In an earlier blog entry, I suggested with my co-author (of Christ & the Maya Calendar) Robert Powell that the July 22, 2009 total solar eclipse could mark the occasion of the incarnation of Ahriman, known more widely as “Antichrist,” since Revelations, Chapter 13 says that the Antichrist shall reign for “two and forty months,” and the length of time from July 22, 2009 to December 21, 2012 is 42 lunar months.

On July 22nd, Pluto will be at 6½° Sagittarius, just ½° away from where it was at the historical event of the baptism in the Jordan on September 23, AD 29 (6°53’ Sagittarius), thus suggesting that this configuration at the time of the eclipse may be a kind of counter-image of the baptism. At the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan, the Christ being entered into the body of Jesus of Nazareth; at the time of the eclipse, Ahriman — the great adversary of Christ and of humanity –may choose to enter the body of a human being who is uniquely suited to advancing Ahriman’s aims to derail humanity’s rightful spiritual evolution. Ahriman’s three-and-a-half-year “ministry” would then begin and would last until December 21, 2012 — the end of the Mayan Long Count.

There are a number of other astrological aspects of the July 22 eclipse to suggest that it is a cosmic echo in our time of the event that Rudolf Steiner referred to as “the Mystery of Golgotha” — the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. Steiner emphasized that at the point of maximum solar eclipse, profound changes occur in the Earth's aura. James Gillen has drawn attention to the fact that such changes also occurred and were enabled by a similar darkness at Christ's death on Golgotha, enabling Christ to enter the life of the earth and the Earth's aura.

James Gillen has also pointed out that at the time of the eclipse there will be a Jupiter/Neptune/Chiron conjunction with the Neptune position close to where it was at the Crucifixion. He offers a powerful picture of this cosmic triptych: “For this event the comprehensive meaning of the Mystery of Golgotha (Jupiter), its mystery character with unfathomable depths (Neptune), and its potential for healing transformation connected especially with the 2nd coming (Chiron — "star of grace") will be accentuated and can be worked with at this time.” He also points out that the Sun/Moon conjunction on July 22nd  is at 4 ½ ° Cancer, where Mars was at the time of Christ’s Ascension, and says that this can be worked with in relation to the Second Coming and the opening of the Earth's aura at this point.

In 1924, Rudolf Steiner indicated that Japan is the apex of a tetrahedral form of the Earth with its curved sides tracing the paths of the Earth's active or formerly active volcano belts.

The center of the path of totality of this solar eclipse is going right through the eye of this tetrahedron, so that the axis of the eclipse extends right toward the center of the Earth. James Gillen suggests that the vision of the axis going from the Moon sphere through the Earth center is more than a mathematical alignment: “This is going through the tenth Sephirah (Malkuth) of the Tree of Life into the realm of the Mother, connecting the Mother with the cosmic light of the stars, which according to Rudolf Steiner rays through the Moon (the Moon is transparent for it).”

In descending to the Earth’s center on Holy Saturday, Christ drew upon the very highest forces in the cosmos to overcome the nine levels of Hell. At the time of the July 22nd eclipse, we can call upon the highest beings of the cosmos, and the highest good within ourselves, to aid Christ at this time. Individuals and communities throughout the world can enter into a time of meditation and prayer at the time of the eclipse (10:30 PM Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday the 21st), calling to mind the extraordinary deed of Christ on Golgotha two thousand years ago, and summoning within ourselves the echo of this deed in aid and service to Christ and humanity at this time.