Astrology of Now: Eclipse — It’s All Maya
Tomorrow, September 16, there will be a partial eclipse of Lady Luna. You will be able to see this from Europe to the Western Pacific. The point of closest eclipse is at 18.54 GMT. Right now the Moon is already in Pisces. The eclipse takes place at 24°.
Last night, I stood in the garden looking at the Moon hanging like a glass bauble in the night sky. It was a very clear night — and unusually warm for this time of year. I could see all the mysterious markings across the white surface of the Moon. How she glistened. She appeared so close, just behind the branches of the apple tree, as if I could stroke that glassy surface with the tip of my finger.
Yesterday, I read two beautifully-written pieces by astrologers — Jessica Shepherd (Moonkissed) and April Elliot Kent (Big Sky). Both are poetic and authentic, and showed a profound understanding of this particular eclipse, each from her personal view. So I thought I would add a little to that since in some ways I’m speaking from inside the muffled space of the eclipse.
To explain, I have an ocean of Pisces energy in my chart — four planets, and if you include Pallas, Chiron and Juno — seven. Like many Pisces, it’s taken me years to understand that I’m not invisible, to live properly in the material world. Many of us have a feeling of not exactly existing. (You can imagine the trouble this leads to.)
I think this eclipse is about this feeling, wherever it falls in your chart. It’s about feeling unseen, perhaps, immaterial. And for many of us, this is not such a bad feeling, because the other side of it is connecting to the other side, the other world, the world of music, or spirit, of things that can’t be touched or smelled, but which are as real as emotion. If you are lucky, this can be a connection to the divine. However, it can also be a feeling of being dishonoured, overlooked, disrespected, of having everything stripped away. Where Pisces is in your chart may be the place where you feel like cellophane, or where you feel as if you are nothing.
When an eclipse happens, a door opens — and a door shuts.
Speaking personally again, eclipses in my own Sun sign have always accelerated an evolution of identity. Sometimes this has been easy, but sometimes it has been extraordinarily painful, as it meant having material props stripped away. Almost always it has been accompanied by an intensification of the feeling of nothingness, or not really being here at all. Again sometimes good, sometimes dreadful.
Buddhists understand this notion as the realisation of maya.
The guru Meher Baba put it like this: “How does the false world of finite things come into existence? Why does it exist? It is created by Maya or the principle of ignorance. Maya is not illusion, it is the creator of illusion. Maya is not false, it is that which gives false impressions. Maya is not unreal; it is that which makes the real appear unreal and the unreal appear real. Maya is not duality, it is that which causes duality…. From the point of view of the last and the only Truth of realisation, nothing exists except infinite and eternal God. There the illusion of finite things as separate from God has vanished, and with it has also vanished Maya, the creator of this illusion.”
So for each of us this Pisces eclipse opens a door into that end-of-Z0diac realm — if only momentarily. Mars, the planet of action, is tightly aspected, so there is potential for a sudden release of energy — a door that has been locked bursting open. Chiron is closely involved too, so there is potential for pain — or healing.
Those of us not affected by this directly may want to reflect on the words of Meher Baba — or on the possibility of endless parallel universes…
The Moon is already in Pisces and I can feel it, reminding me of the liminal things, the space between dreaming and waking, shorelines, melancholy, words unsaid, music from an open window. Pisces is the end of the land, the last of the Zodiac — and also the beautiful blue hour before daybreak. Pisces cannot truly be grounded: instead we have to try to be authentic. I hope that’s hepful.
I recommend that you read the other two pieces mentioned above for more advice and insight. I have written about the September eclipses for each sign for subscribers in the Monthly Horoscopes and a special post called The Winds of Change.