1st Eclipse of 2021: A Super Blood Total Lunar Eclipse
visible before dawn in western North America and Hawaii with the full eclipse lasting 14 minutes
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
4:13 a.m. pacific time
Beliefs are choices. First you choose your beliefs.
Then your beliefs affect your choices. ~ Roy T. Bennett
What exactly is a Super Blood Total Lunar Eclipse, you might be asking? A Super Moon occurs when a Full Moon has reached its closest approach to the Earth. In this case, the Full Moon will appear approximately 7% larger and 15% brighter than a typical Full Moon. The next and last visible Super Full Moon of 2021 will occur on June 24 in the sign of Capricorn.
Blood Moons are rare and only occur during a Total Lunar Eclipse, with the last one happening in January 2020 and the next in May of 2022. The red in color occurs due to the natural spectrum of sunlight emitted during a Total Eclipse. A Blood Moon can take on many shades of red, depending on the Earth’s atmospheric conditions. Therefore, a Blood Moon is named for the reddish hue caused by the Earth’s shadow.
Lunar Eclipses occur two or three times a year as the Sun, Moon, and Earth align themselves in a straight line. Lunar Eclipses only occur during a Full Moon when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow. That said, not all Full Moon’s are Lunar Eclipses because during an Eclipse the Sun and Moon align with the nodes of the Moon, which astrologers often characterize as the “points of Destiny” as they relate to our individual and collective growth.
The darkening that occurs during an Eclipse has symbolically and historically been linked to the unveiling of something deeply hidden, an ominous secret, or the potential revelation of a great mystery. Astrologers have studied eclipses and their effects since the Babylonian Era and have found that they often coincide with Earth changes, political upheavals, and even modern stock-market fluctuations. With the advent of external events, eclipses can become powerful indicators of needed change in our personal lives.
As the Moon represents cycles, Lunar Eclipses are a great time to look at what is no longer working in our lives, so we can complete the ending of a cycle in order to initiate a brand-new chapter of evolution during the New Moon Solar Eclipse. This will be true for all of us, but especially those who have Sagittarius or Gemini planets in their horoscope because these are the two zodiacal signs in which this first eclipse pair of 2021 are highlighting. In general, 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 (lunar) dynamics that it produced.
Jupiter in Pisces, the ruling planet of this current eclipse, is making a close square aspect to both the lights (Sun and Moon). Square aspects can bring about unforeseen experiences and/or realizations. Jupiter in the sign of Pisces signifies the search for self-knowledge through cosmic awareness — truth consciousness — the awakening to the essence of the divine that exists within each of us. Sagittarius is a benefic sign that, among many things, is abound with optimism and a love for the quest — a freedom seeker of adventure, wisdom, and “the truth.” Due to its inquisitive nature, Gemini is generally skilled at communication and consuming large amounts of information from books, media sources, gossip, etc.
These two signs (Sagittarius and Gemini) are seeking to balance the need to know intellectually with an internal knowing. When Sagittarius is out of balance, it ceases to explore an inner authentic truth and becomes a dogmatic know-it-all; Gemini can find itself out of balance — confused, and fragmented — by trying to assimilate too much data. If our external quest for knowledge or information has become habitual or is distracting us from our inner calling, then Jupiter’s influence can help. Jupiter in Pisces has the ability to inspire us to rise above any outmoded belief systems (Sagittarius) and thought patterns (Gemini) that are keeping us from our dreams, our true desires, and the connection to our purest essence (Pisces) — our authentic divine self.
Follow your bliss and the universe
will open doors for you … ~ Joseph Campbell
Therefore, this Lunar Eclipse may unexpectedly expose inner dynamics related to our personal and collective quest for knowledge. The Moon represents our emotional nature and eclipses create a temporary shadow that eventually give way to the light. Astrologically, eclipses are cosmic-timing mechanisms. They are celestial markers that help to create the shifts in our life that encourage us to continue on our individual and collective destiny. Where there is inner uncertainty, an eclipse will encourage you to seek clarity. This eclipse is an opportunity to become an explorer of your own consciousness and pay close attention to the revelations occurring during this period, as what was previously hidden gives way to the light.
Sagittarius Eclipse Contemplation:
- Am I in balance with my need to find answers from external sources versus internal inquiry?
- Is my quest for knowledge or information creating peace or discourse in my life?
- Is my authenticity and inner knowing sabotaged by an egoic informed persona?
- Do I actually know what “the truth” or “my truth” is?
- Is there an optimistic sense of adventure in my life?
- Am I following my dreams or someone else’s dreams?
The energies of an eclipse can be felt a few days before and after an eclipse. The ancient sages felt that eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of our life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between the Earth and Heavens is thinner during an eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.
Eclipses always occur in pairs: The second — a Solar Annular Ring of Fire Eclipse — will occur on June 10 at 19° of Gemini on the New Moon.
© 2021 by Linda Kaye