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Belinda Dunn is a professional astrologer, trained at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, and has more than 35 years experience. See her bio and contact info at the end of this column.

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What's Up: October 2014

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
October 8 @ 6:51 a.m.

Scorpio Solar Eclipse
October 23 @ 5:57 p.m.

Mercury Retrograde
October 4 – 25

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October is a surprising month characterized by twists and turns that leave us on the edge of our seats, anticipating what’s next. Between two eclipses and Mercury retrograde, October promises plenty of action on the astrology scene.

Clarity & Turning Points
It is a big month for turning points, and disclosure of essential information that lights the way for months to come. Many matters that have been hanging in the balance, perhaps stalled, come to a point of definitive crisis. A sense of, "It’s now or never," permeates the airwaves.

Despite the cautionary note of Mercury retrograde, it is possible for decisive clarity to unfold as quickly as October tree leaves drop from the sky. However, it may take weeks, possibly to mid-November, before there is clarity.

Intensity is increased by the fact that two of the most challenging and game-changing astrological trends coincide - Mercury retrograde and the two eclipses. Humanity is posed to learn some lessons, raw and undiluted, intense and real.

The Eclipses & Mercury in Retrograde
First, let’s consider each of the eclipses. Second, I will share how Mercury in retrograde motion will be sweeping over the potent eclipse points. Mercury, this vital planet of communication, will act as a trigger for issues surfaced by the eclipses. This will give vital information on timing, and how to surf elegantly through a month of potential ups and downs.

An extraordinarily rare Total Lunar Eclipse occurs on October 8. This eclipse activates the on-going Uranus/Pluto planetary configuration that has been wreaking havoc in so many lives.

Recently, at a Crystal Visions presentation, I asked the audience, "How many of you have had on-going challenges that repeat and flare up, just when you hope you are on the other side of the challenge?" Over half of the audience raised their hand.

This is due to the repetitious nature of Pluto that has been in stressful square with Uranus since 2012. The adage that comes to mind is, "Two steps forward, and one step back."

Moving Forward with Adeptness
When I googled this phrase, it also came up switched to, "One step forward, two steps back." Needless to say, these years have tested the limits of our patience on many levels, individually and collectively. Just when progress is so needed, and even worked diligently toward, another snag seems appear.

Pluto is making sure that all limitations on very deep levels of subconscious programming are surfaced to start anew, fresh and ready to rebuild from a point of strength.

This breakdown/breakthrough process is happening for a purpose, although this purpose can remain elusive. It is very important to not give into frustration and project difficulties onto the future, as this only fuels the rapidly dissolving past. This is the time to get out the tools in your metaphysical toolbox and actually use them to facilitate a breakthrough.

This Lunar Eclipse triggers themes around relationships and allies in our personal lives as well as the international stage. Who is with you? Have you needed to release certain relationships, or habitual ways of relating, since the eclipses last spring?

It is fascinating to me that, for the most part, human relationship skills are often taken for granted. The assumption is made that we instinctively know how to relate to one other, but all we have to do is check in to see this is generally not the case.

Solar Eclipse & Scorpio
The Solar Eclipse on October 23 is zero degrees of Scorpio, thus beginning the Halloween seasonal celebration. Scorpio is the zodiac sign of all things taboo. Just try mentioning the sign Scorpio, and you may see visible shudders. The topics of sexuality, death, occult matters, taxes, wills and shared resources all come under the domain of Scorpio.

Joining with Venus, this Solar Eclipse packs some powerful punch in matters of the heart. It is Scorpio’s job to deepen the loyalty and commitment to a relationship. Just as the trees appear naked and bare by the end of October, Scorpio is about taking off the facade of social convention and being real with self and others.

Emotions tend to be raw, undiluted, honest and transforming. October is a month of naturally revealing the truth of things as many hidden truths rise to the surface.

Mercury retrograde adds another exclamation point to all of the above. Entering a retrograde phase on October 4, Mercury literally sweeps three times over the zero degree point of the Solar Eclipse. Talk about decisions and the necessity for clear communication . . . there is no getting away from this one.

Clarity on Mercury Retrograde
My favorite word for Mercury retrograde is review. While the pressure to make decisions is unrelenting, it is recommended to take time to gather accurate information, consider all angles, and listen carefully to others as well as your inner guidance. The three sweeps encompass the dates of September 27-29, October 8-11 and November 8-10. Watch these days for important and essential information coming to light.

Another important note as October draws to a close is the fact that Saturn, in its two-year transit through Scorpio, reached the degree of its retrograde last March 2, and begins to explore new terrain on October 26. This factor, in combination with the above, spells out October as a month of endings, breakthrough and potential resolution for long-term conditions.

By years end, Saturn enters the next zodiac sign of Sagittarius which encourages a significant and powerful pivot toward 2015, and what the future holds for humanity.

From Constriction to Constructive Action
Since Autumn 2012, Saturn has been slinking through the murky, scary, confusing and swampy waters of Scorpio. To say the least, it has been a heavy, dark phase for so many of Earth’s inhabitants. These years have raised a multitude of questions about survival of all species, and humanity is approaching an obvious time of reckoning.

Glimmers of understanding are flickering in the darkness, ready to be fanned into the flames of constructive action and global initiative.

This Halloween, as things go bump in the night and little goblins run through our neighborhoods testing their courage and ability to stand up to the darkness without fear, may each of us claim our true heritage as children of a most loving Source.

Choosing Oneness
Earth is the ultimate playground to test our wings, refine our choices and choose what Source has been choosing for us all along.

We are the ones standing in the way of receiving these most abundant and gracious gifts. Faith, peace, strength, unconditional love, enthusiasm, wisdom . . . all these gifts of the Spirit are present simply for the asking. Enjoy!

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 35 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation. Phone: 828-215-2101 Email: Website: