Eclipse Red Alert
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And the moon in haste eclipsed her, and the Sun in anger swore
He would curl his wick within him and give light to you no more."
-- Aristophanese, Chorus of Clouds (423BCE)
"I will show portents in the sky and on earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke;
the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood
before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes."
-- The Book of Joel 2:30, Old Testament. (~6-7 century BCE)
Two major lunar activities are happening in the next month, adding to the already stressful "state of the sky" activities of April's grand cross. In 1999 the combo of cross and eclipse was correlated with earthquakes and some other earth crest adjustments. The upcoming Lunar eclipse (always a full moon) occurs right on Passover night, April 15th, which is also ironically, the Last Supper night, while the Solar eclipse takes place on the next New Moon on April 29th. Eclipses are intense, they are a wild-card, forcing us to expect the unexpected, in other words, to surrender and let it go. Traditionally, eclipses are associated with fated events, situations that you have "decided" to experience before you were born but obviously have no recollection of. During eclipses that are as intense as the ones happening this month, free-will leaves the stage in favor of destiny and the three fates. Some events must transpire whether we like it or not. Eclipses are whirlpool of incidents that guide us down the rabbit hole into a new reality we that we are forced to accept. It is during eclipses that we learn to receive and accept our destiny.
"The Fates," by Jane Yolen. Art by Oliver Hunter.
Mother Nature herself reacts to eclipses: birds stop chirping, crickets turn silent. Thoughts stand still awaiting to see what happens next. Eclipses are the earthquakes of the soul...
Julie Jacobson / AP
Let's start, as one should always, with the meaning of the name. Eclipse comes from the Greek word ekleipsis, which means, failure, or fail to appear. Similar to the word disaster (dis-star: against the stars) it signifies that something goes wrong with the light of the Sun and the Moon, our celestial parents, we humans suddenly feel like a child whose mother and father left us alone after a violent argument. On the day of the eclipse we experience obstacles that prevent us from "seeing" the light. In those periods, we are left in the dark, in ignorance and therefore, subjects to our worst fears.
Throughout history, the eclipse herald a time of change, transformation. No longer was it possible to conceal or hide the truth. The blocked light of the moon or the sun caused change, death and resurrection. It serves as a bridge from darkness to light, from Hades to Olympus from the subconscious to awareness, from ego to the higher-self.
What is an Eclipse?
Every month we experience a full moon (when the earth is positioned between the Sun and the Moon) and a new moon (when the moon and the sun are conjunct) however, on eclipses (happen roughly 4-7 times a year) the Moon and the Sun are aligned perfectly that they block each other's light. It so happened that the Moon and the Sun's disk size is precisely the same as seen from the earth. I see it as a symbol that we love "mommy" and "daddy" the same. On the Lunar eclipse, the earth obstructs the Sun's light, preventing it from reaching the Moon, therefore, the moon lacking the Sun's brightness, appears dark. On the Solar eclipse, the Moon stands between the earth and the Sun blocking the Sun's rays from reaching us. Eclipses, therefore are the results of the cosmic trinity dance. A threesome made in heaven.
Astrological meaning of eclipse:
Eclipses are storytellers. They weave engaging, suspenseful, albeit scary, synchronicities into a tapestry of stories and events that covers the span of 6 months. What does that mean? Around April 15 (Lunar eclipse in Libra and Aries) and April 29 (Solar eclipse in Taurus), events relating to relationships, leadership, war (Libra-Aries axis) as well as finance, security, values, self-worth, and art (Taurus) will force you into action. Situations will prompt you into doing things you have never done before, say and feel things you never thought you will, and experience an external manifestation of your inner shadow. Mythologically speaking, we become werewolves, howling, biting, scratching and yet not remembering or paying attention to what we are doing. In the werewolf stories, they never remember what happened to them while they were in wolf mode. Why do you think the only thing that can kill a werewolf is a silver bullet or silver knife? Silver is the metal associated in alchemy and astrology with the Moon. They are creatures of the Moon who gives them life and death. In a way, we all become creatures of the night around the eclipses. Here is a link to a prior newsletter I wrote on the eclipse of 2011.
The length of minutes of the eclipse corresponds to the months it affects us. Since this eclipse will take about 6 min, the influence of the eclipse will last almost half a year.
Add the Grand Cross to the mix and...
"At midday a darkness fell over the whole land, which lasted till three in the afternoon; and at three Jesus cried aloud, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'"
--The Gospel of Mark (c.66-70 CE)
Some believe the passage above indicates that Jesus was crucified on an eclipse. Since it happened around Passover (last supper), it must have been a similar eclipse in Libra-Aries or Taurus. Another similarity is that the second part of April 2014 is marked by a grand cross in the sky, peaking on April 21-22 and sandwiched right between the Lunar and Solar Eclipse. Lovely. The cross adds tension and stress to the mix. It effects leaders, heads of corporations, CEO, politicians and can lead to war and aggression especially considering that Mars, the planet of war, is retrograding, thus adding a great deal of misunderstandings and over-defensiveness. Accidents, people losing jobs, skirmishes in borders, arguments, separations etc. My take on the cross is that it is an old symbol that describe our mortal coil. We are all crucified on the nexus between the masculine and feminine (action versus reception) and the spiritual and material (divine opposite to mundane). We all have to navigate these four aspects and maybe that is why we have four chambers in our hearts to enable us to contain all of these aspects of being, like the four letters of the DNA, or the tetragrammaton of the name of God.
Venus, thanks Goddess, the ruler of the eclipses
Every eclipse has a ruler and since Venus happens to be the governess of both Libra and Taurus, the Solar and Lunar eclipse are said to be influenced by her. It is also very auspicious that Venus is in Pisces, her sign of exaltation, where she is in full power extending her glamour to all corners of the earth. Pisces, therefore can help us overcome and mitigate the hardship of the fiery eclipses. The toolkit of Pisces include: creative visualization, dance, yoga, meditation, dream, music, poetry, movement and imagination. Venus, strengthened by her position in Pisces is benevolent and is associated with peace, harmony and diplomacy. She is, after all, the goddess of love. This means that you can weather the storm far better with a partner on your side and if you don't have one, perchance Venus and her eclipses will break the spell of loneliness and bring out of the shadows your prince/princesses charming. Believe me, with the state of the sky this months EVERYTHING is possible...
Where can you see the eclipses?
A general rule: if you can see the eclipse you are more influenced by it. The Lunar eclipse will be seen by more people as these types of eclipses are visible to anyone who can see the moon. Most of North and South America will be able to see the lunation while Europe and Asia will be spared. To the Virgos among you who like to know things precisely: It will start April 15th 3:07 a.m. EDT / 12:07 a.m. PDT and end at 4:25 a.m. EDT / 1:25 a.m. PDT on April 15th. The moon will be red blood (called Blood Moon) and it is not surprising as it is taking place during the month of Aries ruler of blood.
The Solar eclipse on April 29th 3:52 UT and will be less visible as it covers a smaller area (see below). While Indonesia will not be able to see the movie Noah (due to a boycott) they will get to see the eclipse as will Australia. The penguins in Antarctica will also be able to witness the eclipse and I hope it does not get their internal GPS messed up in their long march, poor souls.
To sum things up:
The Lunar eclipse on April 15th will be a bit more challenging to the daughters of Eve as well as those born near or on the eclipse (April 13-18 and October 15-19). Since the cross is a cardinal one, Aries, Libra, Capricorn and Cancer will also feel the pressure more than other signs but also be the superheroes that help us deal with it. For those of you who live and work in the US, since April 15th is the Tax-Day, make sure you file your taxes in full and with integrity...
The Solar eclipse on April 29 will be felt more by leaders, self-employed, CEO. politicians, and will be more challenging to the sons of Adam as well as people born April 27-May 1 and Oct 29-Nov 2nd. So what happens if you are a woman and a CEO...well...it's going to be tough for you and your employees who have to deal with you. Just remember, don't become the eclipse of others and avoid general nastiness...
To help you deal with the cosmic currents focus your energy on: acceptance, surrender, extending help to others, avoiding being reactive, looking at the signs, avoiding unnecessary battles, sleeping longer than usual, yoga, meditation, cardio, exercise, detox, long baths with salt water, and just being in general nice to fellow humans and sentient beings.
Have a wonderful ride and don't take life personally, it has nothing to do with you...
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