The Harmonic Concordance, November 8 Lunar Eclipse And Mercury Retrograde
By Felissa Rose
The Last 2003 Mercury Retrograde
For the last time in 2003, Mercury will go retrograde on Wednesday December 17 at 11:02 AM EST at 12 degrees 31 minutes of Capricorn. It goes direct on Tuesday January 6, 2004 at 8:55 AM at 26 degrees 17 minutes of Sagittarius. Falling in the midst of the holiday season last minute Christmas shopping is not a good idea if the item purchased is mechanical, electrical or has moving parts. It would be wise to save your receipts, as it is likely many more items will be exchanged and returned than during previous Christmases, especially if purchased while Mercury is retrograde. With regards to technological items, avoid final sales until after January 6 no matter how tempting they might appear unless you have to replace an item that has completely broken down.
The next Mercury retrograde periods are from April 6 to 30, 2004, August 9 to September 2, 2004 and November 30 to December 20, 2004.
Total Lunar Eclipse, November 8
On November 8, 2003, two major astrological events take place. The first is a total lunar eclipse occurring at 8:20 PM EST in the eastern hemisphere. Lunar and Solar eclipses happen twice a year and this lunar eclipse takes place when the Sun is at 16 degrees 13 minutes of Scorpio and the Moon at 16 degrees 13 minutes of Taurus. Two weeks later, there is a partial Solar Eclipse on November 22, 2003 at 10:50 PM EST at One degree 14 minutes of Sagittarius.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth is exactly positioned to cut off the Sun's light from the Moon depriving it of illumination. Lunar eclipses always occur when the Sun and Moon are in opposite sides of the zodiac at the Full Moon. Solar eclipses take place at New Moons when the Sun and Moon are in the same zodiacal sign. They take place when the Moon stands between the Sun and Earth cutting from our vision the Sun and its light.
The effect of eclipses can come on suddenly acting in a lightening like manner. The influence of solar ones can begin up to a year before they actually take place and the lunar six months. A situation can begin to develop that will crest on or close to the actual date of the eclipse. For example one year before an eclipse you might start thinking of changing residences and close to the date if not on the actual date of the eclipse you put your home on the market or move to a different one. Eclipses are like the siren of a fire engine off in the distance getting closer and closer passing right in front of your house on the actual date of the eclipse. There is a two-week period between eclipses, which can be unstable, changeable and frequently exciting. It is like having a brass band in your living room - which might be more music than you would be comfortable with.
Harmonic Concordance and Chiron
At the same time as the lunar eclipse, a special astrological configuration will take place referred to as the Harmonic Concordance whereby the planets in the sky interact with each other to form a Star of David. This unique astrological pattern has occurred before but rarely at the same time as an eclipse. It is a model of harmony and flow. There is stress in that there are planetary oppositions; but each planet involved also has harmonious aspects indicating a way out of difficulties. Within this configuration are two grand trines ...the most flowing aspects in astrology. They indicate ease, rewards, talents, and genuine good fortune. The Star of David is a grand sextile, where each planet forms 60 degree or sextile aspects to another on either side of it. The sextile is an aspect of opportunity, which is the keyword for the concordance. By pushing for ones' goals, some opposition might be encountered but if one is centered (Sun), emotionally balanced and secure (Moon), takes right action and is courageous (Mars), seizes the opportunity around them (Jupiter), is responsible (Saturn) and deals with their inherent wounds (Chiron), they will succeed in their endeavors and possibly have a major life altering experience. Chiron is also a teacher as well as a healer. Insight and awareness come along with the release of those patterns that cause pain and suffering.
Before 1977, this alignment would not have been viewed as a Star of David. In 1977, Chiron was discovered and depending upon which astronomer you speak to is a planetoid, asteroid or comet. Over the years, Chiron's influence has proven to be particularly potent in human life, almost as forceful as one of the planets.
Located between Saturn (the last planet discovered that rules worldly life) and Uranus (the first planet that goes beyond mundane consciousness), Chiron acts as a bridge between the two. Referred to as the wounded healer, Chiron has domain over the natural and alternative healing options that have flourished since its discovery. Chiropractic and Chiron share the first five letters of its name. By acting as the teacher as well as the healer, the discovery of Chiron has correlated with individuals' increased awareness of their body and health. With traditional western medicine unable to resolve many health problems, people have turned to such alternative treatments as homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, psychic healing as well as chiropractic and found them to be extremely effective. Along with alternative treatment of their physical body or wounds, they have released blocks and cleared their energy fields finding additional benefits of greater mental well-being and awareness. Many individuals now combine both the traditional and alternative in treating their medical conditions.
The planets involved in the Harmonic Concordance -- Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron -- are all in water and earth signs. These signs are receptive and feminine in nature dealing with issues of basic security. The outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not included in the concordance signifying a focus on personal issues. Additionally the lunar eclipse occurs in Taurus and Scorpio signs that rule finances and financial security, what one values and stability. Major shifts in financial markets are likely...in relationship to economic news, interest rates, banks and financial institutions, taxes and government policies. There can be breakthroughs in how finances are handled along with increased emphasis and changes in home, family, employment, and health -- primary issues of existence. Individuals will alter their lives to achieve these goals, many soon after the actual event.
The next marker in these developments will be around May 4, 2004 when there is another lunar eclipse in almost the same degrees of Taurus and Scorpio. At that time the Sun will be in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio.
More information on the Harmonic Concordance can be found at http://www.astrosite.com .
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