The Symbolism of an Eclipse

The July, 2017 eclipse can be depicted by the symbol of a mermaid, the Sabian symbol for the day. (Why? – This link takes you to the Academy) The sun and moon were both at 29 Leo. It was a new moon. Obvs, they came together at the same degree in the sky. It is this that we look at in detail.

A symbol can be looked at in these three steps:

  1. Play around with it fancifully, looking within and just think, how is this relevant to you? What does it remind you of? What would it seem to mean?
  2. Look it up and find out what it is commonly meant to mean. Is a mermaid a common symbol? (yes)
  3. Interpret it within a greater context of concept. (Sunology :-))

The first step is like unpacking a present or pulling a little string that brings to you, or you to them, insights, a bit at a time. It’s like talking to something/someone beyond you, by self-conversing, using stream of consciousness or brainstorming ideas.

The second step is research. I’m used to keeping an eye out to various literary references of the symbols, since I know them by heart.

The third step is another layer to this, where the symbol is correlated to the meaning attributed to its location in the cycle. Those are the limits that are applied to the interpretation. In this case, I would want to understand both Leo and the 29th degree, which correlates to Pisces. Looking at the clock, Leo is in the positive upswing of the cycle (7:00 o’clock). Pisces is wrapping up the end of the cycle, between 2:00 and 3:00 o’clock.

Here you go, an interpretation:

This is the mermaid I happenstanced upon right after “hearing the eclipse” on NPR.

The mermaid is on the 29th of a total of 30 degrees, so it is late in the cycle, and therefore complex. This degree is related to Pisces, which is the fish, and the final sign. This is the point in the cycle where we find the highest highs and the lowest lows. Literally. That final degree that gets us to wholeness is missing so there is a profound sense of something not quite right, or a missing piece. The lows come from lack. The highs come due to the grace of “God.”

That a mermaid’s feet is missing makes her a good symbol, as Pisces is also related to feet. Why? As Aries, the first sign relates to the head; Pisces is the feet. There’s something “whole-y” about the way the feet touch the ground, a completion of self and beginning of earth. It’s related to that.

Mermaids are typically beautiful siren-types. Their hair (Leo) figures prominently, signifying creativity of the self – something the self produces of itself, which is identity-related. Hair in any form (even bald-headedness) is related to one’s personal creativity.

They serve or suffer (suffer *and* serve, in actuality) which is not Leo (since the Leo energy is busy having fun and being child-like), but which is Piscean. Mermaids bear a very attracting quality (who doesn’t want to be saved by a servant?). She’s the martyr and the victim. She is even that which is art itself. And yet she is incomplete because with the tail, she has freedom but not land life and when she gets feet, she is in servitude to the masculine (keeping in mind we are talking energy). It is also very fitting that the mermaid is fantasy – the flow of the higher mind. And she is a creature of fairy-tales, thus the Leo/child association.

A less-known (European) meaning of a mermaid is a symbol of the souls whose personalities were lost to suicide. We are talking about the actual soul, not the person who was once in the body, so this is a very late energy of forgiving the missing quality, which is having faith in accepting that even what lacks is still a part of the whole, an aspect of God. When we die, I think we go full-time into 3rd consciousness.

And perhaps this could also be about the inner struggle to live and suffer in the world or pretend it’s all one big fantasy and live as though we are free. Put on the fins, “eat, drink and be merry – for tomorrow we may die!” –  and yet there is still suffering, mostly due to FOMO on the physical level – not getting to enjoy all the material (grounded) qualities of earth due to not embracing the whole of the cycle, whatever that one last missing piece is, most likely that which includes what others perceive as the valuable – the quality of responsibility, which is at the top/peak of the cycle and a very necessary quality to carry through to the end (of life or the cycle)

Do I Believe it is Bad Fortune to Watch an Eclipse?

I think it is somehow life changing and some people might perceive it as bad because it erases things from their lives but later when they think about it, they are OK with that and see how that which was erased was over and needed to go anyway.

Navajo Indians believe the following, based on this article on Facebook. I think everyone read it.

“Back in history, as Diné people, we were raised grazing livestock, horses, cattle and sheep,” he said. “As an example, sheep knew what to do already. They would find the shade wouldn’t graze anymore, they would settle in, put their heads down not even sleep, just huddle. So that tells you as a human being something is going on with nature. So animal behavior guides us.”

The time surrounding the eclipse is a time for self-reflection and a time to show respect for the sun and the moon.

“It’s a time that the sun or the moon is changing itself. When its changing, it’s a time that you’re supposed to be reverent ,” said Begay. “Because the sun in our culture, in our society, is the center of our universe.”

America in the Big Long Shadow?

Well, it doesn’t sound good; that’s all. But OTOH, good, because in the long run, it will shift our collective consciousness into greater love -seeing beyond the duality, into a more relational consciousness (again, what I call the third consciousness).

What Do I Think Will Happen?

Regarding the eclipse, I think it is the beginning of the realization that consciousness shift is possible for ourselves and others.The low lows push us to the next level. They ask that we be honest on a deeper level, to get to the truth of why our reality exists, thus blending and creating some new “aha!”s into our cells.

It is a challenge to discuss consciousness – but we know what it is. It’s not the mind but it is what precursors this. It is pre-manifestation, which is why is explained in terms of numbers and base systems. Here, I try to explain it in religious terms.

What Did Happen?

As for me, I saw it sortof, before the peak, but at the peak, the neighbor with the eclipse glasses didn’t want to share and was indoors simultaneously putting the toddler down for a nap, so I was outside wanting to see it but trying not to hang around her house. So, I focused instead on the feel of the nature and I heard crickets but I think I always hear crickets in the hot still August afternoons. OK, I hear crickets a lot normally. My cat was acting the same but I didn’t want her to go outside in case she tried staring. Kidding.

This picture happened to me, thanks to Snapchat, LOL!

Earlier, before the eclipse, my dad and siblings and I had a funny email exchange about watching the sun. Funny to me since I’m a sungazer.

I walked into a shop at the point the first “totality” was being broadcasted on NPR and everyone was really emotional and excited. I was like walking around the store with my eyes bleeding from the thought of everyone watching. More kidding.

I walked into another shop and was particularly captivated by a mermaid. I took a picture :-).

I don’t like the word totality to describe the eclipse because totality for a sunologist would be at a full moon, where both bodies are shining brightly and communicate with one another.  This is more like, good time to figure stuff about yourself out in a quiet private space so you can start delivering yourself better to the world.

I was able to understand my chart a whole lot better, it seemed. I also realized my right ring finger is where the healing is (?!) and could feel the instant of healing when I did a quick Reiki on my daughter. She was dumbfounded by the clearing and kept wowwing and then accepted it as an every day event.

That’s my report.

Defining God as an Eclipse Exercise

This eclipse, it is well to remember our wholeness. We (/me) frequently neglect the relationship we have with the idea of oneness, or everything-ness, and the way we are gifted by its presence. We’ve given up on God and don’t believe in him as a patriarch at the top of the cycle and we have no other collectively-agreed upon way to describe or think about God. It’s nebulous (It’s Piscean). But if we have a sense of wholeness, and the sum of the whole being greater than its parts (due to each part being an accumulation of earlier parts), then we can call all that is, “God”.

So, 30 is God and 29 is so close and yet so far, because the last time we saw God was at 0/1, yet God’s been happening all along and we will find that out tomorrow. (That was yesterday. It was a very fulfilling day.)

If God is everything and not just the top (think a circle, like a clock, where we start at 3:00, end at 3:00 (for esoteric reasons, don’t question everything!), and God has always been considered the top, or 12:00) the world just got 25%  bigger, as we all acknowledge God as the whole thing.

Introduction to the Sabian symbols

IMG_1964Sunology uses the Sabian Sun symbols to add richness and definition to the meaning of the 360 degrees of the zodiac. These symbols are a set of images that were intuited in the 1920s when the meaning for the zodiac degrees was sought. Click here to see the complete list of Sabian symbols by sign and degree/Sun Number.

Each symbol is deep and complex, containing a massive amount of information. As it goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. These pictures present such depth that words alone are unable to express them fully. The images render feelings (over time), which help to identify the various vibrations more completely, are held within them. Looking at the symbols under the umbrella of the meaning of the degree (called herein a “sun number” and defined by correlating it to its zodiacal placement) will help you to understand a more precise meaning for both it and the symbol. So, the symbols support the sun number energy. They supply more detail and information while personalizing and adding life to the sun numbers’ meanings. Additionally, they stimulate your intuitive faculties to help you understand the degree’s meaning even better.

A study of the Sun symbols validates the theory presented in the clock. Again, applying correlating astrological meaning to a zodiac degree is the key to knowing the meaning of the days/degrees/Sun Numbers. It is imperative to have a consistent basis for interpretation in order that one’s own subjective filter does not interfere with the degree definitions. It is this foundation for interpretation that has been missing for the ninety-plus years that the symbols have been around. The history of the symbols shows how this happened.

The History of the Sabians*

Picture of Elsie Wheeler

Picture of Elsie Wheeler

In 1922, an astrologer, Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, and a well-known psychic, Elsie Wheeler, met in Balboa Park in San Diego, California, with the intention of creating a set of symbols that would help give meaning to the degrees of the zodiac. Dr. Jones had some spiritual experiences that led him to believe that symbols existed on the more subtle planes, dating back to ancient times, and that they were accessible via clairvoyance. These symbols are the manifestations of the naturally occurring blueprint that mirrors the paradigm of cycle that humanity lives within. They result from each symbol’s placement in the progression of a cycle.

These Two Together Actually Came Up With 360 Images in Six Hours!

Dr. Jones brought a stack of 360 index cards to his meeting with Ms. Wheeler. Each card had a number for the degrees, one through thirty, and an astrological sign (Aries through Pisces) on it. The cards were well shuffled, so as not to be in sequential order. Dr. Jones pulled a card, upside-down, and while neither of them knew what sign or number was on the card, Ms. Wheeler provided him with the image that she sensed through intuition. According to his diary, they did a three-hour session in the morning that revealed 180 images. They took a break and then did another three-hour session in the afternoon, during which they came up with the remaining 180 images. These two sessions yielded Dr. Jones’ complete set of Sabian symbols. He hoped that these symbols would provide the astrological community with insight into the meaning of the degrees of the zodiac.

Dr. Jones Worked With a Group To Interpret The Symbols

Originally, Dr. Jones and a group of his students studied the symbols extensively. His first book on the symbols, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, was published in 1953. This book seeks to interpret each symbol based on the symbols of its opposing sign (Aries against Libra, Taurus against Scorpio, and so forth), finding and comparing the similarities. Their study and excitement about the symbols aroused the interest of another astrologer, Dane Rudhyar.

Dane Rudhyar Reworded and Raised Interest in the Symbols

Rudhyar was a famous astrologer of the mid-1900s. He was the founding father of humanistic astrology and used Carl Jung’s theories about psychology to present a new and progressive look at personality astrology. He transformed the practice of astrology for generations to come. He decided that he, too, wanted to unravel the mystery of the Sabians and offer meanings of the signs down to the detail of degree.

Rudhyar adopted the Sabian symbols as his own and used his own intuition to perceive interpretations for the symbols, and then wrote about them in The Astrology of Personality and An Astrological Mandala. Rudhyar changed the wording of the original symbols in both of his books, perhaps thinking this would help cement and clarify what he saw as the interpretations. Unfortunately, in doing so, it set the stage to lose the usage of the original wording for several decades. His re-wordings definitely contributed to confusing the matter for others to interpret the Sabian symbols, because everyone was now using his wordings (or even making up their own, in reflection). Finding the systematic method to know meanings just became harder.

Ultimately, it was important to maintain the original wording of the symbols to make the connection between the correlating method (to the zodiac) and the Sabians. The wording that was sensed by Elsie Wheeler was created by virtue of her psychic ability and needed to stay exactly as it was when it originally came in.  It was those wordings that I used in my daily meditations, over a period of several years, that yielded the realization of a systematic method.

Although Sunology’s method to understand them is obvious and simple, this objective approach was veiled until now.  Rudhyar was convinced that the Sabian symbols would be the symbols that would define the degrees in a way that all astrologers would be able to agree on. A simple perusal of the original symbols shows them rich in double meanings, clever wording, and precise arrangement. In fact, the meanings that are interpreted from the original wordings align with the meanings that come from the Sunology method so well, that the symbols’ origin and existence are miraculous.  They don’t really line up so well with Rudhyar’s re-wordings – just take that as a caution. You will be able to see their magical quality when you take a deep look at them.

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All this said, if you’re a Rudhyar fan (and it’s hard not to be!), his different wordings still offer more clues for you. It can be fun and illuminating to choose a few of those alternative wordings and work with them, too. Over the years, the Sabian symbols have astonished astrologers because they clearly express several levels of meaning simultaneously. Other people have made interpretative attempts that have merit and have added to the wealth of knowledge about the symbols. There are several books written on the Sabian symbols. These books are good references that can add other perspectives to your understanding and stimulate additional personal insight. Those who have worked with the symbols over time consistently find meaning in them.

Sabians Offer More Detail To Give More Ways to Flex

Obviously, the Sabian Sun symbols offer more depth and breadth to the moods and energies of your Sun Numbers than simply knowing that you are, say, an Aries. Honing in on your personality doesn’t put you in a box. Instead, it helps you see the box from which you view the world so that you can step outside your own constraints. When you gain a better sense of how you unknowingly and automatically limit yourself, you will improve the health of your relationships; lead a more creative, productive and fulfilling life; and experience your true self. Sunology stresses that the meanings of the symbols are not arbitrary or based on impressionistic interpretation. However, in your own interpretative efforts, the meanings for the symbols gain richness and depth when taken on their own, melded with your life experiences and not set within a strict rule.

There are other places around the web that you can read about the Elsie Wheeler and the creation of the Sabian symbols.

*Excerpt from my book, Sunology: A Guide to Source-Connection