Your Guide to Planetary Energies for

October 21 to 27, 2013

By Pam Younghans


Today’s photo: Auroras over Luleå, Sweden on October 15, 2013 (photo by Oskar Pettersson, posted on



Astrology3WE WANDER in the space between eclipses, in a world that often feels unworldly, but not in any way that can be clearly defined. Our partial Lunar Eclipse last Friday represented the ending of a 19-year cycle. Now, we have until the hybrid Solar Eclipse on November 3 to adjust to the changes in the energetic landscape.



In case you haven’t heard of a “hybrid” eclipse before, join the crowd! My astrological calendar says, “This is a rare hybrid of an annular and total eclipse. Some sections of the path are annular while others are total.” In other words, the type of eclipse we physically experience depends on where we are on the planet.



THE DIFFERENCE between the two types of Solar Eclipse is that only a faint ring of the Sun is visible behind the Moon during a total eclipse, whereas the ring of the Sun is larger and shines more brightly during an annular eclipse. The variation is caused by the distance between the Earth and the Moon — the closer the Moon is to us, the larger it appears and the more of the Sun’s light is blocked.



So, yes, odd to be able to have both a total and an annular eclipse at the same time. My brain hasn’t quite wrapped itself around how that can be possible.



BUT, SINCE LIFE ITSELF seems to be a “rare hybrid” these days — and our brains are struggling to understand many things about current reality — it seems appropriate that we would have an eclipse to reflect that truth. And, perhaps this hybrid eclipse represents the choice we have going forward — we can either make a completely new start (total eclipse of the old) or retain some of the old foundations while also starting in some new directions (annular eclipse).



Either way, as we sit in this two-week void, we will be consciously and unconsciously preparing for take-off: adjusting our seats, perhaps even changing seats to get a different perspective, stowing our gear and preparing for the ride ahead.



ADDING to the brain muddle, Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow (Monday, October 21, at 3:28am PDT). The good news about Mercury’s retrograde phase is that it is meant to give us a break from needing always to be pushing ahead, making progress in a linear fashion. While Mercury is appearing to move backward in the sky, we are also encouraged to spend time in review and internal processing — actually perfect timing after the cleansing effect of our recent Lunar Eclipse.



When Mercury completes its retrograde phase on November 10, it will be back at the degree of Scorpio it first crossed on October 1. In other words, we will be taking another look at many things we’ve done during this month, with the opportunity of rewriting, reconfiguring, and reorganizing to make the end result better than it might have been.



And, since Mercury is in truth-seeking Scorpio, there may be new information coming to light that we hadn’t been aware of in our first crossing of the river — information that changes our understanding, our motivations, and our attitudes going forward.



THE SUN enters Scorpio on Tuesday, and settles into a comfortable trine aspect with Neptune by Friday. While the Sun is in Scorpio (until November 21-22), it provides the energy for us to release the past and our attachments to old self-definitions. We are also encouraged to look more closely at our emotional needs, and see where we can benefit from bringing more light into our emotional bodies.



The Neptune-Sun trine on Friday provides energetic assistance to any releasing or light-enhancing processes we engage on that day. Neptune is always supportive of letting go, rising above, accepting, forgiving, allowing, surrendering — all with the purpose of helping us align more fully with our highest vibrational self. 








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