November 8, 2022

Closing our 2022 eclipse season we have a drama-packed total Lunar Eclipse in Taurus. This eclipse has the potential to be the most shocking and potent eclipse we’ve had in some time. This event is really bringing back into view the main issue that we’ve been dealing with since the start of 2021. We have a pileup of planets in Scorpio, all within orb of an exact square with Saturn, and the eclipsed Full Moon, which is conjunct Uranus is also within orb of a square from Taurus. 

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll be all too familiar with this ongoing Saturn Uranus situation – it’s been the backdrop of all the astrological action since last year. This has played out in some especially on-the-nose mundane situations all involving a distinct and anxiety ridden clash between tradition and liberation, between restriction and freedom, between structures of authority and the iconoclast. You can’t miss it. 


We’ve all had this same square between Saturn and Uranus impact our own lives and play out in different ways depending on which houses in our natal chart the fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius – occupy. The good news is, this is the last of it, and the square and its associated tension across the fixed axis will be waning from here on. 

As the proverb says, a snake hisses the loudest before it dies, which is befitting considering that eclipses in Vedic myth were thought of as occurring when a serpent demon swallowed the Sun and the Moon. This serpent demon is represented by the lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu, which were formed when the serpent demon was cut in half as a punishment for it’s malfeasance, after stealing and consuming the elixir of immortality from the gods. Now, these entities are destined to exist forever without the completeness of their other half. 

Ketu – the tail, is currently in Scorpio, sharing the company of the Sun, Mercury, and Venus. Ketu represents the known path, retreat, safety, and refuge. Even though the familiar feels cozy, there is loss here. You don’t get to grow from repeating the same stagnant patterns. You miss out. You become stale, and you rot. The ruler of the eclipse, Venus, is here with Ketu which indicates some element of being stuck in old ways, and old patterns. Even feeling contrained by the habits or vices we’ve established and feel incapable of escaping. 

Conversely, Rahu, where this eclipse takes place, is the head of the serpent. Swallowing up the Moon tonight along with Uranus and spitting out a wild, chaotic, and novel potion that promises to offer some liberation from the mundanity we’ve grown sick and tired of. The problem with Rahu is that enough is never enough, and while the narcotic effects might be novel, remember that without satiety signals there is no way to know when to stop. How can you know you’ve got enough if you’re filling up a container with no bottom? Rahu is a disembodied head, he has no stomach to let him know he’s full. He’ll just eat and eat and eat because that’s all a hungry ghost can do. 

Mercury meets the heart of the Sun tomorrow which marks his superior Cazemi. This purification ritual and the insight that comes from it will offer some sort of salve to the excessive hedonism, upheaval, and anxiety of this Taurean eclipse. 

Our hunger for novelty and change won’t be satisfied anytime soon. That’s kind of the point. The funny thing about reaching any kind of newfound liberation is that you invariably realize that the end doesn’t exist, there’s always more to be done. The work will never be complete. Stay hungry.


Chart via: Chart via Astrogold software, set for Melbourne, Australia

Image via: @kellywitmer

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