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Your Eclipse Season Survival Guide

Navigate these intense periods of personal change
Maria DeSimone

If there's one supercharged transit the universe hurls our way to prompt a major life shift, it's a Solar or Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses are theatrical in a sense because they pack a sudden, powerful, and unforgettable punch in our world ... often leaving us breathless!

If you're wondering how to tell if an eclipse will bode well for you and what general guidelines to observe during eclipse season, then you've come to the right place. We've already experienced this month's Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 8, 2014, and up next is the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on October 23. So buckle up your eclipse season seatbelt and read on...

First of all, never be afraid of eclipse season -- or anything that has to do with Astrology for that matter. But if you have some hesistation, you can effectively deal with the sweeping cosmic energy with a Mandala Changes Tarot reading. There is a misconception that all eclipses are evil omens that will bring on the dark forces. Although it's true that eclipses can sometimes bring challenges our way, the very opposite can also be true. Life is a continuous cycle of beginnings and endings and we never stay on one end of the spectrum for long. We must grow! And in order to do that, change needs to happen. When we resist the needed change that our souls crave, an eclipse -- or any other powerful transit -- can seem more intimidating than it really is.

Have no fear

Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses don't cause bad things to happen and they don't cause good things to happen. An eclipse in and of itself is a conductor of strong, dynamic energy. Whether it's a positive or challenging eclipse will depend on your personal chart. Many eclipses have a challenging energy to them -- even if good news is on the way. This is because eclipses are about growth. To grow you must uproot a part of your psyche, and sometimes this means saying goodbye to something or someone first.

If the degree of an eclipse makes close contact to one of your personal planets (the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars), an angle of your chart, or the ruler of an angle of your chart then that eclipse is likely to bring life altering events.

No pain, no gain

Adding to this tightfisted -- but highly accurate -- approach, you only want to consider the conjunction, opposition and square aspects. These are the aspects that make things happen in your life! Sextile and trine aspects are nice, but an eclipse that only makes soft aspects to your chart may not be as important. Remember, in order to develop in life, tension is required. You can't build new muscle in your body without breaking down existing muscle fibers first. And the same idea is applied to Astrology and change. Eclipses are incredible at bringing us to "muscle failure" so that we grow even stronger muscles. Remember this!

You may want to consider keeping a special journal specifically for eclipse season. In that journal, write down the degree of any Eclipse that does make a close mathematical link to your horoscope, and then keep track of important life events that happen in the days and weeks around that Eclipse. Why should you do this? It will help you predict your future. Eclipses happen to repeat, in almost exact sign and mathematical degree every 19 years to the day. If you have an important eclipse coming up in your chart and you're old enough to look back 19 years, you will likely recall vital themes in your life that happened around that time. Pay attention to this trend, because the themes are likely to repeat next time that eclipse falls! This is especially true with eclipses that fall on an angle, an angle ruler or your natal Sun or Moon.

Life's curveballs

Perhaps the most important suggestion for eclipse season is that, although change may happen to you, you don't want to be the instigator of any change just yet -- if you can help it. Yes, eclipses will bring news of life's major events such as a birth, death, marriage, divorce, career milestone, move or other significant turning point. And yes, there is often a sweeping transformation in the air that you'll be forced to address. But the energy during eclipse time is so unstable and supercharged that it's always best to be in receptive mode if possible. Save important decisions about the information that has come your way until after the eclipse season dust has settled.

Eclipses remind you that life is happening. But at eclipse time, the universe has a way of suddenly altering the rules of the game. It's your job to go with the flow now. Do your best to take things in stride and understand that the universe has an infinite wisdom. Trust it.

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