The Lunar Eclipse in Pisces occurs on the 16th of September, 2016 at 24°20’’ of Pisces.
Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Pisces, as well as Sagittarius, or the house where your natal Jupiter is found for more insight.
If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this Lunar Eclipse.
You can also find out more about Eclipses here.
Lunar Eclipse in Pisces
//What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted//
I have visions of many things.
Happiness is just an illusion,
Filled with sadness and confusion.
But for me they come a-tumbling down.
Every day heartaches grow a little stronger,
I can’t stand this pain much longer!
Cold and alone, no comfort in sight.
Some kind of peace of mind.
Just to find someone to care.
I’ll find a way somehow.
What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?
This week’s Lunar Eclipse in Pisces occurs on the 16th September at 19:05 (UT), with the Moon in a very tight conjunction with comet-cum-asteroid Chiron, who is known as ‘the wounded healer’. Chiron as part of this lunation holds an incredibly deep truth about the process of healing, which may be slightly different than what we have otherwise been led to believe.
The level of reflection required by this lunation is not necessarily pleasant work, spiritually speaking, especially if you are willing to be with the wound instead of running away from it. Yet, it’s essential, fruitful, important work, and can cement the foundation of the spiritual service you wish to offer the world.
The greatest myth (and the biggest selling point) of the modern guru machine has been built off the back of our wounds: buy this and you will be healed; download this PDF and you will find the secret; sign-up here for ‘this too shall pass.’
Chiron, however, offers a different viewpoint.
Perhaps we should aim to transmute, not heal, our pain.
Perhaps our pain can save another from theirs.
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Chiron: ‘The Wounded Healer’
Chiron is a beast, literally: as the most famous Centaur in Ancient Greece, Chiron, like his centaur brethren, was half-man and half-horse, bridging the divide between man and animal. Abandoned by his mother, who was none too keen to have a double-bodied baby as her child, Chiron was adopted by Apollo, the God of healing.
Under the tutelage of Apollo, Chiron became a master healer and later taught a powerful lineage of healings Gods their craft: Asclepius, the God of Healing, Dionysus, the God of Wine (and some very esoteric, possibly entheogenic, rites), and Makhaon, the God of Surgery.
Also among his students was the great strongman of lore, Hercules.
On a trip to Mount Pelion, the home of the centaurs, Hercules convinced the keeper of their sacred wine to uncork a single cask, unleashing a scent so powerful and enchanting that it brought out all of the other centaurs (who were slightly more beastly in their nature than our kindly hero, Chiron).
Hercules leaped into action, brandishing fist and fury to beat back the onslaught of the centaurs, who were driven mad by the smell of the wine. Reaching into his quiver, Hercules released poison-dipped arrows into the scrum, instantly killing the centaur Elatus, and striking his beloved teacher, Chiron, by accident. Hercules attempted, but failed, to heal his teacher using the very methods he had been taught, but to no avail – the wound never healed.
As the ‘wounded healer’, Chiron was stuck between two painful truths: being immortal, he could not die and release himself from pain; despite his vast healing knowledge, he could not heal himself.
The pain he suffered was constant and unbearable. Withdrawing into a cave, Chiron wished, but was unable, to die.
In the end, Hercules made a special application to Zeus, God of the Gods, to allow Chiron to become a mortal and trade places with Prometheus, which led both Prometheus and Chiron to freedom: Prometheus was finally freed from his torturous existence, and Chiron was finally freed in death from his pain.
Wounds into Wisdom
In astrology, our Chiron is a point of wounding.
His placement in our chart is an undeniable area of pain and can represent a similarly wily wound that never seems to heal. And just like Chiron, all of our learning, all of our studies, and all of our best intentions may seem to have met their match when faced with the unrelenting nature our deepest pains.
Chiron, in all his wisdom, provides two different roads we can travel, as does this lunation.
Like Chiron retreating to the cave, we can decide our pain is just too much, that we have failed. We can believe that the only thing to do is cut ourselves off from life, living solely from a place of pain. Here, the stakes are high. We are never healed quite the way that we think we should be, so there can never be solace, only disappointment.
If however, we decide to reach into our wounds, there is the possibility that we can re-purpose the wound into wisdom, and transmute the pain into our profession. Like Chiron, perhaps we cannot rescue ourselves, but we can use our pain as a kind of currency to enable the freedom of another.
We can no more fight our pain into submission (Mars square Chiron) than we can make it disappear by wishing it so. Yet, through focus and dedication (Vesta to Sun and Moon), we may discover the salve of service.
This cycle, like all cycles, is never-ending, complete, and whole: pain in life may be a constant, but so will be the quantities of those we can serve. The two things exist in equal, perfect measures for a reason – so that we, and our stories, and our pains, and our doubts – can serve the Universe.
Greek myth, like life, is no accident; nor is your pain. It is a gift from the Universe to be seen, loved, and sent back out as service.
Your pain is an important part of the cycle.
And fear not – in the end, Chiron didn’t really die, anyway.
He was reborn as a constellation and lived forever among the stars.
In both life and the after-life, he led others through the dark.
A true hero’s ending, if there ever was one.
Current Events + Others Bits
A few months prior, I estimated that this lunation would highlight the irony of fighting for peace. Truthfully, that synopsis came out of a 30-second view of this lunation’s chart, but it makes perfect sense now. Often, we’re only fighting ourselves, at times violently so, when we try and heal our deepest wounds. In the words of someone smarter than me (George Carlin), “fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.”
With Vesta (focus, dedication, spiritual service) strongly in aspect to both the Moon and the Sun at this lunation, many are predicting a call towards selfless spiritual service. I hasten to add that Vesta is conjoined asteroid Cyllarus, a minor object that loves to see and be seen, and to revel in the selfie, rather than the selfless. Part of this energy could involve deconstructing how we wish we to be seen, vis-à-vis how we know ourselves to be on a deeper level. In my opinion, this ties perfectly into the Chiron story – our work is not to deny who we are, project a pretty image or self-flagellate ourselves to death. The real magic starts when we claim our wounds and release them out into the world as a form of spiritual service (Vesta). You may wish to ponder how this idea has grown inside of your since March (the last Pisces eclipse).
Interestingly, Jupiter has made a move into Libra, but as the ruler of this lunation, it makes not one single aspect to any other object in the chart. For those that are extra pedantic, it does conjoin the asteroid Sappho (romantic and artistic sensitivity). Being that Jupiter has some legal connotations, and Sappho has certain LGBTQ connotations, there could be some new celebration or piece of the puzzle clicking together for our LGBTQ folks (let’s hope so!). There’s also a New Moon in Libra very soon, so it could be that this upcoming lunation is the big ‘ta-da’ moment for Jupiter.
Since the Moon also represents our body, I would suggest you take care of this sacred flesh-vessel to the best of your ability, and in accordance to the house that Pisces rules for you. Pisces indeed rules the feet, and the square it receives from Mars in Sagittarius rules the thighs. Not a great weekend to take up rollerskating, for example.
And since one particular lady’s health has been front and center of the newsreels, it’s worth mentioning that this lunation occurs directly on top of the natal Moon of none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton, squaring her natal 8th House Uranus. With transiting planets in the 12th, there is a lot more that is possibly hidden. Here’s me hoping Hill’s health doesn’t take a turn for the worse – we need you now Hill, more than ever.
Image credit: Bape.ril
THE LUNAR ECLIPSE CHART
September 16th, 2016, Pisces 24°19”