Zircon, a Zirconium Silicate of ancient vintage, is a great aid for navigating transitions into the Unknown.
* * * * *
These left-justified bold italics are for everyone.
Indented normal type is for folks who know a bit of astrology.
Doubly-indented italics are for folks who are learning astrology.
Through my traditional filter, the Partial Solar Eclipse at 3pm PDT October 23 is, compared to the average astroevent, fairly “simple.”
My traditional filter pays attention to the Angles between planets, and the Configurations they make as the Angles connect to one another.
Of course, it’s all relative. There are two Configurations tied to the Eclipse, and two additional Eclipse-related Angles.
At an Eclipse I emphasize opportunities for Enlightenment, because what is normally obvious and ignored rather suddenly becomes conspicuous in its absence, and the differentiation of something obvious and ignored exactly describes the process of Growth in Consciousness.
The Eclipse Stellium
The most important of the two Eclipse Configurations is a Stellium.
A Stellium is several planets grouping together in the same Zodiacal location.
In a Stellium, several Energies that are normally distinct (ie, already differentiated in Consciousness) combine to form a new unfamiliar Energy. That new unfamiliar Energy can be uncomfortable, because we are unlikely to recognize it. That alone can trigger Anxiety, as our Control (healthy or not) over our Life may be threatened. But it also may vaguely remind us of other Energies which we experience as unpleasant, either just because they’re nigglingly vague, or because they were once Traumatic to one degree or another.
We’re comfortable with an Energy because we have Experience with it, and our comfort is proportional to the quantity of our Experience. For instance, Scorpio Energy is fairly well known to us – the Sun and inner planets spend a month there every year, and the Moon spends a couple of days there every month. New Moon Energy less so – it occurs once a month, but it’s brief, and by nature Mysterious (it’s a Birth, like a Seed sprouting). Eclipses less so yet, as they occur more rarely and are yet more Mysterious. As we add additional planets in Stellium, the frequency of occurrence shrinks, and with it the quantity of our Experience.
In Scorpio, a New Moon means the Birth of some Hunger to Find Out Why or How. A Scorpio Eclipse will bring a Hunger to Find Out Why or How newly into our Consciousness.
For instance, we could have been driven all of our Life to Find Out Why it was so difficult in our youth to get Approval from a significant Other. If that drive remains below the threshold of Consciousness, then it might manifest as a self-Abandoning need to Please Other. This Eclipse might bring that drive up into Consciousness, allowing us to separate the Present Moment from our historical circumstances, and actually start to decide whether to Please or Resist, based on a realistic assessment of consequences rather than Compulsion.
Or perhaps our natural need for Approval and our difficulty getting it drove us away from Other in people form, and we developed the habit of seeking pleasure on our own, rather than Approval from Other people. An addiction could have been born that way – not that Pleasing can’t be an addition on its own merits. This Scorpio Eclipse might reveal to us the roots of that addiction, providing us with additional tools for Responding to the Present Moment, rather than Reacting to Held Emotions. Simply recognizing that an addiction is present is a critical step – this Eclipse could so grace us.
This Eclipse occurs in the first degree of Scorpio.
The Cusp (beginning) of a Sign is one of its strongest points, representing as it does the “handoff” from the previous Sign. Since each Sign is to some degree a Reaction to the previous Sign, the Cusp is a critical Change Point, where major elements of our Life or Persona may flip. So…
Our newly hatched Hunger to Know may represent a major shift in who we see ourselves to be, and/or who Others see ourselves to be – a major shift in our Identity. Others usually Resist changes in our Identity, so our Relationships could get rocky while everyone adjusts. And as with any Ego Death, our old Identity must be Grieved, or it won’t Let Go of us. Grief is necessary for Growth, and Grief has its own schedule. Don’t try to push it away or rush it along. Give it space and let it have its way with you.
The Sabian reading for one degree of Scorpio is “A crowded sightseeing bus on a city street.“
Each degree, like each Sign, has its own meaning, called its “Sabian Symbol.”
A sightseer is a spectator, detached from the business-as-usual on the city street that’s being voyeured. Crowded together with other sightseers, but connected only by the shallow comraderie of people vacationing on the same bus.
The Need to Find Out that’s emerging into our Consciousness at this Eclipse may be about the Need to Know How to Fit In, How to create, join, and maintain Community.
The Stellium is formed because the Eclipse occurs closely Conjunct Venus, and Conjunct Pallas. Venus is about our Values, Pallas about our Boundaries.
A Stellium blends the Energies to create a new Energy that may not be recognized. So we may discover a previously unrecognized Hunger for Community, or a realization that what we thought was our Community is not Serving us in proportion to our Service to it.
* * * * *
A Quintangle is formed when a third planet occurs at the near Midpoint between two planets that are Biquintile from one another, or two Quintiles end-to-end. It’s the inverse of a Quintile Yod.
The Eclipse Stellium is at the focus of a Quintangle, with Jupiter and Pluto forming the base. A Quintangle indicates what we’re Learning.
It may become clear after the Eclipse that the course of Herstory has shifted significantly over the last few months.
It’s indirect, but we have to recognize that the Uranus-Pluto Square has come back within our usual three degrees of Sensitivity.
Finding our Tribe in the new Story will require that we let go of our Masks and let our True Self shine through, even though it may be disruptive to business-as-usual in our Life.
* * * * *
A Semi-Sextile and a Trioctile
The Eclipse Stellium is closely Semi-Sextile to the dwarf planet Makemake. The Twelfth-Harmonic Semi-Sextile is about Breaking Patterns, and Makemake is about Manifestation and Improvisation.
As we open to embracing Held Emotions, we’re likely to find Skills we didn’t know we had.
It’s also Trioctile to Chiron. The Trioctile is about making positive adjustments, and Chiron about Empathizing with our own pain.
This will provide greater leverage to the Life Changes that the Eclipse initiates; we may be very surprised by the scope of the shift in our Life.
* * * * *
Another Grand Trine
Pi hasn’t completely stopped coddling us. Though Mars has moved on, until Pandora does the same on October 25, it remains in a Grand Trine with Lilith and Quaoar-Hylonome. While it’s not Angularly related to the Eclipse itself, it is in the Eclipse chart.
The Eclipse, which focuses on making a Safe place for the Heart to express itself without censure, provides strong support for the Rise of the Feminine.