Winter Solstice, with Full Moon Lunar Eclipse falling on the exact same day for the first time in 456 years

Vicki Noble

Dear Motherpeace Friend:

December 20, 2010

What a momentous event, this Winter Solstice, with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse falling on the exact same day for the first time in 456 years. Both events have numinous power and each would be significant on its own; but the fact that they are happening together puts us in more-or-less uncharted territory. The Lunar Eclipse will be visible all over North & South America, if the sky is clear, as well as northern & western parts of Europe. It takes place a few minutes after midnight here in California on Monday night (Tuesday, 0:13 am) and the Winter Solstice (when the Sun moves into Capricorn) happens at 3:39 pm Tuesday afternoon (Pacific Standard Time).

Lunar Eclipses are magical and mysterious. Stories and mythologies abound in which a totem animal takes a bite out of the Moon, and primal peoples throughout history have performed certain rituals designed to mitigate any negative effects of such an event. Astrologers know that it means something in general, but more meaningfully, the potency of the particular eclipse depends on where it aligns with your individual natal chart. If the degree of the eclipse matches the degree of a planet in your chart, then the eclipse will have a more personal outcome for you. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse takes place at 29 degrees of Sagittarius (the Sun) and Gemini (the Moon). The fact that Uranus and Jupiter are traveling in the later degrees of Pisces and squaring this Full Moon adds amplification to the potency of the eclipse.

Wikipedia has this to say:

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 21, 2010 at 8:17 UTC.

Unlike a solar eclipse, which can only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth. A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes at any given place. Some lunar eclipses have been associated with important historical events.

Yes, historical events—that got my attention. [The last time this particular combination of events took place was 1534, a time when the Catholic Inquisition was already active and the Protestant Reformation was heating up, bringing religious persecution and “witch” burnings all around Europe. My idea about eclipses is always the same: Make prayers. Wish for positive things. Make art. Imagine the best. Do something useful and refrain from doing anything harmful or destructive, since most traditional people around the planet believe that the eclipse magnifies and multiplies the effects of our individual and collective actions. We know that this eclipse is more potent than most (given that it takes place on the Winter Solstice), so let’s make it our business to do some powerful POSITIVE ritual. That doesn’t mean being overly serious or heavy; I think it’s probably a lot more effective to have a fabulous time doing something joyful and expressive. Celebrate the power of the unknown, the mystery of the light in the darkness, and the eternal return of the cycles of the Moon and the turning wheel of the seasons. Be touched!

At Winter Solstice, a (metaphorical) seed is planted in us. Over the coming year, this seed–planted in the darkness of Winter—will sprout and grow, becoming something manifest in our lives by the fall harvest time. What is it you would like to bring to birth in this coming year? What do you care about and want to protect? What act of power can you make that would transform your fears and doubts into confidence and empowerment? How can you improve your health, your job, your relationships? These are the ruminations I would suggest you entertain on this powerful Winter Solstice; make it count!

From midnight to late afternoon is your Tuesday window of ritual activity (in California, that is; you can make the calculations for your time zone). Fast from gossip and irritability; imagine peace in your heart. Say mantras to help your mind relax and release its habitual patterns. Go into nature, meditate, pray, and be contemplative. Say prayers for all your ancestors; and then say prayers for all your family and friends. When you’re done with that, say prayers for all beings without exception.

May all beings be happy; may all beings be safe; may all beings, everywhere, be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

I wish you a joyous and illuminated Winter Solstice FULL MOON Lunar Eclipse Day!

Blessings and love, Vicki


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.