Solar Eclipse in Leo – the Courage to Face Our Shadow

Eclipse season continues – the rapid (r)evolutionary roller-coaster is gathering speed!  Eclipses are amazing evolutionary accelerants and radical recalibrations of perspective.  This one is a total eclipse of the Sun – technically, a very precisely aligned New Moon, exact at 2:30 pm in NYC and 9:30 pm in Estonia, on Aug 21st.  New Moons always signal new beginnings, and eclipses are especially potent in this regard, opening up possibilities that simply didn’t exist before.  But, before we get all excited about this fresh influx of cosmic goodies, we need to face a terrifying moment of darkness.  During the eclipse, the Moon literally shades out the light of the Sun, turning the world into an eerie twilight zone.

The Sun in astrology symbolizes our core identity, our very sense of self – what fuels our fire, what sustains our lifeIn order to access this Solar Eclipse New Moon’s amazing new potentials, we need to face our Shadow Self.  And that, my dear, is scary… we need all the courage we can muster, and more.  This Eclipse is in Leo, the sign that invokes the valor and bravery of lion-hearted knights in shining armor…as well as the shadow side of the same coin, the tyrannical ruler, the “Mad King”.

As millions of people in the USA are marveling at the magnificent spectacle of a total solar eclipse visible in their backyard, the country as a whole is facing its deepest, darkest, most painful shadows of racism, exploitation and hate.  The seismic schisms simmering under the surface have cracked into conscious awareness… the one thing we cannot do anymore is to pretend everything’s alright.  Each one of us has a choice, a choice that requires true, humble and heartfelt courage – we can either fuel the fire further by roaring louder than “the other side” (a very Leo thing to do, and rather tempting!), or we can look at our own life, down to the most minute daily actions and see how we’ve participated, whether overtly or covertly, in creating exactly the kind of world we have.

To access the highest potential of Leo – enlightened leadership – we need an unflinchingly honest face-to-face with our own inner tyrant, our own sense of entitlement and greed.  This may come up in the simplest, most mundane encounters: someone cuts us off in traffic, someone else gets the credit for a project we pioneered at work… if we watch our reaction each time our own sense of self (or, self-importance:) gets “eclipsed”, we can gain true wisdom.  The more we know our own Shadow, the harder it is to manipulate us with the dark forces of fear and hate.  Yes, this eclipse will crush any remaining rose-colored glasses, but the clarity and courage gained is well worth the loss.  The first rays of light emerging from the other side of the eclipse are pure magic, pure joy of Life’s eternal renewal.  From the shadow emerges a light that’s brighter and bolder, clearer and more compassionate than anything we’ve seen before.  We all have a part to play in these dramatic times…I wish you courage, dear friends and cosmic comrades!


Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – You didn’t come here to be NORMAL!:)

Eclipse season is here – the rapid (r)evolutionary roller-coaster is gathering speed!  Eclipses act as accelerants, kicking our butts out of familiar ruts.  This Aquarius Eclipse (essentially a very precise FULL Moon, exact on Aug 7th at  2:11pm in NYC, 9:11 pm in Estonia) shines a searing spotlight on the shady side of social cohesion: in the desperate dash to “make it” in this world, have we snuffed out our own peculiar brilliance, cut off our quirks in order to appear acceptable and employable?  And, to soothe the pain of such “necessary surgery”, are we now desperately looking for a Band Aid-personality in the form of masks we slap on in social media (another very Aquarian realm)?  The upcoming New Moon total Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug 21st opens the floodgates to a roaring river of Art and all manner of authentic expression. To ride this exhilarating Eclipse express, we need to break the stupefying spells of social conditioning, to close our eyes to the bright billboards of created culture and look to the Light that glows within.

 “You did not come here to be normal, you came here to be YOU!” said Robert Holden.  To me, this is the very heart of this Aquarius/Leo Eclipse cycle

You didn't come here to be NORMAL

You didn’t come here to be NORMAL!

Be very curious and open this amazing August – you may find the uniqueness of YOU reflected back in the eyes of your Aquarian tribe- your “motley crew” of mates old and new.  And, don’t forget to be a true mirror for every friend and stranger who crosses your path.  We all could use an uncensored look at who we are…especially our quirky qualities, the stuff we try to cover up and hide:)  Aquarian energy can be super-spacious in its highest expression, accepting (if not always loving:) a vast variety of expression.   Enjoy getting intimately acquainted with your own “looney” side under this Moon’s light… your so-called strangeness might be your greatest GIFT to the wonderfully wide and wacky web of the world!

Some Stellar Spells to play with, to accelerate your “evolutionary express”:

“Lumos!” – the spell to create an illuminating light at the tip of your wand.  Use it to see clearly, both inside and out, so you can untangle yourself from society’s sticky webs of approval and acceptance;)

“Revelio!” – a charm used to reveal concealed objects and the true appearance of someone who’s changed their appearance with a spell.  Try it on yourself, to reveal your authentic self…if not to others, at least to yourself:)

Enjoy this Moon’s magic, and share what’s stirring for you!  This August is quite a ride!  Xoxo

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