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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 derives 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 and 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 points in space where the Moon’s orbit intersects with the ecliptic -- 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. From lifetime to lifetime we pick up where we left off. The natal moon holds the Soul’s emotional footprint, re-lived through early childhood experiences. The Moon’s natural tendency is hold on to what is familiar even when we know that it is no longer working for us. We become anchored in habitual patterns.
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.
The Lunar North Node represents the Soul’s evolutionary direction forward in this lifetime. It is the road ahead -- our intended future that is seeded and fertilized. Our responsibility (Saturn) is to water the seeds with conscious intention and effort. The lunar north node is a magical moving sidewalk, not unlike the moving walkways at the airport that you take one step towards, and are taken long distances. The north node requires conscious intention, persistence, and effort, however, to unfold to its greatest potential. It is a point in our chart that will facilitate and actualize our evolutionary growth, if and when we consciously choose it.
This enigmatic, bi-annual eclipse phenomenon will occur twice in July, and once in August, 2018. The process of evolution assumes growth. Eclipses act as release valves for circumstances that have not found their resolution pro-actively. Eclipses are a time of break-out or break-down. Eclipses correlate to endings and beginnings. They can create both crises and opportunities, and often come with challenges.
A solar eclipse is a powerful and potentially challenging new moon. This is the dark of the moon where the solar light is absent; the liminal time when Selene’s face is in shade. In this embryonic moment new potentials are born. An old cycle is now complete and an new cycle is just beginning.
A lunar eclipse is a greatly magnified and intensified full moon. When the Moon opposes the Sun it stands fully illuminated, mirroring Sol’s light. The Sun is the source of the self-actualizing Life Force that streams from the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and beyond. This cosmic Chi, or Prana is reflected to us by Grandmother Moon, enabling us to receive it at our human frequency. There is an essential tension present in this actualizing polarity -- two opposing principles that are equal counterparts of a larger whole. The inherent pressure that is present at this energetic release point requires finding the synthesis between these counterpoints. At the Full Moon, activation occurs, manifesting in the phenomenal world according to the seed-
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thought intention born at the previous new moon. The lunations that occur across the lunar nodal access imprint our lives and leave footprints in history because of their saturation from the evolutionary axis, a segment of the circle of life, the ouroboros dragon swallowing its tail.
There will be 3 eclipses in July and August, 2018:
A partial solar eclipse on July 12, 2018 at 21° Cancer
A total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 at 5° Aquarius
A partial solar eclipse on August 11, 2018 at 19° Leo
Known as the Saros Cycle, eclipses occur in 18-year sequences. Like all recurring astrological cycles we can refer back to earlier transits for observation and correlation. The details of what occurred during that time will be different, but the process will be the same. This eclipse references the eclipse season that occurred in July 2000.
In the news during that time:
• Presidents of North and South Korea sign peace accord, ending half-century of antagonism
Very interesting correlation here as we have recently witnessed the historic meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un and the possibility of reduced conflict between North and South Korea… it is still unfolding.
• British find 58 bodies of illegal Asian immigrants suffocated in Dutch truck that transported them
The migration across borders and oceans is accelerating.
• Elián González returns to Cuba with father
The outrage and crisis of families being separated at the US border.
• U.S. navy resumes shelling exercises of Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, used as a training site
Will US military forces continue to taunt Chinese authority in the South China Sea?
• Human genome deciphered; expected to revolutionize the practice of medicine
From the NYT 4/14/18 “Across the country, biohackers — hobbyists, amateur geneticists, students and enthusiasts — are practicing gene editing, concerning some bioterrorism experts”.
• Iraq believed to resume missile program
The Middle East remains a powder keg.
• Bashar al-Assad succeeds late father as Syrian president
US military is in active combat with Russian backed troops supporting al-Assad.
• Republican convention picks Texas governor George W. Bush as presidential candidate; Dick Cheney for vice presidential spot
As difficult as that administration was, we would take them back in a heartbeat, wouldn't we?
• Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, accused of stealing sensitive nuclear weapons data, freed after serving nine months in prison
Now we have foreign states generously helping themselves to classified US military and proprietary corporate data at will.
• Six-year Whitewater investigation of the Clintons ends without indictments
Hillary Clinton is still under the eye of the Justice Department.
• November - Republican Party's George W Bush wins presidency.
Like I said… in a heartbeat.
During this retrograde cycle we can expect some fiery blow back. Feet will be held to the fire about the truth between belief and practice.
As the ruler of the sign of Aries, the initiatory archetype of the Fire element, Mars correlates to the primordial self-actualizing force that permeates the Cosmos. Mars is energy that arises spontaneously, impulsively, instinctively, seeking outer form. Arising in consciousness the thought form is prioritized with desire, and manifested as actualized choice. Mars is the primal, self-actualizing impulse that expresses as “I am that I am”. Mars is sexual energy, and pure driven desire. At his best, Mars in courageous, bold, and daring. He is a fearless pioneer and the wide-eyed explorer. In his shadow he becomes aggressive, filled with rage, and obsessively self-centered. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio. During this retrograde cycle we can expect some fiery blow-back. Feet will be held to the fire about the truth between belief and practice.
Mars in Aquarius on the lunar axis forms a challenging square to Uranus in Taurus, and also squares Jupiter in Scorpio during the July new and full moons. Jupiter is both largess and grandiosity. He augments, enlarges, and expands whatever it touches. Uranus is said to be the ruler of Aquarius. Discovered at the time of the American and French Revolutions, forward-thinking, Promethean Uranus correlates to rebellion against authority. Uranus is a maverick, a wild card—radical, sudden and unexpected. Uranus is the iconoclast, the individualist who lives apart from society. Uranus also correlates to the higher mind—the thoughts and ideas that seem to come to us of their own volition. He is the Individuated Unconscious, the repository of all of the memories of the Soul’s peak experiences. Uranus is Prometheus, who created Man from clay and who stole fire from the gods for the advancement of Mankind. As a result he was punished by Zeus, and suffered a long torment, for his hubris. Uranus wants things to change by creating a radical new future. Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius -- in some cases, the desire for change is to want things to go back to the way that they used to be.
In the natural zodiac Capricorn precedes Aquarius, ruled by Saturn. Capricorn correlates to the consensus of society, and its laws and regulations, ethics, standards, and mores. In order to get along, over time, we adopt this consensual shape and form. Crystallization occurs. Our ideas, beliefs, and priorities become shared ideas, beliefs, and priorities. We become set in our ways. Things get stuck. Uranus interrupts and disrupts these crystallized forms in order to allow new forms and structures to be created. This is the natural process of evolution.
Because the opportunity exists for objectivity, the nature of retrograde cycles is to express as an Aquarian archetype. When a planet comes to stand still and reverses direction, the slower it is moving the greater the intensity of the transit. This "drilling down" over the station, the point where it reverses course allows for an intense period of introspection and retrospection. This perceptual distance creates distance and objectivity, and the potential for greater self-awareness. Relative to planet Mars, the focus will be on our most recent behavior and the choices we made in that regard. Did we have the courage of our convictions? Did we lash out at someone because they reminded us of something in ourselves that we don’t like? Did we attend to our own emotional or physical needs exclusively without regard for others?
Intuition, visions, dreams, and desire all collaborate to drive our evolutionary path forward.
Outer planets Jupiter in Scorpio and Uranus in Taurus square the Leo-Aquarius lunar axis.
Squares to the lunar nodes correlate to what are known as "skipped steps", a condition produced when some facet of the Soul's evolutionary growth has become stalled or has been avoided, or denied by self or others. Something was "skipped over" because it was too challenging, for whatever reason. In this lifetime the Soul has facilitated the pathway for this lesson to be specifically worked on. Jupiter square the lunar nodes correlates to an inconsistency between the belief system held by the subjective ego, and beliefs based on natural law held by Soul Ego. In this case, for Jupiter, the resolution node or the node last transited by the skipped step planet, is the lunar north node in Leo. Intuition and objectivity will open the space for surges of creativity and self-actualized transformation. Uranus square the lunar nodes will bring about collective awakening as well as the increased expression of personality. There can be inspired understanding as well as an effort to hunker down psychologically in our most comfortable persona...which might not be so comfortable to others.
Jupiter in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces Retrograde. Jupiter correlates to what we need to understand and believe in order to facilitate our evolutionary growth. Jupiter maps our search for personal truth, defining the belief system that supports our current values, and provides the intellectual framework for how we will grow through our current cycle. Jupiter is not the whole truth however, but only a portion of the truth. It is simply our personal truth. The planetary zeitgeist is currently saturated with human suffering and disillusionment. This eclipse season seeks to expose and dislodge this crystallized collective psychodrama.
In Evolutionary Astrology the paradigm of Neptune and Pisces is to dissolve anything that separates the subjective ego from The-Source-of-All-That-Is. The God of the Waters, Neptune receives and absorbs all things in perpetual rhythm. Neptune correlates to our personal and collective dreams and visions.
"The Hierophant" Fey Tarot Lo Scarabeo
Neptune is our emotional tide, searching for ultimate meaning below the surface of our lives. If Jupiter is personal truth, Neptune is Ultimate Truth.
In his highest expression Jupiter is also our connection to Source, as the traditional ruler of Pisces. He is our intuition and our right brain creativity. Jupiter intellectualizes Neptune's images into a intellectual framework that we integrate into who we are, what we believe, and how we grow .
During this transit, all of our truths come under close scrutiny. What we believed to be gospel will be exposed as heresy. What was considered heresy will be illuminated as truth. What we are searching for is not just for the truth, but the Ultimate Truth.
Our planetary zeitgeist is currently saturated with human suffering and disillusionment. This eclipse season seeks to expose and dislodge the crystallized collective psychodrama that permeates the current world headlines.