This Sunday, November 4th, is the day of the solar eclipse. The solar eclipse takes place when the Moon is at the darkest point of the waning cycle for the lunar month. The Moon is considered to be waxing as soon as it leaves the point of exact conjunction with the Sun. The waxing cycle means that the Moon will begin gaining light again.
The Moon is considered to be an important planet in Vedic Astrology. It is considered so important that often a person’s birthday in India is recognized on the day when the Moon returns to the same placement as when a person was born rather than on the actual date of birth. The Moon is considered to be an indicator of the quality of one’s mind and is a strong influence on the personality, emotional make-up, karma and the innate ability to be compassionate and nurturing. A well placed Moon will assist a person facing the most difficult of life challenges to maintain a mental balance and inner-peacefulness throughout life. Conversely, a poorly placed Moon can push a person born into a life of ease and opportunity into the mental poverty of anger or victimization. It stands to reason that when the transit Moon is not only obscured by the Sun via conjunction but also in an eclipse pattern the mind and emotions of many people will tend towards negativity and darkness.
This eclipse is, as we all know, is taking place with a conjunction of the Moon with a debilitated Sun accompanied by retrograde Mercury, Rahu and Saturn. Libra is the sign of balance and Rahu is the indicator of imagination, illusion, delusion, deception and drama. This time period has been accompanied by almost mass hysteria in the media and many people are giving into the fear mongering to a point that there is almost an absence of hope. On a mundane level people are experiencing surprises in relationships, jobs and even during simple trips to the supermarket. Those who are comfortable with change and working towards a holistic form of consciousness are having positive breakthrough experiences through this energetic time period. Waking up can be difficult.
In the teachings of yoga “prana” is considered to be the life-force energy – the power that lies beyond our breath. The Moon is considered to be the indicator of prana levels which is why every month the energy levels are lower during the New Moon cycle. Mercury is an indicator of both the nervous system and the intellect. Mercury is not only retrograde he is also obscured by the New Moon Eclipse and overpowered by the conjunction of the heavy influence of Saturn and the illusionary Rahu. It is not the best time to be making important decisions or to be multi-tasking. Mercury will be retrograde until the 10th.
This weekend is the peak of this energy and is a perfect time to take as much of a break as is possible. Fortunately, it is the weekend and rather than try to fit it lots of activities and chores it might be a better choice to fit in a nap, massage, movie, meditation or quiet time outdoors enjoying the fall weather. Recently, I read that some scientists who study the brain’s activity, have come to the unique conclusion that human beings are actually awake while sleeping and asleep while awake. I’m not that type of a scientist so I can’t prove or disprove that theory but I do know from experience that sleep is healing. This weekend the energy levels will be so low that I am definitely putting a nap on my agenda. I also plan on taking full advantage on getting back the lost hour of sleep when the clocks were turned forward for daylight savings time.
No matter how you choose to use the unique energy of this weekend I hope that turning down the volume of the noise coming from a media, which profits from the both confusion and deception, is part of the agenda. It will become apparent that much of the hysteria will subside without many of the awful outcomes coming to fruition.
I hope we can all find some downtime this weekend to take advantage of the lesser-know healing energy of the New Moon while saying good-bye to the last eclipse of 2013. The next cycle promises some relief – more about that in the next post.
*A reminder that I use sidereal placements for the planets which are different than the more well-know tropical placements.