A Lunar Eclipse is occurring September 16th, 2016

The Lunar Eclipse occurring September 16th:
will help to facilitate rapid shifts in our emotional bodies and open us to new opportunities. We’ll become aware of the need to be more sensitive to those around us and cultivate a more gentle approach to life.

Lunar Eclipses have the power to illuminate situations in our lives that require our attention. If we’ve been overly critical towards ourselves or others it can become apparent now that we need to make a change. It could feel as if we need to control the situations and people around us, however, this will set us up for constant disappointment if we try to pursue this unattainable goal. When we fail to perceive how others around us might feel, we miss out on vital information.

This Lunar Eclipse can awaken us to our emotional sensitivities and help us to feel more connected to our fellow humans. When we realize that we’re all in this together, we can strategize for successful outcomes. There will be an emphasis on following our inner wisdom and spiritual guidance. It’s possible that the plans we’ve made have outlined all the practical details but have forgotten to account for our human-ness. Being open to new opportunities that can arise from sudden inspiration, a change of heart or unexpected circumstances can help us to avoid getting “stuck” when things don’t go according to plan. We’ll benefit the most when we have a road map outlining where we’re headed and stay flexible to alternate routes.

Because this Lunar Eclipse can heighten our emotions, take care not to succumb to feelings of being overwhelmed. Often, situations are not as dramatic as we perceive them to be during this time. It can be helpful to practice grounding routines such as yoga, meditation, prayer and healthful eating habits. We’re learning to deal with our sensitivities in a way that allows us to be more compassionate. It’s important to acknowledge our feelings and find constructive methods to work with them-such as having a creative outlet.

During this Eclipse, it will be important to give ourselves and others space to process emotions. Any feelings that emerge during this time are helping us to access our subconscious wounds, in order to heal them. This time period can be pivotal for our spiritual development and ability to create a sense of inner peace. We’ll benefit when we can practice self-awareness and avoid any temptation to “escape” uncomfortable feelings through the use of drugs or alcohol.

* Notes on Eclipses:

If you have a natal planet within one degree of the degree of any eclipse, that area of your life is destined for awakening and transformation. A new cycle is scheduled to begin in the area of the planetary urge affected:

* SUN: the way you express your creative gifts

* MOON: your self-image

* MERCURY: the way you perceive life

* VENUS: your relationships, the way you express affection,

what brings you pleasure

* MARS: your initiative, your sex drive and the way you

assert yourself

* JUPITER: the way you respond to good luck, opportunities

for expansion

* SATURN: your sense of mission and purpose

* URANUS: your desires for excitement and aliveness in

your life.

* NEPTUNE: your idealism, fantasy and private dream

* PLUTO: the way you use power and relate to the challenge

of change and transformation

If you do not know the degrees of your natal planets, calculate your natal chart here.

To learn more about the Lunar Eclipses and their impact on your life, consult SPIRITUAL ASTROLOGY by Jan Spiller and Karen McCoy.