Subject: The Pisces Eclipse: Are you feeling it yet?

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Dear Stargazers,

I'm not going to mince words: The energy of the upcoming lunar eclipse on September 16th suggests that something is going to end with a BANG!

The question is w
ill it sound like a champagne cork or an explosion

Lunar Eclipse at 24°20' Pisces

At the heart of this eclipse is an inflammatory mutable T-square that has Mars at 23°17' in a tight square with the Sun and the Moon. A T-square is a tense aspect pattern that occurs when two planets oppose each other (in this case the Sun and Moon) and both square a third planet (in this case Mars). What makes it a mutable T-Square is that the planets involved are in the mutable signs of Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius. (Gemini is also a mutable sign.)

Calculated for Washington, DC in the USA, the Sun and Moon oppose each other from the 9th and 3rd houses, which is the axis of knowledge, communications, the press/broadcast media, transportation, travel and education, and both square Mars in the 12th house of secrets, past activities and things that are hidden. 

A  lunar eclipse often brings things to a boiling point, and Mars in the 12th house is known for seething anger that can explode in a fit of fury.  It's common for eclipse-related events to occur up to a month before the lunation occurs, and a glance at recent headlines is all it takes to see one of the ways this inflammatory energy is playing out as both Trump and Hillary rage against the media and the Samsung recalled the Galaxy 7 smartphone after several reports that the phone caught fire while charging.

Fortunately, there's a hopeful trine (flowing energy) between Mars in the 12th house of secrets and Uranus in the third house of communications that suggests the truth will emerge after the dust settles. However, with Mercury still retrograde, it may take time to sort through it.
So how will this eclipse impact you on a personal level?

Since this a lunar eclipse, it's possible that a woman may leave your life in some way at this time. This does not mean a woman you know is going to die! Is it possible? Anything is possible, but it's not a common outcome. It's far more likely that a female co-worker or boss leaves the workplace; a neighbor moves; a friend gets married or there's some other change that makes a woman in your life less available to you. This is more likely to occur if the eclipse aspects (contacts) your natal Moon.

The good news is not everyone will experience this eclipse as inflammatory, and some of you will actually benefit from its energy. In fact, if you have a planet, house cusp or sensitive point at or near 24° of Cancer or Scorpio, this eclipse may be a cause for celebration as it brings something in your life to a successful conclusion. 

On the other hand, if you have a planet, house cusp or sensitive point at or near 24° Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini, you may be in for a bumpy ride. I know this isn't what you want to hear, but as I've said for years, as an Astrologer my purpose is to help you make the most of upcoming planetary cycles, especially the ones that test and challenge you. 

For some of you, this will be one of those times. 

If you have a planet, house cusp or sensitive point at or near 24° Pisces, Virgo or Sagittarius, you're likely to experience the intense energy of this eclipse in a challenging way because at least one of the planets in the T-Square will connect directly with your chart. On the upside, a T-square can be a productive energy that helps push you forward. When it occurs in mutable signs, it's more likely to involve ideas, communications and principles, so it may be that you encounter resistance to a proposal or feel a need to defend your position in some way. Since Mars is the focal point of this T-Square, it's easy to lose your cool, so you may need to make a conscious effort to guard against kneejerk reactions. 

If you have a planet, house cusp or sensitive point at or near 24° Gemini, this eclipse will create a mutable grand cross in your chart. A mutable grand cross involves all four mutable signs in an aspect pattern that consists of four squares and two oppositions. The influence of this powerful energy is likely to make you feel a need to take some kind of immediate action. If so, don't give in to the pressure because any action you take will be of an impulsive nature and unlikely to work out for the best. Instead, take a deep breath (or 50) and let the feeling pass.

Aspects to Your Natal Sun

If this eclipse aspects your natal Sun and you haven't or aren't feeling well, you need to pay attention to your health. Since the Sun rules the heart and cardiovascular system, this is especially true if you notice any discomfort in your chest, neck, jaw or arms, coughing, breathing issues or swelling anywhere on your body, especially the ankles or feet. 

At this point, I must make the necessary disclaimer that I am not a medical doctor and what I've written isn't a substitute for medical advice. 

That said, if a health issue of any kind coincides with an eclipse (lunar or solar), pay attention because there may be more going on than you think.

On August 30, I started coughing a little, and the next evening (the night before the solar eclipse) I was running a 102° fever. Tomorrow (September 12), I'll be meeting with clients again for the first time in weeks. 

Another example:  In April 2014, there was a lunar eclipse at 25° Libra which was due to land right on my natal Moon.  At the time, I was concerned about my mom because this eclipse was hitting my entire family's chart. Two days before the eclipse hit, my daughter had stomach pain and started vomiting. Though it quickly subsided, I picked up the phone and called an ambulance. My mom asked me if I really thought it was necessary, because it seemed like a stomach virus. I can remember clear as day saying to her, "There's an eclipse in two days. This is something serious." As it turned out, my daughter had kidney stones (kidneys are ruled by Libra). For those who are curious, the eclipse was opposing my daughter's Jupiter, which happens to rule her 6th house of health. 

If I've alarmed any of you, that's not my intention. As I said before, as an astrologer, my purpose is to help you make the most of the upcoming planetary cycles, and the truth is that while eclipses can coincide with wonderful events, they have a well-deserved reputation for being harbingers of crisis.

Fortunately, we can see them coming and use our free will to take appropriate action. Forewarned is forearmed; that's one of the gifts of astrology.

Since eclipse-related events often occur up to a month before the eclipse, it's possible you already know what this eclipse had in store for you. However, it's not unusual for the effects of an eclipse to be delayed if it occurs while Mercury is retrograde (as is the case here).

Even when Mercury is direct, it's still not uncommon for an eclipse to remain dormant until it's triggered by a hard aspect from a transiting planet. On that note, transiting Saturn will trigger this eclipse point from January 26 - February 1, 2017. At that time, you may experience events that are connected to this month's lunar eclipse.

Until next time,
May Jupiter's blessings be your constant companion,

Debra Anne Clement