As many of my readers know, I do not see how it is possible for astrologers to make reliable, concrete predictions. Whether you are a scientific type who sees life through the lens of quantum physics or a more metaphysical type who feels/intuits that the world is a magical place that we can affect with our own consciousness, it seems that the only reason why anyone would want astrology or any other system to make concrete predictions is to believe that it is possible to attain some degree of certainty in a wild and unpredictable world so that it might soothe our fears for a little while. In the long run, though, it can destroy our desire to live fully, courageously and creatively.
To me, this makes astrology much more interesting. I can always be surprised and humbled by the degree to which what we think will happen actually changes what does happen. This is why I am so careful in my writing and in consultations to explore the context of a person’s questions or desire to understand more about where they are and are going. Life is a journey and I’m pretty certain it would be a very boring one if we could actually know exactly what lies around the next corner. So, what I do is use astrology to look at the tone or the nature of the times we are in. Astrology can act as a roadmap, but we must remember that “the map is not the territory.” In fact, if we are alert, we can see subtle changes in every moment of life. Astrology cannot help us see that. But, the more we are conscious, the more we will notice. And yet, there are times when more significant things seem to be happening or when important information is revealed and/or decisions must be made. We are now in one of these time periods.
Three Eclipses Back to Back
Usually, we experience two pairs of eclipses every year, called the Solar and Lunar eclipses. They are both important and somewhat different. This month, however, there are two Lunar eclipses with a Solar Eclipse sandwiched in between. The first one, a lunar eclipse, occurred on April 25th at 5° of Taurus and Scorpio. On May 9th, we will have a Solar eclipse at 19° Taurus. It occurs at 5:28pm PDT. And finally, on May 24th, we have a second lunar eclipse located at 4° of Sagittarius and Gemini.
My view of eclipses is that they change the momentum of things and demand a change be made in some area of our life whether we like it or not. In other words, they change the inertia of our lives. When there are three back to back set of eclipses, the cycle of changes last much longer and the shifts that occur can be deeper and more extensive. This becomes especially true if the location of these eclipses affect our personal chart.
I have written many articles on lunar eclipses which can be found here. But the brief description is that one’s emotions/feelings are amplified resulting in a possible and necessary cathartic experience. If we try to suppress these, we only invite more problems as we really can benefit from allowing ourselves to confront what is arising for us. We can be ‘refreshed’ after the storm of emotions have run through us and are processed.
Solar eclipses, however, are much more powerful in creating either events or significant shifts in our lives. By the way, in some astrological circles eclipses are given a rather dark, dire, and doom and gloom meaning. I’ve seen no evidence of this. What occurs cannot be stereotyped this way as many wonderful things can come out of the kind of period we are in. The Solar eclipse we will have on May 9th is certainly an example of this. For the astrologers reading this article, I use Saros cycles quite often in my analysis of solar eclipses. This one is referred to as 15 South in the system used by Bernadette Brady. Her view of it is that this type of eclipse is that it is about the releasing of tension. A situation that has been lingering for quite a while can suddenly clear. There may be a sense of loss and grief at first, but as we embrace the new emerging future, it will clear up as well. Because we have a lunar eclipse preceding it, the May 9th solar eclipse is not only being set up now, but for some people important events have occurred already. In one case, a long awaited divorce has become final, bringing about both a release of tension as well as feelings of loss that the person may be processing. I’ll let you know how these eclipses affect me as more develops.
The Uranus Square to Pluto
In the latter part of this eclipse series, May 20, 2013, there will another transiting square between Uranus and Pluto. It will be the third time these two transformational planets aspect each other with four more coming in 2014-15. This transformative and revolutionary transit is providing the beginnings of what I believe is an interesting new paradigm between science and metaphysics/spirituality. When I watch the SyFy or Discovery channels I am amazed at what they are reporting. Firstly, with computer simulations, they are able to provide some amazing images of the various theories that are being seriously discussed among quantum physicists. The emerging theories are going into territory that would not be discussed even a decade ago. I’m not a scientist and am limited in my ability to describe what I’m hearing, but the notion that we might be multi-dimensional beings (it is debated as to what that might mean or look like) who live in more than this dimension is now being seriously studied and considered. The possibility that there are parallel universes or multi-verses are no longer simply dismissed as preposterous. Where this is going no one knows, but I mention it because we can miss the multitude of meanings if we only focus on the political issues of this country with all of its dysfunction and stupidity. The real importance of this transit is not in politics. It is in the emerging paradigm shifts occurring in geology, physics, astronomy, etc. It is becoming possible due to the growth of technology that is ground-breaking. I was very concerned that science was going to become more alienated from spirituality, and it might still go that way, but there is also a possibility that science will be forced to admit that consciousness not only has a role to play in understanding our world, but that it might even precede it. Would there be a world if it weren’t for consciousness? Are we creators in ways that we do not yet understand? And, for astrologers, what does this mean about how we approach astrology? Hopefully, astrology itself will undergo a much needed paradigm shift as well.