“It’s not your life – it’s life.
Life is bigger than you.
It isn’t something that you possess,
it’s something that you take part in
and you witness.”
Louis C.K. American comedian, writer and actor.
I read this today and it reminded me of how the Sufis describe life as a caravanserai passing along its way through time and space. As with the poem, it diminishes our importance, our ego attachment to life. It suggests that we simply move through from who knows where, beyond to the visible horizon, when we then disappear from view.
These last 6 months have been somewhat of an enforced half-sabbatical for me and I have missed being in touch with my astrological community out there – that means you!! However, life around me now is changing for the better so I am ready to start writing again – maybe just monthly for a while – I’ll have to see how it goes. And thank you to those who contacted me to see how I was doing or even, where I was!
The month ahead is a real mixed bag of planetary movement bringing changes in the atmosphere that surrounds us all.
On 4th October Mercury stops moving forward at 2 degrees Scorpio, and then goes back into Libra, although he has been going through Libra somewhat slowly getting ready to stand still before moving backwards. This period lasts until 25th October – a mfull 21 days of both inner and outer reflection; asking ourselves if we’ve done, said, thought, the right thing. If the answer’s ‘no’ then you can change your mind after 25th October.
It’s an interesting combination of signs Libra and Scorpio. Many people shudder at the thought of Scorpio, as it has been portrayed as a “bad” sign in the media and historically, too. Did I not mention that there are no bad signs or planets? Mars/Pluto ruled Scorpio is a private sign of deep resistance to the changes that may swirl around, carefully measuring their responses before acting on them. They get their heads down and deal silently and courageously with whatever the world throws at them. They are intense and passionate about whatever floats their boat and will risk life and limb to keep the boat afloat. They are the surgeons, psychologists, detectives of the world – and we need them. What’s not to like?
Venus ruled Libra is seen as a ”good” sign. Librans are sociable, interested in the lives of those around them, reaching out to others. They are seeking to find a balance in their lives – to find a middle way between this and that. One old teacher of mine said that if we found a balanced Libran, we should have them stuffed and placed on the mantlepiece for the world to wonder at. It’s the search for balance that defines them, he said. They will always swing between two poles, sitting on the fence, with great charm and beauty. They are the diplomats, social workers, beauticians of this world.
Yet both the above signs compliment each other – passionate Scorpio and cool minded Libra – head and heart. So Mercury going from one to the other is going to show us how to make decisions with courage and kindness; to enable us to communicate our deepest feelings with great compassion and empathy; and to experience the joys of both modalities – Air and Water – without drowning or drying out.
Then on 8th October there is a Lunar Eclipse – the second of the “Blood Red Tetra Moons” – where the Eclipsed Moon turns dark red, as the earth’s shadow crosses over its face. I wrote about this last Spring, describing how rare these 4 (Tetra) dark red Lunar Eclipses are and how the ancients associated them with major events on earth. The following 2 are due next year – I shall keep you posted.
This Lunar Eclipse falls across the Aries/Libra axis, i.e. Moon in Aries, Sun in Libra. As if that’s not enough, there is a Solar Eclipse (partial) on 23rd October at 0 degrees Scorpio. These two eclipses have strong links with events that occurred last April, both nationally and personally, when there was the first of the dark red Lunar Eclipse across the Libra/Aries axis and the Solar Eclipse in Taurus. Take a look back at April 2014 and see what transpired for you – are there decisions you could be making after Mercury changes direction on 25th October? These two months are strongly linked in terms of events and circumstances, as an unfolding narrative that has kept you involved with it since April.
Eclipses move backwards through the Zodiac and tend to stay in each axis for about 18 months – this is the last Solar Eclipse in Scorpio for about 8 years or so. So all you Taureans and Scorpios can breathe sigh of relief for a while.
Just to mention that Mars (the warrior) moves into Capricorn (the state, government) at the end of October to meet up with Pluto mid-November, which could be very interesting for us all around the world. More on that next month.