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Shadow Rising: November 2012’s Solar Eclipse

By November 11, 2012September 30th, 2021Astrology for Non-Astrologers, Astrology for Students

A solar eclipse in Scorpio is bound to be intense.  How do we cope?  Fortunately Pallas Athene assists with a helpful trine from Pisces.

Details About This Eclipse

Date:  November 13, 2012
Time of eclipse:  2:08 PM PST
Type:  Total (strong in intensity)
Visible in:  Northern Australia and the South Pacific.
At:  21 degrees Scorpio
Shadow Agent:  Pallas Athene in Pisces

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
February 5-15
May 7-17
August 9-19
November 8-18

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).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it. Athene is there, dressed in her usual light armor, with her helmet on, and wrist and leg guards. She’s got a wheelbarrow full of logs, sticks and odds and ends of paper.  Peeking from the side of the pile you can see some matches.
You:  This can not be good.  You know, I’m a little tired of deities showing up at my door and putting me through experiences I feel little control over.
Athene:  That’s life as a human being.
She pushes past you.  You follow.  
You:  Where are you going?
Athene:  We need a safe place for this.  Where’s the basement?
You:  You’re the goddess—don’t you know?
Athene:  Snottiness will not get you out of this.
You:  Why am I surprised?
She finds the basement door and heads downstairs, levitating the wheelbarrow behind her.  It shouldn’t fit, but it does.  Momentarily, you are in the basement with her, where she’s pushing things aside to clear space.  
You:  Hey, that’s my stuff!
Athene:  Mortals are always saying that.  You won’t need it for this.
You:  Who sent you?
Athene:  The eclipse, of course.  And you should be grateful, because I’m going to be gentle with you.  If you follow my instructions to the letter.
You:  Gods are always saying that.  Alright, I give up—what are we going to do today?
Athene:  We are going to burn away your shadow.  It won’t hurt as much as you think.  If you’re willing to detach from it.
You:  Sounds tricky.
Athene:  It is.  Now take off all your clothes!
You:  Um… not what I had in mind.  Besides, the last time a guy saw you naked, you blinded him!*
Athene:  He ended up pretty well–got the gift of prophecy, I recall.  Besides, I’m not getting naked—just you.  Now strip!
You do so, shivering in the cold basement.  Athene turns on the brightest lights she can find.  Your shadow appears on the floor.  It starts sniveling.
Shadow:  Oh please don’t hurt me, ma’am.  I’m the victim of the situation!
Athene:  Just what I thought you’d say.  Human, do you know what your shadow is up to when you’re not looking?
You:  Probably not.
Athene:  Getting into all kinds of trouble.  Rousing all kinds of negative feelings in you, like resentment, misanthropy and hate.  These feelings justify revenge-based actions.  They make you want to “get even,” only “even” is never the result.  There is no “even” until someone decides to turn the other cheek.  So here’s the million-dollar question:  Is your shadow you?
You:  Of course not.
Athene:  If you’re so sure, take it off.
You:  What??
Athene:  Take your shadow off.  You’re not completely naked until you’ve taken off your shadow.
You spend a few minutes trying to peel the shadowy figure off the floor or step away from it—anything to get it separated from yourself.  Nothing works.  Meanwhile Athene has built a fire and lit it.  It’s crackling merrily and smudging the ceiling.
Athene:  All right, in you go then!
You:  Oh, no!
Athene (looks at you sternly): You know the rules.  It hurts less if you do it yourself.
You jump in.  The sensation of burning is indeed very bad at first, but you begin to realize your shadow is not, in fact, the same as yourself.  After that, it’s actually kind of amusing.  Your shadow screams, kicks and begs for release, while you and Athene begin joking about how silly it looks.  
Athene:  That’s a very good sign—being able to have a sense of humor about your shadow.  You’re in good shape.  My work here is done.
You:  Can I come out of the fire now?
Just then, your shadow, which had burned down to nothing, rises from the fire, a phoenix of its former self.  It now glows like an angel.
Athene:  Now you can come out!

Read about other eclipses this year: 2012 Eclipses.
* That would be Tiresias, the blind prophet.

If you’re feeling this year’s eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,

contact Jamie for a reading.


Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.

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