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The Solar Eclipse on October 23, 2014

The Astronomy

A Solar Eclipse is a special type of New Moon when the Moon is directly between the Sun and Earth. That is, they are aligned near the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun and the apparent annual path of the sun).

The moon's orbit is inclined by 5 degrees to the ecliptic; the two points where they intersect are called the Moon's Nodes, identified as the ascending node (North) and the descending node (South). Eclipses occur during two periods each year when the apparent motion of the Sun meets up with the nodes. The closer the Moon is to the center of the line between the Sun and Earth, the more total the eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely obscures the Sun over a relatively narrow band across the Earth's surface, its shadow racing generally eastward.

Non-total eclipses include the annular, when the Moon is farther from the Earth and appears smaller, so the Moon does not completely block the Sun but leaves a ring around the rim; and the partial, when the Moon is slightly off center, blocking only a portion of the Sun.

The fourth type of solar eclipse is the hybrid, also known as an annular/total. A hybrid eclipse shifts between a total and annular eclipse. At certain points on the surface of Earth it appears as a total eclipse, whereas at other points it appears as annular. Just over 5% of solar eclipses fall in this category, making the hybrid eclipse something of a rarity.

The solar eclipse on October 23 is a partial eclipse. This event will be visible across most of North America.

For more information, visit the NASA Page for this Eclipse.

The Astrology

A solar eclipse is a New Moon with tremendous impact. The Sun that gives us life and lights our path is joined briefly with the dark and mysterious qualities of the Moon. The Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine anew, beginning another cycle in the spiral of our personal development.

This solar eclipse takes place with the Sun and Moon at 0 degrees and 24 minutes of Scorpio. The last time there was a solar eclipse close to this degree was in 1995. Think back to the personal themes in your life during the fall of 1995 and review the progress of your personal growth over the last 19 years.

All eclipses indicate change; solar eclipses signify beginnings and usually manifest as events in the outer world. At solar eclipses we: begin something new, make promises to ourselves, commit, announce, present ourselves, show up, make plans, select events, make decisions, rise to the challenge, make an effort, change, mature, take on greater challenges, travel at a faster pace, feel restless, feel pressured by deadlines and a buildup of emotions, experience a crisis and feel excited.

In astrology, we also note at which of the Moon's nodes the eclipse occurs. North nodal eclipses have a personal orientation and symbolize personal identity, ego and the physical body. South nodal eclipses are other-oriented and symbolize a spouse or significant other, relationships and new perspectives based on interaction with others.

This is a north nodal eclipse, suggesting that we are being called to develop new skills and talents through independent effort.

As noted in the Astronomy section above, this is partial eclipse; the Moon does not obscure the light of the Sun. One way of interpreting the symbolism of this fact is that neither the masculine/active/yang energy of the Sun nor the feminine/receptive/yin energy of the Moon dominates. Rather, the joining of the two forces could be described as integrative and unifying, a process of becoming whole. Indicating perhaps that with this eclipse there is an opportunity to experience that sense of integration firsthand, in our personal lives and on a global level.

The heightened impact of eclipse energy can be felt by everyone as much as 3 months in advance and has subtle reverberations for as long as 3 years afterwards. Although the energies are most prominent for a week on either side of the eclipse (many feel a heightened sense of anxiety during this period), the influence on events continues. Eclipse periods are extremely active, often associated with meaningful events and public exposure.

image of Tarot Key  13 Death The tarot card associated with the sign of Scorpio is Tarot Key #13 - Death. This card teaches us to purify and transform our energy.

Sabian Symbol: 1 Scorpio
A Crowded Sightseeing Bus on a City Street"

The symbolic degree interpretation of this eclipse suggests the eagerness to expand one's horizons and experience new ways of living.

The Chart:

This chart tells us that strong egos are dominant throughout this cycle, wielding charm and charisma in an attempt to manipulate others. Scandals may arise in the public sphere as the misuse of power, sex, and money come to light. While the talent and ability exists to create order and resolve conflicts, the desire for sensual gratification may override taking action. The lesson is to open one's mind to new ways of maintaining individual freedom while being fair to others. Activities involving the creative arts or education will produce favorable results.

If your birthday falls around Jan 20, Feb 19, Mar 6 or 21, Apr 20, May 21, Jun 6 or 21, Jul 23, Aug 23, Sep 8 or 23, Oct 23, Nov 22, Dec 7 or 22, your experiences now will have impact lasting three years. Expect to see current themes begin to develop ambitiously on their own in June, 2015. A full understanding of the impact of this period will take until early March 2016 to unfold.

When an eclipse falls on your birthday, you can definitely count on an eventful year ahead. However, it does not have to be in your sun sign for you to feel its effects. If it makes any contacts to a planet or personal point in your chart, your experience of the eclipse will be intensified. A qualified astrologer can determine the placement of an eclipse in your chart and advise you about what to expect, along with how to make the most of the potential offered.

Aquarius Lunation
Gibbous Phase
Pisces Sun
Virgo Moon

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