Today’s Total Solar Eclipse occurs astrologically at the Leo new moon, which incidentally happens to be my own birth sign—turning 60 at this junction, August 21, 2017. This spectacular solar event is the first total eclipse to travel from one coast of America to the other, journeying as it does across 12 states (diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina), for almost a century. For those fortunate enough to be in its path, it will appear like a Dark Sun is arising:
Of course, for many this will prove to be an ominous prophetic occurrence. They claim that it is a sign of the impending apocalypse. As the Book of Joel cries out, “The Sun shall be turned into darkness…an indication that the Lord cometh!” Repent, for we are living in the last days! Yet, throughout the millennium whenever such astonishing events occur the human imagination turns dark and crawls into a safe space out of fear and trembling.
It is a Dark Occurrence, but not in the sense that religious fundamentalists would have you believe. In an alchemical-gnostic association, it is a magnificent alignment known as a Syzygy. Astronomically, this is known as “the alignment of three or more celestial bodies in the same gravitational system along a straight line.” (Wiki) Alchemically, a syzygy is representative of divine active/passive elements—an alignment of both the masculine and the feminine, an action that is complimentary rather than in dire opposition. The Fourth Way philosophy, founded by the mystic Georges Gurdjieff, describes this interplay as follows:
Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky, one of Gurdjieff’s most prolific disciples, lectured at length concerning the moon’s role in human affairs and its place in the cosmological scheme of things. It is reasonable to assume what Ouspensky wrote about the moon accurately reflects what Gurdjieff taught him.
According to Ouspensky, the moon acts as a giant electromagnet pulling upon all organic life on earth and sucking into itself the soul essence of dying creatures (Gurdjieff’s Food for the moon). The moon is an embryonic planet receiving its nutrition from organic life on earth through an etheric umbilical cord, an energy conduit between earth and moon. The degree to which one’s actions are driven by the moon is proportional to one’s level of reactivity and non-being.
For people incapable of moving themselves through life by nobler spiritual impulses, the moon provides a propulsive force. Without this force, mechanical individuals would be passive as puppets without a puppeteer. The moon is therefore an important factor in driving physiological motion. As long as its influence is limited to such effects, the moon is doing its job properly. Ouspensky warned, however, that if lunar influences trespassed into one’s emotional and mental aspects, then emotional and mental imbalances would occur. (Thus the coinage, Lunatic—inclusion mine). (https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_hyperdimensions07.htm)
For a Lankavatarian, this astounding event is most symbolic of the Dark Yin energies eclipsing the fiery-Yang—once again restoring a natural order to the inner alchemical transmutations that must occur before spiritual metamorphosis and maturation. In other words, a form of Lunar Gnosis coming from the Dark Side of the Mind. This Dark Side is not evil, quite contraire, it is the Luminous Self coming to full fruition. In my own journey, this eclipse is totally canceling-out any former fiery-Yang influences on the outer plane—these influences being heavy familial, social and karmic associations, desires, and attachments. All is subsiding now, giving way to exclusive spiritual pursuits and dynamic growth on a most exclusive transcendent plane of awareness. One series describes this “as resting serenely in the cave of the moon”. There is a great relief in all this, since there are gradually no more conflicts occurring in the psychophysical dimension, apart from the inevitable outcome of aging corporeal deterioration. I am now free to embrace core Lankavatarian principles that completes all the cycles of the Bardo experience as described in the Lankavatarian Book of the Dead series. That particular series can be described as my own spiritual autobiography, which is complimented with the sequential Tathagatagarbhatara Tantra and Notes from the Iron Stupa series—a synergetic Trinity. Yea, these past six years of living the Eremitical lifestyle has provided the essential maturational cultivation for such an audacious spiritual enterprise. What matters now is acceptance of this eclipsical course, with hopefully no more kalpas to come.