The final new moon of the year arrives today with a total solar eclipse (visible from parts of South America).
We often fall for the illusion that we have control over life. Eclipses show us our vulnerabilities.
A solar eclipse blocks the light of the sun, plunging us into temporary darkness that is out of sync with the earth’s rhythms.
This one comes as we approach the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, heading into the darkest days of the year.
An eclipse, and these darkest days heading into winter, offer an opportunity to observe our relationship with the darkness, the unknown, the realm of mystery.
- How do you navigate the darkness?
- How full is your resilience reserve?
Each new moon and eclipse has a particular significance, depending on the sign in which it falls.
According to astrologer Chani Nicholas,
In Sagittarius, this eclipse speaks to our beliefs, how we make meaning out of the events in our lives, and how we seek to understand them. Sitting with the south node, this eclipse is not about getting what we want, or manifesting with the new moon; it is about accepting the non-negotiable realities of our lives and seeing if in that acceptance, there may be a liberation. (emphasis added)
This feels like a good starting point for reflections as we wrap up a year with many significant events.
2020 has been a year with much unexpected darkness that threw us out of our typical rhythms. But within the darkness is always light. One way to make meaning of the darkness is to find the light within it.
- How are you making meaning out of the events of 2020?
- What light can you see in the darkness of 2020?
- Where can you open to accept the reality of life as it is right now?
- What liberation might be available to you through that acceptance?