2014’s Most Powerful Eclipse! Sept. 29-Oct 15 Astrology Forecast

lunar eclipse with tree2014’s most powerful eclipse occurs on 10/8, aligning with the multi-year Uranus-Pluto square to energize revolutionary transformation! The 17 days covered by this forecast also include Mercury turning retrograde, potent T-squares that combine Uranus and Pluto with the Sun and Venus, and the peaking of a fiery and inspiring Grand Trine!

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9/29 (Mon)

Venus transits her home sign of Libra today through 10/23. Establishing harmony, balance and equilibrium in relationships and creative expression are easier during this time.

thors hammer ma-juno-chThor’s Hammer: Mars-Juno-Chiron

Taking decisive action to heal any dysfunctionality in your committed partnerships is energized by a Thor’s Hammer. This aspect pattern features Sagittarian Mars, Cancerian Juno and Piscean Chiron.

These energies also support relationship counseling, sexual healing, and bringing a more adventurous spirit to your partnerships. This Thor’s hammer begins today, peaks on 10/4 and ends on 10/12.

9/30 (Tue)

No major astrology events.

10/1 (Wed)

No major astrology events.

10/2 (Thu)

No major astrology events.

10/3 (Fri)

Are you experiencing confusion around your relationships or creative direction? That can happen with Libran Venus quincunx Neptune (5°17′ Libra-Pisces). This aspect can be more productively employed by focusing on soul connection with your beloved. If you’re an artist, create quiet space so that your Muse can communicate its inspirations!

10/4 (Sat)

Personal transformation is strongly energized with the Sun square Pluto (11°1′ Libra-Capricorn). In the spirit of “grow or die,” let the stagnant, calcified things that no longer serve you fall away. As they do, you can more easily transform into an even more wonderful version of yourself!

With the Sun in Libra, also release relationships and creative pursuits that no longer support your optimal direction. But everything in alignment with your highest good in these areas will be empowered and energized!

Emotional triggers and challenging confrontations are more likely than usual with Mars square Chiron (14°12′ Sagittarius-Pisces). If you get upset, try this healing invocation to release the negative energy that got churned up. Proactively directing your energy into healing or mentoring is a great way to mine this aspect’s positive potential.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury turns retrograde at 1:02 PM EDT (2°18′ Scorpio) thru 10/25 at 3:17 PM (16°45′ Libra). Avoid starting major projects or making major purchases if possible. Mercury retrograde is always an excellent time for reflection, planning, repairs and completing projects already started.

Mercury will retrace its steps in Scorpio through 10/10. Reflection on shared resources, sacred sexuality, occult practices and transformation could be especially fruitful.

With Mercury then reversing through Libra 10/11 through 10/25, ponder relationship and creative expression. Also think about how effectively you’re integrating harmony, balance and equilibrium into your life. Finally, how are your entertainment choices influencing your consciousness?

The Thor’s Hammer that started on 9/29 peaks today and ends on 10/12.

kite su-ma-ju-urKite: Sun-Mars-Jupiter-Uranus

The Grand Trine that started on 9/26 blossoms into a Kite today. As I wrote in my augmented 9/26 forecast, adventurous action, intuitively inspired and joyfully executed, is energized by this aspect pattern, which incorporates Sagittarian Mars, Leonine Jupiter and Arian Uranus.

I noted that this Grand Trine can help you begin or re-energize unusual endeavors relating to higher education, religion, philosophy or foreign cultures. Or you can step more boldly into your role as a leader or entertainer, in a way that exactly fits your unique talents and proclivities. This aspect pattern can also help you receive intuitive flashes more easily, and take actions that benefit your fellow beings.

So what new meaning is added when the Libran Sun slips in to oppose Uranus and sextile Mars and Jupiter? At the most basic level, your personal vitality can be delightfully enhanced by all this fiery energy. And Libran activities such as relating and creating are smoothly and powerfully energized.

This Kite peaks on 10/7, just one day after the Grand Trine that serves as its foundation reaches maximum strength. Both aspect patterns end on 10/12.

10/5 (Sun)

Taking immediate action on your intuitive flashes flows more easily as Mars trines Uranus (14°37′ Sagittarius-Aries). This aspect is part of the Grand Trine and Kite aspect patterns discussed on 10/4.

A Saturn-Ceres conjunction (20°56′ Scorpio) can show you where restructuring would be helpful in the areas of abundance, mother-daughter relationships and self-esteem. Fortunately they’re coming together in Scorpio, the most supportive sign for transformation!

The Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square that started on 9/28 peaks today and ends on 10/9.

T-square: Venus-Uranus-Pluto

t-square ve-ur-plBringing positive change to your relationships and creativity — even if that change is sudden or radical –  is supported by a T-square that features Venus making dynamic aspects to the multi-year Uranus-Pluto square. This aspect pattern starts today, peaks on 10/9 and ends on 10/14.

10/6 (Mon)

The Mars-Jupiter-Uranus Grand Trine that started on 9/26 peaks today and ends on 10/12.

10/7 (Tue)

The Libran Sun makes two aspects today: a quincunx to Chiron and an opposition to Uranus. The Sun-Chiron quincunx (14°5′ Libra-Pisces) energizes healing and mentoring if you make the necessary adjustments to open to them. The Sun-Uranus opposition (14°30′ Libra-Aries) encourages you to “let your freak flag fly,” follow your intuitive flashes and serve the collective with your unique talents.

The Sun-Uranus opposition is part of the Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square that started on 9/28, peaked on 10/5 and ends on 10/9.

Another aspect pattern that includes our indispensable celestial furnace, a Sun-Mars-Jupiter-Uranus Kite, peaks today. It started on 10/4 and ends on 10/12.

10/8 (Wed)

aries lunar eclipse 10-8-14Aries Lunar Eclipse

A potent lunar eclipse (like a Full Moon on steroids) lines up at 6:50 AM EDT (15°5′ Aries). What adjustments would serve you in the areas of sexuality, leadership, initiation and aggression?


This is by far the most powerful eclipse of 2014! One reason is that the luminaries are only about four degrees from the lunar nodes. (In an eclipse, the nodes can be up to 18 degrees away.) This eclipse also gains power because it aligns with two potent aspect patterns: a T-square and a Kite.

The T-square includes the Sun, Uranus and Pluto. The Moon’s tight conjunction to Uranus delivers an emphatic message about embodying your authentic personality, following your intuitive flashes and serving society with your unique gifts. Pluto’s square to the luminaries encourages surrendering all that doesn’t support your evolution. The more you do so, the easier it will be for divine power to saturate and guide you!

The Kite includes the Libran Sun opposing Uranus and sextile Mars and Jupiter. While the meaning of the Kite remains the same, its power is dramatically boosted by this eclipse!

Sabian Symbol

This eclipse’s Sabian Symbol is, “Brightly clad brownies dancing in the warm dying light.” Brownies are earth elementals, and are a variety of gnome. This image suggests the pleasure and camaraderie we can enjoy when we take time to connect with nature and relax into our own elemental nature.

Whatever was triggered for you by April’s Cardinal Grand Cross, but has not yet been fully processed, is likely to be stimulated once again by this potent event. If you’re feeling a lot of challenge in the weeks around the eclipse, it may be because you have sensitive natal points being activated by it.

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Today’s Venus-Pluto square (11°3′ Libra-Capricorn) is best understood in the context of the Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square it’s part of. The same idea applies to a Mars-Jupiter trine, (17°14′ Sagittarius-Leo) which is integral to both a Grand Trine and a Kite.

10/9 (Thu)

The Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square that started on 10/5 peaks today and ends on 10/14.

10/10 (Fri)

Retrograde Mercury backpedals into Libra today through 11/8. Here it once again smooths the way for harmonious communication, creative writing and easier learning.

The meaning of today’s Sun-Jupiter sextile (17°34′ Libra-Leo) is woven into the interpretation of the Kite it’s part of.

Getting emotionally triggered by someone who’s important in your life is possible with Venus quincunx Chiron (13°57′ Libra-Pisces). Maintain as much equilibrium and harmony as you can to bring healing to the situation. (You may find this healing invocation helpful.)

10/11 (Sat)

Especially powerful mental breakthroughs, creative writing and inspired communication are energized by two quintiles: Mercury-Jupiter (29°36′ Libra-Leo) and Mercury-Pluto (29°5′ Libra-Capricorn).

Today’s Venus-Uranus opposition (14°22′ Libra-Aries) is best understood in the context of the Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square it’s part of.

10/12 (Sun)

No major astrology events.

10/13 (Mon)

No major astrology events.

10/14 (Tue)

Relating and creating are both harmoniously energized by Libran Venus sextile Jupiter (18°5′ Libra-Leo). This fortuitous aspect pattern can also give you an extra measure of luck!

10/15 (Wed)

Personal vitality, creative activities and relationships are smoothly and positively energized with the Libran Sun sextile Mars (21°51′ Libra-Sagittarius). This aspect is also part of a Kite that ends today.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

  • 9/29, 11:29 pm – 10/1, 12:42 am (Capricorn)
  • 10/2, 12:19 pm – 10/3, 4:02 am (Aquarius)
  • 10/4, 2:33 pm – 10/5, 5:26 am (Pisces)
  • 10/6, 3:39 pm – 10/7, 6:08 am (Aries)
  • 10/8, 10:21 am – 10/9, 7:46 am (Taurus)
  • 10/10, 8:49 pm – 10/11, 11:53 am (Gemini)
  • 10/13, 1:59 pm – 7:32 pm (Cancer)
  • 10/15, 7:28 pm – 10/16, 6:31 am (Leo)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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