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Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Would you like more tea? Okay. Have you tried the lemon slices? They were made fresh this morning.

Excellent. Now that you are all nice and relaxed, it’s time to talk about the September 1st Solar Eclipse in Virgo.

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Now just calm down there a second, okay? Whenever I find myself writing about the astrological effects of a Solar Eclipse it always seems to start out with two general statements:

1) Eclipses aren’t as much a cause for alarm as many people might think. Astronomically they are certainly interesting, and there is a certain deep-down superstitious thrill to be had at the thought of one of the big lights in the sky going temporarily dark. But the astrological effects of an Eclipse are subtle, and it’s never just an Eclipse itself that will sink your boat.

2) Any Full Moon or New Moon has some astrological significance, and an Eclipse certainly seems to heighten that significance. But again, an Eclipse isn’t going to do anything to you on its own… it has to be activated by transits from other planets.

Having said that: I will admit that the September 1st Solar Eclipse in Virgo looks nasty on paper. Ten degrees Virgo is an awkward place for anything to be of late, given that the Saturn-Neptune square is banging on that point from Sagittarius and Pisces respectively. That’s a tough transit, but it’s been ongoing for a long time now. This means that the Eclipse isn’t likely going to do anything new and horrible to you. At most it will activate new and horrible potentials based on where Saturn and Neptune are right now, and will cause the effects of that transit to come out in relatively surprising and unexpected ways.

See? That wasn’t so bad was it?

Stop choking on that lemon slice, dear friend. You’re going to be all right. Let me explain.

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How this Eclipse will affect you — if it affects you at all — will be dependent on the individual placements in your birth chart. Here are a few brief guidelines as to which of you are most likely to be affected.

If you were born: February 23-March 6, May 26-June 5, August 28-September 7, or November 27-December 7 (in any year), this Eclipse is aspecting The Sun in your birth chart. Who are you, and what do you want? If you’ve had many doubts about this in the last couple of months, you can expect the other shoe to drop… for good or ill… relatively soon. Remember: the closer your birthday is to the middle of one of those date ranges, the stronger the effect will be.

If your Ascendant is between 5-15 degrees Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, the big question this Eclipse could be raising is “who are these people in my life?” Also: “what am I doing for these people and what am I doing for them?” Also, possibly: “who the heck are you, and how did you get into my life? Should I have invested in a burglar alarm?”

If your Midheaven is between 5-15 degrees Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, this Eclipse could be doing big things to your career path (or lack thereof), or in a more general sense, “what you want to be when you grow up.” You may not like what you’re doing for a living like you once did… or potentially, those forces that you were afraid may push you out may finally do so.

There is also a long list of birth dates that will be affected based on the position of one of the outer planets (Saturn through Pluto) at your time of birth, but rather than catalog those here, if you’re really concerned you might want to consider getting a reading write me about that… discount for new clients!

One thing to keep in mind if you are worried about this Eclipse is that regardless of how it affects the other points in your birth chart, one of the traditional rules I find works is that an Eclipse is more of a cause for concern if it happens above the Horizon in your birth chart… in other words, if 10 degrees Virgo fall somewhere in your 7th to 12th houses. This doesn’t mean that if you have Taurus Rising (for example) you’re automatically off the hook, but it can be a good sign.

Finally: Eclipses may bring unexpected events, but unexpected events aren’t always bad. For every point in any given chart that is being squared or opposed by an Eclipse, another point will be getting a trine or sextile, and those are generally considered “good” aspects. It’s just that the Evening News never starts with a long list of all the terrible things that didn’t happen today, does it?

On the other hand, Eclipse or not… there’s still that whole Saturn square Neptune thing going on, and if you enjoy being panicked that’s bad enough isn’t it?

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