by Robert Wilkinson
The Full Moon of Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Gemini, being conjunct the Lunar Nodes, is a Lunar Eclipse. What does this mean?
Since all Eclipses shut something down, this very bright Penumbral Lunar Eclipse begins a several month "shut down" in the houses it occupies in our charts. Given that it happens during the heart of some very productive aspects, there will be very favorable changes, eliminations, and attractions promised by the void this Eclipse leaves in our lives. Over the next 4 1/2 months we will finish the “divorce from the past” indicated by the powerful 2011 Gemini Solar Eclipse, since Jupiter in this chart is the exact degree of that Solar Eclipse.
This Eclipse will only be visible inn its entirety from Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, and east Asia, and some parts of California and British Columbia. All of you lucky enough to be able to view this Eclipse remember that when it’s happening, you’re being shown a new love, a new enthusiasm, a new truth, a new future, and definitely a new way of viewing how to use faith plus works to find the nourishment you need. These will all come forth in some way between now and early April.
I’ll be discussing more about what this specific Eclipse is about in the next articles on this event. For now, I’ll just say that we began this long term process of elimination and shedding old ideas, perceptions, environments, and relationships in June of 201. This was ramped up by the Sagittarius Solar Eclipse of November 2011 and again in the Gemini Solar Eclipse of May 2012. All of these Eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius, along with accompanying Lunar Eclipses, have served to shut down old ways of life, thinking, and understanding wherever we have Gemini and Sagittarius in our charts. There's a lot about them in the archives if you want to know more about their ongoing influence.
So like most Lunar Eclipses, this one ushers in a transitional period of several months (this one will be in effect for 4 1/2 months) that will clear things out of our lives, and especially our past (the Moon). The space created can attract circumstances and people through which we can develop skills helping us deal with the wild ride of The Grand Irrationality that's in continuous motion during these months and years.
The June 2011 Solar Eclipse at 12 Gemini sent the Grand Irrationality into intense oscillation that still is helping all of us release ghosts from the past so that we can move forward without excess psychological (and maybe physical!) baggage. This Lunar Eclipse gives us freedom, expansion, protection, and allows us to be Jupiterian in finishing those releases of the ghosts of the past.
This one rides on the heels of the recent period when Mercury went stationary direct at 19 Scorpio, which triggered the Grand Irrationality in a big way. Given it’s still in orb, this Eclipse will also bring endings as a result of recent major forks in the road of destiny wherever we have those 7 zones of the configuration in our charts. I’ll also discuss more about this in Lunar Eclipse articles coming over the next few days.
And now, here’s a bit from the NASA Lunar Eclipse page:
The last lunar eclipse of 2012 is a deep penumbral eclipse with a magnitude of 0.9155. It should be easily visible to the naked eye as a dusky shading in the northern half of the Moon. The times of the major phases are listed below.
Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 12:14:58 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 14:33:00 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 16:51:02 UT
Note that the beginning and end of a penumbral eclipse are not visible to the eye. In fact, no shading can be detected until about 2/3 of the Moon's disk is immersed in the penumbra. This would put the period of eclipse visibility from approximately 14:00 to 15:00 UT. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate. Atmospheric conditions and the observer's visual acuity are important factors to consider. An interesting exercise is to note when penumbral shading is first and last seen.
Eastern Canada and the USA will miss the eclipse entirely since it begins after moonset. Observers in western Canada and the USA will have the best views with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. To catch the entire event, one must be in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or East Asia.
The November 28 penumbral lunar eclipse is the 11th member of Saros 145, a series of 71 eclipses in the following sequence: 18 penumbral, 10 partial, 15 total, 20 partial, and 8 penumbral lunar eclipses (Espenak and Meeus, 2009).
In Parts 2 and 3 we'll explore the Ascendants around the world, the qualities of the Eclipse, the Sabian Symbols, the aspects, configurations, and other specifics of this powerful Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Gemini-Sagittarius. Check back in tomorrow!
For more about Eclipses in general, how they are timed for effects, and other seldom considered considerations (con = "to be with" + sider = "the stars"), please check out Astrology in November 2012 - On The Threshold of a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 7 Gemini
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