IN THIS NOWHERE LAND between eclipses, it can be challenging to stay in balance. Eclipses always occur at least in pairs (sometimes in threes), giving us the two weeks in between the lunations as a time for us to sit with the energies and more deeply understand their purposes in our lives.Energetically, an intention is set with the first eclipse of the pair. When it is a Lunar Eclipse that comes first, we must first deal with and release the emotional aspects of whatever issue is before us before we can fully take advantage of the energy of new beginnings, which are represented by the Solar Eclipse that will occur two weeks later.
LAST WEEK’S Lunar Eclipse brought increased awareness of our feelings of satisfaction or lack thereof in certain areas of our lives. These areas are identified by where 15 degrees of Aries resides in our birth charts — the location of the Moon at the time of the eclipse.
Everyone’s birth chart contains all of the signs of the zodiac. Some signs are emphasized more than others — the person’s Sun sign, Moon sign, and Ascendant sign are usually most prominent in their personality. But even if we don’t have any planets or points in Aries, the energy of the first sign of the zodiac appears in least one of the houses in our charts.
Each house of the astrology chart represents a different area of life experience. Whatever house contains Aries represents an area of life where our souls intended for us to express independence, courage, initiative, and leadership. This is where we are feeling the stirrings now, and becoming aware of how well we are living up to the expectations we set into motion as we entered this lifetime.
WITH URANUS strongly involved in last week’s Aries eclipse, we are feeling an increased restlessness in areas where we are feeling unfulfilled, areas where our true desires are not being met. The rebel within is standing strong, daring us to take the leap that our practicality or caution would usually tell us to avoid.
For some, the energy of the Lunar Eclipse has already brought about the breakthrough or the breakdown. This is especially true for those who have planets or points around 15 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn).
For others, for whom the time is not yet exactly right, the restlessness lingers, perhaps even festers.
For all of us, whether or not major changes have occurred already, we wander the vastness that is Nowhere Land and wait for the signs and the inspirations that will lead us to our next step.
TO ASSIST US over the coming week, retrograde Mercury is especially active. When Mercury is moving backward, we are called to look in the mirror — both to see what we have just left, and to see our own reflection in the glass.
Mercury joins forces with the asteroid Pallas Athene on Monday. This is our opportunity to tap into the wisdom mind that Pallas in Libra represents, the knowing of how to bring harmony and balance to situations of discord and polarity.
On Thursday, Mercury aligns with the Sun and sextiles Mars, providing insights and inspiration for our next steps. Creative ideas and conversations continue to blossom on Friday when Venus and Mercury align. However, because Mercury is retrograde until October 25, it is probably best to wait on implementing these new ideas until after that date.
THE THIRD QUARTER MOON is on Wednesday at 12:12pm PDT. I don’t usually call attention to the quarter moons, but because this one is connected to the eclipses, it bears watching more closely.
The Moon is in the 23rd degree of Cancer for this third quarter moon, and I find the Sabian symbol for that degree most intriguing, in the light of the focus on intellectually-based Mercury this week:
“The meeting of a literary society: An objective and critical approach to the common factors in our culture and to its psychological problems.”
Astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this symbol reads in part:
“With this stage, we reach the level of Intellectualization. Here the individual operates both as an objective mind and an emotional participant in the events and hope of the day. We make concrete what to most people may be only a subconscious aspiration or urge.”
THIS IS A VALUABLE REMINDER of what we may see as the higher purpose of these two weeks in Nowhere Land — not to wander aimlessly, waiting for the shaft of light to blaze through the clouds to light our way, but to take the time to understand more fully what has motivated us up to this point. And, even more importantly, to discover and uncover what will ignite our creativity and passion going forward.
After all, next week’s Solar Eclipse is in Scorpio, arguably the most passionate and intense of the signs. Now is the time to ask ourselves: What do I want to do, who do I want to be, that will enable me to feel more fully invigorated and more passionate about this life I am creating?