On Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 1848 PST (6:48 pm), we enter the New Moon in Gemini, but for the vast majority of this lunar phase we ride the tide of Cancer—as the Sun enters this zodiac sign just a few days later (July 15th). This particular transition from Gemini to Cancer shows how the data collecting, intellectual processing, and sharing/communicating in Gemini, can naturally lead us to our first encounter with our inner nature—intensified and made unpredictable by the eclipse season! So buckle up your inner child safety seats… it may be a bumpy ride…
Here is a play-by-play of this season’s major celestial happenings:
For those located in North America, however, this 3-part eclipse feature will not be showing in the heavens near you.
For more information specific to each eclipse, check out:
- July 12th, Partial Solar Eclipse: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-july-13
- July 27th, Total Lunar Eclipse: http://earthsky.org/?p=282841
- August 11th, Partial Solar Eclipse: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-august-11
Although this season’s eclipse happenings will not be visible for many of us, we can be sure this will be an intensely transformative time, perhaps colored by the unusual or mystical, wherever we happen to be. When we have an eclipse, we get a glimpse of the ever-elusive Chayagraha, or shadow planets—Rahu and Ketu, as they are known in Sanskrit. With this eclipse energy at play, we will have the opportunity to deeply explore our shadow sides, or “that which is hidden in shadow”—namely the subconscious. But doing so, of course, can often be volatile, painful, and intense—we hide our stuff here for a reason, after all! It can be tremendously helpful to reflect back on the year’s first eclipse season, which began on January 31st. What was the general feeling atmosphere in your life? What was going on for you? Reflecting in this manner may be very helpful for identifying themes and patterns in your life, and may help to better understand the lessons you are in the midst of learning now.
The energy of Rahu and Ketu are considered malefic for their harsh and extreme natures. The Northern Eclipse Point, Rahu—whom we are in a dance with now—is an illusionist, and is quite skilled at crafting worlds with smoke and mirrors, so do be cautious of falling into your own mental/emotional traps! Rahu is our shadow nature that is obsessed about something in life. He is a head with no body, so his appetite is insatiable, for whatever is consumed is not digested and allowed to nourish. And this is the cruel nature of obsession. However, if we allow ourselves to examine even this aspect of ourselves—acknowledging it as another brilliant natural phenomenon—we no longer have to chastise ourselves about the innate part of us that wants to make a big impact on life, to be acknowledged for our accomplishments, and to have a life that reflect one’s magnificence. But when this energy lacks the light of consciousness, it can express itself through the shadow side of narcissism—where the most important thing is one’s singular acquisition of fame and fortune at any cost.
The equally harsh counterpart of Rahu is Ketu, the body with no head. Without the ability to think its ego into existence, Ketu remains completely nonattached to the material world, and is thus considered the indicator of spirituality (whereas Jupiter is the indicator of belief, philosophy, religion). So then, we can see that Rahu is all that we are attached to, and the impetus that thrusts us forward in this material existence, whereas Ketu is all that we are unattached to—that part of us that is all-existence itself, beyond time and space. Ketu is the monk, the vagabond, the untouchable. But in a society that is spiritually malnourished, we see a mainstream public unable to connect with people who choose to live on the street, for instance, as they have not connected to this part within themselves that acknowledges the freedom of living in this way. The play of Rahu-Ketu can bring varying degrees of “15 minutes of fame” that allow us to reach high levels of success, accomplishment, and wealth, only for it to be taken away stoically—reminding us of our eternal nature, beyond material existence.
As eclipses do not exist without the Sun and Moon, it reminds us that the teachings of Rahu and Ketu are the shadow sides of the Divine Couple— the Truth of our Divine Identity (Sun) has the shadow of self-obsession, and our Connection to Universal Consciousness (Moon) has the shadow of nonattachment. So special significance will be given to that which is indicated by their placement in the zodiac at the time of the eclipses.
With the new moon on July 12th, we have the Sun and Moon joined in Gemini, at the last few degrees of this zodiac sign. So, just 3 days later, the Sun trails the Moon to the zodiac sign of Cancer, where it will be for 30 days or so. As it was at the previous new moon in Taurus, we have an example of the astrological phenomenon known in Vedic Astrology as Sandhi, or “in transition.” As mentioned in the June Newsletter on Sandhi:
This is a time when things may feel very raw and vulnerable, for we may not feel fully here nor there—still reflecting back upon the themes of the last period, perhaps not having found the definitive closure we were seeking at the waning phase of the last cycle.
Interestingly, we will be experiencing Sandhi throughout the summer and into the fall, reflecting the opportunity for deeply exploring this concept in our lives, and learning the importance of staying focused and alert during our most challenging times.
Being Sandhi from Gemini to Cancer at the new moon, we may find that we still have a strong itch for indulging our intellectual curiosities, and are still very driven to connect through multiple forms of expression and communication. But as we move into this Cancerian cycle, things take an emotional turn—our analyses and communications may even become clouded or otherwise hindered by our emotions, or we may notice a strong emotional motivation/influence in our expressions—especially with Mercury actually in the sign of Cancer! (and going retrograde again just before the full moon, to boot!) And this is where our work in the last phase can come in handy—remaining Sakshi, or the “silent witness” to the unfolding of our life, rather than coming from a place of emotional reactivity, and a resistance to the now.
With the bright-eyed enthusiasm of Gemini paving the way, we prepare to bravely explore the most vulnerable aspect of our life… our inner self. As Cancer is the 4th sign of the “natural zodiac,” it is associated with the 4th house, or Matru Bhava, “House of Mother”—reflecting that the relationship we have with our mother (and other primary relationships) plays a vital role in establishing our connection to LOVE, and so the fundamental, emotional connection we have to life. And by examining our most fundamental relationships with Viveka, or “clear discrimination,” we gain a clearer picture of how we process our emotions, and thus what our experience of life feels like. So maintaining the strength of Mercury’s neutrality will be paramount during this time. The more we cultivate the skill of discrimination, the stronger our ability to observe our emotions free of judgement, fear, or shame—allowing us to integrate our experiences in their entirety, and being able to move on in wholeness from each moment. The caution here, again, is to watch that we do not dissociate from our emotions, for in actuality, the experiential desire of our spirit is to be fully engaged with our sensorial experience, that we may continue to learn and grow. Also during this period, we may be strongly inspired to express our innermost feelings, things we may have been keeping hidden (crabs love to hide!)—through writing, speaking, or through other creative outlets.
Interestingly, the 4th house is the first house of Moksha, or “liberation”—reflecting the power of the emotions to connect us to the essence of human experience, and to universal consciousness, oneness, and freedom. For clarity and guidance in the area of our emotions, I deeply resonate with the timeless wisdom of Alan Watt’s:
The fragility and frailty of our human bodies within the merciless and marvelous torrent of life evokes every emotion of this agonizingly sensitive organism—love, anger, sadness, terror, and the fear of terror. And our attempts to stand above these emotions and control them are the emotions themselves at play, since love is also to be in love with love, and sadness to be sorry that one is sad. Our unwillingness to feel is the very measure of our ability to feel, for the more sensitive the instrument, the greater its capacity for pain, and so for reluctance to be hurt.
There are some psychologists who have struck, rather clumsily perhaps, upon an important truth—namely that there is a serious mistake in not responding to our feelings, or in trying to feel in some other way than we feel actually. What these psychologists are trying to say is that there is an almost uncanny wisdom in the spontaneous and natural reactions of our organism to the course of events… I am not talking at the moment of responses in terms of actions, but only of our inward, subjective responses of feeling. The point is that our feelings are not really a kind of resistance, a kind of fight with the course of events. They are a harmonious and intelligent response.
Thus what I have called the death of the ego transpires in the moment when it is discovered and admitted that these ultimate feelings are irresistable. They are ultimate in two senses: one, that they sometimes have to do with very fundamental and cataclysmic events, and two, that they are sometimes our deepest, most radical feeling with respect to a given situation. The point is that these ultimate feelings are as wise as all the rest, and their wisdom emerges when we give up resisting them—through the realization that we are simply unable to do so. When, for example, life compels us at last to give in, to surrender to the full play of what is ordinarily called the terror of the unknown, the suppressed feeling suddenly shoots upward as a fountain of the purest joy. What was formerly felt as the horror of our inevitable mortality becomes transformed by an inner alchemy into an almost ecstatic sense of freedom from the bonds of individuality. But ordinarily we do not discover the wisdom of our feelings because we do not let them complete their work; we try to suppress them or discharge them in premature action, not realizing that they are a process of creation which, like birth, begins as a pain and turns into a child.
Like the Moon, the emotions are a reflection of the Truth of our Existence (Sun), here on Earth. To invalidate and dismiss how we feel would be to reject vital information from our inner selves. This is not to say that when we have an outlandish outburst, to validate it as being an appropriate response to the circumstance, but rather, to validate its presence, and then, as the modern spiritual luminary, Teal Swan, shares—using it to find the root cause to why we feel the way we do. The closer we get to the root of our triggers, we see more and more, that how we feel as our present self is a direct reflection of the experiences we underwent as children. Practices such as Teal’s “The Completion Process” seek to facilitate a reconciliation with, and healing of, the emotional body. She speaks of how most of our “original wounds” were endured during the pre-cognition period of childhood—from the time we were in utero until the time we were around 8 years old. And being in this pre-cognition phase reveals that the information we gathered about our life and our world was perceived, i.e. felt, rather than intellectually processed.
This intimate reunion with our inner child selves opens the door for reintegrating fractured aspects of our being back to wholeness. This is the journey back home. And when we are home, we reclaim our power, our brilliance, and our connection to each other and to all things. Therefore, Teal explains that we can begin to view our emotional reactions as threads that can connect us to root, experiential causes, eventually seeing them as opportunities to deepen our connection to our selves, and no longer having to be in resistance to our feelings.
And just as the axis of Rahu and Ketu illustrates the eternal dance of yin & yang, the nature of Cancer is balanced by the energy of Capricorn where we have our next full moon on July 27th, and is also a total lunar eclipse. Capricorn, opposite Cancer, reveals the importance of being grounded in the truth of our material existence when connecting to and exploring one’s internal nature. We can very easily be swept away on the tides of emotionalism without the ability to remain controlled under pressure and challenge, patient in the process of learning and growing, and willing to work hard and to practice with diligence (all areas of Saturn-ruled Capricorn). The axis of Cancer & Capricorn is also the mutually interdependent relationship of the 4th & 10th houses. This shows that the inner peace that we have established in our hearts (our homes, 4th house), is in direct relationship to the quality of what we contribute to the world (life’s work, 10th house). In other words, it’s from the inside out!
Communication, expression, information gathering and sharing, and an overall desire for stimulation will persist into this next phase, with the influence of Gemini. Supported by Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, we can utilize our intellectual discrimination to navigate and more deeply connect to our emotions as we transition into the Cancer cycle. We bring balance to our inward exploration by staying grounded with the nature of Saturn, which allows us to remain calm, patient, and diligent as we work with the emotional body to bring reintegration and healing.
Blessings on your Journey Home,
Jane Oka Kaya Shin
ps. for a brief description of the “Difference Between Vedic and Western Astrology,” or to see what your Sun Sign is, according to Vedic Astrology, continue below.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEDIC AND WESTERN ASTROLOGY
This and all other articles that I present, are an intimate sharing of my study and spiritual practice of VEDIC ASTROLOGY, which differs a great deal from the mainstream Western (Tropical) Astrology most of us have been exposed to since we were children. A reflection of the Western astrological system can be seen in any “Sunday newspaper horoscope” or the like, which shows the zodiac sign the Sun was in on the day we were born. However, what most people don’t know is that these dates do not coincide with what is in the sky in real time; meaning, the placements that Western astrologers are going by are not a reflection of the sky today in the 21st century, but rather, where the celestial bodies were in relation to the sky back near the 3rd century! An example of this I ran into recently, is seeing astrological articles written about the Summer Solstice happening during “Cancer season”—referring to the Sun being in Cancer at the time of the Summer Solstice. However, today in 2018, and for some centuries now, the Sun is located in the sign of Gemini, making this “Gemini season,” and not “Cancer season.”
Below is a chart comparing the dates of the Sun’s transit through the signs in both systems. For those born mid-month, the Sun sign may be the same for both systems (depending on the exact day); for everyone else, however, our Sun sign is actually one sign back from what we had in the Western system. This is due to “Precession of the Earth’s motion” around its axis.
The Earth’s axis rotates (precesses) just as a spinning top does. The period of precession is about 26,000 years. Therefore, the North Celestial Pole will not always point towards the same starfield. Precession is caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon on the Earth, and is about ~50 arc seconds per year.
SUN SIGNS of the Vedic and Western systems: