This is the final eclipse of the year and marks the end of a six-month cycle of conflicting forces and stubborn obstacles. If you are prepared to integrate the past, the momentum of this lunar eclipse will propel you forward to new frontiers.
The eclipse will occur on the edge of sidereal Pisces in the area of the sky known in Vedic Astrology as Purva Bhadrapada. Symbolized by the front legs of a stretcher or coffin as it carries a body to the cremation grounds, Purva Bhadrapada heralds death and rebirth. This fiery nakshatra may allow you to see what is truly important in life and rearrange your priorities accordingly.
Like a snake shedding its skin, this lunar eclipse can give a new sense of identity and a new lease on life. Grace and opportunity may suddenly strike on this eclipse, as Jupiter, the ruling planet of expansive growth is in a powerful direct aspect. Jupiter channels the potential of this eclipse by granting healthy breakthroughs and liberating stagnate energy.
The grinding gears and heavy weight of this year’s challenges will come to an end on September 17 when Mars officially leaves Scorpio. Saturn’s harsh pressure will release, and courageous Mars will shift into the free and expansive fire of Sagittarius. Your drive and momentum should pick up even more after Mercury goes direct on September 21.
Take heed however, while the transformative nature of this eclipse might feel exhilarating, it is also well known to create chaos and confusion. A unique three month period is approaching that will magnify the naga snake power throughout the world. A special alignment of planets called Kala Sarpa Yoga, or “The Serpent of Time,“ will entwine around the karmic axis of the eclipse (the north and south nodes of the moon) and amplify the shadow trickster, Rahu.
On a global level this could trigger sudden change, disasters, scandals and deception in the months to come. The days leading up to the US election – October 27 through November 7 – will be strongly influenced by this Kala Sarpa yoga.
In yoga, the word tapas, which literally translates as “heat,” is often used to describe hard work and disciplined focus. The fiery heat of tapas purifies the spirit by burning away what is unwanted. Like Purva Bhadrapada, this fire grants strength, clarity, and prepares the soul for the world to come. If we are ready to take the heat, this lunar eclipse offers a unique opportunity for rebirth. Like a phoenix, we can emerge from the ashes with a new awareness of personal power and a clean emotional slate.