The Full Moon on Sunday will be at its closest point to the Earth, causing it to appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than most full moons do to us. The eclipse will fully shadow the Moon when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Luminescent Orb, save the edges, which will reflect a dark red glow on the Moon as the light refracts through the atmosphere. [More information on that can be found here: http://www.wired.com/…/…/watch-weekends-total-lunar-eclipse/]
For people who live on the East Coast of the United States, you will be experiencing this natural phenomena at prime time, with the Moon starting to enter the Earth's shadow just after 9 pm and being fully eclipsed by 10 pm, remaining so for an hour! This means, on the West Coast, the Sun will be going down as it's becoming fully shadowed, and you will be able to witness the duration of the full eclipse....Sadly, this is one of the few times we in Hawaii might wish we were on the mainland, because we will still be in full daylight here at 4 pm and will only be able to soak in the vibrations and view the Super Moon once the eclipse has passed.
Astrologically-speaking, this event is one that has a lot of potential for both practical and spiritual insight. We have the Moon being eclipsed by the South node, Ketu, in the sign of Pisces. Both Ketu and Pisces bring us beyond the ins and outs of our daily life and offer us mystical insight into hidden realms, past incarnations, and higher levels of consciousness. The other-worldly sign of the Fish is footless and may swim in many directions. This can be a place in ourselves where we find our full spiritual potential to be free of the material world and its clingings, or it can be the place in our lives where we escape into dream-soaked apathy, floating directionless at sea. Ketu brings a critical and annoyed energy to our Moon, our Mind and Emotions, but also a deep inner knowing if we can tune in past our regular every day experience here on Earth. Since Ketu withdraws from wherever it is in our charts, we will find this Full Moon/Eclipse to be an ideal time to withdraw your mind into mediation rather than trying to engage it in mentally stimulating environment....
The Moon will be Full in the nakshatra of Uttara Bhadrapada, or "later blessed result". This star takes us from our "Aha!" moment of recognizing our Self as Divine beings found in the previous nakshatra, Purva Bhadrapada ("early blessed result") where the Moon will be on Saturday, down into the depths of our own psyche to genuinely transform. This nakshatra is ruled by the serpent deity, Ahir Bhudnya who is an aspect of Lord Shiva that is both fierce and transformative, as he uses his serpentine qualities to burrow down into our Fear, so that it may become our Love and we can Live in Peace. Here we do the necessary work or practices to make genuine spiritual progress and alchemical shifts.
Meanwhile, across the sky in the constellation Virgo, in exact degrees opposite the Moon, is the Sun, our Soul Power and the bringer of Light. The Sun is joined by Rahu, the north node who partially eclipsed him 2 weeks ago and the part of our Psyche that makes us feel obsessed and unsettled. He is also joined by an Exalted and Retrograde Mercury here in Virgo, which is giving us a much needed pause in our output of information, to allow for a deeper integration of what we are taking in intellectually. Our sense of Power is fixated on the practical details necessary to orchestrate our deepest potential as leaders, and our buddhi, or discrimination, is giving us the opportunity to listen with a clear ear. With the Moon being eclipsed in Pisces by the South node, now could be a time for major insight on both a physical and metaphysical level. Open yourself to the energetic possibilities by meditating, praying, chanting, music-making, swimming, or immersing yourself in nature. People with planets in Virgo or Pisces will be especially lit up by this event. Realize that not all people have a path or a spiritual practice and that many people will misuse this energy by surrounding themselves with the mundane details of life or the utter escape from reality. This will leave them feeling frustrated by Rahu and irritated by Ketu, so embrace all of humanity with your prayers and be careful of being critical or judge mental of others. We may not have the best view of the phenomena in the sky here in Hawaii, but we definitely live in the perfect place to fully experience the magic of its energy, and on Sunday Funday, nonetheless;-)
Finally, Mars in Leo will be aspecting the Moon on Friday leading up to and into the Full Moon, as well as two other aspects he is making to Saturn and Ketu that are already in effect. Mars brings an intense energy of action and discipline that can aggravate to aggression or anger on a dime. This may cause us some stress personally and especially when Mars engages with the two malefics Ketu and Saturn, it can bring sudden unexpected events in an explosive or destructive manner. Mars is joined Jupiter in Leo, where the two bring the promise of inspired action, but not everyone is inspired by sattwic, uplifting and harmonious motivation and Mother Earth is not always gentle as she teaches and transforms. Many blessings for your Full Super Moon Lunar Eclipse! Hare Ohm
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