Ring of Fire – Solar Eclipse
By Michelle McClunan
The first day of Spring (in the Southern Hemisphere) is ushered in by a burning ring of fire, an annular solar eclipse. This is, in essence a super charged new moon, which has far reaching effects. The Moon is positioned in between the Earth and the Sun, almost but not entirely blocking out it’s light, so as to create a corona or a ring of fire. Apparently it will be visible in Central Africa . However, whether we see it or not, we will definitely feel its effects.
What does it mean?
Before I explain what I think it means, close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the energy of it and what it might mean to you.
There are many myths and superstitions around Solar Eclipses and throughout history, they’ve been both feared and revered. In some cultures, they are still seen as bad omens, as the sun disappears from the sky or the cosmic light “goes out”. This is the first of two eclipses this month, which could be an interesting one on all fronts – politically, economically and climatically, with dire weather being rather widely predicted.
Symbolically, a Solar Eclipses can be seen as the masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon). Eclipses are also seen as portals or gateways between the material and subtle worlds, Generally though, a Solar eclipse signifies a closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.
Completion 9 9 9
There’s a strong theme of completion and closure with this one, being at 9 degrees Virgo, in the 9th Month of the year 2016, (which reduces to a 9) making it a 9 year numerologically. Although I don’t practice Numerology, a nine year does indicate the end of a cycle and signals this as a year of completion, surrender and forgiveness.Next year will be a 1 year, when the time will be right to start afresh. That will be a relief for many, as this year its seemed to be rather difficult to get things moving forward… or maybe it’s just me. That aside, we all get the chance this year to complete and release whatever we need to from the last 9 years.
Completion cycles often come with a sense of aloneness, grief or sadness, as we part ways with things and people who have been important to us. Even though this can be challenging, it also carries the potential for huge spiritual growth , even if it’s hard to see at the time.
Eclipses work in 19 year cycles, so this one relates to 1st September 1997, when there was an eclipse at the same degree. It might be useful to take a few moments and cast your mind back to that time and to what was going on for you.
What ended or disappeared from your life?
What new elements or people entered your life in the months after the eclipse?
What loose ends do you need to tie up from that period?
The part of your birth chart which houses 8 to 10 degrees Virgo indicates the area of your life where this played out and which is likely to repeat in some way now. If you have planets or points at those degrees of Virgo or in any of the other mutable signs, (Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini) you’re likely to feel the effects more strongly than if you don’t.
In my case, 9 degrees Virgo sits at the apex of my chart and in September 1997 EVERYTHING changed for me…. And I mean everything. … so its going to be interesting to see how this one plays out!
Saturn/ Mars and Neptune are caught up in the Ring of Fire
I’m placing more importance on this eclipse than I normally do, due to it triggering the Saturn/Mars/ Neptune square which I wrote about here.
And don’t forget Mercury Retrograde
Last, but certainly not least, this eclipse coincides with Mercury (the eclipse’s ruler) turning retrograde until 21st/22nd September (don’t delay in backing up ALL your data and double check your travel bookings!) .
So, what do we do with it?
I see this as an opportunity to look back (Mercury retrograde) and reflect on the last 9 or 19 years – where we have shifted and where we haven’t; where we’ve grown and where we haven’t; where we’ve broken promises or vows to ourselves or others; how our relationship is with our bodies; where we are overly perfectionistic or pedantic, to the point of stalling activity completely and what we need to fully and finally let go of, in order to move forward in our lives.
This is a really powerful time to release and let go, so that we can be cleared for a re-boot.
- Close your eyes
- Picture a ring of fire
- Ask yourself what you really, really, really want to let go of?
- Put it into the ring of fire and let it burn baby!
If you’re feeling that something is changing in your life, but you’re unsure about how to move forward or how to navigate it, it’s highly likely that your chart is being triggered in some way. I’d be more than happy to do a mini reading over Skype to help you shed some light on it.
9 THINGS TO DO ON THIS TRIPLE 9 ECLIPSE
- Re-visit September 1997, what was going on for you then and how it connects to where you find yourself today.
- Connect with what or who you really need to let go of and release.
- Write it down, paint it, sculpt it, dance it, sing it, make some nature art
- Do some kind for ritual where you release it – eg burn the paper you have written or painted on,and blow away the ashes.
- Go through papers and photographs and burn or throw out what you don’t want to keep.
- Clear out a cupboard or two – get rid of whatever you haven’t used or worn in 2 years. Remember, this is symbolic. By doing this, you are notifying the Universe that you have space for the new and are not holding onto the old out of fear.
- Make amends – write a letter to anyone you’ feel you may have wronged. If you aren’t able to send it that’s ok – writing it will help clear your path.
- Really release anybody you might be holding onto who has physically departed from your life
- Commit to doing one thing towards a healthier, fitter, happier you – every day for the next 21 days.
.In life and light and Rings of Fire
Featured image – Land art by Andy Goldsworthy