The second Configuration in the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse chart is more complex. It looks like one of those Sextants that sailors use for navigation, which is good, because in our Confusion we may need help navigating. We can Trust that our Guides will take us where we need to go, but we don’t want Confusion to lead us astray while our Guides are waving their arms and shouting “Over Here!” The Sextant has two foci and two components. Shall we start with the Strongest, or the Trickiest?
Let’s take the Strongest component. That would be a Diamond Star focused on the North Node, complemented by a Kite focused on the South Node. That in itself is very intense, even without Chiron and Ceres Conjunct the South Node. Of course a Diamond Star focused on a Node will form a Grand Cross, and the arms are Chaos (Unlimited Potential) and a Stationary Ixion (Abandoned Genius). Familiar names, eh? The arms of the Kite are Sedna (Actions Taken out of Anger and Fear) and Moirai (Fate). Lucky that’s a Grand Trine. The formal etymology doesn’t reflect it, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Moirai and Moi are pretty similar. Kind of like “The Devil made me do it!”
The base of the Finger of God in the Diamond Star is a Sextile from Pallas (Boundaries) to Uranus-Eris-Atropos. Atropos wields the scissors to terminate a Lifetime – or an Ego – when its time is up – more Fate. Uranus-Eris is the prelude to their June Conjunction where our last Masks will be ripped off. Not only that, but we have five Rays of a Grand Sextile, with the missing Ray being 22 Leo, “A carrier pigeon fulfills its mission.” Maybe so we don’t have to? Or maybe so we can ride along? Lots of Energy drawing us into the North Node, or Mission.
The bottom line here in the first component of the second Configuration is that the Currents of Grace and “Fate” are Stronger than the Challenges are Challenging. No Shame in being swept along by Fate, since the Real World is Both/And. Only the intellectual Cliff’s Notes version of the Real World is Either/Or, and Fate/Free Will is an Either/Or. In Real Life, Fate and Free Will are merely different lenses for viewing the One World.
The second component is the Tricky one. It looks just like the first one, but it lacks the Grand Cross, substituting a T-Square instead, a T-Square focused on Moi, er, Moirai. The Central Axis of the second Configuration – and the base of the T-Square – is the Opposition between Lilith-Haumea (Rebirth of our Yindependence) and Uranus-Eris-Atropos. The arms of the Kite are Pallas and Chaos. The base of the Yod is the Sextile between Sedna and Ceres-South Node-Chiron. Like in Permaculture, no segment fills only a single function!
The second component of the second Configuration of the Penumbral Eclipse tells us that Self-Trust is necessary. If it feels like you’re being swept over the rapids to certain (Ego) Death, you’re on the right track. We don’t step into our Truth the way John Wayne or Mel Gibson or The Donald or any of the Patriarchy’s swaggering Heroes do. That’s not Self-Transformation, that’s Ego Glorification. We step into our Truth with hesitation and trepidation, choosing our path because it feels 10% righter than the alternatives, and not sure just what the consequences will be.
Will the next stage of our Yindependence eliminate our Support System? Will the next step in our Journey to Yintegrity bring us more Shame rather than its Transformation? Moving into Self-Trance-Reformation feels incredibly Risky, but it also feels like we have no Choice. As if it was Fate. Or it may feel like we have no Choice but to step back from the brink. No Shame in that. We’re just rehearsing here; the real Breakthrough occurs in June, so feel free to dance around your Edges without making a final Commitment. We’re just practicing.
Remember that Ego is an essential part of the Psyche, the part whose job it is to keep us Alive. We don’t Transcend Ego (except perhaps in a moment of Satori or Samadhi), we Transform Ego. We reformulate Ego at a “higher” or “more-encompassing” place. “Egolessness” just means we no longer waste Energy on getting Defensive. It doesn’t mean we get careless about our belay. The ultimate Ego Transformation is Surrender to the Truth that Lives in the Heart.