Friday 10th January @ 19.23 is the Full Moon. This is also a penumbral lunar eclipse, peaking at 19.10 (UK time = GMT/UT). This eclipse will technically be visible in London although penumbral eclipses are not always easy to identify. This is the second eclipse in a series which began with a solar eclipse on 26th December (they never happen alone). In the UK, with this partial lunar eclipse, the main partial phase lasts from 17:07 to 21:12 (UK time = GMT/UT), see timeanddate.com for full timing details. To convert GMT (Universal Time) to your local time.
At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook. Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).
The Moon shines due to its surface reflecting the Sun's rays. A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon thereby blocking some or all of the Sun's light from reaching to the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when there is an imperfect alignment between the Sun, Earth, and the Moon; causing the Earth to block some of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon's surface. This covers all (or part of) the Moon with the outer edge of its shadow, which is also known as the penumbra. The penumbra is considerably fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow; hence a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often difficult to distinguish from a normal Full Moon. See timeanddate.com for a detailed explanation.
Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing. Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation. It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.
Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically, lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self, as defined by Carl Jung. This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults. However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.
The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans. Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).
This particular eclipse with the Full Moon at 20 degrees Cancer and conjunct to Mercury, according to astrologyking.com (where you will find lots more details), the energy is cold, ruthless and oppressive because of the authoritarian influence of Saturn and Pluto. Because the moon is so afflicted, it will be an emotionally challenging experience favouring the rich and powerful. Vulnerable family members may need protecting and shy individuals will need to watch out for bullies.
If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. Above left is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop. See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.
The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, and associated each with a tree; this is the Birch Moon (learnreligions.com). The Celts called this month Beth (pronounced beh). The Birch Moon is linked with rebirth and regeneration, with growing light following the Winter Solstice here is the Northern Hemisphere. After forest fires (sadly there have been way too many of these internationally), Birch is the first tree to regrow. The birch is also associated with healing, protection and creative magic, especially regarding fertility. To keep sacred writings safe, they would be written on Birch bark. A red ribbon tied around the trunk of a Birch tree is said to ward off negative energy and a Birch twig can be hung over a cradle for spychic protection for a new born.
Other names for a Full Moon in January are: Old Moon, Moon After Yule (Northern Hemisphere) or Hay Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Mead Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Old Moon, Moon after Yule, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon (after the Winter Solstice) or Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon or Harvest Moon (after the Summer Solstice). Source = earthsky.org.
The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. As avoiding toxins is recommended for the Ivy Moon, detoxing might also be advisable. I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.
Ceremony for Australian Bush Fires and other international emegencies
I will be taking some water (already charged up at a sacred Imbolc ceremony in February) and now with Christina Jackson's 'Song for Gaia' Essence (image right) added to the Thames during daylight hours and later, at around the time of the full moon and eclipse, I plan to 'tap into' the WoodwideWeb at some ancient forest at Newlands Corner with a friend and add the essence to at least one birch tree (as it's the Birch moon) and a number of mother trees etc. We will be focussing on sending love & compassion (ideally we should not project expectation of any particular outcome but add energy to what is for the Highest Good') to Australia and other international/political conflicts. Anyone can do this, from their home or at a local place of natural beauty with which you feel a connection. Every little helps ..
For Joanna's newly published forthcoming event list, including Walton-on-Thames Healing Shares, mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this January 2020 Harmony Healing Event Update.
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