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Eclipse Season: The Divine Dance. Themes, rituals,...

Eclipse Season: The Divine Dance. Themes, rituals, drama, and the raw-bones facts.

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The next eclipse season starts on the 12th of July with a partial solar eclipse and then the Blood Moon eclipse on the 27th of July.

While each eclipse has its own unique energy, eclipses also come in waves and these waves have themes. The theme of an eclipse season is usually dictated by the astrology season accompanying it. This year will be coloured by the theme of Cancer and Capricorn: Mother Moon and the Horned God: ‘The Divine Dance.’

Understating and tailoring the theme for your eclipse season is the best way to cope with and navigate the turmoil that this time of year brings. Humans can survive anything so long as there is meaning behind it. By giving your eclipse season a theme that’s tailored to work with what’s going on in your life you will more than survive this season, you will thrive.

The eclipse season has more energy than any time of year but not all of it is good. If you go through this period with your eyes closed the chaos will toss you around and leave you exhausted and miserable. By working within the framework of a theme you can harness this energy to help yourself and others: eclipses can go from being feared to being seen as a allies.

This season is characterized by complimentary opposites typified by the duality of The Moon Goddess (Cancer) and the Horned God (Capricorn.) To work out how this theme can work for you, look at your own life and then at the various binaries that fall under the archetypes of The Moon Goddess and The Horned God. Some primary examples include: Cancer/Capricorn, claw/horn, Water/Earth, dreamy/grounded, spiritual/physical, moon/sun, light/dark, male/female, emotion/logic, chaos/order, art/work, vision/manifestation etc. Sometimes, writing these down and journaling about how you respond to them can help you see how these opposites can come together to stimulate growth and understanding both within yourself and within your greater community.

Eclipses are times of chaos, magick, and thinning veils. They are harbingers of change and often ill-omens. The dead and the demons rise while the angels retreat. Eclipses are a time for silence and stillness; a good time to meditate and go within to observe what is happening and how you are responding to it. You may notice time seems to quicken or slow, you may even feel like you’re slipping dimensions. Again, these are all ‘normal’ side effects of the eclipse season and elucidate why it is important to be careful. Eclipse nights are not the time to start anything new. Any new venture you start under your own volition during an eclipse is doomed to fail. Trust me when I say that the ‘new’ will come to you. Eclipses, Luna and Solar alike, both bring about startling changes and upheavals. Sometimes it will be pleasant. Sometimes it will be agony. But all of the chaos and loss serves your greater good. Your intuition and epiphanies will show you this – if you are brave enough to sink into the energy of an eclipse and communicate with it. You were not sent here to suffer through eclipses, you were sent here to find triumph in the dark by working your unique magick. Find your power and don’t give in. The challenge of the eclipse season is a gift for witches to work with and hone their power. Don’t waste it. This is the water stone to your blade. Rise, Goddess.

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Solar eclipses tend to relate to issues in your surface, practical, day to day life including work, security, friends, money, family, and self-expression. Luna eclipses tend to impact issues related to your inner life such as your emotions, your spiritual path, personal growth, and healing. Despite how they differ, Solar and Luna eclipses still work together under overarching themes. Indeed, if you can find a way to work with Solar and Luna eclipses together you will feel greater peace and surf the wave of chaos rather than getting rolled and dumped by it.

By taking stock of the eclipses that lie ahead, Luna and Solar, you can start to work out how your Dance will flow: how your inner Horned God and Moon Goddess will come together to become one. This eclipse season gives you the chance to bring together all of the dualities I have listed and whatever more that come to you, and unite them, to bring two separate powers together and enhance their magick.

Here is an example of what I mean. I know I have some artistic visions swirling inside of me that I can’t quite see yet but I can feel them. I plan to use this eclipse season to dig down into the dark and find these visions and bring them to the surface and start manifesting these ideas in new artworks. On nights when there is an eclipse I’ll meditate on my vision and between eclipses I’ll work on manifesting this vision. This is an example of Cancer and Capricorn aspects uniting through the use of eclipse energy.

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The Eclipse Season Ritual

Let’s Dance

Here is a small ritual for working through the eclipses. I have suggested using candles, moonstones, black tourmaline, and antler arrowheads. However, if you can’t afford these tools, you don’t need them. You can imbue any objects that feel right to you with the energy you need. Magick is not a privilege of the rich. This is a very simple ritual because the complexity is going to come from within.


Create a quiet and sacred space for yourself and cast a circle. Now, meditate on where you are in your life and where you would like to be. Keep in mind the themes for this eclipse season. Write out what the eclipse season means to you and your personal goals for the season. These aren’t meant to be fixed objectives that have to be achieved or else you’ll beat yourself up. Remember this is the eclipse season and anything could happen. Compassion is the co-pilot driving success.

Once you have done this, call in your future selves and have a discussion with them about the theme and how you are trying to work with the magick of the eclipse season. You can also send healing and energy to your future self to help surf the chaos of the eclipses. In essence, you are preparing yourself and setting your own loose framework.

You can use the candle to focus your intent and send healing and focus to your future self. You can also charge the moonstone with healing. That way you are carrying the light of the moon as a charged source of healing for the future. Black tourmaline can help protect and ground you at this time. And if you really want to hone and empower your focus for this eclipse season so you can master the chaos and achieve your goals, think about charging a small antler arrow head. Now, you can start to create a small witch’s bag to carry with you throughout the season.

One last thing, throughout this ritual and meditation, observe your reactions and instincts closely. People are usually very sensitive around eclipses and paying attention to your reactions now will give you some insight into what might trigger you when the darkness hits.

Once you have completed this ritual and meditation know that it isn’t really over, at least not yet. The processes you have started in the circle is something you can carry on throughout the season. Feel free to update your goals and refine your theme at any time. That is the thing about the eclipse season, although the energies are chaotic, the chaos encourages and supercharges creativity making it so anything is possible.

You can perform a ritual/meditation like this during any eclipse, but you might like to add scrying to the ritual. Eclipses for all their drama never fail to show us the truth of other people, our selves, and anything else you decide to peer into. So, be careful what you decide to explore and question under the night of an eclipsed moon because you will see the truth and it won’t be softened in any way. It will be the raw-boned facts.

To sum up, eclipses are chaos. But you are witch. Chaos is fuel for your caldron. With a little preparation and understanding you can weave this eclipse season into an ever expanding web of achievements and adventures. There will be loss. There will be joy. But as the waves of eclipses roll over us, so does change. Don’t become overly attached to any one moment of bliss or agony, take all as it comes, help those that stumble, keep your eyes ahead, and make some fucking powerful magick. You are more powerful than you know and the eclipse season is here to show you just that. You’ve got this.

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Dr. Catherine ‘West’ Winther is a retired psychologist and passionate LGBTQIA feminist who comes from a long family line of of creatrixes, witches, and wolves. Through her online coven at WeaverTarot.com she offers readings, spell-craft, curios, and counseling. Her passion is holding sacred shadow spaces and fostering alchemy through conversation. She aids healing and growth through encouraging big play, big magick, big nature, cackling, sensuality, and creativity. Freedom is our right and our responsibility. Let us slip these human skins and find our feral selves. Come roll and run through the dirt and the bones and the blood and howl at the ghosts under the Goddess Bone Moon as we listen for the star-songs. Let us remember what and why we are here, and most importantly let us remember how and why and what we love so we can bring that passion back to the everyday and reclaim our magickal birthright as witches. Get dirty. Get wild. Get horny. Get magick. Get witch.
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Dr. Catherine ‘West’ Winther is a retired psychologist and passionate LGBTQIA feminist who comes from a long family line of of creatrixes, witches, and wolves. Through her online coven at WeaverTarot.com she offers readings, spell-craft, curios, and counseling. Her passion is holding sacred shadow spaces and fostering alchemy through conversation. She aids healing and growth through encouraging big play, big magick, big nature, cackling, sensuality, and creativity. Freedom is our right and our responsibility. Let us slip these human skins and find our feral selves. Come roll and run through the dirt and the bones and the blood and howl at the ghosts under the Goddess Bone Moon as we listen for the star-songs. Let us remember what and why we are here, and most importantly let us remember how and why and what we love so we can bring that passion back to the everyday and reclaim our magickal birthright as witches. Get dirty. Get wild. Get horny. Get magick. Get witch.
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