“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” William James
It’s easy to live mostly in our heads. To get seductively entrenched in the realm of our own thinking and then, consequentially, to often lose out on opportunities to improve our lives, because we’re not actively participating enough in the real world around us. Mahatma Gandhi once stated that, “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.” He also said that, “You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
The Lunar Eclipse today at 26 degrees of “initiating” Aries (7:38 pm EDT), the first sign of the zodiac, is perhaps a perfect primer to help veer us away from the tantalizing world of thought and into the self-empowering realm of doing and creating. Entrepreneurial Aries epitomizes action; also, daring and bravery. It is also through our actions that we reveal the nature of our thinking. Depending on what house this lunation is falling in, in our personal charts, we may find this event has us taking action now on the matters governed by that house (or area of life). We may also have a chance now to cultivate a more self-confident and courageous approach to handling the affairs of that sector of our chart.
With the Full Moon Eclipse in Aries, “the sign of self,” this also means that the Sun is in the opposing sign of Libra, the “sign of the other.” This Eclipse may remind us, once again, of the delicate balance that must be maintained between tending to the needs of others and tending to the needs of self. It’s possible, with this Eclipse, that a “light bulb suddenly goes on in our head” and we become privy to some important action that we must also take, within a relationship context, to make our lives more meaningful or fulfilling. In some cases, too, events may occur, out of the blue, that have a notable impact on our partnerships, or alliances. Sometimes, eclipses serve to “fast forward” or “speed up” situations in our lives.
Eclipses can be very insightful and consciousness-raising. They tend to bring matters to a climax. Eclipses can also be harbingers of endings. Too, if certain elements do pass away now, it’s often because they were no longer serving a useful or needed purpose in our lives. Also, we must learn to fully embrace endings, and to not fear them, as endings are part of the natural order of things. “Endings are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin.” C. Joybell
This lunation finds assertive Mars, the ruler of Aries, in analytical Virgo and applying to an exact opposition to veiled Neptune in Pisces (9:53 pm EDT Saturday). Mars-Neptune aspects can be more challenging to navigate because they often contain an element of vagueness about them.
It could be, however, that with this Eclipse, we just go ahead and carefully do our due diligence or fact-finding, as best we can, which is what Mars in Virgo enjoys doing anyway, and then simply surrender up the rest (Neptune in Pisces), believing, in our heart, that we are exactly on the right course of action for where we’re supposed to be. Accepting, too, in life, that there are usually a lot of gray areas that have to be factored in. Not everything is always going to be black or white, or clearly obvious to us. Sometimes, we simply have to learn to become comfortable, meandering about in the fog, perhaps even perceiving it as a grand Aries adventure. Or, maybe we can use the murkiness as a giant launching pad to seed our Piscean faith. “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” Max Lucado.
Famous October 18 Birthdays: Lee Harvey Oswald, Martina Navratilova, Chuck Berry. “Changes made to please others are unrealistic, but more important, they’re unfair to you.” Martina Navratilova.
Happy Eclipse Blessings!
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