This Solar Eclipse is happening at 2° of Scorpio and will be most potent for people with personal planets or the ascendant at 0° to 5° of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) and the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). In my practice, the purpose of astrology is to give us the ability to see the divinity in the shifting circumstances of our daily lives to help us surrender to what we cannot change, the courage to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. It’s my mission to equip you with an astrological perspective to navigate your life in an empowered way. If you are interested to know what part of your chart will be impacted by any transit, you can book a reading with me here.
This last week of October we are seeing an intense energy shift from easy-going, diplomatic Libra into emotionally intense and deep Scorpio. Hot off the heels of Venus’s conjunction with the Sun in Libra, a sign which prioritizes social cohesion, Venus’s and the Sun’s shift into Scorpio is a striking demonstration of the demarcation between the two signs. While Venus in Libra concerns itself with social graces, balancing and harmonizing, whether that is with people, fashion, or the arts, Venus in Scorpio finds itself much more concerned with a deep investigation of the contents of the hearts and minds it is in contact with. Scorpio as a sign is often cautious and suspicious of the motives of others, holding its cards close to its chest. This is a result of the depth of feeling and, in regards to Venus in Scorpio, the passion, it is capable of. Scorpio season, in and of itself, is associated with darkness, destruction, and death, without which, life would be incomplete. This is the energy that is deeply intertwined with the Solar Eclipse.
To understand the significance of this Solar eclipse, it’s important to understand how the eclipse cycle works. Eclipse cycles, symbolically, are very similar to the Lunar cycle of New Moon to Full Moon to New Moon, where we have a seed being planted on the New Moon, it comes into fruition on the Full Moon and dissolves as the Moon approaches the end of the cycle to restart it all over again. The difference, however, is that eclipse cycles last longer than the typical 29-30 days of a regular Lunar cycle, starting with the Solar Eclipse, the New Moon, and developing over the next 6 months until the Lunar eclipse, the Full Moon. Eclipses in and of themselves are incredibly potent energetically and are associated with the blocking of light, or awareness. Symbolically, this can indicate the difficulty to see how the cycle may develop, how it may impact us, or even our participation in it. It will likely take much longer for us to understand the full implications of the cycle, especially since they develop over multiple months and are repeated only every 18 years when the nodes of the Moon return to that zodiacal axis.
With this Solar eclipse in Scorpio, we are initiating a deep, powerful, and emotionally transformative review of our relationships, desires, passions, and/or sexuality. This eclipse is ruled by Mars in Gemini, which is stationing retrograde. For the next 6 weeks, Mars will be reviewing the actions and ambitions it started back in early September as it moves through its retrograde cycle, particularly in regard to communication, and information it received at this time. So while Solar Eclipses are associated with the planting of a new seed, Mars’s retrograde cycle will require us to revisit topics or tasks we thought we had dealt with in order to move forward. What we revisit during this time may bring up desires, passions, and feelings that are ugly and difficult to handle. Emotional intensity is a chief signature of this lunation. However, the assistance of the South Node in Scorpio leads to a purgative effect, followed by a deep catharsis and spiritual release from old baggage, physically and/or emotionally.
Be mindful of what relationships, interests, or projects are started at this time as you can expect them to develop over the next 6 months and will be a clue as to what this eclipse cycle will be about for you. It is generally inadvisable to use eclipses for specific manifestations as eclipses are known for their volatility and unpredictability. This will be particularly true for this eclipse with Uranus, the god of rebellion and sudden change, still in close proximity to the Nodes. As we begin to navigate the heavy energy of this transit, it can be helpful to remember that what is brought up in our hearts needs our recognition to be released. The more we are able to surrender to the process and witness our depths without judgment, the easier it will be to let go.