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What can you remember about the last solar eclipse?

Posted by on in Amanda J Miller
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Unless you have been living in a cave these last few weeks, you couldn't fail to be aware that we will see a full solar eclipse this Friday.  The Independent refers to this as "The biggest solar eclipse since 1999"  which will have some parts of the country seeing 99%. I always thought they would be the same size.

Now with the weather that we are currently enjoying, I am not expecting to have the same view as I had back then.  The office I was working in at that time still saved its files onto microfiche. And those little blue rectangles  made a great lens for us to view that action through. I am expecting a cloudy day with little to see, which will feel especially strange when it just goes dark with no view of the sun or moon. 


I have read references to this being the 'Eclipse of rebirth'.   Which got me to thinking about what was triggered in my own life by that "phoenix rising" on 11 August 1999.  


My list for the twelve months that followed certainly included things that come high on the list of stress inducing life events -

•  The company I had been working for since August (is there any significance?) 1990 was taken over by a large American bank and announcements were soon to be made about department    mergers and sell offs.

•  My own job (as a training officer) became seriously hectic, which resulted in physical exhaustion and forgetfulness - its not helpful to be unable to remember facts about the financial services products and compliance that you are trying to train others about.  This resulted in taking two weeks off work with a doctors certificate.  This was the first sick leave I had taken since joining the company.  Had I now become one of those employees that takes unnecessary (in my own mind) sick leave?

•  We were trying to sell our house and were desperate to change Estate Agents

•  We got married in January of 2000

•  We finally moved house in February 2000

•  I resigned from the company without having a new job to go to.  But in those days I was confident enough that I was very marketable and wasn't worried.  I had a job offer before I had worked my notice period. 


Reflecting on the last 16 years, a lot has happened that has changed me completely as a person.  My rebirth has included a new name, several job changes, a fair amount of self discovery, another house sale and two transatlantic moves.  


So I am welcoming the next eclipse.  It is more austpicious than the last one, with the timing of the spring equinox meaning that the days begin to get lighter (return of the light) here in the northern hemisphere. 

How about you? How was your last rebirth, and what plans does your phoenix have this time?

 

 

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