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Descend to the Underworld

The ominous eclipse season and Venus retrograde promises a dive down to the Underworld.

Eclipses - nature's exclamation marks

Scorpio New Moon on November 4, 2021, introduced us to the eclipse season. Why do we call it the eclipse "season"? Because eclipses always come is pairs - one eclipse automatically follows another, two weeks later. Eclipses occur when the celestial bodies block each other's light and form a shadow. ("What is an eclipse?" by NASA)

In astrology, eclipses hold a special meaning. Typically they are an indication of major life events, turnarounds, beginnings or endings. Most ancient cultures had and have a healthy respect towards eclipses. For example, it is considered unlucky to be viewing them, or even to be outside during an eclipse. The ancients also paid special attention to the geographic areas where the eclipse shadow fell - the effect was said to be particularly potent in those areas. The consequences may not always be immediate, but they can start a chain of events that can last for years. We all remember the Great American Eclipse of 2017 and how it's shadow fell across the United States. We can also remember the famous photo of the (now former) president viewing the eclipse without any eye protection. The events that followed are well known - one of them, him losing the election. This time, the eclipse visibility (or the shadow) will be over mainly over Africa, Asia, Australia and Eastern Europe. The total solar eclipse that follows on December 4, 2021, will be visible across Antarctica.

Eclipses are not always bringers of only bad news. On the contrary, sometimes they rattle and shake our old habits and thinking just in the right way. Some may even take advantage the powerful energies eclipses stir up and may be extremely successful at it. The only problem is the unpredictability of the eclipses. What may look one way, may turn out to be something completely different, even a year later. This is why the ancients avoided to start anything new or make any long term plans during the eclipse season.

In Between Eclipses

The time between eclipses is also said to be special. Add Scorpio season, and the veil to the other side is said to be especially thin. Our ancestors and dearly departed are around us and wanting to connect. One simple thing is to dedicate a candle (or even a glass of water and a pastry) for them and simply to remember and appreciate - just like we would like our loved ones do for us.

Taurus Full Moon (Lunar) Eclipse

We first encounter the Taurus Full Moon Eclipse on Friday, November 19, 2021. A lunar eclipse occurs (always during the full moon) when the earth blocks the sunlight that the moon reflects. In astrology, the moon symbolizes our body and emotions. Lunar eclipses symbolize endings. The eclipse occurs in the signs of Taurus and Scorpio, ruled by Venus and Mars, respectively. This particular eclipse is also happening right on the fixed star called Algol. She is famous for not behaving like other stars, but being the ultimate rebel, and causing accidents and injuries. She is known for her "blinking eye"; she seems to appear and disappear, or change her brightness mysteriously. Only very recently do we have new theories for the scientific causes for this behavior. The good news is that the fixed stars, (unlike planets), are so far away from us that unless your have a natal planet right on Algol, you are unlikely to experience anything extremely dramatic.

When we put together all of the above regarding the lunar eclipse, what follows is: the Sun, Mercury and Mars, opposing Uranus and the Moon, who is accompanied by possibly the most unfortunate star (Algol) known to men. So at the very least we can expect to some kind of unexpected excitement, most likely troublesome and conflict ridden, in the news.

On an individual level, everything we have gone through the past couple of years have slowly morphed us into something new. We thought we had purged and purified. But as soon as we swept the floor and rearranged the furniture, we found yet another crack in the foundation. With this eclipse season we are again reaching the bottom of the story line.

You may have experienced such a quiet revelation already around the Scorpio new moon on November 4th. It was likely a "mic drop"- a moment where you suddenly realized something so deep within you, there was nothing more to say. You simply knew that you knew. In one instant you possibly walked away from a situation, or an old way of thinking, no matter the cost. There was nothing more to prove, there it was - the truth. Plain and simple.

Breakups, endings, conflicts, breakthroughs and unexpected turn of events are on the menu. Things may come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere. Yet most of it are the same old plots churning new dust, but this time with a final twist, which causes us to re evaluate our relationships, our world view, our place is society and in the cosmos, once again. Something about this eclipse will most likely confirm our suspicions or intuitive hunches with a big stamp of stating "Confirmed" and "Done" with burning letters.

Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on December 4, 2021 will make more of an opposite announcement: something new has to begin to fill the void of the lunar eclipse. Either we will do so voluntarily or something will be pointed to us. Therefore, while it is not a good time to actually start something new in practical terms, it is certainly good to contemplate and mentally prepare for the kind of authentic life you truly wish to live.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

In the meantime, the Sun's yearly 30 day visit to the sign of Sagittarius will a delightful side note during the gloomy astrology skies. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, symbolizes generosity, optimism, wisdom and seeing the big picture. Perfect to lift and warm up the holiday spirit.

Venus Retrograde - Put a Price tag on It

Venus will be making an extended stay, over 4 months, in Capricorn due to retrograde. On top of it, Venus meets with Pluto 3 times.

Venus, the Goddess of Love, commerce, luxury and beauty, will be making either expensive material demands, or deeply felt, authentic, non-material gifts of love and connection in Capricorn. There will be nothing in between. And since the supply chains will be severely affected, opt for the latter, non-material gift of love and affection. Plan carefully by December 15th - after that, Venus stations and goes retrograde. A new hairstyle or wardrobe is not advisable during Venus retrogrades (mid December to the end of January 2022).

So start preparations early and plan carefully. Most of all, remember to be authentic about it - Venus meeting Pluto during the holidays will not be accepting anything superficial or fake. Venus will be however, deeply moved by an authentic attempt to show love and appreciation, which may even lead to a long term contract or relationship.

Venus meets with Pluto on December 11, December 25 and March 4, 2022. Venus leaves Capricorn and moves to Aquarius on March 6, 2022.

The skies are heavy, contentious and serious, no doubt about it. Make sure you get plenty of rest, and don't make too many plans, as most of them will be cancelled anyway. Concentrate on your definition of the true meaning of life. Make the holidays the way they were always meant to be, authentic and true, for you and yours, and send out the good vibes to the rest of the world as well.



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