We are not only affected on an emotional, energetic, spiritual level from planetary energies, we are also affected in our physical body. With the huge amounts of energy available to us and surrounding us during an eclipse, I would like to take this opportunity to suggest what some of these effects could be and provide help during this time for a healthy eclipse season.
Shining down on us are the influences of Leo, Sun. There is a double signature across the Leo archetype and so must be discussed. The Sun is the ruler of the heart. It represents our life force, our vitality and will to live. So, during this time we could be at risk for heart attack, or some other illness that simply effects our vitality. With Mars conjunct the Sun, we are at risk for inflammation related to the heart, again highlighting heart attacks. Help can come through moderation in the diet because heart attacks are a full-stomach event. We know that what we eat can either increase our decrease our risk for heart attacks. If we eat a lot of food, more than we need, this leads over time to stiffening of the vessels and this can increase blood pressure and increase the work of the heart. It causes weight gain which increases the work of the heart directly. It causes activation of the immune system and this causes inflammation that worsens clogs in the arteries of the heart and again leads directly to heart attacks. The antidote as much as is in our control, is mindful eating; eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to decrease calories and also directly works by providing antioxidants that are protective for the heart. We know that much of the cause of heart attacks is inflammation and antioxidants are directly healing for this. We can also take supplements such as curcumin, omega 3 fatty acids, ( fish oil) and vitamin D to provide help for our heart.
The Moon is in the sign of Aquarius which corresponds to the brain. We are at risk for strokes under the influence of Aquarius. Look to the remedies for the heart to protect yourself from strokes as well.
The Moon symbolizes our emotional digestion, how we integrate the events of our life, it also rules our stomach and the mundane manner of digestion of our food. The strong Mars this season and in aspect to the Moon can influence our temper, leading to overabundant acid secretion. Protection from acidity conditions such as ulcers and simple indigestion can be helped through, again, mindful eating and through herbs that coat the stomach such as Mallow. Under-acidity conditions in the stomach also could be important to prevent. With Neptune in aspect to Mars ( lunar eclipse, it is inconjunct) this could cause too little acid and poor digestive ability. If you notice that you are bloated or gassy you could be suffering from lack of acid and too little digestion of the food you eat. This can be treated through supplementation with digestive enzymes with or without betaine HCL. This can help alleviate gas pain from underproduction of acid or underproduction of other digestive enzymes.
Finally, watch out for Mars-related stress induced conditions. Adrenaline is the hormone largely responsible for the stress response. This response is quite necessary in the event of a dinosaur attack! Luckily, most of us do not contend with these routinely. When we allow stress in, we run the risk of diseases related to the persistent effects of adrenaline. We can help ourselves by taking a break! Exercising, choosing to take time away to enjoy our lives is key. Herbs that can help with the effects of stress include ginseng and rhodiola and decreasing your caffeine intake will help for sure!
We love our eclipse season and the wonder we experience by living in a universe filled with meaningful planetary cycles. Don’t forget to use this information to care for and prevent damage to your body! Gratefully we can tap into the knowledge gained from the planetary cycles to prevent illness and to heal.