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…

Virgo New Moon

Thursday the 1st of September (5.05pm AWST) brings us the Virgo New Moon Eclipse. And such a special one this is: farewell to Jupiter as it transitions into Libra and beyond on its 12 year cycle through the zodiac. Let’s make use of the simple and practical inspiration of Virgo, unearthing the numinous potential in the small things.

The North Node~Moon~Sun conjunction in humble Virgo, in opposition to the South Node+Neptune in dreamy Pisces, and anchored into a T-square by the Mars~Saturn conjunction in spirited Sagittarius. Once again the vibes are highly mutable, so we do well to adopt a flexible and adaptable attitude, welcoming the changes that face us now, and prepared to release the past with grace and an effort to forgiveness and compassion.

Forgiveness is tricky. My experience tells me that it is both a process, as well as the positive result of a process. It comes not through the espousal of ideals that have more to do with who we want to be than who we really are. But, once we have grasped that those who’ve wronged us have done so in ignorance (that is, they haven’t come to know their Divine nature) and are embroiled in the egoic material world traps that kid us into believing we must compete and impose and manipulate and betray in order to advance, we sense true compassion. We create space for empathy in place of the burdensome grievance that keeps us bound in knots of anger, resentment and victim-thinking. For so long as we remain in the grips of a grudge-bearing mentality, there can be no room for forgiveness.

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in order to come to a place of authentic forgiveness (which may be only partial, and is subject to demur and falter and recoil, often repeatedly, before strengthening and deepening), we need to allow ourselves time (within the dark chrysalis) to feel the betrayal and suffering. Not perpetual wallowing in self-pity but accepting and observing the feelings, emotions and sensations that emerge from the pain. Within this we will uncover golden wisdom and transformative truth that helps us to see that our perspective is not the only one, and that, were it not for the actions of the “perpetrator”, we could not’ve come to this moment of metamorphosis that frees us like a butterfly, and empowers us in its alchemy.

We’ve turned the offering of lead into pure gold

~ wisdom ~ strength ~ healing ~ power ~

We understand that none of us is perfect, and it is in our imperfections that we uncover the most liberating and transformative gifts of our lives, including forgiveness. There is only love when we recognise the universal predicament of our human frailty.

The ruler of the New Moon is the now-retrograde Mercury, conjoined with Jupiter at 28° Virgo. In our honouring of this coincident beginning and ending we now pause to consider the gifts offered by Jupiter’s 13-month (since August 2015) journey through Virgo. How have we expanded our sense of service? How have we learned to discriminate in order to better focus upon our mission? How have we healed? Where do we find potential for further development?

One of Virgo’s lessons is that of humility. We come to recognise our own fallibility. We allow it to be seen by others. We drop the performance and come to our knees as we recognise that it is in service we make our specialness sacred. As we forfeit our ego’s limited perceptions of success (personal gain, fame, fortune) we find something of lasting value…

Beautiful virginal painting spied somewhere in the Louvre

our contribution

our fulfilment

our gift

our legacy

 

~ our commonality is our blessed humanity

Sagittarius Blue Moon

Twenty-sixteen’s second Sagittarius Full Moon (AKA Blue Moon) on Monday the 20th of June is again lorded over by Jupiter ~ jovial King of the Gods ~ merging with the Lunar North Node at 15° Virgo.

Jupiter enhances and expands all it comes into contact with, and has a reputation as a harbinger of glad tidings. The North Node reveals our path towards evolution, both personally and collectively. As Jupiter and the North Node fuse energies we are bestowed with a special kind of Full Moon blessing: if we are open, receptive and awake we glimpse our potentiality and plant a seed of optimism, faith and audacity.

Virgo is often associated with the pursuit of perfection ~ perfectionism. Research professor and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist Brene Brown describes perfectionism as “a hustle… a never-ending performance… an addictive and self-destructive form of shame” (2012). Virgo also teaches us discernment, in this case between perfectionism and striving for excellence ~ we re-learn the lessons we try to teach our children about aspiration, application, effort until at some point we arrive at good enough ~ not resignation but acceptance that we have done our best, and that is enough.

perfection is in the realm of the divine ~ gods&goddesses

The masculine goal-oriented patriarchy in which we live has us convinced that if only we try harder we can attain elusive perfection, but this belief is deluded and illusory, driving us ever-closer to exhaustion and despair. To re-connect with our feminine receptivity restores the balance (and our sanity) with acceptance and surrender.

The best we human beings can aim for is wholeness

To make efforts to live with integrity and in alignment with simple virtues (kindness compassion forgiveness humility) is noble and wise. Sagittarius urges us to abide by a higher power that guides us with morals and ethics, so we accept our fallibility, aim to improve, learn from our mistakes. But we cannot be perfect. We are fundamentally flawed. We are wounded. We are broken.

“there’s a crack in everything ~ that’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen

We aspire to evolve but not to the detriment of our wholeness. We must respect and honour both our light and our darkness, because attempts to deny and ignore do not make them go away. Our fragmented aspects lay in wait in the shadows of our psyche, stewing in rejection, until an opportunity presents for them to manifest. Perhaps as road rage, or drunken debauchery, or acts of violence, or sickness and suffering. Like a misbehaving child, the unconscious seeks our attention and usually demands it at inconvenient times and in embarrassing ways. To actively engage in a process of individuation feels to me to be a liberating and rewarding alternative. Preferable to unleashing one’s demons on a joyfully unsuspecting crowd in a nightclub; preferable to scapegoating others with our own projected shadows.

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Inside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

With the Sun (opposite the Moon) in the critical degree of Gemini, Mercury’s role in the still active Grand Mutable Cross is significant. At home in Gemini, Mercury can be functioning well as a curious data hunter/gatherer, or poorly as one who is overloaded with information and refusing to hear new perspectives. Beyond Gemini’s accumulation of apparently random and unassimilated intelligence, Sagittarius brings all the pertinent information together and says

“I understand”

Instead of perceiving life as impossibly absurd and cruelly capricious there is meaning behind any and all of our human experience ~ a light in the darkness. Rather than allow ourselves to be swept up in enmity against the “enemy”, we need only make space for love and change.

We simply abide ~ in joy, reverence, respect, wonder and awe, trusting that, despite the atrocities, we have reason to hope.

 

Brown, B. (2012) Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Penguin, London.