From the Journals of DL Zeta
On Sunday, January 26, we had a solar eclipse in Aquarius. In the weeks prior to the eclipse, the event kept filtering into my consciousness. I knew my intuition was trying to flag my attention, but I couldn't devote much mind space to it due to the increasing buzz about an impending ice storm. My time was consumed with buying supplies, doing laundry and preparing for a possible power outage. In the chaos of preparing for the impending storm, I overlooked the fact that we’d had an eclipse in Aquarius just before Hurricane Ike swept through here in September.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First I want to talk about the ice storm.
The Ghost of Ice Storms Past
The night before the ice storm began, I revisited my memories of the last major ice storm we had here on December 25, 2000. That storm began early Christmas morning. Iced in alone and without electricity throughout the holiday and for the next few days, I began to experience a "timeline bleedthrough" in which I received the vision for a new way of being that included possibilities beyond anything I had imagined. To make this shift, I needed to clear out emotional "static" -- old fears and programming from the past. Synchronistically, that ice storm provided me with the opportunity to confront emotional trepidation around holidays and severe weather - particularly icy weather. It allowed me to face fears of isolation, particularly in a desolate environment, and ultimately, physical death. These were all deep, primal fears dredged up from the suffering well of collective consciousness.
What happened that icy December in 2000 amounted to a dark night of the soul that allowed me to "rebirth" my consciousness and awaken to the wealth of assistance available in the realm of the “unseen” -- the realm of spirit.
Nine years later, my memories of that time are cast in a glow of appreciation and gratitude for the life-changing rite of passage the storm afforded me. I'm grateful and blessed each day by the emotional freedom, inner strength and spiritual connection I’ve begun allowing into my life in the years since that time of ice.
As the ice storm of January 2009 bore down, I doubted it would have anything approaching the impact of that storm in 2000. I was pretty certain the same circumstance wouldn't wield the same power.
One thing I haven’t mentioned is that there was an eclipse the day of the December 2000 ice storm. I didn’t know it in 2000. In fact, it’s something I found out nine years after the fact. We’ll come back to that in Part 3.
The Ice Storm of 2009
The morning of January 28, I woke to the sound of ice on the roof. A light rain the night before had turned to sleet and freezing rain. I woke the moment the electric grid went down. At first, I experienced an inevitable resistance, impatience and bristling against the inconvenience. But this all quickly turned to awe and dread of the powerful forces of nature. For the second time in just over four months, I felt myself in the sharp teeth of clashing energies.
In the Wake of Hurricane Ike
It in the four months since Hurricane Ike swept through on September 13, leaving a trail devastation in its path, I have found blessings and healing.
I know everything that’s happened has been in accordance with divine perfection. In the months before the storm, I began receiving visions of a new living space that would allow us to grow and expand in ways that are aligned with our spiritual purpose. Inside the space there would be a greenhouse where Peter could grow vegetables and herbs year round. There would be a sound-proof audiovisual room where we could create CDs and DVDs for the ever-growing number of people we work with. There would be an exercise room where we could focus on fitness, even in the coldest part of winter. There would be an area for a hot tub and massage table for relaxation and renewal, a garage to house our cars, and a writer's loft, a space for inner listening and writing. By July of last year, I was making drawings and mapping out the design of the building, not knowing how and when this building would come to be.
The morning after Hurricane Ike brought the two largest trees on our property down onto our carport and shed, I stood in the carnage feeling the weight of the loss. Amid it all, a strong, clear voice said “Now we build.” Three days after the hurricane, we bought a steel building online and began the cleanup and foundation work to bring the vision of our building into being. Every step we took - from dirt work to foundation to erecting the building and putting up interior walls - brought a healing and renewal. As the New Year began, I found myself in a place of peace and gratitude.
Even as the dust settled in the wake of Hurricane Ike, a new event was brewing on the horizon. There is no doubt we are entering new and more intense weather patterns. Some attribute it to shifting energies preparing the way for 2012. Some say it is global warming. One thing I’m certain of. Each experience we undergo contains a message. To receive the message, we must embrace the experience, open to its message and receive it with an open heart and mind. I call this process “surrendering to the storm.”
Next: Messages of the Ice, Part 2 Surrendering to the Storm
Messages of the Ice, Part 2
Surrendering to the Storm
The January 2009 ice storm lasted over 36 hours. By the end of the first day, I found myself in a familiar yet uncomfortable emotional space. As I stood under the eve of my house listening to trees snapping under the weight of heavy ice, I realized I was still holding emotional energy around the devastation of Hurricane Ike. It wasn't the carnage that still held me. It was the brute force of the weather system, the power of it. The deadly potential of it. The knowing that once it landed at my door, there was no going back, no escape. I could take steps to protect myself. I could get to the safest place I could reach, but beyond that, I was a passenger on the speeding train of the storm's fury. That is the point when you recognize the only course is to surrender to the storm.
It was this kernel of surrender to the forces of nature with both the hurricane and the ice storm that brought me face-to-face with the specter of death. Both events were deadly. Large numbers of people passed over. Animals died. Trees collapsed. The entire natural world fractured. As the ice storm bore down, there was little time to contemplate the bigger questions. This took back seat to immediate survival issues.
The Challenges of Ice
If Hurricane Ike opened a wound, the ice storm was salt poured into the wound. In the first days of the ice storm, hundreds of trees and limbs tumbled onto the ground from the weight of the ice. Our mile-long dirt road became impassable - in some places, stacked 4 ft. high with fallen timbers. Peter joined with several men from our neighborhood who risked life and limb to clear a path through the debris-strewn road. They sawed and lifted and tussled with broken trees even as other trees and ice-encrusted limbs toppled around them. This was just to create emergency access to the outside world. Driving the ice-covered road was still treacherous. Trees were falling. Large branches dangled precariously by thin strands. Tangled conglomerations of broken trees leaned overhead.
I joined a group of women who took food and water to a near-frozen dog an absentee neighbor had left in a pen. As we dodged falling branches and missile-like shards of ice, we watched a tree come down on a row of mailboxes. That night as I wrote in my journal by candlelight, I contemplated how easy it is to depart this life under such circumstances. Any injury in combination with an impassable road is a recipe for life's final flicker. Certainly our battery-powered radio was bringing news each day of those who had skidded on icy roads, been hit on the head by fallen limbs or frozen inside unheated houses.
Physical Death is a Subconscious Decision
My inner questioning as always brought answers. Physical death, I was shown, is not a matter of weather events. It's not a matter of an opportunistic disease or a life-consuming systemic infection. Physical death is not a car accident, a crashed plane or any other disaster. Physical death is a decision made at a very deep level of our being. The events that swirl around us each moment are doorways and opportunities for one to execute the decision to pass over from the realm of the physical to the realm of spirit, but they aren't the determining factor. This explains why people survive circumstances that seem insurmountable.
I could see how at the root my discomfort with Hurricane Ike and the ice storms of 2000 and 2009 was this question: will I leave or will I stay? Each time I've asked this question I've chosen to renew my contract here. Underneath it all -- regardless of what life has delivered to my door -- each time I have held fast to my sense of purpose and my mission for being here. Each decision to stay in the game of Earth school has brought me into deeper affirmation of my purpose to become a vehicle for spirit on Earth. Each decision has helped me come to a deeper love and nurturing of my human self and all its frailties and foibles. Each decision has helped me see through the illusory surface of reality to the deeper meanings beneath. In this deeper reality, we are all one and the same: spirit in search of experience.
The Passing of a Poet
One evening as I was writing by candlelight, an image of a poet friend came into my mind. She is a strong woman of courage who taught me years ago that the most powerful images in poetry and in life are found on the jagged edge of the precipice between worlds. It wasn't until the roads cleared and I was able to travel into town that I learned she had passed during the ice storm. She had battled lung cancer for over a year. Based on what had been coming to me during the storm, I knew she had chosen her time to depart this plane, flying into the further realms on the strong wings of the storm.
Like many poets, Brenda danced with otherworldly visions:
“We should all be naked for this.
Gates of the prisons opened.
A flood of spirit pulsing
through the streets – like blood loosed
from the heart.
We should all be naked unbound angels,
no robes to tangle in rapid feet, in
(“Naked,” Brenda Moossy)
The Ice Storm's Message
After renewing my contract here, I began asking about the deeper purpose of the ice storm and grid outage. I was reminded of how we are better able to undergo guide changes during times when the electrical grid is down. This happened during the ice storm and accompanying electrical outage of December 2000, and I sensed it was happening again during this latest outage. I could also see how this outage was a time of rest, reflection, redirection and coming into the new level of consciousness that our new building symbolized. (In dream symbols, new construction is symbolic of a new level of consciousness we're "building toward.")
As soon as I came into the true message and meaning of the storm, the heavy mood of resistance lifted. Synchronistically, temperatures warmed. The road melted. Trees dropped the last of their ice. We drove into town for supplies.
That weekend, Peter and I got out the lawn chairs and enjoyed some 60-degree sunshine out on our front deck while the last of the icicles melted off the shady side of our new building. We joked we were "camping at home" using the house in lieu of a tent. Everything else was the same -- ice chests for refrigeration, candles, flashlights, battery-powered everything. Some neighbors with electric cook stoves were even cooking outside on barbecue grills. The sound of neighbors' gas-powered generators provided the background for the surreal scene.
Next: Part 3: The Connection Between Eclipses and Weather Events
The night of January 27, 2009, a 36-hour ice storm began that knocked down trees
and power lines and left much of our northwest corner of Arkansas without
electricity for over a week. During the power outage, I fell into a nightly
practice of reading by the light of a battery-powered light. Before long my
attention returned to the subject my intuition had been beckoning me toward
prior to the ice storm: eclipses. I was directed to a book I'd serendipitously
purchased the year before: Eclipses by Celeste Teal. Once I began to digest the
information in this book, my guides were able to reveal to me the deeper meaning
of the weather events of the past year.
On August 16, 2008, there was a lunar eclipse in Aquarius. The "air" eclipse
happened less than a month before Hurricane Ike came ashore in mid-September and worked its way north from the devastation of Galveston to the Arkansas Ozarks
and points beyond. Just prior to the ice storm of January 28, 2009, there was a
solar eclipse on January 26, once more in Aquarius.
In the book Eclipses, Celeste Teal writes that the earliest astrologers regarded
the zodiac sign of an eclipse as symbolic of the nature of the events "coming
due." An eclipse that took place in one of the three fire signs was symbolic of
wars and terrible slaughters: in Earth signs, of barrenness, scarcities,
droughts and earthquakes; in air signs, of wind and storm; and in water signs,
of heavy rains and floods.
This is a generalized guideline of possibilities. Certainly each eclipse is
unique for the time in which it occurs. However, I can't overlook the apparent
connection between the Aquarian (air) eclipse of August 16, 2008 and Hurricane
Ike, or the Aquarian solar eclipse of January 26, 2009 and the ice storm that
followed right on its heels. In a synopsis of the January 26 solar eclipse,
"turbulent weather" is listed as a possibility. As I learned more about these
apparent connections, I realized the intuitive hunches I'd been receiving for
studying eclipses were helping me understand more about the connection between
solar and lunar eclipses and world events and conditions.
Some Eclipse Basics
Before I go further, I want to provide some eclipse basics. Teal's book lists
in its bibliography another excellent book, Interpreting the Eclipses by Robert
Carl Jansky. It was in his book I found some simple explanations of eclipses.
A solar eclipse:
*is a conjunction of the sun and moon
*can only occur at the time of a new moon
A lunar eclipse:
*is an opposition of the sun and moon
*can only occur at the time of the full moon
*can only occur approximately 14 days before or 14 days after a solar eclipse
Both solar and lunar eclipses have effects upon the Earth's electromagnetic
field that can be scientifically measured. Both occur in cycles that can be
As I've come to understand it, an eclipse shows a place of "stored up" or
unresolved energy. As such, an eclipse offers a window of opportunity to address
a situation or condition. Each of us is plugged into these cosmic energy flows,
which can be harnessed constructively to achieve our personal aims. Even when
an occasional eclipse triggers changes we would prefer not to undergo, there is
an important learning experience and an opportunity for growth. By examining
it, you can come to a better understanding and work with the flow.
Eclipses as Rites of Passage
I mentioned in part one of this series that I'd experienced a major turning
point on Dec. 25, 2000, when iced in alone over the holiday. On that day there
was a solar eclipse in Capricorn (earth), which is ruled by Saturn. Saturn is
generally associated with energetic cleansing and clearing. The influence of
that December 2000 eclipse extended into 2005. During that five-year period, I
underwent daily clearings that allowed me to step into ever greater levels of
clarity, emotional freedom and spiritual communion. For me, the eclipse and ice
storm of 2000 were rites of passage that allowed me to create a major timeline
and identity shift. For more on timeline and identity shifts, see my e-book,
Portals of Spirit: Multidimensional Doorways for Healing and Transformation,
Eclipses as Indicators for Physical Death
The connection between eclipses and personal and world events doesn't stop with
weather. Physical death can also be predicted when our natal astrology charts
are impacted by an eclipse. This can come into play when there's a closing
transit of Saturn to an eclipse on the nadir or fourth house cusp in a person's
astrology chart. Two notable examples are famous astrologer Grant Lewi, who
recognized the shape of his own planetary alignments and took out a life
insurance policy just before he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The energy of an
eclipse can extend for a period of up to five years or more. This was seen with
Jim Morrison of the Doors who died when Saturn eventually transited an eclipse
that fell on his nadir five years earlier.
Although I haven't studied their charts for this indicator, I did have two
friends who passed after the two most recent eclipses -- one passed three weeks
after the August 16, 2008 lunar eclipse, and another passed January 28, just two
days after the January 26, 2009 solar eclipse.
Eclipses and Relationships
Teal's book contains information about eclipses dating from 1900 to 2050.
Looking back over the timing of eclipses throughout my life, I found an
interesting pattern: all my major relationships began a month or so prior to an
eclipse. One theory I have about this is that I tend to sense the energy of an
eclipse for a few weeks before the actual event. It may be that the "shake up"
created by the energies of an impending eclipse creates sufficient chaos in my
life for major changes to take place. I'm sure as I study further, I may see
connections between the astrological makeup of the people entering my life and
the energetic influences of the eclipses that occurred before or after their
This is only scratching the surface of the connection between relationships and
eclipses. In her book, Teal writes that special karmic relationships may be
shown with those people whose sun matches the sign of one of your natal eclipses
(within plus or minus 3 degrees of the conjunction or opposition). Your
feelings toward these people may be intensified by their connection to your
growth and evolutionary progress during this lifetime. You may feel a sense of
spiritual connection with them.
The Influence of Prenatal Eclipses
It's generally thought that the last solar eclipse before our birth activates
the essence of our soul. Some astrologers believe the prenatal solar eclipse
indicates the actual time the spirit enters the unborn child's body. It's also
believed that the prenatal lunar eclipse is the mechanism that seals off
memories of past lives. That is because the moon is considered to be the planet
of accumulated lifetimes. Since the full influence of an eclipse can take four
years or longer to complete, this would explain why young children sometimes
have an awareness of previous lives that eventually fades and completely
disappears before age seven.
Eclipses and Our Natal Astrology
I don't want to imply here that I believe eclipses always trigger "negative"
events. Celeste Teal writes in her book that a lunar eclipse on her natal
Jupiter in 1996 resulted in the completion and publishing of a book. Jupiter is
the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, which is linked to things such as
publishing. The project was clenched when two weeks following the lunar
eclipse, a solar eclipse fell on her natal Neptune and "inspiration flowed." In
this way, an eclipse is about the culminating of something in which we've
invested time and energy.
Upcoming Eclipses and 2009 Weather Potentials
On July 7, 2009, there is a lunar eclipse in Capricorn (earth) that "highlights
On July 21, 2009, there is a solar eclipse in Cancer (water) with the theme
"desire for reforms."
On August 5, 2009, there is a lunar eclipse in Aquarius (air) focused on
On December 31, 2009, there is a lunar eclipse in Cancer (water) with the theme
"burdens and sorrows."
It will be interesting to see if the indicators the ancient astrologers used to
predict weather via eclipses hold true for this year's remaining eclipses. If
they do, we could experience droughts through most of July influenced by the
July 7 lunar eclipse in the earth sign Capricorn. This eclipse could also usher
in Saturn-based clearings since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. After the
Cancer-influenced solar eclipse the end of July, there could be floods that end
the droughts. And hold onto your hats (yes, literally) as there is yet another
Aquarian (air) eclipse in early August that could give rise to hurricanes and
other intense storms. The focus on humanitarian deeds during the influence of
this eclipse could center on relief efforts to areas most affected by turbulent
storms beginning in early August. The lunar eclipse in Cancer on New Year's Eve
could signal the beginning of a rainy 2010 with flooding in some areas or other
overwhelming life experiences as symbolized by flooding.
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