Stormy Seas: Navigating Next Week’s Total Solar Eclipse in Pisces with Challenging Planetary Aspects

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
–Victor Hugo
Depending on where you live in the world, you will experience the new moon/total solar eclipse in 18° Pisces on either the night of Tuesday, March 8, or Wednesday, March 9. Here in the U.S., it will occur on the evening of the 8th: 5:54 p.m. PST, 7:54 p.m CST, 8:54 p.m. EST. The eclipse will not be visible to audiences in North America or Europe–unless, of course, you’re watching a real-time online streaming event. Audiences in southeast Asia and Oceania will be able to view it directly.
Eclipse chart for March 8/March 9 courtesy of planetwatcher.com

Eclipse chart for March 8/March 9 courtesy of planetwatcher.com

Look at your natal chart and see what planets you may have on or near an 18° placement. Also see what aspects exist, if any. For example, in my own natal chart, my Virgo Sun (Virgo is the sign opposite of Pisces) is 16° and conjuncts my natal Mercury in my 7th House of Marriage and Partnerships. Hence I am going to be feeling this eclipse acutely. All Virgos will by deeply impacted by it, especially because Retrograde Jupiter, which, like the North Node, will remain in Virgo for many months to come, is being opposed by the Pisces Sun and Moon as well as Pisces’ planetary ruler, Neptune. For all Virgos, the stellium, or congregation, of planets currently in Pisces–more on what those planets are in just a moment–occupies our 7th House, so issues related to long-term personal relationships/marriages/domestic partnerships or close business relationships are being affected by the solar eclipse. This is a new moon total solar eclipse so whatever detonation event, as I refer to eclipses, winds up happening is a chance to hit a Cosmic Reset Button in whatever house the eclipse is occurring in your chart. Here’s a quick run-down of all 12 signs and their respective houses being affected–look at your Sun Sign and your Ascendant for a full picture of the areas of your life where you’ll be feeling a detonation event/Cosmic Reset.
The Signs and the Houses Being Affected by the Solar Eclipse
Aries 12th House of Occult Mystery, the Subconscious, Imprisonment
Taurus 11th House of Friendships, Groups, Associations
Gemini 10th House of Career and Worldly Status
Cancer 9th House of Expanding Horizons
Leo 8th House of Intimacy, Sex, Death, Other Peoples’ Money
Virgo 7th House of Marriage and Partnerships
Libra 6th House of Work, Service, and Health
Scorpio 5th House of Romance, Pleasure, Creativity, Children
Sagittarius 4th House of Home, Foundation, Family, Security
Capricorn 3rd House of Communications, Short-Term Travel, Siblings
Aquarius 2nd House of Earned Income
Pisces 1st House of the Self
As the above chart wheel shows, several planets will form a stellium in Pisces at the time of the eclipse: the Sun, the Moon, Neptune (exalted in his home sign), Mercury, and the South Node. This is a lot of Water energy to navigate, and the challenge for empaths/emotionally or psychically sensitive individuals is to attune to Pisces’ Otherworldly, higher vibrational energies–such as compassion, spirituality, connecting to Divinity, embracing of intuition and the counsel from dream states–without regressing to the lower vibrational energies of escapism, especially escapism through drugs and alcohol. Opposing Pisces are Retrograde Jupiter at 18° and the North Node at 21° in Virgo, tirelessly working to keep people grounded, health- and service-oriented, and reminding everyone to not jettison their real-world responsibilities. It’s Aesop’s Fable of “The Grasshopper and the Ant” being played out on a cosmic scale–which side will you choose?
The Pisces Sun opposes Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo.

The Pisces Sun opposes Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo.

Challenging Planetary Aspects to the Eclipse
As if this tension wasn’t enough for us to deal with, there are other cosmic monkey wrenches being thrown into the solar eclipse machine, and they hint at the need to heal our inner wounds as well as handle boundaries effectively. Welcome to the Sun conjunct Chiron in Pisces and the Pisces Sun and Neptune squaring Saturn in Sagittarius. Chiron, dubbed the “Wounded Healer” in archetypal astrology circles, brings to the surface deep inner wounds in need of healing.
The glyph for the planetoid Chiron. It looks like a key and thus it unlocks our deep inner wounds for our scrutiny and healing.

The glyph for the planetoid Chiron. It looks like a key and thus it unlocks our deep inner wounds for our scrutiny and healing.

Whichever house the Pisces solar eclipse is occurring in your chart is where Chiron is calling attention to woundedness: this is a powerful aspect for promoting healing but it’s not going to be easy or pretty, which is why a lot of people may succumb to the Piscean temptation to numb emotional pain through drugs or alcohol. Be mindful of this.
My boat sails stormy seas
Battles oceans filled with tears
At last my port’s in view
Now that I’ve discovered you
–The Moody Blues, “For My Lady” (from the 1972 album, Seventh Sojourn)
For Scorpios having the eclipse fall in the 5th House of Romance and for Virgos being impacted in the 7th House, areas of woundedness in romantic relationships will be keenly felt. Major changes will be happening, and any situation, behavioral pattern, or person not aligned with your highest good is going to likely be “eclipsed” out of your life. Whether it’s a breakup or divorce, the healthy discarding of formerly entrenched, unhealthy patterns, the start of a new relationship, or the elevation of a current relationship to the next level (whether that’s getting engaged, married, moving in together, etc.), be prepared to welcome massive changes. Having healthy discussions to make your needs known to your partner is integral to weathering any storms together as a couple, but note that this process can be tricky because Mercury, ruler of clear-thinking Virgo, will be one of the planets in the Pisces stellium at the eclipse and Mercury is at his detriment in the last Water Sign of the Zodiac. Make sure all your communications are heart-centric but grounded in clarity and the reality of your situation–that way you combine the best of the Pisces and Virgo energies.
Anytime the Sun squares Saturn, frayed nerves are the norm. Be gentle with yourself.

Anytime the Sun squares Saturn, frayed nerves are the norm. Be gentle with yourself.

The Sun and Neptune squaring Saturn is another difficult aspect to weather, and its tension and ensuing effects will far outlast the challenge of the Sun conjuncting Chiron. There’s even an Elemental conflict to bear in mind as the Sun and Neptune are in a Water Sign, whereas Saturn is in a Fire Sign (Sagittarius). This square once again asks you to what extent you’re submitting your energies to illusions and flights of fancy versus putting them in the service of practical accomplishment. It’s also a fear-inducing aspect, since the Sun represents vitality and the imagery of Saturn informs Western culture’s “Grim Reaper” iconography (Father Time swinging His scythe: Chop, chop!), so if you find yourself in the throes of an inexplicable panic attack, chances are likely that this square is to blame.
Archetypally, Neptune and Saturn couldn’t be more different. The former planet values a lack of boundaries, an oceanic, undifferentiated “Oneness” (linked to the Collective Unconscious in Jungian terms), whereas Saturn loves boundaries and constriction. Neptune favors randomness and metaphoric thinking; Saturn likes order, logic, and the steady progression towards accomplishing goals through discipline and hard work. As seen in weather patterns, aside from storms, Neptune rules flooding. Saturn, conversely, brings drought. For Virgos, Saturn in Sagittarius is in the 4th House of Foundations, Home, and Family. The square to Neptune could actually caution about gas or water leaks in the house, so check all your plumbing and appliances at this time! Tensions can run high with family members at this time as well or a sense of responsibility concerning family members and relatives could feel unbearable during the eclipse and its fallout period, so be mindful of that also, especially because warlike Mars will be joining Saturn in Sagittarius in the 4th House. Don’t let arguments in the home escalate.
Empowered by Pluto
Saturn in 16° Sagittarius is also forming a semisextile to power-conscious Pluto in 17° Capricorn at the time that the eclipse gets underway. The aspect between these two informs us which structures of our lives are not working and where adjustments need to be made.
The good news is that the Pisces Sun and Moon during the time of the eclipse will be forming a sextile to Pluto, so Pluto can be relied upon for support in navigating the heaviness of the eclipse. For Virgos, Pluto is in our 5th House of Romance, Creativity, and Children, so focusing on those areas of our lives will prove to be fruitful. Artistically, this process is bearing fruit for me already as I’ve been caught up in major painting projects (of the creative self-expression type, not the house-painting type!). I’ve spent the past two Saturdays engrossed in painting, in fact, and two of my five pieces completed in the past two weeks are ones I’m going to submit to a local art gallery here in Chicago for an upcoming exhibition on art and Pagan ritual! So yes, Virgos, take heart. Pluto is in our sister Earth Sign of Capricorn, keeping us grounded in all the goodness of the material world. Draw your strength from 5th House energies at this time of the eclipse, especially practices that keep you grounded in your senses: sign up for a cooking or a dance class–ideally with your sweetheart!–and experience the joy of being embodied.
No matter what your Sun Sign is, this solar eclipse will affect you, and its full impact might not achieve resolution in your life until the mirror solar eclipse occurs this September 1 in Pisces’ opposing sign of Virgo. (The general principle is that a solar eclipse’s effects last for six months.) If you’re a Pisces or a Virgo, this March 8/9 solar eclipse will strongly impact your life. So be sure to make self-care a priority. Engage in deep breathing exercises anytime, anywhere to help ground yourself. Eat nourishing–ideally organic and GMO-free–foods. Drink greater amounts of water than usual. Get adequate sleep and physical exercise. Ensure that you get time just for yourself each day, whether that means taking a long, hot bath, going for a walk in nature, or spending time in prayer and meditation. Surround yourself with supportive loved ones, people whose energy levels vibrate at your level. Remind yourself that escaping through drugs or alcohol is not a viable option–you’re here to process these powerful energies consciously, with self-awareness and self-compassion. Ask for your Gods and Goddesses, Ancestors, and Helping Spirits to guide you and to bolster your courage when you feel fear. Say the following affirmation: “All of my life experiences are unfolding exactly as they should and are propelling me toward my Highest Good.”
Be good to yourself and be kind to others–trust me, there will be no shortage of people out there who are one nugget short of a Happy Meal, if you know what I mean. Detach from their drama. Be authentic. Be grounded. Be optimistic. Be loving. Be safe.
Be well.
Blessings bright!
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2 thoughts on “Stormy Seas: Navigating Next Week’s Total Solar Eclipse in Pisces with Challenging Planetary Aspects

  1. I like the way you explore the complexity of the eclipse horoscope and offer practical suggestions for navigating tensions. Its worth remembering, though, that eclipses have been given a somewhat exaggerateed reputation over the years, and that they can signify positive developments. As regards the timing, as you say, a solar eclipse can signify events over an extended period of months. I would look at transits to the eclipse degree (18 Pisces) for clues, not least the eventual movement of Saturn to 18 Sag, (square the eclipse degree, and/or a natal planet or angle activated by the eclipse), even though this won’t happen until early December. I hope all goes well for you. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Brian! This year, the Mutable Signs show us the way forward in processing changes in the individual and collective consciousness. Saturn in Sagittarius is an interesting transit, and it will be worth watching to see how the recent ingress of Mars into the sign of the Centaur plays itself out with the life lessons of applying discernment and discipline (Saturn) to our actions (Mars) in the pursuit of our goals (Jupiter in Virgo). Let’s hope that Centaur has a saddle for us, ’twill be a bumpy ride! 😉

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