Look up—but wait, you can’t see anything. It’s a dark sky: where the Sun and Moon are holding hands in Cancer. This is one of my favorite flavors; brought to us in shiny order by the one and only Dalai Lama. Since I first heard of his noble cause, I have felt so connected to his mission.
He has had 13 incarnations in a row. They know this because whenever he leaves a lifetime, he knows who he will be on his way back in. What a thought: to consciously return lifetime after lifetime. Profoundly magical as this may sound—it’s real. (Watch the documentary called Unmistaken Child).
This lifetime, for the first time in 13 lifetimes, the Dalai Lama says he may be done returning. What?! I was shocked. That made no sense, because Buddhists take on the Bodhisattva Vow, which promises to stay here until all sentient beings are enlightened—which is obviously not nearly done! It is of the highest Buddhist promises to be steady and committed to staying here.
I was so curious if it was true when the information was handed to me firsthand. On a flight from Hawaii, I sat next to the man who had been documenting the Dalai Lama for the last 25 years. I asked, “Really, is the Dalai Lama not returning?”
“Yes, seems possible,” he said. What I gathered was that it may be a political move having to do with the Chinese. No matter the politics, what matters is that he is a double Cancer—just like the sky this week—and he has us all thinking deeply and with compassion.
A new moon in Cancer—what does it imply? Not to mention the eclipse arriving which makes room for the possibility of a huge shift of energy. We are at a threshold.
Esoteric Law says the sign of Cancer is the last constellation to incarnate into. If you can master the emotional body and celebrate the sticky land of human nature without victimization, or playing the ABC’s: Accusing, Blaming, and Criticizing—you win. You can go straight home. This is the highest expression of a human to fully accept this life and how it has been dealt. Home—that’s the essence of Cancer. Oh my, how they love family and the human experience of love.
Wait: you can go home? Isn’t Earth home? Not for everyone. For some who have a lot of Water in their chart or those who are Cancerian, this planet can be so very painful they would rather not call this home. For those with strong Earth: it’s far easier to be here and skip over the emotionally sticky land of human nature.
In either case: this Eclipse offers us a chance to challenge our relationship with ‘home.’ Where is home? Is it in your house? In your heart? In your bedroom? In the room with your children? Centered deeply in the middle of the word home are the letters: OM. It has been said that creation began with the sound Om.
Here is a wild idea: during this eclipse new moon, give yourself an opportunity to choose this place: Earth as home. Say yes to your fate, whatever it is right now… and then think about the Dalai Lama—that he has lost his home, he has no wife or kids, his role on our planet has stripped him of any and all chances of seeing his homeland as the place to return to, and yet he smiles, prays, and mediates daily for the peace of all people. What a soul. This is everyone’s goal: to fall in love with our fate.
Whatever your world looks like, when you’re ready, you can choose it and make this eclipse one to remember.