Thursday, May 9, 5:28 pm PT
Nineteen Degrees – Thirty-one Minutes of Taurus
Visible primarily from Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

“You are here to enable the Divine Purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”  ~Eckhart Tolle

2013 will mark the occurrence of five eclipses in one year: three lunar and two solar. The first eclipse—a partial lunar eclipse—occurred on April 25 in the sign of Scorpio. On May 9, an annular solar eclipse will occur in Taurus and the final eclipse of this noteworthy trio will occur in Sagittarius on May 24. Be sure and watch for important upcoming communication on this third eclipse and its significance as it occurs during the powerful Uranus-Pluto squares. Lastly, the final two eclipses of 2013 will occur in October and November.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon travels between the Sun and the Earth and therefore casts its shadow blocking the view of the Sun from Earth. During an annular solar eclipse (ring of fire) the Moon’s shadow blocks out part of the Sun’s light creating a ring of fiery bright sunlight that will blaze around the Moon’s circumference. In fact, “annulus” in Latin means “little ring.” This eclipse will be visible from northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean, and visible for a maximum of six minutes and three seconds.

Eclipses help you to create shifts in your life and encourage you to let go of old patterns that no longer serve you. They work on three levels: personal, collective and ultimately, the integration of both. Where there is inner uncertainty, an eclipse will encourage you to seek clarity and transformation. Pay close attention to the revelations occurring in your life during this powerful eclipse month.

Mars, Mercury, the Sun, Moon and Pallas Athena are all in the sign of Taurus during this solar eclipse—that’s a lot of Taurus energy! Pallas Athena’s presence is a powerful influence because she conjuncts this eclipse exactly. Archetypically, she is recognized as a hero, or warrior goddess and seeker of justice. The myths tell us that she was born from Zeus’ forehead—a depiction of her innate wisdom and ability to strategize. In general, Taurus represents the material and spiritual realms. From a material perspective it is the sign that correlates security with survival – what brings us security, or allows us to feel secure, will promote our survival. Spiritually, Taurus represents the divine and sacred mysteries. Taurus is connected to the inner side of Venus marking this an auspicious time to turn inward and focus on one’s connection with self and the divine spark within.

Venus is also the planet ruling this Taurus eclipse. Synonymous with LOVE, when associated with Taurus, Venus asks us to cultivate a loving relationship with our inner self. During this eclipse Venus is making two important planetary aspects: a conjunction to Jupiter, the expansive philosophical planet of truth consciousness and a challenging aspect to Neptune, the planetary body associated with healing. These two aspects may initiate the unveiling of outmoded belief systems that need your conscious attention and commitment to change. This is a favorable time to question your intimate relationship dynamics. What do you truly value and how do you love others based on your values? Expect this period to bring about inner revelations about how you love yourself and love others. Most importantly, if you currently believe that your security comes from external resources then now is an excellent time to contemplate and initiate new intentions for the following:

    • To appreciate beauty and the finer things in life without my desired need to possess or own.
    • To display self-worth that radiates inner security regardless of my financial status.
    • To honor and nurture my individual gifts and values.
    • To love myself unconditionally.

“Scarcity of self value cannot be remedied by money, recognition, affection, attention or influence.” ~Gary Zukav

The energies of an eclipse can be felt a couple of days before and after an eclipse. The ancient sages believed that eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between earth and the heavens is thinner during an eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.

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Uranus Squares Pluto

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