A solar eclipse is a very exact New Moon, aligned so that it blocks out the light of the Sun. On a deep symbolic level, this powerful spectacle re-calibrates of our sense of Self (our core motivations and energy, represented by the Sun, our life-giver here on Earth). As the Sun emerges from Moon’s shade, after being “swallowed up” by darkness, a fresh set of coordinates is inscribed in our Soul by this radical renewal of light. If you’re lucky enough to have seen a Solar Eclipse, you can probably sense why the ancients ascribed such momentous predictions and prophesies to these events – there’s something inherently awesome and spooky about seeing the Moon “eat up” the Sun, and the first sun-ray popping out from the eerie dim disk sets off a palpable wave of relief – the “juice is back on”, we’ve got power again!:) The light has prevailed over the dragon of darkness once more.
This Pisces eclipse arrives at the scene of considerable cosmic drama – Mars, the planet of action is about to catch unpredictable Uranus in the fiery battlefield of Aries. The impulse to DO something, anything, QUICK is almost unbearable…but existing structures and agreements (represented by Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra) have raised up ramparts of resistance. Grrr, we could easily beat our heads bloody against the wall… Thankfully, this Eclipse can lift our gaze above this pugnacious power-play to reveal a refreshingly WIDER and WISER path. The trouble is – are we willing to listen, to pop our heads above the fray long enough to receive this gift of GRACE?
A few days before this Eclipse, I was advising a new client on the verge of making major changes in the practical aspects of her path – where to move to, what to do for a job? Hearing my pitch of this Pisces Eclipse as a fresh soulful download from “the bigger picture”, she asked with a note of understandable anxiety: “Will there be a sign? Like, where am I supposed to go?” The words “supposed to” stuck out like a sore thumb, making me pause and dig deeper for an answer. As an aside, there is a fun and fascinating branch of astrology called “astro-cartography” which can indeed point to places that will be more conducive for particular aspects of life – such as love, healing or career – for a particular person…but, my intuition was pointing to a more fundamental need here – I wanted to help her regain confidence in her OWN SOUL compass, instead of heaping more external authority on her somewhat scrambled system. So, I invited her to breathe deep and FEEL her way into the kind of environment she’d truly love to live in, allowing colors, scents and shapes to emerge from the unfettered expanse of her soul. And, to be open to the subtle tugs on her heart, the first fleeting glimpses of these precious new coordinates, as the eclipsed Sun re-emerges on Feb 26th.
So, my NEW MOON ECLIPSE MAGIC spell for you, dear reader, is to craft your own version of sacred SOUL LISTENING: honoring oceanic Pisces, use the WATER element – take a luscious bath with home-made aromatic salts (add your fave essential oils and speak your soulful spells into the salts, then dissolve the magic mix in the water). Relax, let it all soak in, absorbing the messages on a cellular level. Allow the cosmic currents to caress you as you float, to gently guide you in the direction of your dreams…no drama necessary:) Being by the ocean can amplify and accelerate your eclipse spells, so jump in the water and swish like a fish: swim, sail, surf! (I plan to do all of the above:) If no sea or bathtub around, sing in a decadently long shower...anything that gets you into the FLOW of imagination is the magic medicine of this New Moon:)
Let me know how your Moon Magic goes! For a personal astro-reading, e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org