Expert Blog Compelling advice, stories, and thought-provoking perspectives straight from YourTango's lineup of Experts to you

Today: Total Eclipse, Super Moon, and International Woman's Day


   Today is astrologically INTENSE for a few reasons... and I don't know about you, but I've been in a bit of a "cosmic coma" for days, feeling it coming on.

   All the main planets and the Sun and Moon fall into only three signs - a stressful "yoga" in Vedic astrology that is associated with anger and hostility, and "going to war..."

   All the planets are "on angles" from each other - in signs that "square" one another, ramping up tensions between them...

   All the planets are in "fixed" signs, which astrologically bring inflexibility and stubbornness...

   The Sun and Moon are both exactly aspected by Saturn today (meaning Saturn is throwing its energy toward them), the planet of heaviness and introspection, perfectionism and depression...

   As if that weren't enough, today there's an invisible "Super Moon" (invisible because it's a new Moon, which is a relief. If it were a full Moon, we'd feel it a lot more) - meaning the Moon is traveling at its closest to earth in its orbit, which will have a bigger than usual effect on the tides.   

   To top it off, today there's a TOTAL ECLIPSE of the SUN...

   Whew - I don't remember that many intense things happening all at once before.

   The Sun is CRITICAL in astrology... it has EVERYTHING to do with our health, vitality, and confidence... 

   And it's considered one of the influences that represents MEN and THE GOVERNMENT. 

   For those of us with health issues, or job challenges, this can be a more sensitive time... 

   When the Sun is eclipsed - ESPECIALLY TOTALLY eclipsed, it's confusing. 

   It can manifest in a million ways... but these are typical: 

1. More  physical exhaustion and sensitivity 

2. Confusion about what you want or your capacity to do things 

3. Mixed messages and misunderstandings with loved ones - especially male loved ones. 

   Good things can come of this, too, of course... I've shared this before, but it's worth repeating: Because eclipses are a time of the "removing of boundaries" and blurring of lines between things, during eclipses you might experience this good stuff:  

1. Deeper spiritual understanding 

2. Heightening of intuition 

3. Greater insight or awareness 

   Spiritual practices can deepen now, and more direct communication with your HIGHER SELF or spiritual guides can occur. 

   This eclipse should be extra spiritual, because it's in the sign of Aquarius (according to Vedic astrology, which differs from Western astrology by almost an entire sign), the sign of "brotherly love" and humanitarian leanings...

   It should also be extra stressful, and indicating that both personal and world tensions should rise over the next few months.

   Because Aquarius is the natural 11th sign, associated with friends, groups, and organizations - and eclipses are considered challenging to things of this world, watch how you interact with others today and for the next couple of weeks.

   The eclipse is happening in a constellation of stars that spans the end of Aquarius and the beginning of Pisces that makes up the Vedic sign of Purva Bhadrapada. This is one of the more difficult of the 27 Vedic signs, symbolized by a sword, a "two-faced man," and a funeral cot. It's associated with fire, heat, combustion, and the breaking down of structures. A tough nakshatra that rules pain, injury, penance, injuries, accidents, and attacks.

   (This, combined with the angry "yogas" mentioned above - the planets all in three signs, on angles from each other, with Saturn aspecting the Sun and Moon, is a lot of celestial drama, for sure!)

   On the upside, Purva Bhadrapada does bring the "oomph" to elevate consciousness, and clear out what must be cleared out for future growth, ultimately giving it the result of "supporting the whole world..." But sacrifices must be made.

   Whatever part of your chart is RULED by the Sun will be more vulnerable now, and has likely been a bit "off" in the last week, and may feel "out of gas" for the next week.
   And those of us with important chart placements (the Sun sign, Moon sign, or rising sign) in the signs of Leo or Aquarius will really be feeling the fun... (hence my "cosmic coma!").

   The way to determine this is to figure out what part of your chart (called a "house") contains the sign of Leo, the sign the Sun "rules" in astrology. 

   That part of your life (and that "house" in your chart) is essentially experiencing a "power outage" now, so needs more SUPPORT, patience, and love
   Here's how to find out... 

   Go to my "Chart Creator Page" and run your chart! (If you don't know your birth time, you can't do this - sorry! But you CAN figure out if your Sun or Moon sign is in Leo, and that's also super important...). 

   Then, look at the chart on the right (both are the same chart, by the way, they are just shown in two different versions - the North Indian version on the right, and the South Indian version on the left. 

   In the chart on the right, the number 1 is ALWAYS in the middle of the top section of the chart, indicating the first "house." 

   In each of the twelve houses of the chart, there is a sign. In this chart, the signs are abbreviated to just the first two letters of the sign - AR for "Aries," TA for "Taurus," GE for Gemini, etc. 

   You want to find "LE" for Leo, and then THE NUMBER in the same section that goes along with it... numbered 1 - 12. 

   Here are the areas of life each house indicates. 

The first house: Your health, your appearance, your childhood (years one - ten). 
The second house: Your family of origin, your income and the ways you earn it, your relationship to food 
The third house: Your younger siblings, your neighbors and colleagues, your creative projects (writing and performing and music, especially) 
The fourth house: Your vehicles, home and tangible property, your mother or mother figures 
The fifth house: Your children, games and play, spiritual studies 
The sixth house: Competitors, adversaries, legal battles, health problems 
The seventh house: Partnership, the public 
The eighth house: Support from others, unearned money (inheritance, commissions, loans) 
The ninth house: Bosses, mentors, spiritual teachers, your father or father figures, foreign travel 
The tenth house: Career and professional pursuits 
The eleventh house: Friends, older siblings, groups and organizations 
The twelfth house: Sleep, distant foreign lands and islands, expenses, places of retreat (hospitals, clinics, monasteries, ashrams, etc.)

   Because the "ruler" of that house is being "blocked" with the light essentially "snuffed out," you may find that part of your life is more challenging, or less active for a while... 

   (Though it may not affect ALL areas that house is "in charge of" - just one or two may experience it). 

   So, if it's your first house, you may have less energy, or may need to make an extra effort to look your best. 

   If it's your second house (like me!), you may feel like your diet has gotten unhealthy, or that your income has slowed down a little (I've been purposely drinking boring vegetable juices and eating only brown rice and seaweed to help stave this off - ugh). 

   If it's your fourth house, your home may need repairs, or your mother may be going through a tough time. 

   If it's your seventh house, your partner may need more TLC, or suffer some sort of setback. 

   If it's your tenth house, your career may have a temporary slow-down, or stall. 

   Get it? 

   This stuff works. 

   Be sure to triple check all arrangements, try to make any big decisions (especially about the men in your life, or your career) and beware of fighting and arguing and misunderstandings... 

   But this, too, shall pass! 

   Whatever is going on with you and your loved ones, know that with awareness, you can make the best of things. 

   Fortunately this eclipse has the planet of wisdom and blessings (Jupiter) influencing it from over in the sign of Leo, so this won't be the end of the world or anything. 

   The gift of eclipses is that they take us to a deeper, more internal place, and they force us to slow down... 

   And the gift of the Super Moon is they make our deeper emotions come forward, helping us to feel and express them more fully. 

   So I actually LOVE the outcomes of both. 

   As ever, I don't share this stuff to cause you more worry or concern (eclipses make us all more sensitive as I said above, so that's the last thing you need me to do!), but instead to help you understand what's going on, and pay more attention (and stop taking it personally). 

   This isn't a great time to make big decisions or commitments (either way - to break up or marry), or to meet someone new that could last. It's better to wait until next month to decide to break up or get serious with anyone...  See if you still want to later on. 

  So try to lay low for the next week or so, and put off any  big "launches" or new projects. This is a better time for spiritual pursuits than material, and for evaluating and completing things than beginning them. 

   This is an excellent time to get more organized, and (again!) to let go of things no longer serving you or supporting you - whether they are people or circumstances. 

   If you'd like to learn more about the amazing powers of astrology to help you plan your days (and be amazed, I like to say) then check out your very own daily "personal success calendar" that helps you see at a glance just exactly what's going on, every day for thirteen months at a time... 

   My most cynical friends ALL become believers once they hang out with me long enough (if the super famous astronomer that lives up the street would give me a chance, I could convince him, too!). The power of the planets and stars is uncanny, and so helpful! 

   I get messages from my happy "Personal Success Calendar" customers like this all the dang time (I got this from a long-time client recently): 

"Carol - Oh my gosh, I just realized my calendar ends next month! Help! I'm hopelessly addicted to it... please send another STAT." 

   It uses your entire astrology chart (not just your Sun sign) and compares what ALL of the planets are doing, every day, JUST FOR YOU. No one - other than your identical twin, or someone born at the same time in the same town, will have the same calendar. 

   See what up to NINE symbols a day mean for your love life, finances, health, career, and more... 

   Know just when to have that party, go on that interview, or LAY LOW to avoid trouble... (and when the next eclipses happen - there's always a few a year.) 

   Learn more, or get your digital or print calendar here.

   And to find out if the man in your life (or that man you WISH were more in your life) is always a challenge (and we can't just blame it on the Super Moon and eclipse now), check out his "Relationship Capacity" and if he's able to BE and DO the right things... 

   Many men present well, and SEEM like they'd be great to be close to. But just when you let them get close to you, they suck the very soul out of you... and it's not your fault. Men like this should come with warning labels. They don't - but their stars DO. Check them out here (and find where your own weaknesses are, and how you can strengthen them and become your best you).

   Phew... as for me, I'm going to get out and enjoy the blossoming trees that are everywhere already, bursting with color and fragrance (yes, L.A. is gorgeous) and be grateful Spring has pretty much already sprung. 

   Until next time, may God and His planets and stars shower you with love! 

When it comes to your relationships that are personal and emotional, looking to a man's Sun sign in relation to yours won't explain how you'll relate. You can learn more about this and so many other amazing truths at the intersection of astrology and love in a free newsletter you can sign up for here for Carol's free newsletter


Explore YourTango