August Article 2000
Eclipses : 1
the close of the month of July, we will have experienced three eclipses in
thirty-one days: two solar and one lunar. In terms of eclipse allocations,
July 2000 is at the top end of the scale. Three is the limit of what is
astronomically possible in one month.
fear of eclipses exists in the collective consciousness of humanity. What
happens to the luminaries during an eclipse, particularly a total eclipse,
has been expressed through myths across the ages and across the world, and
it is notable that the coming together of the Sun and Moon in an eclipse
is rarely presented as a felicitous occurrence.
psychological and spiritual truth those myths might embody, they are not
the direct concern of astrology. Astrology’s concern is the inner
significance of observable astronomical phenomena, and it makes no apology
for the fact that these phenomena may be the product purely of a
geocentric perspective which means that many of them would not exist for
an observer in another part of our solar system. This is certainly true of
the phenomenon of solar and lunar eclipses.
let us consider what is involved in an eclipse.
Moon: sun moon Earth
Moon: sun Earth
and lunar eclipses are created by shadow (1). In the case of a lunar
eclipse, the shadow is that of the body of our planet, the Earth, falling across the Moon.
In the case of a lunar eclipse, it is the shadow of the Moon, falling
across the Sun. And this
shadow puts out the light, leaving the Earth and the Moon, amongst the
lowest worlds in our solar system, to do their ancient business together
in the dark.
the Earth and the Moon are hatching another world, extending the chain of
creation, taking consciousness into ever denser matter, still further away
from the Sun. This is their ancient business. They have been about it for
aeons. It is a development in which humanity cannot afford to get caught
up any more than it is. It is this ancient alliance that we are fighting
against through our conscious efforts and spiritual practices.
Spirituality takes us up the down staircase put in place by nature. This
is why it is such hard work and why chemically induced states of altered
consciousness which avoid the transforming struggle count for nothing.
Humanity is the only one of the four kingdoms in nature able to put up
this fight. The consciousness which will exist in this new world will be
below the threshold of human consciousness. Or at least, let’s hope it
will be for a very significant majority.
an eclipse, this involutionary creative alliance of the Moon and the
spirit of the Earth is revealed. Things are forced into manifestation.
This is what involution is, and this is the whole point about eclipses:
they materialise what hitherto has existed only the subtle levels. They
stand for involution, as does the number 666. It is the power to make
manifest that humanity fears about eclipses, even if it does not
understand why. Eclipses bring into manifestation things which hitherto
were not perceived and which therefore, from the standpoint of the five
senses, did not to exist to trouble us. Yet as the great exoteric
astrologer Sepharial points out (and few would ever accuse Sepharial of
reckless optimism) eclipses do not manifest merely misfortune: ‘It is
generally believed that eclipses are uniformly evil. Nothing could be more
erroneous. What is one man’s loss is another man’s gain and an eclipse
that falls in good aspect to the benefic planets in a horoscope, will
produce good to the native’ (2). But of course it is the case that the
collective memory holds the shocks and the hurts tighter and longer. The
Moon sees to that.
this more spiritually conscious age, is there not a
more progressive view of eclipses to be had, one that takes the
line that if it’s there in the psyche, whether that of our planet or
that of an individual, it is better out? Of course! And every spiritually
ambitious person will feel compelled to hold it. We spiritually aware
people are very good at saying things are O.K. because we know
they are, whilst quaking in our boots because, in fact, it is not our understanding!
The function of boils and abscesses is to bring out impurities at the
cortical level. They do us good too but few people enjoy them.
dualism between our higher and lower aspects (and the situations it
creates which are so embarrassing to our spiritual vanity) are part of
being human. Let us at least acknowledge that. The higher and lower
aspects of man are reflected in a division in certain energy centres in
the body. At least we can give ourselves a good laugh (see Endnote 3).
boils and abscesses represent extreme
expressions of the principle which underpins the very experience of
incarnating. On planet Earth we live amongst the consequences of
our thoughts and actions and gradually learn. Eclipses, boils and
abscesses, like incarnating, release and reveal that
of which we have been unaware. The best response we can give is to look
very carefully at what we are being shown. This is true on a global,
national and individual level. If there were nothing there, it would not
have to come out.
bind in the energy of the planet in closest aspect to the luminaries.
the level of the individual, this same principle holds true: the planet in
the horoscope in closest aspect to the luminaries will determine the
nature of the influence unless the eclipse falls directly on a planet.
Then it will manifest in accordance with that planetary energy, moderated
or accentuated by the planet in closest aspect.
timing of the climax of
eclipses is something which needs calculating. We will look at these
calculations next month.
The shadow falls across the luminary in question because the Earth and
Moon occupy the same degree, or nearly the same degree of declination.
Sepharial, The Manual of Astrology,
published W. Foulsham, 1962: an excellent text book but, be warned,
Sepharial belonged to the old school, for whom Fate ruled supreme. With
‘evil’ and ‘malefic’ as standard adjectives, it is not a book for
It’s probable that humanity supplies the only laughs that God gets. The
dualism of the centres which
makes something seem funny does not exist in the higher centres. Jesus
Christ had the higher chakras open and it is said that he did not laugh.