Waning 180-135 degrees
The Full Moon is our brightest and it is at its peak. It’s like the end-celebration of the lunar cycle and it brings "illumination" to issues and represents "endings" in much the same way as the Lunar eclipse. The energies are very vivid the night before and the day after as well.
So, as Nature gave us the past couple weeks to rest and reflect, here she is now spurring us to connect with others and get out of our cave! Like a curtain being lifted from our self-absorbed scenario we can now see ourselves and others in an objective light.
We feel almost an exact opposite as we did when the moon was a dark moon. While then we felt inclined to pull back into ourselves, we now lean towards outward expression. People and animals are naturally much more outgoing and assertive during a Full Moon and it's the busiest night for police, fire, ER, and other emergency-response personnel. People who are generally introverted come out of their shell now and emotions run high.
This is the time to "manifest" the dreams set forth at the last New Moon by using this time of potent feeling and emotion. "Feeling" is the catalyst that makes visualization work. This is a powerful time to pray for creative solutions (the Law of Creative Solutions), meditate, visualize, perform magic, spells, alchemy, and/or tune into your Higher Self and guides.
If you use or work with crystals, put them in the moon's beams. I put mine outside for the night where at times they will be lit by the moon. This charges them very strongly. You know, over time, they diminish in their energy, so this is an important time for them as well. If you can't put them outside or if it is raining put them in the window.
When the landscape at night-time is very illuminated like it is we find suddenly that issues, situations and people become clearer to us. We see truth, see things clearly for what they are. Truly the "veil" is lifted. This is also the case for psychic perceptions. It's the most potent time to either have a reading or give a reading, meditate to achieve otherworld connections, tune into spirit guides and departed people. Because of this, it’s my favorite time to give or get a reading.
Special Note: Important and serious relationships usually begin on or just after a Full Moon.
Sample affirmations would be: I SEE MY GOALS TAKING FORM. I NOW RELEASE THAT WHICH DOES NOT SERVE MY HIGHEST GOOD. THANK YOU, UNIVERSE, FOR MY RICH BLESSINGS.
At least twice a year we have a Lunar eclipse and a Solar eclipse. Some years there are as many as four or five, with at least two of them being partial eclipses. Generally, there are two Lunar eclipses and two Solar eclipses in a given year.
Two weeks after a Solar eclipse we get a Lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses always coincide with a full moon, and Solar eclipses always occur during a new moon.
Solar eclipses blot out the sun briefly as the moon passes between Earth and the Sun. Lunar eclipses are when the moon is lined up opposite the sun with the Earth being the one in-between, thus passing the Earth’s shadow over the moon.
Eclipses put a sort of spotlight on shadow areas of our lives, bringing long buried desires to the surface. Typically, these areas lie in what we need to face and “deal with” in our lives in order to move forward. To best meet the opportunity presented with this potential we need to release. We may have thought that we’d dealt with certain buried fears or anxieties we have been carrying, but perhaps not. This is like a “spring cleaning” for us to further release what has been unsettling to us so that we can move forward. So, eclipses serve to shake us out of our safety zone and shake off more misguided beliefs or attachments that stem from past patterns, fears, etc.
We will notice extremes in how we feel. Some of us may be more vibrant and energetic, while others of us are more lethargic and withdrawn than usual. For myself, after a Solar eclipse I notice a significant drop in my energy level. I feel tired most of the time and even a sense of depression sinks in for up to several weeks after the eclipse. With a Lunar eclipse I find myself a little bit on the lonely side. How do they affect you?
Regardless of how we as individuals handle Solar eclipses, when it comes to a Lunar eclipse we all sense an adjustment of sorts in our emotional and spiritual bodies. This is the upgrade to our intuitive and instinctive selves.
Eclipses in Astrological Signs
The Solar eclipse on 5/20/12 occurred in Gemini, so the lunar eclipse that occurred on 11/28/12 was in Gemini, exactly six months later. Six months seems to be the divine right timing for seeing if what we began during the new moon eclipse can or will be able to come to fruition during the full moon eclipse in the same sign. In the case of Gemini, emphasis is felt in areas of communication, relating with others, short trips, siblings, our immediate surroundings, and new experiences. Whatever we began during the solar eclipse in May, 2012, was likely influenced by one of these traits and then culminated on November 2012.
A Lunar eclipse in a certain astrological sign is said to be the culmination of events we have experienced in the past six months or so when the solar eclipse new moon was in that same sign. For instance, the 11/25/11 solar eclipse in Sagittarius heralded events and desires for us to deal with in terms of travel, writing/publishing, education, entrepreneurship, foreign matters and higher concepts. Six months later, when the 06/04/12 “matching” lunar eclipse in Sagittarius occurred we saw a flurry of activity in these areas “culminate”. These areas were highlighted in our lives to whatever degree we allowed or nurtured them.
As an example, during the few days leading up to the 6/4/12 lunar eclipse, I found myself tackling this book once and for all. I pushed forward with it during last year’s Solar eclipse in Sagittarius but it got waylaid and then it came back on track again during the lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. (Things culminate during Lunar eclipses.) And yet again, with the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25, 2013, I began yet another surge in my book writing. (I felt it several days prior!) So note to writers, notice where the moon is when you feel the most inspiration for your writing project. Evidently, my inspiration is when the Moon is in Sag!
Going forward, pay attention to which sign the Solar eclipse and Lunar eclipse fall in so that you will have an understanding of what is beginning or culminating in your life.
Also notable are “birthday eclipses”. If an eclipse were to fall on your birthday, for example, you are ensured an eventful year to come. Additionally, even if the eclipse were to take place in a key sign in your chart you will experience the eclipse in an intensified way. Any good astrologer can help you identify upcoming eclipses of significant importance to you.
The Lunar Eclipse
Contrary to the Solar eclipse fresh start momentum, the lunar eclipse represents “endings” and tying up loose ends. We are at this time receiving an “upgrade” in our systems by a purging of the old in order to make room for newer situations. Something in us leaves; something in the way we view ourselves or others or the world is not quite the same anymore.
This is a time to let go of and shed old beliefs, habits, ideas, viewpoints or anything that makes us stuck. These events bring closure and completion to certain matters in our lives, thereby pushing us ahead. Our old skin must be shed for the new “us” to emerge. Old files are deleted so that our upgrade can take effect. It is advised to allow these much needed changes to happen, and to have faith that it is all a part of Divine Order. The changes and discards can be subtle or monumental, depending on your personal life path and in whether or not you have already been updating your “system” regularly.
In this opportunity to leave our past behind we are encouraged to connect with our great Central Sun. It is recommended that we center our mind and soul connection by looking inward. In doing this, we are better able to clear out the blocking energies and allow a burst of new light to enter, thereby ensuring a successful new start. We see many guided meditations instructing on how we visualize a connecting cord or column of light emanating from our higher self to the great central sun of our galaxy, or our spiritual sun. This helps us to grow beyond our ego-based personality self and merge with our all aspects of our higher self. In this way, we are able to truly let go of what no longer serves our divine purpose (not our ego purpose).
We’ve all heard stories and fables that span time on the importance of building on a solid foundation or the new structure doesn’t stand a chance. Similarly, we are given these special times throughout the year to look inside ourselves in order to clear out old patterns, beliefs, misplaced desires, misguided energies, etc., thus enabling us to build on a newer and more stable base. This is why Lunar eclipses are expansive times in which to remind us, in a way, to release the burdens that we’ve attached to or accumulated on ourselves in order to go forth with better confidence and a firmer foundation as we continue to create our highest desires.
Affirmation: I NOW RELEASE AND FORGIVE ALL THAT IS NOT OF MY HIGHEST GOOD, AND I WELCOME DIVINE WISDOM IN ALL WAYS.