WATCH THE SHADOWS...
I happened to have manifested a mountain cabin in Cascade, ID (in the path of the solar eclipse totality) for the weekend. We could watch the eclipse from there, but I just heard the traffic back (normally a two hour drive) will be bumper to bumper and increase drive time to 16 hours. Since I have appointments after the eclipse, I don't think we can do that.
Instead, I'm resigned to sit on my roof top and watch a 98% coverage eclipse. I have glasses, but what it really cool during an eclipse is to pay attention to the shadows. When the sun shines through the leaves of the trees, it casts an interesting shadow on the ground that looks like thousands of eclipses all over.
And isn't that an interesting metaphor for what is happening right now? I mean, an eclipse is the conjoining of the moon and the sun -- the conscious and the subconscious-- to create an interesting spectacle from down on earth.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blotting out the sun from our view down here. This is symbolic of the emotions shading the ego. The two must work together to find balance, but for a brief period in time, one will be darkened.
Shadows come out to play.
This event will be the second new moon in Leo for 2017, so the themes of Leo are being activated once again. These include courage, authenticity, creativity. They also include self-importance, arrogance and narcissism.
And during this new moon, there is the potential to let our hot and fiery emotions lead -- with our passion (Mars) in close contact with our consciousness (Sun) and subconscious (Moon). With the concentrated energies in the fiery sign of Leo (and with the supportive energies of the Grand Trine between the new moon, Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries), there is certainly a desire to act before thinking. But the supportive trine shows us how being true to the heart can liberate us and sustain us well into the future.
Venus, the Goddess of Love and symbolic of our values, is in close contact to Ceres, the Great Mother. Both are opposite Pluto, the Transformer. This aspect speaks of a need to rebalance the masculine and feminine.
The story of Persephone's abduction is rife with manipulation-- Pluto/ Hades manipulated Zeus into allowing him to take Persephone. Ceres/ Demeter manipulated everyone into returning her daughter to her. Persephone even manipulated her situation -- did she eat the pomegranate seeds because they were offered to her, or did she do it of her own accord? We never fully know...
But it is also a story of individuation. When we take responsibility for our actions, we grow. We mature. And we can live with the compromise. Everyone wins.
This new moon and solar eclipse is asking us to acknowledge the many ways we may be reacting out of fear. It is asking us to acknowledge how our lives will transform when we return to heart-centered practice, in true alignment with our values.