Wednesday’s (5am PDT 23 March) Lunar Eclipse is only Penumbral. That means that you’ll have to watch closely to notice that there’s a slight darkening of the Moon’s light, as the Earth blocks only the fringe of the Sun’s Light. It’ll be easy to miss even when looking straight at it on a cloudless night. I tend to discount the importance of Penumbral Eclipses, but others don’t, and there’s every reason to assume that they know more about it than me. Since I see Eclipses as bringing into Consciousness through Differentiation that which was ubiquitous or obvious before, we could see a Penumbral Eclipse as very subtle Growth in Consciousness. And just because it’s subtle doesn’t mean it can’t be momentous – you just may not realize it for a while.
Though there isn’t much subtle about this Eclipse chart. First we need to remember that during this Eclipse Saturn, Ixion, Pholus, Klotho, and Sappho are all Stationary. Plus, dwarf planet Quaoar (the Law-Giver) is also Stationary, on 29 March. That’s a load for a background.
Quaoar doesn’t hand down The Law because he’s a Control Freak; he hands it down because he knows what will promote Survival and what will destroy it, and he’s on the side of Survival. Quaoar’s Station is a hare’s breath from the Cusp of Capricorn, implying that the next twelve months will see our last opportunity to Let Go of our Resistance to Allowing Change, and to Let Go of our unnecessarily extravagant Lifestyle, before it becomes painfully obvious that we just need to Fix It, and to hell with the oil companies and the multinationals. Since Just Fixing It will involve painful sacrifice, we’re waaay ahead to Attend to our Sustenance this year, so we’re already adjusted when the scat hits the blades.
And of course it’s an Equalnox, already a Cleansing and a Rebirth even without the embellishments.
There are two big Configurations in the Eclipse chart. First, the Eclipse itself is Conjunct dwarf planet Makemake (Manifestation) – a Maker Eclipse. Mercury (Communication) Conjoins the Sun. The Moon heads a Powerful Kite, with Mars (Physical Energy) and asteroid Hopi (Reverence for All Things) at the arms of the Grand Trine (Grace). The Eclipse Axis is also the base of a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) focused on Stationary Quaoar, Centaur Hylonome, and asteroid Lachesis.
Quaoar-Hylonome-Lachesis is an interesting Challenge. Lachesis is about measuring the length of a Lifetime, the span between Ego Deaths. Hylonome is about Divorcing ourselves from the Archetypes that have been controlling our Reactions to Life, and the Ego Death that inevitably accompanies such a Divorce. “How will I Survive without that!?!?” says our Resistance, and the short answer is, You won’t, because your Old You is being retired, to be replaced by the New You that’s being designed now. We can hang your old jersey from the rafters if you cherish it.
We could well encounter a period of Confusion, where we aren’t at all sure just Who We Are. As much as you can, Let that Be. Confusion is the first stage of Growth, and any retreat from Confusion is a retreat into your Old, obsolete Ego. You’d much rather slither out of that old Snakeskin now while the slithering is easy, than have it ripped off of you later, as fingernails take a while to grow back.
The asteroid Vesta also makes a Quincunx Bridge across the Full Moon-Eclipse Axis…
An excellent test of how your very subtle Growth is progressing will be your sense of Being Violated. Certainly not physically, but if you encounter Insults, Pay Attention. That’s one of your Unconscious Limiting Beliefs that’s being Insulted, and the name of the game here is Letting Go of Unconscious Limiting Beliefs. Take a time-out, be Loving and Present with your Feeling of Being Insulted, and take as much time as you need to start seeing the Humor in it. The person who Insulted you is an Ally – though not necessarily a friend. You don’t have to, and probably don’t want to, share with them your Insights about the Limiting Beliefs you’re transcending. They may not even be aware of Insulting you.
Take my word for it, this is the Easy way.
You know those new-fangled 3D “printers”? That’s the sense in which this is a “Maker” Eclipse – it’s “printing” you a new Identity.
We’ll do the second Configuration in the next installment.