Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer: July 2, 2019

Its eclipse season! The first eclipse will be a Total Solar Eclipse on July 2 @ 11:55am CST. The eclipse will be primarily visible from South America, but its energetic impact will be universal depending on how the eclipse affects your chart. Astrologically, I view eclipses in the same vein as outer planet transits. This eclipse is happening in the sign of Cancer. If you have Ascendant, Ascendant Lord, Sun, Moon, Ātmakāraka, or one of the lunar nodes in Cancer, then you can expect this to be a significant eclipse for you. Further, if your 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th house cusps fall in Cancer, this will also be an important eclipse for you, and you will especially see its effect in your outer life. (Free Chart Calculator below).

What are eclipses all about? It depends on your perspective. Astronomically, solar eclipses occur when either the north (Rāhu) or south node (Ketu) of the Moon intersects the orbital plane of the Moon and the ecliptic (apparent path of the Sun around the Earth). When this intersection occurs, the light of the Sun is temporarily obscured. Mythologically, the origin of eclipses is told in the myth of Lord Vishnu churning the ocean to produce the nectar of immortality (amrita) for the gods. A demon named Svarbhānu was falsely posed as a god, waiting to receive the nectar of immortality. Lord Vishnu recognized the demon's deception and cut Svarbhānu in half as punishment. However, the demon had already tasted a drop, and was thus immortalized in its fracture. It is said that ever since this event, from time to time, the demon takes revenge and swallows the gods, seen as the event of solar and lunar eclipses. 

Thus, from the Vedic perspective, eclipses are seen as an inauspicious time when the demons are victorious over the gods. Yet this is only one interpretation. If we take a psychological perspective and see the lunar nodes as "shadow points", then we have another perspective on eclipses. The two halves of the severed demon are what we now refer to as the nodes of the Moon. The Moon is the archetype of our mind, and so everyone born in this world is born with a fractured consciousness, a world of duality, opposites, and friction that is the source of psychological strife. We can also consider the traditional Vedic descriptions of the Moon as "lovesick", or always separated from its "other half". These are all ways of describing the nature of the human mind. 

From this view, the depiction of Rahu or Ketu vengefully swallowing the Sun or Moon is a symbol of the unconscious shadow swallowing the light of Divinity within us. What is unconscious is a part of us that we are not yet conscious of, that remains yet un-illumined. Until it is illuminated, or brought to consciousness, it represents a vacuum, an obscuration of light. If we consider the phenomenology of eclipses to be primarily psychological, then we can appreciate the transformative potential of these alignments in nature. The premise of astrology and also medicine is the same: what is outside corresponds to what is inside. Therefore, an eclipse is a potent reflection of a psychological dynamic that is in fact always active within us and which is seeking resolution. The eclipse can thus serve as a magnifier, allowing us to see more clearly something which was always there, waiting to be consciously assimilated. 

From the perspective of the Kalacakra Tantra, eclipses are a time when the energies of nature are absorbed in their original spaciousness. As space (or ether) is the first element, space is the singularity and unmanifest potential that gives rise to the world of duality. During an eclipse, the duality of nature (Sun and Moon) are temporarily resolved in their "source". As such, the Tantra states that during an eclipse, the polar currents of life-energy (ida and pingala nādis) are temporarily drawn into the central channel (sushumna nādi) from which they originate, a phenomenon that is the goal of traditional Yoga. In this sense, an eclipse temporarily offers the merits of Yoga, even to the unqualified. This is why it is said that spiritual practices engaged during an eclipse are a thousand times more effective. 

Returning to Lord Vishnu's churning of the ocean, we can see that it is really a metaphor for the alchemical processes of Yoga. The churning of the ocean purifies it of toxins. The pure is now fully separated from the impure, just as ghee is clarified from butter. The remaining essence is the nectar (amrita) of immortal life. But the poison must also be released, and here we must remember that it is Lord Shiva, the Supreme Yogi, who holds the poison in his throat and remains unaffected. 

Thus, the consideration of eclipses must shift from its focus as a purely outer event, to an event of personal, psychological, and potentially Yogic significance. The consideration of a north node eclipse is what new forms of nourishment are you capable of assimilating? And therefore, what are you willing to let go of? As it is a solar eclipse, it is a time to re-evaluate our creative inspirations and how we want to manifest ourselves in the world. All of this points us back to the polarity of the Capricorn-Cancer eclipse axis: the integration of the outer and inner worlds. 

Link to an essay I wrote last year, "The Yoga of Eclipses", that explores these concepts in more depth:

The two primary aspects of the body-mind must be balanced and they must be joined at the center, at the heart, at the feeling dimension. When they have been purified, balanced, equalized, clarified, then the very Nature of which they are the modification Awakens or Shines forth. That Nature is asleep now. It is only permitted to reveal itself in states of consciousness that you do not remember, basically during deep sleep. In deep, dreamless sleep you enter into direct association with the state that you are eternally, but you have no consciousness at all. That association is only permitted in a state of unconsciousness. But if in the waking state we become responsible for the phases of the body-mind, and for this curious idea we have of the body-mind as an independent fleshy thing, and of our souls as independent, internal, subjective, or mental things, we can become liberated from illusions and stand as we are. And suddenly that Consciousness which is otherwise revealed only in unconsciousness Awakens during the waking state. 

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

“Enlightenment Is True Health”, The Eating Gorilla Comes In Peace, p. 168

Rahu in Cancer / Ketu in Capricorn

Rahu and Ketu moved into Cancer and Capricorn today after spending the past year and a half in Leo and Aquarius! Are you feeling the shifts? 

Today is also the midterm election in the US, which is very interesting timing. What does this mean? Rahu in Cancer indicates the need to develop internally where the true source of stability and happiness is found, while Ketu in Capricorn indicates the need to release the stress of trying to manage the outer conditions of life as an exclusive means of stability and happiness. 

The lesson of this election is that change is an inside out process. The true signs of change, transformation, and stability will not necessarily be reflected in the outer landscape of life until it has grown and ripened in the inner landscape of human consciousness (individually and collectively). Just as ripe fruit has no choice but to fall from the tree and nourish the ground on which it falls, the seeds of inner change are inevitably expressed outwardly. 

Many are feeling the evolutionary urge of Rahu today as they go and cast their vote (many for the first time), but our expectations for change must also direct us to the deeper process of understanding and transcendence which is its proper fuel. 

Rahu and Ketu are a polarity, an apparent tension of opposites. This tension affects our live at every level, and we can see it quite easily in the two-party system of American politics. The idea that a tug of war will enable one side to win over the other is a false resolution. The true resolution of polarity is not in the potency of opposition but in the revelation of unity. 

Two days from now on Nov 8, Jupiter enters its own sign of Sagittarius, a gracious and beneficial transit for all. Jupiter is the flow of goodness that stands beyond all oppositions, casting its light on enemies and friends alike. We have much to learn from Jupiter and from all its manifestations, especially the teachers and Gurus who embody its Gracious expression and light the sparks of Universal Joy within us. 

"The truly mature human individual is, characteristically, free of all the intrinsically and inevitably frustrating limitations of conditional reality and the personal and collective relationship-politics of social egoity. 

The truly mature human individual is radiant in the world, such that the Prior Unity of Reality Itself Is egolessly Alive As his or her human person. 

Therefore, a world-collective of truly mature (and, thus, rightly humanly and esoterically acculturated) human individuals can create a truly human, benign, moral, and Reality-Enlightened culture, founded in the Intrinsic Self-Apprehension of the Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State of Reality Itself. 

Only such a world-collective of truly mature human individuals is truly free of the inherent and chronic frustrations that otherwise constantly and only produce subhuman societies, subhuman cravings, and subhuman destinies (both before and after death)". 

~Avatar Adi Da Samraj
from "The ego-Culture of Desire and The ego-Transcending Culture of Love"
Not-Two Is Peace

Partial Solar Eclipse of August 11, 2018

The last eclipse of 2018 is a partial solar eclipse starting August 11 at 3:00am (CST) and concluding at 6:30am (CST). This eclipse season has been a pattern of endings and release, letting go and moving on--and Pluto has been a primary planetary influence at each eclipse. This pattern reached its apex with the total lunar eclipse, a potency that tomorrow's eclipse cannot rival. In that sense, tomorrow's eclipse is bringing resolution and completion to all that has been stirred in the past two eclipses. 

This partial eclipse is a North node eclipse (Rahu) in Saros Series 155. Brady Bernadette writes of this eclipse family: 

"If this family of eclipses affects a chart, the person will experience the sudden collapse of plans or life-styles. Confusion may reign but the long-term effects are those of rebuilding and transformation. After the dust has settled, the rebuilding starts and the consequences of this reshaping will have far-reaching effects. This eclipse family changes a person's direction through the sudden collapse of an existing structure."

As I've done with the last two eclipses, I will look at the overall pattern of the eclipse by examining the first eclipse in the series. The first eclipse of Saros 155 was on June 17, 1928 at 20:41. The birth card is a King of Clubs. King cards are ruled by Pluto, so we see the Plutonian pattern immediately. In the birth spread for Saros 155, the Pluto card is an Ace of Clubs, the birth card for the total lunar eclipse. We can see that tomorrow's eclipse is an evolute of what preceded it. The last eclipse was a Ketu eclipse, a stirring of the unconscious, of past patterns, of all that has been repressed and suppressed. Tomorrow's eclipse is a Rahu eclipse, calling us to assimilate what has been brought to the surface. It is the resolution of the lunar eclipse. 

Bernadette has aptly observed that this eclipse family brings about "sudden collapse of an existing structure". Ketu is initially our security with the familiar, our comfort in karmic merit, but over time, Ketu disillusions us with all of those things and we find the things of Ketu slipping through our fingers. This is when we arrive at Rahu, the great exposer of Ketu, who leads us to the unfamiliar, confronting, but necessary territories of evolutionary potential. 

The eclipse is happening in the sign of Leo and nakshatra of Aslesha. Aslesha is symbolized by a serpent coiled at the base of the spine, an illustration of the Kundalini Shakti, the evolutionary energy that is latent in man. Aslesha, therefore, is a nakshatra of energetic awakening and transformation. It is described as having a "poisonous" energy, just as Rahu and Ketu are described as poisonous serpents. Eclipses, in general, are described as a "poisonous" time. We should understand that the serpent's bite is venomous to the ego, but is ambrosial for transformation. 

Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde. Mars and Ketu are conjunct, Pluto and Saturn are conjunct, and Mercury is joining the eclipse. It can be challenging to utilize such intense energies, which is why it can be wise to lay low during the eclipse and the days after. This is not the moment to articulate a big communication or to make something happen. It is a time of allowing the shift to take place and discovering new direction. Retrograde planets are not anything to fear--their energy is just stronger. Mars and Ketu is a difficult conjunction, as is Saturn and Pluto, so its not a time to push the limits of will and stamina. Mercury with Rahu especially shadows communication, so this is really a time to think twice before you speak. People with significant planets in the Leo/Aquarius axis may also be experiencing intense and even violent dreams right now. We have to humble ourselves in the face of such powerful energies, rather than think we have it all together and go about life as usual. This is why, traditionally, eclipses were seen as powerful omens, and a time to drop out from the ordinary patterns of life at an internal level. 

Rahu and Ketu have been transiting the Leo/Aquarius axis for a year and a half, so people with significant planets in Leo or Aquarius have been feeling these eclipses a lot. The past year has likely been a full spectrum experience for such people. Some relief is on the way as Rahu and Ketu will change signs on November 15, moving into Cancer and Capricorn respectively. This will be an intense time, however, for people with significant planets in Capricorn because Pluto and Saturn are still there. Pluto in Capricorn makes this eclipse significant for people with important planets in Capricorn, even if they are not affected by the Leo/Aquarius axis. The reason is because this eclipse season has been a Plutonian event, and whoever Pluto is affecting right now will experience that magnification. But it will be more or less of the same for them, whereas for others, it has felt more like a sudden and dramatic shift. 

We should take this time to release and resolve, to become more conscious of our purpose and direction in life. Eclipses are a great time to re-assess things. It can be disconcerting to re-assess the big things in life, but deeply fruitful if we can appreciate that what exists outside of our comfort zone is among the most creative and catalyzing of potentials. Life is not fatalistic, but creative, and eclipses are a transformational window wherein we can realize another level of freedom and energy. In the words of my Guru, Adi Da Samraj: 

"From the Spiritual point of view, the future is a creative potential, not a predetermined destiny. Very often, a mysterious indication will arise--the intuitive awareness of a tendency that is operating or a possibility that is presenting itself. But True Sadhana is not determined by tendencies or premonitions. True sadhana always involves creative participation in the conditions of born existence. True Sadhana allows the Graceful transformation of time and space into the Conscious Spiritual Event. There may be intuitive indications of tendencies, of possibilities, of things that might occur--but all of this arises in relation to the Living Divine Heart, and (therefore) none of it is absolutely predetermined."