We will have a New Moon about ten minutes before a partial solar eclipse in Sagittarius on Friday at 1:20 am EST. That means the luminaries, Sun and Moon, are coming together in conjunction while also in the vicinity of a lunar node. The lunar nodes are two points where the Moon’s path intersects with the apparent path of the Sun, otherwise known as the ecliptic. Where the Moon’s orbit goes above the ecliptic is the lunar north node, or Rahu, the arms-length host of Friday’s eclipse. Rahu itself is closely conjoined with one of the definitive points in Sagittarius, the Great Attractor. The involvement of the Great Attractor distinguishes this eclipse as much as any other factor. The corresponding parallel to your life entails distinguishing the appropriate questions before you look for answers.
The Great Attractor is subject to more questions than answers. We don’t know just what it is, only what it does. Philip Sedgwick calls it “one of the most gravitationally potent objects in the Universe,” pulling our galaxy and millions of others on a space-time bridal train, cloaking itself in the same cosmic fabric. That veil of distortion keeps the source of power perpetually around a corner, preventing us from receiving information directly. While science is frustrated by a lack of information, the art of astrology is not. That’s because astrology strives to correlate its observations, not prove them.
Astrology’s plainest form of correlation is when two objects can be seen coming together in the sky. A solar eclipse is the most obvious example. Most of the time, a New Moon finds Luna well above or below the ecliptic. When that happens, the luminaries are conjoined only in longitude. The same event near a lunar node finds the Moon in a range of latitude that puts it between Earth and Sun casting a shadow on the surface of our planet. That shadow marks a place and makes solar eclipses a physical as well as temporal event, a mutuality between now and here.
As the reciprocating factor that precipitates Friday’s eclipse, the lunar north node has correspondences of its own. In the words of Vedic astrologer Komilla Sutton, “Rahu is the head part of the celestial snake,” literally concerned with what is ahead, and encountering it. Rahu in Sagittarius implies that encounter will be with a new season but a conjunction with the Great Attractor reveals that to be only a direction with no answers. That’s where Friday’s eclipse comes in.
As the Moon crosses paths with the Sun in the sky, time and place will merge in our lives. When that happens, try to make some correlations between where you find yourself and the quality of the time. Should the resulting correspondence cast a shadow, take note of where it falls and pause to consider exactly what inquiries would be pertinent. That process may not reveal what’s around the corner, felt only as a pulling, but it will prepare you for what you encounter on the journey. When the luminaries culminate to an opposition (Full Moon) next month, the tables will be turned and it will be Earth’s shadow falling on the Moon. It will help a great deal if by then we are equipped with the right questions.
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