As the Solar Eclipse at 0 zero degrees of Scorpio on October 23rd ripens within our consciousness we are approaching the critical stages of many understandings, negotiations and contract agreements within our interpersonal relationships to others and Self. There is strong significance in the Zero degree symbolizing Openness to experience and new beginnings, and this is the first of a series of four zero degree New Moons in a row. The 0 shape being circular may represent the snake that bites its tail, the danger of obsession, the unique window of opportunity, or the portal to another world. In a fixed sign such as Scorpio, the things we begin during this time will have very long lasting results, but particularly for those with planets at or aspecting this position in their charts.
Venus’s exact conjunction to the eclipse highlights both the power of love and beauty and conversely the love of power in those who are misguided or energetically cut off from their hearts. Because the effects of eclipses can be carried out for up to six months and in some cases years afterward those shifts that we are undergoing now will continue to show up in myriad ways and reveal various insights to us during that time. Both the Moon and Venus are passionate in Scorpio but can be extremely emotional here. Thankfully the Sun involved with a sextile from Mars in the late degrees of Sagittarius is creating some lightness and levity in some otherwise heavy situations. Love relationships, romance, and sexual exchanges are pushing people toward altering some aspect of life that has remained the same or stuck for quite a time. Money and how society relates to it is also changing rapidly, whether by individual choice or collective “force”.
The accelerated levels of stress that have been taking a toll on many people’s mental and physical health has been both timed and aligned with the sorts of erratic energetic pulls people often feel several days between eclipses. It is timed because the White House for example is no stranger to the use of astrology for its delivery of its words and actions. Scorpio stimulates a desire in us to know more of what’s going on beneath the surface (this sign helps us better understand taboos and arcane areas of life), but while we’re still in the sign of Libra, the kidneys and adrenals need more care, indicated by a need for adequate rest, water, and serenity, all of which seem so hard to come by with fears of ebola, climate control, ISIS, and global dictatorships filling up our digital screens and newspapers.
Meanwhile, infinite possibilities are being stirred and awakened within us, as Neptune’s trine to the New Moon casts a magical glow on our paths. This in itself can seem daunting – we may feel like the bear whose zoo confines were suddenly removed, hesitant to go beyond familiar lines. The line in an old Depeche Mode song Enjoy the Silence… “feelings are intense, words are trivial” might summarize what is taking place in the collective emotional body. It all boils down to some thing or things that demand acknowledgement right now that may or not require words to realize, reconcile or release.
Mercury is Retrograde until the 26th so we are better suited toward releasing now than seeking to gain. Communications will become more clear by month’s end. The anxiety that the phrase Mercury Retrograde even brings up for people in this day and age can create more tension than necessary. It’s simply a time to review subject matter and communications relative to the sign and houses that are being transited.
Whether things we see in the media are true or not they bring many of us face to face with our fears as well as our personal values. We each have choice points that present themselves to us, giving us the option of whether and how to react or to respond. In Scorpio we’re confronted with Death, symbolically and physically whether this means people dying, or objects we once cherished collapsing back into the seeming void, nature’s once vibrant leaves browning and falling. What or who are we willing to release in order to be reborn, renewed and transformed?
The Sabian symbol for this New Moon Eclipse is:
“A crowded sightseeing bus on a city street”
This symbol speaks of society as a melting pot of various cultures, styles, and achievements all clumped together that formulate a collective view, and hints at a need to broaden our horizons and expand our perceptions about ourselves and our world.
The city represents the womb of connectivity that contains all of these different elements and keeps them intact, withstanding the street as the passage of time. Crazy things happen in big cities and in our world, many of them seeming to be strange and brand spanking new. Those who have been around for awhile know that some things never really change and aren’t really new but just get recycled or presented in new ways. When this realization hits it indicates that we are ready to break out of the viscous circle and into the great unknown. What a glorious playground we have been given!