New Moon Solar Eclipse
October 14, Libra 21°07’, 1:55 pm EDT.
This eclipse is the first of two Solar Eclipses visible in the United States. It is an Annular Eclipse, sometimes called a “Ring of Fire”, with the light of the Sun forming a stunning corona around the shadow of the Moon.
Eclipses come in pairs, sometimes in threes. This Solar Eclipse will be followed by a Partial Lunar Eclipse on October 28. The time between eclipses can be thought of as a tunnel or portal between one phase of experience and another. We enter this portal at a particularly intense time.
Pluto is stationary, having turned direct on October 10. Pluto remains square to the Nodes in Aries (North) and Libra (South). The Eclipse will be conjunct to the South Node, emphasizing relationships. The United States Pluto Return remains in effect, experienced as a collective descent into the underworld.
Warrior Mars is newly in Scorpio, opposite expansive Jupiter. Mars is strong in Scorpio. In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Mars is allied with Set, the Warrior King, and Jupiter with Horus, the Young King. In Egyptian myth, Set murders his brother Osiris (Pluto), initiating a centuries long war with Horus, son of Osiris. In the end Horus wins, but his victory comes at a price.
Imagine yourself at the entrance to a tunnel. Over the next two weeks, allow yourself to be stripped of that which you no longer need, in much the way a snake is periodically stripped of its skin. This tunnel is dark and lonely, yet you have no choice except to keep going. Completing the journey is the only way to be reborn into the new phase.
The path of this eclipse will move southeast through southern Oregon and exit the US through Corpus Christi, Texas, continuing on to Central and South America. The second Solar Eclipse visible in the US will be on April 8, 2024.
October 13, 2023, by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.