Aquarius Solar Eclipse, February 6, 2008
A Solar Eclipse is a high power New Moon. What makes it an eclipse is the fact that the Sun and Moon come together in the sky near the Nodes of the Moon - the points in space where the Moon crosses the path of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. So Earth, Moon and Sun all line up – all these energies are on the same page, so to speak. During a solar eclipse, the Sun’s energy flows are disrupted, so old patterns dissolve and new ones form. Something new is born during a solar eclipse.
The Moon’s nodes have just moved from their year-long journey through Pisces/Virgo into Aquarius/Leo. This is the first eclipse to take place in these signs, with the last one occurring on February 9, 2009 as a Lunar eclipse. Long associated with dragons and serpents, the moon’s nodes symbolize the collective urge for transformation. The Aquarius/Leo nodes point to a new collective destiny, which calls us to leave behind our Leo self-interest, pride, passion and tendencies that insist on our own way, that want to grab the limelight, the power and the authority, and that create drama instead of life-giving love. The Aquarian North Node, the next lesson in our unfolding destiny, energizes objectivity, friendship, a willingness to share unconventional ideas, to champion humanitarian causes, to be aware of our uniqueness and to cherish our equality and freedom.
Does this astrological language sound familiar? Isn’t it time we stopped thinking that we (individually and collectively) have the right to dictate what others do and start acting like we are all one and equal, which means listening to all sides of the story? Like the Hollywood movies we watch, we keep repeating the same old story. As well as being boring, it is insulting to the rest of the world. Each of us has a story to tell, which is important for the health of our global story. That’s the Aquarian story.
The Sabian symbol for the North Node at 28º Aquarius:
A tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter. This symbol speaks to the human capacity to prepare for the future and to use both physical strength and mental ingenuity to meet the hardships inherent in the natural world. It refers to the efficient use of natural resources for insuring humanity’s well being by using Intelligent Foresight. (Don’t you love how astrology really works!)
This North Node symbol will be a marker for the next few years. We all need to develop intelligent foresight, the gift of another figure who embodies Aquarian ideals – the Greek Titan Prometheus. (More on him below.)
This Solar Eclipse symbolizes the highly visible ‘Sacred Marriage’ between Sun and Moon, God and Goddess, Masculine and Feminine energies at play in the cosmos. Regular New Moons occur when the Sun and Moon are in the same degree in the sky, but not aligned with the Earth. Their ‘marriage’ is invisible and therefore unconscious to us, unless we have developed a sensitivity to subtle energies.