the meeting of Miss Luna and Mr. Sol

Pink Floyd sings about the dark side of the moon; today we talk about the darkening of the sun.

I’m without words for the public today while also desiring to take a moment to honor this mighty eclipse. So I’m sharing this laudable composition by intuitive astrologer Simone Butler posted at the lovely; thanks, SB. Also, FYI, NASA's following the eclipse at its Web site and with Google Map created an interactive map.

Clocking in at six minutes and 39 seconds, the total solar eclipse taking place today

(visible throughout Asia) is the longest — and most powerful — of the 21st century. It's the second New Moon in Cancer, intensifying last month's themes related to home, family, self-nurturing and birthing new things. Falling at the final degree of the sign, it brings a "last gasp" effort or release of an old attachment. This solar eclipse occurs within 12 hours of the Jupiter-Chiron conjunction, which may trigger a wound to be healed. Take good care of yourself now and prepare for your life to take a sudden turn. What might that look like for you? (ed. note: If you know your rising sign and/or moon sign, read those too.)

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You may be releasing an attachment to a romantic fantasy or watching a child fly the coop at this New Moon eclipse, Aries. You've done all you can to feed and nurture this situation; now it's time to call it quits and let go. Solace comes from a healer in your community or a friend you've been on the outs with who is there to help. Pouring your creative energies into an original project is therapeutic, and births a new aspect of you.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You've been on intense "output" mode for the last month, Taurus, quite likely over-giving to those in your immediate environment or family members. The New Moon eclipse is a death knell for this pattern of taking care of others, demanding that you begin to nurture yourself instead. A sensitive career issue comes to a head, taking a turn for the better as you forgive and let go. Changes at home are for the best; surrender to them.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You may face a crisis of faith at this New Moon eclipse, Gemini. Since you're so imaginative, it's easy for you to spin convincing stories about your life — both positive and negative — and then watch them come true. Now you're challenged to birth a new reality by using your awesome mental powers to visualize and affirm what you desire. Slow down, ground yourself and calmly make a choice based on sudden info that arrives.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
A healing crisis with someone close to you, or the need to let go of an addiction of some kind, triggers feelings of insecurity at this New Moon eclipse, Cancer. You're birthing new priorities and putting your talents out to the world now, a scary process for one so sensitive to the possibility of rejection. As the old passes away, dig deep and find your true nourishment and security within. And, demand what you're worth financially!

Leo (July 23 – August 22)
You've been in preparation mode for a month, Leo, and this New Moon eclipse springs you out of the starting gate. Is there something still left undone, perhaps an emotional attachment you need to release or a fence to mend? Do it now to clear your slate for exciting new opportunities this month. Let go of recent burdens and let your light shine forth — others will notice the changes you're making and step forward to assist you.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Your mental and physical health is the focus at this New Moon eclipse, Virgo. Don't give in to the temptation to run around like crazy or overreact to news of an ending of some kind; you're meant to slide into rest-and-rejuvenation mode now, and let others carry the ball to the finish line at work. Care-giving comes naturally to you, but now it's crucial to cut back on your duties, take care of yourself and take time to relax and heal.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You're so close to manifesting a big dream you can almost taste it, Libra, and this New Moon eclipse is pushing you over the edge. But first you may need to address any insecurities about your talents or performance, or assuage a loved one's feelings about you moving into a new social realm or status. Is there an old friendship or association that has outlasted its usefulness for you? Don't debate this any longer; let go and move on.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You're about to make a big splash in the wider world, Scorpio; allow the powerful changes initiated by this New Moon eclipse to propel you forward. It's not important anymore for you to have things under control or to make it all happen. In fact, it's time to surrender to your higher calling and let old career ambitions or ideas about who you're "supposed" to be fall by the wayside. Renewing family bonds helps a lot.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
An unexpected development or news from afar could have you scrambling at this New Moon eclipse, Sagittarius. You've likely been thinking in narrow terms about an important matter, and now you suddenly see the bigger picture. Take this opportunity to broaden your knowledge, embark on a trip or have a life-changing adventure. A long-standing concern about a relative or neighbor gets healed now, due to your forgiveness.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Everyone sees you as having it all together, Capricorn, but this New Moon eclipse is apt to shake you to your core. Don't hide what you're feeling, especially if it involves a loss, as opening up to your deeper feelings is the higher purpose of this cycle. And, dis-identifying with your financial or relationship status may be part of that. As you let go of any assets or commitments that aren't serving you, you'll heal your self-worth.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Sudden changes with a partner, client or loved one force you to redefine your relationships at this New Moon eclipse, Aquarius, and take some time for self-healing. A phase that may have been characterized by this person's overdependence on you is over, and it's time to move on. This should actually come as a relief once the dust has settled. Though you may be accused of insensitivity, it's not your fault — be kind to yourself now.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You try to be all things to all people at work, Pisces, and this New Moon eclipse orders you to cease and desist, or your health may suffer. Burning the midnight oil to finish an assignment could stress you to the max — ask for more time or enlist coworkers to pick up the slack (which they should have been doing all along). You're experiencing a healing behind the scenes now; make sure it's voluntary and not the result of overwork.

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