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Scorpio Solar Eclipse

(Editor’s note: This is an edited version of a blog that was originally posted on the author’s website:

In the early morning hours of October 23rd, the Sun enters Scorpio, followed by Venus and the Moon as they line up for a lovely partial solar eclipse, visible in the western U.S.

Solar eclipse, set for Washington DC

The Scorpio solar eclipse (with Venus at the same degree as the lunation) is a powerful ingress that will be followed by 0° New Moons for the next three months. (And, after that, two New Moons at 29°.)  (1)

What the world needs now is a powerful new beginning with positive transformative effects for the majority of the population. Pallas Athena (1°56′ Scorpio) conjoins the current lunation, conferring qualities of wisdom, diplomacy, and tact to be used in navigating the changes upon us.

For some, these changes are already unfolding. The Supreme Court opened the door to same-sex marriage becoming legal in all fifty states with their recent ruling. For others, change appears as hard-fought revolution or insurrection, attempting to topple corrupt dictators and entrenched systems of undemocratic government.

Scorpio is the sign of transformation; this eclipse may further expose the psychological weapons that are used by the enemies of humanity, for instance, the many large corporations that are destroying the planet. They try to lull us into a false sense of security, while mixing some of the most toxic substances into our food supply and manufacturing seeds that don’t reproduce, driving farmers deep into debt.

Sun, Moon, Venus, and Saturn, all in the 7th house of the solar eclipse chart set for Washington, D.C., show the nation’s trends.

The 7th house represents relationships and open enemies. The Scorpio planets suggest that control, jealousy, revenge and open hostility may be rampant. In these tough financial times people can’t always afford to leave a relationship and may stay together despite the contempt, frustration and anger that seethes below the surface. Challenging relationships may be further stressed by Juno (6° Leo) squaring the Scorpio stellium, which can lead to conflicts over roles in the relationship.

Mercury in Libra is retrograde and conjunct the North Node in the 6th house, so talking things out in a practical, civil manner goes a long way toward solving interpersonal problems and generating greater harmony. An open dialogue also helps: Mercury (17° Libra) is sextile Jupiter (19° Leo) in the 5th house; experiencing and expressing love is the best way to show this energy.

Unfortunately, Mars rules the chart (Aries rising in Washington); placed in the 9th house, it can inflame ongoing international conflicts and provoke new ones. Pluto is on the Midheaven reminding us of the many crises in the world.  (For example, over the last 40 years, the destruction of many wildlife habitats and climate change has lead to the disappearance of species at an alarming rate.)

And then there’s the Ebola virus. The reason for the sudden outbreak may be indicated by the asteroid Hygeia (15° Cancer) opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus and the nodes. (2) Unfortunately, the illness is causing hysteria, even though it can only be transmitted through contact with the sick person’s bodily fluids. However, that information doesn’t seem to matter to the fear-mongers.

On a note unrelated to the Scorpio eclipse, the Sun (11°26′ Scorpio) sextiles Pluto (11°26′ Capricorn) on November 3rd, the eve of the mid-term elections. This suggests a desire for significant changes within our government regarding entrenched financial interests who have paid a fortune for a ruling body sympathetic to their own interests. This has resulted in rampant corruption that prevents the little guy from having his concerns and needs represented.

We can change our fate before it’s too late . . . next month, vote for progressive candidates.

(1) The November 22 New Moon is 0°07′ Sagittarius; December New Moon: 0°06′ Capricorn; January New Moon: 0°08′ Aquarius; February New Moon: 29°59′ Aquarius; March New Moon: 29° 27′ Pisces. 29° is the anaretic degree, which represents an unresolved lesson to be learned about the sign wherein it is placed.

(2) The Full Moon eclipse on October 8 was at 15°05 Aries, with the Moon conjunct Uranus and square Hygeia at 13°37 Cancer.

Bio: Sheldon Rosner began a serious study of astrology right after college and has been a counseling astrologer for many years. His practice emphasizes the evolutionary journey, the process of reincarnation, compatibility and relationships, medical and forensic astrology. In the past 13 years, his work has also included mundane astrology. He currently leads the Marion March Memorial Master Class and lectures regularly at the monthly NCGR meetings in Los Angeles. His self-published book, Your Place in the Universe, is written for students of every level. Sheldon can be contacted at or (818) 222-0129.


  1. Thanks for sharing the eclipse chart set for Washington DC time and place. I see that the asteroid goddesses, and even dwarf planet Ceres are playing important roles leading up to the voting process in the U.S. While Mars sextiles the U.S. (Sibly version) Moon (the people/voters), Ceres squares the U.S. Moon. Lots of anger will be expressed in the voting booth over what has been stolen from the people and the planet.

    Transiting Vesta is still trine trans. Juno at the same time Vesta opposes the U.S. Uranus and Juno will conjunct the U.S. north node. Unexpected opportunities for partnership investing might be the result of this solar eclipse in Scorpio, symbol of shared resources.

    If, like me, you respect how the minor aspects support the major aspects, you will appreciate that transiting Jupiter at 19+ Leo will be quintile (72 degrees) the solar eclipse + Venus + Pallas. The quintile is said to transcend physical limitations with it’s energy and supports the use of the spiritual will. In the meantime, Jupiter also sextiles the north node of opportunity and trines the south node where release of obsolete patterns is suggested. Not bad vibes to have going into a nation-wide election!

    Then there is the Eclipse Saturn at 22+ Scorpio in a sextile to the U.S. Neptune at 22+ Virgo. I wonder if this could have something to do with some containment of depicting faux violence within the film industry. Their sextile forms a yod with the transiting Eris in Aries who is retrograde, so she being at the apex of the yod will be fueling that discord in the voters (Moon) that Mars (sextile U.S Moon) and Ceres (square U.S. Moon) will be stirring up. Maybe later when she stations direct.

    Might the abundance of feminine support in this Scorpio solar eclipse portend a re-balancing of the U.S. legislative body; if not between Democrats and Republicans, then perhaps between women and men? That works for me!

    • It would be nice if the minor aspects did indeed help but the transit S Node going over our Chiron has so many deep wounds with racism and hatred being high on the list. Saturn sextile our Neptune might contribute to the government conspiring with TV and film companies to produce pro-law enforcement depictions to propagandize law and order. After the election, Chiron turns direct trine the US Sun, so maybe we’ll have some healing at work then.

  2. Thank-you Sheldon for this. Hopefully there will be co-operation with the international countries in containing the virus. As you note, the Scorpio planets in the 7th house and sticking together financially even under not the best circumstances seems to be playing out in the Euro countries sticking together during financial crises.

  3. where does Mercury’s retrograde ending fit into this?

    • It might cause one to reconsider one’s new project or direction that is implied by a new moon. Stations are powerful times in the Mercury cycle and it is sextile Jupiter for added perspective and wisdom in choosing a direction.

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