Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ring of Fire,By Carol Anne Ciocco

Ring of Fire
Annular Solar Eclipse
January 14/15, 2010

Love Is A Burning Thing. And It Makes A Fiery Ring. Bound By Wild Desire.
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire. I Went Down, Down, Down.
And The Flames Went Higher. And It Burns, Burns, Burns.
The Ring Of Fire. The Ring of Fire. - Johnny Cash
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Eclipse Earth Tsunami
'the earth actually split'

Hello friends. As I write this newsletter I am looking aghast at news footage of the devastating, literally cataclysmic 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. This is an earth tsunami, with the death toll in the hundreds of thousands (and millions more affected), reminiscent of the horrifying tsnuami on December 26, 2004.

I just heard this statement by an American who witnessed the quake: "The earth actually split." For many of us, this is how it feels on multi-levels these days: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The earth, and our world, is splitting.

Here is a comprehensive list of reputable charities RE Haiti: Christine DeLorey writes, "We all need to help Haiti in some way right now - even if we just give it our full attention."

Astrologically, Friday January 15 is quite a packed day nestled in an equally eventful week. Mercury goes direct about 10 hours after the Solar Eclipse on January 15. Saturn goes retrograde two days before, and Jupiter moves into the sign of Pisces two days later.

"When several things like this happen at once, it's often considered to be a 'turning point'. Pay attention to what occurs on this date." -Madeline Gerwick

Oh and just so you know: the January 15, 2010 eclipse is Another Eclipse of the Century! This eclipse will be the millennium's longest annular solar eclipse, with a record 11 minutes and 8 seconds of annularity. An annular eclipse lasting longer than this one won't happen until the year 3043.

Scroll down for more information about the eclipse. NOTE: even if you read this newsletter after the day of the eclipse, it is still applicable because eclipse energies last for at least a month after the actual date of the eclipse.

Blessings of Compassion so that we may end the suffering of all sentient beings


Carol Ann Ciocco

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Eclipse Part One
11:11 balsamic

On Thursday/Friday January 14/15 2010 we will have a New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse at 25 degrees Capricorn. The Eclipse is exact at 2:06am EST (Jan 15) and is a Balsamic Moon. The New Moon is exact at 2:11am EST (Jan 15) and 11:11 pm PST (Jan 15).

The 11:11 time is significant for those on the West Coast of the United States. 11:11, as you may know, is a number of spiritual mastery and has been associated with the generation of 'lightworkers' on the planet right now. Many of us are thrilled by this number when we see it on a digital clock. It is an activation of our Source energy, a doorway.

This eclipse could be a mastery initiation for you. Especially if you live in California etc., you may want to meditate on the number 11:11 at the moment of the new moon and then the eclipse (5 minutes apart) to heighten your insights and provide inspiration.

The Balsamic moon is one of deep inner contemplation and letting go, counteracting (somewhat) the typical new-beginning energy of the new moon. So we are letting go and starting over simultaneously. And that is definitely typical of an eclipse, which is a kind of vortex that vacuums out the old and allows a void for the new to be born. Our New Year continues apace.

Eclipse Part Two
the annular eclipse of the century

This solar eclipse is an annular eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 0.9190. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth's view of the Sun. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring). An annular eclipse will appear as partial eclipse outside the path of annularity. (Wiki)

This week's Annular (ring-shaped) Eclipse is more significant than most annular eclipses. The solar annulus (ring) is unusually wide. In addition, the moon at the time of this eclipse will be about as far away from the earth as it can be and will appear much smaller than average.

Even more compelling, the January 15, 2010 will be the millennium's longest annular solar eclipse, with a record 11 minutes and 8 seconds of annularity. An annular eclipse lasting longer than this one won't happen until the year 3043. (Ah! Another Eclipse of the Century!)

Annular solar eclipses create a weird sort of "counterfeit twilight" - different from the more complete darkness created by total solar eclipses. The counterfeit twilight of this eclipse will last unusually long, having more time to reveal more spookie things buried in our basements.

Also interesting: this eclipse will make contact with two heavily-populated continents, including the huge city of Chongquing in China. This is the second central solar eclipse that has fallen over Chonquingin in less than six months. Chongquing, the largest and most populous of China's four provincial-level municipalities (population 31.4 million) was in the totality path of last summer's intense Total Solar Eclipse (7-22-09) and now finds itself squarely on the central line of this eclipse.

Eclipse Part Three

On Friday part of the Sun will go missing. The missing piece is no cause for concern - the Moon will only be in the way momentarily. The Moon and the Sun meet and (because of the relatively large distance to the Moon during this Earth-Moon-Sun alignment) the Moon will not have a large enough angular size to block the entire Sun. (During a Total Solar Eclipse, the Moon blocks the Sun completely.)

And so, the moon will slowly cross the sun's path, blocking out everything but a thin, blazing rim of fire. The Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon. A bright halo will grace the lunar edges - the coveted Ring of Fire, sought by eclipse chasers the world over - a dark Moon completely surrounded by the brilliant light of the distant Sun.

THE RING OF FIRE is a hoop you jump though, like at a circus. It can be an initiation into higher mysteries. "Love Is A Burning Thing. And It Makes A Fiery Ring. Bound By Wild Desire. The Ring of Fire." (Johnny Cash) And the quest for the Precious coveted Ring can become epic in more ways than one.

THE ECLIPSE EYEBALLS: please watch this fascinating animation of the January 14/15, 2010 Annular Solar Eclipse: Just sit and watch it for a moment. As the eclipse streams across it's path on the face of the earth, the sun turns into an eyeball - which is looking at you. After looking into your soul, it swings its spotlight into outer space. As if it's scanning you and transferring the information to some great database somewhere. Or perhaps it is scanning the Universe to download the information into you - ?

Speaking of eyes, did you know the sun's rays during any solar eclipse (total, annular, partial, whatever) causes irreversible damage to the human eye? Our (inner) Vision is highlighted under solar eclipses. Look, but LOOK CAREFULLY. And the changes occuring under a solar eclipse are irreversible.

The 'counterfeit twilight' aspect of an annular eclipse provides the required jittery nature of the solar eclipse when daylight is trumped by night. Twilight is a kind of 'tween' space - somewhere between day and night, between sleeping and waking - another dimension that slides in right next to ordinary reality. This Twilight Zone vibe unearths weird fears and sci-fi fantasies to be explored.

Indeed, this eclipse has a general futuristic qualitiy to it (North Node). It is associated with our collective destiny, a reference point for humanity's evolution.

The Haiti earthquake has all the EYES of the world looking at unbearable suffering in a part of the world which is already impoverished and beaten-down. What will Haiti look like in the future? We can't control earthquakes but we can diminish extreme poverty.

Eclipse Part Four
The Path

The January 14/15, 2010 Annular Solar Eclipse moves along a 186-mile-wide track that traverses half of Earth. It first 'touches down' on Lake Victoria (the largest tropical lake, and the second widest fresh water lake in the world). The eclipse is then visible across virtually all of the eastern half of the African continent, the lower halves of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, YEMEN and Madagascar.

As the eclipse moves on, the capital city of the African Republic, Bangui (population 532,000), will be treated to the spectacle of the Sun mimicking a blazing ring of fire for 4 mins 2 seconds. Nairobi (the most populous city in East Africa with an estimated urban population between 3 and 4 million) will also witness the ringed sun. From Kampala it will last 7 mins 36 seconds.

Then at 12:06 pm EST the moment of greatest eclipse (maximum of 11 Mins and 7.7 seconds) is attained at a point over open waters. Next is the Maldives capital Male, where the ring forms and persists for 10 mins 45 seconds, almost the maximum possible, the longest duration of any city having and international airport in the eclipse track. These tiny Maldives islands are the best spot for viewing this eclipse from land.

As the eclipse moves on, Sri Lanka's capital of Columbo and the Indian city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras, population 4.2 million) will see a Sun which resembles a narrow horseshoe with pointed tips.

Later, the eclipse takes about 10 minutes to move across northern BURMA. Then at 1:41pm EST, for the third time in 17 months, the path of a central solar eclipse will enter China. Then it will cross the the southern foot of the HIMALAYAS.

The eclipse then passes over the same regions that witnessed the Great Total Solar Eclipse of July 22, 2009 - Chongquing was in the totality path last summer and now finds itself squarely on the central line of this eclipse.

Finally as the eclipse races to its conclusion, the crescent of the Sun becomes thinner but its horns grown downward like a pair of pincers. the above information is sourced from from Guy Ottewel's Astronomical Calendar 2010

Then: "With final swift simultaneity, the center of the shadow then reaches the sunset rim of the Earth and slips back out into space." Guy Ottewel, Astronomical Calendar 2010 - this scientist is a poet and may not even know it :)

As for the some of the key places twilighted by this eclipse:

YEMEN has been in the news lately: "Christmas bomber 'trained' by Al-Qaeda in Yemen"

BURMA continues to struggle for democracy

THE HIMALAYAS are sacred to Buddhism, and Buddhism has been attacked in the Western media lately: "No Excuse for this much ignorance about Buddhism"

Note: I have converted the eclipse times given above (and in the next section) into Eastern Standard time so that those in my neck of the woods can tune in to the key moments of the eclipse in real time. (It's easy to convert from EST to your time zone. Click here to do so:

Eclipse Part Five
Enter the Temple

At 6:20pm EST on Friday January 15, the annular eclipse will appear over India, viewable for a full 10.4 mins. The centre line of the eclipse will pass about 1 mile east of the sacred Kodandaramar Temple.

This river facing shrine looks humble but is religiously significant. Hindus honor it as the place where Lord Rama crowned Sugriva as the King of Kishkhinda. The rectangular "Garbha Gruha" of the temple contains 15-foot standing figures of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. These figures are carved out of natural boulder.

Just behind the temples of Kodanda Rama are the temples for Sudarshana in the shape of a human figure with sixteen hands and Yantrodharaka Anjaneya or Hanuman. The sacred bathing spot in front is one of the holiest spots for pilgrims to nearby Hampi. You can reach Kondandrama temple only by walking along the riverbank. During peak monsoon season the riverwater rises and sometimes reaches up to the temple courtyard. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Here are some pictures of this ancient sacred temple:

LISTEN with your spiritual ears at 6:20pm EST (adjust for your timezone) on Friday. Tune into the energies of Krishna, Rama, Sita, Hanuman and Lakshmi. The eclipse opens the door to this temple's mysteries.

If you love Kirtan chant (as I do) this would be a great time to chant. Here is one of Krishna Das' many exquisite Kirtan chants You can easily download many more to use in your practice.

Eclipse Part Six

Not only do eclipses travel in pairs (like lovebirds) but they have many kinds of relationships. They even have families, just like us.

Every eclipse belongs to a series of similar eclipses 18 years and 11 days apart. This is called the Saros Cycle. The January 15, 2010 eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 141, ( which contains 70 events. The series started with a partial solar eclipse on May 19, 1613. It contains annular eclipses from August 4, 1739 through October 14, 2460. There are no total eclipses in this series. The series ends at member 70 as a partial eclipse on June 13, 2857. Series members 17-28 occur between 1901 and 2100.

And so the predecessor of the January 15, 2010 eclipse was another long annular one about 18 years ago on January 4, 1992 (spanning the North Pacific Ocean and ending at the southern California coast.) NOTICE: Again, we see California surfacing for emphasis. The 11:11 energies are present (see section 1, above).

This ecipse is in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. So there is another time period up for review. I.e. eclipses on this axis also occurred July 2000 to December 2002. Looking back is very helpful in checking your spiritual evolution:

"What were you doing 19 years ago? Did you resolve something, or just repress it? You may not have known at the time, but you're finding out now. Is it back to bite you in the behind, or, will you ascend and transcend to a new phase of awareness? In either case, change is afoot, and we have the wonderful chance to break out of the frozen habits of the past." (Via Simone Butler, quoting Daykeeper Journal

In addition, the January 15, 2010 eclipse also hearkens back to the 'eclipse of the century' which occurred on July 22, 2009. That eclipse occurred at 29 degrees of Cancer 27 minutes (a critical degree). The January 15, 2010 eclipse occurs at 25 degrees of Capricorn - nearly exactly opposite in the sky.

You are in a crucible, in the midst of cycles within cycles. The work you started, the change that began back in July 2009 is just getting started, and many doors to the past are closing.

The reverberations reach backward and forward in time.


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