by Robert Wilkinson
It's always good to remember that no eclipse of itself is "bad," nor do we have anything to fear. There is a lot of superstition about Eclipses, mostly focusing on "dreadful" or difficult elements that often seem to accompany them. However, while all eclipses take something away and/or shut something down, an Eclipse can have beneficial effects if we just know "when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, when to walk away, and when to run."
This Total Solar Eclipse happens on November 13, 2012, 2:08 pm PST, 5:08 pm EST, and 10:08 pm Greenwich (Nov 14 in Eastern Europe and points east). It will last 3.2 hours, showing an influence lasting 3 years and 2 months. Today we'll discuss a lot about eclipses in general and a little about this one. In following articles I'll elaborate on the symbols, aspects, patterns, and what we can expect from this Eclipse at 22 Scorpio.
I've composed quite a few articles on past eclipses in the archives that bear re-visiting, since the Solar Eclipses of 2009, 2010, 2011, and earlier this year are still manifesting results, if traditional Eclipse lore is to be believed. (The Jan 2009 Eclipse effects ended a few weeks ago, while the July 2009 Eclipse effects end in December).
Core material about the timeline of Eclipse effects can be found in the article, The Solar Eclipse - What It Means and Its Effect On Our Life, as well as many other elements of what we can expect from these recurring celestial events. Links to recent eclipses are at the bottom of this article.
Also, here's another important article explaining even more about what effects we can expect to result from Lunar and Solar Eclipses. For your reconsideration, The Solar and Lunar Eclipse - Is Any Eclipse Destined to Have Bad Effects?
To whet your appetites, here is a bit from the article:
There is a lot of fear and trepidation connected to Eclipses, an unfortunate leftover from previous centuries when Eclipses were believed to augur the fall of empires, dynasties, and powerful people anywhere the Eclipse shadow fell. While Eclipses do tend to shut down some elements in the area of life (house) in which they fall, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since we must bring some things to an end if we are to embrace newer, better ways of doing our Being. While the future effects of an Eclipse may be powerful, in that they last over a long period, they are not necessarily bad.
No Astrological event need be "bad," or have "evil" effects, regardless of whether we're using Vedic, Chinese, Western, or any other approach to defining "All-That-Is" within a precise system of space-time factors. Though a circumstance may seem to have "bad" omens for the future, we can always transcend any negativity and turn the future to beneficent possibilities. No matter where an Eclipse falls, we can turn it to good.
Here it is important to remember Astrology is NOT a "predictive" art, in the usual way this is understood. The craft is less deterministic than most believe, including we professional Astrologers who seem to be able to "hit the mark" regarding future manifestations.
Pattern is everything, and time is a continuity. By knowing the past and present, we can often extrapolate the future. But we can never know how a being will respond to any given life challenge, whether pleasant or painful. Each has their ability to respond as they choose in the moment.
This directly related to the concept that each planet has a duality of function. It is up to us to determine whether the Moon, Sun, Mercury or any other planet involved in eclipses, "bad" aspects, configurations and other phenomena manifests productively or non-productively.
To remind you, a square can be more productive than a trine, and an opposition can produce awareness. Polarization is only a problem on the ego level. Seen from a higher angle, oppositions are necessary for us to acquire objectivity and the ability to encompass duality within a higher view.
By all means, check out the entire article, since I explained how past eclipses affected my chart, and gave examples of the good that can come after an eclipse removes old patterns. This Total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio over time will show us how to deal with loss and regeneration in social-emotional contexts in different ways, and will definitely be disillusioning to many.
Of course, as I once heard it put, “I’d rather be disillusioned than illusioned.” So whatever is stripped away will leave a void to be filled with reflections, reviews, and remembrances of truths and wider views and possibilities. It will put the brakes on old illusions through seeing a new way to integrate with others and our own feelings, which will have an extremely important influence in 2014 when Saturn sits on top of the Lunation degree in this eclipse!
This Eclipse is entirely stabilizing and will deepen our faith in something or some part of our social self. This will help us concentrate, eliminate, and regenerate on the deepest levels of our lives. All Eclipses radically transform areas affected by the planetary positions, so look to where you have the last third of Scorpio to see what will be shut down, and what will be the focus of breakdowns as a prelude to new attractions.
This one will help us get clear about how to build what we need in terms of both functionality and aesthetics, where we can participate in renovating or renewing something of practical value but also has beauty and style in its structure and composition. Just realize there will be some severe challenges and losses set into motion by this Eclipse, so get and stay clear about who you are and who you’re not, as well as what roles you are and are not willing to play. In any case, endure no putdowns!!
In this Total Solar Eclipse at 22 Scorpio, we see the most important factors are Mercury retrograde, the Lunation semisquare Pluto, Mercury square Neptune, Venus quintile Pluto, and the very powerful Grand Irrationality triggered with Jupiter biseptile Neptune and triseptile Pluto. While Mercury will bring echoes from the past, as well as new insights into old truths, the Grand Irrationality will throw us all into more critical decisions in house areas involving Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Pisces. Expect important decisions and changes in life areas where you have these signs on the cusp or planets in these signs.
More on the Solar Eclipses of 2011
2011 was a rare year that offered us 6 Eclipses in one year, 4 Solar and 2 Lunar. We had the first Partial Solar Eclipse in January, we had the second one June 1-2, the third one on July 1, and a final one November 24-25! The 2 Lunar Eclipses were also Total Eclipses, following what we saw in December 2010. While the Lunar Eclipses are no longer in force, the 4 Solar Eclipses of 2011 will affect us for a long time to come, so take a look at the numerous January, June, July, and November 2011 Eclipse articles in the archives while you're waiting for the ones related to this Eclipse. Some links are at the bottom of this page.
The Solar Eclipses of January and June 2011 brought blessings upon us since they happened. We've simply been challenged to let go of old life patterns that no longer serve the emergent Archetypes we've been living this past year. Due to such things as the Grand Irrationality and the various Cardinal T-squares and Crosses, we're all going through major changes that will affect our lives for many years. It may have been a wild ride, but power and new potentials have resulted from our choices.
As per the larger theme of 2011, those who prepared, learned, and allowed themselves to be moved into new ways of relating to others have found in 2012 an activation of a concrete higher power or value they can trust. Those who have not shown kindness and understanding at critical junctures in the past two years have reaped consequences. Our ability to become an elegant and balanced Spiritual Warrior has been put to the test in diverse ways, and 2011 made clear the consequences for seeking what we have sought.
This year we have two Solar Eclipses. The first one in May was Partial, whereas this one on November 13-14 is a Total Solar Eclipse at 22 Scorpio. This year we also have two Lunar Eclipses. The one on June 4 was a Partial Lunar Eclipse at 15 Sagittarius/Gemini, and marked the "Christ Fest," the third of the 3 "High Moons" of Spring. The Lunar Eclipse on November 28 is a Prenumbral Eclipse that falls at 7 Gemini/Sagittarius. As usual, I'll be doing multiple articles on all these eclipses as each approaches.
Though there are always endings associated with any Eclipse, these open the space we need to align with Spirit in natural and productive ways. Take a new look to see what really matters and what you do and do not want to bring with you into the new world you're already living.
We've all blasted off into new realms in the past couple of years, and now are moving into a time of stabilizing our long term plans. This Eclipse continues to help us get clear about what we no longer need or want, and we can now let go of many things that have pushed and pulled us in the past. It’s time to “let go, let G_d!”
See you soon with more on this 2012 Scorpio Solar Eclipse!
To check out the June 2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipses and their influences, here's Important Cosmic Influences Happening in late June and July 2011. The January eclipses can be found in the corresponding archives.
For more about the November 2011 Solar Eclipse with links to last year’s Gemini Solar Eclipse, please check out The Solar Eclipse at 3 Sagittarius November 24-25, 2011 Pt. 3 - Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What It All Means.
For more about the May 2012 Solar Eclipse, here’s The Solar Eclipse at 1 Gemini May 20-21 2012 Pt. 3
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