This is the most stressful time of the year astrologically: the season of eclipses. Don’t worry, I’m speaking hyperbolically and stress isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. In fact, stress is your body’s reminder that you’re alive, and research has even shown that stress has benefits! When people think of bad stress, they are usually referring to chronic or ongoing stress, which can be harmful and have long-lasting effects. Short-term stress, on the other hand, can be good! It activates the “fight or flight” response, which calls us to action.
Eclipse season stress is the second type of stress. This time of year reminds us to challenge our sense of purpose through emotional forms of motivation. In other words, ask yourself if you are living with a sense of direction and creating meaning in your life. In astrology, the Moon rules emotions and the Sun represents your ego and purpose. The Moon moves through the signs of the zodiac every few days, while the Sun takes about a month to move from one sign to another.
Go ahead and mark your calendar for the solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25 and the lunar eclipse in Taurus on November 8then read on to find out exactly what it means.
What is an eclipse anyway?
An eclipse occurs when a new moon or a full moon aligns with the north and south nodes. And this series of eclipses will occur when the Sun, Moon and Nodes are in Taurus or Scorpio. In the world of astrology, an eclipse is considered a fateful moment that helps propel us towards our destiny. In this context, fate sounds a lot like the word potential– it doesn’t exactly exist unless we are willing to work with the universe rather than against it. Eclipses are not a time to manifest or release. Often our rituals are driven by what our ego desires, and they can run counter to what is meant for us. As a result, we can block our blessings, or even worse, harm ourselves. Eclipses are a time to sit back and let life unfold instead of fighting the flow.
The Taurus and Scorpio Eclipses of 2022
By the time you read this, you have already passed the first set of eclipses. You see, you are a survivor, like Destiny’s Child! The North and South Nodes have been in the Taurus and Scorpio zodiac signs since January 2022. To be precise, the North Node is in Taurus and the South Node is in Scorpio. The North Node in Taurus reminds us to approach life with patience, peace, and a willingness to share and receive love. The South Node in Scorpio suggests the need to practice trust, identify maladaptive defense mechanisms, and show a willingness to be kind to ourselves and others. Ruled by Venus, Taurus likes to indulge in hedonistic pleasure, while Mars-ruled Scorpio can handle learning to be more gentle with themselves and patient with others.
What to expect during the 2022 Winter Eclipse Season
The first set of Taurus/Scorpio Eclipses occurred in May 2022, teaching us to show a willingness to practice healing and meet our basic needs. Now, the fall of 2022 serves as lessons in managing our anger and resolving feelings of resentment. Sometimes we can feel lingering feelings of upset or betrayal and ignore them completely! Allow yourself to acknowledge your basic needs and how they have gone unmet. So trust that the universe will take care of the rest; for now, all you have to do is practice self-awareness.
If you are working with the universe and not against it, you should develop a deeper appreciation of the present. I associate emotional anxiety with Scorpio transits, and the emotions that come with this eclipse season can prompt you to take action or seek power and control. Simmering is going against the universe! Your ability to relax and be in your current reality – no matter how hard you want to jump for a change – will show the universe that you are a patient and reliable partner.
Who will be most affected by these eclipses?
While all signs will feel some effects from these eclipses, naturally, Scorpio and Bull will be the most affected. Indeed, the Nodes are found in Houses I of Scorpio and Taurus, which encouraged them to reflect on their relationships and personal needs over the past year. Sagittarius and Pisces are also summoned to the reflection chamber. Sagittarius is expected to think about their work-life balance and well-being, while Pisces can benefit from thinking about how they express themselves based on their expertise. Honorable Mention: Cancer and Leo will also be more affected, as they are ruled by the Sun and the Moon. Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius– you get off relatively easily this time.