Spiritual Astrology by Jan Spiller
Jan Spiller and Karen McCoy published” Spiritual Astrology” in 1985, their title pointing us toward the use of astrology not to determine outer events but to assess and assist the progress of our soul. We choose our actions, but knowing the nature of the planets in our chart and their transits through our charts can help us follow the path which best enlightens us and helps us grow spiritually.
While the first part of the book provides a standard cookbook interpretation of planets and signs, the second part of the book delves into a lesser-known interpretive technique, understanding the prenatal eclipses as they affect our energy as we move through life. For the nine months we are in utero, at least one solar and one lunar eclipse occur. “These prenatal eclipses have a profound influence on the unborn child,” Spiller and McCoy write, “and the energy pattern dispensed during these eclipses follows you the rest of your life.” The solar eclipse tells us about the lessons we are here to teach, and the lunar eclipse indicates the lessons we have chosen to learn. By tapping into the sign’s energies of each eclipse, we can live less as a creature bound by ego, and more as a being channeling light.
Born under the Aries prenatal solar eclipse, we are here to teach others to be courageous, face their fears, and embrace new beginnings. With Aries as our prenatal lunar eclipse, we were born to learn the lessons of independence and living our own truth. When the prenatal eclipse falls close to the South Node, the energy is more unconscious. We can fear rejection and push people away to build a false sense of independence. Once we face this tendency in ourselves, we can build the inner security that we can handle whatever life throws at us. When the prenatal eclipse is near the North Node, the energy is more conscious and we tend to be so self-sufficient that we reject people who can help us. Realizing that taking a helping hand once in awhile does not make us weak is important for our soul growth.
With the influence of a Taurus prenatal solar eclipse, we are born with an innate sense of physical and spiritual values, and we draw people to us who need to have their values realigned. Born under the Taurus prenatal lunar eclipse, we are here to learn “prosperity consciousness.” We need to see that money is a byproduct of the services and gifts we provide rather than a means by itself. With the prenatal eclipse falling at the South Node, we can unconsciously block our flow of prosperity. We need to patiently build a secure base for our resources rather than leaping into instant gratification around our financial desires. At the North Node, the prenatal eclipse indicates we need to learn it is ok to build financial security and be comfortable in our resources.
Born under the Gemini prenatal solar eclipse, we are here to teach others the importance of the written and spoken word in keeping human beings connected. We have the ability to gather information that people need to hear. When we are born under the prenatal lunar eclipse in Gemini, we need to learn how to communicate by understanding that others do not perceive things the way we do. Understanding how others see the world is as important as expressing our ideas clearly. If the prenatal eclipse fell at the North Node, we consciously work to improve our communication skills and educate ourselves. If the prenatal eclipse was near the South Node, we unconsciously tap into what others want to hear and can use our communication skills to manipulate or deceive. Facing this tendency in ourselves can lead us to realize that not everyone agrees with us and that we can get negative feedback. Not taking this personally is the key to being able to express ourselves honestly.
When our prenatal solar eclipse occurs in Cancer, our soul’s path is to teach others how to process and understand their emotions. We can draw people to us who have difficulty understanding their emotional lives because they are so attached to external events. Through taking on their emotional burdens and releasing them to the Universe, we help others to heal. When we are born with a Cancer prenatal lunar eclipse, we can feel disconnected from our own family, or we can take on their emotional states as a reflection on who we are. We are here to learn to nurture ourselves, to live within our own emotions and feel safe with those who care about us. If the prenatal eclipse fell near the South Node, we can be pulled down by self-pity and use food or other substances to provide comfort and security. Learning to recognize this tendency puts us on the path to becoming and inwardly secure person. If the prenatal eclipse fell at the North Node, we can grow by being emotionally honest in our relationships, by facing fears, and by taking responsibility for our own self-nurturance.
Born under the Leo prenatal solar eclipse, we are here to teach others to accept love. We may draw people to us who are aloof or mistrustful, and our role is to persistently assure them that they are worthy of being loved. And, we can help them lighten up a bit in the process. If our prenatal lunar eclipse was in Leo, we are here to recognize and be proud of our value and our gifts as a unique individual and learn to share our light with others. If the prenatal eclipse occurred at the South Node, we may unconsciously devalue ourselves in relationships and need to feel the love others have for us and honor the spark of creativity and joy we carry. A prenatal eclipse at the North Node, you consciously create and love from this place of inner joy regardless of the expectation others may have of us.
With a Virgo prenatal solar eclipse, we are teaching others to be more logical, to analyze, to think things through clearly. We may draw people who are gullible and have problems making decisions. Bringing clarity to their thinking helps them to process the information they need to choose wisely. With a Virgo prenatal lunar eclipse, we must learn not to believe everything we are told. We may also tend to trust our spirits to guide us, sometimes to our detriment. Find a balance between logic and intuition is key. If the eclipse fell at the South Node, we may try to escape harsh realities by living in a fantasy world. Finding how to do what we need to live in the physical world will free us to tap into the spiritual and live a meaningful life. If the eclipse fell near the North Node, we will find ourselves over and over again serving as the voice of reason or the problem solver. Using this skill to serve others will provide great inner satisfaction.
With a Libra prenatal solar eclipse, we are to teach others how to achieve harmony and balance in their lives. Through aesthetics, diplomacy and a sense of fairness, we communicate this lesson. Born at the Libra prenatal lunar eclipse, our path is to learn how to bring a sense of fairness to our interactions with others. If the eclipse falls at the North Node, we know to work on our relationships and consciously ask questions and seek to learn about others. If the eclipse falls at the South Node, we struggle to maintain relationships and have to overcome a sense of unfairness and learn to spend less focus on the self.
With a Scorpio prenatal solar eclipse, we are to teach others how to accept responsibility for themselves and for their own actions as well acknowledge our responsibility towards each other. Born at the Scorpio prenatal lunar eclipse, our path is to learn spiritual values and realize the law of karma working in our lives. If the eclipse falls at the North Node, we know we are here to work towards transformation and the growth of our soul. If the eclipse falls at the South Node, we struggle against a tendency to use others for our own ends.
With a Sagittarius prenatal solar eclipse, we are to teach others how to live moral lives that recognize both the forces which connect us and the individual paths we must follow. Born at the Sagittarius prenatal lunar eclipse, our path is to learn how to overcome our prejudices and recognize the truth in all philosophies and beliefs. If the eclipse falls at the North Node, we constantly seek an expansion of our knowledge and beliefs. If the eclipse falls at the South Node, we struggle to overcome our inner prejudices and assumptions.
With a Capricorn prenatal solar eclipse, we are to teach others how to live an accountable and respected life. Born at the Capricorn prenatal lunar eclipse, our path is to learn how to be responsible for our own actions. If the eclipse falls at the North Node, we seek opportunities to be responsible from an early age. If the eclipse falls at the South Node, we struggle to worry less about our reputation and focus on living a life we can be inwardly proud of.
With an Aquarius prenatal solar eclipse, we are to teach others to detach from programmed outcomes or from being stuck in rigid patterns. Born at the Aquarius prenatal lunar eclipse, our path is to learn how to release our need to possess others and to allow them to flow through our lives easily. If the eclipse falls at the North Node, we know to work on letting go of people and things which impede our personal growth. If the eclipse falls at the South Node, we struggle through losses to learn that nothing in this life is permanent.
With a Pisces prenatal solar eclipse, we are to teach others how to overcome the tendency to be critical of others and build their sense of empathy. Born at the Pisces prenatal lunar eclipse, our path is to learn to develop your sensitivity and listen to your own intuition. If the eclipse falls at the North Node, we know to work open up your intuition and use this ability to help others. If the eclipse falls at the South Node, we struggle to overcome our tendency to be overly analytical and become more accepting of the flow of life.