Tonight, the globe witnessed the longest celestial event of the 21st century, a blood moon and lunar eclipse with the totality lasting for 1 hour and 43 minutes. Tonights eclipse was only 4minutes shorter than the longest possible event calculated by astronomers.
The eclipse was viewed in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, but unfortunately most of the UK missed out due to thunderstorms and blanketing clouds.
The unusually long duration of the eclipse was caused by a few different things. The moon was its farthest point from Earth and orbiting slowly, making it appear smaller and take longer to travel through Earth's shadow. In addition, Earth was near its aphelion, the point in its orbit farthest from the sun, making its shadow appear larger.
The eclipse officially began at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT), according to NASA, and the moon slowly crept into Earth's shadow and began first to darken, then redden, but the full lunar eclipse viewing began at 3:30 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT), when totality began and the moon was fully ensconced in Earth's shadow.
The article below focuses on the spiritual significance and energies surrounding tonights fullmoon and lunar eclipse in Aquarius.
Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – Spiritual Sustainability
The New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Cancer on 12th July began a necessary process of integration. Having surrendered our direction and our will to the natural flow, our sense of self-definition is changing as we learn to operate from a space of total surrender — of constantly letting go, shifting and changing to meet the shifting flow.
Now, Todays Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius offers some energetic rest and restoration. Finally moving with greater ease and flow, our energy is stabilizing within the natural flow, and we are now in a place from which we can create sustainable growth, anchor our new values and ideals, and develop lasting dynamics.
Let’s look at the energy patterns that are shaping our evolution during this current lunar cycle.
Change from Within
Venus oppose Neptune sesquiquadrate Mars in Aquarius and trine Pluto in Capricorn
A key evolutionary aspect of today’s Lunar Eclipse relates to the planet Venus, which has been forming a direct opposition to Neptune for a couple of days now. The lesson available to us through Venus and Neptune here is, in order to grow we have to be aware of our strengths and vulnerabilities. This full-phase opposition calls us to develop relatability to others. Within the context of the Full Moon, the energy we are working with is helping us re-develop new ways to interact with life. We are building new relationships to the world around us based on new values and ideals, and working to create lives that are nourishing, fulfilling and free from outdated thinking.
Neptune in Pisces has been supporting our journey along this road since 2011, and will continue until 2026. Neptune helps us dissolve our perceptions of reality and supports us in connecting to deeper, more meaningful experiences that ultimately will lead us to witness deeper layers of our selves.
As Venus forms a sesquiquadrate alignment to the Moon and Mars, we will learn that in order to align with more empowering choices, we need to see what the needs of our society are. This angle between Mars and Venus is a powerful one as it reflects the next phase of evolutionary growth regarding our inner and outer relating patterns. Slow progressive inner adjustments over time aligned with your developing needs will ultimately take you to the place you desire to be with.
Sun in Leo oppose Moon in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus square Jupiter in Scorpio
The ongoing alignment of squares between Jupiter and Uranus to the Lunar Nodes has brought about very profound changes in our personal evolution.
Recently we have had Venus and Mercury both pass over the North Node of the Moon, and subsequently both square Jupiter and Uranus. Now the Sun moves into alignment with the North Node and squares Jupiter and Uranus. Added to the mix is the Moon aligning with the South Node of the Moon and forming a total lunar eclipse. This energy will now close the cycle of tension that has been occurring for us since May 2018.
The story line that we are following with this pattern is in direct relation to a new path of evolutionary growth — one that is rooted in sustainability. We have been slowly progressing along a line in which our values and the time we spend investing in them have been under deep recalibration. As we move along this earthly timeline we are witnessing a dramatic change in the way we see life, how we interact with it, and what it means to us. Individually we are learning to see our desires and dreams in a totally different way. A part of this change involves how we see ourselves individually playing our part in a larger cosmic role. A key to this lunar eclipse is to see yourself as empowered in your own personal creative role.
In working with these energies it is important to note that the ongoing evolutionary cycles take time to form new dimensions of awareness for us to witness and to interact with.
Moving with Ease
Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces and Uranus in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn and the Sun in Leo trine Chiron in Leo.
Amidst the tension of the current alignments we do have a series of supportive energies that are helping guide us along our paths. The Jupiter trine Neptune energy has been offering us increased sensitivity towards seeing our visions come to light. Due to the nature of this energy it can be very easy to be overwhelmed with wanting to hold all of these visions and manifest them into immediate reality. The key to navigating this transit is to slowly feel into which of your insights has a practical application to your life and which one leaves you feeling the desire to escape your reality.
The ongoing trine with Saturn and Uranus is a very important alignment that we may not yet totally appreciate. For the last 7 years Uranus has been moving through Aries, and this pattern has radically changed many things in our lives. Now its alignment with Saturn offers some rest and restoration, stabilising our energy and bringing it back to a place where we can really cultivate the direction we’ve begun to move in during Uranus in Aries, and more easily move with its natural flow.
The duration of the Sun trine Chiron is relativity short in comparison to the other two planetary alignments mentioned here, however the energy of this alignment will make an impact. What we are leaning with this alignment is to feel again with our hearts. The heart attracts to it unity and connection. By aligning with the frequency of joy and openness we are able to see the value in our attraction towards that which we love. This sustains us. When we merge with our gifts and we speak from authenticity and joy, creativity is a natural outcome. Finding our place in the whole is about letting go of what we are not and being what we simply are.
Simon & Jennifer
About the authors:
Simon Vorster is an evolutionary astrologer and teacher who has been practising astrology for over 14 years. Together with his partner and co-founder of Raising Vibrations, Jennifer Langstone, their work is rooted in helping souls de-condition the self and empower the soul into making new conscious choices. Through their website, Raising Vibrations and the consulting services they offer, Simon and Jennifer share their thoughts and insights and, using the powerful tool of evolutionary astrology, help and guide others to find their own spiritual paths, live authentically in the moment, and understand ways they are able to positively effect their own spiritual evolution.
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