The Leo New Moon Eclipse

Eclipses, especially total solar eclipses such as this one on Tuesday 22nd of August (2.30am AWST), have long been feared by us earthlings and understandably; it is not difficult to imagine the communal state of freak-out experienced by our ancestors observing the apparent unexplained disappearance of the Sun as darkness took hold in the middle of the day, the natural world around them descending into chaos. Little wonder that they were viewed ominously.

Something that remains within us, archetypal and ancient, senses the dread still, nervously anticipating disruptive personal and global events. I do not pretend to possess the skills to predict any potential cataclysm but I recognise how challenging eclipse dynamics can be, if only for the fundamental energetic displacement that occurs; that is, the interrupted flow of the Sun’s energy caused by the Moon.

This corresponds with a similar interruption in our own psyches. We temporarily lose touch with our Solar identities, our primitive emotional natures disconnecting from our consciousness. Obsolescent emotions emerge without warning and we can find ourselves susceptible to childish (over)reaction and an urge to vent. Access to this unclaimed baggage of old is not always possible. These next few days we can aim to see more clearly things that are usually obscured, and so gain clarity around their deeper meaning.

It is important to recognise that sometimes conflict is necessary in order that we become aware of deeper issues. We must be courageous and honest in our appraisal of conflicts that arise, not simply right-fighting or blaming, but accepting responsibility for the parts we play in the problems we encounter. And viewing such times of discord as opportunities for real transformation, rather than continued perpetuation of histrionics.

From the (altogether universal) egoic experience of being human, we live from the inside out, perceiving things from our own perspective, inadvertently forgetting about others’ needs and points of view. It is easy to imagine that others don’t care, or don’t understand, or that they are ignoring, dismissing or rejecting us. In reality, others are as distracted with their own struggles as we are with ours.

Leo needs to be seen and appreciated. This deep need exists within us all and is the cause for many misunderstandings. It also manifests as the kind of behaviour we discourage in children, as in, any attention is better than none. At worst, Leo will take what it can get, even if that means being merely looked at for all the wrong reasons.

As the Eclipse approaches we might ward off meltdowns by considering what we really want from those around us. Being mature enough to show up in our relationships and vulnerable enough to ask for what we need rather than expecting others to know, or passive-aggressively manipulating attention at any cost. As well, to contemplate what others might really be needing from us.

 

 

 

To truly see each other in all our beautifully fragile humanness.

 

 

 

Leo corresponds to the heart chakra. As we learn to open our own hearts to one another, connection emerges and love grows. The conditioning to which we have all been subjected has left us wounded. Many of us suffer to the extent that we keep our hearts closed by default, a protective instinct aimed at self-preservation. But truly the only thing that will heal the pain of these old wounds is love, and love is only able to flow heart to heart.

This Eclipse is an opportunity for us all to consciously open our hearts, rather than allowing old wounds and patterns to define us. As we make bold and courageous moves towards really loving each other we are charting new territory and setting our course for a future that transcends old limitations and shines brightly, beckoning us forward, urging us to keep the faith, stay the course, be the change…

Pisces New Moon Eclipse

Tonight’s (26th February 11pm (AWST)) Pisces New Moon eclipse is both

a time to honour from whence we have come

and to look forward, to that which we are now becoming

Pisces ~ symbolised by two fishes swimming in opposite directions ~ shows how we each may contribute to the whole, each of us a point of consciousness that, in order to make our meaningful contribution, must discover and express our unique individuality…

To be or not to be?

Once we are immersed in the modern-day collective conundrum, are we destined to become lost? Or, is it possible to contribute to the whole but too remain true to our selves?

These questions have plagued me this past fortnight, as I’ve made my return to nursing, now my entire life is accounted for… work, family, children, partner, puppy, domestic duties… and there’s nought left for “me”. Its not as if this was unexpected: I knew that my return to paid employment would demand much and that my less-productive pursuits (astrology, meditation, yoga, sleep) would suffer, and too that this is The Norm ~ status quo for the vast majority of us.

No time to nourish that seed of creative individuality, no time to go within, no time to practice music, no time to rest, no time to daydream, no time to read, no time to blog. Such a sad state of affairs this is.

Or is it?

Sacrifice is to make sacred. In attempting to shift my perspective from one of mourning and self-pity to one of learning and service I “ask not what my employer can do for me, but what I can do for my employer patients colleagues children partner puppy insert various other beneficiaries”… and to embrace this lot as an opportunity to evolve. To find the positives in what could otherwise be experienced as a depleting defeating depressing interminable situation.

“When ego comes, wisdom leaves” Prem Rawat

Rather than wallowing in misery, we might recognise the value freedom release in surrendering to how things really are.

In the acceptance of what is, we do our best with each moment, and we benefit as we shift our perspective from dogged pursuit of what I want, to the flow of what I can do to help others, and life feels better. And within such good-vibe generosity there are seeds sown for a beautiful future.

As the New Moon eclipse promises a fresh beginning, it is flavoured by endings, so we give consideration to the cyclic nature of it all, and how this particular new start looks back as well as forward, in as well as out, and recognises how we can give and receive…

Perhaps the gifts offered are not what we expect, but all the more valuable for the effort required to discover the hidden rewards. As we learn to find the goodness inherent in everything (transformation of lead to gold), we ensure that our suffering is not meaningless, and I think perhaps this is the most wonderful gift of all.

Leo Full Moon Eclipse

All my life I’ve been surrounded by Leos. I feel I’ve grown up, a crab among a regal pride of lions (like a weird fable from Aesop), and that this has some divine purpose ~ I am learning the language and culture of Leo.

So far I have gathered that high-road Leo energy at its best is sunny and toasty warm, effortlessly confident and truly generous, encouraging and inclusive, fun and theatrical ~ a fine dose of the royal treatment. Less joyful times I’ve been left shell-shocked and retreating, pincers at the ready, trying to escape the neediness, drama, bombast, entitlement, imposition of low-road Leo vibrations.

The energy along this Leonine spectrum is bound to be plentiful and surging this weekend with Saturday’s Full Moon at 22° Leo.

Eclipses can bring challenging times. The energetic flow between the Sun and the Moon is interrupted leaving us Earth-dwellers feeling disoriented and often fragile. The lines between the conscious ego and unconscious emotional body blur, and we are especially vulnerable to our hidden fears and anxieties.

As the fiery energy builds and we feel (perhaps subconsciously) anxious to act, something’s gotta give. We experience difficulties in our relationships as complicated dynamics stir within and, literally before we know it, something from beneath the surface has emerged like a screaming banshee from our unconscious and flown out of our big gobs, leaving us (perpetrators and victims alike) shattered in its wake.

WTF just happened?!

There can be no doubt that this is damaging and upsetting BUT, we should not be too quick to judge such interactions as negative nasty unnecessary. These moments in life, so uncomfortable unexpected unpleasant unsolicited, offer transformational lessons and facilitate healing like nothing else.

Like, we don’t even consciously realise we have a problem, and all of a sudden, we let loose on our poor unsuspecting loved one, with an epic emotional diatribe… Spraying bullets of blame, hurling hand grenades of hatred, unleashing an arsenal of abuse, thrusting bayonets of umbrage, deploying an infantry of infantile angst, launching rockets of resentment… ok, enough with my self-indulgent wartime/weaponry references. Talk about Leo!

The 180° aspect known as the opposition, inherent in each monthly Full Moon, is a meaningful dynamic for most of 2017, as buoyant Jupiter and liberator Uranus oppose each other for months. The tension of the opposites implies balance, from each end of a spectrum, polarities push and pull, enabling growth and evolution. In her 1978 book Relating, inspiring astrologer Liz Greene writes:

“…the psyche always works towards a balance. One grows towards one’s opposite. This is at the same time one of the greatest struggles, one of the greatest joys and one of the most meaningful aspects of living experience” (p. 61).

The point is not to scapegoat our spouse (or other Other), or project our emotional wreckage upon the nearest (and dearest) target, but to recognise that if and when such inter-relationship intensity does occur, we can (maybe??) become conscious amid the mayhem and

from this point of humility vulnerability realness

we find our way out

together

hand-in-hand

stronger than before

and wiser too

because we find truth in the chaos, but we aren’t tethered to it ~ eternally seeking energy in perpetual histrionics.

Instead we see that yes, each has their perspective, and yes it is valid, and yes we have been hurt, but yes we too have hurt others, and yes we seek forgiveness and yes we can forgive. And release the past.

Where we take opportunities to see things from the other perspective, to see life in ways foreign to us, our consciousness expands and we grow. This naturally occurring shift is only possible through awareness of conflicting points of view. So, while it might be the vibe du jour to be all  (#hashtag) “love and light”, it is surrender to first-hand experience of and immersion in the opposite of this state = fear and darkness ~ that fosters evolution and a real life capacity for giving genuine love and light.

 

High-road Leo is love and light.

Like a big cosmic cuddle.

I hope you feel that vibe this weekend.

Pisces Full Moon

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Jellyfish washed up on Smiths Beach

The Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces conjunct Chiron occurs on Saturday the 17th of September at 3.06am (AWST). Pisces ~ the Fishes ~ submerged beneath the waves of a sea of consciousness~god~source ~spirit~anima mundi or, as Jung put it, the collective unconscious ~ that which eludes our rationalist scientific modern-world perception. A potentially healing Full Moon, adorned with opportunity and fraught with dangers ranging from penetrating clarity and fearless moments of awakening and release to violent rage and damaging loss of self.

Neptune is the planetary ruler of this Full Moon, and too in the sign of Pisces. Within us all exists the Pisces~Neptune archetype, and so there is a part of each one of us that yearns to return to Source, to become One With All That Is, to escape the limiting concrete reality in all its Saturnian rigidity, connecting to something bigger than ourselves. So often, in this secular society, we find our Oneness in escapism. To dull the separation anxiety suffered as a result of our disconnection from spirit, we anaesthetise ourselves with various substances, distractions and indulgences.

Neptune is a prominent energy throughout 2016, and this Full Moon Eclipse highlights the pertinent manifestations for our consideration and integration. Importantly, Neptune is conjunct the Lunar South Node in Pisces, lending an ethereal vibe to our retrospective view of the past. As we look back we might be tempted to don rose-tinted glasses, perceiving times gone by as something they were not. Fundamentally, with the South Node we consider the low-road options in depth as they represent our unconscious~default tendencies. With Neptune, we know these are slippery and tempting, as they offer escape from the pain of our reality, but at such great cost.

Cue the eternal realist Saturn (square Neptune and the Lunar Nodes) persistently pushing us to see things clearly. To look back with less nostalgia and more equanimity, less delusion and more compassion, less blame and more forgiveness ~ allows us to go forward with more purpose, clarity, courage, power, maturity, wisdom, strength…

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and his presence in (conjunction with the Full Moon in) Pisces invites us to heal our spiritual wounds. This process is painful. The challenges are many. The more we uncover, the more there is to uncover. But far from it being licence to moan, resigned to our lot in life, it is this work that will lead us to our healing, our truth, our bright future, and our own personal god experience.

Chiron’s movement through the zodiac explicates our best medicine for the moment, lest we become embroiled in our own tragedy. Pisces medicine unequivocally equates to spirituality. In true homeopathic style, the source of our pain contains the remedy to our ills. Our collective road to healing is one that leads us closer to the divine dance, wherein we are simultaneously honoured + honouring ~ creation + creator. Our source of spiritual nourishment needn’t be religious in nature, but certainly requires us to find the sacred in life, and humility enough to show reverence for it.

At the apex of a T-square between the Sun~Mercury in Virgo and the Moon~Chiron in Pisces is Mars in Sagittarius. Having moved on from the post-retrograde conjunction with Saturn ~ courage of our convictions ~ Mars now picks up the pace heading for Capricorn. First though, his augmentation of this Eclipse adds an aggressive dimension to this somewhat yin~centripetal lunation. Its a juggle! As we inwardly try to manage the strong mutable energies we feel confused, perplexed, bewildered. With Mars in such a position of power, we can shoot off at the mouth ~ shoot from the hip as our anxiety gets the better of us. Rather, defuse Martial agitation with benign physicality ~ adventure ~ new horizons ~ fresh perspective in the fresh air ~ nature

Adding further unpredictability to the mix is Uranus+Eris in Aries trine Mars. Eris is the “newest” trans-Neptunian dwarf planet, named after the goddess of discord. Displeased at having been excluded from an Olympic wedding, shit-stirrer Eris cast an apple scribed with “to the fairest” at the feet of three chatting party guests ~ Pallas Athene, Aphrodite and Hera ~ invoking discord as each goddess naturally believed herself to be the fairest. Zeus delegated the responsibility of settling the quarrel to Prince Paris of Troy, who eventually (having secured the rights to Helen the most beautiful woman in the world) chose the corrupt Aphrodite.

The addition of Uranus and Eris to Mars’ already belligerent influence leads one to believe we might expect a certain amount of unpredictable discord in our lives presently. But Eris’ influence is one that, despite her reputation, belies some benefits when we do it right. While she is renowned for revelling in the suffering of others she aint all bad. And as always, we cannot merely reject these troublesome parts of ourselves, we must work to find a way to consciously express them. Discord isn’t always unwarranted. And competition isn’t inherently bad. At its best it inspires greatness, diversity and creativity.

So, at the culmination of this eclipse season, may we each find our high-road leading us to a future that nurtures our soul’s evolutionary intent. Keep the faith, if we build it, well you know 🙂 Once more, I borrow from Michael Leunig…

“God bless the lost, the confused, the unsure, the bewildered, the puzzled, the mystified, the baffled, and the perplexed. Amen.”