lunar eclipseWhoa. There’s a lot of intensity right now, a lot going on. Deep breath, everyone. We’re fast approaching the first of three Eclipses, which, consciously navigated, are profound portals of transformation, initiations into new realities. But this process is typically not so comfortable, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, confused, stuck, freaked out, pulled in too many directions, or just plain out of sorts, then you are perfectly in tune with the cosmic energies.

Thursday’s Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio (12:57 pm PDT) is an extra-potent Full Moon that is stirring up some serious shadow material. Eclipses are always about revealing what’s buried in the subconscious, but this one, in the sign that rules the shadow, the subconscious, and all things taboo – sex, death and money – brings a double dose of darkness. Scorpio wants authenticity, passion, vitality, depth, intimacy and hot sex, and this Eclipse is showing us all of our fears, blocks and resistance to getting there.

Opposite the Scorpio Moon is a formidable line-up of Taurus planets – Mars (the traditional ruler of Scorpio), the Sun, Venus (ruler of Taurus) and the South Node. Taurus seeks comfort, stability and security, and can default into stagnation, over-attachment and resistance to change. This Eclipse’s activation of the Taurus-Scorpio polarity shows us how we’re doing in that balance between holding on and letting go; self-reliance and mutual empowerment; playing it safe and playing the edge; building something solid and destroying it all to allow for new growth.

Taurus is the sign of grounding, being grounded – feeling safe in your body and on the planet. Out-of-balance Taurus, Taurus without a strong inner core of security, tends to operate in survival mode – coping, getting by, having “just enough” – or, at the opposite extreme, a feeling of never having enough, never feeling secure no matter how much money is in the bank and how much stuff is accumulated. In times when the world seems to be exploding in crisis, it becomes essential to find and strengthen our security from the inside. There is nothing outside of us to hold onto that is going to make us safe – this is the message of the South Node in Taurus.

scorpioThe function of this Eclipse, as the gate-opener to our trio of Eclipses, seems to be a stirring up and clearing of core survival fears. Whatever is happening on the surface probably isn’t the real issue – Scorpio says, dig deeper, get to the root. The Moon is conjunct Saturn, indicating that this is part of a long-term process, that it’s best to proceed patiently, step-by-step, and to keep in mind the bigger picture of where we’re headed. The Moon-Saturn conjunction also reminds us that we’re in a phase of major emotional growth, learning to take responsibility for our feelings, for our projections, for our deepest needs and desires.

Eclipses happen every six months, and the current set of Eclipses refer back to the previous ones, in this case – the Scorpio Solar Eclipse on November 13 and the Gemini Lunar Eclipse on November 28. This would be a good time to reflect on what was going on for you then, as similar themes and issues are likely to be stirred up.

Discover more about what this Eclipse means for YOU by finding the house in your birth chart that contains 5 degrees Scorpio. The areas of your life signified by that house are where: you are ripe for transformation, healing and growth; you’re being challenged to “let go to grow;” events from the past are coming to fruition, culmination or ending; shadow material is rising to the surface; deep, dark feelings want to be felt and released; you’re ready to make or break a commitment.

– Emily Trinkaus

Calling All Priestesses! It’s not too late to jump into tomorrow’s Lunar Galactic Activation! I’ll be giving A LOT more info about the Lunar Eclipse, and super-Aquarian energy-healing diva Katie Todd will work her galactic magic, hooking us up with the cosmic energies and helping us release the stuckness and find our power. All women are welcome, and don’t worry if you can’t make it to the live call – you’ll get the recording and can galactivate at your convenience. Sign up here.