February 26, 2017 Solar Eclipse

The image above is the moment of totality from a solar eclipse I witnessed in Egypt in 2006. (If you can’t see it here look on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/jmloar  ).  We were lucky enough to have an astronomer with a good camera in our group. Experiencing such an eclipse first hand is life changing. One moment it’s daylight and slowly the Moon moves across the face of the Sun, the sky grows dark, and there is eerie silence. That day we could also see Venus shining brightly near the Sun. My own sense was awe and humility. Hundreds of people had camped in Egypt’s western desert and many were brought to tears.

This solar eclipse is exact Sunday, February 26 at 7:58 MST, where I am in Colorado. This eclipse is in Pisces, so the depths of our emotions are keenly felt. The Sun and Moon are also conjunct to Neptune, symbolic lord of the oceans. We are invited to dive deep into our inner feelings and honestly face what we see in the murky depths. What do we find hidden deep in the dark waters of our subconsciousness that has been driving our knee jerk responses and instinctual behaviors? It’s a good time to take stock.  Emotional tides could run high with a tendency to overreact. Mars is also conjunct Uranus in Aries so there is danger that strong emotions could lead to potentially violent responses.

If we are open to transmutation these purifying waters may cleanse us of false beliefs and old pain. The choice is up to us. As William G. T Shedd famously said, “Ships are safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”  Set your main sail and tack into the wind on the high tide of change.

Finding Balance & Courage

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Most days I feel like I’m living in a dream, or an alternate reality, that I could not have imagined even a few years ago. What poses as news is more like a surreal and fictional soap opera, and it seems like the country–even the world– is coming apart at the seams. Maybe this needs to happen so it can be rebuilt on higher ground. I suppose it was naïve to believe that at the changing of an age the world would unfold in an orderly expansion of consciousness. As a child of the sixties I thought we had learned lessons and grown beyond many of the dramas that are now playing out on the world stage.

And so I struggle to find my center and balance and to know how I can make a difference in what seems to be a dark and dangerous time. Part of me wants to hide in the cellar and let the storm pass, while another part of me wants to take to the streets, marching and shouting.

Mahatma Ghandi has always been one of my heroes, and I often turn to his words for inspiration and courage. I took the following quote from the Mahatma Ghandi Memorial Foundation web site.

“Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘My life is my message.’  He requested us not to turn merely to his writings and speeches but to the very actions of his life.  What he wanted to communicate or express to successive generations would be observable by his daily living. His experiment with truth was his life message. Through each aspect of his life, whether it was spiritual, physical, or mental, he continually aspired to perfect each as a means of realization. Over the course of his life, his actions evolved toward what he hoped would be more enlightened living.”

Ghandi once said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.”

I am holding these words close to my heart along with the awareness that I am in good company with all of you as we walk this razor’s edge path to freedom. There is strength in numbers and power in love.