February ended off with a powerful solar eclipse (new moon) which sets the scene for March. The sun is joined by the Moon, Mercury, the South Node, Neptune and widely by Chiron … all in Pisces. That’s a whole lot of water right there!
Solar Eclipses always indicate major endings, in order to usher in the new. This is especially true when they happen in Pisces. Being the last sign of the zodiac, this signals that the end of the astrological year is nigh. This one is connected to the Pisces Solar eclipse in March 2015, so there might very well be a connection, if you think back to that time.
Pisces is a dual water sign (two fish swimming in opposite directions) and relates to the dreamworld, imagination, intuition, surrender, Divine Connection and all things mystical. However, it is also associated with delusion, illusion, addiction and self-sabotage. It shows us where we let ourselves down, over and over again, where we still consider ourselves to be victims and where we’re waiting for somebody else to come in and rescue us.
If this eclipse involved only a batch of planets in Pisces, I would expand on that, but it’s really not that simple. Bringing all that water to the boil , we also have a major pattern in the sky, formed by Mars (masculine, goals, ambitions, ego drives) in fiery Aries ( the warrior) at the same degree as Uranus, the planet of radical change and liberation; square transformational Pluto and opposite expansive Jupiter.
So in English now… this combination of energy says – “What do you desire? Where do you want to go? How are you going to get there? It’s time to push yourself forward, take no prisoners! Don’t be a woes! Make those changes now and get things moving!.”
So… what do we do with that?
Push forward or surrender?
I’ve just read a very interesting book called The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. He has made a life-long commitment to release his personal preferences, and surrender to the bigger “plan” for his life. The story that emerges is very interesting, because every single time he relinquishes his ego drive, something bigger and better than he ever could have imagined, opens up for him.
However, I have to admit, even though this resonated with me on one level, there was and still is, a voice inside my head that pops up to say…. “But what happens to MY dreams, MY needs, MY purpose… if I surrender entirely to the flow???”
I’ve been mulling over this for a while and have yet to come up with anything definitive, but it does bring to mind the first time I ever rode a horse in the wild. It was at NIGHT, a moonless night at that and we were heading down into a valley in the middle of Zululand. At one point, early on in the ride, I could see absolutely nothing. Let me tell you, my ego was freaking out. Every part of me wanted to take control of that horse, or get off and walk. My body was stiff, I was scared and hanging on for dear life. A friend (experienced at riding in the dark) advised me to soften my body and give my horse a very long rein so that he would be able to smell and sense his way along.
This was completely counter- intuitive, because all I wanted to do was tighten the reins and hang on with all my might. However, due to the fact that I didn’t actually know anything about riding, and had no idea of how to get to where we were going, I had no option but to take his advice. All I needed to do was to stay on the horse and keep my head down, to avoid being de-eyed by unseen branches!
The amazing thing was the more I surrendered my control and put my faith in this incredibly intuitive being, the more I realised that I could trust him to lead me to where I needed to go, which he did… and flawlessly at that, never even faltering once. Along the way, on the straight sections, we cantered, wind in our hair…nothing but the sound of horses hooves on the ground and the occasional “Yeehaa!” from the likes of me and my fellow rookies. I remember closing my eyes at one point and letting my steed do what horses do, without any interference from me at all. I felt completely connected to him, to the evening, to the earth, the sky, the stars… the whole caboodle.
By trusting and surrendering to something bigger, I had one of the most exhilarating, liberating experiences of my life … and I reached the destination, but in an entirely different way to how I would have planned it. If I reflect on it, whenever I have surrendered to the flow, I have been supported!
I guess there is a midpoint somewhere between our ego drives and surrender. Perhaps this eclipse asks us to find it. What if we show up, wholeheartedly… get on the horse, head in the basic direction and then let go of the reins a little? What if we are kinder, gentler, less cruel, less rigid… softer… towards ourselves and others? What if we are able to relax and trust that we really are not alone in all this and that there might be an even bigger, more delicious plan in store for us than the one we’ve imagined ?
As Rumi says, “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go” … perhaps it’s a dance between making it happen and allowing it happen.
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In life and light