Sunday, September 27 – 7:50 p.m. PT
Four degrees – Forty minutes of Aries
This total Lunar Eclipse will be visible to observers after sunset in North America and will last 72 minutes.
Late Sunday evening will herald the final Eclipse of 2015. This is a very unique and dramatic celestial event. It marks the last of a rare tetrad – four consecutive Total Moon Eclipses – often referred to as Blood Eclipses. The red in color occurs due to the natural spectrum of sunlight emitted during a Total Eclipse. This Eclipse coincides with the Fall Equinox making it a Harvest Moon (the Full Moon closest to the Fall Equinox). And, if that’s not enough, it is also a Super Moon because its elliptical orbit is closest to the Earth’s surface. This will allow the Moon to appear approximately 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. The last Super Moon Eclipse occurred in 1982 and the next won’t occur until 2033.
The recent tetrad have each fallen on Jewish holy days and are believed to signify important turning points for the Jewish community, including the return of their Lord. Study of past tetrads falling on Jewish holy days has indeed proven to be significant turning points for the Jewish people. The next set of tetrad Eclipses will not occur again until 2032–2033.
Historically, Eclipses have been observed by the ancient Astrologers as coinciding with times of great upheaval. Observers have found they often coincide with earth changes, political upheavals and modern stock market fluctuations. With the advent of external events, Eclipses can become powerful indicators of needed change in our personal lives.
When the Moon is in the sign of Aries it is opposite the Sun in Libra and therefore highlights the Aries-Libra axis. This is a powerful Eclipse emphasizing balance within partnership. We are being asked to embrace and support one another and to restore balance within so we can sustain our relationships, especially the relationship with our planet.
Libra is the sign most concerned with harmony, love, and balance within partnership; Aries is most identified with aspects concerning freedom, independence, and self-interest. How do we integrate these two seemingly opposites to find balance?
Integration of the Aries-Libra archetypes requires that we learn when it is appropriate to give and when it is not. Some of us were taught to believe that giving would secure love – Libra. When we give more than we receive, we may sabotage the love we are seeking due to a false belief that receiving is somehow selfish – Aries. The balancing of the Aries and Libra archetypes is a conscious and harmonious dance with self and other.
We are each being called to cultivate supportive, sustainable partnership in new and creative ways. This powerful Harvest Eclipse is reminding us to honor our most primal basic relationship – our relationship with Gaia. The harvesting of our personal bounty cannot occur unless we are in right relationship with the mother that sustains us.
As the moon represents cycles, Lunar Eclipses are a time to look at what is no longer working in our lives to initiate the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. This will be true for all of us, but especially for those who have Aries or Libra planets in their horoscope because these are the two zodiacal signs in which the Eclipses occur. You can expect a Lunar Eclipse to maintain an influence in your life for as long as it takes for you to resolve the emotional dynamics that it produced.
Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Libra during this Eclipse. With his help you can expect to have inner revelations showing you where change is needed in the area of love. How do you love yourself and how do you love others? Are these dynamics balanced? This Eclipse may encourage you to make changes that align with your ability to truly love yourself. As the Eclipses create a temporary shadow, you may also find yourself uncovering previously buried emotions that need to be honored so you can express self-love and love towards others in a balanced, healthy, and authentic manner.
Eclipses help you to create shifts in your life and encourage you to let go of old patterns that no longer serve you. Eclipses work on three levels: personal, collective, and ultimately, the integration of both. Where there is inner uncertainty, an Eclipse will encourage you to seek clarity. If you are finding yourself immersed in an underworld of internal struggles or just needing to make change in an important area of your life, this Lunar Eclipse is the time to ask for assistance in making the changes you desire. Pay close attention to the revelations occurring during this Eclipse period, as what was previously hidden gives way to the light.
The ancient sages felt that Eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between Earth and the heavens is thinner during an eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.
Copyright 2015 by Linda KayeFollow Linda Kaye Astrology