October 25, 2022 at 5:49am Central—We’re almost one year into the Taurus-Scorpio eclipse series which began with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus last November. The story line that opened at that time receives its next installment with the upcoming Partial Solar Eclipse at 2° Scorpio on Tuesday.
Eclipses occur in pairs two times a year. The most recent pair occurred in April and May. If you reflect on last year, can you connect the dots between these times to reveal where life’s contractions are catalyzing choices that push you in a new direction? Eclipses usher in circumstances that ask us to make strong decisions.
The Taurus-Scorpio axis highlights themes around resources, security, comfort, survival, trust and intimacy. At the deepest level, we tap into our core needs of creating a stable relating environment and deciding who we want to be part of our inner sanctum.
This particular eclipse emphasizes Venusian themes of love, belonging, self worth and money. Venus is conjunct the Moon here. She’s also in Scorpio, a sign where she is said to be in exile. She’s a little hypervigilant in Scorpio, looking for proof of love and/or security and very sensitive to hairline cracks in the facade. Venus wants assurance of soul-deep truth in Scorpio as this is her sticky tape that binds her to commitments.
In addition, the tarot card that corresponds to this decan is the Five of Cups. When this card appears, there can be a deep layer of grief present associated with loss, betrayal, resentment and regret. The work of the Five of Cups is to fully acknowledge the trauma of whatever experience still takes up painful residence inside us; and then to begin to release it.
Co-present with the South Node, some of us may be releasing expectations around love, friendship, social groups or belonging. There may be a strong urge now to pierce through exterior levels to the heart of the matter with questions such as where do I stand? Am I sacrificing my self-worth to remain in this situation? Do I really trust this person or this job to meet my core needs? Issues of past trauma can resurface now as the eclipse in penetrating Scorpio reaches to our very bowels to turn over the past, searching for evidence like lost coins that explain our triggers, resentment and pain.
The ruler of this lunation, Mars, travels slowly now as it prepares to station retrograde on the 30th. In Gemini, Mars churns the hamster wheels of the mind, especially as it stations. We may be ruminating over a situation is our mind, stuck on a story on repeat. Neptune can fill us with indecision, confusion and even self-deception. Yet, conjunct the South Node, the energy around this lunation is one of closure. Even if we aren’t certain which way to go at this time, we can let go of the mind turbulence some of us are experiencing by actively (Mars) accepting (Neptune) the present moment just as it is—squares and all.
Opposite the Sun, Moon and Venus beams Uranus. The next lunation, a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, will be conjunct Uranus. We know that Uranus can bring sudden shocks and liberating breakthroughs in an attempt to bring us into true alignment with ourselves. We’re heading towards the next major move in the Taurus-Scorpio storyline that opens an exploratory path ahead of us.
For now, the best course of action is to sit with our feelings, thoughts and desires. If we need to get something off our chest, consider a slow Mars in Gemini squaring fuzzy Neptune and ask those three very important questions: is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? And then proceed with caution.