Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Winter Solstice; Full Moon; Lunar Eclipse!
December 21, 2010 is pretty significant for at least three reasons. Tonight is the winter solstice, it's a full moon, and a lunar eclipse occurs. This combination has not occurred together in over 400 years.
Winter Solstice is a pretty big event in itself. This is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight for the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the reverse (Summer solstice) and signifies the longest day in terms of sunlight. Scientifically, although the arrival of the solstice cannot be seen, the moment describes the instant when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun, resulting in the shortest day of the year as well as the longest night of the year. Spiritually, winter solstice is a time of transformation from out of the darkness into the light. It is considered rebirth of the sun, a time of renewal and moving forward. A chance to begin putting our time of reflection into action.
Astrologically, this full moon marks the moon in Gemini. The moon in Gemini is said to wake us up. It is seen as a time to communicate through networking, investigation, translation, brainstorming, meditating, explaining and broadcasting- whichever way feels right to you. The key is to focus and add depth to your communication rather than simply broadening the conversations. Those born under a Gemini moon are said to be fast talkers that think fast and can multi-task, but may need to concentrate in order to add focus and depth to their communication.
On the same day, the Sun moves into Capricorn. This can mean that it's a good time to check our responsibilities to family, traditions, and our life's purpose. It is a time to resolve to more forward with integrity, considering our highest goals. We need to focus on self-control, rather than on controlling others.
Full lunar eclipses are rare. They occur when the earth's shadow blocks the moon. During the moment of "totality" (interesting scientific word choice), you should see a very red coppery glow from the particle reflections as the shadow crosses over the moon. There is an actual moment when this occurs- 3:18 am in Eastern Canada for instance.
Of course what you will actually see in the sky will depend a lot on the cloud cover or lack of, at the time as well as where you are in the world. For those of us anticipating a Nor'easter at the time- we may not see a lot of lunar activity. The good news is- it will still be happening! Tides will be high and we feel the pull of the full moon whether we see it or not!
Of the many amazing aspects of Dec. 21st, what occurs to me is that all these events seem to bring everyone together in a moment of awe and wonderment. Whether you are scientifically inclined,spiritually wired, nature inclined, astrologically tuned, or a weather and sky watching buff- there is something for everyone. And that seems very significant to me. It's as though nature is saying no matter who you are, where you live, or what you believe, you will be focused on the "wider world" out there on December 21st. 2010.
Let's make it positive for all!!