Sunday, December 4, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse – 12/10/2011

Its eclipse season again! This most recent round started off with a new moon solar eclipse that peaked at approximately 1:12am EST on Friday, November 25...'Black Friday' in the US. Next on the list is the TOTAL full moon lunar eclipse (see chart above) that peaks at approximately 09:35am EST on Saturday, December 10.

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 18° 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 or the finishing of unfinished business. 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 18° 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 9th house (near the Midheaven) which is the house covering travel, education, news from 'afar', the internet, publishing, etc. For me (and everyone else who has 18° Gemini in their 9th house) this could mark a culmination and release related to travel, publishing or hearing surprising news from afar. This eclipse includes a challenging aspect to Mars in my 12th house of secrets, hidden enemies, spirituality, & behind the scenes activities as well as a challenging aspect to Venus in my 4th house of home, security, emotions, and family. This eclipse is in supportive aspects to Neptune in my 6th house of health, work, service, & daily routine and to Saturn in my 2nd house of self-worth, finances, tangibility, & sensuality. I better be diligent with whom I conduct business but it appears that I may get the opportunity to prove that my 'outside-the-box' services can gain traction and earn tangible results and personal security for me (though I may be required to relocate to make it happen!). If I am not dealing with perceived enemies trying to block my path, then I will certainly be dealing with the most hidden enemy of all...unconscious self-sabotage!

In general, this eclipse's aspects point to an opportunity to release old beliefs over the next several months to make room for new growth opportunities coming in early summer 2012 (see below). This release process will require that we are willing to adjust our values (ideas about abundance/scarcity and whats important in our relationships) and willing to do the the diligent and detailed work that is required to to shift the momentum of our lives into more favorable currents. As long as justice, equality, and acceptance are part of the picture, our long-term security will be solid.

Collectively, I feel that truths are about to be revealed and that the general public will have to make some quick value adjustments (i.e. possibly temporarily living without money) while doing the 'hard-work' of beginning the process of organizing our new reality into a well-oiled machine for the good of all. Some of these secrets may include the realization that all of those electronic numbers in the stock market (and your 401K) aren't 'money' at all. Secrets related to the bridge between science and spirituality will likely be part of the picture as well. With the truth out, there would be no turning back and we would be required to move forward and create our society around these truths rather than according to an out-dated system that only served its creators.

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 @ 18° Gemini, Sun @ 18° Sagittarius

Mars - 13° Virgo

Neptune - 28° Aquarius

Saturn - 27° Libra

Venus - 17° Capricorn

The effects of this eclipse can be felt within a few days on either side of December 10 and may be felt through early June 2012! This is mainly because Mars will 'trigger' this eclipse by way of a square aspect starting the weekend of Christmas and ending in early June within a few days of the Venus/Sun occultation!

The Venus/Sun Occultation is a rare event with HUGE significance and will occur within orb of the degree of this eclipse in Gemini to boot! This rare event deserves its own write-up but, in any case, it appears that what we RELEASE related to this eclipse over the next several months will allow us the room to OPEN ourselves to the growth opportunities offered to us in early June 2012 with the Venus/Sun Occultation. I'll just say that it appears that the sacred feminine is making a comeback for ALL of us! Good times!

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Happy Eclipse Season!

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