When the Earth stands between the moon and the sun, obscuring the light of the sun from the moon, a lunar eclipse occurs. An eclipse marks endings, surprises, or culminations, loss. It may stir up longings, dreams, and rock our emotions. There’s going to be one this Saturday, June 26, 2010.
According to astrologers, eclipses help move us out of a rut. They bring new ways of approaching problems by throwing us off balance. They create major events that we long remember. Moving, changing jobs, marriage, or ‘eclipsing’ someone from our lives are all possible scenarios just now. Once the murky darkness of the eclipse has passed, much is revealed. Things look different, they make sense in a new way. That’s why it’s wise to wait till after the eclipse is over before making any major decisions. It’s as though a mystery has been solved – we’re no longer in the dark. Expect hard breakdowns and startling breakthroughs. The repercussions may last for many years.
This is especially true on Saturday, because the lunar eclipse is also aspected by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto, to form a splendid grand cross of these outer planets. Again, from an astrological point of view, this is extremely significant and powerful. The planet of surprise, Uranus, is in fiery Aries. Fortunate, expansive Jupiter is also in Aries. Pluto is in Capricorn. And Master Teacher Saturn is in meticulous, wise Virgo.
Even if astrology is something you think is best left to the ancient Mesopotamian priests, you might want to use this time of high summer to let go of old attitudes, old ways, old patterns that no long serve you. Imagine a bonfire burning up things like outworn habits, unhelpful prejudices, recurring patterns that irritate and hold you back from doing what makes your heart sing.
Writing Practice – Moving On
Imagine that you’re feeling your way across a wobbly, rope bridge that’s strung over a bottomless abyss. It’s the middle of the night, so you can’t see much. What do you hear? Wild parrots, the bark of a coyote, thunder, a whispering breeze? You’re headed to a new land, and once you reach the far side, the bridge collapses, and there’s no going back.
What’s this new land like?
The first thing you notice is that the light begins to return. What do you see? What do you smell? Where do you go from here? Do you regret the friends and lovers you left behind? Is your mind still on that job or country you’ll never see again?
Or are you excited by the possibilities? Where does this path lead?
Is that a road up ahead?
Eclipses can open vast worlds you never imagined were possible. Be optimistic! What do you wish for most of all?
Create this practice in three emotional parts (the order doesn’t matter): Regret and sadness for what you left behind, fear and courage as you cross the bridge, the excitement of the adventure that is ahead. Have faith that what you’ve lost will be filled by something sweeter and dearer, even if that’s hard to see right now. Be patient and confident.
- Money pouring in
- Being woken by crows
- Meeting at Galleon’s Lap
- Sorting clothes and giving them away
- A stranger from Brazil
- Papaya juice
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