Solar Eclipse in Taurus: 9th/10th May 2013: The Filling of an Eclipse Sandwich!
This eclipse is the middle one of three, the other two being lunar eclipses – the first on 25th/26th April in Scorpio and the final one occurring on 24th/25th May in Sagittarius. When we have a solar eclipse sandwiched between two lunars in this way, we see a process of emotional upheaval and purging (the first lunar eclipse) followed by a time of radical action or significant events (solar eclipse) followed by a period of emotional repatterning and transformation (second lunar eclipse). So at the time of this solar eclipse we find ourselves in the middle of an eclipse sandwich!
Occurring in Taurus, the first earth sign symbolised by the bull, this is a mighty eclipse, full of creative energy and infused with dogged determination, commitment and unshakeable intent. If you are nurturing a dream, aspiring to realise a goal or just really needing to make a change in your life, no matter how daunting any of this may appear, now is the time to decide… is this really what you want? And if it is, go for it! Because whatever we invest our energy in now will be shot through with the earthy and unshakeable energy of Taurus, giving it backbone and firm foundations.
Of course, we want to make sure those firm foundations are supporting something we are eager to embrace in the coming years, so it’s up to us to ensure we’re living our lives in a way that will promote positive development and insight, rather than merely re-enhancing old patterns of habitual behaviour we no longer need and which do little but hold us back and keep us stuck in the past.
In fact, this message is so important I’m going to paraphrase it in capital letters (!): Whatever you do, don't use the energies of this eclipse to reinforce anything you don't want in your life.Use them to build the foundations for your dreams not your prison of your future.
The asteroid Pallas Athene is closely aligned with this eclipse, adding her down-to-earth but none the less innovative wisdom into the mix. She reminds us that whatever we need to know, be or create is already inside us just bursting to come forth. She urges us to dig deep, bring together everything within: all our paradoxes and apparent opposites, our darkest shadows and brightest potential, our inner feminine and masculine, our inner mother and father, child and elder.
Bring it all together into an eclipse moment of creation and innovation. Remember that a solar eclipse always occurs at a New Moon, and as such functions in some ways like a super-charged New Moon. So we need to find every bit of fuel and fertiliser inside us, which basically means energy in all its forms (thoughts, emotions, instincts, intuition, physicality) and invest it now in this moment of intense creativity. The seeds that we plant in our lives at a solar eclipse, and especially at this solar eclipse, will grow strong and vibrant.
Of course, eclipses are often associated with unpredictable and unexpected disruptive events, especially solar ones. If we find ourselves facing just such an occurrence how we respond is of the utmost importance. We need to remain as conscious as we can and not get sucked into old patterns of identification with suffering, with victim consciousness or with the drama of trauma and chaos.
As far as is possible we need to hold our centre, stand firm and allow whatever occurs to penetrate us to our deepest core and speak its wisdom to us. A word of warning: we may not want to hear this particular piece of wisdom right away, but the least we can do is write it down and come back to it later, because we can rest assured it is central to our lives and how we live them from this moment on.
The eclipse also speaks about timing and communication, with Mercury conjunct the South Node. When we’re all under-going so much change inside of ourselves it can be difficult to stay in congruent contact with our external world and all the people we share it with. It may feel like we’re shifting so rapidly that what we thought and believed yesterday is no longer of any importance, and likewise how we feel today will have faded far into the distance by tomorrow, so how do we connect with others in any meaningful way?
The answer lies not in what we say but in our quality of being. The more we can let go of the need to identify with a certain position, belief or world-view, the more we can detach from forging an identity which needs bolstering by those around us. Thus the freer we become to be truly present with another person and able to ‘shoot the breeze’ no matter what and who they are! And nothing can be more congruent than just being who we are – life in conscious form, connected to all other life – no matter what the situation or circumstance.
Throughout this month we will have opportunities to do this, to try out being nothing and no one and therefore everything and everyone. It’s all part of the eclipse fun and the cosmic challenge we’re being set: how do we pursue our hopes and dreams whilst detaching from identity and ego? This solar eclipse poses this question in the knowledge that by the time the lunar eclipse of 24th/25thMay occurs we will have had plenty of opportunity to contemplate it and come up with an answer.
But whatever answer begins to resonate within you as you read the question, remember this: the answer is only the beginning. By the end of this month we may have journeyed so far that even that may sound like old news! The bottom line is, we must be prepared to be a new person in each moment. The more we can do that, the greater we will benefit from the eclipse energies which will resonate around us for several weeks to come.
Enjoy the gifts and challenges of this eclipse everyone!