Enthused by Compassion and Wisdom
Today in the Buddha’s presence
I generate the Mind of Enlightenment
For the benefit of all sentient beings.
For as long as space endures
And as long as sentient beings remain
May I too abide
To dispel the miseries of the world.
— H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama
Today we pause another day before returning to the discussion of the shadow side of abundance, to acknowledge another important shadow that is affecting us all today. Today is the Full Moon in the sign of Pisces (because the Sun is in Virgo) and it was eclipsed this very morning. Lunar eclipses are always on the Full Moon, and have powerful implications in our lives. This particular one has occurred with a number of especially demanding planetary aspects.
Astrologer Eric Francis writes, “Whether visible in your area or not, eclipses are usually experienced as high-intensity events that seem to draw us through a vortex.
“They come with a surge of energy that we can either ride like a sailboat in a good wind, or get shocked by, sometimes both. The key to eclipses is to work with a high level of awareness, pay attention and make your choices as consciously as possible. In the season of eclipses [lunar and solar eclipses come in pairs – B.], get ready to shift gears, to go to a new level or to have some other kind of break in continuity. Time seems to accelerate; events arrive with more significance; the impact of our choices is magnified.”
He goes on to note, “The Moon disappearing for a few moments in this sign is like a veil being pulled back, or a doorway opening, that leads to another realm of possibilities. Too often, we look around us and we see the past. We expect people to act like they acted in the past, and we expect them, moreover, to fill the roles established by our family of origin. This eclipse reminds us that something else is possible.”
Many people may experience this lunar energy as emotional drama, even meltdowns that, in hindsight, may seem inexplicably overwrought. But such events are sometimes necessary, to shake us out of our habits and prod us forward. Lynn Hayes wisely suggests, “Each of us has a different path and we are affected differently by planetary events depending on a variety of factors.
“Still, there is an underlying theme here: the breakup of underlying subconscious patterns which hold us back.” She notes, “Most of us are resistant to change and we tend to see our emotional dysfunction as part of who we are. It becomes more difficult to give them up as we evolve and progress, and we hold on harder and tighter to that dysfunction in an attempt to hold onto our old identity.
“I feel it is more useful to take this opportunity to step back and observe what is being triggered rather than react blindly. Slow your breath and let your heart soften. See where you can let go and where you’re not ready.
“Life is an adventure, and its greatest mysteries lie within our own psyche!”