Guiding Solar Ecliptic Energy
On July 2nd, starting just before 10AM pacific time and lasting about five hours, the Earth, Sun and Moon will move into perfect alignment for a solar eclipse. It will be visible through South America, but felt throughout the world. Though eclipses are relatively common, it is important to understand their energy and know how to work with them.
Classic guidance in astrology talks about eclipses as times of disturbed energy, not ideal time for being out and expressing energy. Classically one is advised to use the time to be inside, avoiding excess use of energy. But how does this work in our modern time? Where the world never slows for anything?
At minimum, mark your calendar for the morning of the 2nd, and acknowledge the time with some mediation practice. When the Sun's light is blocked out, the ego’s energy is limited. Then leaving you in a place where deeper connection through meditation is possible. Taking advantage of this opportunity will bring deeper and more profound meditation.
Also note that eclipses are not a good time to plant seeds, start new projects, or make big decisions. If possible push those activities back a few days. The energy a couple days before and after tends to cloud the perspective. Things that are planted in this time tend to whither not long after. Instead use this time to clear out, clean, dispose and make space for new ideas and inspiration that will be flowing.
Many people are writing about the dangers and challenges of the eclipse, and they are right - it is a time to be aware of your energy and how it’s being expressed. Instead of being concerned, be prepared. Take the time to create some inward space, connect with your higher self, and project the inspiration you receive in this time. The most important point to remember is with everything in astrology, there is an opportunity built into the challenge.
PS - Internally chanting the Gayatri Mantra as a great practice for the eclipse. It brings inner clarity and strength.
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥa
oṃ tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
Sending blessings of Peace and Strength,