The Tower by Crowley Tarot Deck
The lead up to this Saturday's total lunar eclipse is electric. Uranus, the planet of sudden change and freedom (think The Tower tarot card) turns direct about 7 hours before the Gemini full Moon lunar eclipse. These two combined energies will shift something fundamental in us.
Uranus, which went retrograde on July 9th at 5* Aries ( A triangle with wings ), will turn direct late Friday night/ Saturday morning, just hours before this intense total lunar eclipse. Like The Tower card I mentioned, Uranus can strike like lightning, suddenly liberating our soul from our collective sleep, showing us the haughtiness and megalomania of our personal/collective vision. This Tarot card symbolizes the collapse of a narrow world-view and value system; the liberation from constricting behaviors and false beliefs. I feel this is especially true with Uranus in Aries, where Uranus, like Prometheus, brings us fire from heaven to re-ignite our sense of destiny.
Once again Uranus is back at 1* Aries ( A Woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her. ), the very first degree in the zodiac, igniting a new consciousness of our unique destiny at this time in our history. If there was ever a time when we needed heroes and wise women, it is now! What have you been feeling since Uranus first went into Aries back in late May 2010? What are you willing to sacrifice, like Prometheus, to bring Light to the world?
Before we can catch our breaths, the full moon will be upon us. All full moons offer us awareness; shining the reflected light of solar awareness into our lunar emotional bodies. The energy pattern between the Sun and the Moon at full moon is intense, and it pulls at our inner as well as our outer waters. The energy that appears to us as Moon Light gets seeded in our inner waters. This feeling awareness allows us to harvest the riches of our life experience each month. During lunar eclipses, the awareness can be so profound that our lives change.
Lunar Eclipse by Fujii Eclipse
Eclipses are especially powerful full moons, and total eclipses are special, covering the entire face of the Moon. The Earth lines up exactly between the Sun and the Moon, deflecting the Sun's light through our atmosphere and changing the light and the energy before it reaches the Moon. The Earth's shadow covers the Moon's face, blocking out part of the Sun's light. Our own "dust' obscures the face of the Moon. Metaphorically, we could say our human shadows (our polluted collective psychic atmosphere) are projected outward onto the Moon's surface for all of us to see -- if we choose to. The face of the Moon is expected to turn a bright red with a hint of soft turquoise on the edge. Red is the color of life, of blood, of passion and anger. Turquoise is the color of open communication and clarity of thought. Tune into your feelings and decide what you really desire and believe.
North America, except for the East, will have an excellent view of the eclipse. The Moon is going to be especially large in the Western US because it will be setting at the height of the eclipse. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKtNgD45OB4&sns=fb
Many of us will have a marvelous chance to step outside and see this eclipse from start to finish. The eclipse begins around 3:30am PST/ 5:30am CST. I urge you to get up early and watch the eclipse LIVE and OUTSIDE -- despite the cold! (It's in the low 30s here.) It's a sight to behold, and from the sounds of it, will be quite clear in the cold night air. Look to the West right before Sunrise if you live in Pacific time -- that's when the eclipse reaches it's fullness.
Get your friends to come over and make it an eclipse party -- make the house cozy with beautiful smells and good hot baked apple pies and hot apple cider or cacao. Blankets and lounge chairs make sky-gazing quite enjoyable. (Thank you Dianna and girls for our enchanted night of star-gazing that night in RI.)
Gemini/Sagittarius by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
Every 18 months or so, the Lunar Nodes change signs, pointing our collective vision toward new insights. When the North Node of the moon is in Sagittarius and the South Node is in Gemini, our Cosmic instructions point to worn-out ways of thinking and believing. It's time to dive deeply into our beliefs and jettison those old categories and ways of thinking that keep us stuck in our rational mind and shut off from our spiritual intuition. (Once again, the image of The Tower comes to mind.) Quantum physics states that there is no objective reality. It all begins with our attention and our belief. What we believe we create. The Sagittarius North Node asks us to reconsider our beliefs and transform our Gemini thought patterns.
Since this eclipse series started last Winter Solstice 2010, we've begun to face the truth about the world we live in, what we believe in and what is of value. Hypocrisy has been out-ed in politics, the economy and our respected institutions. Sag and Gemini call us to really look at our beliefs and see if they're still pertinent to our life. What have we learned since last Winter Solstice's solar eclipse at 30* Sagittarius ( The Pope, blessing the faithful. ) Do we still need Big Daddy's blessing? Or do we need our soul's blessing?
The Cosmic Story says we have been gifted with beautifully ordered cosmic laws -- the archetypal patterns that channel energy to Earth and her creatures. This year's Sagittarius North Node points us to our collective destiny, namely discovering what we really believe about the true spirit of life (Sag) and then thinking about what we're going to do about it(Gemini).
The Big Sagittarius Question is: How do our beliefs shape our experience of Life?