We have a full moon lunar eclipse at 25 degrees of Aries this Friday the 18th. Eclipses can be deeply evocative as well as provocative, bringing us many strange sensations and enigmatic experiences that we are forced to reckon with in some way, even several days or weeks prior to the eclipse. As the shadow of the Earth passes over the face of the Moon, our own shadows become revealed to us, and may seem consuming, larger than life itself. We are challenged to awaken the parts of ourselves that have been hypnotized, numbed, immobilized or slumbering, to become aware of the energies at play and the choices before us.
What is currently being awakened in us are our own latent desires, particularly those that have been stuffed, repressed, or tucked away in the back of our hearts and minds for a very long time. The pressure it takes to keep such desires in check is bound to snap at some point, as there comes a time when ready or not we must acknowledge both our needs and desires. Desires can only be ignored until something, or someone triggers their presence within the light of our consciousness. These desires become twisted shadows when we continue to suppress them, try to gloss over them or replace them with what we think ought to be in their place. The desires then become laden with fear, as we shame ourselves for having them in the first place. What was once our desire and enthusiasm or a legitimate but unmet need now registers as intense fear and anxiety that holds us back, destroys our relationships, and warps our movements. Our misguided attempts to control our desires and emotions lead us astray. This alone is one of the underlying causes of cheating, lying and perversity. Yet, we must press on.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. – John Lennon
The sign of Aries highlights the power of our desires and impulses, while helping us to muster up the guts, brains, and brawn we may need in order to face the great unknown. The polarity of Aries/Libra is about the balanced give and take in any working partnership, whether this is through marriage, friendship, business or something other. It also represents the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind – the inner and outer expressions of the Self – the aspect that passively watches and listens, and the aspect that speaks and acts.
The Arian eclipse is indirectly trined by its ruling planet Mars in Virgo which gives us fuel to change what needs changing, however uncomfortable that might be. Directly opposite of Mars is Neptune with Chiron alongside in Pisces, emphasizing the internal cleansing that is taking place. Many are finding that their spiritual and religious beliefs are being challenged between this aspect and the eclipse’s square to Jupiter and the Black Moon Lilith in Cancer, which also indicate it’s time to stop the madness of trying too hard, pushing up hill, or holding too much in our hearts, purses, or closets. Here is Jupiter’s handy dandy advice for the holidays: Don’t just chat about your possible mega breakthrough or vacation a thousand times over tea and crumpets or bong rips like a “someday” sort of pipe dream – forever planning and never really getting anywhere close to where you want to go. Pack a bag, keep it light, and go! We know deep down inside who we are, what we are doing, what we want, what we are capable of and what we have access to. For now, we must surrender on the conscious level to not having all of our questions answered. Again, this means giving up the struggle for control, the trying too hard, the ceaseless seeking out of something that constantly seems to elude us – this is in fact another form of resistance. Some things appear to be moving too fast, while others too slow. These are illusions – all based on resistance. In blunt terms, it’s not only time to piss or get off the pot, but it’s time to get off the cross or die to the old way of living.
One strong theme that many are aware of now is the breaking down of existing structures that have outlived their course, even though a new more solid or reliable structure has not necessarily become apparent. We must let go and trust that even if we let go of the handle bar, or let go of our prized collection of wounds, we will not fall, scrape and bruise ourselves anew. We will – eventually – find that we can fly! The free-floating anxiety the uncertainty of this creates can cause a variety of physical sensations such as dizziness, nausea, and muscle fatigue. Our planet and collective consciousness is seeking a sort refuge at this time, in order to repair and transform itself from the inside out. We are shedding as the snake sheds its skin, as masks and projections are falling away – no longer serving to hide flaws and shortcomings as they once did. However, this does not mean it is time to point our fingers at what appears to be ugly or to blame anyone else for what appears to be going wrong. It seems so easy for some people to start a riot based on a bitter experience they had without considering the part they played and continue to play in the unfolding drama of their lives. The energy we are faced with now is not about tattling, ratting on, or gossiping about what others are doing or not doing. It’s not about beating ourselves up either. Contrary, it is a time of picking up the pieces of our own lives, like long-lost pieces of a puzzle just found, settling our accounts, clearing our slates, taking responsibility for what we are creating as our so-called reality.
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for simply following her desire for education (while returning home on a school bus), serves as a shining example of how we can make a difference in the world by being ourselves and standing up for what we believe in despite outside attacks. Although she was born under a Cancer sun, her survival and biography also highlight some of the highest Arian qualities – autonomy, bravery, passion, and spiritual strength.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun’s energy in this eclipse is:
“An Eagle And A Large White Dove Change Into Each Other”
This symbol, similarly to the yin-yang represents that consciousness that operates beyond duality, functioning as one, which is the ultimate goal and expression of Libra, where the Sun is currently transiting. The Eagle here represents power and will, while the dove is peace and love. Together these combined forces make anything that we can collectively desire and envision possible.
The Sabian symbol for the point of the eclipse itself:
“A Man Possessed Of More Gifts Than He Can Hold”
Sometimes when we see the mountain we must climb we just want to be on the other side already. We may try to go under or around it, to no avail. We don’t want to give up certain valuables or habits but sometimes they are too heavy for us to carry, but when we finally let them go, we find that they were not as valuable as we had imagined. Our ability to move and to soar is heightened because we have lightened our load. Wherever the eclipse occurring in your own chart is an area where you will be required to let go of something that isn’t working and hopefully to rather tune in to what is divinely inspired.
It is always darkest just before the dawn, and the brightness of a solar eclipse follows this lunar eclipse on November 3rd. We are moving into the darker half of the year, with several planets retrograde, so it may be that over the next three months or so we are preparing for what gifts are yet to be fully expressed or shared with the world. In this preparatory stage there is much to be released in order to make way for what is yet to come. At this time let us acknowledge to ourselves and each other who we truly are and what we truly desire. Let us forgive ourselves with the knowing that sometimes we have to get super clear about what we don’t desire first, to be confident about what we do desire. Honesty will set us free!