A few times a year, we all gather and watch the mysterious and captivating event of an eclipse. An eclipse can be defined as an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or it and its source of illumination. Solar and lunar eclipses happen during “eclipse season” on Earth and we’ve been measuring and noticing eclipses since for most of recorded history. The eclipse packs some powerful punches as a metaphor for gaining knowledge about yourself and the world. Let’s start by discussing the difference between the light of the sun and the light of the moon, both of which are important players in an eclipse. The light of the sun is bold, bright, and vibrant. The sun is the heart of our heliocentric solar system and our source of vitality each day. The moon orbits the earth and acts as our own personal satellite. The moon represents our inner worlds and reflects the light of the sun back to us at night, whereas the sun represents consciousness and what we can know and see. The moon can be seen as the feminine principle of receptivity and the sun can be seen as the masculine principle of activity and reaching outward. So, what can we learn from an eclipse, when these two celestial bodies come together?
Eclipses change our perception. Momentarily, the feminine and masculine luminous energies come together from our point of view, and conjoin in a wonderful union. We see the obstruction of the sun’s light by the body of the moon and we notice what happens when the principles of creation come together. Our consciousness shifts and we get a sense of balance and unity. Eclipses are wondrous events to behold and can teach us about the ways in which we view our conscious and unconscious worlds, what we choose to shed light upon and that which we keep hidden in the darkness, and our relationship to the masculine and feminine forces in our lives.
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