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…