Solar Eclipse: Cracks in the Light

The Solar Eclipse for March 8th 2016, occurs at 19 degrees Pisces. There is so much activity in the chart of the Solar Eclipse that when I attempted to grasp onto its theme I would find myself lost in a chaotic mess of archetypes, all clamoring to have their voices heard. But I kept being led back to a particular part of the chart, like it was the central leading character of the story. So to unravel the thread of this Solar Eclipse, I will begin with the planet that is in direct opposition, Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter is eternal spirit, transcendental knowledge, expansive nature, the buoyancy of leaves swirling in air, the ecstasy of our divine nature. But in our human forms, in attempts to experience bliss of spirit, this archetype also leads to excess, overindulgence, seeking of pleasure through merely our senses in an attempt to get to the pure ecstasy of our essential spiritual nature. Jupiter as a figure is found in God, Krishna, Buddha, a King, a Guru, a Spiritual Leader. We worship those figures because we long to be close to eternal spirit, so perfect, so beautiful, the lightness of being, and the joy of eternal existence.

In every astrology chart, there are two nodes, south and north, that represent the places where eclipses occur. This solar eclipse occurs on the south node, which represents past karma or the habitual patterns of being. So Jupiter in opposition to the solar eclipse is conjoined with the north node in Virgo. The north node acts as the place where the soul wants to grow towards, experience new territory. Jupiter is what the soul wants, so to speak. However, spirituality is everywhere, from eastern philosophies to new age movements to Kirtan, to ecstatic dance, even religion, what else could soul want?

This is where it gets interesting, Jupiter is not only opposite the Solar Eclipse in its ruling sign of Pisces, but squaring Saturn in its ruling sign, Sagittarius. Another way to say this, is that Jupiter is not so comfortable in Virgo, and the signs he feels most at home in, he is now at odds with. Virgo is the mundane world, the nitty gritty aspects of daily life. Virgo is about mastery in the physical world through discrimination. Discerning what is healthiest, most beautiful, and orderly, in an attempt to perfect our world, home, bodies. The Virgo’s refined taste comes from its eye for the so called flaws. To truly find perfection in a fundamentally flawed existence of physicality, is to accept the imperfections. To quote Leonard Cohen, “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Isn’t that so perfect for Jupiter in Virgo, to bring the human back into the divine, to see our beautiful spirits through our human flaws instead of trying to rise above our imperfections. Jupiter in Virgo is revealing the cracks in what appears to be the flawless nature of the divine. Saturn in Sagittarius in square to Jupiter is showing us the difficulty of spirit when it tries to rise above our humanity, how it can be judgmental, forever deeming our human nature as inferior, to its perfect nature as the ultimate truth of existence. Jupiter in Virgo is the embodiment of spirit, the earthly priestesses, the rhythm of the seasons, and the natural law of earth.

So the Solar Eclipse in Pisces is conjoined Chiron, the wounded healer. It is the sun that is being eclipsed, the sun as the masculine principle of expression, hierarchy, transcendence, unification. It is like the old king is dying, the masculine understanding of divine nature that can only operate in unity or separation, our conscious nature that is striving, trying to attain, reach for the goal of liberation. Awareness that creates an ego in which to know and create itself, and fulfill its purpose. But this Sun understanding of our spiritual natures, has kept us divided from our human selves and ultimately from the deeper desires of our souls to have a human experience. The moon is eclipsing the sun, this old king is dying and being reborn in the womb of our imagination. To bring back the feminine principle of relating, of bridging the physical/spiritual instead of deeming one bad or worse than the other, of being receptive to our body’s wisdom, our emotional reactions. To show us that our insatiable appetite for spirit can only be quenched when we stop desiring pleasure and learn how to actually receive the pleasure of complete presence of spirit in every moment, every experience, in all the waves of movement. To let go of the old wounds of the split of feminine/masculine, body and spirit, and to create the new dream of finding connections in aspects of our lives that may seem at odds or opposing. To seek to understand and relate to the tensions in our lives and in ourselves, instead of dismissing one for the other.

This Solar eclipse will create a moment where the light will be completely shadowed by the moon, creating a dark void that will create a doorway for a mystical lunar energy. An energy that will change the very relationship to our soul if are able to stare into the face of some of humanity’s greatest wounds towards the feminine nature, a nature that desires the marriage of spirit and body, conscious and unconscious, mind and feelings, interconnectivity instead of transcendence, to know we are enough for just existing as divine beings, instead of needing to prove ourselves through achievement, talent, service, sacrifice.

I will end with a beautiful quote by Milan Kundera from the Unbearable Lightness of Being:

The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?

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