By Mary Plumb | May 21, 2012
Yesterday’s solar eclipse was visible on the west coast; clouds came and went gently, evocatively, as it began to unfold. Under the guidance of the navigator poet Norma Tarango, I was with a group of women doing ritual and prayer, a perfect environment from which to watch, feel, and engage with the gorgeous celestial event.
There is a cornucopia of myths and stories from different cultures about the omens and portents of eclipses. The total full moon eclipse on December 10, 2011 was also visible here. The skies were clear on that marvelous morning, so we saw that one too.
This solar eclipse was spectacular. We had those special eclipse glasses, which I had never used before, that made it possible to look at it for a long time, really taking in the visual imprint. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Visually, the south node (dragon’s tail) imagery was striking. The Chinese thought that a giant dragon rose into the sky to devour the Sun. This is a south node, tail of the dragon eclipse — some things, perhaps qualities, thoughts, patterns, are at the very, very end and being eliminated from the body.
In many eastern traditions, eclipses are known as potent times to clear the energy channels in the body of stagnation and blockages, so the subtle energies can readjust and move more freely and with more harmony.
The immediate physical effect will last for at least the next few days, but the waves of symbolism and impact of the eclipse will continue to play out for many months.
Here are some good ideas about the meaning of this solar eclipse.
Marina at Darkstar Astrology writes on the constellation Pleiades, whose brightest star, Alcyone, at 0° Gemini, is conjunct this eclipse.
Jude Cowell at Stars Over Washington gives a wonderfully detailed report on the “Complex Financial Issues, Martian Actions, and Transport Concerns” shown by the eclipse set for Washington.
Len Wallick, writing at Planet Waves, has a very clear description of the astronomy of eclipses and a lovely take on its meaning. “Sunday’s solar eclipse will be of the annular variety, where the darkest part of the sky will be ringed by a circle of brilliant light — and what will ultimately prevail, once that which is out of place has passed, is the light.”
Peter Stockinger at his Traditional Astrology Weblog looks at where the solar eclipse chart is angular. He finds that “…this eclipse will have an effect on the United States in about six months time, which will be, of course, at around the time of the elections.”
Nina at Gryphon Astrology Blog looks at the possible effects on places where the eclipse is visible. She includes the chart set for Sacramento, the capital of California, where Saturn is on the Ascendant. “The California governor, Jerry Brown, had announced that the California budget shortfall had grown to $16B, in contrast to the estimated $9B, and that in addition to more program cuts, an increase in taxes will be needed. This is a state that already has the highest sales tax in the nation, and the highest top income tax rate. The economic difficulties that currently envelop California will continue with an added hit of drama.”
The solar eclipse New Moon in Gemini has many of us going on the road this week. Tem, Ann, and I will be heading to New Orleans for UAC and greatly look forward to seeing our fellow stargazers and planet lovers.
See you soon. Safe journeys to one and all.