In ancient times, eclipses freaked the common people out. FREAKED them out! Imagine not knowing an eclipse is coming and thinking that a very angry god or goddess was the cause.
A total eclipse of the moon was terrifying. The moon disappears and a fiery red ring surrounds it. What does it mean when the goddess of the night sky, all cool and white, turns black and red? Clearly, this could not be a good thing.
Eclipses come in pairs, so about the time the populace settles down, two weeks later, there is another sky event. The fiery sun god turns black. And, in a total solar eclipse, a black shadow races across the entire land silencing birds and insects turning day into night.
But today, we are too sophisticated to shake in our boots at an eclipse. Even when we know what it is, it is awesome with power, energy and mystery.
We had a total moon eclipse on Oct. 8. On Oct.23 we will have a partial solar eclipse when the moon in Scorpio crosses the face of the Scorpio sun. Today, we are living in the land of shadows —betwixt and between.
These moments are reset buttons where we can rebalanced our yin and yang, inner and outer, male and female, light and dark, etc.
Remember, astrology is not fate, but a process that we can use to shape the life we want. It gives us a sense of timing as outlined in Ecclesiastes and restated by the Byrds: “there is a season, turn, turn, turn, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
The Scorpio’s new moon and partial solar eclipse is at 2:47 p.m. on Oct. 23. Scorpio is not a fluffy sign. It’s strength lies in its beady-eyed steadiness, cutting away anything that keeps us from aligning our deepest feelings with our actions. Scorpio reminds us that we must sacrifice to grow. We must let go of behaviors and compulsions, certain people, jobs or activities that give us nothing for our life’s journey.
Scorpio’s power is trusting that when all appears to die a seed is left that will transform us so we can rise again. Scorpio’s sole (and soul) goal is to be a phoenix rising from the ashes.
Where do you need to cut back? What do you need to do to transform into your radiant self? Where do you need to let your heart lead the way?
The horoscope section of our Oct. 3 printing covered the time period including the full moon eclipse of Oct. 8 until the new moon eclipse of Oct. 23.
The next horoscope section will be printed on Oct. 24, the day after the eclipse. The horoscopes are written for the time period between the new moon eclipse and the full moon of Nov. 6. I hope this extra column is helpful, and as always, please call with any questions or comments.
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