Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
Effective Dates: August 16th- September 22nd (Eros) August 21st- November 22nd (Psyche)
What better way to hide out this eclipse than inside someone else? We are a bit starved, aren’t we? Love nourishes us, and erotic love is the grass fed butter of life. It’s been rough, with these two in Virgo, as we nitpick our lovers a part and let anxiety get in the way of our closeness. Virgo has a way of domesticating love and creating a split between doing what we want and being a proper lady. We saw the cracks and imperfections in love. Love is of service, a ripping open of yourself and diving into the darkest pits of your partner with bravery.
What now that we are in Libra with both of these lovers? We are finally at a place where we are willing to admit our humanity, our fragility in the face of a perfect god like Love. We don’t feel worthy to embrace what it is trying to give us, freely of it’s own volition. That is where we made our mistake. We are all worthy of being seen as an equal by another – by our mirror in the form of flesh and eyes and hands that touch us in ways that make us quiver from the soul out.
Libra wishes to have true justice with a partner, and this means no one is held up on some sort of pedestal while the other is the servant. That is more Virgo’s game, either being the whipping boy or the dominatrix, but Libra wants to be with someone just as worthy of her as she is of them. Why is that? Because we believe we can only truly be seen by someone who is equal enough to be a viable mirror for us. How can you crack deeper into your psyche (soul) without their love (eros) as an instrument? There are so many people out there who are not on the same resonance as us, and this transit of these two lovers will beg us to be with someone who can seesaw with us instead of tip the scales in one way or the other.
We need someone who can traverse our mental maze and help illuminate our godhood, the immortality that is our soul, not someone who keeps us in the drama of the mortal realm. Just like Psyche, we are rejected by lovers who cannot handle us, who can not dance with our chaos, and that is not a bad thing… it only leads us to the place where we will find our equal, if we are brave enough to follow – to get out there and listen to the voice within. For some of us, that road is long, but only because in the end it’ll be worth all of the madness you have gone through to meet your equal. If you hadn’t been pushed to open up to your emotions by one lover, challenged to stand up for yourself by another, encouraged to be your unabashed self by another still, you wouldn’t be ready for your serendipitous meeting with the one who will challenge you still… that partner in crime who wont let you make love with them in the dark – the one that wants to see your face, in all it’s glory.