There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. Bern Williams
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night. Kahlil Gibran
The darkest hour is just before dawn. Thomas Fuller
The morning pouring everywhere, its golden glory on the air. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This month's new moon is a total eclipse of the Sun. Occurring on August 1, the path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia.(See NASA's site for more details).
With the Olympics starting on the 8th August, it is rather telling that this eclipse stretches across China. This could portend all kinds of happenings at the Olympics - I imagine some will be surprising, some less so and rather more predictable. Certainly I can't imagine how some athletes are going to cope with the smog and the shocking air quality, not to mention the strains hanging in the air around China's policies towards Tibet and their business dealings with Sudan (and blind eye to what's happening in Darfur).
Certainly the big issues at this Olympics is the issue of human rights. A symbol that is commonly seen in relation to human rights is the white dove. At the opening ceremony of the Olympics, after the cauldron is lit, doves are released as a symbol of truce; all people coming together in peace and harmony. With all the concern about these Olympics with human rights issues, protests and the issue of people having the right to protest, terrorists attacks, who's going to attend and who's going to boycott, etc, it's insightful to note that Chiron, the 'wounded healer' and the story teller is on Aquarius 20: A Big
White Dove Bearing a Message. It will be interesting to see just what the message of these Olympics will be. Certainly, a lot of concerns about human rights and abuses are being swept under the carpet. Note that the Olympic flame is also a major component of the meaning of the Olympics and the Moon's North Node, a karmic point, is on Aquarius 19: A Forest Fire Finally Quenched. The image shown to the left is the Olympic dove seen on the background of flames. How synchronous that the Beijing Olympics has Chiron and the North Node on the Sabian Symbols of the Dove and the Fire.
Interestingly this eclipse is called a 'midnight Sun eclipse' as it will be visible in places that have a midnight Sun (in the case of this eclipse, those countries that are close to the Arctic circle).
This solar eclipse is in Leo. It may be called a 'midnight Sun eclipse', but the Sabian Symbol is Leo 10: Early Morning Dew Salutes the Sunlight. One could wonder what the "early morning dew" in China might be composed of. 'Particulates' is sadly one word that comes to mind.
Mars also throws out an interesting challenge, not only to the Olympics, but to the world at large. The Sabian Symbol is Virgo 19: A Swimming Race - the keyword being 'competition'. Playing by the rules of the game are also inherent in this degree, although Mars likes to throw some curve balls. Right before the opening ceremony of the Olympics on August 8, Mars is on Virgo 23: A Lion Tamer Rushes Fearlessly Into the Circus Arena. Apart from the obvious that athletes from all over the world will be in the 'arena' - and the fact that they need to be in control of their energies, well rehearsed and well-trained, all kinds of wild, and, possibly untamed, energies are likely to be flying around. Mars will be directly opposite Uranus on Pisces 22: A Man Bringing Down the New Law From Mount Sinai. Laws and regulations and prohibitions are likely to be thick on the ground. The Chinese have apparently allowed three small parks well away from the Olympic arena for people to protest. They have to register with the authorities first, of course. No protesting here, nothing to see, move along. I'm driven to draw a parallel to the Christians and the lions. While the 'Christians are wrestling with the lions', the corrupt officials of the empire are twiddling their thumbs or making further plans for domination.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. Traditional proverb
One can draw hope from the fact that the Olympic's chart set for August 8 has Venus on Virgo 3: Two Guardian Angels Bringing Protection.
The photo on the left is called "early morning dew in Balboa Park" - Balboa Park being the birthplace of the Sabian Symbols, I thought it a beautiful image to pass on to you - what beauty in these beads of dew - what hope for a new day! The following is my take on this degree taken from my book The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle (published in the US by Penguin NY under the title 360 Degrees of Wisdom) -
Commentary: ‘Early Morning Dew Salutes the Sunlight’ gives the feeling of freshness in the air as the sun comes up in the ‘Morning’. The warmth of the Sun is yet to create the vibrancy of the new day, but the promise is there. This is a time of limbo, when the stillness and the darkness of night are washed away as the day progresses into light and activity. However, this Symbol can signify a time known as the “dark night of the soul”. St. John of the Cross used this term to describe the experience of mystics who feel depressed and isolated, from the world and even from God. This was often prior to the attainment of mystical transcendence – when the ‘Sunlight’ breaks through and a healing takes place. This is a time of freshness where the “air” (the newly awakened mind) is crisp and the “ground” (the refreshed and renewed body) readies itself for a new round of activity. The birds are stirring and there is a buzzing in the air as all the creatures start moving about.
Oracle: There are times in our life when we wonder if we can persevere to the end of some ordeal. After a cold and difficult time, you may now be close to the end of your troubles and sensing that the resolution to your problems is imminent. The reward of relief may prove to be transitory, so enjoy it before you move on with the activity of the new day. You may still have some of the same issues to face, but now there is probably more insight into what changes and shifts in attitude can be made. Awakening energies are signaling new beginnings. Taking your shoes off and walking on the grass in the early morning is said to be very good for the soul.
Certainly, feeling like you're at the end of some ordeal or some 'dark night' may need some light relief and encouragement for the future as Venus is on Leo 25: A Large Camel Crossing a Vast and Forbidding Desert. We need to know that there's hope at the end of the trail, refreshment and sustenance after a long journey, long ordeal, long night. With this degree there's the feeling of having to shoulder our burdens by ourself, to be the one to carry loads, to be the one others can rely on, to have to continue on because stopping could cause situations to dry up. Certainly the 'morning dew' is part of the picture when one's enduring the 'heat of the desert'.
Opposite Venus is Neptune at Aquarius 24: A Man Turning His Back on His Passions Teaches From His Experience. Leaving aside the fact that many want to turn their backs on China and all it's misdemeanors and crimes, we ourselves have things in our lives that we might want or need to turn our backs to. Whether it's a relationship that's gone sour, a job that's not working for us, habits that leave us high and dry, places that have outlived their usefulness - whatever it is, many will be feeling the need or the desire to turn away, to walk away when things just aren't working out.
With Venus opposite Neptune at this eclipse, the strain on relationships through differing values, money issues, changes in direction, etc, are bound to be on the increase. Sometimes we turn away from something only to realise that it's not the thing we actually need to turn away from - a change in attitude can bring a shift and one doesn't have to give up on something that's proved difficult in the past. We see where we can shift and move without turning our back and this can bring a healing. Of course, in some cases, walking away is the only solution.
Early Morning Dew Saluting the Sunlight gives us a chance for new beginnings - but these beginnings often come after the 'long night of the soul'. We can be experiencing sleepless nights, long nights of worry and care. Sleep is, after all, where our dreams take flight.
Further to this aspect of this eclipse is Mercury on Leo 13: An Old Sea Captain Rocking on the Porch of His Cottage. Quiet reflection is contained in this Symbol, as it is in Early Morning Dew. Times of quiet and repose and rejuvenation are very important in times like these, especially if we're needing to renew hope and a sense of purpose in our lives.
The message for this Solar Eclipse seems to be one of taking time out, taking time out for yourself and your loved ones, giving thanks for the refreshment that each new day brings and seeing hope and glory even in something as seemingly insignificant as dew drops in the morning.