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The Benefit of the Doubt

click to enlarge Jason Pierce of the UK-based band Spiritualized performs Sunday night at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston as part of the O+ Festival. - ERIC FRANCIS COPPOLINO
  • Eric Francis Coppolino
  • Jason Pierce of the UK-based band Spiritualized performs Sunday night at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston as part of the O+ Festival.

The Aries Full Moon and lunar eclipse takes place Friday at 7:38 pm EDT. And then on Monday, Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio, the sign of secrets, shared resources and the occasional emotional drama.

Eclipses arrive with an ominous feeling, and there is certainly that kind of atmosphere surrounding this event. They describe imminent change; they describe the shift of some context. But there's also a question: do you take [whatever] drama seriously?

That could be said of any situation that's under the influence of this eclipse, which amounts to everything happening right now, in whatever realm, whether public or private. I suggest you ask yourself where it's logical to place the benefit of the doubt: do you assume that everything is going to be fine, or factor in that there is some risk that needs to be addressed?

One thing I've noticed is that as time goes on, many people seem more willing to ignore risks, and we are seeing many results of that. Worst-case scenarios deserve mention. 

That could be said of any situation that's under the influence of this eclipse, which amounts to everything happening right now, in whatever realm, whether public or private. I suggest you ask yourself where it's logical to place the benefit of the doubt: do you assume that everything is going to be fine, or factor in that there is some risk that needs to be addressed?

One thing I've noticed is that as time goes on, many people seem more willing to ignore risks, and we are seeing many results of that. Worst-case scenarios deserve mention.

When the Sun is near an eclipse, that's a little like a karmic toll plaza. You have to settle the karma to move on, or else multiply it. It's time, therefore, to focus on getting things in order, resolving conflicts and making sure you have a balanced view of your life.

This eclipse event may be placing some stress on relationships. The question is, to what extent does expressing your instability destabilize your emotional and sexual partnerships? How far can you go being yourself before you start to feel unstable with another person? How far can they go being themselves before you start to feel insecure?

There is some information coming from the Mercury retrograde department. I mean that literally—the issue beneath the surface, that is, the deeper material, may involve secrets being kept. If you find yourself in a relationship scenario where the independence issue seems to be a factor, go deeper and account for what has not been said.

You can start with a list of everything that you have not revealed to the person or people you're intimate with; you can make a second list of everything you think you have not been told. Those lists will tell you where you stand with whoever is involved. Ideally, in any truly intimate situation, you would have no withholds and no suspicions—a condition that most people would probably say is unthinkable.

One other point of astrology to cover: this week, Mars ingressed Virgo. This placement is calling for precision, for focus on the details and for a measure of impeccability. It'll affect everyone's chart differently—notice where your physical energy is directed, how you relate to anger and which way your obsessions tend to lean. Notice how you relate to factors in your environment that call for attention and repair. Notice where you direct your best efforts.

While in Virgo, Mars will oppose two planets—first Neptune (exact Sunday) and then Chiron (exact Halloween). For now, let's consider the Mars-Neptune opposition and what I will call the doubt factor. You may doubt that it's really worth reaching for integrity; you may doubt what you know; you may feel like your efforts are not worth much and it's better to have a good time and not worry so much.

You may be right. But how would you know?

You may get good information, and wonder if it's true. You may get useless information that you trust.

Under the current astrology all of this needs to be handled carefully. In the face of missing information, one must either make an assumption or wait for additional data. All of this needs to be handled consciously over the next five or six days. Who gets the benefit of your assumptions? Who gets the benefit of the doubt?

What information are you waiting for? Pay attention—it's on its way.

With additional research by Amanda Painter and Alison Beth Levy

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