How does an eclipse influence our lives? When the light of the Sun or reflected light of the Moon is diminished by an eclipse event, there is a need to compensate for that lack of light-energy, because all life takes its cues from the intelligence inherent in that light. To compensate for the lack of normal and automatic responses, we need to focus our attention on the meanings and activities that correspond to the planet/s, sign and house where the eclipse takes place. The absence of light/energy is felt strongest when the eclipse occurs on the same degree or opposite a planet’s position in a birth chart. An eclipse emphasizes the need of the native to explore the meanings and activities of those planet/s, the sign they are in, and their house placements. In this way, we fulfill the hitherto unrecognized needs of our mind, body, and spirit. The effects of an eclipse are felt throughout its cycle (approximately 6 months), giving us the time we need to reorder our way of handling the issues that come up for review.
If there is not a direct connection by conjunction or opposition aspect to any natal planets, the eclipse will nevertheless be felt by everyone on Earth. The sign and house that the eclipse falls in any horoscope then becomes a subtle influence for the duration of the eclipse.
Electrical currents and their magnetic fields are the matrices of planetary dynamics. The most powerful electrical charges between planets, including the Sun and Moon, are when they are in the same sign and degree location or are directly opposite one another. This allows a direct current of energy. It is through either a positive and overt emphasis or indicates a polarization, as is typical of any conjunction or opposition aspect respectively. At the time of a solar or lunar eclipse, there is a reduction of the intensity of the electromagnetic field, and because of the lack of energy intelligence a compensation of sorts takes place where attention must be placed on the planets if any, the sign, and house indicated for reset by the eclipse.
Although invisible to the eye, the electrical currents that abound in the spinning and spiraling Solar System both animate and give purpose to all life on Earth. As the currents of electricity flow through a telephone cable or wireless system through the air, they carry vibratory frequencies that are ultimately intelligible to the person receiving the signals and subconscious messaging. It is the same with planetary interrelationships; they carry messages/information from the electrical source known as the Solar System to its final destination, the human hearts and minds of all beings. There the information is decoded into thoughts and feelings, words and images, in accordance with the entity’s cultural patterns and practices. This cultivated knowledge is then shared among its community members to support and further evolutionary development for the enhancement and alignment of humankind with higher principles and codes of conduct.
These source energies instantaneously prompt all life forms and geological structures on Earth, but the human mind and feelings is the most complex and therefore the most intriguing. Its ability to reflect upon itself and recognize that it is in the midst of brightening influences through conscious awareness sets it far apart from all other life forms. Either great joy or sorrow is the result of life on Earth, and the way to enlightenment is through a willingness to respond respectfully to the cosmic instruction of planetary activity and make use of its gentle and at times forceful and long-term influence on each person’s personal growth.
We are born with the planets, signs, and houses configured to further our particular need for fulfillment. The horoscope is a blueprint of where we came from and where we are going. Eclipses are especially important because they are linked to the meaning of the Moon’s nodes, which literally point to the past or karma, and the future dharma as it is revealed in the nodes’ placement in our astrological map.
An essential feature of the cosmos is described by the elements of solids, liquids, gases, and plasma. They relate respectively to the four elements in astrology of earth, water, air, and fire respectively. An eclipse temporarily blocks out the fire or plasma element and has a physical effect on life through the absence of its effects on earth, water, and air. We are made up of these four elements, and our own body’s biosphere responses in synchronous fashion to the state of the Solar System’s electromagnetic field at all times.
The Gestalt configurations of the planets, signs and houses in our birth charts reveal the interrelationship of the elements and the energies they create that abound within and around our bodies. No astrological chart is in perfect balance. There are harmonies and disharmonies, and the purpose of life is to integrate these two factors just as when in the act of walking, when lifting one leg off the ground we are off balance in the act of going forward into balance by landing on the opposite foot – and then continuous repetition of that activity. It is a continuous movement of experience, first in one direction and then in another, continually moving toward a balancing of factors in our lives. Problems are exacerbated when we try to ignore the areas where we need development and try to only experience the pleasant and harmonious.
Eclipses are essential in that they point to the areas we need to work on in ourselves. Through the means of discomfort, our attention is lead to these issues. But when we reject the lessons to escape growth of this sort, we are left in a state disintegration. By focusing on issues that an eclipse on a planet in a particular sign and house is drawing attention to, we are lead to a deeper understanding of cause and effect. Traumas in early life are related to the Squares and Oppositions in our planetary structures. Eclipses point these out so that we can meditate on the painful points in order to resolve them to arrive at a peaceful resolution toward expanded consciousness.