For me, the grieving orca mom carrying her dead baby for 17 days (starting July 24 but basically between the lunar eclipse on July 27 and solar eclipse on August 11) is a prime example of a crisis that ‘comes out’ through the eclipses.
Lunar eclipses stimulate endings and deep feelings/the deep sea of the whales (orca means “of the realms of the dead”). The congestion, pollution, and greed of bloated capitalism that has caused these whales to lose their health and their babies must be pushed back on.
The way the other whales emotionally supported this mom and baby and allowed them to “be seen” and experience grief is not only a model of the power and value that girls, women, mothers, and the feminine can provide and that we need to learn from if we are going to keep living, but also how animals show people how to live with dignity (as Native people have known throughout this whole sordid affair...).
The mom had to go through that process, and only then was she ready to keep going. She let the baby go at the solar eclipse, which is about coming into authenticity and finding your way. But only by first going THROUGH the grief and hard times.
Drawing “See Me” by Lori Christopher.