This Pisces New Moon on March 8-9 is not only a Super Moon, meaning it is closest to Earth and so has a stronger effect on the tides and our bodies and emotions, but also the first of four eclipses this year…
“All eclipses disrupt the Earth’s electromagnetic fields and therefore each of ours… A solar eclipse occurs at a New Moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon’s planes align with each other, gathering and focusing their energies into a new shape, a new resonance.
“A new door opens, a new story begins. Just as a regular New Moon is a time to plant new seeds, a solar eclipse is a time to let go of old, stagnant energy shells, so the new life energy that’s been gestating within can begin to grow.
“As we end this astrological cycle with a solar eclipse, the electromagnetic fields that have been resonating in all of us change. And we are changed.
“Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, a sign symbolic of the Ocean…As a symbolic state, Pisces represents what Jung calls the collective unconscious, the repository of all those things our culture rejects and ignores.
“It holds the memory of all the life that’s been lived on this planet Earth, all the pain, sorrow, happiness, love, hunger, death and rebirth all humans partake in. It is the doorway to the realm of the archetypes of life and the container for all the stories, myths and fairy tales meant to guide us on our way through life.
“Our imaginations are vital to living in harmony with Nature and with each other. Unfortunately, that has also been damaged by what we allow into our minds, such as the belief that the realms of the imagination are only for children…”
“We spend so much time in our Waking Mind, our rational, deal with the outer worldmind that we don’t leave any time (except when we sleep) for our Dreaming Mind.
“But it is our Dreaming Mind that knows the name of the wind and water, of fire and earth. The Dreaming Mind knows the world so deeply and intimately, and with so much love, that it sees the truth of Life all around us.
“Most of us don’t spend enough time in the Imagination. When we do, we feed it the junk food of TV or the Internet or maybe a hearty meal of a good book, play or movie, but do we look to it to give us its wisdom about our life.
“Do we stop to listen? Do we sit in revery and silence and drop our questions like a smooth stone into the calm, deep pool of it, waiting and watching the circling ripples come to shore to stand before us with the answers we seek? Then, do we accept those answers or do we let our waking mind rip it apart?
“…Take a day that you reserve to bathe in your Dreaming Mind. An Imagination Day where you let go of the mundane world and step into the multi-dimensional worlds where symbols, images and metaphors are the common language and life gleams with meaning and purpose…”
“This is the perfect New Moon to work with your dreams and visions, with art and dance, music and writing… Water forms a doorway to other realms, a way of being which lets us shape-shift into our true, original Self.
“We can be made whole again when we embrace our past, who we have been and what we have made of ourselves. Our true Self has been over-shadowed with a false story concerning guilt, unworthiness, money, power and hubris.
“The end of the myth of rugged individuality is either a recognition that we are all equal yet unique or the disillusion that I am better, chosen, special. That seems to be the theme of this year’s US presidential elections.
“All life is sacred. We are living in a sacred moment and sacred place…As we are beginning to see this new society and way of being, the old ways are rising to the surface in their most unconscious and virulent forms. The hatred and bigotry and bullying of the worst of the patriarchy is facing us. And we have to face them down.
“It is time to Evolve..
“People are engaging in the world and standing up for what they believe in, thereby changing the collective story. And there’s need for more and more of us to be doing this.
“If we intend to change the world, we need to be leaders ourselves in creating that new world. We need to make it happen as well as demand it from our political leaders…”
“Now we have to engage our passion in the world and stand up for what we believe in, to take back our world from corporate interests all around the globe. The care of children and elders, social justice, equality, healing, creativity, business, etc. Whatever calls to you on a deep level is the archetypal energy resonating within you.
“The originating impulse of Nature and our human nature, as Caroline Casey calls it. Who are you? And how are you taking the Truth of your Being into the world and Doing something about it…”
“We are being called to live in conscious relationship with the Earth and each other…”
“Our shadow is showing and it wants to be redeemed. People are afraid and go into that oppositional standpoint that says it’s either him or me.
“But the new story says it’s him and me and her and the Earth and the sky. This is the new story we can bring to the world. It’s up to all of us to create and sustain a new collective story.
“Dive deep and retrieve the treasure hidden in the depths of your soul. It’s time.”
MEDITATION TO BENEFIT FROM THIS ECLIPSE:
To begin with make sure the body is in as comfortable a position as possible, either sitting in a chair or lying down on the bed or the floor. Allow the weight of the body to settle down towards the earth, taking a few deeper breaths and letting go a little bit more on each out breath.
Now allow the breath to settle and to find its own natural rhythm, letting the breath breathe itself. Try not to interfere with this process, and notice how the body moves in response to the breath: the chest expanding and relaxing, the belly rising and falling. If your breath is affected in any way by your illness or pain, then just noting this with a kindly, gentle awareness. Try to let go of any ideas about how you think it ought to be, and just rest with an awareness of how things actually are for you in each moment.
Sometimes it can help to include an image with a sense of the breath: you can imagine a wave flowing up the beach, turning, and flowing back out to sea again, noticing how the movement of the breath has a rhythm very like this. Or you might have another image that you find evocative and calming. Use your imagination in your own way to help the mind and the body settle around the breath.
Notice how each breath is unique, how no two breaths are the same. Notice the texture, the quality, and the duration of each breath. If you notice the body or the mind tensing up around your experience, in the noticing you can gently let go again without judgement. Do this over and over again if necessary with a kindly, gentle awareness.
Include any pain or discomfort in the body within your broad field of awareness. Very often we resist feelings of pain or discomfort, and this just leads to more tension, more pain and more discomfort. Use the breath to help soften the hard edges around the pain and allow a tender, gentle awareness to permeate the in- and the out-breaths. As you use the breath to soften resistance to the pain or discomfort, you may notice how the experience of pain is in fact a constantly changing mass of different sensations. Experience how it comes into being and passes away moment by moment.
Now you can broaden out your experience even more to invite in the pleasurable dimensions of your field of awareness. They might be very subtle, such as tingling in the fingers, some sort of pleasure around the breath, or maybe the sun is shining through the window onto the skin. In your own way scanning through your whole experience and noticing little moments of pleasure, no matter how fleeting – arising and falling with each moment.
You may notice that each moment of life contains elements that are painful and elements which are pleasurable. This is the way things are in this world for everyone. Notice the tendency to harden against pain and to grasp after pleasure, and in the noticing relax back into the broad field of awareness.
Now broaden out your awareness still more to include an awareness of others. Become aware that all humanity experiences a mixture of pain and pleasure moment by moment in much the way that you do. The stories of our lives are unique, but the range of basic human experience and emotions will be very similar. We all have hopes and dreams, fears and regrets, no matter where we live, our age, color or wealth. In this way we can allow our own experience of pain and illness to become a moment of empathy for others who are in pain, or who are ill, rather than a moment of isolation. All life suffers in one way or another. All life experiences pleasure in one way or another.
In the same way that you imbued the breath with a kindly awareness towards your own experience, you can now allow a kindly awareness to permeate the in- and the out-breaths as you think of others. Maybe you can get a sense of the whole world breathing – all life breathing like waves on the ocean. Rising and falling. Allow a sense of the hard edges of separation to soften, letting go into a sense of all that we share and a feeling of connection with all life as you sit or lie here resting quietly with the breath moment by moment.
Rest with this quality of awareness for as long as feels appropriate for you at this time.
Now in your own time bring the meditation to a close. Come back to a full awareness of the body lying on the bed or sitting on the chair. Feel in firm contact with the earth. Tune into the movements of the breath in the body and gradually externalise your awareness. When you’re ready gently open the eyes, take in your surroundings, and re-engage with the day. See if you can take this quality of awareness with you on into your life as it unfolds moment by moment.
When practicing meditation it is important to let go of craving a certain outcome, for example a reduction of pain. The pain may go on for a long time! This does not mean you’ve failed or not meditated correctly. It is just the way things are when one is ill or has an injured body. There is no need for blame or judgment. But remember that even if the body is painful and ill, the mind and heart can experience moments of peace and calm, even a sense of freedom. Meditation can guide us through the doorway to these moments and teach us how to rest there with an honest heart.