This month brings the start of the first eclipse season of the year. This month it is all about changes, changing paths, and transformations.
Many years ago, Eclipses were feared, however, they are the Universe's way of gently (mostly gently) kicking us up the butt to go in the right direction again from where we are. It is energy felt about a month before to a year afterward. It is a time when we reflect on the changes in our lives and may look back and ask ourselves the following questions:
What if my dreams change in life?
What if I change careers to follow my new dreams?
Is it OK to go in a different direction?
What if I end up transforming halfway through my life?
Is it the end of the world?
Am I a failure?
It is a good thing.
Also a good thing.
Grab the transformation wave by the horns and go with it.
Let me explain by starting with a story and going back in my life timeline to when I was 16 years old. I was in Year 10 (known as a sophomore in high school in other parts of the world) and here in Australia, we were being bombarded with information that it was time to realize what we were going to study to grow up to be. There was pressure in choosing subjects to take the final tests in Year 12 (known as the HSC here) so we can go to University, College or take up a trade.
I remember sitting in the school hall during an assembly about this and one teacher said, “On average you will change careers at least three times in your life. Things have changed.” I remember it very well as I also remember saying to myself, “Yeah right…I’m going into science and that’s it for me.”
Fast forward some decades later and I have done exactly that. I have had three careers. I reached a point during my midlife transits that when I looked back on my dreams I thought I hadn’t achieved them. I did but in my way. But since I hadn’t won that Nobel Prize I always wanted (I dream big) I thought I had failed. So had I?
No! Upon reflection, I had done exactly what I wanted to do in my life. They just turned out to be the best version for me. I achieved my life goals in my way and that was pretty cool. I am also not that teenager anymore. I am also wearing the mother hat now and it was time to reassess where I was heading going forward. The eclipse seasons occurring during this realization were the Universes giving me a gentle nudge of where I’m meant to go.
All the past blockages were the Universe's way of saying No.
It huge felt like a slap in the face but when I looked deep down and was honest with myself, I knew those early cycles in my life had come to a natural close. Though at the time it didn’t feel that way. You see, when you face rejection, a no, or an enormous and insurmountable roadblock, it is the Universe's way of protecting you from a future you don’t want.
Let that last sentence sink in. Read that sentence again as many times as you like if you have to. When I heard this, I had a serious ‘a-ha’ moment. It made so much sense!!
I think if that teacher from so long ago phrased that comment differently along the lines of, “In life, your dreams and goals change because you will. And that is OK.” Well, I don’t think I would have had such a hard time accepting taking my new path.
I love this new path I am on. I am where I am meant to be. Have I wasted my life? Hell no! I have learned so much that it makes my life going forward richer. So if you find yourself lamenting your past or wondering if you are where you are meant to be? Remember eclipses are nudges in the right direction. You are on the right path but may require a course correction from time to time. So will I take a new path in the future? Honestly, I don’t think so. This is it for me but if I do? That is OK too.