Our 2015 Aries Ingress is quite powerful with an eclipse twelve hours earlier in the last degree of Pisces. This is a dramatic way to end the old cycle and begin the new one, as the Aries Ingress inaugurates the beginning of burgeoning energies. All of this occurs on March 20.
Eclipses come in pairs and this one is the first in 2015. It is a total Solar eclipse which will be visible in northern Europe and the Arctic. Eclipses intensify the energy, especially when they aspect planets or angles in our own charts. Along with the eclipse and new Moon in Pisces, we also have Neptune, Chiron, and Mercury in Pisces as well. (Neptune has been in Pisces and will continue to be for another 10 years.) Pisces is in fact ruled by the planet Neptune and relates to our vision, our dreams, our inner life and intuition. We are being shown ways to release our linear ways of thinking and dive into meditative and creative pursuits at this time.
An hour later the Moon enters Aries and 13 hours later, the Sun enters Aries and we have the first bursts of spring occurring. The Sun, Moon, south node of the Moon, Uranus and Mars are in Aries with the Sun, Moon and south node trine Saturn in Sagittarius. Moon, south node, Uranus and Mars are also trine Jupiter in Leo. This is a very fiery chart and relates to new energies that are sprouting now, but with the Neptune, Chiron, and Mercury still in Pisces, there is the need to balance our inner lives and intuitive ways of approach. When this chart is drawn for Washington, DC, we have a Virgo rising with the Aries planets in the 7th and 8th houses. Our foreign relationships are key now and Virgo rising suggests the need for diplomacy and not more wars with both Mars and Uranus in Aries as well. The degree of Virgo rising is also conjunct Neptune in the US chart (July 4, 17776 in Philadelphia at 5:10 PM) and square our natal Mars, which symbolizes the struggles in our own Congress with the Iran agreement on nuclear weapons and more. The conjunction of the ascendant to our natal Neptune again stresses the need to balance our country and not just ourselves with a more meditative, non linear approach.
The full Moon eclipse occurs April 4 at 8:05 AM in Washington. An interesting note here is that this is the third of four Total Lunar eclipses; not all Lunar eclipses are total, so this makes it stronger. It will be visible in both North and South America as well as in Asia and western Australia. This eclipse is particularly potent since the Sun is exactly conjunct Uranus in Aries and square Pluto. The Sun conjunct Uranus brings in strong changes and upheavals. The Sun and Uranus are in a T square with the Moon and Pluto. This accentuates the Uranus Pluto square which occurred for the 7th and last time on March 16. The Moon here is the degree of Saturn in the US chart, and the Moon, Sun, and Uranus all square the US natal Sun in Cancer. This is a very tricky time period for the US, as well as for so many of the other countries that have been affected by the Uranus Pluto square beginning in 2010 with the Arab spring. Since this eclipse occurs on Easter weekend and the beginning of Passover, many religious ceremonies and rituals may help to balance the energy. The ascendant degree in Washington is 12 degrees of Taurus which is inconjunct the US ascendant at 12 Sagittarius, an aspect indicating adjustment. The Moon in Libra strives for balance in all areas of our lives. Those whose horoscopes will be hit by this eclipse are those who have been under the energy of the Uranus square Pluto for many months.
This spring is a very challenging time for all of us. On March 14, Saturn went retrograde in Sagittarius; it will retrograde back into Scorpio until September 2 when it goes direct. No doubt many more hidden things will come to the surface during this period, so staying in balance with our practical selves and rational thinking, as well as our intuitive guidance, will be important. We are being shown the tools with the New Moon eclipse in Pisces and the Full Moon eclipse in Libra