August Eclipse Season, The Only Constant is Change

The only constant is change.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this profound truth. Impermanence. Life moves. Nothing stays the same.

So why do we resist this truth so much?

It’s one thing to acknowledge this truth when nothing seems to be changing, while we are merrily going about our lives, humming along our familiar territories, content and comfortable with the status quo, and quite another when change is upon us, and we have to deal with it in the now.

Our bodies are hard-wired to survive. Fear is our body’s primary tool used for keeping us alive. But I often wonder why most of us seem to fret and worry about change and survival far more than is appropriate or useful? 

The body itself is constantly changing. If we really pay attention to it, we see that nothing stays the same from day-to-day. Well, if the body knows this, why all the fuss when external change comes a-knockin’?

Somehow we’ve been programmed to resist the ground of our existence as change itself. We’ve been brainwashed into believing we can freeze time and circumstance to remain just the way we think we want it. But do we really want things to stay the same? I bet a part of us does indeed. 

And the other parts? Is there a deeper part of us that seeks change? Is there a deeper part of us that seeks to grow, evolve, experience ourselves anew and have new adventures? Is there a deeper part of us that seeks to discover and reveal new potential?

I think there is.

So maybe our deepest selves are intimately aligned with the truth of impermanence. And maybe the changes that are upon us personally and collectively are exactly what we need and want. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and hearing the quiet voice of spirit whispering,

Let go and embrace change because you are change.  Your peace and happiness depend on you embracing and being who you truly are.

These thoughts are not random. My own life is going through major changes right on schedule with two powerful eclipses that are approaching this month, and I bet your life circumstances are shifting, too, as we near these symbolic markers:

  • August 7th – full moon lunar eclipse in Aquarius
  • August 21 – new moon solar eclipse in Leo

Astrological tradition teaches that eclipse seasons are usually experienced as accelerated times of change and transition, of endings and beginnings.

Life is always moving and changing. Nothing stays the same. So, what’s the big deal?

I think the big deal around eclipse season is that we usually go about our lives rather unconsciously, but eclipses are symbolic of the “wake up call. Doors close. We lose something. Something ends. Simultaneously (or seemingly and uncomfortably delayed), a door opens. We find something. Something begins. These changes tend to jolt us wide awake so that we can participate in our evolution more consciously and without resistance to the fundamental ground of our existence-change.

So, we are all likely going through it this month as life highlights the necessity for change and evolution. I take comfort in the knowledge that we have all been here before.  We’ve been through many, many changes.  In fact, we are the change itself.  If this is what we are, then a deep part of us knows how to navigate merrily through the changes and use them to evolve and expand into ever more awareness, fulfillment, prosperity, and wholeness.

Every week I receive Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology Newsletter and horoscopes. This week I appreciated synchronicity’s hand in delivering to me this message from Rumi via Rob Brezsny:

And so the best way to cultivate inner peace might be to learn to love the way everything keeps changing.

– Rumi

Right on time. There is a great mysterious beauty unfolding its being through the eternal constant of change. We are this being and becoming. Navigate with calm confidence and enjoy the ride! See you on the other side.

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