The two Solar Eclipses in 2020 – though NOT Total in the sense described in this article – are Annular meaning there is a Ring of Fire around the Sun. Link with details for the June 20/21, 2020(very near the exact Solstice).
An Annular Solar Eclipse has many of the same features as a Total Solar Eclipse but instead of completely blocking out the light of the Sun so it feels like night, a Ring of Fire remains around the edge of the Sun as pictured below. The Ring of Fire brings to mind a cauldron of fire – an alchemy through transformation that represents ALL that must be burned before something new can birth.
This Ring of Fire occurs due to the fact that the Moon is far from the Earth so the Moon appears smaller from the Earth’s perspective and is not quite big enough to create a total solar eclipse. Hence the disc of the Moon creates a ring of fire covering all but the outer edges of the Sun.
See mythic story below that describes the ring of fire under Heading of the Norse Goddess Brunhild and in this video.
The Ring of Fire Tale of the Norse Goddess Brunhild
The Ring of Fire brings to mind a cauldron of fire – an alchemy that represents ALL that must be burned before something new can birth. This story from Norse Mythology describes a Ring of Fire and how it brings about alchemical change. As with most mythology there are many versions of this story. This is a short version of one of them.
Brunhild (sometimes spelled Brunhilde or any other number of variations) was the fairest of the Valkyries, (warrior women sent into battle by Odin, chief Norse god).
These women were armed with spears, shields, and helmets, riding swift horses above the battlefield choosing who lived and who died.
Heroic warriors who died valiantly in combat were escorted to the great hall of Valhalla in Asgard, the home of the gods, considered the highest honor one could ever achieve.
Brunhild struck down Hjalmgunnar, a king who had been promised victory by Odin. Angered Odin ordered Brunhild to take a husband as punishment. Brunhild, however, had sworn she would only marry a man who could best her in combat – a nearly impossible man to find.
Frustrated, Odin cast Brunhild into a magic sleep, surrounding her in a ring of fire. In time, the hero Sigurd (called Siegfried in German legends) fearlessly rode through the flames to awaken and rescue her. (see image to the right)
Brunhild and Sigurd then fell in love. But for some reason (some versions say it was a spell placed by Gudrun’s mother) Sigurd married the Teutonic princess Gudrun instead. Sigurd then helped Gudrun’s brother Gunnar win Brunhild as his bride by disguising himself as Gunnar and defeating Brunhild in combat. Deceived, Brunhild submitted and married Gunnar.
This calls to mind the Moon (sometime considered feminine – Luna) surrounded by the ring of fire the Sun (sometimes considered the masculine – Sol). The Moon surrounded by the Ring of Fire or the Sun conjures all kinds of images of what might be in the process of being alchemically transformed. As the story progresses we find the deception can not go on forever…
If you are familiar with Shamanic Astrology the Sun and Moon are neither masculine or feminine – however mythic tales are often describing celestial events and so it seems may be the case here with this story.
Years later, when Sigurd’s deception came to light (the hidden dark secret) Brunhild is furious. She had Sigurd murdered to get her revenge. In her grief and remorse Brunhild throws herself on his funeral pyre to join Sigurd in death in another ring of fire that created the ultimate alchemy.
Eclipse windows operate outside ordinary reality.
Experiencing a Total Solar Eclipse is life altering spinning around our sense of night and day as the barometric pressure drops and shifts our sense of reality. Having had the experience in 2017 I feel I have been forever changed as a result and now totally understand the obsession of Total Solar Eclipse chasers around the planet comes from.
Total Lunar Eclipses are also life changing and magical but not in the same way as a total Solar Eclipse. If you haven’t experienced either of them I highly recommend you do the next time you have a chance.
Even if you don’t get to witness the eclipse – being in the window of it – can truly feel like an in-between-the-worlds place where we can revision, redream and reimagine our reality and most especially imagine – and then jump to a New Timeline – that serves all life here on Earth including the Great Earth Mother herself.
Jumping to a New Timeline Time is an illusion that shifts with our perception. There are many possibilities for experiencing time that exist simultaneously. Here I wrote a brief piece about a time portal I experienced in 2007 in France. It wasn’t the first time I had this experience but it was profound.
What we experience as our reality is based on where we place our attention and intention. Our awareness and feelings are the main factors that help to co-create our every day experience. In this way we are continually creating new Timelines with each choice we make.
How to Change Time?
As far as I know at this point (in time) navigating time is an individual journey that we each discover for ourselves. A place to begin is to have a strong desire and a strong intent. Asking time related questions about the nature of time and your own relationship with time is also helpful because when we ask questions answers always come. The challenge is in asking the right questions. In the The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, Thoth clearly wanted to know about the mysteries of time and he questioned the Master (the divine part of himself, his higher self) by asking the questions in his heart, he found himself on the path to discovering and living the answers. More about the questions Thoth asked are at this link
Time changes not, but all things change in time.
~The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
This is because we consider Time as the force that keeps things in their proper place, keeps them separated. We are the ones moving through time, and when we explore what Time means to us we can then find the place beyond time where we are all connected, we are all one.
A time related question worthy of inquiry: Does Time Change You or Do You Change Time? Or is it both?
Using Our Imagination
Having an active and vivid imagination is also helpful in imaging your travels through time and the timeline you want to experience. It seems to be helpful for those who desire to master the mystereis of time to practice Lucid Dreaming, Meditation, Journeying, Being In Nature, and visually connecting with the Night Sky.
When you learn the mysteries of the Night Sky you learn a tool for Time Traveling
and that is helpful in consciously jumping timelines as t.s. elliot describes in the poem below.
Time past and time future Allow but a little consciousness. To be conscious is not to be in time But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden, The moment in the arbour where the rain beat, The moment in the draughty church at smokefall Be remembered; involved with past and future. Only through time – time is conquered.
The Two Week Eclipse Window is Time Out of Time
Even those who don’t know an Eclipse or Eclipse window is taking place have described their experience as an odd feeling, or being out-of-body feeling. This is due in part to how both Total Solar and Lunar eclipses have the effect of accelerating our experience of time.
The Total Solar Eclipse speeds through a day arriving at night in just a few hours. Totality lasts a few minutes and then a new day dawns again as if resetting the clock, resetting our direction, resetting what we once thought was real, resetting our perspective, resetting our orientation to life, preferably in ways that are helping us to evolve and grow.
During a total Solar Eclipse an interdimensional portal opens and it is possible to access all the available timelines, as well as the new ones we are creating through intention and attention. For those who have an opportunity to be on the path of Totality the effect is magnified.
Totality falls along a specific line and you must be somewhere inside that line of totality to have the total Solar Eclipse experience. Otherwise, for those watching the eclipse near the line of Totality it is only possible to see part of the Eclipse and how much you see depends on where you are.
Research shows that the Eclipse path often creates accelerated changes in the places the path of totality passes through. Regimes fall, governments go through major change, extreme weather patterns occur, sometimes earthquakes happen, and other major collective changes that are often unexpected take place. This is why it is powerful to connect and consciously align (as much as possible) with the intent of the eclipse energy, as that helps us to ride the wave of changes in the most beneficial way possible.
The link below is to a great YouTube from astrologer Dale O’Brien detailing historic events that have occurred in the past when Eclipses have been visible from the United States along with thoughts about what might happen with this eclipse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3J-ozICqqw
A surprisingly great description of a Total Solar Eclipse (especially in Leo) from literature comes from JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings:
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The Crownless again shall be king
To me this stanza describes a Total Solar Eclipse, as the Moon moves across the face of the Sun blocking the Sun’s light, the flowers close up, the birds stop singing as if it is night. Then a second day begins as the light returns – springing forth from behind the black Moon, (as the light from the shadow springs) reconnecting us to our divinity or as Tolkein described it – the crownless again reclaim their true divinity, through healthy self-love.
Some years ago at the time of another Total Solar Eclipse I rewrote this stanza for the feminine.
From the Ashes a Fire Shall Be Woken, A Light from the Shadows Shall Gleam; Renewed shall be All that was Broken: The Crownless Again Shall Be Queen.
The Great American Total Solar Eclipsethat occurred Monday, August 21, 2017 was the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States from coast to coast in nearly 100 years the last one was in 1918 and also passed over the Bahamas. (Here is the 2017 Eclipse Map)
PLUS, this was also the first time a Total Solar Eclipse is passing exclusively over the USA since 1257, a good 760 years ago and 519 years before the United States became a country. NASA eclipse Map of 1257.
There is a total Solar Eclipse April 08, 2024 crossing Mexico, Canada, and Central America – as well as the USA but not from Coast to Coast.Map of 2024 Eclipse HERE
January 25, 2316 is the next time a Total Solar Eclipse exclusively passes over the the USA. 299 years from now.
This August 21 Total Solar Eclipse was a game changer historically. Part of a Saros series that features 77 eclipses and it was number 22. This Saro series started with partial solar eclipse on January 4, 1639, with the first total Solar Eclipses in June 29, 1927 lasting until September 9, 2648. The series ends with a partial eclipse April 17, 3009. The longest eclipse will occur on June 25, 2522, with a maximum duration of totality of 7 minutes, 12 seconds.
Some of the eclipses in this series have occurred in 1909, 1927, 1945, 1963, 1981 and 1999. In 1999 President Bill Clinton was impeached by congress but not the senate, in 1981 we had the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. In 1963 we had the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1945 we had the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the death of the sitting president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and in 1909 an assassination attempt of President William Taft. In 1927 the Deadliest School Shooting in the United States Killed 38 Children and 4 Adults.
The August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across the USA effect on the sitting president and how it is manifesting for the USA in general is still to be revealed.
The Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 happened at 28 Leo 53 is a North Node Eclipse meaning it was a time for connecting with our personal and collective destiny.
It was an opportunity to intend (and I did) that we experience a collective acceleration around manifestation of whatever is truly aligned with our destiny to express and experience.
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