The Full Moon Eclipse in Leo (February 10/11, 2017) opens a portal for a leap in the collective consciousness of humanity. The Sun is in the sign of the collective spirit, Aquarius, while the Full Moon shines brightly on our individual manifestations of the Oneness that gives rise to our existence. The Eclipse indicates a shift in consciousness, coming for us individually but with the potential to make a powerful impact on the whole, especially regarding our understanding of our place in the whole, and how the whole fits and works as a single dance present in all creation. Also in how we express our part in that, how we ‘show up’ in the world.
The Eclipse gives us the push to let go of old beliefs. attitudes, and behaviours that do not serve our well -being in the world. Beliefs that foster the experience of separation, alienation and fear within us. Aquarius is the most cosmic air sign and it wants us to know ourselves as both the individual ego identity and as the awesome, transcendent Oneness that shines within us on its many dimensions.
The materialist, scientific, rational paradigm that seeks to reduce all existence to numbers and equations, is not serving our collective evolution as a species. Many societies are in crisis. This time of awakening is a time of shift towards a remembering that life is a mystery school, a dream within which we can wake up and learn to dream consciously, creatively, compassionately.
The idea that life is one consciousness experiencing itself multifacetedly and subjectively, is spreading in the world. Teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Amma, Mooji, Deepak Chopra, Adyashanti are leading and revealing the shift as humanity learns that all religions are attempts to shine light on the single Truth. But the deep-rooted beliefs that we carry in separation do not let go easily. If we fully embrace the idea of one consciousness, one love, then that love will transform us absolutely, but it can take time to let go of old thinking patterns and self-destructive attitudes. This is the path of surrender and grace that monastic communities have long studied, and this is a journey that is best undertaken with support.
Once we have embraced the idea of one consciousness we then embark on a journey of discovery, of questioning and challenges, teaching us to surrender to the path our own soul has already laid out for us. Embracing life as a mystery school, we start to find signs and wonders, clues and keys to our own spirit and to the infinitude of reality. Luckily our ancestors left maps for us to use. The Wheel of the Year is the Pagan calendar which also acts as a guide to the constantly flowing and changing energies of nature, which affect us all the time. We can deepen our relationship with and understanding of the One Love by being aware of moon phases, celebrating the quarter and cross-quarter festivals, and learning about the energies of the astrological signs, which take us each year on a journey through the soul, into human potential. Astrology is a wisdom tradition that teaches us much more about the divine complexity of existence than materialist science can touch. Christianity tried to suppress astrology for centuries because of the knowledge and power it can unlock.
As Eckhart Tolle wrote, “All religions are equally false and equally true, depending on how you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego, or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people. In the service of the Truth, religious teachings represent signposts or maps left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual awakening, that is to say, in becoming free of identification with form.”
The big trap that Christianity is stuck in is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the mystical nature of many of the utterances ascribed to Jesus. When he declared ‘I am the way, the light, the truth’ he was speaking at the cosmic Self, that we all are. He was in fact telling us ‘I AM IS THE WAY’…. The I AM that we all experience individually is the creator source god. The Self is what is happening in Creation. This would have made more sense perhaps to the Jewish people at the time because their name for God, YAHWEH, means exactly that – I AM. Hinduism gives the same message when it says the ATMAN, the individual soul, IS BRAHMAN, the Oversoul. Each one of us is a manifestation of the ONE. This basic mystical truth was hidden by religions that became servants of the state, from Roman times onwards. Religions became systems of control and domination, of separation and division, but the fundamental truth – that the One Spirit can be found within us all, through any sincere spiritual path, and through the simple day to day experience of life lived from the heart – will always be here.
Let’s take Jesus off his cross. He was put there by those who wish to put us all there. He symbolised our divinity and our suffering while we played out the game of history. Jesus is a love god, came to show us what we are. The Kingdom of Heaven is within, he told us. Hallelujah. Maybe enough of us are now hearing it for the ripple effect of this Leo Full Moon Eclipse to be huge. The light of the Leo Self can shine in us as the glory of the Aquarian rebirth coming to humanity. There are warriors on the way of awakening in position all around the globe and the game is on.