How much more can you close your eyes to experience VISION? What of when the night sky closes its eyes to the moon in a full central lunar eclipse?
How exciting! Well, I think. We are in for the 1st of 2 total lunar eclipses on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The second will occur on December 10th. The moon will be in Sagittarius on June 15th, and the earth is projected to cast its shadow on the moon making the full lunar eclipse last for some 100 minutes. It is also an extremely rare central eclipse where the moon will pass through the centerline of the earth’s shadow. The next central lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018. (ref. Wikipedia link)
I say, “I think”, as I feel there is merit in Bonnie Cehovet’s statement that, “. . . but that has to be disruptive in some way.” From my perspective, and I have heard many conflicting ideas on eclipses as of late from my astrology buddies, lunar and solar, yet with this one being a rare central eclipse, I felt them reaching somehow in statements that sounded all too reasonable, and too. . .too, “that makes too much sense to believe.” The statement, “reasons are often unreasonable” came to mind, and I smiled feeling a lot more comfortable eclipsing all that chatter and feeling into it myself, divining it.
So, why not work that out right here in a blog in one take kinda thing? That’s how I do most things anyway, them not taking an hour or two, but more so taking my whole life up to that point with a “let ‘er rip n build something” where the meaning occurs in the act, with the meaning AS the act. Heck, I don’t really know if I layered that wisdom into the stories told in Tarot in the Land of Mystereum or if building it, Mystereum taught me. I can say that mastery, one way or the other, led to discovery. Maybe no matter if I AM Marco Polo’s hull after a voyage, or the starry-eyed-in-anticipation person standing on the dock as the hull reveals and unfolds it treasures at my feet. Maybe both. Maybe neither. Certainly not nether.
Let’s start with 4 features: the 4 big ole archetypal Tarot ideas for the eclipse of The Sun, The Moon, and Temperance — as the moon will be in Saggie, and Temperance is ruled by Sag. The Sun and the Moon are kinda necessary for this lunar eclipse gig to happen. They intermix in this central lunar eclipse as an alchemical rue due to a more mundane gig, though. . .Earth. Respecting that, it feels to be fitting to bring in another, The Empress as Momma Gaia to represent earth. Then another, The World, as the universe of an alchemist’s crucible wherein all 4 intermix. So, that’s 5. The Sun. The Moon. Temperance. The Empress. The World. Before this gets ad infinitum out of hand, before the roller coaster dynamic of a multi-layer chess tennis match between them all unfolds on Wednesday, and I ask you to smile and fasten your seat belts. . . it seems prudent, WOW I actually used that word for once. . .It seems prudent to pose a centerline or nucleus of some questions first. Pose them not for what we will see, but for more expansive focus toward further opening up vision. Vision, the kind where you don’t say, “the sky’s the limit,” as that is limiting. Simply look up. Point to it. It’s right there. The sky is then equivalent to sight, what we see or want to see. Thinking bigger than that, that seems to be what I am calling vision here. Seeing the powerful limit beyond the sky that is given by vision. Maybe the questions coming up are my own boxes of the blind-spots of expectation, of sight rather than vision. That’ll have to be up to you.
So. . . . . . .
How much more unconscious and depthfully intuitive can we be made as we simply gaze right out at the not-there-in-the-sky-hiding-in-plain-sight central lunar eclipse moon? Do we see further in when looking at, into, its darkness in the darkness of the night?
Maybe the experience is like a natal astro chart of someone I know with Neptune and Mercury 4 degrees from one another in Scorpio? Basically, someone being born with a foot on both sides, where even taking a walk takes that person multiple places at once where those places are all mostly always integrated together in a single experience that seems normal to them? Hmmmm. . . Someone who sees psychic contents as easily as looking at art in a museum? A place where the autonomic, everyday devotion of breath is the prayer, the ongoing meditation? Seat belts, please. 😀 Here we go. . . .
Hmmm. . .dark in dark. Is this an anomaly of an antinomy, the totality of inner opposites. . .yet an antinomy of a totality of inner sameness, the moon and our intuition going into the dark of our own earthly shadow? Pictures! How? What’s there to see with vision? I have another question also coming to mind that I should preface before I blotto-transcend it. With the yin-yang symbol, the black spot being more than a beauty mark in the white field, is the spot really a psychic wormhole? A psychic wormhole where you go so far into the light as to become dark, and wormhole through the spot POOF to the dark field. . .and then the other way you go so far into the dark that POOF you come to the light dot bright-spot and POOF you wormhole again to. . . . I rather like that activation of the symbol. But, enough of the question-preface of that scenario as it seems small now. I sense a larger question:
What happens when the dark goes into the dark?
Does intuition get deeper, where the Moon, the bright eye of intuition in the night sky. . .goes dark? Deeper intuition? A huge sense of a loss of bearing? Vast expansiveness afloat in total clarity in total darkness, a Hanged Man moment you cannot see? Do you experience glimpses of eternity from your known depths of the realms of your creativity and imagination and experience? Total dissolution of self, or is it more not an annihilation of self but more fully a self-realization of the far reaches of one’s infinite inner divinity plunging further into the night so to speak?
The Penumbra Missing That Is A New Experience. Alternate title? No, I think I have said what I want to about the coming eclipse. . .there’s a title of a poem rattling around in that alternate title. . .the now-subject of this blog dedicated to the full lunar eclipse on Wednesday. I’ll run that, too, since I am warmed up. If you cannot see the eclipse in your area, maybe so much the better. Look at the moon and close your eyes with your own Momma-Gaia earth-shadow eyelids. Fully eclipse the moon yourself passing dark into dark, a void between stars, an odd, “hmmm, of a dark spot the size of the moon.” It may be a blank darkness in the night. It may be another imaginative wormhole to take you places and dissolve false connections. Again, that’s for you to decide and/or feel / experience. I will be curious what the core resonance of dark passing into dark is for everyone. Until then, I better write that poem while IT seems to still be warm. . .
The Missing Penumbral Light. A New Experience
Shadow shadow in the night,
I do not see you though I dance without fright.
Stop rhyming you say,
and I say,
Your Pallas-Athena gift that formed and set up in my mind
between Uranus the Shaker-Upper
and Pluto The Transformer
seems a gift that extends a gift,
extending the gift of the dark passing into the dark,
further into night,
night passing back a different glimpse of eternity from its own deeper night,
eternity’s own shadowed moon seen not-there.
Your Pallas-Athena gift saturates an old dusty idea in my mind.
The Sophia Principle if I remember correctly,
where may I be lucid enough to sense my shadow,
but smart enough to dance with it,
and now, smarter falls away to more. . .
Acceptant and receiving
I will dance
in the dark
with my shadow,
with and IN my earthly shadow
in Gaia-cast night-level shadow,
Gaia cast up to right not-there the moon,
now right not-there in the night sky,
where my symbols of intuition and depth disappear into experience,
where on this night
dark passes into dark.
Where on this night an infinite dark passes into my night.
What happens inside when the dark goes into the dark outside?
What happens when the dark goes into the dark?
(c) 2010, 2011 Jordan Hoggard
June 14, 2011 at 6:36 am
Interesting that you picked up on my statement. I was just thinking out loud, because I am not sure jus “how” disruptive thislunar eclipse is going to be, but I do have a feeling that quite a shake up is in order. Eclipses of all kinds make us step back and look at things, and a total eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius (the wanderer witht he very questioning mind) begs to bepaid attention to. Can we thank the heavens that the Rapture was not “scheduled’ for this time period?!!
I feel that in looking at the role the “Mystereum Tarot” played/is playing in your life, it is a compendium of your experiences, while at the same time “being” a learning experience. Cool that you brought the Empress into the mix, because while the eclipse rides on the tails of the Sun and the Moon, we are seeing/experiencing it fromt he perspective of soeone on the Earth. The World, of course, is actually where all of this happens. (We won’t get into parallel worlds for now!)
Too bad that we won’t see the eclipse here in the U.S.!
I like t he Pallas Athena reference. When I first entered the service, and t he Women’s Army Corp was separate from the men’s army (this changed while I was in basic training), Pallas Athena was our “representative”, or symbol. Great poem!
Dark into dark is an interesting concept. Being in the dark, then letting go and going that much deeper into the dark.