Today’s “Eid Al Adha,” a special day for Muslims. It’s a day of sacrifice and celebration, preceded by fasting. I can’t help but be struck how this Eid comes just before a lunar eclipse at 25-26 degrees of Aries/Libra. This is the same axis at which we celebrate Passover in the spring, just before Easter. Of course, in the theological grand scheme of Abrahamic religions, all of these events are connected. Christians often link how the sacrifice of Jesus as God’s son is like Abraham’s sacrifice, commemorated as Isaac for Jews and Christians, but Ismail for Muslims.
Astrologically, it is the axis by which Courage (Aries) is balanced against Consideration (Libra). With an illuminated moon in Aries, it’s time to reach for Victory, to stand with courage. It may symbolize a moment when you have to go out on a limb to do something that you know is right, though you risk sacrificing something that’s also been dear to your heart. The stories surrounding the holidays on this axis point suggest by going out on the limb, you’ll find the branch firm or if you fall, you won’t fall far or you’ll land softly on your feet. In fact, it’s said for Eid Al Adha that your sins are forgiven for the year before and the year ahead if you fast. That is a matter of faith and, in my experience, there’s no greater assurance of that except what you find true in your own heart. But you have to be listening. That’s the Libra-consideration-attentive-listening part! And then you have to act, that’s the courageous part. (Let’s all pray, meditate, chant or hope Congress is truly listening with their hearts on Thursday, the day before this eclipse, and can act with courage.)
If you have planets or significant points–like your ascendant/descendant, midheaven/IC, or north/south nodes (like yours truly)–within roughly 7 of those 25-26 degrees of Aries or Libra, then you can expect this is going to be a significant time for you to take a stand. There may be fear, but this fear, by faith, can transformed into freedom and victory. I tend to think eclipses generally manifest specific events roughly between a month to 3 months after they take place. A colleague gives a more detailed breakdown about this eclipse and that idea here. The planet or point will tell you in what ways and what areas of life can you expect the changes. If you need help with that, you might consider a session with me or taking advantage of the special below, if you’re eligible.
I’m offering 30 minute, RECORDED readings at $50 (normally $65) for anyone who is having a reading with me for the FIRST time. It has to be booked during eclipse season (October 8, 2013-November 4, 2013), but it can be scheduled to take place any time within the next six months, until April 8, 2014! To book to meet in person at my office in NYC, click here. To meet by phone or Skype, click here. The other full 60 minute, recorded session is at the regular rate.
However, in the by and by, we have horoscopes below to give you the general landscape of what to expect by particular signs, whether they be your rising sign, moon sign, or Sun sign. If you’re curious to learn more about the difference between your Sun, moon or rising sign, please check out this.