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Friday, October 27, 2023

A Lunar Eclipse in Taurus and Venus Trines Uranus

The last eclipse of 2023 is upon us.  On October 28, we have a Lunar Eclipse in 5 degrees of Taurus.  Many of us are still reeling from the Solar Eclipse in Libra on October 14, but as we all know, eclipses come in pairs and here comes the second one.  This Lunar Eclipse has a great deal of fixed energy with the Moon, Uranus and Jupiter in Taurus and the Sun, Mars, Mercury in Scorpio. Views and beliefs are going to remain very firm. I promise you that if you have any planets around 5 degrees of any of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius, you are going to feel this eclipse more acutely than the rest of us.  And with the world in its current state, that is saying something...

What are the themes of this eclipse?  As with any Full Moon, and we all know that Lunar Eclipses are like Full Moons on steroids, emotional volatility is running rampant. Let's hope that all of this highly charged emotion can find an outlet to clear and release.  We also have a preponderance of planets in water: the Sun, Mars, and Mercury in Scorpio, and Neptune and Saturn in Pisces. Mars in Scorpio is playing a pivotal role in this eclipse.  It will be instrumental in digging up lots of secrets, possibly about big money.  Mars in Scorpio is right at home and is very feisty. It is forming an exact opposition to Jupiter in 11 degrees of Taurus, and this can add another layer of intensity.  Mars aspecting Jupiter amplifies old angers, hurts and grudges.  And Jupiter has a vibe of self-righteousness while feeling justified about it.  There is strong potential for nasty energy to prevail and violence to emerge. Mercury in Scorpio will be exactly conjunct Mars on October 29, which will only fuel the provocative and angry vibe.  Mercury in Scorpio siding with Mars in Scorpio and opposing Jupiter in Taurus is pretty fierce energy and has a very sharp tongue.  I have a natal Mercury in Scorpio, and believe me, it qualifies as a lethal weapon.  Mars and Mercury in Scorpio are also conjunct my natal Saturn in Scorpio in my 1st house, so I suspect that I am in for some frustration and I will undoubtedly shoot off my mouth during this eclipse.

Another feature of this Lunar Eclipse is a configuration called a Mystic Rectangle.  A Mystic Rectangle occurs when there are two trines, two sextiles and two oppositions with the planets.  Venus in 18 degrees of Virgo is trining Uranus in 21 degrees of Taurus while the Sun in 5 degrees of Scorpio is trining Saturn in 0 degrees of Pisces.  The planets in opposition involve the Sun in 5 degrees of Scorpio and the Moon in 5 degrees of Taurus, and Mars in 11 degrees of Scorpio opposing Jupiter in 11 degrees of Taurus.  And finally, the sextiles, are Neptune in 25 degrees of Pisces sextiling Uranus in 21 degrees of Taurus and Saturn in 0 degrees of Pisces sextiling the Moon in 5 degrees of Taurus.  The theme of a Mystic Rectangle is balance and integration.  The trick is to deal with the oppositions consciously.  This will definitely not be a quiet eclipse, but hopefully it will release some much-needed steam so that we can move forward.  If you have a Mystic Rectangle in your natal chart, it indicates that the individual has a calling in life.  This can actually be the saving grace aspect of the Lunar Eclipse.  

On October 31 (Halloween), Venus in Virgo has an exact trine to Uranus in 21 degrees. Retrograde Venus in Leo was squaring Uranus in 22 degrees of Taurus on August 9 and Venus direct in Leo was squaring retrograde in 22 degrees of Taurus on September 29, 2023.  These two squares undoubtedly created a great deal of tension and friction in relationships, especially the first hit when Venus was retrograde.  Venus trining Uranus gives us the urge to try something new in love or in our social life. It has a certain restless vibe about it; I speak from experience because I have natal Venus in Scorpio trining Uranus in Cancer.  And they are both retrograde, to boot.  It can also favor shopping, creativity and generate a financial windfall.  I would like to think that with Venus now trining Uranus, we can sort out any relationship issues that cropped up with the two squares.  If anyone broke up during them, there could be some reconciliations afoot...

I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and enlightening Lunar Eclipse.  Tempers could flare but try to stay safe and engage in breathing deeply before taking any actions you might later regret.  The combination of the Sun, Mars and Mercury in Scorpio opposing the Moon and Jupiter in Taurus is bound to be quite loud.

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I also wanted to note that in an ironic twist of fate, the latest variant of COVID is EG.5, with a nickname of Eris.  Sound familiar--the Goddess of Discord?  Apparently, COVID cases and hospitalizations are on the rise...

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