You integrate something by first of all accepting it. To resist any aspect of your past is to keep yourself fragmented… To become whole within yourself, you must treat each and every experience that you have and ever will have as simply a stepping stone because there’s always a bigger picture.
― Craig Krishna
So here we are at the initial Eclipse of the first of two yearly Eclipse seasons. There are several noteworthy things about this one:
- It’s a total lunar eclipse (visible at least in part in North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica). It will not be visible in Ireland.
- It’s a Blue Moon – 2nd Eclipse in the same month which can be a little tiring.
- It’s a Supermoon – because the Moon’s perigee coincides with the Full Moon, it will appear closer than usual to the Earth and hence look and feel particularly big. The closer any planetary/stellar energies are to us, the more strongly we feel their energies – particularly for anyone with strong Cancer Moon, Sun or/and Ascendant. Leo Sun, Moon and Ascendant are also likely to feel this Eclipse particularly strongly.
The last blue Moon lunar eclipse was on March 31, 1866! The next one will be on Dec. 31, 2028.
Eclipses repeat themselves approx. every 18 years. So the previous Lunar Eclipse (Annular) at this same degree was on Jan 31st 1999 at 11’ Leo 20. It’s well worth giving some thought to what was going on in your life at that time. Although circumstances and other planetary alignments will be different this time round of course, the current eclipse may offer the opportunity to clear and/or integrate a further layer of whatever came to the surface emotionally for you in Jan 1999.
Fundamentally Lunar Eclipses feel like a bigger and more powerful Full Moon and last for a few months, rather than a couple of weeks. Whereas with a Full Moon we are aware of at least some of the unresolved feelings that are surfacing from our unconscious, with an Eclipse, whatever is surfacing is eclipsed, so we may feel a sense of discomfort and unease without initially being able to identify what it is.
As with any Full Moon, the key is to find a way for each of us internally to stand in the pivot point between the Full Moon/North Node and the opposing Sun/South Node and in this case – Venus. The polarity is between Leo and Aquarius – our individual feelings and needs, versus the collective requirements and values. Both can work well together if the Leo heart combines with the Aquarian idealism. The challenge arises if ego is mistaken for heart and if idealism is replaced with dogmatism. Help can come from the signs squaring the Eclipse which are Taurus and Scorpio. Taurus invites us to ground ourselves in our body and in the earth and Scorpio nudges us to be ruthlessly truthful with ourselves and others.
To better grasp what this Eclipse means for you, have a look at which natal houses of your chart the opposition lands in. This will describe the areas of your life where the emotional integration is being activated. For e.g. the Moon/Nth Node in Leo in the 1s house of your chart will oppose the Sun/Venus/Sth Node in your 7th house. The integration will be between some aspects of how you approach and view life and how you are in relationship with others.
The Sabian symbols (many thanks Lynda Hill), for the Leo Moon is: ‘An evening lawn party of adults.’
My interpretation is that although the Leo Moon is usually playful and spontaneous, this Eclipse requires us to contain ourselves and remain in adult mode. Observing what is going on around us in a polite way may be helpful, particularly with Mercury at the critical 29’ which can sometimes lead to challenges in communication. The Sabian symbol for the Sun: ‘People on a vast staircase, graduated upwards,’ may be a reminder that we are all on the same path, even though we are individuals.
Information on the Lunar Eclipse and Relationships at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyK-36UoIrI&feature=youtu.be
This heart meditation by Deepak Chopra may be helpful before, during and after the Eclipse.
How to Meditate on the Heart by Deepak Chopra (https://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/deepak-chopras-7-step-meditation-to-open-your-heart)
Follow these simple steps to connect with your heart’s energy:
- Begin by sitting in a comfortable positionand close your eyes.
- For just this moment, let go of your thoughts and the outside world.
- Focus your attention on your spiritual heart center, in the middle of your chest, and be aware of your heart as a space. The heart center is a point of awareness where feelings enter. In its essence, the heart is pure emptiness, pervaded by peace and a subtle light. This light may appear as white, gold, pale pink, or blue. But don’t strain to find a light of any kind. All you need to feel is whatever is there.
- Resting your attention easily on your heart center, breathe gently and sense your breath flowing into your heart. You may want to visualize a soft, pastel light or coolness pervading the chest.
- Let your breath go in and out, and as it does, ask your heart what it needs to say. Don’t phrase this as an order; just have the faint intention that you want your heart to express itself.
- For the next 5 or 10 minutes, sit and listen. Your heart will begin to release emotions, memories, wishes, fears, and dreams long stored inside. As it does, you will find yourself paying attention.
- You may have a flash of strong emotion—positive or negative—or a forgotten memory. Your breathing may change. You may gasp, sigh, or feel tears come into your eyes. Let the experience be what it is. If you daydream or drift off into sleep, don’t worry. Just bring your attention back to your heart center.
The Heart’s Message Is Perfect
Whether it speaks to you in sadness or fear, delight or pleasure, its message is exactly what you need. If voices of anger, worry, or doubt start to arise, allow them to speak and then let them go, easily and comfortably. You are learning to be with your heart in order to heed its spiritual meaning—this is meditation. You are letting repressed material come up to be released—this is purification. You are listening to your heart without judgment—this is attention.
As you practice this meditation, spending a few minutes each day to connect with your heart center, you will begin to get glimpses of your heart as it really is: silence, peace, a warm glow, or subtle light. Even if these glimpses are fleeting, you will find that your life outside of meditation is starting to change. At unexpected moments, you will feel a wave of joy and well-being sweep over you. You will begin to walk with more buoyancy in your step.
These are signs that the constriction most people hold around the heart center is releasing its grip and letting go of the fear and tightness that keep spirit from entering. In truth, spirit doesn’t enter since it is always there. But making contact with it is like being penetrated with light and insight. This is the flow of love. – Deepak Chopra