Okay Moon Sistas, let’s chat about the unusual celestial trifecta of a penumbral lunar eclipse, a full snow moon, and a comet this Friday. Whew, what a mouthful!
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse? Huh? What’s that?
A penumbra is the region where some or all of a light source is obscured. A lunar eclipse is when the moon rides into the Earth’s shadow and all three major celestial bodies line up like this: MOON – Earth – Sun (as opposed to a solar eclipse: Earth-Moon-Sun).
In the case of this particular penumbral eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of the Earth will fall on the moon’s face making it much more subtle and difficult to observe with the naked eye.
Thankfully we don’t need to rely on just our sensory eyes to observe this triple hit celestial event but can turn inward to gain potent insight.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into some of the meaning and symbols connected with this lunar event then explore how all of this can affect us on a practical level. Then…
I’ll suggest ways that you can bring this deeper meaning into your modern mystical everyday through suggestions on how to Create your own Full Moon Ritual.
Back to the eclipse for a moment…
Eclipses trigger high highs and low lows.
The decisions we make and the actions we take during an eclipse have the tendency to set things in motion and to put patterns in place.
This is a great time to clear old, stagnant ways of being that no longer serve you AND to make decisions that are more aligned with who you are and how you want to be.
The shadowing of the moon during a penumbral lunar eclipse is like a spiritual mulligan. It signifies an opportunity to press the reset button on everything so that you can come back to your centre and start again.
Think of it this way, eclipses symbolize closing a door and opening a new one.
Now…let’s pause the eclipse talk for a moment and turn our gaze to the luscious Full Snow Moon.
Why is this one called a Snow Moon? February’s full moon is traditionally called the Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Deep snow made hunting more difficult so this moon was also called the Hunger Moon by some tribes struggling to find food.
Symbolically, full moons are generally about abundance, celebration, bringing things to fruition, and appreciating the fullness of your life. It is also a time to step into your female Power and Brilliance.
This particular Full Moon is connected to LEO which is a fire sign.
When the moon is in Leo you are being called to bring forth your passions and to see how your unique gifts and the expression of those gifts can make a difference in the lives of others.
The Lunar Eclipse with the moon (your deepest essence, your Soulful self) + the earth (you’re your body) + the sun (yang, your mind) in this alignment is a time to get really real.
It’s time to deeply reflect on where and how you use your energy and the feelings, thoughts, emotions, and motivations behind that energy. The shadow cast during a lunar eclipse is about bringing forth that which is hidden.
The most hidden aspects of this full moon are the pain and suffering around feeling unworthy, inadequate, like a fraud, and behaving in ways that are self-sabotaging.
So what do you do about that?
This is the time to know that you have the power to be your own healer. No one can do the work but you. Recognize what bones have been shaken up from your inner graveyard, bless them as teachers, heal them (and quit digging them up to look at!) and bury them allowing the compost to help feed those things you truly want to grow in your life.
Use this time to prepare for the coming Spring!
Purge what no longer serves and hold yourself in the highest light of being able to hold space for More.
With the power of the Lion, it is time to courageously love yourself so fully, so deeply that you transmute your pain like the alchemist you are into bravely and boldly believing in yourself.
Eclipses signify endings and beginnings. Full Moons illuminate the shadows.
Look at what arises with curiosity. Don’t hide. No more.
Pull forward the resilience, courage, and strength to boldly live this incredible life that is yours.
Create your own Full Moon Ritual
Go outside and connect with the light of the Full Moon. Try to meditate outdoors in a place where you can see the moon. Remember, meditation doesn’t need to be seated. It can include walking as well as simply gazing at the moon. If being outside doesn’t work for you, find a cozy, serene spot inside near a window.
Light a fire in your fireplace or outside in a safe firepit. If you have neither, light some candles.
Have some paper and a pen and write a letter from the parts of yourself that have ever felt unworthy, inadequate, like an imposter, or unloved. Do not censor or judge this part of you. Allow Her to have a voice. Then boldly (if ready) read the letter aloud and with gratitude to those lessons learned toss the letter into the fire while standing lovingly in your alchemist ability to transmute pain into bravely holding space for your female Power and Brilliance.
Dance, dance, dance! Dance around the fire (safety first! Watch those candles if you are inside) as the part of you who believes in yourself. Totally and completely. Without apology. Without grandiosity. Just simply because you OWN your power in who you are.
Gather with friends! The above ritual is so much more potent when done in a community of like-minded and hearted women.
Full Moon rituals can be done the day before, of, or after the actual full moon as there is a 3 day potency window.
Full Moon Blessings to you!
Did you do the above ritual or one of your own? What’s your favourite moon ritual?
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