Inner Harmony; Full Moon in Cancer

We are moving into a new decade and there is a freshness in these cool, crisp days that clears mind and heart and gives us a new perspective on our lives.

Today at 11:21 am PST (2:21 pm EST) we have a full moon in Cancer and at 11:10 am PST (2:10 pm EST) the peak of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses are not times to place intentions, although the energies can create emotional responses, so be acutely aware as to where you are and how you are responding.

Many of you may have already worked with your New Year Intentions, however, with the Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse tomorrow along with the movement and conjunction of Saturn and Pluto on Sunday you may want to open space to nurture them ~ or for those of you who have not finalized or created your yearly intentions or your 2020 goals, This next two weeks can be a beautiful time to discover them so that you can plant them in the fertile energies of the New Moon in Aquarius on January 24th.

Under these planetary movements, I believe we have the ability to work on our relationship with ourselves. We can create harmony with others or seek out common ground with friends and family; yet, there is also a beautiful gathering that can happen between our inner selves. In bringing them together through inner conversation, we can create strength and energy that allows us to take greater risks, cross into new territories, and follow our visions with a tenacity that is not as accessible when they are not in agreement. Take this intuitive and collective heart of the Moon in Cancer, the deep energies of Saturn and Pluto, and these next two weeks before the New Moon and see what clarity of vision for this coming year, this new decade forms.

Here are a few thoughts on ritual for you to ponder as you work with these energies over the next few days and weeks:

Morning Meditation Ritual:

This Ushas Mudra meditation works with your second chakra, Swadhisthana. This is the center of sexuality and creativity and we can say that it always contains something new, a secret that wants to be aired. The Ushas Mudra concentrates the energies of the Swadhisthana and directs them upward into the centers above to bring mental alertness, pleasure, and new impulses. It is also known to harmonize our hormonal system (always a win-win!).
Clasp your fingers so that your right thumb lies above the left. The right thumb presses slightly on the left thumb. Important: Women should place the right thumb between the left thumb and index finger, pressing on it with the left thumb. Do this every day for 5 to 15 minutes. Hold the mudra until the desired effect occurs…what will that be for you?
If you would like to use visualization here is a lovely one:
In your imagination, see yourself sitting in a good place where you can enjoy the sunrise. The sun slowly rises and you let the colors of the sunrise (pink, red, yellow, orange, purple) have their effect on you for a long time. These colors awaken and improve your mood. Now imagine yourself as a person who is full of youthful strength and new impulses, as someone who enjoys life, a person who goes out into the world with love and richly blesses it with a sincere smile, good deeds, and beautiful things.
Or here are a few Affirmations you can use:
I am filled with pleasure and enthusiasm, which allow me to achieve great things. I enjoy life to the fullest.

It is lovely to enjoy a cup of Green tea or rosemary tea to create a refreshing effect.

Evening Water Ritual:

    • Select what you would like to add to your bath ~ it can be bath salts, essential oils (Vetiver, rosemary, cypress), herbs or gemstones. Some thoughts on gemstone themes below:
      • Being in the Flow ~ Chalcedony & Moss Agate
      • Self-awareness & Balance ~ Clear Quartz & Red Jasper
      • Strengthening & Growth ~ Apatite & All the Calcites
      • Openness & Expansion ~ Aquamarine & Apophyllite
    • Gather your candles, diffuser, music, tea or whatever you choose to bring with you into your bath to better connect to yourself.
    • Once in the water surrender into total relaxation. Be sure to have something cozy to put on when you get out.
    • Sip your tea. Just be. Nothing more. Give yourself at least 5-10 minutes of connecting with the feeling of the water on your skin ~ how it moves when you move, the smells of the essential oils, the candlelight, and your body and how it interacts with this setting.
    • Listen. Maybe nothing will come yet maybe a conversation will begin and you can be open and listen and participate. Ask questions.
    • Take 5 minutes to write before you lose the words or conversation, or if you like have your journal close to the bath and write things down while as they come to you (or record them during your bath and write them afterward).

‘Kitchen’ Soup Ritual:

    • Shop for your soup ingredients, be happy with all you encounter at the store, be kind, be joyful as you choose what you are to place in your water and body!
    • As you cut the vegetables ~ be grateful to the earth and all those that touched them to get them to your table (farmworkers, truck drivers, store hands, etc)
    • As you add them to the water, thank them for the healing they will offer your body with their vitamins, proteins, and minerals.
    • Bless your food prior to eating.

Pondering, Walking, Meditation Ritual:

    • If you are someone who writes and keeps notes on your intentions and Moon Rituals, it is a good time to see what your intention was for the New Moon in Cancer under the Solar Eclipse of 2019. How has it come to fruition? Or what does it need for 2020? Use this for pondering on your walk.
    • Go outside and get your earth walks in over these next two weeks. Ponder a word that you would like to carry through this year. And take in the colors and textures and beauty. I don’t love winter cold, yet, the winter beauty has captured me and stays with me all day long!

These rituals are for you to use over the next few days and weeks ~ use them if you are drawn to them. Let them help you to create your year and desires.

Human awareness lights up the world and it starts with us all individually. Keeping our awareness in the present moment and bringing our inner selves into harmony give us a strong inner core. We need a strong core to bring our visions forward.

We place a lot of focus on the Full and New Moons; however, I believe the true work, the hardest work, is done in the space between them. As we step into 2020 with our hopes and dreams, let us find time to nurture ourselves.

Don’t forget to put out your Moon Water Gems!

January: The Wolf Moon
In January snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air. Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month.

Other traditional names for the January Moon include the Cold Moon, the Old Moon, and the Great Spirit Moon.

The Different Kinds of Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse can take three different forms:

  • A penumbral eclipse is when the moon passes through the Earth’s penumbral shadow, but this is very difficult to see.
  • A partial lunar eclipse occurs when a portion of the moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. This is easy to see and can be viewed by the naked eye without any danger of damage to the eye whatsoever.
  • A total lunar eclipse occurs when the whole moon disappears as it passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. This is when the moon emits very different vibrant colors that are breathtakingly beautiful.

Watching Beauty In Action

Seeing a lunar eclipse depends on your location. When it is very visible in one part of the world, it can’t be seen in other parts. Only where it is night can you see the wonderful display of the eclipse. Such a phenomenon is very safe to watch. It is not even necessary to use a telescope and when you watch what a treat you are in for! The colors range from deep browns, very dark grays, various shades of brilliant reds and many shades of bright oranges. As the moon passes, these colors vary depending on the amount of dust in the Earth’s atmosphere. If you are lucky enough to witness this spectacular show of beauty, the chances of seeing the same thing twice are pretty remote.

A lunar eclipse is a rare event because it doesn’t happen on a monthly basis. It only happens when the moon is in direct alignment with the Earth and the Sun. The sun and the moon are actually on opposite sides of the Earth. Most of the time the moon is tilted with respect to the Earth’s orbit and passes either above or below the line where all three celestial bodies are in a straight line. It is only about every six months that conditions may be right for a lunar eclipse.

Don’t Miss the Next Show

Depending on where you live on this Earth, look up the time of the next eclipse in your area. Usually, it is announced on the radio or television giving people ample time to enjoy the thrill of watching the Earth block out the moon with the most brilliant display. It is an amazing sight to see. For a closer look, use a telescope to bring the eclipse a little more up close and personal.

Lunar Eclipse Compared To Solar Eclipse

A “lunar eclipse” and a “solar eclipse” refer to events involving three celestial bodies: the Sun (“solar”), the moon (“lunar”), and the Earth. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun, and the Earth’s shadow obscures the moon or a portion of it. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or a portion of the Sun.

An eclipse can be total, partial, or annular. A total solar eclipse is when the moon blocks out the Sun entirely, a partial eclipse is when it blocks out a portion of the Sun, and an annular eclipse is when the moon is at its furthest point in orbit. It will not cover the Sun completely that’s when you can see a thin ring of light emerging from the outside rim of the moon.

How are lunar eclipse and solar eclipse different?

A lunar eclipse occurs at night and a solar eclipse occurs during the day. There are only certain times when either of them can occur. A lunar eclipse can only occur when the moon is directly opposite the Sun in the sky — a full moon. Even though there is a full moon each month, obviously a lunar eclipse does not occur on a monthly basis because the Sun isn’t exactly in line with the Earth and the moon. The moon’s orbit is actually tilted 5 degrees more than that of the Earth; otherwise, we would see a lunar eclipse each month.

We can see lunar eclipses more readily than solar eclipses, and it has to do with proximity. The Moon is much closer to the Earth (well over 300 times closer than the Sun!), so the Earth has a much greater chance of blocking sunlight to the Moon, compared to the Moon blocking light from the Sun. Also, a lunar eclipse can be seen from a greater portion of the Earth. Solar eclipses, on the other hand, are rarer and when they do happen can only be seen by a very narrow segment of people on Earth, for a short period of time.

It is quite safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye while watching a solar eclipse without eyewear protection can seriously damage your eyesight. You can use a telescope to get a clearer view of the moon during an eclipse and really see what is happening.

A solar eclipse has always had a more profound effect on humans than a lunar eclipse. This is probably because of the importance of the Sun to all life on Earth. In ancient China, a solar eclipse was thought to be the dragon coming to eat the Sun. The effect that an eclipse has on all life on Earth is of particular interest to scientists. They eagerly await a solar eclipse because it helps them to gather more knowledge about the Sun and its position with respect to Earth.

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