These topics keep arising in sessions with clients, my own mini-downloads, and also during last night’s Raph (aka Archangel Raphael) Channeling Event in Madison, so I thought I’d share them here.
You can find loads of information about the May 20th Annular Eclipse, as people in all walks of life are writing about it and honoring it in various ways. The direct path of the eclipse runs from Mt. Fuji in Japan to Mt. Shasta in the US, with a pass over Pyramid Lake, near Reno, NV. People in these and other places are performing activations, meditations and rituals to honor the passing of the Moon in front of the Sun. This type of eclipse does not completely block out the Sun; rather, the darkness that covers the Sun becomes haloed by a “Ring of Fire.”
OK, the Johnny Cash didn’t come up in the channeling event, but I couldn’t resist. I love this song! The topic of Love did arise, though. “It burns, burns, burns … the Ring of Fire.” Think of the effects of fire. It can burn the skin, burn things down, but it also lights the way. We may see some destruction with this eclipse, but the fire of Love will destroy those illusions that needed light. The visual of the eclipse will also remind us that even if things look very dark, a halo of heavenly light surrounds them:
What keeps coming through in sessions is not so much the light, though, but the potential of the dark, specifically, the Dark Goddess energy. 3Dality presents us with a world of duality, in which we polarize light and dark. Light=good; dark=bad. White hats=good; dark hats=bad. Forget gray areas. Forget the Tao (yin-yang symbol) in which each polarity contains a spot of its opposite. 3Dality aims to polarize. Traditionally, the Sun represents the masculine side, whereas the Moon evokes more “feminine” qualities like intuition, emotions and “lunacy.” The Moon also represents our Shadow Side. Unable to emit its own light, the Moon can only reflect the Sun. We live in a culture so afraid of the dark, that our internal Shadows have grown into major monsters in the form of false flag events, global economic collapse, martial law and any other boogie men fears growing on the periphery: death, destruction, the occult, conspiracies, eeeeeee-vil. In our fear of things murky or unseen, we have turned away instead of turning inside.
We have forgotten our roots, which, coincidentally, grow well in dark dirt or rotting compost. Roots reach down into the darkness and manage to extract exactly what they need — water, minerals, a firm anchor. Plants need sunlight and roots. If the roots dry out, or fail to establish themselves deeply enough, then a rainstorm or drought can easily destroy the plant. Most weeds grow very deep roots, one of the factors that makes them so difficult to eradicate. Like ‘em or not, weeds replenish the soil by pulling nutrients to the surface from far below. They grow strong through this process, far stronger than the unnatural monocrops we call “lawns.” What makes something a weed, though? Doesn’t it depend on perspective?
Stinging nettle will burn, burn, burn if you disrespect her, but last year, I actually invited nettles into our yard, giving them prime location in a raised bed out back. They nourish our garden bed and provide us with fast growing, mineral-rich leaves for smoothies. Nettles remind me of the Dark Goddess energy. Tonight, David and I will attend our second annual Wild Edibles Gourmet Dinner at the Wildwood Institute. I always remember herbalist Kathleen Wildwood saying, “Nettles like to be noticed.” If you acknowledge and respect the nettles in your midst, you will rarely, if ever get stung. You can also crush the leaves and use their juice as a antidote for the sting — if you dare. Most people, once stung by nettle want to get as far away as possible, not realizing that the cure for the pain comes from embracing the nettle even more closely. If you avoid the nettle’s juice, the ring of fire on your skin may last for days.
With the highly honored place in our yard, our nettles have no need to thrust themselves into walkways or woody paths, unlike those I’ve noticed in places where people ignore them as ugly weeds. I’ve seen stinging nettles create prickly, burning barriers right along public trails, practically screaming at passersby, “I am here, and you will notice me, even if I need to sting you so bad you never forget me again.” Dark Goddess energy functions much the same way. Ignore the Dark Goddess at your own risk; she likes to be noticed, demands respect and will sting at seemingly inopportune times if you continue to trample her or keep her on the periphery. Honor her, and she will shower you with unexpected gifts.
“When in doubt, use nettles.” This herbal maxim reminds us that nettles can improve just about any physical condition, from bladder issues to mineral deficiencies, poor blood to hair loss, detoxification to tooth health. Kathleen Wildwood compared the benefits of nettles to spirulina and other blue gren algae “superfoods,” making note that yes, the blue green algae do all these wonderful things, but when you get down to it, “You’re eating pond scum.” I’ve got nothing against pond scum, by the way. It’s another Dark Goddess gift from the murky shadows at which we tend to wrinkle our noses. I mention things like pond scum and algae in connection with the Dark Goddess energy, because all of these offer enormous gifts if we can humble ourselves to accept them. (Word count at that sentence kept hovering on 911. Hmmmmm. Speaking of false flags bringing gifts … ) The Dark Goddess energy rules decay, destruction and darkness, but if we can bring ourselves to value those things, we can experience their benefits instead of just their pain and trauma.
If we consciously cultivate the rejected qualities, then we can work with the Dark Goddess, nettles, weeds and pond scum in order to heal ourselves and our world. The May 20, 2012 Annular Eclipse offers such an opportunity, and I’m happy so many people feel the pull to honor this moment. Not only will we get flooded with love and photons from the Pleiades’ Alcyone as it directly aligns with Earth and our Sun, but we will also feel this alignment in context of the Dark Goddess energies temporarily obscuring Earth’s patriarchal solar paradigm. Will we notice and respect the darker aspects of ourselves? Will we honor the power that comes from digging deeper than we ever imagined possible? Will we accept the gifts of our Shadow Side? As you ponder these questions, I will leave you with wise words I found in an article called “Charge of the Dark Goddess”:
“Wisdom and empowerment are the gifts of the Dark Goddess of Transformation.
She is known to us as Kali, Hecate, Cerridwen, Lilith,
Persephone, Fata, Morgana, Ereshkigal, Arianhrod, Durga,
Inanna, Tiamat, The Morrigan, and by a million, million other names:
Hear me child, and know Me for who I am. I have been with you
since you were born, and I will stay with you until you return to Me
at the final dusk.
I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream.
I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey.
After the day is done,
My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.
I am the womb from which all things are born.
I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.
I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled, the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries. I snip the threads that bring my children home to me. I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless. Swallow your fear and come to me, and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.
I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice.
I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power. Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.
I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm.
I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself merge together in a rainbow of union.
I am the velvet depths of the night sky, the swirling mists of midnight,
shrouded in mystery. I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you and from which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed.
Seek me at the crossroads, and you shall be transformed, for once you look upon my face, there is no return.
I am the fire that kisses the shackles away.
I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth. I am the web which connects all things.
I am the Healer of all wounds, the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time. I make the weak strong. I make the arrogant humble. I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised. I am Justice tempered with Mercy.
Most importantly, child, I am you. I am part of you, and I am within you. Seek me within and without, and you will be strong. Know me. Venture into the dark so that you may awaken to Balance, Illumination, and Wholeness.
Take my Love with you everywhere and find the Power within to be who you wish.”-Author Unknown
Wishing you a powerful eclipse and transmutation! Blessed be.