We are approaching the full moon lunar eclipse on Wednesday October 8. This full moon in Aires will be lined up with (or conjunct) planet Uranus and squaring Pluto. This Uranus square Pluto configuration has been with us all year. This eclipse period may be giving us a chance to grasp what the first part of 2014 was about. From January to July we were bombarded by continual intense energy. Whiplash. Eggbeater brains. Mars hammering in the same sign for months. The long transit of Mars in Libra kept us saying “yes ma’am” when maybe we wanted to say something else. Many of us buried uncomfortable “stuff” and hoped some problems would magically go away. They didn’t of course. Now here we have the Lunar Eclipse to help us see in the darkness of our minds that what we feared has many names and issues. However, Uranus in the mix, along with Pluto (and Venus as well), may help us blink our eyes and yell, “freedom”! If we have felt suppressed or silenced in some way, now is the time to stand up and breathe. We can break free of things that we believed were holding us back. Aries is the sign of the courageous warrior. Whether the desire is physical or spiritual in nature, this Aries full moon eclipse can push us further along on our personal journey. There may be a lot of clatter and waving of fists but many of us will declare some form of freedom this month.
There is an accompanying configuration in the fire signs that ignites our passion and gives us the optimism that we can do whatever we set our minds to. The configuration is called “grand trine” and it is actually the formation of an equilateral triangle between planets…in this case, 3 planets in fire signs. Fire energy is enthusiastic and creative. Artistic projects have a big whistle to get going. Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo, and Uranus in Aires give us hope. In spite of all the troubles in the world, we can’t help but want to live life fully right now. Let us maintain compassion for those who are less fortunate; those who continue to suffer with illness or with revolutions and maniacs at their doors. If the big grand trine in fire gives you the message to go help in some way, you probably will. If it causes you to get down on your knees and thank the stars above for your good life, that is perfect. If the Venus/Jupiter/Uranus blast shows you an outline for your creative work, say thank you and get going.
In reading about the planetary arrangements for October, I came across one astrologer who reminded us that we have a cellular memory of fear surrounding eclipses. Only learned astronomers/astrologers knew when these big eclipse events were going to occur. On some level we may retain our awe and fear of what happens in the sky when the earth comes between the Sun and the Moon causing the Moon to become eerie and red. We live in a time when powerful telescopes roam the galaxy and send pictures to our computer screens. We know we have nothing literal to fear from an eclipse. Still, eclipses stir up the psyche. Whether we believe it or not, we are connected to this phenomenon on Wednesday, October 8, and we will have our own unique great events in the next few weeks.
When it is time, my star will shine! (Yoruba proverb)