“I want to feel both the beauty and the pain of the age we are living in. I want to survive my life without becoming numb. I want to speak and comprehend words of wounding without having these words becoming the landscape where I dwell. I want to possess a light touch that can elevate darkness to the realm of stars.” Terry Tempest Williams
Moon shadows the Sun.
The edges of power
the haves and have-nots.
Conflict and struggle
or numbness and avoidance.
“Edges are important because they define a limitation in order to deliver us from it. When we come to an edge we come to a frontier that tells us that we are now about to become more than we have been before. As long as one operates in the middle of things, one can never really know the nature of the medium in which one moves.” William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light
Each of us holds the seeds
to nurture and grow
beyond the limitations of fear.
We must seed this new cycle
with sensitivity and emotional attunement.
There are further challenges ahead.
Now is our time to affirm a place for nourishment, nurturing and inner security.
“With our actions every day, and just by being our truest self, we are a conduit of possibilities for others. Just by living the best lives we can, the kindest, the most compassionate, we have done something to sustain and illuminate a path to freedom.” Sharon Salzberg
A Solar Eclipse changes the way we perceive the order of our lives. We see darkness where we depend on seeing light. The shadow is more obscure. The light is more brilliant. The grand display of contrast can accentuate a sharp focus of clarity.
A shadow is created by the Moon, voice of instinct and mystery of the unconscious. The seed of this new moon incorporates the shadow. In the sign of Cancer this may manifest as hiding in a shell of self-protection while avoiding what needs to be seen. Dysfunctional nostalgia. Feelings of being threatened or thwarted.
Saros Cycles: Series of Eclipses
In the grand cosmos of magnificent and mysterious design, a solar eclipse is not an isolated event. The Babylonians discovered that each eclipse is part of a larger pattern spanning over a thousand years. The Solar Eclipse of July 12, 2018 is in the Saros Series 2 Old North. Recent dates in this cycle include July 1, 2000, June 21, 1982, June 10, 1964 and May 30, 1946.
The first eclipse in this series was June 24, 792 (not a typo – yes, 792!) This partial eclipse is the next-to-the-last eclipse before the series ends in 2036. Here we have an Saros Series (nearing the completion of its cycle) that has a theme of separations and endings in relationships. This theme resonates on a worldwide basis, as refugee families are torn asunder. The world history of domination and greed is an old story. The trauma resonates through our collective bones. The world is getting smaller. It’s time for compassionate consciousness to grow larger and evolve anew.
Pluto, “Lord of the Underworld” is exactly opposite this eclipse, bringing a quality of ruthless confrontation to the themes life and death. There is power in persistence and in knowing when to let go. Unconscious needs are intensified. A significant time for revealing inner motivations.
☽ Cancer Solar Eclipse Seeds of Inquiry & Contemplation ☼
What are the life-defeating memories I cling to?
What are the old stories that undermine me?
Spit out the poison. Drink from a nourishing cup.
What part of my life needs nourishment, care and attention?
Can I ask for help?
Each present moment is an ever arising opportunity to discern the validity of our instincts, our gut level intelligence and make conscious choices from a place of integrity.
Last year’s Cancer New Moon: Nectar of Intuition offers sweet wisdom in navigating uncertainty:
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How is this eclipse showing up for you? Are you drawn towards learning more so that you can be attuned to your unique cycles? I offer deep and compassionate insight that is tailored to your specific needs and interests.
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