Aries Lunar Eclipse – October 18, 2013
The Full Moon Forms at 25 degrees, 45 minutes Aries, at 4:37 pm PDT on October 18, 2013. This is the Hunter’s Moon, so called because its path at this time of year is shallow. It therefore sits farther north on the eastern horizon as it rises. Typically, at this time of year, the Moon rises about 50 minutes later every day. However, for several days either side of the Hunter’s Moon, it rises 30 – 35 minutes later instead. This extra light at a time of year when the light is fading quickly gave hunters extra time to hunt as well as extra bright light with which to stalk their prey. It’s also a Lunar Eclipse. It’s a penumbral eclipse which will reveal itself as a deep shadow on the Moon’s southern edge. It will not be the dramatic coppery red moon of a total eclipse or a darkening of part of the moon as in a partial eclipse. This eclipse is actually rather far from the North Node of the Moon which is at 07 degrees Scorpio. The Moon is 18 degrees from the Node. This is a wide and generous orb and contributes to the mild effect of this eclipse.
This “soft” eclipse doesn’t receive and hard aspects from other planets but because we’re talking about the Moon, will stir up feelings and memories that have been repressed. This will focus our attention on our emotions. This eclipse emphasizes the signs of Aries (the individual) and Libra (relationship/self plus other) and those issues will be brought to the forefront of your consciousness. You may be surprised by what floats to the surface now.
It’s Mercury retrograde time again! He’s on deck now getting ready. He’s in Scorpio and if you look closely you’ll see him over there in the shadows by the dugout swinging his bat around and getting ready to come to the plate. He’ll take his first official swing on Monday, October 21. But if you ask me he’s been causing trouble for the last week! Mercury will remain retrograde until November 10 when he stations direct at 2 degrees Scorpio. He will leave Scorpio on December 4. Mercury enjoys a special relationship with Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio. He is the only God of Olympus to enjoy unfettered access to the Underworld. He alone is permitted to come and go as he pleases. Pluto may rule the Underworld but he can’t leave. Mercury is free to carry information back and forth. He is free to disclose or obscure information. His passage through Scorpio may bring previously hidden information to light. Conversely, he could bury that same information even deeper. It should be an interesting time.
On October 22, the Sun moves into Scorpio and our relationship issues that were triggered at the Lunar Eclipse move to a more intimate level. As we head toward the cross-quarter day known as Halloween, the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Intuition and psychic ability run high at this time. Pay attention to communications with those who have passed on as well as those attempting contact from the future, and anyone physically far away but still in the body. Incredible insight and clarity is possible at this time.
Okay, so here we go: November 2013. The month starts off with a bang! On November 1 the infamous Uranus-Pluto square will be exact once again at 9 degrees Aries/Capricorn. This is the fourth of seven exact squares and is the centerpiece of the series. If we look at the series as an archway this would be the keystone. It simply could not be clearer that the imperative for change and radical transformation of obsolete structures – physical, mental, and emotional – is real. It is not going away and it will not be derailed. The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) move slowly and with immense force. Time as we think of it means nothing to the planets. Their force is constant and unrelenting. The world is a VERY different place than it was in 2008 when this aspect began to take form. In the 1960’s Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction that prefigured the current square. If you didn’t live through that time I’m sure you’ve heard about the rapid social, political and philosophical changes that took place in the space of a decade. Expect change. Expect it to continue and intensify. There will be a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio On November 3. This will signal a major closure and a huge opportunity for release and dissolution.
Be kind to yourself during this time; but be courageous too! Don’t Wimp Out!!! If you want change YOU have to change. You can’t have change without change!!! Got It?