March Astromusings -Solar Total Eclipse, Happy International Women’s Day

Solar_Eclipse-8 Mar 2016 300x224On 8/9 March we have a Solar Total Eclipse (New Moon Eclipse). This coincides with International Women’s Day. The Eclipse occurs on Wednesday 9 March at 12.54:25 pm AEDT Sydney time at 18 degrees 55 Pisces sextiling Pluto and opposed by Jupiter in Virgo with Saturn in Sagittarius added to the equation forming a T square in mutable signs. A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Earth and Sun, obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. With the Eclipse being in the sign of Pisces and also Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, and Mercury, the planet of communication, all in Pisces, it is a time to attune to your creative, spiritual and psychic potential.  Gloria Steinem QuoteIt is a time to dream, live out your fantasies and float on cloud nine! With powerful Pluto in the mix there is a strong transformative energy accompanying this New Moon Eclipse. People who have Sun, Moon or any other personal planets at about 18 degrees of the mutable signs of Pisces, Gemini. Virgo or Sagittarius are the ones who are most likely to feel its impact.

Feminist symbol VenusTribute to Women Who Have Made a Difference
With the New Moon Eclipse in Pisces coinciding with International Women’s Day this is a time for women to realise their dreams. It is a time to visualise their goals to help manifest them. To visualise receiving equal pay for equal work, to campaign for our sisters across the globe – for girls’ education, for women who suffer from honour killings, for those who suffer rape in war and conflict zones, and who are victims of child labour and female genital mutilation. As women and girls we need to have enough self love and self esteem to dare to ask for a rise in salary or our partners to share the household chores and parental responsibilty. We still have a a way to go before we achieve equality in all areas of our life.

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

Suffragette sashes We have gratitude for our sisters who have been pioneers in improving the lot of women in so many different ways
Emmeline Pankhurst born 14 July 1858, 9.30 pm Manchester UK and the suffragettes who campaigned tirelessly for the vote for women often risking violence and imprisonment and starvation to achieve their goals. This was graphically illustrated in the movie Suffragette. Emmeline Pankhurst has the Sun in Cancer and Neptune in its home sign of Pisces making a grand trine to her Sun and Mercury in Cancer and her Saturn in early Leo trining her Mars and Pallas Athena in Scorpio. She had a vision for women’s suffrage and she acted on it. She also has Chiron in Aquarius conjuncting her ascendant endowing her with humanitarian values.

Emmeline Pankhurst's natal chart


Simone de Beauvoir receives the Prix Goncourt

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir – Author of The Second Sex

I wrote about Simone de Beauvoir Simone de Beauvoir in an earlier post (see post 17 September 2014 The French Connection) and how inspired I was after studying her book, The Second Sex, in my French course at University. Simone de Beauvoir, herself, was awarded the coveted Prix Goncourt prize in 1954 for her novel The Mandarins, one of my treasured books.She  has a Scorpio ascendant, Jupiter in Leo in the 9th house of philosophy and publishing, Neptune in Cancer conjunct North Node in 8th opp Uranus, Mercury, Sun, Moon conjunct Mars in Pisces conjunct Saturn in 4th, Hygeiea trine Juno, Pallas Athena is in Virgo in 10th opposite Moon Mars. She was a brilliant philosopher of existentialism. Along with Jean Paul Sartre she presided over avant-garde Parisian intelligentsia. She also has Vesta in Cancer in 8th opposite Uranus and Mercury in Capricorn,  and Pluto is in 7th . She was an advocate of sexual liberation, had an open relationship with Sartre, and encouraged Violette Leduc to publish her outspoken autobiography on female sexuality.

Betty Friedan The Feminine MystiqueBetty Friedan's Quote

Betty Friedan – Author of The Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women’s movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organisation for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women “into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men.” She was an activist for women’s rights and equality, she was the founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, she advocated for abortion rights, and was the organizer and director of the First Women’s Bank and Trust in 1974. She also garnered community resources to form a collective of artists, politicians, and social workers, who worked on behalf of gifted children in the New York Public Schools. In 1976, she published It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women’s Movement. Betty Friedan has her Sun in humanitarian forward thinking Aquarius and her ascendant in outspoken Sagittarius and she was never backward in coming forward and is famous for her quotes.

Betty Friedan's natal chart


Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem Quote 2


Steinem was one of the founders of the Women’s Political Caucus in 1971. Founder and editor of “Ms. Magazine” until she sold it in 1987, Steinem promoted feminist causes and became active in Democratic politics and was involved in the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy. She was a supporter of efforts to organize migrant labor with the United Farm Workers. Her book, “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” a collection of essays, was published in 1983.

A cultural icon of the 1960s and 1970s, Steinem was a speaker on TV testifying before Congress, at feminist events on college campuses and for political causes with humor, high spirits and inexhaustible energy. Gloria Steinem has in the Sun in Aries conjunct its ruler feisty Mars conjunct her Pallas Athena in Pisces trining her Moon in Leo which would explain her indomitable energy to pursue her vision. She has a Scorpio ascendant so she has healing and transformative energy. She has Jupiter in Libra so has dedicated her life to campaigning for equal rights for women.Gloria Steinem's natal chart


Germaine GreerGermaine Greer publicity

Germaine Greer – Author of the Female Eunuch

In 1970, Australian-born author and academic, Germaine Greer, fired up the collective imagination of women when she wrote The Female Eunuch, a book that challenged the status quo, questioning a woman’s traditional role in society, and provided an important framework for the feminist movement of the 1970s. I remember what an impact her book, The Female Eunuch had on me as a young woman and still vividly recall queuing with my female friends at Sydney Town Hall to hear Germaine Greer speak on her ground breaking book, The Female Eunuch.

The Female Eunuch called on women to reject their traditional roles in the home, and explore ways to break out of the mould that society had imposed on them. It also encouraged women to question the power of traditional authority figures – such as doctors, psychiatrists, priests and the police – who at the time were not used to being questioned, and to explore their own sexuality.

Germaine Greer's natal chart

Germaine has the Sun in forward looking Aquarius with feisty Mars in Scorpio in the 10th house of career making her a formidable warrior for the cause of female liberation and would explain her often abrasive manner. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

These were heady times in the late 60s and 70s when these feminist icons challenged the status quo and women began to realise they didn’t have to be confined by their gender, that they could realise their dreams. We have a way to go yet but the more liberated women are the more equal our society will be and we will all both as men and women benefit from these changes.






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