Sunday 5th July (Saturday night/Sunday morning) @ 05.45 UK time (GMT+1) is the Oak Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse). The moon image to the left is by Scarlett Watkins.
There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse (in Capricorn) technically visible at 04.07 in London (although it will be very faint) but the maximum eclipse at 05.29 through to its end at 06.52 will be below the horizon in the UK. This is the third eclipse in a series of three starting on 20th June but there will be another penumbral lunar eclipse at the very end of November and a total solar eclipse on 14th December.
What may be visible with this July full moon, is that it will shine near to the very bright planet Jupiter, and also to the ringed planet Saturn. You do need a telescope to see Saturn’s rings, but it's a treat to see Jupiter and Saturn close together. More at earthsky.org.
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).
Tomorrow, Sunday 5th July, we are holding the next Virtual Harmony Healing Circle, 7.30-9.30pm £11 (half price to VFoA & RSE graduates).
With USA several hours behind us, as London Astrologer Tanya Cohen points out: This Full Moon is taking place on America’s birthday. The Moon at 13 degrees Capricorn will be directly opposite the USA’s Cancer Sun. In Astrology, the Sun represents the core of who we are and why we are here. The eclipse will impact the very heart of America, directly challenging its identity and creative purpose as a nation. With its Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn and Moon at 19 degrees Cancer, The UK is also getting a direct hit.
Another friend and UK based astrologer, Lisa Mendes, summarises the eclipse energies as follows:
The eclipsed Moon will also make an earth trine to Uranus in Taurus, which could signal an about-turn or change of heart, particularly when it comes to diet, ingrained habits and matters of the heart.
This aspect is all about unexpected but positive shifts and the need to pivot internally in order to see things from a fresh perspective. Here, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, which took place in the same sign just a few days before (30 June), could add a degree of intensity to whatever is going on psychologically.
Add to that Saturn, which will retrograde back into Capricorn just before this eclipse, and we have the making of some major karmic tests or initiations. But also the potential for healing and some much-needed clarity or closure with regards to unresolved feelings or situations lingering from the last 2.5 years.
Taking place just after Independence Day in the US, this eclipse could also prove to be significant for America - not only will the Sun and Moon be making EXACT contact with the Cancer Sun in the US Sibley chart, but the luminaries will also form a T-square to the US Saturn in Libra. This could mean a major test of authority figures/leadership to see if those in charge are up to the job.
Given the prominence of Uranus and the importance of independence, democracy and civil liberties, both to US national identity and to Lyran starseeds, I suspect that this may well prove be a key theme running through whatever events transpire.
See Lisa's astrologysphere.com website for more. For those interested in the impact of eclipses on their personal zodiac, Lisa offers complementary video 'eclipse-scopes' to her subscribers, you can sign up at her astrology sphere online shop.
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.
The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Oak Moon when the Oak trees are reaching their full bloom splendour. The oak signifies strength and power, typically towering over its fellow trees and was highly sacred to the mighty Druids. The oak is associated with invocations for fertility, strength, power, success and abundance. An acorn is meant to bring luck at interviews or business meetings, whereas catching a falling oak leaf is meant to bring health and wellbeing all year. The Celts called this month Duir, sometimes believed to be the stem word for druid and meaning door. See thoughtco.com.
Other names for a Full Moon in July are: Rose Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon (Northern Hemisphere) or Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon or Harvest (after the Summer Solstice i.e. Northern Hemisphere) or Old Moon, Moon After Yule, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten Moon (after the Winter Solstice i.e. Southern Hemisphere). Source = earthsky.org.
If you are an angel fan, the Angel Guardian of the Sun is Raphael, symbolising healing, science and knowledge. The angel Guardian of the Moon is Gabriel bringing hopes, dreams and aspirations.
To the right 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 new copies signed by Angela (and some unsigned pre-loved editions) via the Harmony Shop.
See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.
The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.
Sunday 5th July, being the day of the Full Moon in July, it is also Guru Purnima (the Full Moon of the Gurus) in Hindu tradition. The day of a full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima by Hindus. On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. The Sanskrit root Gu means darkness or ignorance. Ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes the darkness of ignorance is a Guru. It is a day for celebration and worship, a day on which the disciples remember and express their gratitude to the lineage of Gurus. Hindus believe that a Guru is necessary to make one understand the formless Divinity.
Sunday 5th July is Asalhka Puja Day; a Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha's first public speech to five ascetics. He declared the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths upon which Buddhism is based.
Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the New moon (good for starting new projects) and Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.
Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.
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