The Total/Lunar/Super/Blood Eclipse
by Isaac George
27 September 2015
The only constant is change. And the more things change, the more they stay the same. Ahh, the Mystery of the Paradox. Life will continue beyond this Full Moon/ Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon/Harvest Moon, and there will still be unfinished business to attend to over the next six months…or longer. Depending on your perceptions and situation that may sound like welcome or unwelcome news. However, the bottom line as I feel it is this is just another alarm clock ringing to wake us all up. The ringing of the village church bell did the same for folks long before there were clocks, and in the Far East it might have been the drone of Tibetan trumpets. Nonetheless, the call to awaken is happening.
I liken an eclipse to the ringing of large bell, and the tone and harmonics takes a while to die away. There will be another striking of that large celestial bell next March, which could be considered a future bookmark to the one coming up tomorrow in the U. S., and early Monday morning in Asia and Europe. A bookend holds a book up. A bookmark holds a place for you in the book where you've finished a section or chapter, and you intend to return to it at a later time. A completed cycle is like a pair of bookends holding up the book or books. The real bookend event is the upcoming end of the Nodes of the Moon traveling through Libra and Aries. There's a beginning, in this case March 20th-22nd of 2014, and there's moment of crossing the finish line, which will occur around October 10th, 2015, when they move into Virgo and Pisces. The celestial bookmark moment will be with this Total Lunar Eclipse, and the next one will be the Annular (Partial) Lunar Eclipse on March 23rd, 2016. (See attached charts below)
Much has already been written about this "Blood Moon" so I won't revisit the points already made by many very good fellow astrologers. I certainly have stepped back a bit about this one being the big Ending of everything that has transpired in our relationships over the past 18 to 24 months. I also don't buy into any apocalyptic scenarios.
Some are speculating that it may have something to do with Ascension and Wave X. There is an increase of anomalous events and experiences, of that there is no question. I've had missing time, even a missing day, and my visual and auditory senses are shifting and changing. Perhaps Wave X has come, maybe gone, or is out to lunch. Hard to speculate whether this or that date or event is the Big Deal. Personally, I'm not too keen any longer on there ever being such a thing. It's a process, and even though it feels like acceleration, it is still an evolutionary process. At least that's the way it appears and feels to our filters.
In 1997 I was an avid listener of the Art Bell syndicated radio show "Dreamland" in the United States. He penned a book with another writer called "The Quickening", and many predictions about ascension and mass awakenings were foretold for the years 2000 and 2001. What we got instead was a fizzle for the supposed Y2K "millennium bug", followed by the 9/11 attacks, and then the War on Terror. Astrologers were watching and reading other signs of the times before this, and the upcoming Saturn - Pluto opposition clearly indicated that the "party like its 1999" (Prince) was not going to continue into the next decade. We are also still currently under the influence of the Uranus-Pluto cycle, and this Eclipse transpires with four planets in retrograde: Neptune, Chiron, Mercury and Uranus. This tends to color the game a bit, especially with Mercury in Libra. That "other" event, the End of the Mayan calendar in December 2012, may actually be evident in the breakdowns (and some breakups) happening. So perhaps that was the real deal...and it'll just take a long time to unravel. I feel that what this Eclipse challenges us about is to foster cooperation and partnering and and to consider it from a whole new level of Consciousness. Saturn and Pluto are direct, and for the time being Saturn is in the "too early" degrees to make much of a dent in the current energies. He'll be more of a factor by early December.
In the meantime, what can we do with this opportunity? The Sun and Moon are at 4 degrees of Libra and Aries, and yes, they are very close to the North and South Nodes of the Moon, which are at the Super Galactic Center Zero Degree, or World Axis degree. But close only counts in horseshoes, and I defer to the new Eclipse season in March 2016 as the possible final reckoning for what we've been experiencing thus far this year and in 2014. My mind wants to parrot what many others have been saying, as in whatever was happening with you and any significant "others" during the transit of the Nodes in Aries -Libra (and the Venus Retrograde this past summer) then that's it, done and dusted, kiss it all bye-bye. Hmmm… not so fast.
We are human beings. We have a need to relate. We are dependent upon each other as we are for sunlight, water, an oxygen rich atmosphere and good topsoil. Yes, we love our independence and freedom, but without anyone to share it with, we would start to feel like the character Tom Hanks played in the movie Cast Away. His only friend was a volleyball he named Wilson. What I feel this Eclipse is about is a call to reassess our relationship to Human Relationships (and lots more!). Too often we reject the unknown for the known, thinking it's the more practical or pragmatic route. Sometimes we go to an extreme in the other direction, and become lost in the "Other", or in the ideal of Love. Somewhere in the middle there may be a sweet spot, a place where magic and romance can meet practicality and sustainability. Goodness knows that we still have a lot of clean-up work to do around the baggage of hurt we share individually and collectively in affairs of the heart. We are told not to lose our head in love and relationships, but too often that is exactly what needs to happen, because all of our stories and associated emotions are bound up into one big protective ego dance.
A week ago I stumbled across this image on Facebook that I felt initially attracted to, perhaps because of a recent personal experience with someone I feel very close to. Inside my head, I could hear my wounded little not-self egging me on, saying "yeah, so and so has the wrong heart…just blow that off!" When I looked at again I realized what I was engaged in, and immediately saw that the image and its message was like someone else's pain trying to divide my love for this person and turn it into a judgmental hate. I've been seeing a lot of these types of messages lately, and they're dressed up to sound like they are encouraging our sovereignty and designed to get us out of victim consciousness. However I feel that there is message underneath, trying to drive wedges between people by creating mistrust and fear. It certainly plays well to our old wounds and hurts...creating reactions instead of healing. Perhaps we are just all trying too hard to be strong all the time, and now it's being exploited. By who or what isn't the point here, so I'll leave that for the Reader to ponder for now. When I finally commented on this image in the Facebook post, I wrote: "There are no wrong hearts... only confused ones. And they ache to be loved too."
As I was writing this blog, I also stumbled on to this article about our personal and interpersonal need to belong, to connect. According to the author, Bethany Webster, our primary need is to feel connected and attached to others. Bonding is the fabric that is so important in many mammalian societies. Dolphins are one example, and Bonobo chimps are another. Our drive to individuate is normal and healthy, but there are caveats. The so-called "war" between the sexes is one of the wedges that preys on our separation anxieties…separation from Source, from our birth mother, from Nature, and from each other. Disconnection, or the strategy of divide and conquer, is at the heart of most religions (us versus "them") and political systems (liberals versus conservatives). Our penchant for labels and naming has landed us in branding hell, and now we sense that all is not as it was intended to be. Click to read the full article: http://womboflight.com/2015/09/25/raw-open-and-real-moving-from-traumatic-aloneness-to-universal-oneness/
What all this has to do with the Eclipse tonight/tomorrow, and the road ahead, is that I feel that our need for connection and our need for honoring and cultivating new beliefs and behaviors in our relationships is inexorably bound up with the call to pay attention to the much bigger issues facing us as a species. Is our economic model sustainable, and will we avert ecocide in time? Can we cast aside enough of our isolationist and egocentric tendencies that we come to actually care for the strangers in our midst? This may be what part of the Syrian refugee crisis is about. One thing feels certain…we only are given a certain amount of time to align in collaboration with the Planetary Evolutionary (and Cosmic) impulse before higher laws and powers overtake us and force changes necessary for planetary survival. Note that I don't necessarily include us in that prerogative, but I heartily enjoin us to consider what will happen if we choose to continue as we have been. The Chinese have a saying - "if you don't change your direction, you'll end up where you're headed." Or, something like that.
The microcosm and the Macrocosm are infinitely linked…as within, so without, and as above, so below. How we respond to our current individual challenges and the challenges in our relationships, and our response to the global questions I stated above will determine our individual and collective journey ahead. This Eclipse is one of the bookmarks. Yes, some relationships may have to end in order for a change of belief to occur - or a change of belief must occur in order that the right people can line up to create a new paradigm on many levels.
The change of the Nodal Signs is one of the bookends. The next chapter will be read and hopefully understood by next March. We have the time just now, but do we have the trust, will courage and love to do what is necessary? We don't need to trash the people that we've loved or let go of people we care about with rancour or in a vengeful way. What we desperately need though is to let go of the beliefs, wounds, attitudes and suspicions that poison our perceptions and erode the Love that we are, and that gave birth to our existence. Whatever this Eclipse may mean to you, it certainly represents another clearing being made in order for us to claim the opportunities that lie ahead. Knowing is the science of faith, and with Saturn in Sagittarius for the next few years, our faith and beliefs will be tested.
Joy and love are the main ingredients for successfully embracing the healing being offered in these times. It will be the joy of letting go of what no longer serves while loving ALL of you, no matter what you think about your stuff. That goes double about how you perceive the reflections of all the other souls around you. Be gentle with them, and with yourself because Sun in Libra is the ultimate balancing act.
And remember…don't look down!
With love, Isaac
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The Solar Eclipse tomorrow reactivates the final Uranus-Pluto conjunction at 17 degrees of Virgo from October 1965. Other synced planets are Mercury in Libra, and Venus in Scorpio conjunct Saturn in Scorpio. The most amazing synchronicity is that Chiron is once again at 19 degrees of Pisces and is retrograde as well.
This feels like an important beginning-ending of a major cycle. Will be interesting to see what unfolds between now and the next eclipse September 27-28th.
Solar Eclipse in Virgo & The Energy Times
by Isaac George
Sept. 11th, 2015
The Goddess is moving. No, not to a new house or anything that mundane, but She is shaking and moving. The energy shifts are palpable, and more and more folks are chipping in with reports of personal anomalous events of all types. It seems that the artificial electro-magnetic grid is eroding, showing signs of being under strain, and the 1% of the 1% also getting a bit nervous and nervy…about us. So, they have to ramp up the countermeasures you know…keep the public order and all that. Here in Ireland the Garda (national police) are not granting permits for anti-austerity protestors to go door to door soliciting for donations because they say the funds will be used in future protests to create public order offences. Anyone remember the movie “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise? This is the Celtic version of PreCrime at work. You ARE guilty for what you haven’t even thought about doing…yet. Similar things have happened and are happening globally. With next year’s squares between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, discovering what the truth is about anything will be like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. Conversely, shocking revelations will also be occurring…the result of the Law of Unintended Consequences. At the least it will be entertaining.
The American author Tom Robbins once wrote that “every big front has a big back.” What he meant is that everything has a counterpoint, a mirror image in reverse. So, the more light there is, the bigger the appearance of the shadow…or something like that. As we move closer towards the end of Saturn’s transit in Scorpio, sandwiched solidly between two eclipses, there may be some really weird stuff manifesting. As “they” say, forewarned is forearmed. It is also a fabulous opportunity to touch the realm of synchronicity and to shift into a new ways of navigating the Now…and that is what I wish to focus on in this brief essay.
This almost total Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees of Virgo will take place at 7:41BST, 6:41UT in London this Sunday, September 13th (see chart below). Simultaneously Mercury will be at 14 Libra, and square to Pluto in Capricorn. The Eclipse will oppose Chiron in Pisces, and be inconjunct to Uranus in Aries. Saturn at 29 Scorpio will be felt as it touches the Nodes at 1 degree, 25 minutes of Aries-Libra. This combination has the potential for a number of blessings and opportunities. First, emotions may run rampant, but consider it a flash clearing and don’t identify with it to the point of “processing” everything. Simply witness and love each wave that happens. Secondly, with Mercury about to station retrograde (Sept.17th) in Libra, Freudian slips may be quite common. Loose lips may sink some ships, but the psychic debris of secrets or hidden things revealed are necessary whether within our interpersonal interactions in friendships and partnerships, or those of a larger narrative, i.e., the dialogue between leaders or nations. Chiron provokes the healing touch…Saturn and Pluto dredge up the secrets or hidden things. The Sun-Moon in Virgo will demand a purging in order to establish a pragmatic and purifying action to all that needs preserving, and all that needs purging.
Virgo is the realm of The Goddess, the Divine Feminine and Sophia Herself (see image). The Vestal Virgins in the ancient world of the mystery schools and civilisations in the Levant were devoted to the purification rituals devoted to the Goddess that cleansed the psyches of individuals and whole societies. The Mystery School network provided the framework within which each culture could grow and flourish in harmony with the natural world and live harmoniously with other cultures. Wisdom is Sophia’s name, and this wisdom included the human body, emotions and the divine gift of “epinoia” or imagination. Pleasure was seen as restorative. Ecstasy was the way of communing with Nature and the Feminine…Wisdom was the result. For almost a thousand years, through the rise and fall of empires, the Guiding Light was nurtured and protected by priestesses and priests of the Goddess in sacred groves, from the British Isles to the Near East and India. No single aspect of human life was left out of consideration and Pagan Europe and the Near East survived and prospered for a very long time…until the rise of Christianity. But, that’s another part of the story.
Chiron is an archetype from the pagan world, and his qualities align with Virgo and the 6th house and he is always seeking to serve and heal, to cleanse and renew, and to assist us in proceeding with our mission. The opposition of the Eclipse with Chiron is asking us to confront our pain, and to gain the gift that it can give us, that will empower us to move forward. New Moons are new beginnings, but the time between the last Full Moon and now constitutes the Waning, the letting go time. One of the best types of practices for the waning period is a burning ritual. Writing down what no longer serves you and consciously gifting it to the flames is one option. Consider it a clean break with what has been. No worries…you still possess the memories, but they no longer will possess you.
You can determine what is “lit up” in your birth chart by this eclipse by using www.astro.com to view and print your natal chart. You’ll need your birth time, so check that out beforehand. Create a free account and then plug in the details of your nativity. Look for anything around 20 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini. Look for any planet or angle (Ascendent, Descendent, Midheaven or IC) that is at or within 2 degrees of the Eclipse point. The degree of Mercury and Pluto is sensitive as well, 14 degrees of Libra and Capricorn (and Aries and Cancer). If you feel drawn to find out more and require some mentoring about the two eclipses (September 27-28 is the Total Lunar Eclipse) and Mercury Retrograde, consider getting a Transit Reading with me. More information can be found by clicking here.
The Energy Times:
Just got some more data from other subscribers, and there are more things happening within my observational range that’s also indicative of intense shifts. Power outages, computers and cell phones misbehaving, and in a recent extreme case, a Boeing 777 that was ready for take-off had both engines spontaneously catch on fire at McCarran airport in Las Vegas a few days ago. Passengers had to take selfies and grab hand luggage before evacuating the aircraft. Priceless moments to be shared back home apparently.
Some folks feel that the slow down on the Internet is due to too much traffic, too much monitoring and data mining (Google, you have been named) and the Grid’s reaction to solar-induced geomagnetic storms. I vote for “all of the above”. Personally, I removed Google Chrome as a browser on my laptop and reverted to Firefox. Much faster response times, and a lot of the glitches I’ve experienced the last two months have vanished. I think hacking into browsers is on the increase too, as I encountered an attack yesterday and my antivirus and malware packages uninstalled Firefox as part of the quarantine and removal solution. Fortunately when I reinstalled it, all of my bookmarks were saved.
The sensitive time ahead is between the two eclipses. The Total Lunar Eclipse on September 27th-28th, the so-called "supermoon" Blood eclipse, will be a whopper. Will preview that the week after next, around the 20th or 21st of September. Before that we have Saturn leaving Scorpio on the 18th of September here in Europe, the 17th in the N. America, and I may post a post-mortem on it a few days afterwards, plus speak about the Autumnal Equinox. Need to see what manifests first. Speaking of manifestations...
From an astrologer’s perspective manifestation is expressed through Transits. Whatever is unconscious or unacknowledged will appear in the scenery to awaken us, to call attention to itself. Carl Jung called it destiny. The ancients called it Fate. Whatever you or I call it, it is the engine of Creation, because all thought has a single Origin. So this time and the times to follow may indeed feel “fated”, as if you are experiencing the Dreamtime as a participant and a Witness. That may be our role…each one of us a unique emissary of Spirit, the Original Thinker, so to speak. If it feels destined, it may be because our Soul chose it long before our ego decided upon it. Choice and free will...or is it fate? I feel that these perennial questions will attract more Wisdom to us in the near future.
In the meantime, your Destiny is calling to you.
P.S. Today is the 14th Anniversary of 9/11. The controversy is far from ended on this one. For something interesting to watch, I recommend this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufWggCESyDg
Sept 5th, 2015
The Energy Times by Isaac George
The Venus Retrograde will finally conclude this coming Sunday-Monday, and our wandering in the relationship wilderness for the past 40 days is just about end. In actuality, Venus began this journey on June 22nd, and it will not complete itself until it leaves the shadow period on October 9th. (Chart posted below)
Perhaps you’ve had some major “ah-ha’s!” about your current relationship, or your own patterns and values within the context of your relationship. Some of you might have experienced a renewed sense of self-love, and realized that you’ve lost touch with your own essence and you sought to regain your own sense of self-appreciation and increase your self-care practices.
Then for some there could have been a review of your past partnerships and love affairs, or perhaps some lover or partner from your past came to mind, or in some cases, someone significant may have come back to cross your path. Old feelings may be rekindled, and themes of unrequited love might have erupted too. Love gained and lost are common to the human experience, and sometimes we are not aware of unprocessed emotions and feelings we are holding and they may have rushed into the foreground of your experience during this transit. In a few instances, these renewed contacts are for a final healing and release, or for renewing a choice to move forward together again. Some may have fallen head of heels in love with someone totally new, and some impetuousness could have led into hasty engagements or marriage proposals.
Hang on one moment…
When this retrograde is over we still will have some fog to clear. Retrograding planets are designed for looking inside for conditions or issues that need our full attention…something that needs healing or integrating. It is NOT necessarily a great time to change things in the outer landscape. The time for action is usually AFTER the retrograde is over, not DURING it. As I mentioned in the previous blog, when we alter our direction under a retrograde planet cycle we may just get a rude surprise down the road.
If you did break up with someone during this time-frame, or you have committed to a new relationship or recommitted to an old or existing partnership, there is likelihood that you'll have a flat tire on the car of life…sooner or later. Rethinking is always in hindsight, and 20/20 in focus. There could a bit of buyer’s remorse and then a crisis of how you may need to extricate yourself from either the new situation or the one you stood pat on. Messes not cleaned up will always return, and you may have a total eclipse of the heart, after which you may also have a change of heart with a corresponding change of direction
Why is this so important right now? Because of Saturn at the 29th degree of Scorpio. Yes, Saturn is a factor because it is calling to us and saying “Have you completed the necessary lessons ?", and "...are you sure this is your decision?” I covered the implications of the Cosmic Hammer in the previous blog (read here) and it is unequivocal. I have seen close up the power of Saturn at the 29th degree, and have a healthy respect for how this overrides our notions of how we try to manipulate our realities. Uranus can have a similar, but more shocking effect. In this scenario Saturn is a relentless karmic taskmaster, and at the last degree of Scorpio is demanding the ultimate in detoxification of our held emotions and traumas. Remember, Scorpio’s co-ruler is Pluto, so with Saturn in mutual reception to Pluto this is a double-strength shamanic medicine show we’re dealing with. Since Venus will be going direct at 14 degrees of Leo, and Pluto is currently at 13 degrees plus of Capricorn, they are said to be "inconjunct". When two planets are in such an aspect with one another, it creates tension. It is a different tension to an opposition, conjunction or square, but it is not in an overt way, but as in feeling like there is an impasse or inability to resolve the tension that is presented. And, it could take a massive amount of energy and focus to resolve said tension. So, this why there may not be an immediate sigh of relief until Venus has begun to move forward and away from the inconjunct to Pluto. Early to mid-October will be feeling a lot different. With Mars trining Uranus right now, you may also be getting ahead of yourself...i.e., feeling a bit too frenetic and clumsy. Slow down...and recognize if you're pushing too much. Being aware is to be prepared.
Sorry…it’s not all doom or gloom. The bright spot is that we will be entering the territory of Libra shortly after Saturn leaves Scorpio, and the mood will lighten up and shift after the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd, just ahead of Pluto moving direct and the big Lunar Eclipse on the 28th . Next week will be a bit bumpy with Moon in Cancer, and then there’s the upcoming Partial Solar Eclipse on the 13th of September at 20 Virgo as well, and there will be an important meeting between the North Node in Libra and Black Moon Lilith too. I’ll feature that in next week’s report.
So, stay the course, and above all, do not give up hope or your vision. Enjoy the Bonny Tyler video below, and see you next week!!
NOTE: If any of you are still experiencing anomalies with your computing or communications equipment, or are having strange physical, emotional or mental hiccups, please email me with the details, or post as comments below. I’m still collecting data as to the fluctuating state of our planetary and solar magnetic fields. The Sun was storming last week, and may have contributed to some of you feeling a bit unsteady.
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