It’s eclipse season again, and North America will be in the path of the upcoming annular solar eclipse on the morning of Oct. 14. The full experience of the eclipse is not visible from the Truckee/Tahoe area, but it is very close. The eclipse path will pass through the upper northeastern corner of California. A drive over the border into the neighboring states of Oregon or Nevada will allow one to see the eclipse in its totality. While the sun and moon appear roughly the same size in our sky, the moon is currently at the farther end of its elliptical orbit, and therefore appears slightly smaller than the sun. This means it is an annular eclipse. Annular means ring-shaped. Although the moon will pass in front of and block the sun from our vantage on Earth, a ring of fire will remain visible around the edges of the moon. In viewing this stunning sight, be sure to protect your eyes. Use an eclipse box or purchase a pair of eclipse glasses from a reputable retailer. The eclipse will begin at 8:05 a.m. on Oct. 14, reach maximum at 9:21 a.m., and finish at 10:44 a.m.
We have yet another dose of Venusian shadow medicine with a solar eclipse in the sign of Libra on Oct. 14. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus and governs the realm of relationship. As the sign of the scales, Libra is concerned with the balance of self and other, aiming to achieve harmony and reciprocity. We may find this eclipse reiterates some of the questions posed by Venus’s retrograde cycle in July/August. We can take stock now of the lessons we’ve learned and how successfully we have course corrected. How have we created patterns of self-sabotage by suppressing our desires? Are we sacrificing our values for the sake of keeping the peace with others? Have we made abundant room for beauty in our lives? Diplomacy is a key skill and productivity is a useful measure, but the value of our lives must be tallied within the heart and not through external validations. Going with the flow can be very convenient, but sometimes staying true to one’s heart means going against the grain. The foundation of harmony is resonance, not homogeneity. What pulls your heartstrings will strike the chord that attracts the right people with whom to surround yourself.
~ Dawn Andreoni is a yoga teacher and astrologer. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.