The imminent lunar and solar eclipses are a reminder that we are hurling through the universe on a sphere encircled by a ball of rock making a path around a molten star. An eclipse is seen somewhere around the world every year or two but the path varies, and it has been nearly four decades since an eclipse passed over the lower 48.
This phenomenon has been interpreted by different cultures in various ways, but even our contemporary culture finds symbolism in an eclipse. Astrologer Chani Nicolas explains that "eclipse season is a time where we are presented with growth opportunities at a rapid rate" and it has been seen as a disruption throughout history. Wildly different interpretations abound - some believed that sky animals consumed the sun - Vikings saw sky wolves, in Vietnam it was a frog, in China a dragon, and the Pomo people of the Pacific coast called the solar eclipse Sun got bit by a bear. The Batammaliba people in West Africa have a legend that during an eclipse the Sun and Moon are fighting, and to stop them, people on Earth need to settle their differences (something to reflect on in these volatile times in the USA).
Today the upcoming eclipse is seen more as an interesting phenomenon (and tourism opportunity) than a highly significant event, and astrology is usually thought of as your newspaper horoscope. However, once you begin to delve into charts and planets and stars patterns emerge that are undeniable. I recently discovered my natal chart and it was amazing to see so many quirky aspects of my personality outlined in detail in the chart interpretations, which are based on cosmic situations like where planets were located at the time I was born. As we continue to travel our path through the universe, I will attempt to be more aware of what is out there, and observe how the cosmos effect our lives in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.