A Crooked House
Cancer Solar Eclipse [part 2]:
"Still Mind, Crooked Path"
New Moon of Cancer, 12 July 2010
Malvin concludes his discussion of the New Moon in Cancer for 2010, a total Solar Eclipse. He looks at the personal consequences of the eclipse, as well as the social issues associated with it, notably the Gulf Oil Spill and its ramifications.
If you want to know how this eclipse will affect you, if at all, look back at your life from the period of Oct 1992–Oct 1993. In October of '92 there was a triple activation of the Jul 1991 solar eclipse at the 19th degree of Cancer by Mars, Uranus and Neptune—life-changing stuff, that. It was 'finished', by the final passes of Uranus and Neptune over that point toward the end of '93. It ushered in the constitutional crisis in Russia under Yeltsin, the nuclear test by China which ended the de facto nuclear test ban, a large battle in Mogadishu, Somalia with US forces and the Killari Quake which killed 10,000. If your life was uneventful during that period then this eclipse will likely not affect you. That eclipse was of a different Saros series (136), which is particularly hard series, having its start at 0º of Cancer. The present eclipse and series is nowhere near that tough. If your life was completely turned around in the early '90s, then breathe a sigh of relief, for this time around it will not be nearly as difficult. The present eclipse we are considering receives only Sun and Mars activations. The Mars activations come at 2 Jan 2011, 2 Sep 2011, 13 Dec 2012 and 12 Aug 2013.
The Chinese astrology for this new moon and event bears a look, too. The auspices of the 45th /46th tetragrams for the 11th/12th resp. read as:
Enlarging a house on crooked foundations still produces a crooked house. (nighttime)
All things left unattended, however great, fall. (daytime)
The two symbols are similar in a way. Both of them refer to the foundations upon which our actions take place. If we are inattentive to or ignore what underpins them, then the outcome will be questionable at best. At worst the entire structure of a course of events could come crashing down. What is to be done, then? To pay attention to what wells up within us is paramount at this time and with the activation times just noted. One should take careful notes on what is taking place at the moment if one is to know what to expect at the activation times. If one's own chart is unaffected then no special care is needed after the eclipse. Basically the main course of action is to stay calm in the midst of any difficulties that might arise and to stay one's course if the course is correct. As the Buddhists say, keep a calm mind and let the karma work out around you. If the course one is on is not correct for what one needs in life then one will soon be shown the need for a change. If we do not buy into the dramas then we create nothing that has to be worked out in the future, regardless of whether we have to abandon an endeavor or not. In fact, if we can keep a cool head and see the best possible outcome, work toward that and celebrate it, then we can live to the best result of the Sabian symbol for the eclipse.
This eclipse refers to possibly having to make adjustments to one's course, but never to the ultimate outcome if we can see that we are on a sound course and footing. It is a bit like crossing a running stream. We might have to jump back and forth across the rocks on the way across, but the object is not to fall in and ultimately to get to the other side. There is no need to fear the stream, or to have trepidations about what we are doing. All this might sound a bit trite, but I have seen firsthand what the eclipse holds because it affects my own chart strongly and the attitude just described worked quite well for me. Nineteen years ago when I last had an eclipse on that point my life was turned upside down. It was both painful and joyful at the same time. I left an entire life behind, but the one I created after the fact was better than I could have hoped for, and that was a powerful South Node solar eclipse. If I had known then what I know now I could have made even better effect of how I have lived since then, but I knew what had to do and that my course was sure, even though there was no certainty in the outcome. There have been many 'bends in the road' for me since that time, but at least I have learned to have an easier mind about things and just let certain matters work their way through.
Every 'karmic interlude', as it might be termed—that is to say, every situation that we have to go experience rather than freely choose to go through (and yes, it does seem are certain things we have to experience and that are ordained before we come into this life, both because of our own choices in past lives and because of the collective choices that were made when we were members of groups, communities or nations)-has several main features: a time element, certain actions that must be undertaken and mental/emotional resolutions as a result of actions undertaken and time allowed. A friend mine has said on several occasions that time is the great healer. One of the biggest problems we have when we encounter one of our karmic interludes is that we want it to be finished almost as soon as it starts if it is a difficult one. We do not wish to allow enough time to let the lesson, the true blessing, soak in. We want it all and we want it now. How much better it would be if we could just enjoy the ride and listen to the gondolier (an analogy for one's higher Self) sing our cares away and give us some answers. Everyone around us and especially those locked in a drama with us would appreciate if we could do that, and vice-versa. The journey would go a lot quicker.
Gulf Oil Spill
Our friends in the Gulf States are in no mood for singing, though, needless to say. The oil spill will eventually ruin BP or cause its restructuring, more from post-disaster civil suits than anything else. The astrology for the company is very stressful and indicates either a 'death' or a major restructuring of the life of the company. The ramifications of the oil washed up on the beaches and the loss of animal life will be with us for many years to come. People living in those areas are angry and rightly so. Maybe this collective anger is what is needed to effect a major change in our energy policies. I do not know what will happen around it all and I can see many possible outcomes. There is very big money involved, many lives encumbered and affected, basic power structures in government and industry that are directly threatened by a negative outcome from the spill and subsequent suits. There is talk of a possible coup if a hurricane comes through and disrupts the area. I think that is a lot of scaremongering, but stranger things have happened. You can believe this, though: The governments of Britain and the US had better think things through very carefully and not act too harshly or foolishly. I wonder how many people see the ultimate stakes here.
BP employs tens of thousands of people and they are not the only players in the Gulf. If BP is shut down it directly affects hundreds of thousands of people through loss of income and the uncertainty that would generate. People calling for the seizing of BP should realize that would not be likely to happen and that it would have international ramifications. There are some very vexing matters to be addressed about the spill and none of it will be effectively solved by calling for blood on any side. Yes, those responsible need to be held accountable. Yes, the mess needs to be cleaned up. Yes, safeguards need to be upgraded and enforced, and on and on. None of the answers will be easy and all of it will take a lot of time. Draconian measures will not help and will only exacerbate matters. Yes, this event ups the ante on a lot of fronts. I do think Deepwater Horizon is going to bring about major changes in many areas of life, especially for the US, but that in itself will affect the rest of the world. Watch what happens around that scenario carefully, for the ripples from it will affect us all for a long time to come.
What is being called for through this eclipse and this period in world history is a more measured way of acting and clear heads. The only thing we ever really have any control over is our own mind, but we have no idea the power that a calm mind can wield in a troubled world. It is a remedy that can sweep away a lot of negativity. Only a calm mind can create better conditions for the future, both in this life and in future lives—especially in future lives. Perhaps a brief quote from A Bodhisattva's Way of Life might be helpful in that regard:
Now, having paid my body its wages,
I shall turn my life to something meaningful
And, relying on the boat of the human body,
Free yourself from the great river of pain.
As it is hard to find this boat again,
This is no time to sleep...
My wish for us all is peace of mind and true happiness. Every birthday and Christmas my Dad always said that was basically what he wanted. It's not a bad wish, I have found. I always thought he was a bit flippant in his answer when I was younger, but the years have shown me that he actually really meant what he said. The path may be crooked, but a calm mind will always assure a good ultimate outcome. May it be thus for us all. I hope this eclipse and its legacy is a source of joy when all is said and done.
11 Jul 2010
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