Do Nothing But Listen
The eclipse occurs in totality just after midday GMT in 15th degree of Libra. As partner to the solar eclipse on 20th March which called time on paths not chosen, this lunar eclipse requests expressed commitment to our goals in this new creative cycle. Alongside this commitment it asks also for originality and fresh perspectives, for it is just such endeavours to be blessed in the coming years. This is not a time to reaffirm old hopes and dreams still unfulfilled but to distil new and more vibrant ones which reflect who we are becoming not who we once were.
The pull of the past can be strong at a lunar eclipse and this one is certainly no exception. We may find our best intentions going up in smoke as we embrace old habits with unrestrained abandon, along with all manner of apparently sound justifications for doing so! But beware that inner voice which encourages a return to old ways now. It is a saboteur, to be handled with great caution. The impatience and restlessness of this time is not an excuse to take the easy way out. Instead it presents sound reason to stand firm and decide that this time we respond differently, forging a new and creative path ahead.
Part of the problem is a prevailing sense of not quite knowing what’s going on or where we’re headed, coupled with a paradoxical urge to get there as soon as possible!! This is not a combination conducive to clarity! We have a parrot on both shoulders, one urging ‘get on with it!’, the other screaming ‘stop and wait!’. We may find ourselves having no clue what to do next because we don’t yet know in what direction to head, but the imperative to do something causes us to resurrect old goals and aspirations instead of waiting patiently for new ones to form. But patience is paramount, no matter what that voice says. Something is forming, slowly but surely, and we need to wait and see what it is before we commit to the path ahead.
Jupiter offers supportive advice: simply listen. That is all. Sit quietly and listen. ‘To what?’, we inevitably ask. ‘Just listen’ comes the reply. As we do, it will become abundantly clear what we’re listening to: our inner wisdom, the Real Self rising up in our hearts, whispering its truths and changing our perspective as it looks through our eyes. This inner knowing, the sacred presence always alive in the silence of our hearts, has much to say at this time. It may come in words or thoughts, feelings, sensations, imagery. In the darkness of the eclipsed Moon we can receive all that we need to make the best choices and offer ourselves to the most conscious path ahead. But it takes commitment: to be still, to allow the sacred expression, to pay attention and be patient. We are not in charge here, calling the shots and dictating the next move. We are powerless as we allow the sacred to gather up the reins of our life and guide us in its own transformative way. Thus in our powerlessness we paradoxically receive the greatest power of all.
Relationships are especially in the spotlight at this time. Their health or otherwise reveals much about the relationship with oneself. This mirroring of the inner by the outer and vice versa offers insight into the nature of life itself. As we increasingly recognise the interplay of within and without, resisting the immediate urge to act but instead watching and waiting, we come to know ourselves as something altogether more potent than at first appears. Once clarity is ours, changing our inner terrain will shift the outer and obstacles previously encountered are transformed.
Deep wisdom is available now, in the silence of our hearts, but the prevailing imperative to ‘DO SOMETHING!’ will have its way if we let it. Action at times like this simply obscures the path not progresses it. It is born of frustration or confusion, an unwillingness to bear with the discomfort of simply not knowing what comes next. We must embrace this place of confusion for the deeper wisdom of this new cycle to arise. Only in doing so can we truly discern the path ahead. This lunar eclipse ushers in a five month period during which we will come face to face with deep truth in visceral and immediate ways. We may not know where we’re headed, but we will most certainly know how to get there if we simply wait patiently, listen carefully and act upon guidance received in the quiet of our still but awakening heart.