Ilene WEISS "Shelter in Place"
“Eclipse of the light of heaven… such indeed is the character of the historic hour through which the world is now passing” --Martin Buber
On July 12th, 2018, at 10:47 pm EST, a partial eclipse occurs at 21° Cancer. The sign of Cancer is initiation into the water element. Cancer, and its ruler, the Moon correlate to the emotional body. The nature of water is that it fills up every space through which it passes. At the core of the archetype of Cancer is the lesson of emotional self-reliance: to connect with, and trust our own inner knowledge. The brain and the heart are both intelligent organs. The messages we receive from our brain are rational and can hold us in a cycle of analysis and paralysis, looping through life, making the same choices, over and over again. Relative to Cancer, the Moon, and the 4th House, we learn what it feels like to be in our bodies. On a biological level, emotions are simply chemicals coursing through our bloodstream. Holistically they are the body's messaging system, telling us something that we are not hearing from our rational brain. Symptoms are simply an attempt to heal. The messages that we receive from the heart come from a place of kinesthetic truth. What our gut tells us will never lead us astray.
At the heart of this partial solar eclipse, stands Pluto retrograde in Capricorn in exact opposition to the new moon. There is an intense power struggle going on. What used to be familiar has been turned around and upside down. It is no longer familiar. We long for safety and security. We feel threatened, oppressed, and powerless. We might be afraid that we are losing the battle. “Shelter in place” is too frequent a buzzword.
There are 2 grand trines, one earth, the other water, and a fixed T-square, at the time of the eclipse. The Cancer New Moon completes a water grand trine with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune retrograde in Pisces. This powerful sensitively emotional, psychic, and intuitive combination permeates the month ahead. The Veil is thin. We can hear whispers. You will “feel” it or “know” it, before you understand in with your head, or with your 5 ordinary senses. Emotional currents find turbulent and climactic expression. Ordinary events during the day trigger memories of the past, perhaps a childhood memory, or of someone who has passed.
Venus and Ceres in Virgo will complete an earth grand trine with Saturn retrograde in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus. The new moon forms a tense semisquare to the Venus - Ceres in Virgo arm of the earth trine. Virgo is about the practical aspects of our lifestyle: diet, health, wellness, and our daily routines. It is about the abundance and fertility of the Earth. It is also about the fertility of and work on the self. Virgo’s discernment produces mental analysis and discernment that turns inward upon ourselves, to discern the state of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and to our core values. Virgo’s space holds an existential void; the inner conflict of knowing that something much greater than normal consensus reality exists, something transcendental, not eclipsed by the “realities” of everyday life. Priorities are changing. Some are driven internally. read more
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Have you ever wondered about how it is, that at the time of a total solar eclipse the Moon is exactly the same size as the Sun, relative to where we stand on Earth? And that during a total lunar eclipse, the shadow of the Earth is again remarkably the same size as the Moon? How can this be? Why is this so? You can’t make this stuff up. A whisper from Great Mystery?
Eclipses have fascinated and terrified observers of the sky since ancient times. The Mesopotamians believed a solar eclipse prophesied the death of a king. The ancient Chinese thought solar eclipses occurred when a dragon in the sky tried to swallow the sun. The dragon theme persists in ancient European texts, the north, or ascending node becomes the dragon's head, Caput Draconis and the south, or descending node becomes dragon's tail, Cauda Draconis. The dragon theme has been maintained for 5000 years in Vedic astrology; the ascending node ☊ is called Rahu and the descending node ☋ is called Ketu.
The dragon devouring its tail is one of the oldest mystical symbols. Called, the Ouroboros, its name originates from the Greek oura meaning "tail" and boros meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail". The Ouroboros correlates to the perpetual cycle of the renewal of life -- the concept of eternal return.
Eclipses occur when a new or full moon occurs within 17° 25’ of the lunar nodes. The lunar nodes are the actual points in space where the Moon’s orbit intersects with the ecliptic, or the circle described by the Earth's orbit around the Sun. The ascending (or north) node is where the Moon moves into the northern ecliptic hemisphere, while the descending (or south) node is where the Moon enters the
southern ecliptic hemisphere. These 2 powerful energetic crossroads mark the liminal time and space where the Moon and Earth weave their individual planetary frequencies in their diurnal motion. The intensity of eclipses is due to the fact that the lunar nodal axis correlates directly to the evolutionary axis. Self-actualization occurs across this life current. The dragon's head and the dragon's tail synthesize in the present moment through the direct emotional experience of the natal moon. Transiting nodes describe the apparent, momentary orientation, relative to the original evolutionary intention.
The Lunar South Node is the composite of the Soul’s recent lunar experiences. Held in cellular memory are the triumphs and tragedies of the past, including the repositories of loves lost and found. The lunar south node is the self we gravitate to by default. It is who we have been for many lifetimes. It is a place of familiarity and security. ...read more
Julian Bell 'Darvaza' 2010
Passing Through Alchemical Fire
Mars Rx Conjunct The Lunar South Node
The protector, defender, and the blood lust God of War has traveled across the sky in tandem with the lunar south node since mid-May of this year. It will remain in orb until mid-October. We are brought up close and personal with our chosen priorities and how we have acted on them, or not. Our feet are being held to the fire.
On June 8th, 2018, Mars will make its first partile conjunction to the Lunar South Node at 7° Aquarius 09’. The chart for this event is dominated by 2 T-squares. Mars on the lunar axis squares Uranus in one hemisphere, and squares Jupiter on the other. These two dynamic elements will combine later in the summer to form a fixed grand cross. The Moon is conjunct Chiron in Aries, ruled by the Mars-nodal axis alignment.
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Circumstances regarding issues of healing and mentoring will be exhumed and brought up into awareness. Planet Venus in Cancer separates from trines to Jupiter and Neptune forming an emotionally charged water element grand trine that is kited by Pluto in Capricorn. Intuition, visions, dreams, and desire all collaborate to drive our evolutionary path forward.
Mars is the first planet that is “superior” to the Earth. When we view Mars in the sky we are gazing outwards toward the larger gaseous giants of our solar system. Both Mercury and Venus travel within the Earth’s orbit, closer to the Sun. Mercury, Venus, and Mars comprise a psychic chain. Thought and ideation is drawn outward through attraction or aversion into action or inaction. The dynamic interaction that occurs between these personal planets arises from our core, passes through an alchemical fire, and is propelled outward. read more