I was in high school the last time I remember it happening. Bored in Psychology class, we were let out onto campus in the eerily, near-totality grey light. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and while solar eclipses are fairly common, to be in the path where the sun is swallowed whole is a rare sight. We students wandered for a few minutes feeling as if the world we knew was not our own until, finally, the sun came forth again. While it was brief, it had an impact on me. I do not remember too many high school moments with such clarity, and this is one of them.
Here in the USA on August 21st we have a sweeping solar eclipse across the continent, starting off in Oregon and moving southeast, finally leaving us in South Carolina. Some places will have nearly 3 minutes of totality. Not be repeated for another 17 years.
Solar eclipses have played a fundamentally important role throughout human history, often portending God's displeasure--foretelling disease, famine, and general calumny.
Solar eclipses have also fueled scientific inquiry, helping to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity as well as understanding gravitational variations by large objects.
Pre-Enlightenment, many cultures thought that an eclipse meant that the sun was being actively swallowed. The Vietnamese believed the Sun was eaten by a frog for example, the Vikings: consumed by wolves, and the Chinese understood that the sun was being swallowed by a celestial dragon.
Metaphorically, these stories are important to the human condition. It is interesting to me that cultures many, many miles apart developed similar mythological conclusions about a celestial event. As a tarot reader, narratives are important: they help us find the commonality of what it means to be human, and as humans, how we make meaning.
So I propose a very simple two-card spread to celebrate and investigate what an inner eclipse feels like in your own spiritual and emotional landscape.
Want to download and share? Feel free, here is a file for you to do just that.
As always, I love your stories, tell me yours, what is the nature of your dragon, and what does he wish to hide?
8/12/2017 12:49:33 pm
Interesting. I pulled 4 cups and then Chariot. Hmmmm.
8/14/2017 10:06:43 pm
Indecisive? Maybe to the point where you don't move forward like you should?
My husband is going through a bit of a challenge and is feeling worried and diminished. I thought this clever spread might give me some valuable insight as to what I can do for him or encourage him to do for himself.
8/14/2017 10:08:05 pm
Ahh... interesting! What option is he unwilling to look at? Where does stubbornness, or dislike of an option manifest itself in such a way that he cannot shine?
8/15/2017 11:01:05 am
Yes! I discovered this very thing just a little while after I'd done the reading! Because I had done the reading, when the problem surfaced later, I was able to connect and put my finger right on it!
8/13/2017 12:54:24 am
Thank you for this! I was so inspired and moved by this post, that I created a bit of a Video Reply to it, and have invited the subscribers to my YouTube Channel to engage in their own Inner Dragon/Inner Radiance Spread.
8/14/2017 10:08:47 pm
Wonderful! Link me to your response?
8/21/2017 07:35:49 am
Thank you this Jenna!
8/21/2017 09:02:12 am
Cool! I have some ideas as to what I think it means, but what do you think it means?
8/21/2017 10:51:10 am
The sun placement is a bit confusing to me, but it may mean that my dreams are too much in the clouds and that I am not grounding myself enough? The world card i'm not sure how to decipher, but I have been feeling as if I have been on the brink of big changes since July.
What immediately comes to mind here are two things:
8/28/2017 10:23:39 am
Wow yes...your interpretation is spot on Jenna!
8/27/2017 10:42:52 am
I pulled The Moon for my darkness/dragon and The Fool for my light. I read this as perhaps my fear manifesting as uncertainty and vices stifling my free-spirited, risk-taking nature?
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