Buddha and the Blood Moon Eclipse
Sunday, May 15, 2022
9:14 p.m. PDT
Better a single day of life seeing the reality of
arising and passing away than a hundred years
of existence remaining blind to it. ~ The Buddha
The second eclipse of 2022 will be visible in much of North America, parts of South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Asia. From beginning to end it will last approximately five hours.
Blood Moons are typically considered rare events as they only occur during a Total Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. The last one occurred in May 2021, the next will be in November of 2022 (two this year!), and we won’t see another until September of 2024. The red hues of a Blood Moon can take on many shades due to the Earth blocking the light of the Sun. Lunar–Solar cycles such as this one have the potential to heighten and awaken the mystical in our life.
This Blood Moon Eclipse is considered a potent and spiritually auspicious eclipse as people all over the world celebrate Buddha’s birth and enlightenment. It was during the Moon’s Full phase in Scorpio that Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree over 2,500 years ago and obtained Nirvana.1 The sign of the Scorpion encourages each of us to embrace the mysteries of death and renewal and the overall impermanence of human life.
Every single moment we are undergoing birth and death.
This is the way things are. ~ The Buddha
The Moon moves into Scorpio on Saturday (May 15) at 3:34 a.m. (PDT) and will enter its exact eclipse totality on Sunday at 9:14 p.m. Besides the earthly cycles of life and death, this Scorpio eclipse can reveal empowerment, betrayal, and abandonment dynamics, possessions, other people’s money, sexuality, secrets, taboos, passion — and most importantly — the desire for deep internal transformative renewal of one’s current state of reality.
As a water sign, Scorpio represents our emotional realm, and most specifically, our deep subconscious — often referred to as the “underworld” by native shamans. This Full Moon Eclipse has the potential to unexpectedly shine a probing light into your emotional psyche encouraging long-overdue transformation. Therefore, if you desire change, you will want to embrace this powerful eclipse and open to the many opportunities to transmute your life.
Change is the natural byproduct of impermanence and can be invigorating and restorative. Change can be both positive and negative: even when restorative, it can involve loss. Grief arises when we’ve loved and placed great value in something or someone. Therefore, impermanence and loss provide an opportunity to recognize and appreciate how deeply we were able to love.
Lastly, a Mars–Neptune conjunction in the sign of Pisces is supporting our spiritual aspirations (Pisces) during this eclipse and the ancient sages believed that the days just before and after eclipses were a time for meditation and learning. Therefore, you’ll want to embrace these potent energies to deepen and/or begin a new spiritual quest and practice.
Scorpio Full Moon Eclipse Key Words: transformation and transmutation, renewal, fate, secrets, illumination, power dynamics, sexuality, possessions, compulsion, defensive, resistance to change, impermanence (death & rebirth)
1. In the practice of Buddhism, Nivana is the transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the individual is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth.
© 2022 by Linda Kaye