This month features two eclipses: A Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 9th, and a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 24th. Eclipses usually happen in pairs – one on the New Moon and one on the Full Moon – 6 months apart. Once in a while, we have 3 eclipses in a row, each separated by two weeks. That is the case for this current eclipse season, as we just had the Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th.
Eclipses move backwards through the wheel of the zodiac, always igniting the opposite pairs of signs. Sometimes the pairs of signs overlap. For example, this month we are wrapping up the series of eclipses in opposite signs Gemini and Sagittarius, which began in December of 2010. The final eclipse in this series will be the May 24th Lunar Eclipse. At the same time, we are in the midst of the Taurus/Scorpio series of eclipses, which began November of 2012 and goes through September of 2015.
My own understanding of the significance of eclipses continues to evolve. I strive to support my astrological theories with grounded examples from my own life and the lives of my clients, friends, and family. I pay attention to current events, looking to the most prevalent themes to help me develop my own sense meaning. My guiding question is: What are the planets trying to say to us? My own belief is that the gods and goddesses are indeed speaking to us through movements of the planets. It is a language of the divine. There are warnings offered, but also help and healing given, through the messages of the stars.
Eclipses speak to us via the Sun and Moon, the two largest lights in the sky. These are the two most primal symbols of astrology – Ego and Soul, Day and Night, Masculine and Feminine. Eclipses, then, would seem to be messages with exclamation points. I have spoken of some of the themes of Scorpio/Taurus in past articles. The following is a quote from my article on the transiting North Node in Scorpio:
"We're being invited to confront our fears, and to let go of the things we've held on to – habits, ideas, material things – that makes us feel secure. And, that's the South Node in Taurus: we are learning to release attachment to some things that have allowed us to be comfortable for a while. The evolutionary condition is that, as a whole, we have become too comfortable, cozy, sleepy. Inertia has set in (shadow side of Taurus). Scorpio medicine invites us to surrender to what feels out of our control. For example, intense emotions, maybe long suppressed, may be coming to the surface now. Or, you might find that you can no longer avoid doing that thing you are passionate about, but have been so afraid to do. If you don't know what that is yet, don't worry. Another year and a half of North Node in Scorpio will likely reveal it to you. But you must be willing to look beneath the surface of things, to confront fears, and to ride the wave rather of change rather than fighting it."
So these themes and lessons are brought to the surface each time the eclipses occur in the Taurus/Scorpio polarity, particularly heightened in the two weeks leading up to and away from the eclipses. We are in such a time frame currently, which began in early April and goes through the early part of June.
In my life, it has been a challenging time, full of Scorpionic themes. I touched on some of these in my previous newsletter. As I look at the lives of those closest to me, and events in the world around me, I see many of us being pushed out of the inertia state of shadow-Taurus toward confronting uncomfortable, even frightening, realities. Through being awakened to the things we usually don't like to consider, however, we are provided the opportunity to gain wisdom and the ability to find the true sources of our own power.
With the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse series coming to a close this month, we are also invited to review what the lessons have been over the past two-plus years in regards to these themes. The final eclipse in Sagittarius will be active for the next 6 months. The Gemini/Sagittarius polarity is about finding meaning amongst all the collected experience and data. What have you come to believe? What is your Truth? Where does the world need more of your voice, and your particular perspective? In the month ahead, watch for the subtle synchronicities and omens, but don't miss the bulletin boards, either. The Sagittarius eclipse calls us to look at the Big Picture rather than getting lost in the details.
And for more on the North Node in Scorpio, I recommend this article by my friend and colleague Tony Howard, "The Wisdom of the North Node in Scorpio".