I’m going to briefly interrupt the Advent series to give just a bit of my thoughts on our Solstice Lunar Eclipse. Tomorrow we’ll return to the 2011 horoscopes with the sign of Capricorn.
Today’s Winter Solstice began with a fantastically rare total lunar eclipse. Although most of the time I’m thrilled to live in the San Francisco Bay Area of the US, last night was one of those times where I felt the pain of trying to be an astrologer in a place where the sky is often overcast. It’s our rainy season, and we’re in the midst of a series of storms, so our skies were too cloudy to see the eclipse. But I felt it, as I’m sure you did.
In ancient days, the Sun and Moon were considered the great Father and Mother of the sky, the givers of light and life. Eclipses were frightening occurrences back then, when what seemed to be random blackness would “swallow” or “eat” the luminary. Remember, there were no neon signs, no street lights, and early on, not even candles lighting the nighttime. All light came from the Moon and stars. Watching a giant shadow devour that light was a fearful experience.
In Western Astrology, the Moon represents our emotional bodies, our feelings and moods. It waxes and wanes with great regularity, and we now, eons later, know that eclipses are cyclic, too. But delving into the darkness of our emotions and then coming back into the magic light of a Full Moon is always intense and can be extremely meaningful. This particular Full Moon was in the final degrees of Gemini. Gemini is about communication, and a Full Moon in Gemini is an opportunity for deeply touching communications. Gemini is also about gathering knowledge, and a late degree Full Moon here is the expertise of investigation, of following one’s emotional passions to discover what there is to know.
In order to have a Full Moon, the Sun must be across the sky in the opposite sign. So we know that the Sun was in late Sagittarius last night (the Sun will enter Capricorn today). It just so happens that the Sun is “within orb,” or close-enough-to-count-as, being in the same degree as Pluto, both of which are directly aligned with the absolute center of our galaxy. This is extremely potent. Pluto, as you’ve heard me say many times, is the god of the Underworld. His archetypal energy is that of power, destruction and transformation. Our Sun, the Father of our world, is in the same degree of the sky, and they both are receiving cosmic information from the core of our galaxy. They are both in Sagittarius, which is the home of spiritual and moral matters, the place in our psyches where justice and equality reign.
There are astronomers and astrologers who speak of emanations from the galactic core, and these discussions are related to the Mayan belief that an entire new age will begin in 2012. (There are a gergillion websites about the Mayan astrological system and calendars. I am by no means an expert, and can’t tell you which to read and which to ignore. I tend to avoid the ones who think the Mayan “End of Days” is literal, with some kind of apocalypse involved, and head instead to the ones that show that recent scientific discoveries parallel ancient Mayan beliefs. But that’s just me.)
So this rare Full Moon on the Northern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice (the darkest night of the year) is chock full of energy. This is the expertise of our emotional investigations (even into our childhood curiosities; the Moon is about the past, too). That energy, opposed the conjunction of Pluto the Sun as they “investigate” the Galactic Core, can be interpreted as being given a glimpses into the coming new Mayan age.
As I mentioned in an earlier post on the new Age of Aquarius, we are on the zeitgeist of a new age. It’s not just Mayan Astrology that says so; our own Western Astrology sees this as the time of great transformation as well. The Solstice Full Moon of December, 2010 is, perhaps, our entry into the huge doorway to that new world. Let’s open ourselves to receiving what we can, especially via our spiritual (Sagittarian) antennae.