*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!
September’s Full Moon taking place on September 27th, will likely be one of the year’s biggest planetary events—given that both its astronomy and astrology will be front and center.
This is going to be a full moon with a lot of extra flavor and for good reason.
Many popular media outlets have been talking about it for weeks and the hype will only continue as we get closer to the date. It’s an exciting event and the influences in motion will likely have a direct personal impact on many of us.
First, it will be a total lunar eclipse which means that the Earth, sun and moon will all align precisely which only happens a few times a year.
During the exact time of the eclipse, the moon will actually pass behind the Earth’s shadow over the span of several hours. Many of us will be able to see this happen visually in the night sky which will no doubt be a gorgeous site. Check out EarthSky for precise times of the eclipse around the world.
Secondly, it will be a supermoon which means when we look up at the night sky the brilliant glow will be breathtaking.
Picture big, bright and beautiful. Supermoons happen when the moon is a little closer to the Earth and this one will be the closest out of all the full moons of 2015.
Point number three—this full moon takes place very close to the equinox (mark of a new season) which amplifies its energy considerably.
Many will also refer to it as the Harvest Moon because traditionally this is the time of year that the crops are gathered.
Fourth, this particular lunar eclipse will be the fourth of four total lunar eclipses in a row, or the grand finale.
The three preceding it took place on: April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014 and April 4, 2015.
This pretty rare phenomenon, of four full lunar eclipses in a row, is referred to as a tetrad. The popular reference of Blood Moon has been given to each eclipse in this series and this one will be called that as well.
The moon itself might even have a reddish tint to it but I’ll leave all of us to be the judge of what we end up actually seeing. The coloring is going to depend on the atmospheric conditions of where in the world we see it from.
Now that I’ve covered some of the basics, I want to share some important details about the astrology of this rare phenomenon.
The realm of relationships and our place within them will be the major focal point. It’s going to be a high energy vibe and if there are any relationship questions that need answering, this is the time where a new dynamic comes into play.
From an astrological point of view lunar eclipses are powerful full moons that represent closure, endings or taking things to another level. Decisions may have to be made and new information could come to the table heightening our awareness into key situations. An important turning point comes and from a personal standpoint, it likely ties into the previous total lunar eclipse dates (4/15/2014, 10/8/2014, 4/4/2015).
Think back to what was going on during these periods and all that has happened since. Things are moving onto a new level now and a new chapter is in motion.
At the peak of this eclipse, the signs of Aries and Libra will be opposing each other. They will intertwine in a bit of a faceoff, creating a balancing act between the me and we part of our relationships.
The supercharged moon will be operating in the sign of Aries which is classically known for being independent and doing what it wants to do first. He’s fearless, doesn’t care much if he ruffles a few feathers and always jumps in feet first.
The sun, on the other hand, will be in peaceful Libra. This side of the balancing act will be pulling us to put the needs of our partner and the relationship as a whole first. Libra doesn’t like to rock the boat. It craves harmony and love. It will do anything possible to not ruffle any feathers.
This balancing act is likely going to be felt in many of our lives as a result. Finding a compromise between these two very different needs can be difficult—especially if we’re used to doing things in a certain way. However, relationships need to evolve and change in order to become stronger.
Love doesn’t end. It evolves and changes with time.
This is a point where change or redefinition truly comes about. Many of us have been thrown into relationship karma since July with the Venus retrograde cycle and some of us even longer. Now that the cycle is nearing completion, we’re closer to understanding our own needs as well as what we need in our relationships.
If there’s any doubt in our minds about the longevity of a particular relationship, this is the time we’ll be able to really find out. Boundaries may need to be pushed and fears could have to be faced up to. The universe will be speaking rather loudly—but as with anything some open-mindedness and awareness needs to play part.
The high impact of this supermoon eclipse made me dig a little deeper to find out if we could get some further clues into the insight and awareness part. At the end of the day, many of us are just trying to figure out how this energy is going to play a part for us personally.
Those questions made me look at the asteroids involved in the picture as well because they are rather telling in this planetary story.
Juno, the asteroid named after the goddess of marriage will be aligning very closely with the Libra sun. In mythology, Juno was the devoted wife of Jupiter that put up with his countless affairs. Her fidelity, commitment and perseverance represent our concerns of these matters in our personal relationships.
Then on the opposite side, Vesta will be aligning closely with the moon pushing us to get ready for a new facet in our relationship. Vesta is the goddess of hearth and fire. She’s the force and flame that helps us get rid of things that aren’t working and leaves only the purest of intentions behind.
We can expect a redefined commitment in some of our relationships as a result of these energies in play.
There’s a big push in motion to see a new side to things. Something may have to go—in order for something new to take its place. The energy of this eclipse will likely persuade us to get rid of the old way of operating so that a new way can begin and take our relationships to a new level.
A few extra notes to keep in mind because this is the time where we need to look at the entire planetary picture in order to get to the understanding part.
Jupiter and Neptune will still be working in a close opposition.
Their influence might be messing with our heads and hearts. The picture of how we wanted something to look might now be vastly different than the way it looks now. That reality can sometimes be difficult to swallow. However if we’re open to change things might end up better than they were before.
The moon will also be working nicely with Saturn helping to create endurance and the desire for commitment. A caveat, however, is that Mars might throw a little fire into the mix. A push likely comes along due to his influence to help make these changes and redefinition happen.
Challenge via the planets makes us act and do and sometimes we need that. This is “get off the couch” territory where we are driven to do something and take some sort of action. Decisions have to be reached and compromises may need to be made in order to get to the next part of the story.
Lastly, the communications planet Mercury will be going retrograde during this time and that throws another facet of possibility into the picture. Mercury retrogrades are known for making us go back in time and revisit things of the past. It likes to redo and redefine. Given that he will be travelling through relationship centered Libra, it’s highly probable that this influence will be helping us with the redefining part of relationship that aren’t working properly.
As many of readers of my articles know, I’m a fan of combining music with astrology. I’ve always got a handy playlist near—especially during high energy times such as this. The song that’s about to get a lot of repeats in my world is Poolside’s Harvest Moon. It’s a spin on Neil Young’s classic that I first heard about a year ago in a hot yoga class.
This is a song that can get anybody in a good mood.
It also helps represent the message of this eclipse. A good dose of redefinition isn’t always something to run from. We can still be in love even if it’s not the same as before. The new dynamic that evolves might end up being something that’s pretty damn awesome.
Relationships of all kinds need to be redefined every once and a while in order to give them new life—just like music does.
Author: Crystal B.
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock
Photo: used with permission from Donia Lilly