Today, we pause in our journey to Graceland, to observe this very important celestialFull Moon, it is also a Lunar eclipse, the last total one until 2010. Since different parts of the Moon will be covered by different portions of Earth’s shadow, quite a variation in brightness and in color can be expected. For example, it is expected that the southern half of the totally eclipsed Moon will appear considerably brighter than the northern half. event. For not only is this the night of the
Weather permitting —
* Observers along North America’s west coast will miss the early stages of the partial eclipse, because it begins before moonrise.
* Alaskans in Anchorage and Fairbanks will experience moonrise during totality, and bright evening twilight will make it difficult to view the event.
* At the instant of mid-totality (03:37 UT), the Moon will lie in the zenith for observers in the eastern Caribbean.
* In east Africa and central Asia, the Moon sets before the eclipse ends.
* None of the eclipse is visible from eastern Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
Because eclipses mingle together Moon and Sun energy, they can create disturbing or intensified effects. We feel lunar eclipses more than we do solar eclipses. The Moon rules over our feelings and emotional nature, particularly surrounding survival and security needs, so you will probably notice it has a bigger emotional impact for you than the solar eclipse two weeks ago did.
This eclipse occurs when the Moon is in the sign of Virgo and the Sun is in Pisces. The Pisces Sun rules a wide range of experiences, from pure transcendence, selflessness, and unconditional love to addiction, co-dependency, denial and fantasy. These energies will be combined with the energy of the practical, analytical Virgo Moon.
The eclipse’s shadow may then veil this Moon’s clarity and grounded, reality-based thinking. Eclipses are edges that portend endings and beginnings. So prepare for new activities, new relationships, new needs, and spend some time discovering new ways of securing your day-to-day safety. Emotions may be edgy, yet held in check or even repressed. You may find it helpful to ground yourself by sprucing up around your house or being extra attentive to your physical health.
This eclipse, however, is in a fortunate trine to Pluto, the dark lord of transformation. This softens any negative effects and suggests that the long-term outcomes may be less difficult than they feel right now. They may perhaps even be beneficial, especially for the younger generation.
Astrologer Robert Wilkinson writes of this event, “Since Full Moons always fulfill the energies of the previous New Moon, this Eclipse will sprout the seeds of the Feb. 2008 Solar Eclipse. Both eclipses are shutting some old ways of life down forever (as all eclipses do), leaving us space to embrace the new already waiting for us, exactly mirroring what we’ve prepared for up to now…
“As the eclipse is total, it’s considered a very important influence wherever its shadow falls. This eclipse will be able to be clearly seen in most of North America, South America, Western Europe, Africa, and West Asia. The total eclipse lasts 50 minutes, implying this Eclipse will be a very strong influence for the next 4 years and 2 months, interesting in that it must be priming the pump somehow and preparing the way for the wild ride of 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013.
“We will all be able to find a better way of seeing what is essential and discard irrelevancies while weaving what’s left into a higher or broader vision. This eclipse will move us into preparations for things to come, and help many to find protection against those who are too aggressive. The yearning for something greater, or distant horizons, will bring forth adaptability, intuition, and flashes of brilliance.”
So mote it be.