We will be having a Total Lunar Eclipse on the night of September 27th/28th which will be visible from most of North America, all of South America, Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. The peak of the eclipse will be at 2:50am Universal Time (Click here for your time zone). However, it will start 1 hour and 43 minutes before that as the entire process of the eclipse will last almost 3.5 hours, with the period of totality lasting 72 minutes.
This total eclipse is a SuperMoon, which is when it is at a closer point to the earth. It is also the 4th and final “Blood Moon” of a series of 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses over the last 1.5 years. The themes and circumstances in our lives at this time are connected to what was developing during the earlier total eclipses, especially the previous one that was in early April.
A Lunar Eclipse is a super-charged Full Moon. Its effects are most strongly felt in the week leading up to it and the weeks following, but are played out over the following 3-6 months. Lunar Eclipses are times of major shifts which bring endings to certain aspects of our lives, in preparation for new beginnings. They always happen either 2 weeks before and/or after a Solar Eclipse, and have overlapping themes with each other.
Lunar Eclipse in Aries Opposite Sun and North Node in Libra
We have been experiencing lunar eclipses in the Aries-Libra axis since October 18th 2013, roughly every 6 months. This will be the last and most powerful one. The Aries-Libra axis represents the polarity between the individual self and relationships. Aries is independent and bold, and makes decisions based on its own best interests. Libra is codependent and always considerate of relationships in its actions. It is the sign of partnerships, fairness, and equality.
During this lunar eclipse, we are involved in a tug-of-war between these two signs. The North Node is on the Libra side of the fence, which emphasizes the challenge to be balanced, fair, equal, and considerate of our relationships when we act on our own interests. It is about moving forward in new ways that serve the evolution of our soul.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra Conjunct the Sun
Mercury has been retrograde in Libra since September 17th and will be until October 9th. This really emphasizes the need to be reflective and flow with what is being presented to you in order to make the right choices and changes in your life. It is not the best idea to make any major decisions or force anything in your life until after Mercury retrograde is over, sometime after October 9th when there will be more clarity.
Mercury is also associated with communication and we can experience circumstances that push us to change how we communicate in our relationships.
This Eclipse and Mercury Retrograde are Square Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto is associated with fears, power and control. It also represents transformative powers and things that are hidden. Over the previous and next few weeks we may have or will experience these Plutonian circumstances in a way that challenges us, yet will be instrumental in influencing how we proceed forward. With Pluto we can use our own power to disempower and manipulate others, or we can use it to empower ourselves in an equal way as Libra suggests.
Capricorn is also associated with work/career, ambition, and the structures in our lives. The challenges we are facing could be associated with the new transformations, or developing transformations, in these areas. The last Solar Eclipse that was in Virgo really emphasizes a potential shifting in our work and duties which is still a strong theme for us.
Saturn is Trine the Moon and Square Aries Ruler Mars
With Mars in Virgo square Saturn, in combination with Mercury retrograde, we may experience challenges, delays, and restrictions in taking action and completing tasks. Saturn in Sagittarius is about restructuring our perspectives and beliefs, and the trine it makes to the Moon in Aries shows that it is beneficial to our invidiual needs.
As mentioned above, the Solar Eclipse (2 weeks prior) is bringing shifts and new beginnings around our work and duties, but it’s still not the best time to push forward with full force on anything until after October 9th. Any tasks and work that we take on now should be associated with what has been put in place prior to September 17th.
Things To Do For This Lunar Eclipse
As mentioned above, it is best not to force or push anything in your life. Reflect on and consider what is the best course of action in a way that serves your individual needs, yet is also fair and considerate of your
relationships. Circumstances, challenges, and/or new understandings will still arise which will help us define how to proceed forward post October 9th.
If you are in North or South America, Europe, Western Asia, or Africa, you will be able to see the eclipse under clear skies, so be sure to check it out if you can. Remember, the entire process of the eclipse will last over 3 hours, with the period of totality lasting 72 minutes. The peak (halfway point) of the eclipse will be at 2:50am Universal Time.