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The Wind in my Heart

THE TAURUS FULL MOON & LUNAR ECLIPSE

November 19, 2021 at 1:58 am PST / 8:58 am UT

Sun and Moon opposed at 27°14' Taurus/Scorpio with Venus, lunation ruler, tightly trine Uranus at 12° Capricorn/Taurus

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Partial Eclipse over the Bitterroot Mountains, Florence, Montana, photo by David Ricker

Tonight, here in Pacific time, the Moon will slip into place to oppose the Scorpio Sun from Venus-ruled Taurus. Also a partial eclipse, yet pretty near total with 97% of the Moon's face cast in that lovely rose glow. Just a thin sliver of the Moon will glow in direct sunlight at max eclipse. If you are in a good viewing spot, it ought to be beautiful. The Pleiades star cluster will be on the upper right of the eclipse and the Hyades cluster — including the bright star Aldebaran, the eye of the bull — will be below.

An unusually long partial eclipse it will last six hours from start to finish. Longer than usual because the Moon will be close to apogee, its furthest point from Earth in its orbit, and so will take longer to pass through Earth's wider shadow.

Here in California we will have an ideal viewing spot (unless clouds cover the night sky as the forecast indicates) as in local time, the eclipse will unfold in the middle of the night when the Moon has swept itself high up in the sky. The entire eclipse will begin and end before twilight breaks the spell of night.

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Eclipse Timeline UTC/PST

You don't have to be in California, however, to see the show. For all of North America, Alaska, Hawaii, eastern Australia, New Zealand and Japan will also have a good seat. To check your location, visit Time and Date for exact times of each stage of the eclipse and a map of the eclipse path as well.

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Taurus-Scorpio Eclipse + Uranus and Chiron

Tonight's eclipse is the culmination point of the lunar cycle that began two weeks ago at the Scorpio New Moon, with the New Moon almost exactly opposing disruptive and destabilizing Uranus. Now, at this eclipse-fueled, high tide of the cycle, catalyst-for-change Uranus is again influential with a tight opposition to Mars (exact just two days ago), with Mars falling right on the same degree as the Scorpio New Moon. Uranus also receives an almost exact, flowing trine from Venus, ruler of Taurus, therefore planetary ruler of the eclipse: an important member of the eclipse team. Venus and Chiron, by the way, will both be at station in a month from now — retrograde for Venus, direct for Chiron — on the same day, December 19th, adding to the emphasis on this pair (more on that later).

Uranus is the planet of chaos, an agent for change and overthrowing of the old, and the entrenched, patron saint and harbinger of the future. Humanitarian impulses, the concern for the welfare of all, are some of its higher vibrational manifestations: to see ourselves in others, to understand we are all together here on this fragile planet and need to do a better job getting along. In these highly contentious times, this Uranian (and Aquarian) humanitarian message is important to keep to heart, and it is entwined in the Taurus eclipse.

So, from seed to flower, this lunar cycle has been a strongly Uranian one, and one amplified by eclipses, which ride in on their own Uranus-like winds of change and unpredictability. Eclipse ruler Venus is also square Chiron in Mars-ruled Aries, which brings a sub-plot to this Taurus-Scorpio-Uranus eclipse tale: the wounds of love, the wounded will (Chiron in Aries), and the potential, as always with Chiron, for forgiveness and healing.

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Wind in My Heart, Dust in My Head

When I am working on a chart analysis, a song will often come to mind, which symbolically, poetically articulates the dynamic tone and tenor of the chart. I've learned not to ignore these gifts (from the collective unconscious? the muse, spirit?) because they are so often right on the beam, and describe better and more interestingly than any labored analysis on my part could.

At this turning point of the current Scorpio cycle, Talking Head's 1980 song, Listening Wind, (from Remain in Light), in particular Aquarian (with Sun opposite Pluto) Peter Gabriel's deeply moving cover, fell in my lap. Without getting bogged down in too much detail, the theme of the song, especially the repeated, plaintive "wind in my heart" echoes many of the eclipse chart's themes, especially the connections between Venus, Uranus and Chiron. The songwriter, David Byrne, also has many synchronous natal chart motifs with tonight's eclipse. Byrne's Taurus Sun is just four degrees from the eclipse degree, he has natal Venus-Uranus, Venus-Chiron aspects, as well as Mars in Scorpio in aspect to Uranus. His natal Sun-Pluto square is just more added sympatico. He has a listening heart for the current quality of time.

The song, on the surface, seems to be just a dark lyric about a terrorist bomber, but it is the understanding thread of the song, showing the suffering and injustices that drive people to such desperate acts, which resonates so well with the motifs involving Venus, Chiron, Uranus, and Pluto in the eclipse chart. It takes two to create terror, both sides are victims, both sides perpetrators. As Chris Hedges wrote in an article a few years ago: "We will never free ourselves from the self-delusion of the "war on terror" until we first vanquish the terrorist within." This is very much in line with Jung's, highly Scorpionic, notions of the shadow: what we deny in ourselves tends to come at us externally in the form of perceived enemies and adversaries often bred through tribalism, nationalism, and other forms of politically-charged division and hatred.

Those who externalize evil and seek to eradicate that evil through violence lose touch with their own humanity and the humanity of others. They cannot make moral distinctions. They are blind to their own moral corruption. In the name of civilization and high ideals, in the name of reason and science, they become monsters. We will never free ourselves from the self-delusion of the "war on terror" until we first vanquish the terrorist within.

— Chris Hedges, Confronting the Terrorist Within

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Camera Obscura Photo of a Full Moon by John Fowler

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Listening Wind

Mojique sees his village from a nearby hill
Mojique thinks of days before Americans came
He serves the foreigners in growing numbers
He sees the foreigners in fancy houses
He dreams of days that he can still remember now

Mojique holds a package in his quivering hands
Mojique sends the package to the American man
Softly he glides along the streets and alleys
Up comes the wind that makes them run for cover
He feels the time is surely now or never more

The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
The dust in my head, the dust in my head
The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
Come to drive them away, drive them away

And Mojique buys his equipment in the market place
Mojique plants devices through the free trade zone
He feels the wind is lifting up his people
He calls the wind to guide him on his mission
He knows his friend the wind is always standing by

Mojique smells the wind that, that comes from far away
Mojique waits for news in a quiet place
He feels the presence of the wind beside him
He feels the power of the past behind him
He has the knowledge of the wind to guide him on

The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
The dust in my head, the dust in my head
The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
Will drive them away, drive them away

The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
The dust in my head, the dust in my head
The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
Will drive them away

Listening Wind

Mojique sees his village from a nearby hill
Mojique thinks of days before Americans came
He serves the foreigners in growing numbers
He sees the foreigners in fancy houses
He dreams of days that he can still remember now

Mojique holds a package in his quivering hands
Mojique sends the package to the American man
Softly he glides along the streets and alleys
Up comes the wind that makes them run for cover
He feels the time is surely now or never more

The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
The dust in my head, the dust in my head
The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
Will drive them away, will drive them away

And Mojique buys his equipment in the market place
Mojique plants devices through the free trade zone
He feels the wind is lifting up his people
He calls the wind to guide him on his mission
He knows his friend the wind is always standing by

Mojique smells the wind that comes from far away
Mojique waits for news in a quiet place
He feels the presence of the wind beside him
He feels the power of the past behind him
He has the knowledge of the wind to guide him on

The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
The dust in my head, the dust in my head
The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
Will drive them away, will drive them away

The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
The dust in my head, the dust in my head
The wind in my heart, the wind in my heart
Will drive them away, drive them away
Drive them away

 

Interview with David Bryne discussing the song and Peter Gabriel's cover.

 

 


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Notes

Eclipse over the Bitterroot Mountains, Florence, Montana, photo by David Ricker