The Lunar Eclipse And Letting Go

bungee jumpThis week’s main event is the Lunar Eclipse [15 Aries 05] which is currently building in the heavens and will be exact on October 8th at 11:51 BST.

You can already see the Moon swelling in size every night as it grows bigger and moves closer to it’s Full Moon phase which this month also happens to be an eclipse.

Eclipses are game-changers when the scenery shifts and you look at your life from a different perspective. This change is already underway and one of the emerging themes of the week is letting go.

You often reach this point when you come to a crossroads, a T-junction in life and you can’t clearly see the way forward. It’s as if you’re faced with an impossible choice or you’ve hit a dead end and all you know is that something’s got to give. You recognise you’re on the verge of a difficult decision or you feel scared to let go, not knowing whether life will guide you.

Cosmic Crossroads

At this week’s eclipse, there is a planetary crossroads in the heavens as an aspect called a T-square is the focal point. A T-square looks like a T-junction with the Sun and Venus in Libra at one end of the T, the Moon and Uranus in Aries at the opposite end of the T and staring at them both from the middle but a distance away is Pluto in Capricorn.

The Uranus-Pluto square is the rocket fuel in this Lunar Eclipse and the Uranus-Pluto symbolism backs up the eclipse symbolism. Things that have been eclipsed or hidden break out requiring you to confront or deal with them or you decide to take action and close a door that ‘eclipses’ someone or something in your life.

Basic Uranus-Pluto symbolism is ‘out with the old and in with the new’; you sweep away dead wood to clear space for new energy to come in. Detoxing, decluttering, composting and regeneration are all Pluto themes and Uranus adds change, revolution and reinvention. Pluto advocates letting go of the past and Uranus embraces the future.

This eclipse is especially powerful if you have planets or angles in your chart between 14-17 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) but it’s helpful to know where the eclipse falls to see which areas of your life are due a ‘sweep out/sweep in’ mentality.

Here are the key elements depending on your Star Sign (or Sun Sign). Read both your Sun Sign and your Ascendant for the complete picture:

  • Aries: Personal goals & self care; relationships & one-on-one partnership
  • Taurus: Retreat & recuperation; work, service, health & fitness
  • Gemini: Friends, groups & networks; self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs
  • Cancer: Career & vocation; home & family
  • Leo: Travel & exploration; busyness close to home, neighbours & siblings
  • Virgo: Other peoples’ money & joint resources; personal possessions & values
  • Libra: Relationships & one-on-one partnership; personal goals & self care
  • Scorpio: Work, service, health & fitness; retreat & recuperation
  • Sagittarius: Self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs; friends, groups & networks
  • Capricorn: Home & family; career & vocation
  • Aquarius: Busyness close to home, neighbours & siblings; travel & exploration
  • Pisces: Personal possessions & values; other peoples’ money & joint resources


Aries v. Libra/Me v. You

I would add that there are common themes with regard to this eclipse because of the signs involved. Aries v. Libra is a classic me v. you scenario. How to assert your own needs whilst at the same time ensure others are looked after, the game of give and take, ‘self-centred’ behaviour v. what’s fair and just for all. Getting the balance right in your key relationships isn’t easy as the Libran scales constantly dip and realign.

If you are stuck at a crossroads or faced with a difficult decision, know at least that you’re in flow and all is as it’s supposed to be. See who or what steps in mid-week to act as a signpost or signal. You don’t have to act immediately and sometimes it’s best to wait a few days or even a week after an eclipse before taking action.

Remember too that eclipses aren’t solely date-specific and what they’re highlighting for you may play out over the next six months or so. Right now, there may be more questions than answers but if you’re prepared to let go and allow life to guide you, you’re no longer stuck at a crossroads but moving in a new direction.


15 thoughts on “The Lunar Eclipse And Letting Go”

  1. Hi, Sally. My sun is in Aquarius and my rising is Sagittarius. How do I consolidate the key elements of my Sun and Rising signs with respect to the effect of the lunar eclipse? Will we apply the same when reading our monthly forecasts? TIA. x

    1. Yes, I think it’s helpful to read both. I read my Sun sign first followed by my Ascendant sign. They work together to guide you. Hope that helps. best, Sally.

    1. hi Malou, I don’t understand what you mean by consolidate both? Sun signs and horoscopes are based on solar houses and refer to the planets in relation to your Sun sign; the Ascendant links in with your birth chart and the natural houses of your chart. So both are relevant for you. Eclipse symbolism is a similar theme for everyone and reading your Sun sign and Ascendant hones in on you personally. Use whatever is helpful and insightful for you. best, Sally

  2. Thanks, Sally. I’ll take note of that. Looking forward to October 28 for your 2015 monthly forecasts. All the best. x

  3. Dear Sally,

    I understand this is part of a set of eclipses that are connected? Libra-Aries? They fall right through my ASC and DC – relationships. I met someone in May 2013 near the second of the series; we met again Oct 2013, right after another eclipse, we started dating in April 2014, near another lunar eclipse, and now we are at a crossroads after last week and not sure if this will work or not. There is one more to go – April 2015.
    My guess is that we are still not over. Your insight?

    1. The Libra-Aries eclipses began in October 2013 and continue until March 2016. It depends what degree your Ascendant is. The first set of eclipses were at 24/25 Aries/Libra; the second set at 14/15 Libra and the last set are at 4/5 Libra. They are all likely to be markers/turning points in your relationship journey as they link in to your chart. This month’s eclipse repeats in April 2015 so yes, I think you’re right that it’s not over. Good luck! best wishes, Sally

  4. Thank you. It’s fascinating. My ASC is 11 degrees Libra, and my moon is 9 degrees Libra, so my DC is11 degrees Aries.
    His Sun is 12 degrees Libra, his Venus is 22 and his Jupiter is 12 degrees Aries.
    Not asking for a free reading but I just realized that the reason for a blowup last week is that the lunar eclipse affected both of us in a tremendous way. This is really helpful for me as I learn Astrology.

    1. Yes Bel, you were both in the eclipse zone and you are right that the one next April will also be powerful. Mercury turns direct on October 25th at 16 Libra, close to the eclipse degree so mark that in your diary as a good day to (re)-connect. Sending best wishes, Sally

  5. Thanks Sally, but eclipses bring endings correct? But since this one happened during mercury retrograde, there is a chance for reconciliation. But perhaps the eclipse in April 2015 would bring the final end.

    Or is this too simple an explanation?

    1. Quick answer – too simple an explanation. Eclipses can bring endings – something or someone is ‘eclipsed’ and Lunar eclipses are more usually about relationships. But they can be turning points – one door closes and another door opens. You make a big decision that affects the relationship, the other, etc. Eclipses bring what’s hidden to light and can be portals to success, fame, new beginnings. So a mixed bag and it does depend on where it falls in your chart, etc. I’m writing about eclipses in my newsletter today so if you’re signed up you’ll read more and thank you for your comment, as I will use what you’ve suggested in my writing. best, Sally

  6. Sally, now that mercury has turned direct, I wanted to share how accurate your prediction was for me. The eclipse on the 8th indeed fell through my relationship house. I am a rising and moon in Libra and he is a sun in Libra (all info stated in the posts above). We had a HUGE fight on the 8th, broke up and there was little contact until this week, once Mercury moved forward. I found out he met someone during the time we were apart, and is dating her.

    I guess the eclipse closed that door and a new one opened for him. For me, so far nothing. Although he met her during a retrograde so not sure if it will last.

    But indeed, I was not sure if we could make it since we were on shaky ground anyway. But in my case, perhaps the eclipse made the decison for me to let go.

    1. hi Bel, thank you for your update and it’s interesting to see how accurately the astrology played out for you both. It looks like a parting of the ways as it happened on the eclipse but with Mercury retrograde I expect you will hear from him again one way or another. Sending best wishes, Sally

  7. Yes, once again you are correct! We talked…and perhaps it is not completely over. He needs time and space to sort out some issues (which have little to do with me). I predict the April 2015 eclipse will bring something new – a reconnection perhaps? or a finality?

    How do these eclipses work – when one eclipse brings an end, can the same situation be reversed or come up again when the following eclipse occurs?

    1. hi Bel, no tried and tested formula to be fair. The eclipses often fall in pairs 6 months apart and yes, I think you’re often dealing with the same situation in some shape or form on the repeat eclipse. Hopefully wiser and maybe more ready to ‘finalise’ the situation. Sending best wishes, Sally.

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