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Past Solar Eclipses Brought Me New Lives.
In part 1 we discussed how no eclipse should be regarded as “bad,” since they are Cosmic Recyclers who remove what we no longer need in our lives. While there are always endings and losses in areas influenced by an Eclipse, it creates a void sure to be filled by Life. Recent Eclipses in Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Scorpio, and the coming one in Sagittarius are helping us clear out things in our lives related to these signs we no longer need or want.
We ALL have at least 4 Eclipses falling somewhere in our charts each year, and since Solar eclipse effects often last between 3 to 5 years, you can see how these Cosmic Recyclers operate continuously to remove old parts of our lives so newer potentials can present themselves. The recent Total Lunar eclipse at 28 Taurus and Scorpio will affect houses where we have those signs for many months to come, just as the coming Solar Eclipse at 13 Sagittarius will affect houses where we have that sign for several years to come.
In the past, we’ve had some VERY strong Solar Eclipses whose effects we’ve seen in history. The 1999 Eclipse had a very difficult Grand Fixed Cross involving the Lights, Mars, Saturn, and Uranus, and was associated with the stolen election in 2000 and that administration plunging a world region into perpetual war and the subsequent humanitarian crises that continue to this day. (To clarify, as I explained in part 1, these were not “destined,” but the result of human free will applied to evil ends. I’m sure some turned that Eclipse to good ends.)
The very heavy Solar Eclipse in Leo of August 2017 picked up where the major Solar Eclipse in Leo in 1999 left off, and since then we’ve seen the US go down the tubes in many ways. The 2017 Eclipse had better aspects, but that could also have manifested in the ease with which the US has slipped into decay and chaos in the past 4 years, some of it for better, some of it for much worse!
Some Ways Past Eclipses Have Manifested Effects In My Life
As I promised you in part 1, today we’re going to discuss how some past Eclipses affected me. I had an eclipse fall on my Ascendant in 1989. As with all eclipses, it did bring many things in my life to an end. However, it also opened an 18 year period of working in California and eventually moving there around the end of the eclipse effects time line. Did my old life in Austin begin to end? Yes. Was it "bad?" No.
Necessary endings lead to powerful beginnings and manifestations of destiny if we ride the wave rather than resist it. When the 1989 eclipse conjuncted my Ascendant, I had been in a period of deep grief, frustration, and feeling a profound lack of fulfillment in my life since I had "been there, done that" for longer than anyone else I knew. I felt I had fulfilled my potential in Texas, and having just completed my first trip to California, I couldn't figure out what my past, present, or future held for me.
The 1989 Leo eclipse ended that phase and opened me to an entirely new healing process and work that resulted in my sponsoring a national media event featuring Robert Bly and videotaped by Bill Moyers that opened the door for thousands of men to express their feelings. The men’s gatherings and groups I helped create moved my grief work into a much more effective process, and gave me a sense of my life being in motion again after a long period of being dead in the water in several areas of my life. I have written about this across the years every January 9.
That eclipse trined my Sun, opposed my Moon, and made other aspects that definitely showed the energies that foretold how they would manifest. It kicked off a very harmonious beginning of a long chapter in my life. While I've had other challenges (remember all challenges are our eternally human "grist for the mill of Soul") it's easy to see that my life before the 1989 Eclipse was radically different than what I've been experiencing since then.
I have no doubt that some endings are very much a blessing. After the 1989 eclipse on my Ascendant, my intense grief began to subside over the next two years and I no longer suffered the roller coaster of feeling like I was shipwrecked in hell in a never ending nightmare. I ended old heart constrictions (Leo) and understood clearly my need for more creativity and connectedness with life in ways that made me feel good.
In the time after that eclipse, I started making money and having fun in sunny SoCal hitting the beach on a regular basis, and opened a much wider circle of friends. I was more appreciated for my skills than I had been in years, and so yes, it DID "shut down" an old self-image and matters of the heart while opening me to more love and appreciation of my life, friends, and clients than I had known for years. All in all, that eclipse on my Ascendant began a very enjoyable long wave period of my life that opened many doors and changed my life and the way I saw myself and others forever.
You can apply this in other ways, For example, there was a Solar Eclipse conjunct my Sun in 1997 which brought a frustrating life struggle to an end at the same time my book A New Look at Mercury Retrograde launched to international acclaim. That was also the time I said goodbye to Austin, sold my home there, and filed divorce papers to end a one-sided marriage.
By the end of that year, I received a blessing from a living Saint (Ammachi) and found myself in a relationship with one of my best friends I’d known for 20 years. As she has been my sweetheart these past 24 years and wife for more than 16 of them, surely whatever ended of my old life was a blessing, since it brought me immeasurable happiness. It’s as though a wind blew a few dollar bills out of my hand and Spirit dropped gold nuggets to replace them!
The Signs and Houses Eclipses Fall In Show Us What’s Getting Recycled
As noted, we’ve had many Solar Eclipses in other signs these past few years, and have an entire set every 19 years, mas o menos. Since the Summer of 2012 we’ve had NN in Scorpio, Libra, Virgo, Leo, Cancer and Gemini with SN in Taurus, Aries, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Sagittarius. Each of these had at least two Solar and two Lunar eclipses, with each marking a point of leaving something behind and embracing a line of new growth, even if these were difficult at the time.
The Scorpio eclipses of 2012-2013 fell in my 4th. I certainly left behind many old 4th house feelings, memories, and childhood patterns during and after that time, and followed through on my 10th house Taurus responsibilities. The Libra eclipses fell in my 3rd, and 2014-2015 was the period when I began writing and rewriting books again, preparing them for publication (9th house).
The Virgo NN eclipses fell in my 2nd, conjunct my Saturn, and it’s safe to say that those 2016 Eclipses propelled my Saturn book to the forefront! That also meant the Pisces SN facilitated my follow through in letting go of an old life, old possessions, and releasing old values I shared with my world, as well as living in a location that was literally destroying my health and killing me. (8th house).
The February 2017 Solar eclipse in Pisces fell on the cusp of my 7/8 houses, and certainly, my entire life has been quickened since then, and I’ve let go of more than I could have imagined, including old ways of seeing others. It coincided with my past of 2007-2017 being uprooted, with my life transported 500 miles at breathtaking speed to a place that is far healthier and happier for me. The August 2017 Leo Solar eclipse fell in my first, and yes, elements of my old self-image and way of looking at the world have already ended in huge ways.
Since then, I’ve had the early Leo and Cancer Eclipses fall in my 6th and 12th houses. I’ve definitely had to deal with some health issues bringing an end to some old ways of life! These have helped me eliminate old ways of working, old ways of taking my health for granted, old motives, and old sorrows have drifted down the time stream as a function of parts of the old “movie of my life” being re-edited in the light of a different global understanding of my larger experience.
Recent Solar eclipses at 1 Cancer, 23 Sagittarius, and 20 Gemini fell in my 5th and 11th houses. Everything in my life has repolarized toward expanded group work, creativity, and looking at my goals, ambitions, and friendships. While I am sad to have lost quite a few friends since these eclipses, I figure they left because they fulfilled their purpose and now I get to contemplate the voids arising from my sense of their death. You can apply the method I’ve just given you to see the sequence of eliminations in your lives these past few years related to people and circumstances.
Eclipses Affect Each of Us Differently
There are usually some very favorable ways any Eclipse affects a natal chart, so please take a look at the actual aspects being made to your planets. All that the Solar eclipses have taken away the past 3 years in our Capricorn, Cancer, Sagittarius and Gemini zones will ultimately prove to be VERY beneficial for many, despite the losses accompanying those events. Also remember that regardless of the aspects, any celestial event can be turned to good if we have evolved our planetary responses. A square could put the brakes on an old unfulfilling part of life which needs to end, and/or show that endings are a turning point in our destiny!
Regardless of where any of these Eclipses fall in your chart, it’s just the next step in you letting go of something you no longer need and which does not feed your evolution. There are countless ways an eclipse can manifest, depending entirely on what we're doing in our world.
So take heart, and stop worrying about possible negatives to come after this or any eclipse. It is better to apply yourself wholeheartedly to letting go of what you no longer need physically, emotionally, and mentally, and embrace the adventure of breathing out the old life substance so you can breathe in some newer, more fulfilling future tendencies. Any eclipse shows us it's time to empty our cup of old substance, and welcome the ambrosia of a new Life that could be ours.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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