Mars now turns retrograde until Dec.09, creating a need to reconsider the direction and use of our energy. For up to a week before and after, your physical energy may be a bit erratic or wonky—here one minute and gone the next; active one minute and lethargic the next. Forward progress that was made over the last couple of months may seem like it has hit a roadblock or forced into an annoying detour. Anger can flare easily out of frustration and trying to push through the obstacles that don't want to budge. This can also trigger old unresolved anger, which might need to be worked through over the coming retrograde period. Although this might sound like a totally negative experience, it's not! The retrograde period can also be a time of rest, regrouping and coasting for a while. It is a time to take stock of what you are investing your energy and ambition in. It is a time to evaluate whether your plans and actions are working for you, or whether you need to make some adjustments in your direction, or whether you need to consider a complete change of direction. Think of it as taking inventory and revising your goals and plans for your life over the next two years (until the next Mars retrograde).
You have an opportunity now to make some progress in obtaining results in your projects, career, ambitions and creative expression. It is possible to tap into a disciplined mindset, which can be used to take some steps toward whatever you're trying to manifest. This will not simply be handed to you—you'll have to work for it—but the potential is there more-so than at other times. It is also possible to make a clear decision about something you've been wrestling with. Choose wisely, since you will likely get what you ask for, but it won't actually manifest until later. For now, this is a time to decide and point yourself in the direction of your choice.
Your receptive, diplomatic side is arguing with your assertive, upfront side. The result can be either a battle of wills between Yin and Yang (yours or others'), or a new creative dynamic that brings both into a new balance. This could manifest in the form of relationship issues, financial struggles, or arguments about control. Or, you might feel it is time to take action with plans that have been percolating for a while, especially related to beauty, love, relationships, money, spending and negotiation. If you're usually more comfortable with Yin energy (receptive, diplomatic, beauty oriented), you might feel unusually sensitive to aggressive or forceful energy from others. At worst, you might feel backed into a corner or even bullied by someone who comes across as angry, pushy or (over)enthusiastic. If you're more at home with Yang energy (assertive, action-oriented, direct), you may feel pressured or manipulated to tone down your energy level to make it more socially acceptable. Either way, this is about finding a new cooperative balance that works for both sides, through compromise, negotiation and conflict resolution.
The New Moon Eclipse (solar eclipse) is in Libra, which begins a new four-week cycle focused on relationships, love, beauty, harmony, balance and diplomacy. This is a busy and challenging cycle! There's more to this cycle than we see on the surface of events. The Yod Kite involving the Venus-Mars opposition and mutual reception is still in effect. This contributes a paradoxical and frustrating but growth-oriented energy.
The Venus-Mars opposition is a strong focal point of the Solar Eclipse chart, creating much competitive tension between Yin and Yang energies in our lives. The Mars energy, having just turned retrograde, is difficult to put into action and feels like a roadblock or detour that seems to take us away from our chosen direction. However, its purpose is to take us back to redo, rethink and redirect our drives and desires in a more effective direction.
Venus, which rules the New Moon in Libra, is left as the dominant force of the two. Our Yin side may resort to manipulative control and hidden agendas to fulfil our desires. Or, we could use this time to learn a better approach to empowerment based on diplomacy, authenticity and loyalty.
Our strongest assets during this cycle involve combining diplomatic justice with ethical power, and blending a focus on love and beauty with discipline that keeps our egos from running amok. These strengths will contribute a more stable foundation and balance, as we encounter some rather erratic and disruptive, yet transformative forces. Check out the New Moon Horoscopes to find out how all this will affect your Sun Sign.
The Solar Eclipse is a supercharged New Moon, that is so closely aligned that the Moon casts a shadow on the Earth. We see this as an eclipse of the Sun. You must NEVER stare directly at a solar eclipse or you could permanently damage your eyesight! This is an "Annular Eclipse," meaning the Moon doesn't quite cover the Sun, resulting in a "ring of fire" effect—a pronounced circle of light around the edge of the Sun. October's eclipse is best viewed from Africa (esp. central and northeast), Europe (esp. western) and the Middle East.
Deep insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. If you have been working on trying to understand the deeper motivations and dynamics of what is happening in your life, you could get a bit of a breakthrough now. The light may finally go on in the darker corners that have eluded you, if you stretch your mind a bit to reach for it. There might be an opportunity to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions or ineffective forms of communication. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.
For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a bit like you're caught between worlds—the spiritual versus the physical, the mental versus the emotional, or the outer objective world versus your inner subjective experience. Chiron has been retrograde since May.08, giving us time to assess the places in our lives that need healing and to discover the ways that we might be wounding ourselves or others. This includes physical health issues, emotional vulnerability and mental perspectives that create more problems than they solve. As Chiron turns direct, everything we have learned over the last five months becomes ready to be applied over the coming three months (while Chiron is still in the Shadow). Right now, you might find you reach a decision or turning point about issues you have wrestled with since May concerning goals, career, expectations or authority. If these issues have been stressful, this might come out now in the form of health problems, so it's a good idea to be gentle yet disciplined with yourself in this area. It could be a time of ambiguity, feeling like you're caught in a whirlpool that mixes up possibilities with limitations. Or, you might experience some clarity, as the paradoxical coexistence of realities and potentials on the path before you come into clearer focus. Either way, it is a time that can be magical because of its ability to bridge the gap between what is and what might be.
This aspect can make you quite talkative and your mind flooded with ideas. Be careful you don't blurt out any secrets! Your stream of consciousness ideas can flow abundantly right now with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun playing with ideas, to stop and make them manifest. Basic perceptions and simple communication can provide food for thought that feeds your greater understanding and philosophical insight. Your point of view expands to identify opportunities, possibilities and the broader implications of what is happening around you. You might get a flash of vision, insight and inspiration. You could be called upon to form an opinion, consider a different viewpoint, expand your knowledge, or make a judgement call. Your conscious awareness is open to spiritual experiences right now.
Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with—peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.
Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass-half-empty" versus "half-full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective. It might be tempting to tip into extremes of cynicism or angst to resolve what may seem like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and perceptions that have been problematic. Rather than reaching for extremes that you hope will clarify the path in front of you, it will help if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting or out-of-sync elements to coexist together. If you have been in denial about something, this could be a turning point that forces you to grapple with the complex reality of your situation.
Venus focuses her passion on truth-seeking, philosophical exploration, a lust for knowledge, spiritual intimacy, music in foreign languages and multicultural social discourse. It is a time to explore the meaning that your close relationships bring to your life, and the value that you bring to the Significant Others in your life. It is also a time when you might seek to increase your income (or your spending—careful!) and expand your potential for material wealth and self-worth. You will likely find that negotiations, interactions and transactions work best when you apply spiritual values to them and keep the big picture in mind. You may also find yourself involved with people and transactions that involve other countries, cultures, languages and travel. There could be a teaching-learning element in your dealings with people, so aim for the highest good of all concerned.
Faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe is within reach under this transit...but then, so is the fantasy that you will be granted everything you wish for. Not to dismiss the possibility of fantasies coming true; but you still have to live within the bounds of reality. But for now, hope, optimism and imagination spring eternal. Your creativity can get a transfusion of inspiration. Your sense of self can get an infusion of vision. And you may be immersed in a sense of mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. Enjoy it while it lasts, as this transit only lasts a few days.
Cunning communication and insight are a their peak, as Mercury skulks through Scorpio. It’s a time for unearthing secrets and delving deeply into the psychological Shadow (Carl Jung’s term for the unconscious parts of ourselves that we don't want to or know how to face). There is opportunity for healing and grounding now, but you may have to resist the temptation to manipulate others to control that process. Your awareness of the undercurrents around you could be increased ...or you might stir up those undercurrents without realising it, by blurting things out in a blunt or harsh way. This time presents an opportunity to learn new ways to wield words with the skill of a surgeon - to heal and remove what is toxic, not to wound or retaliate. Use it wisely.
Unusual ideas, flashes of insight, and seeing unexpected possibilities, are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.
Under this transit, you may be tempted by impulse purchases, or you might be erratic in your use of resources. This can result in unpredictable or unstable finances, so double check your bank accounts and credit cards before you draw on them. It is also a time when the way you relate to others (or they to you) is likely to be somewhat inconsistent, fickle or impulsive. If your relationships or financial situation has been struggling with difficulties for a while, this transit could bring a lingering problem to a head that requires attention. This might be a welcome breath of fresh air that cuts through the complexity and puts the cards on the table (despite the stress and conflict that triggers it). Or, you might feel resistance to making these changes and experience this as a time of unwelcome instability and upset. However, this may be the only way to break free of excessive restraint, control or structure, which allows new possibilities to emerge that couldn't otherwise. This can be a time of disruption that shakes up your life, or an exciting, wild ride that brings you new possibilities ...or both!
You might have to work extra hard during this transit to make your point with people or to think through problems. It is a good time to be factual, objective and down-to-earth in your communication and thinking, but it may also lead to feeling constricted, oppressed or censored by doing so. As a result, it can be tempting to become rigid, autocratic or over-cautious in an effort to conform to what is expected of you, which just creates or solidifies the restriction you want to avoid. You might find yourself in a depressed or glass-half-empty frame of mind, there might be more to this perception than just feeling down. This might be a deeper part of you trying to come to terms with some hard realities and decisions ...but do check to be sure you're not taking yourself or your situation too seriously. It might be necessary to make some firm decisions and commit yourself to a certain direction, whereby you stand at a crossroads and have to choose one path and leave the others behind.
Your sense of purpose is potentially strong now, being able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality may be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. You have increased ability to see below the surface of things, although it may not be as easy to put it all together and understand what it all means. It can be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'). However, you'll have to work to harvest the fruit of these potentials, and some of the insights and benefits may not become apparent until later.
Your sense of wisdom, understanding and spiritual truth may have to face a difficult test under this transit. That test is to look at and acknowledge the ways in which your wisdom is limited or inadequate—not because there's something wrong with it, but because there is only so much in life that can be conquered by optimism, faith and hope. There are some things in life that must be experienced and cannot simply be eradicated. When we're in the thick of this, it can feel like our knowledge and understanding are defective or worthless, even though this is not the case. By embracing those experiences (rather than beating ourselves up for not being omnipotent, or overcompensating with arrogance), it is eventually possible to transcend them. Your wisdom can be expanded and transformed now by a situation that brings you into contact with this truth. It may be an uncomfortable, even painful experience, but this brings the potential to grow spiritually in ways that are not otherwise possible. To get the most out of this transit, strive to find a way to accept that we are all in a state of becoming, and that our imperfections do not subtract from our sacred nature, but merely make it more divinely complex.
Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.
Best viewed from Australia, eastern Indonesia, mid-Pacific, and western North America. This Lunar Eclipse brings the issues that began at the previous Solar Eclipse (April 8, 2005) to full emergence. What began then was a need to develop a gentle, compassionate, ethical response to aggression and force, as well as learning to work productively with natural boundaries. This has evolved into finding empowerment through inter-dependency with others (rather than co-dependency or defiant in-dependency). We are also called upon to bring balance to our inner strength that calls upon higher principles with our primal reactive impulses. This might feel like you're just conforming for the sake of results and approval, but the truth is that a certain amount of this is necessary for a while. However, it doesn't have to be (nor should it be) either-or. There is great empowerment (inner strength more than outer force) to be found in sticking to higher/spiritual principles, but also to be willing to acknowledge the fallibility of those who aspire to but fall short of those principles. Bringing balance to these seemingly contradictory perspectives can help you stabilise a somewhat wonky reaction to both. A bit of stable conformity can actually help you access and make peace with your aspirations toward higher principles, and is in fact one of your greatest strengths right now.
Your mental focus may be a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe and the unconscious. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, in your observations or communication with others. However, what is flowing under the surface of events right now is the need to dissolve away the crust of old expectations that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than you talk, so that you can be receptive to your inner sensitivity. Left-brain analysis might be difficult to work with right now unless you balance it with a lot of right-brain intuition. You may have to let go of a rigid mindset, or give up what you think you understand about a situation in your life, in order to open yourself to a new perspective that is difficult to define but is ultimately in the best interest of your spiritual growth.
Your self-confidence may be a bit strained right now by the urge to break free of chronic constraints. Projects and self-esteem may seem to sag and suffer from old problems that you thought were resolved. This is because you are seeing "the flaws in the system" which are preventing you (or will prevent you) from getting the results you want. It will help to take a fresh approach to your situation. This means being willing to let go of what you think the results should look like or how they should come to you. It may still be possible to get what you want eventually, but perhaps in a very different form than you're expecting. If it seems like a door of opportunity has closed, look for a hidden advantage that allows you to tap into another opportunity that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.
Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a façade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!
Confidence, optimism, leadership, vision and well being characterise this transit. Your self-esteem and self-awareness are wide open. Your sense of being part of something greater than yourself can be vivid and bright. And your ability to identify and act on opportunities around you can bring you "lucky" prospects. However, if you have difficulty embracing a positive sense of self, or if you struggle with how to feel like a treasured Child of the Universe, these feelings could rise to the surface during this transit. You might wind up trying to compensate with over-confidence, arrogance, blind faith, or gambling on what are realistically poor prospects. The trick is to tap into the spirit of who you are and to let that shine brightly out to the world, but not so brightly that you are blinded by your own light. Consult a trusted friend for feedback or advice if in doubt.
Fiery speech, argument, hot debate and impatience characterise this transit. You may encounter conflicts of interest with others and want to solve them NOW, but in your haste to find a quick fix, you could create more problems than you solve. On the other hand, it can be a time of sudden or impulsive decisions, as well as taking action on ideas you've been mulling over for a while. There is a strong tendency to say what's on your mind ...perhaps more abruptly or harshly than is wise, which could result in argument, overreaction and hurt feelings. Although argument can clear the air and be healing, it can also wound those involved and create ill will that lasts far beyond the original problem. This energy is potentially powerful, yet volatile. It can be used to pump up your motivational fire ...or to explode in hurtful anger. It is like a race horse that can achieve great things when carefully paced, but can be dangerous if allowed to run out of control.
Happy Solar Return to all Scorpios! While the Sun is in Scorpio, we all get to explore our passions and probe the secrets within our depths. There is an intensity to the Scorpio experience that goes right to the core, and Scorpio challenges you to take a closer look at how that intensity manifests in your psyche. What are you passionate about and what fires up that passion? What events and experiences have brought you to "rock bottom" and then turned the tide to rejuvenate you back to a new lease on life? What people, causes, beliefs or physical things are so important to you that you would even risk death for? What secrets do you harbour inside, even from yourself? Posing these hypothetical questions doesn't mean you'll bring on! But can help you tap into the Scorpio experience to understand better how you experience transformation and touch the deepest heart of life itself. The danger is in becoming so obsessed with your passion that you neglect the practical realities. Or, you could become stuck in the "dark side" of transformation and letting go of the old, that you forget that figurative death and transformation are meant to lead into rebirth in order to complete the cycle. During this time, celebrate the endings in your life. Honour the hard times when you have had to face painful losses. And take passionate pleasure in the things that pull you out of your routines and make you feel alive. In some way, they have all allowed you to survive, thrive and grow.
The planet of truth seeking, exploration and expansion mixes energies with the sign of intensity, transformation and the occult. For about a year, you have access to increased ability to explore your depths and shine a light into the darkness of the Shadow (the stuff that we hide in the "basement" because we don't want to or know how to face it). When we start to look into our Shadow, the issues we see often seem to become worse rather than better. This is usually because we're seeing those issues up close and they're more accessible and come to the surface more easily. But if we keep moving through our exploration of those issues, it will get better and the dark unknown gradually transforms into illuminated awareness and understanding. While Jupiter is in Scorpio, your instinct is to reach for a higher truth about the depths of human nature and who you are.
Mercury will be retrograde from Nov.14 to Dec.03 in Scorpio and Sagittarius. Today is the day when Mercury enters the span of the zodiac where it will later be retrograde. From now until Nov.14, it is a good idea to pay careful attention to situations, ideas, issues and circumstances that appear during this time. Either these situations will unfold in a longer time frame than you expect (throughout Mercury retrograde), or the underlying issues and dynamics could repeat in other situations during Mercury retrograde). The closer we get to the Retrograde Station (Nov.14), the more we are likely to feel the approaching Right-Brain state that typically characterises Mercury Retrograde. For more about this, see the new article on Mercury Retrograde.
For up to a week before and after this date, you might feel a bit dreamy, disconnected, depressed, sluggish or scatter-brained, as the prevailing energy takes you into a non-rational, intuitive place. Vivid dreams could give you insight into situations you are wrestling with, and intuitive sensitivity might seem to come out of nowhere. Or you might experience the opposite—your dreams elude you and you feel cut off from your usual intuitive sense. What is happening is that your "right-brain" (intuitive, creative, non-rational) is passing the torch to your "left-brain" (rational, logical, linear), and you may become caught in the whirlpool of transition. Try not to control the process, but allow it to carry you and point you in a different direction. The learning you have gathered over the last five months or so—related to spirituality, longing, inspiration, creativity, imagination, fantasy, divination and intuition—can now start to be applied more directly in your life over the next few months. It may be possible to channel your experience into a creative form—possibly artistic, but definitely creating something new out of what has been, which can ultimately be healing and uplifting.
Your mental focus and communication could get an injection of healing energy under this transit, as long as you are prepared to put some effort into getting it. Your spirits can become uplifted now, from seeing a light at the end of the tunnel or from finding a light that guides you along the path in front of you. It will not, however, make the tunnel or the path go away; you'll still have to walk the walk. But your mental perspective can become more accepting of inconsistencies and frustrations under this transit, which can alleviate a lot of stress and make the journey a bit smoother. Mental struggles and critical "self-talk" may find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings peace of mind. You have an increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems, by providing insightful feedback. To get the most out of this transit, aim to find a mental outlook and communication style that can tolerate contradiction without having to eradicate one in order to justify the other.
Intensity in love and close relationships can occur under this transit, as well as a compelling need to get more control over your finances and assets. This could manifest as power dynamics emerging in your interactions with others, in which you engage in a negotiation for a better balance of power that is more in your favour. Or, you might become somewhat obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure and beauty, possibly trying to compensate for a low sense of self-worth. Or, there can be a valuable opportunity to develop a deeper connection with those close to you. You might find it necessary to negotiate with others for financial support. You may have to dig deeper than usual to extract needed resources from hidden places (or to deposit them there, out of reach from others who want a piece of your hoard). Keep your integrity high and dry by being honest with yourself about the ethics of your actions.
You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are finely tuned during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual routine...so much so that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Just have fun pushing the envelope!
Communication, ideas, thoughts and perceptual "spark" become expanded in Sagittarius. Your mental focus tends toward a philosophical, spiritual outlook that seeks the highest truth in the broadest context. However, it's not always easy for the conscious mind to assimilate and digest such a vast territory of knowledge. You might feel a bit overwhelmed by trying to take in such a panoramic view of life, but the gifts from doing so are abundant and inspiring! To get the most out of this transit, try learning something new that expands your horizon. Or pick a situation in your life and imagine that you're looking at it from a mountaintop—what do you see from way up there that you can't see when you're closer to the ground? Just remember that whatever visions and insights you get from doing this, these are SOME of the truths to be found, but not necessarily the only ones. Leave room in your new understanding to realise that every mountaintop shows a different view.
© 2005 Wendy Guy. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied without the author's written permission. Image of solar eclipse is public domain, courtesy of pdphoto.org.