Thursday, 8 July 2010

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse over South Pacific – July 11th
Maximum Eclipse at 19.34 UT/GMT (11.34 PST/Local Time)

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Over the last week, you may have been feeling the rather intense build-up to a powerful Total Solar Eclipse that occurs over the South Pacific Ocean on July 11th, reaching maximum Eclipse at 19.34 Universal Time/GMT (11.34 PST/Local Time). The central path of the eclipse shadow begins at 18.20 UT (07.20 BET/Local Time) about 850 miles to the south of Western Samoa; then it passes within 95 miles to the south of Tahiti at 18.28 UT (08.28 AHST/Local Time), and directly over Easter Island/Rapa Nui at 20.12 UT (14.12 CST/Local Time), and ends at 20.50 UT (17.50 BZT2/Local Time), on the southern tip of South America, in Patagonia, Argentina. See below the Eclipse chart for what it all means.

Astro-cartography chart for the Total Solar Eclipse
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The Sun and Moon are conjunct the Moon’s South Node in Cancer. South Node Eclipses are always concerned with releasing the patterns of the past. The Sun is also conjunct asteroid Juno, concerned with Right Relationship. Sun, Moon and Juno are in sextile (60°) aspect with asteroid Vesta and Mars in Virgo – indicating that it is our hearts and wills that need to be in right relationship. The South Node in Cancer indicates that in order for this to be so, we need to move out of our emotional “comfort zones”, and let go of any emotional attachments, which may be preventing us from coming in right, loving relationship with each other and the planet.

Sun, Moon and Juno are also in quincunx (150°) aspect with Ceres in Sagittarius, which indicates that, collectively and individually we need to move to a new level in our understanding of our relationship with the Earth. The North Node in Capricorn is challenging us to realise that it is the task of our hearts and wills to take responsibility for the planet in whatever ways we can, and not to feel that it is someone else’s responsibility, or that we are powerless to do anything on our own. When our heart and will are aligned, and we act from that place, then many things become possible, and our smallest actions can have wide-ranging effects as they ripple out into the hearts, minds and wills of others. However, this will not work if we are in denial of our power, nor if we are in denial of individual responsibility for our part in having contributed to the problems that the planet faces.

Currently, the most pressing environmental concern is the on-going oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; whilst it is becoming clear that huge mistakes may have been made by BP, part of our individual responsibility is surely to acknowledge that, at some level we all have a responsibility here; it is our individual need to put petrol in our cars that is in part responsible for BP being there in the first place. None of us who use fossil fuels can claim to have no responsibility at all for this disaster – it is truly one of many wake-up calls from the current Jupiter-Uranus alignment which is calling us all to think and act, with an acknowledgment of the deeper and more intricate connections between ourselves and everyone on the planet.

This awareness of personal responsibility is beautifully expressed in Dr Masaru Emoto’s prayer for the waters of the Gulf of Mexico:

"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures
in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.
To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons,
corals, algae ... to all  living creatures ... I am sorry.
Please forgive me. Thank you.
I Love You."

The lesson of the Chiron – Neptune conjunction over Hawaii in February was for us to learn that global healing requires us to express our compassion towards all beings. Now that they are both retrograde, we will get to see just how deeply our willingness to heal extends, and where the limits of our compassion might lie. The Solar Eclipse can reveal to us all how our entrenched emotional patterns and attitudes limit our ability to freely express loving, compassionate forgiveness towards all beings, including ourselves.