Beware the Ides of March…or the tides? Yeah, we’re talking about the pull of the Moon, which appears as a supermoon AND a groundbreaking solar (new moon) eclipse on March 8, then again on March 23 as a lunar (full moon) eclipse. Translation: Change is seriously in the air.
Eclipses fall four to six times each year, and they are like a cosmic cleanup crew, pushing us out of wishy-washiness and forcing a decision. They bring moments of intense clarity, unexpected changes and major adjustments. We may feel disoriented in the days surrounding an eclipse—kind of like someone turned off the lights, then abruptly turned them back on. Some astrologers believe that you can feel an eclipse’s effects up to a month before and after it. You may already have felt the currents shifting back in February.
March 23: Lunar (Full Moon) eclipse in Libra
Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth is exactly between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow over the moon that (where visible) appears red, brown or gray. Lunar eclipses happen at full moons, so they cast a huge spotlight on anything we’ve been hiding. They can also provide a glimpse into our own psyches. A lunar eclipse can reveal our own “shadow” natures to us, making them a powerful time for radical honesty and self-examination. Since we can’t mask our issues or lapse into denial, we’re forced to heal and deal. That said, people’s “crazy” tends to come out near lunar eclipses, too, which might be why the ancients feared these planetary events. Abrupt endings and transitions can also occur; situations that no longer serve us (jobs, relationships, etc.) can be “eclipsed” out of our lives. Should this happen, try not to freak out. Trust that this eclipse is making space for something better.
This lunar eclipse is in Libra, the sign of partnership. It’s the third and final Libra eclipse in an annual trio (the others were April 2014 and April 2015). Events from the past couple years could come full circle now, especially for contracts, relationships and anything interpersonal. A dynamic duo could become official, or you may decide to part ways.