Len Wallick offers a wonderfully clear and evocative articulation of lunar nodes and eclipses, as well as the space/time bubble in which they both occur and flash us out of towards the sun every six months or so. Every six months or so, Earth lines up with Moon and Sun, in a straight line, at least twice — Earth/Moon/Sun, or Moon/Earth/Sun. See this straight line as an arrow pointing us into the vast beyond in which we “live and move and have our being.”
And when this eclipse in the expansive, philosophical Sagittarius/Gemini axis occurs on the very day that revolutionary Uranus turns to go into direct motion at 0° Aries, that ground zero point of new beginnings, well, get ready for lift-off, a sudden, shuddering, even shattering, opening to the cosmos. How to prepare? Center ourselves within the emerging universe. Shed old patterns and flash into the now.
Thanks to planetwaves.com.
December 5, 2011
by Len Wallick
Earth will be directly between the luminaries, Sun and Moon, shortly after 9:30 EST Saturday morning. When it happens, our planet’s shadow will cause the Full Moon to turn red. That will be a total lunar eclipse. It will be visible from Eastern Europe, across Asia and the Pacific Ocean to western North America. Even if you are not in a position to see it, you will be part of the event.
The occasion will likely coincide with an opportunity to integrate patterns you have created or taken on since the partial solar eclipse on Nov. 25. If age and memory serve, you may also be in recollection of last March, or December 1992, perhaps even in anticipation of the new year. That’s because eclipses have a way of connecting the vastness of space-time into the now, a connection that invites your participation.
Earth’s orbit around Sun carves an elliptical plane through space-time. We see it as the Sun’s apparent path across the sky. We call it the ecliptic. Moon’s orbit around Earth traces a different plane, at an angle to the ecliptic. We see it as Moon’s path across the sky. The separate luminary paths cross at two slowly moving and perpetually opposing points called the lunar nodes.
Every month Sol and Luna are also at an opposition (with Earth in between) called a Full Moon. Every six months or so, the luminaries oppose while each one is in the vicinity of a node. When the nodes and opposing luminaries are thus conjoined, they are aligned with our planet. This results in visible evidence of a common connection through space-time: a lunar eclipse. It does not stop there. Eclipses connect to each other.
Eclipses usually take place in pairs, at consecutive New and Full Moons. That’s an eclipse cycle. While there are sometimes three in a row, as earlier this year, there are never less than two. The period between them expands the reach of Luna’s monthly cycle through its connection with the Sun’s annual cycle. Regardless of whether the period begins with a solar or lunar eclipse, the first event opens a fortnight that favors new patterns while old ones tend to dissipate. Awareness of that tendency gives you a chance to connect yourself, participating with a feeling of gain. Lack of awareness can lead to a sense of loss. The results can last for a long time, because eclipse cycles also connect to each other through the nodes.
The two lunar nodes are forever in opposition. The axis that connects them rotates slowly in retrograde motion through the zodiac, returning to the same position after a period of nearly 19 years. Because the nodes dictate where and when eclipses take place, we can expect eclipses to repeat in the same degree every few decades. That will be the case again this weekend, reprising the lunar eclipse of December 9, 1992 when the Sagittarius Sun and Gemini Moon were also at 18+ degrees of their respective signs. While that re-visitation may bring something forward for you, it does not mean that you are fated to be pulled back. That’s because eclipses do not take place in an isolated context. They are part of everything else going on in the solar system, making each eclipse a fresh start.
If ever there was a planet associated with a fresh start, it’s Uranus. This weekend it will station direct in the first degree of Aries, where it was for the Vernal Equinox, less than eight hours before the Gemini lunar eclipse. That concurrence did not happen in 1992 and probably never has. That the Uranus station forward takes place within the eclipse cycle, indeed at its its penultimate moment, clearly implies that no matter what you have done since Thanksgiving, no matter what happened in 1992, no matter how you feel, the cosmos is asking you to consciously acknowledge your connection with all of creation. You can start now and prove it to yourself by the end of the year.
Next week, Mercury will take its turn stationing direct in Sagittarius. As 2011 draws to a close, Mercury will have made its way back to the the axis of Saturday’s lunar eclipse where it will conjoin with four centaur planets in the course of one day. Each one of those conjunctions will correspond to a shadow tugging at you from the past, pulling you back into old patterns of rage, grief, abuse and resentment. Love yourself enough to identify those templates now, so that you can consciously reconfigure each one with behavior of your own design and choosing. Even if you simply acknowledge that such a connection is possible, you will have done yourself a favor for which the Universe will thank you.
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