Solar Eclipse (Saros Series 138, number 31)
10th May 2013 at 19 Taurus (Fixed Earth)
by Andrew Smith – Agent EI
One of the amazing facts about the our solar system that despite the Sun physical size being 400 times larger than the Moon, the Earth is 400 times as far away from the Sun. This creates the illusion that the Sun and the Moon look like they are the same size to us here on Earth. When the Moon passes either fully or partially in front of the Sun, occulting, or blocking out the light of the Sun, a shadow falls on the Earth as the Moon appears to exactly cover the sun’s disc. This shadow is called a solar eclipse.
- Figure 1
A solar eclipse can happen only at New Moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth, also known as a syzygy. During a total eclipse the disk of the Sun is fully concealed by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses only part of the Sun is covered. The reason why we do not have a total solar eclipse every single month at the New Moon is because the Moon’s orbit is neither a perfect circular orbit nor in the same orbital plane as the Earth. The Moon’s orbit is tilted at more than 5 degrees to Earth’s orbit (called the ecliptic) around the Sun, so its shadow at most New Moons usually misses the Earth. For an eclipse to occur, the Moon’s orbit must cross the Earth’s orbit, at a point called the Nodes (figure 1). Whilst this can happen between two and five times a year, there are, however, never more than two potential total eclipses in any given solar year (figure 2).
Total solar eclipses are rare at any particular location because the totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface traced by the Moon’s shadow. This is because the Moon’s orbit is elliptical often taking the Moon far enough away from the Earth that its’ apparent size is not large enough to totally block out the Sun. This can either result in an annular eclipse or a partial eclipse, named so because the Sun is only partially occulted. The eclipse on the 10th May 2013 will be an annular eclipse, so called because the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the dark disk of the Moon. If you reside in Northern Australia, on the Southern Pacific Islands or in Hawaii you will be able to see the annular eclipse, as it starts in Northern Western Australia at Universal Time 22:25 (UT) on the 9th May and ends at 3:25am UT on 10th May. The best place to view the eclipse will be in Tarawa on the Kiribati Islands in French Polynesia at 00:23am UT. For the rest of us, we will ‘feel’ it but not see it!
See figure 3. The eclipse path will be visible in the areas that are shaded red. The lighter the red shading, the less the Sun will appear to be covered. The dark strip in the centre indicates the best locations for viewing the eclipse. Here the moon will appear in the centre of the sun’s disk.
Solar Eclipse 19 Taurus, 10 May 2013
What does an Eclipse Mean?
But let us move away from the physical explanation for this stellar-lunar phenomenon as this is not astrology. Astrology is the search for meaning within cosmos, not the understanding of the physics of the cosmos!
In our present times eclipses are wondrous astronomical events, captivating the hearts and imaginations of astronomers, photographers and everyday folk’s alike. However, if you scan across websites and blogs that seek to interpret the human impact of an eclipse, you get a different picture. It is also one of doom, fear and negativity. Okay, so there are more earthquakes and earth tremors recorded around the time of an eclipse (particularly lunar eclipses) and those events can be very impactful on the communities that experience the Earth shaking. And yes there are other significant physical changes on the earth during an eclipse such as crescent shadows being cast from the light filtering through leaves on trees; plant sap rising significantly; and local temperatures can drop up to 20 degrees or more near a total eclipse of the Sun. But the mistake of correlating physical with psycho-spiritual has resulted in turbulence through which eclipses are interpreted, not lest if you consider the prevailing consciousness within whom those medieval philosophers were writing their predictions.
I believe this stems from the intentional suppression of wisdom during the violent medieval evangelical Christian period in Europe, when any information that prompted self-knowledge was vigorously destroyed. Without the knowledge of our interconnectedness, our dream-like existence on the earth realm, our understanding of the cycles of nature, it is perfectly understandable to feel the End is Nigh, or the God is angry, when the sky inexplicably blackening, the birds stopped singing and the stars could be viewed during the day. It is easy to see how the Church could interpret the darkening of the day as a time when there is a weakening of human nature, an increase of avarice and stupidity and a proliferation of both good and bad demons over the face of the Earth. Indeed, the ancient Chinese believed that solar eclipses occur when a celestial dragon devours the Sun, as the term for eclipse was “chih” which also means “to eat”. That coupled with the higher concentration of natural earth phenomena has added fuel to an un-necessary artificial fire.
The projection of patriarchal moral values onto a feminine approach to life (which astrology was part of) has left a deep impact on those that seek to interpret meaning from celestial phenomena. Those cultures that did not base themselves on hierarchical, patriarchal, fear and control based ideologies saw an eclipse as a time wherein a portal was opened allowing them to more freely pass between the multitudes of realms that exist within consciousness. It is a time when we were able to talk directly and with clarity to a higher power since the eclipse marked an intensification of the unification of the Lights of the Earth. So the symbolic power that lies behind an eclipse lies with the notion that a passageway leading to the gOd realm is opened and we have a more immediate ability to communicate with the Source than usual.
The process of stepping away from the busyness of life and to take time to reflect and start afresh is given a greater emphasis at the time of a solar eclipse since the radiance of our Source energy is obscured and the focus is upon any unresolved needs that are given a portal of light through which to escape from their imprisonment within the dark of your unconscious, resurfacing so as to be released and better understood in the light of your current awareness and consciousness.
A Family of Portals
All eclipses are members of families, each with their own family constellations and dynamics. There can be up to 70 members to each family (or cycle), each connection to the parent being established over 12 to 15 centuries occurring at intervals every 18 years. The forth coming eclipse is member 31 from a family of 70 eclipses within the Saros Series number 138, which began on the 6th June 1472 and ending in the year 2282 BCE.
The energetics of this current series stems from a very upbeat and free flowing parent, whose potential promoted not only a hunger for knowledge, but also a massive portal back into the Divine realms creating a huge accelerated openness for growth and an impetus to bring to fruition ideas, ideals and wishes. The time of birth of this ‘Daddy’ eclipse (it is a YANG eclipse) is imbued with a very light, expressive, fast paced, outward moving and highly energised prompting an accelerated development of such 4th dimensional qualities as insight, innovation and interconnectivity. With such benefic origins, the offspring carry within them the seed of the ability to realize enormous innovative ideals within the 3rd dimensional realm of matter, enabling us to bring into manifestation spirit in an enthusiastic and buoyant manner. Unfortunately the passionate potential of the parent may not be strongly felt as number 31 is not strongly connected to her parent. Some of the inherited DNA will be replicated, as ‘31’ retains the dynamic and proactive qualities, but not the easy free flowing, insightful and open consciousness. Instead the energetic potential of the May eclipse affords us the ability to release any tension that has built up in our bodies and heads, offering us an ability to ground the ideals and innovative insights in a practical manner.
Since we are integrating an Earth eclipse (Taurus) with an Air parent (Gemini), the consensus reality in which we reside is being highlighted. Earth is the matrix into which spirit is born. Air reflects the ideals that permeate the consciousness of those living here. Neither element by themselves is inherently energised, requiring something or someone to get them going. Neither element possesses the passion and feeling to move mountains, but both together are able to provide the framework that will house the necessary emotions to get going. However the cosmic dynamics at the moment of both eclipses are such that there is a strong energy to create a free flowing change, that is highly charged and vigorous.
and since Fire heats up both Earth and Air, activating a more persistent matrix and a zealous ideology, we can feel that this potential needs to be integrated consciously, lest the more dense vibrational possibilities of a crusade are triggered within those with an ego agenda. Additionally this Earth eclipse is occurring just before yet another stage the Revolutionary Evolutionary impetus on the 20th May, affording us an opportunity to gain insight into the shadow side of the Collective Ego and to the massive aggressive displays that have swept across this plane of consciousness in recent weeks.
Solar Eclipse 19 Taurus, 10 May 2013 - 2:28am UT
So as the collective light is partially dimmed, we are afforded the opportunity to focus within on our soul’s light and to reconnect with our inner light. We can really fire up the light within us, since the Taurean archetype is really all about sowing a seed of the spirit within the physical matrix of humanity, something I will discuss in a forth coming article on the Taurean New Moon. To fully understand the psycho-spiritual implications of what an eclipse means for you all you need to remember is that an eclipse accentuates a region of your life through a process of removing the egoic light and reactions within an arena of your life, so that you can heal and gain personal insight.
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All rights reserved. Andrew Smith, 6:38pm BST, 28th April 2013
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