The Crusty Mind: April 2014's Solar Eclipse
If you’re ready for a change of mind, this Solar Eclipse (which is also a New Moon in Taurus) will definitely bring it. Oddly, it might be gentler than you expect. No need for armor—just allow your mind to become supple and let go of stubbornness. Letting loose the old, stuck ideas that just don’t work anymore is the way to go, and you can watch yourself change as if by magic.
Details About This Eclipse
Date: April 28, 2014
Time of eclipse: 11:14 PM PDT
Type: annular (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Australia
At: 8 degrees Taurus
Shadow Agents: Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
April 23-May 4
July 26-August 6
October 27-November 6
January 23-February 2
Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. On the threshold stands Mercury, with the usual wings on his cap and shoes. He nods at you and walks in. He roots around in the refrigerator, piles up snacks on a tray and makes himself comfortable on the sofa, where he zones out in front of the TV. There’s another knock at the door. You open it to find Pluto, who is conspicuously sniffing. He walks into your living room and begins picking things up and looking underneath them—first the sofa cushions, then knickknacks, then pieces of furniture.
You: What are you looking for?
Pluto: There’s a funny smell in here. I could swear something is rotting.
He moves slowly and methodically around the room, finally approaching the sofa where Mercury lounges.
Pluto (to Mercury): Oh, it’s you! I should have known. You’re stagnating, you know. Beginning to smell.
Mercury continues gazing mindlessly at the TV, ignoring Pluto and relaxing more deeply. Pluto stands behind the sofa.
Pluto: Don’t you know that too much TV rots your brain? Cap off, please!
Without really thinking about it, Mercury removes his cap. You can see that the top of his head is covered in some sort of crusty material, like mushrooms, lichen or part of a coral reef.
Pluto: Hmm, your mind has become quite encrusted with old, tired and boring ideas.
Mercury: They work for me.
Pluto: They probably do. But they’ve become outdated. You’re stuck in the past. I’m going to have to remove some of this junk.
You: Um, disgusting metaphor, guys!
Pluto: Thank you!
Mercury: Try not to take it so literally.
Pluto takes a tiny chisel out of his pocket and begins gently chipping away at the strange material encrusted on Mercury’s mind.
Mercury: That tickles! I just realized I’ve been thinking too concretely, too literally.
Pluto: Ah, it’s working!
He proceeds, more vigorously.
Mercury: Wow, that actually feels kind of good. Hey, I’m beginning to be able to think more flexibly!
Pluto finishes up with a scalp scrub and massage. Mercury purrs with enjoyment.
Mercury: I just had my first new idea in years! I’ve been viewing ideas as fixed objects, not the flexible, fluid and mobile things they really are.
He sits up, more alert, with a sparkle in his eye. He turns off the TV and tosses the remote in a corner. The snacks roll off his lap, leaving a mess of crumbs and wrappers on the floor.
Mercury: What did I want those for?
Pluto: Ready for adventures?
Mercury: Sure? Where are we going?
Pluto: To the bottom of things.
He pulls out a Sherlock-Holmes style deerstalker cap for himself and one for Mercury. They both don them and wink at each other. And off they go, leaving you to clean up your living room.
The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.