* The effects of last night’s eclipse will be present for many months to come. Sometimes I like to think of eclipses, especially if they are visible in your local area, like the flashes of somebody’s headlights that you might see coming toward you while driving your car at night. I’m talking about the kind of flashes that might be warning you that one of your lights is out or that there is a camped out police officer ahead (so you may want to slow down!). The eclipse itself is almost always a sign of things to come. No matter how high or off or strange or altered your state might be during an eclipse, usually it’s what eclipse signify “down the road” that we need to pay attention to.
* In this case, look at zero Leo in your birth chart, or the whole sign house of Leo. Consider that there is a very deep surrendering or letting go process that is happening in this area of your life.
* We can easily spiritualize a letting go process like this if, when things are taken away or being surrendered, we simply remember the source of all things, the eternal source from which all blessings flow and back to which all things return. If we take a moment of eclipsing as an opportunity to deepen our remembering or the source in our everyday lives, then the eclipse will automatically be the best gift we could have possibly received. But it takes a courageous heart to choose to see things this way. This is the heart of Leo!
* The eclipse, with the north node of the Moon (Rahu in Indian astrology) is also an indication of potential Lion-like hunger. We should be very careful that we are not allowing for seeds of great ego, pride, and delusion to be planted in our hearts right now. It does not matter who or what we identify with politically, socially, morally, or religiously, when we attempt to lord power over others through any kind of superiority trip, even if we feel we are in the “right,” we become the “dark King.”
* Eclipsing of the ego is natural during eclipses in Leo. Sometimes we get knocked down a peg, or something that has given us a sense of power or entitlement in the past is taken away or destabilized. If we are generous, and if we keep our hearts open and in remembrance of the fact that we cannot and do not, truly, own anything, then we can be like the noble King, who dies well and does not resist handing the crown over to the next in line…remembering very well to whom the real crown belongs and remembering very well that all Kings and Queens are but servants.
* Remember that the Sun and Leo go hand in hand. Remember that on the journey of spirit, we often get waylaid. Sometimes by ourselves and sometimes by others. We should try to avoid the temptation of a self-induced plateau: “I’m just fine where I am. Rather than grow beyond my current state, I will become a King or Queen of my own plateau.”
* On the other hand, sometimes on our journey upward we are asked to pause and serve or remain in a position that feels as though it is below our ultimate ideal. Plateaus can be humble us in a positive way, as well.
* Whenever we get overly identified with a sense of pride and power in the material world, whether it is by means of our race, our nationality, our religion, our family, our political beliefs, our education, our wealth, our beauty, or anything else, even if it seems or appears very “good” or “noble,” we are sowing the seeds of an eventual difficult death for the King or Queen. King or Queens that mistakenly assume themselves to be the source of the power fall hard…like any tyrant, the abdication of the throne is ugly at the end.
* Our hearts naturally seek connection with something higher. A lunar eclipse in Leo is an invitation to develop a higher taste, discarding the lazy, indulgent, power-hungry rulers that are constantly seeking to seize our attention and awareness.
Prayer: Give us a higher taste so that we be firmly established upon the throne of our heart, ennobled by the desire to serve you.