Some Post-Eclipse Comments

Great American Eclipse as seen in Corvallis, Oregon

While waiting for the post-Eclipse traffic to die down, I took the time to write some of my thoughts, insights and experiences, which I though I would share with you here:

It is a couple of hours after the Total Eclipse here in the sunny field in Oregon where I am camping. I feel that I have been through an Initiation. I thought I would go ahead and share some of my thoughts with others. For those who also experienced the ‘Totality’ some of this may be redundant. For those others of you, maybe these comments can help to take you there.

Leading up to today I have been meditating three hours a day. Not because I planned to, but because I have been having twice a day hyper-baric oxygen treatments in a pressurized chamber, equivalent to diving down to 45 ft. below the sea. I made use of the opportunity to deepen my meditation practice, which was greatly appreciated in my experience of the Eclipse.

In the last day or so before the Eclipse somebody sent me a guiding meditation on the Eclipse, encouraging one to recognize whatever elements of darkness within oneself are obscuring the radiance which is always there.

I used this as an encouragement to focus on the darker elements of myself that I know need to be let go of. I remained staring up at the whole unfolding celestial drama almost the entire time, from the first bite into the Sun’s light, to the last.

The magic really picked up as I realized I was watching a Crescent Sun instead of a Crescent Moon. The conscious Solar ego slowly dying away.

When the Crescent became even smaller I saw it as the smile of a super powerful, cosmic, Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat, smiling at the approach of the annihilation of the conscious ego.

And yet, that smile, that Cat, was also being annihilated. It made me think of this Eclipse being in the sign of Leo, the sign of the biggest cat of all, the Lion. Here, witnessing the death of the old Leo Lion previously ruling the brood, (a brood of lions ironically being called a ‘pride’ of lions) to give way to a new, younger, stronger leader. I will return to this Leo theme a bit later.

In the moments of Totality words cannot convey the otherworldly trans-fixation of those two minutes. Looking at the black circle with a white halo, where the Sun once shined. It was like the Eye of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings. It was a humbling, eerie, cosmic event of Suspended Reality.

Even in that moment of greatest darkness, however, there was still light. In fact it was a light which is there all the time, but we can’t see it until we reach the moment of the greatest darkness. Something many of us know and have experienced.

Seeing the emerging ‘Diamond’ of first sparkling light, was so joyous. A true rebirth. I used it to rebirth myself into light, in a ceremonial committed release of my own darknesses.

As the upper Crescent appeared it was no longer the smile of the Cheshire Cat, but the emergence of a halo or a crown of the newborn king of a higher consciousness.

I then stayed entranced in the rebirth of the Solar Light. It wasn’t until it was two-thirds revealed that I finally felt the returning waves of warmth, displacing the sudden coolness which had descended earlier.

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter on the Eclipse, this Astrological event is conjuncting the Leo self-image of President Donald Trump, and opposing the Aquarian Moon of the United States.

This tension has been obvious in the events leading up to this Great American Eclipse. Notably, the Leonine pride and arrogance of those who feel justifiably superior to races other than white, being in opposition to the true Aquarian idealism of ‘All Men Are Created Equal,’ in the Aquarian birth foundation of the United States of America.

Trump’s, as previously noted in my last newsletter, ‘faking it’ Leo Ascendant makes him an appropriate spokesperson, or at least, an apologist for this Leo element of our society.

To me, the Astrological omens foretell that this tension has to die, has to be resolved and attain a healing integration, and be reborn. Then the unification of ‘One Nation Under God’ may actually come to pass.

I don’t know what is going to facilitate that death.

In 10,000 years I highly doubt that there will be separate races of humanity. Hilarion has said that if there was anything abnormal by a mixing of races their offspring would have genetic defects. The fact that it never does undercuts the belief that the races must be kept separate, and for anyone one race to feel superior to another. Some of the most magical people I know are bi-racial. The Native Americans call them ‘Rainbow People.’

Yesterday, my brother shared with me a bit of a weird joke being spread on Twitter.

That we should keep our Eclipse glasses after the Eclipse is over, because we can then use them to watch the first flash of a nuclear bomb.

A weird joke but, as there are no accidents, there is no accident that this thought or image is passing through the collective psyche at this time. It does make one ponder the world we are in at this time.

Myself, I am keeping my glasses, not for viewing a nuclear bomb attack, but so I can safely stare at the Sun in focused meditation, when it is higher in the sky, and for extended periods of time, with reverence and respect for the Being which is the Solar logos, whose unceasing nuclear reactions gives us all that we are as physical beings. Let us all remember to humbly appreciate the True Light that gives life, and not the illusionary light of the egoic limited self, which inevitably leads to destruction.

May All Beings Be Happy
May All Beings Find Peace
May All Beings Be Liberated

Last night I was listening to a CD by Deepak Chopra called Spiritual Solutions. I highly recommend these CD’s.

In it, I heard the best description of the Leonine phenomenon of President Donald Trump. And of the solution, which, to me, represents a true healing/integration of the leadership quality of Leo and the group conscious humanitarian quality of Aquarius.

Here are a few extracts:

If you want others to follow you make yourself look bigger than life. The bigger your ego the more people will use you as an umbrella. Human nature seems to force those who feel weak to give away even more of their power. But ego is almost as bad in decision making as fear.

One over-estimates dangers while the other won’t admit that dangers exist. Under the sway of ego the person must perform constantly. The one thing the ego is good at is building up an image and images demand that you put on a show that other people will believe in.

It is exhausting therefore to devote so much energy to being a winner. While even more energy must be expended to keep self-doubt at bay.

Good decision makers are considered to be bold and fearless. With that in mind, most of us fake it, trying to appear more confident and sure of ourselves than we really feel. The great frauds in history achieved their success by mastering a look of complete self-confidence.

But in reality, the most momentous decisions are made in the presence of fear and anxiety.

A glance at the photos of Lincoln during the Civil War, and of Winston Churchill during the Blitz of World War Two testifies to their depression, worry and sorrow.

When fear is an inescapable factor the real question is: How to keep it from destroying your mind?

A Solution:

Act from the True Self where ‘I’ is no longer personal. Instead the ego of the True Self is simply a focus of perception. You have a unique perspective without investing in it.

As awareness expands the ego doesn’t die but changes jobs. The old job was to look after number one. The new job is to look out for the whole situation.

You no longer have such a personal stake in the world. Our aim is to benefit our self while causing no harm to others.

Ideally, what you want leads to benefits for everyone.

That ideal is only attained at the level of pure awareness, however. At every other level there is duality and with duality there is a clash between me and you. We pursue separate self-interests.

In expanded awareness you take a closer step toward unifying duality. And as that happens automatically the conflict between separate selves begins to be dissolved.

Former President George W. Bush also has the same Leo Ascendant as President Donald Trump. During his Presidency I saw that Saturn was going to conjunct his Ascendant. I used that to predict that that was when all of his false arrogant pride would likely be humbled.

That conjunction took place within 5 days of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in New Orleans. And that was when George W. Bush’s poll ratings went into decline, and he never really recovered.

Although, I never thought I would say this, but I kind of miss him now. 🙂

I feel this Eclipse, and the pushback by even members of the Republican Party towards Trump’s comments in the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA., feels like Donald Trump’s ‘Hurricane Katrina Moment.’

I don’t know what scenarios will unfold. Us Astrologers will certainly be looking at key transits to the Eclipse Point degree in the months ahead and I will try to keep you posted, or at least try to understand the Astrological messages underlying events as they occur.

In the meantime, may we all keep faith in the Light which is always there, and do what we can to seek the True Self at the level of which there is no fear.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel

Spring, Eclipse, Aries & IAD

Spiritual Company Newsletter

By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

March 20, 2015

Dear Friends, Clients & Subscribers,

It feels like a pretty potent day today with all of these elements: a New Moon with Solar Eclipse on the day of the Spring Equinox as the Sun moves into the first degree of Aries.

The first day of Aries is the real Astrological New Year’s Day, which various Astrological groups have designated as International Astrology Day, to acknowledge and support the benefit and wisdom of Astrology.

Hilarion has stated this about Astrology:

The astrological system is a direct gift from the highest Creator to mankind. It is a gift which allows him to develop at all levels simultaneously — not only at the physical level where the personality is manifest, but also at the higher mental and astral planes, and those beyond. For it is not sufficient to improve the personality only. There must be an absorption of the improvement at the higher soul level, or what has been termed the higher self.

The planetary energies alone are capable of penetrating through the human being to his higher levels. Without the planetary positions and geometries, as the planets form various angles against the different signs of the zodiac, there would not be the easy communication of lessons and improvements upwardly through the various levels of man’s vehicles to the highest point.

This is also the one time in the year that I remind people that, although my newsletters are distributed free of charge, I do appreciate donations in appreciation of the time, efforts and costs expended in producing and distributing these newsletters.

This year I thought that I would mention that I know most of you are probably a bit like myself, in that we would have an immediate tendency in this situation to assume that enough other people will surely donate such that the appropriate amount of support will arrive. Unfortunately last year after my announcement only 4 people sent in donations. So, if a few more folks could donate, even just $5 that would be great.

You can use the ‘Donate’ button or you can send a check to me at: PO Box 476, Curlew, WA 99118

PS: I am working on finishing up the Aries 1, 2, & 3 – 2015/2016 Astrological Reports and should have them available soon.

I will end with another quote from Hilarion which gives some explanation as to how the Astrological System works taken from the book ‘The Nature of Reality‘:

32: Astrology

The nature of astrological influence is not understood by more than a handful of men at the present time. Astrology is an ancient system of correlation between planetary positions and movements on the one hand, and earth-events on the other hand. This correlation has continued since the beginning and will continue until the end.

Scientists find impossible to accept the notion that the planets of the solar system can have any influence on the pattern of individual lives in the sense of cause-and-effect. In this view they are entirely correct. Nonetheless the correlations between planetary events and the life-patterns of individuals do take place with a regularity and reliability far beyond the realm of pure chance or coincidence.

The way in which the correlation is produced can be understood by the use of an analogy. Let it be imagined that a party of explorers has become trapped in a valley ringed by mountains due to a landslide. There is no means of communication between those inside the valley and those outside, except by a two-way radio. The transmitter within the valley will soon be useless because its battery will become exhausted, and therefore it is desired to arrange a timing system for the airlift of food, medicine and other supplies which can be followed closely both inside and outside of the valley.

It is agreed to utilize the phases of the moon for this purpose. The arrangement involves the airlift of medical supplies at first quarter moon, of foodstuffs at full moon, of clothing at last-quarter moon, and of fuel at new moon. Even with the transmitter out of order, those inside the valley will always be able to keep track of the expected drop times by simply noting the current phase of the moon.

If it is now imagined that the group trapped in the valley consisted initially of a single adult and a number of pre-school-age children too young to have the code system explained to them, and if it is assumed that the adult is incapacitated or killed by an accident, it will be seen that the surviving children will be unable at first to judge when the next drop of supplies will take place, nor will they know what the supplies will be.

After a certain length of time has elapsed, it may be imagined that one of the children, older than the others, notices that whenever the food is dropped the moon is at its full phase. Observation over several months quickly indicates to him the code arrangement for all airlifted supplies. He might assume that the moon itself possesses some intrinsic quality or vibration which “causes” the airlifts to take place and which determines the nature of the substances dropped. This conclusion could be considered quite reasonable in view of the fact that all of the children are too young to remember clearly any life outside of the valley, and the fact that the adult had never explained the system. Nonetheless the child would be wrong in his conclusion.

The actual system of astrological correlation functions in a similar manner, but the code refers not to supplies airlifted into a mountain valley, but rather to the birth of pre-existent souls into physical incarnation.

Before each birth into the earth plane, the characteristics of the soul in terms of basic habits, traits and tendencies are already known from an examination of actions and attitudes in its previous lives. In addition, the basic pattern and plan of the life about to be lived is also determined in a general way, together with the nature of the specific karma intended to be met and set aside during the experience. Using all of this preliminary information, a particular planetary pattern is selected which will best represent this information in coded form to any competent astrologer who erects the astrological chart, and the timing of the “first breath” of the new life is manipulated and adjusted so that it falls as close as possible to a point of time which will yield this best chart.

The actual procedure is somewhat more complex than that just described, but the analogy given above will allow a good understanding of the reasons why astrology appears to “work” as reliably as it does.

Blessings,

Steffan Vanel