On Friday, February 10th, we will be experiencing a Full Moon in Leo, as well as a Lunar Eclipse and COMET shower.
This Lunar (penumbral) Eclipse may be a bit difficult for skywatchers to see, and won’t be quite as dramatic as a total lunar eclipse — in which the moon passes through the darkest, central part of Earth’s shadow. This celestial event will be darker and more noticeable than most lunar eclipses of its kind, only because the moon will veer so deeply into Earth’s penumbral shadow that it will be almost entirely submerged in shade.
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain
The penumbral eclipse will be visible worldwide, except for Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and countries along the coast of the Pacific in east Asia. The moon will enter Earth’s shadow at 5:32 p.m. EST (2232 GMT) and leave at 9:55 p.m. EST (0255 GMT on Feb. 11); the peak eclipse takes place at 7:43 p.m. EST (0034 GMT on Feb. 11).
Comet 45P will also be making an appearance this evening, displaying a blueish-green color through the night sky due to vaporizing diatomic carbon, which appears green in space’s near-vacuum conditions.
Astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will have two shows related to the eclipse and the comet. “The Full Snow Moon Eclipse” will broadcast on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT), and “Cruise the Galaxy with Comet 45P” will broadcast the same night at 10:30 p.m. EST (0330 GMT Feb. 11).
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
The cosmic events of the day will surely be a treat, and the spiritual energies and significance of this particular Full Moon (also known as the Cold Moon, Ice Moon and Quickening Moon) will bring about revelations of self on a microcosmic and macrocosmic level.
If you’ve been feeling particularly restless, you are absolutely not alone. This is the time of year where we are midway through the winter solstice and vernal equinox (a.k.a.Groundhog Day), and for many of us it feels like change can’t come quickly enough.
However, the more we try to rush our natural evolution, transitioning into change, the more resistance we create. So, look at this moon as time to reflect on just how far you’ve actually come, and be grateful for your journey.
Lunar eclipses are a portal of new potential for spiritual growth, and a larger perception of your reality in relationship to the reality as a whole. The light of the moon shines brightly on where there is darkness, exposing what needs to be addressed – so you can release, let go, and find your flow.
Bless your darkness, give it permission to leave, and seek gratitude for its lessons. Gratitude truly is the key to harnessing the magic of this moon, and will unlock the next level of self as we make way to our resurrection in the spring.
A great ritual for blessing the darkness and letting go of any negative emotions you may be harboring is to create a forgiveness list. By writing out a list of what you feel may have wronged you, or addressing the areas of your life that don’t feel so good – and transmuting that energy to love, you create a new blueprint for your reality. The ritual is really simple, just take a piece of paper and write down a list of 10 experiences (or people) you need to forgive, and why. Then underneath, rewrite the list – and address each experience as though it has already been forgiven, and give it love.
- I need to forgive “x”, for hurting me and making me feel small.
- I’ve forgiven “x”, and I am grateful for finding new strength, and realizing how worthy, important, and beautiful I truly am.
Once you’ve finished the list, if possible – find a beach or a body of water, and let the list drift away with the tides. The light of the full moon, and the intentions of love, and forgiveness imbued in the words will solidify the magic and allow more space for new opportunity and attracting lighter experiences.