It’s the most astrologically stressful time of the year: Eclipse season. Don’t worry – I speak hyperbolic, and stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, stress is your body’s reminder that you’re alive, and research has even shown that stress has benefits! When people think of severe stress, they usually refer to chronic or continuous stress, which can be harmful and have long-lasting effects. Short-term stress, on the other hand, can be good! It activates the “fight-or-flight” response, which calls us to action.
The stress of the eclipse season is the second kind of stress. This time of year reminds us to challenge our sense of purpose through emotional forms of motivation. In other words, ask yourself if you are living with a sense of direction and creating meaning in your life. In astrology, the moon rules emotions, and the sun represents your ego and purpose. The moon moves through constellations every few days, while the sun takes about a month to switch from sign to sign.
Go ahead and mark your calendar for the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on October 25 and the Lunar Eclipse in Taurus on November 8, then read on to find out exactly what that means.
What exactly is an eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when a New Moon or Full Moon aligns with the North and South Nodes. And this round of eclipses will take place when the sun, moon and nodes are in Taurus or Scorpio. In the world of astrology, a solar eclipse is considered a predestined time that helps propel us to our destination. In this context, fate is a lot like the word potential – it doesn’t exactly exist unless we are willing to work with the universe rather than against it. Eclipses are not a time to manifest or let go. Often our rituals are driven by what our egos desire, and they can go against what is intended for us. As a result, we can block our blessings, or worse, harm ourselves. Eclipses are a time to sit back and let life happen instead of fighting the flow.
The eclipses of Taurus and Scorpio of 2022
By the time you read this, you will have already passed the first round of eclipses. Look, you’re a survivor, like Destiny’s Child! The North and South Nodes have been in the constellations Taurus and Scorpio since January 2022. To be precise, the North Node is in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio. The North Node in Taurus is our reminder to approach life with patience, peace and a willingness to share and receive love. The South Node in Scorpio suggests the need to exercise trust, identify maladaptive defense mechanisms, and show a willingness to be kind to ourselves and others. Taurus, ruled by Venus, enjoys indulging in hedonistic pleasure, while the Mars-ruled Scorpio can learn to be more gentle with himself — and patient with others.
What to Expect During 2022 Winter Eclipse Season
The first round of Taurus/Scorpio eclipses took place in May 2022, teaching us to show a willingness to practice caring and meet our basic needs. Now the fall of 2022 serve as lessons to manage our anger and resolve feelings of resentment. Sometimes we can feel lingering feelings of upset or betrayal and ignore them completely! Allow yourself to recognize your basic needs and how they went unmet. Then trust that the universe can handle the rest; for now all you need to do is practice self awareness.
If you work with the universe and not against it, you should develop a deeper appreciation for the present. I associate emotionally driven fear with Scorpio transitions, and the emotions associated with this eclipse season may tempt you to act or seek power and control. Simmering, that works against the universe! Your ability to chill out and be in your current reality – no matter how much you want to change – will show the universe that you are a patient and reliable partner.
Who will be most affected by these eclipses?
While all signs will feel some of the effects of these eclipses, Scorpio and Taurus will of course be the most affected. This is because the Nodes are in the first house of Scorpio and Taurus, which has encouraged them over the past year to think about their relationships and personal needs. Sagittarius and Pisces are also called to the thinking room. Sagittarius is expected to think about their work-life balance and well-being, while Pisces can benefit from thinking about how they express themselves based on their expertise. Honorable Mention: Cancer and Leo will also be additionally affected, as they are ruled by the Sun and Moon. Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius – you’ll get off it relatively easily this time.
Monisha Holmes Astrologer Monisha “Six” Holmes is an astrologer and Master of Social Work (MSW) concerned with love, relationships and well-being.