Monday, December 20, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse – 12/21/2010

Its eclipse season again! This next round starts off with the TOTAL full moon lunar eclipse that peaks at approximately 12:15am EST on Tuesday, December 21. This total lunar eclipse is also occurring on the winter solstice and in alignment with the galactic center making this a truly RARE event! There’s actually more in terms of a planetary ‘alignment’ going on for this winter solstice than there will be for the fabled December 21, 2012 winter solstice. Exciting! AND it will actually be visible (weather permitting) across most of the US!!

Eclipses usually occur two weeks apart from each other twice per year. Each series typically includes a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse or vice versa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is partially blocking the moon from the sun during a full moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun from the Earth during a new moon. Full moons and new moons represent astrologically potent time periods anyway, but the eclipses just add some amplification and usually a little dose of the unexpected!

Astrologically speaking, new moons are generally a time of sowing seeds while full moons are a time of reaping what we sow. Where a new moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of new beginnings and laying new foundations in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Where a full moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of sudden awareness, revelation, culmination and completion in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Eclipses just add some spice and surprise to these time periods.

Ancient astrologers saw eclipse seasons as especially potent time periods with regards to wars and the fate of nations. I personally prefer to look at eclipses relative to the lives and relationships of individuals. In this regard, eclipse seasons are often potent times for unexpected change in terms of surprise new beginnings and to final culminations of things which have been building for some time.

This current total lunar eclipse will peak at approximately 29° Gemini and it will be in conjunction with the south node of the moon. This represents a time of culmination, release, and filtering of energy. When we are open and flexible in the face of change, this can be a rewarding time where we experience the culmination of past efforts. If we have been creating against our best interests or if we have been keeping things under the surface, this may mark a stressful time of culmination with regards to the release of our secrets or the results of our less than stellar creations. The experiences of this nature would be felt within the domain of the astrological house that encompasses the location of this eclipse at 29° Gemini. You would need to consult your own natal chart to find out where this position falls for you.

For example, this point falls in my natal 10th house which is the house covering career, reputation, achievement, and recognition. For me (and everyone else who has 29° Gemini in their 10th house) this could mark a culmination and release related to career aims and my place in the world. This eclipse includes challenging aspects to Jupiter and Uranus in my 7th house of partnership, cooperation, clients and marriage as well as challenging aspects to Pluto and Mercury in my 4th house of home, security, emotions, and family. This may mark a time for me where I release some old ideas ingrained into me from childhood with regards to the career path I should take and in terms of what constitutes a worthy job. It’s fitting that I have a potential new business partnership venture that may ignite this week! This opportunity would also be well outside of my typical comfort zone for earning money. We will see!

In general, this eclipse falls within an opposition to Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn so this will intensify its effects. Also, for this particular eclipse, Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces are in challenging aspects so this will add some sense of surprise and change with any culmination that occurs allowing for new conditions to form quickly. Whatever this leads to for you, it may feel like a massive release and lightening of a load on your shoulders but only if you are willing to open to surprise adjustments. This may include a contract that rearranges your typical mode of operation.

The combination of the house location of the eclipse, its aspects to other current planets, and its aspects to the personal natal planets yields a very unique interpretation for each individual. For the best results in this case, find out where this lunar eclipse and the other planets involved fall in your natal chart. Then find any planets or personal points in your natal chart that are also aspected by these configurations.

Location of Current Total Lunar Eclipse Configurations

Lunar Eclipse - Moon @ 29° Gemini, Sun @ 29° Sagittarius

Uranus - 27° Pisces

Neptune - 26° Aquarius

Mercury - 26° Sagittarius

Jupiter - 25° Pisces

Pluto - 4° Capricorn

The effects of this eclipse could have been felt as early as mid-December 2010 and may be felt through the upcoming spring of 2011!

For information regarding how the effects of this and the next eclipse (Jan 4, 2011) may manifest in your life email me at:!

Happy Eclipse Season!!!

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