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Total Eclipses & Mandalas

Here in the US we are anticipating the total solar eclipse tomorrow, August 21st. This is the first one to be visible since 1979. While many people will be in a region to view it, everyone in the US can catch a partial eclipse. Here’s a cool tool that maps when and what you’ll see in your location.

If you are concerned about missing it, not to worry. Lena from the Power Path School of Shamanism writes,

It really does not matter energetically, only psychologically.

But with that said, this is definitely a time to honor a marker of huge change and the agent of a massive reset. Even if you have been working with these energies now for the past weeks, it is always good to honor the exact time frame around this event.

What can you do?

Be aware, through a list or a mental awareness, of what you are resetting. Do something that symbolizes coming into a still point, an unplugging, a dropping into the void.

Acknowledge the absence of the sun and solar energy as it is eclipsed from the earth for those few moments as symbolizing the absence of what has been feeding old patterns and beliefs for you these past years and maybe your whole lifetime.

As the eclipse recedes and the sun comes back, imagine that it is feeding and nourishing and energizing a new you, one that has been reset to a new vibration, a new consciousness, a new frequency.”

Unplug and Create a Mandala

This is a mandala exercise for everyone who is ready for a reset. You don’t need to live in the US to participate.

When I read Lena’s reference to dropping into the void, I recognized it as the first stage in the Great Round series. The Great Round is a series that I offer each year beginning in January and it explores 12 psychological stages through a variety of mandala making activities. It seemed fitting for us to pause on Monday during the eclipse to create a mandala.

Another way of referring to the void is Resting in the Darkness. It sounds less bleak and fosters a sense of self care. Following Lena’s direction, let’s begin our mandala exercise by taking out a piece of paper or a journal and write down what needs resetting in your life. To get myself in the mood for journal writing, I’ll shut off my phone, computer and other devices, diffuse an essential oil, close the door to my room, and turn on my water fountain. I may start with a brief meditation before writing in my journal. This little ritual helps me to shift from daily life to looking inward.

After writing about what you are resetting, pull out your art supplies to create a mandala. Trace a circle onto your paper using a plate. Using black fill the circle using circular motions. You may even want to use your fingers to feel the void grow from a dot in the center to a large black circle.

As you work, think of the circle as a safe space. What needs your attention right now? What needs to be reset?

Add some yellow or gold to surround your black circle with an ever growing light. Reread Lena’s words, ” As the eclipse recedes and the sun comes back, imagine that it is feeding and nourishing and energizing a new you, one that has been reset to a new vibration, a new consciousness, a new frequency.”

The mandala pictured above was created by Nevena who is a participant in this year’s Great Round series.

I’d love to see your mandalas.

Sharing Circle MembersPost Here.

Non-membersPost your mandalas on the 100 Mandalas page on Facebook.

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Kathryn Costa is an instigator of soulful and creative living. Her passion can be summed up in three little words: “create and connect.” Kathryn’s programs help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams, and explore their creativity. Kathryn has been an online community developer, teacher, and soulful guide for 12 years. Her unique teaching and coaching style integrates tools and practices from her training in Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching, Soul Coaching, The Virtue’s Project, and Jaguar Path Shamanic Apprenticeship Program.

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