NorthPoint Astrology Journal
October 6 to 12, 2014
TUE: Chiron quincunx Sun, Pluto biquintile Jupiter, Uranus opposite Sun, Mars semisquare Mercury; WED: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 3:50am PDT, Pluto square Venus, Jupiter trine Mars; FRI: Mercury retrograde returns to Libra, Jupiter sextile Sun, Chiron quincunx Venus; SAT: Uranus opposite Venus; SUN: Sun conjunct North Node
A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE dominates the astrological news this week. All eclipses activate important changes and developments, and this one is especially potent in that regard.
First off, and most notably, the Moon is less than one degree away from Uranus at the time of the eclipse. This close proximity means that the Uranian themes of awakening, unexpected developments, rebellion against the status quo, originality, and invention are woven into the fabric of the lunation.
Looking at that list of themes associated with Uranus, it is easy to see how this planet’s influence corresponds with times of both breakthrough and breakdown, as mentioned in last week’s Journal.
THE POSITIVE POTENTIALS of the breakthrough are supported in other components in the eclipse chart: Uranus in Aries is trine (120 degrees away from) both Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius, forming a Grand Fire Trine. This configuration provides support for creative visioning and inspired (or impulsive) action.
And, very importantly, with the Sun positioned exactly opposite the Moon/Uranus, a more rare configuration called a Kite is formed. This represents a lot of energy stirring, that wants to be expressed and utilized, that finds it hard to sit still.
ONE BY ONE, here’s how the planets in the Kite configuration are assisting us:
- Uranus/Moon in Aries: Providing the courage, insight, and self-focus needed to help us break away from restraints and limitations
- Jupiter in Leo: Expanding our self-confidence and optimism, encouraging us to live a life of joy and personal fulfillment
- Mars in Sagittarius: Igniting the fires of conviction and belief in what we know to be true, and providing the energy to take on new challenges and adventures
- Sun in Libra: Providing a foundation of balance and harmony, the ability to work with others to create win-win outcomes, and an emphasis on fairness and justice — and, as the only representative of an air sign, helping us maintain some objectivity in the midst of all that fiery energy of the grand trine
ASTROLOGER BIL TIERNEY writes that a Kite configuration, when found in a natal chart, is “a dynamic indicator of success in life.”
Although a chart for an eclipse is not interpreted exactly the same as a chart for a new baby, there are some commonalities in that both are “birth charts” of a moment in time. Both show the potentials that are ready to express themselves — one during the course of a lifetime, and the other in the unfolding of an eclipse cycle, which lasts for the six months that follow the date of the eclipse.
Tierney also explains that the Kite expands the potentials of the Grand Fire Trine:
“[The Kite] serves to heighten our awareness of the Grand Trine’s vast creative or spiritual potential, encouraging a fuller activation of its promise within a wider range of circumstancial experience. The Kite may actually be more versatile in its creative application, since it encourages eagerness of self-expression plus provides ample opportunities for such expression.”
AS ALWAYS, the planetary energies that affect all of us are brought into personal focus by relating them to our individual birth charts. To find clues as to the effects of this Kite Eclipse in your personal life, the first step is to find where the planets in the Kite are located in relation to your birth chart.
It is especially important to locate 15 degrees of Aries (the location of the Moon/Uranus) and, exactly opposite, 15 degrees of Libra (the location of the Sun):
- The natal house where you find 15 degrees of Aries indicates the area of your life where special talents and skills are ready to be awakened, embraced, and utilized.
- The natal house where you find 15 degrees of Libra indicates the area of your life where events and circumstances will act as a catalyst to help you seek out those talents and skills.
And then, finding the houses that contain 15 degrees of Sagittarius and Leo, the other fire signs in the grand trine, will provide more insights as to what areas of life are calling for you to take a quantum leap.
THE CHART for the Lunar Eclipse does include some challenges, however. The energies of the Pluto-Uranus square are stimulated by the lunation, so some changes will feel disruptive until we can shift our expectations and perspective enough to accept their purposes.
Venus is particularly involved here, being almost exactly square (90 degrees away from) Pluto. Venus rules relationships, values and financial matters, so we may be especially aware of conflicts in these areas of our lives.
Powerful, instinct-driven, compulsive reactions can be triggered by Pluto. These are often indicators of emotional patterns that have control of us. These patterns need us to shine the light of higher awareness upon them so that we can see them for what they are.
SATURN also plays an important role in this eclipse chart, by being aligned with Ceres in Scorpio. The joining of these two emphasizes the need to gain greater self-discipline in our monitoring of inner negativity.
Saturn, as always, is the lesson-bringer, and the voice of the Cosmic Parent. The ringed planet in Scorpio is telling us that it is time to be honest with ourselves about the emotional energy we emanate, and to take responsibility for transforming that energy as needed.
IF YOU’RE THINKING that this eclipse sounds like a powerful one, I heartily agree! Overall, it feels like there are great potentials for positive developments, but some bumps in the road at the same time. And, we are aware that all change, whether our minds call it “good” or “bad,” registers high on the stress scale.