The first lunar eclipse of 2011 will take place on Wednesday. It will be a total eclipse, meaning the Earth will completely block the light of the Sun. The Full Moon will transform from a silver orb to a dusky red disk, and it will last a long time. The event will begin at about 1:25 pm EDT and end about five and a half hours later. For 100 minutes in the middle of that period, Luna will be totally within our planet’s shadow.
Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from the eastern edge of South America, all of Africa, nearly all of Europe and Asia and most of Australia. It is the second of three eclipses taking place within a 30-day period. The cycle started with a partial solar eclipse on the first day of June. It will end when the Sun is once again partially obscured by the Moon on the first day of July.
Thus it is that we will literally be in the middle. Earth will be in between the Sun and Moon. We will be at the mid-point of a cycle precisely in the middle of a month. If there is anything to astrology, the literal will carry over to the figurative. What you may see in the sky corresponds to symbols on a piece of paper. The idea is that those symbols represent something going on in your life. In all probability, that would be a process that started about two weeks ago and is now about halfway through.
What that something is, you may already have figured out. If you haven’t, please don’t feel bad. Nearly all of us are deeply involved in our own lives. It can take years, even decades to get perspective on what we are going through right now. Fortunately, we have more than just the Sun and Moon to work with. That means we have the opportunity to go beyond the idea that we are in the middle of a process and get a feel for the details.
Given what has happened so far, it is probably best to start off looking at the big picture. The plainest fact about an eclipse is that one of the two biggest and brightest lights in the sky gets blocked and goes dark (or at least darker) for a while. That gets your attention if anything will. Rarely is it a once and done sort of event: One eclipse follows another. The idea is to pay attention to what is going on in between.
Sure enough, something else has been going on in the sky. Since the first of June, no less than ten planets, major and minor, have either changed sign or apparent direction. That’s a lot. It’s a pattern. Specifically, it is a pattern of patterns changing at a remarkable pace. It is definitely not business as usual. Above all, it symbolically demonstrates a salient property of eclipses: acceleration.
In some way, it probably extends to your life. Please try an experiment. If you can, begin a list of the recent and rapid succession of events which have put you in a different place or set you in a different direction. Notice what has happened to you when you are done. If you have moved past a vague sense of being in the middle of something, the symbolic will have become real. From there the next step is to focus on where you are going in such a hurry.
After acceleration, focus is another property of eclipses that you can actually own. It helps us discern what we are being compelled to move away from. More importantly, it allows us to be conscious of choices available to us regarding what we are moving towards. That brings us to the specific feature that makes Wednesday’s event unique.
It is not the position of the luminaries. On June 14, 1992, the Sun and Moon opposed along an axis within three arc minutes of where they will be on Wednesday. Neither is it the axis of the lunar nodes, where eclipses take place. That has also repeated before. Rather, it will be a third axis of opposition, very close to the first two. It will be between Mercury and the core of our galaxy, opposed to the degree.
Mercury will not be visible yet, but it will have passed to the west of the Sun. The center of our galaxy will be less than five hours east of the Moon. Between them will be the straight road from the planet that symbolizes how we think to ‘another country’ beyond the reach of what we can conceive.
The Galactic Center is, above all, beyond what our consciousness can grasp without resorting to abstraction. We, however, are not beyond the influence of its gravity and radiation. If this eclipse means anything, the axis between Mercury and The Core clearly implies that we have the opportunity to correct that imbalance. We are, in fact, members of the galaxy’s constituency. Working towards conscious awareness of just what that means is what we, and this eclipse, are about.
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