By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
The total eclipse of the sun is today.
Astronomers, the people who watch all sorts of cosmic phenomena, define the eclipse as the time when the new moon passes between the earth and the sun. The sun seems to “disappear,” and the sky becomes dark.
Astrologers say the eclipse is more than a spectacular visual experience. Because they chart the deeper meanings of the movements of these magnetic heavenly bodies, they look at how these shifting energetic forces impact our lives.
So, we have the option of looking outward, noticing the dazzling display of light and dark, an awesome demonstration of the mysteries of the universe and forces that are so much bigger than us.
And we have the option of looking inward, noticing our own blockages and shadows, as well as the small seed-shifting energies that want attention and nurturing.
Should we pick one or the other? Here's a thought -- let’s not decide but rather choose both.
Of course, check out the eclipse (just promise to protect your precious eyes!), And yes, look inward, too, because it’s so very important.
Making the choice to only look outward snares us. It removes us from our own experience and directs the gaze to authority figures to rescue us and do what we are not willing to do for ourselves. So, although we must be willing to see clearly, we must also be willing to address our own "stuff," as one of my colleagues calls it.
Some people say that today's eclipse has special meaning for our country, since it can only be seen in the United States, and its mysterious forces will definitely impact our country, which has seen its share of turmoil this year.
What we can say is that this event is a point of change, a reminder of the magnificent forces in the universe. The fact is that those forces can be seen outside of us – and most importantly, can be felt inside of us.
So at this time, we may consider:
▪ What must be released from my life?
▪ What must be gratefully taken into my life?
▪ How I can be of service to the world?
This is an especially good time to look inward, and consider what is important, what is calling to you. May you hear the call!
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, is an author, trainer and psychotherapist who promotes, practices and teaches experiential methods including psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, sand tray, mindfulness and Tarot imagery.