by Robert Wilkinson
This Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs at 11 degrees Cancer-Capricorn, promising several months of adjustments, sacrifices, and unique or unusual personal contacts. We enter a time where our commitments will add much to our lives, and we can be freed from old social rigidities through the company we keep.
This very rare FOURTH Lunar Eclipse of 2009 (for places west of India and Central Asia) falls at 11 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn on December 31, 2009 at 11:13 am PST, 2:13 pm EST, 7:13 pm Greenwich. (In the original post I forgot that we had 2 Lunar Eclipses last Summer! This is one of the rarest phenomena possible. And to note, they have all been "weak" Eclipses, since their magnitude is very small.)
Since Full Moons always fulfill the energies of the previous New Moon, this Eclipse will sprout the seeds of the recent The New Moon in Sagittarius. This Lunar Eclipse is also prelude to the much more powerful Annular Solar Eclipse on January 14-15 at 26 Capricorn which will affect the whole Earth. Both eclipses are shutting some old ways of life down forever (as all eclipses do), leaving us space to embrace new mutations that are coming on strong.
This Eclipse shows Maui has 14 Aquarius rising, Santa Monica with 1 Aries rising, Vancouver with 21 Pisces, and the White House with 2 Gemini on the Ascendant (Obama gets a gift!) Moving east, we find the following rising signs: London has 17 Leo, Amsterdam has 21 Leo, Berlin has 27 Leo, Johannesburg has 16 Leo, Tallinn has 8 Virgo, and Istanbul has 5 Virgo.
We then transition into January 1, 2010. Occurring just after midnight in India, New Delhi has 14 Libra rising, Trivandrum has 16 Libra, and moving east we find Bangkok has 8 Scorpio, Hong Kong has 18 Scorpio, and Tokyo has 5 Sagittarius on the Ascendant. Into the Pacific on New Year's Day, Perth has 11 Sagittarius, Melbourne has 12 Capricorn, and Wellington has 8 Aquarius.
So what's this business about Blue Moons? We say this is a "Blue Moon" Lunar Eclipse because it's the second Full Moon of December for a large portion of the world. It is said the second lunation of a month makes it a "Blue Moon." More on that shortly.
In a curious paradox from a global perspective, in a large portion of the world it's not a Blue Moon. That's because in India, parts of Central Asia, and points east, this Full Moon Eclipse falls early on January 1, 2010. Therefore they get the first Full Moon of January, which means their "Blue Full Moon" (not an eclipse!) won't occur until January 30 at the Full Moon of 11 Leo-Aquarius.
This also means East Asia will experience three Lunar Eclipses in 2010 - the first is of course Jan 1, 2010. The second, June 26. The third, Dec 21, just hours before the Winter Solstice! Three Lunar Eclipses in one year is exceptional, and it could be interesting for researchers to note the differences (if any) in timing of events in Asia/Oceana and the rest of the world.
Now we turn to the many different conceptions historically regarding just what a "Blue Moon" actually is. After some research, I found that the "second Full Moon in a month" is not all there is to it. Much of it stems from old Lunar Astrology, where each month's Full Moon had its own name and function in the year cycle. Here's a little from Wikipedia on the Blue Moon:
A blue moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days compared to the lunar year. The extra days accumulate, so that every two or three years (on average about every 2.7154 years), there is an extra full moon. The extra moon is called a "blue moon." Different definitions place the "extra" moon at different times....
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Maine Farmers' Almanac listed blue moon dates for farmers. These correspond to the third full moon in a quarter of the year when there were four full moons (normally a quarter year has three full moons). Names are given to each moon in a season: For example, the first moon of summer is called the early summer moon, the second is called the midsummer moon, and the last is called the late summer moon. When a season has four moons the third is called the blue moon so that the last can continue to be called the late moon.
The division of the year into quarters starts with the nominal vernal equinox on or around March 21. This is close to the astronomical season but follows the Christian computus used for calculations of Easter, which places each equinox evenly between the summer and winter solstices to calculate seasons rather than using the actual equinox.
Apparently it's a relatively minor eclipse, since its magnitude is so small. It has a 4 hour, 11 minute Prenumbral phase, and a 1 hour Umbral period. This implies that its effects will be felt through mid-May, 2010. Here is the brief comment on the Eclipse from NASA on this partial Lunar Eclipse of December 31:
The last eclipse of 2009 occurs on New Year's Eve. This minor partial lunar eclipse takes place in Gemini, and is visible primarily from the Eastern Hemisphere and only visible in east Brazil, northern Canada, and Alaska. Greatest eclipse takes place at 19:23 UT when the eclipse magnitude will reach 0.0763.
This Lunar Eclipse will begin a several month "shut down" in the houses it occupies in our charts. Given that it occurs with both Mercury and Mars retrograde, perhaps it will have a "back to the future" type of energy, where things from the past need to be revisited, or completed, or seen and done from a different angle of approach.
The light of some form of crystalized individuality will express through a decision to reorient, deconditioning our ego assumptions allowing us to find more freedom and happiness, or creativity in reconsidering what we've rehearsed for in terms of group awareness and/or connections. Hard adjustments are in the air for the next few months, but so are forms of happiness if we know our role to play and allow certain natural limitations to be more boon than bondage.
We'll see what we need to release or demonstrate associated with this Lunar Eclipse as prelude to the bigger, longer-term endings to be set into motion at the coming Solar Eclipse. In any case, since the Sun is in Capricorn in both of these eclipses, we'll see the end of things from our past that were once parts of our public self image, or "old flowers of personality." It will definitely end old aspirations, friendships, group work, and ideals, removing the detritus so that new ones of these can arise beginning February.
So like most Lunar Eclipses, this one also ushers in a transitional period of a few months that will clear things out of our lives, and especially our past (the Moon), so we can continue to get prepared for the wild ride of 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013. Of note is that this Lunar Eclipse is in a different sign than the Lunar Eclipses of the past two years, activating the Cancer-Capricorn sectors in our charts.
However, elements of past Aquarius eclipses will still be active for some time to come, due to Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune transiting degrees in late Aquarius activated by the 2008-2009 Eclipses. It may be useful to regard Jupiter's stay in Aquarius through 2009 as having offered us greater teachings, protection, and possibilities associated with the Aquarian endings portended by those eclipses.
All the occupied points from the past few Solar Eclipses will factor into the intense Aquarian changes and manifestations occurring over the next few years. After you're done here, if you want to go deeper into understanding the Eclipse effects you may or may have known were happening, please re-visit what I wrote about the 2008 and 2009 Aquarius eclipses in the archives.
In part two of this series, we'll go into various elements of this eclipse, and how it will manifest these next two months. It is sure to dynamically affect anyone with an Ascendant or planets in the first 25 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn due to the wide span of degrees occupied by planets in this eclipse. It will also provide productive opportunities and understandings (and in some cases, unique gifts or circumstances) to those with planets in the same degrees of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.
Those with an Ascendant or planets in the mid-to-late degrees of the above mentioned Earth and Water signs will benefit greatly from the changes over the next few months, since there are major quintile series aspects operating in this Eclipse. I'll explain more in part 2.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson