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The Wheel of Light

Monthly Newsletter - November 2013

The most significant planetary event this month is the new Moon solar eclipse on November 3. Eclipses are relatively rare events, taking place about five times each year. Eclipses can be either at the time of a full Moon (when the earth blocks the light of the Sun from being reflected by the Moon) or at the new Moon (when the Moon passes in front of the Sun and blocks some portion of its light from reaching the Earth). If the new Moon takes place when the Moon is close to the Earthís equator, the Moon may entirely block out the solar light. Such is the case this month when the eclipse will appear as total in the Atlantic Ocean and into Africa.

Ancient teachings proclaimed eclipses to bring negative events. Just because something is rare, however, doesnít mean that it portends something bad. What it may simply indicate is that something unusual or unexpected will tend to occur on earth when something rare occurs in the sky. Furthermore, these events are more likely to take place where the eclipse is strongest or total. Since most of us donít live in the Atlantic Ocean or in Africa, we may conclude that unexpected activities are less likely to happen to us.

The influence of an eclipse may be experienced by people who have a planet or angle of their natal horoscope activated by the eclipse. This eclipse will be at eleven degrees of Scorpio. This doesnít mean that something bad will happen to these people. It simply suggests they are most likely to experience something unusual. A clue as to where they might experience something strange could be reflected by what part of their natal horoscope the eclipse will activate. For example, if itís the tenth house it could pertain to career. The seventh would suggest relationship. The fourth house would activate the home and family.

When an eclipse takes place, the Sun, Moon and Earth are in alignment both in longitude as well as latitude. Astrologers reference these points as ďnodesĒ. There is a south node and a north node. This eclipse coincides with the north node. This is traditionally seen as a time when positive, beneficial events and opportunities present themselves. Sometimes this can be in the form of supportive relationships. So those whose horoscopes connect to the eclipse could also look forward to something positive, if unexpected, taking place. This could also pertain to leaders of nations. There may an outpouring of public support or some type of beneficial situation that unexpectedly presents itself. Again, this would be most likely to effect leaders of African nations or those whose charts in some significant way correspond to the eclipse.

Another consideration is how long these unexpected events are likely to take place. The ancient rule is that the effects of a solar eclipse will last in years the same duration as the eclipse itself lasts in hours. This one will last about 5 Ĺ hours. I donít know anyone who has actually tracked this so I canít vouch for it. I can suggest, however, that when Mars or Sun aspect eleven degrees of Scorpio, an unexpected event might occur well beyond the duration of the eclipse itself. Interestingly enough, both Mars and the Sun aspect the eclipse point in August 2014. Stay tuned.

AriesAries (March 21-April 20)
Aries: At times you can be brusque and impulsive. This is a good time to work on refining your technical skills and becoming more tactful. Growth can come from noticing ways to improve yourself and then doing the work to do so. Discipline can be strong in early month and family support can arrive in mid-month.

TaurusTaurus (April 21-May 21)
Taurus: The eclipse could bring emotional clarity about your primary relationship. Use this as a time to be receptive to and supportive of your partner. Emotions could be intense and passions run high, so keep your focus on the developing a deeper connection. Relationship transformation could ensue.

GeminiGemini (May 22-June 21)
Gemini: There could be tendencies to be self-critical this month. Use this as a time to work on yourself but donít get bogged down in extraneous details or excessive self-undermining behavior. Spending time in quiet contemplation could prove productive.

CancerCancer (June 22-July 22)
Cancer: The eclipse could bring awareness of deep feelings or emotional connections you have with important people in your life. Let the awareness percolate for a while. The full Moon on the 17th would be a good time to share in a more personal, intimate way with others.

LeoLeo (July 23-August 23)
Leo: The eclipse could impact your relationship to your family. You could feel a deep sense of personal responsibility or feel limited and restricted in some way. Growth comes from not responding to either experience with attempts at controlling others. React in measured ways and cautious tones.

VirgoVirgo (August 24-Sept 22)
Virgo: Being authentic and self-affirming can enable you to generate both social support and professional opportunities. This is a good time to take risks that you might usually avoid.

LibraLibra (Sept 23-Oct 23)
Libra: Focus on personal and domestic issues this month. Notice areas where changing your relationship to yourself or members of your family are required. The energy is present to make those changes and the timing is perfect. Failure to make voluntary changes now could lead to extreme or abrupt ones later on.

ScorpioScorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Scorpio: A lot of energy in your sign this month. Growth comes from being measured in using it. Strive to avoid the extremes of being too explosive or too secretive. The former can be intimidating to others while the latter merely causes others to not realize how sensitive you may be.

SagittariusSagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Sagittarius: In a time of intense feeling and unexpected events, you might find this period to be fairly calm and supportive. You could use the energy this month to do some serious introspection for the purpose of spiritual growth or emotional clarity. Spending quality time alone would be beneficial.

CapricornCapricorn (Dec 22-Jan 20)
Capricorn: The eclipse could be useful in the process of working to define who you are. By extension, notice how your energy affects others. Growth can come from integrating a sense of well-being and personal fulfillment on your path to achieving long-range goals.

AquariusAquarius (Jan 21 to Feb 19)
Aquarius: Relationship or financial challenges could arise in mid-month. Growth can come from being neither reactive nor controlling. Striving to see things from anotherís point of view can be beneficial.

PiscesPisces (Feb 20-March 20)
Pisces: Your intuition keeps expanding with the potential to bring greater clarity and wisdom all the time. Being more open about what you perceive is a good way to be of service to others.

Rio Olesky has been a professional astrologer since 1976. He is the author of A Manual for the Modern Mystic and Astrology and Consciousness. He offers both private readings as well as classes for both beginning and intermediate students. To make an appointment for a reading or to find out more information about classes and lectures, call Rio at 707-887-1820. Check out his website:

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