Monday 30th November @ 09.32(GMT/UT; click here to convert to your time zone) is the Elder Full Moon and it's also a Penumbral Lunar eclipse.
The eclipse will be at least partially visible in much of Europe, North & South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, Asia and Australia. It will be visible in London at 07.32 when the eclipse begins but will then disappear below the horizon. However, penumbral eclipses are not always easy to discern at all. See more about the November eclipse on timeanddate.com.
This is the first of two eclipses, with a total solar eclipse on 14th December, visible only from Chile and parts of Argentina. More details at timeanddate.com.
Even if we can't see much (or anything at all from some parts of the globe) there will still be an effect energetically. Tonight, Monday 30th November, we are holding the next Virtual Harmony Healing Circle, 7.30-9.30pm £11 (half price to VFoA & RSE graduates).
According to Astrologer Andrea Dupuis at risingwoman.com, this eclipse falls in the 8th degree of Gemini. Andrea tells us that eclipses are amongst the most vital cosmic events we can experience. They usher in change and signal big endings and new beginnings. Her motto is Expect the Unexpected.Andrea tells us that the partial Full Moon Eclipse in Gemini is the second to last eclipse before the end of 2020. This year we had a total of 7 eclipses, which is very rare. Most years we have 4-5 maximum. This eclipse, being partial, will not affect us as much as a full eclipse (like the December one), but the impact is heightened for those with personal planets in the sign of Gemini or Sagittarius.
UK-based astrologer Lisa Mendes claims that eclipses warn us that things may not be as they seem. Reflection on alternative meanings could be advisable. Childhood issues may come up for clearing and we could be feeling vulnerable a few days either side, especially as our political environment could be making folks feel vulnerable anyway. Six months ago, back in June, Lisa told us:
"Over the next 18 months or so, expect the spotlight to move from family dynamics and childhood traumas and wounds, to fall on how we make decisions and/or moral calls (faith vs reason) and discern fact from fiction when it comes to navigating the Information Age. Do we truly think logically when we make important political decisions, for example, or do we default to deeply-held belief systems or become overly reliant on commonly-held assumptions? Elon Musk is quoted as saying that one way we can very quickly unplug from the matrix and start thinking independently is to question all assumptions and go back to first principles - not a bad idea, especially in an era where psychological manipulation and cyber warfare by stealth is mostly how elections are won."
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.
London astrologer Tanya Cohen points out that the Jupiter and Pluto conjunctions we've experienced three times this year on 4th April, 29th June, 12th November have all coincided with heightened periods of the spread of COVID worldwide and massive death tolls. I found her following information really fascinating, albeit alarming.
Tanya tells us that Pluto and Jupiter were conjunct in Aries, during the black death, the deadliest pandemic in human history back in 1347. In 1771, they met again, this time in Capricorn, when the last big outbreak of the bubonic plague happened in Russia. And, in 1918, they were also conjunct in Cancer during the Spanish flu epidemic as well as in 1981, this time in Libra, at the start of the AIDS pandemic.
According to Tanya, an eclipse, particularly during Scorpio season (we've just moved from Scorpio to Sagittarius), means the veil between the conscious and subconscious will be very thin - whatever’s been repressed is likely to emerge. With the eclipse taking place on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis of knowledge and information, it is time for the truth to come out. If you'd like a chart drawn up by Tanya (I've had one - amazing) get in touch via .
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, and associated each with a tree; this is the Elder Moon(thoughtco.com). The Elder Moon marks a time of passing. The Elder bush damages easily but bursts back into life recovering promptly and so it is representing the coming New Year. The Celts called this month Ruish (pronounced roo-esh) and it's a time for renewal, rejuvenation and creativity, endings and beginnings and therefore still honouring the cycle of life - birth, death and re-birth. Elder is used in magic lore to connect with the Faerie realms and nature spirits and is reputed to protect against negative entities.
Other names for a Full Moon in December are: Cold Moon, Moon Before Yule, Long Night Moon (Northern Hemisphere) or Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, Beaver Moon, Moon before Yule or Long Night Moon (after the autumnal equinox)or Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Planting Moon, Milk Moon, Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon (after the spring equinox). Source = earthsky.org.
If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.
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 copies via the Harmony Shop.
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.
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, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle tonight and New Year New Vision is a lunar connection programme starting on the first New Moon of 2021.
If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a Christmas, birthday or other celebratory occasion?
Our next virtual healing circle on Monday 30th November is at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.
New Year New Vision is a mentoring programme through the first full lunar cycle of 2021. This includes distant attunements to the Moon (New Moons on 13th January and 11th February plus Full Moon on Thursday 28th January), plus a ritual with the elements on the Imbolc ceremony (1st February) and ending on the Chinese New Year of the Ox (11th February). Costing £111, it will be available to just 11 participants, more at the Harmony Website.
A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.
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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