Tuesday, October 25. Today is the Solar Eclipse at 2° Scorpio. Aside from the Sun and Moon the other major planetary players in this eclipse are Venus, which is conjunct the eclipse degree, and Mars in Gemini, which rules the sign of Scorpio. Mars will turn retrograde on October 30 and will remain so through January 12, 2023.
Solar Eclipses often initiate action around fated new events although this one will have more a feeling of endings before finding a way out of confusion and darkness and making the new beginning. All new beginnings start with a review, and this eclipse triggers several months of a much longer, deeper and introspective review in order to figure out how to best proceed with one’s future. The intensity with which the eclipse affects your life depends on aspects to natal planets and important chart points using a 3° orb on either side of two degrees Scorpio (as well as the other fixed signs of Taurus, Leo and Aquarius. The tighter the aspect, the better or worse the experience will be.
This eclipse will have a feeling of dredging up the past. Old situations, relationships and ways of doing business are dying. Scorpio is a sign that must process sensitive feelings and emotions before they get to a boiling point. There is an urge to transform energy in order to feel more alive and vital. The eclipse has the potential to awaken things that are dead, psychologically buried or hidden from our view that must be brought into consciousness in order to transform situations to more evolved levels. Because Scorpio is ruled by Mars turning retrograde in Gemini this would be an excellent time, almost for everybody, to go back into therapy, whatever that phrase means to you. Re-engage in an inner conversation with yourself and others surrounding difficult subjects. You have to fix your interior mental plumbing. Mars retrograde is about taking care of unfinished business.
With Venus conjunct the eclipse degree we are awakening and resurrecting dead relationships either to deal them a final death knell or to resuscitate them and communicate on a deeper level with the other person. This will either make for a reuniting and rebirth of the relationship or the final resolution of a matter fully and forever. A nail may be put in the coffin literally and figuratively. You will also see the combination of deaths and births on this eclipse more than usual. There is always a phoenix rising from the ashes down the line. That most likely won’t occur until after January 12.
It’s important to communicate clearly, with more fervor and passion with loved ones and all deeply committed relationships whether lover, spouse, child, therapist, co-worker, boss or anyone one else with whom you feel a close and trusted bond. Loyalty is the name of the game.
In my life just in the last two weeks five relationships have come back to haunt me like ghosts from the past. I have received communication from people with whom I have had little connection in recent years. Issues I thought were dead and buried need my attention and have to be re-addressed, some more deeply than others. Some of these people I thought I would never hear from again. It’s a feeling of the dead rising from the grave. I have heard from countless clients about the death of parents, about divorce and also about miraculous things like new love being born.
The eclipse is an entry way in doing shadow work over the next several months. Scorpio deals with deep, private, uncomfortable feelings that we often like to keep under cover. Well, that is not possible right now. It’s time to do detective work, investigate and reveal hidden motivations.
Halloween should be very interesting this year with Mars turning retrograde within 24 hours of the holiday. Treaters will be tricked, and tricksters will be treated. Pay extra careful attention to car traffic with the youngsters. There could be more eruptive types of energy around Halloween. Loud and boisterous energy will abound in the local neighborhood.
You will be questioning the psychological health of all your most important relationships. Be wary of anger issues and difficult conversation with siblings around anything that is emotionally prickly. This may involve dealing with the business of death and dying and the financial distribution of an estate. It could be difficult conversations surrounding health issues with a parent or other family member and the inherent difficulty of dealing with quality of life for the elderly.
Some may decide upon a new course of education and for writers this is a marvelous time for editing and refining work already in progress.
A good rule of thumb for the 6-week eclipse period from October 9 through November 23 is nothing is as bad as it seems and conversely nothing is as good as it seems. There’s a heightened sensitivity to all matters and with Mars squaring Neptune for the rest of the year that won’t help with logic or clarity so stay flexible and open minded.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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