury RX might stop my music, I will dance to the rhythm in my head

  5. april September 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    With my Pluto right there at the eclipse (early 60s baby), I really felt empowerment come through in a work-related issue. My P’s in the 12th, and I got dumped out of a contract. So with the eclipse in my 1st, I decided to fight back. I’m going to do it to the end, cause I know what they’ve done is illegal and unfair. Eclipse got my dander up in a big way.

    More importantly, though, I’ve been hearing this all week from my age peers, this, “I’ve been wronged,” or “I can’t believe something has happened, and…” and especially, “Something’s gotta change!” I’m feeling that way too. I’ve been approaching the work marketplace all wrong, this week was a giant wake-up call.

    Thanks for this!

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