Eclipses. Retrogrades. Full Moons. New Moons. People react to these cyclical events, occurring with predictable reliability, with groans or glee, depending on their attitudes to change. And change, invariably, begets growth. And growth is almost always painful, at least in part, for it inches us that much closer to death—another reliably inevitable development.
So every astronomical event is a harbinger of eventual death. But not just yet. In the meantime we have stuff to do, and each astral phenomenon deepens our ability to do it. We create strategies and work-arounds to lessen pain or difficulty; we find deeper meaning in joy when we have suffered for it. When life’s events shake us up, and we survive, it is a triumph: another day on which we’ve cheated death.
Another candle we can blow out, on that cyclical event.
In the light of eternity—of life and death—even the dreaded Mercury Retrograde has its gifts of epiphany and humour. Thinking backwards helps us get it right, so that we can go back and fix the things we rushed over in the first place. And each 3-week hiatus makes us understand and appreciate how well things work in DIRECT motion—and we get this opportunity 4 times a year.
Eclipses come in pairs (with the occasional threesome) twice annually. Lunations and full moons, every 4 weeks. Solar Returns—birthdays—once a year.
And in every event, a milestone. We made it this far….
Stop it! Resist it!
There is a great deal of hype about today’s Eclipse and the one on November 3rd. These are powerful celestial phenomena, reflecting the tumult below. Yup, they ARE mighty; but guess what? They’re regular events!
Eclipses happen every six months or so, in predictable patterns which recur every 19 years. There are generally two: a Solar (New Moon) and a Lunar (Full Moon). Sometimes there are three: two Solars and a Lunar, or two Lunars and a Solar. They come whenever the Moon’s Nodes cross the Ecliptic (the Sun’s apparent path, around which the ancients plotted the Zodiac) close to a New or Full Moon; and they last several minutes to an hour.
And so far the world hasn’t ended.
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”