The Breath Upon the Sea
We all should and will be feeling the emotional and intuitive surges of this time, when the energy of the sea reigns supreme. However, anyone with their Sun or Moon in Cancer will be especially affected by this incredible new moon and total solar eclipse in Cancer on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The eclipse will occur at 12:55 pm EDT and will be visible over the Americas and the Pacific, and the new moon will be at 3:16 EDT.
I personally am very excited about this new moon, as I do indeed have my Moon in Cancer and will be taking advantage of the powerful influence of my dominant element, Water, and specifically the Ocean. This is an ideal time for renewal, manifestation and new intentions, breaking old habits, healing, shamanic journeying and intuitive readings. And, just like on the solstice, for swimming!
While we are just past the Summer Solstice, the midpoint of the year, this is still a very potent “in-between” time, particularly with the power of a total solar eclipse behind it. What then does this tell us about our emotions, intuition and their influence right now? The Moon’s influence and that of new beginnings, cycles, cleansing and transformation is dominant as the watery, feminine Moon obscures the Sun. Yet interestingly enough, the message from the element of Water for this new moon eclipse has an emphasis on the powers of another element – Air, as illustrated in the Water Oracle card message…
In this card we see a solitary woman in a windswept field. It has been some time now since a card has come up showing a lone figure, and this suggests a need for us as individuals to focus on ourselves, our inner landscape and how we do when we are by ourselves. It is no secret that this is an age in which it is very hard for many people to comfortably spend much time alone, particularly in silent reflection. Many people, when they do find themselves alone, feel compelled to still surround themselves with noise and distractions of all kinds – music, movies, social media, texting or talking on the phone, etc. It is time to understand and reclaim the value and power of true alone time, and that time spent more in silence or at least not being quite so “plugged in”.
It is hard though to really speak against music being the backdrop of one’s alone time. But, like everything else, it just depends on its exact nature and vibe. Obviously some music is great for the soul while other music, though wildly (and usually, in my view, inexplicably) popular, is definitely not. So now is also a great time for solitude and to reevaluate what, and who, you surround yourself with and the effect that it is truly having on you, your mood and your emotions. Because trust me, it is all having a profound effect.
The woman in the painting is dressed in lovely shades of watery, and airy, blues. The first phrase that popped into my head when I first turned this card over was “I am the wind which breathes upon the sea”. This is the first line of at least one translation of the song by Amergin, the ancient Milesian prince and druid who settled in Ireland. It is a magnificent, magical verse (and indeed likely an incantation or spell) filled with natural, watery imagery and energies.
This is my favorite translation, by Douglas Hyde…
I am the wind which breathes upon the sea,
I am the wave of the ocean,
I am the murmur of the billows,
I am the ox of the seven combats,
I am the vulture upon the rocks,
I am the beam of the sun,
I am the fairest of plants,
I am a wild boar in valour,
I am a salmon in the water,
I am a lake in the plain,
I am a word of science,
I am the point of the lance of battle,
I am the God who created in the head the fire.
Who is it who throws light into the meeting on the mountain?
Who announces the ages of the moon?
Who teaches the place where couches the sun?
(If not I)
It is wind that causes waves on the ocean, at least usually. (The elements of Earth and Fire also have great impacts on the depths of the sea and these effects often reach the surface, but that is another topic for another time!) If Air, in metaphysical terms, represents thought, speech and intellect, and Water of course represents emotions and the subconscious, this brings up an interesting thought and question and this is what this new moon eclipse’s message tells us and asks us to consider…
The expanse of our emotions, our intuition, and subconscious is always there, deep and vast, just like our sacred sea. But they are stirred and moved and made into waves by the wind of our thoughts, words and reasoning. How are your thoughts and words affecting how you feel at your deepest level? How are the words of others creating, steering, even dictating your feelings, your reactions, your desires? Is your intellect smothering your intuition and your truest feelings, or are the two forces in harmony?
I am also reminded of a favorite line from one of my favorite stories by Oscar Wilde, The Fisherman and His Soul, in which a young fisherman seeks to be free of his soul so that he may live with the mermaid who claimed his heart. In so doing he goes to the Witch who lives in a cave by the bay, who says to him,
“I have more storms than the wind has, for I serve one who is stronger than the wind, and with a sieve and a pail of water I can send the great galleys to the bottom of the sea.”
Read the whole intriguing passage here.
So what curiously, magically insightful truth did Wilde present here, albeit (perhaps) unintentionally? This line has fascinated and inspired me, a practical sea-worshiper, since first I read it. Are our emotions and intuition more powerful than mere thoughts, words, arguments, reason, etc.? The former is often under the influence of the latter, to be sure. Yet in less literal terms than those of the physical ocean and actual wind, we do indeed have, or at least need to have, greater control over our emotions and the intuition and insight that is intrinsically linked to those forces that can serve us as the foremost tools in our spiritual and magical kits. This means control over thoughts and words, too.
Emotions (and even thoughts and words) are changeable things that take the shape of whatever contains them, just like water. But we are the container and we can shape and control ourselves in more ways than we often imagine. We choose how we feel about or react to something.
We can let the sea inside us stay calm, silent and deep, or we can let its surface be blown into a rage. Here is where it gets complicated though, as sometimes storms are very beneficial and even vital. There will always be storms. But in the end we decide what kinds of storms, when, where and why, and we are always in control and there’s the rub. In the image on the card, the young woman is clearly affected by the wind as it billows her mantle, but she herself looks very calm and pensive.
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Featured image: A Swirl of Fog by Eyvind Earle