full moon lunar eclipse – july 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm PT
The Full Moon on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, ar 2:38 pm PT is at 24 degrees Capricorn and is a partial lunar eclipse.
This eclipse should be powerful and confrontational because of its close conjunction to Pluto. This could cause intense emotions, impulsive and compulsive behaviors, power struggles, crises, and other good times.
Some astrologers predict that this eclipse will be a clash between masculine and feminine energies, reminiscent of the #MeToo uprising.
what do eclipses mean?
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And imagine…
You’re outside taking a walk in the bright afternoon. Suddenly, the sky darkens, becomes ominous. The air stands still. All your arm hairs stand on end. The world becomes quiet. In the sky, the sun is literally eclipsed by the moon, temporarily blocking its glow.
Chilling, if you don’t know what’s happening.
Thrilling, if you know what to look for. Sometimes, eclipses can be both dark and red.
This lunar eclipse is ‘partial,’ meaning that it only partially eclipses the sun. We won’t see it here in North America but Europe, Africa, and parts of South America will get quite a show.
We’ve been fascinated by eclipses for a minute. Records show that the Chinese calculated eclipses 3500 years ago and the Babylonians followed.
Eclipses can be times of significant change and movement. Lunar eclipses ask us to go the emotional realms and see what changes we need to make to balance our energies.
what do full moons mean?
The full moon happens when the moon directly opposes the sun. Just as the New Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, the full moon is the crescendo. Many of us have heard urban legends of increases in police activity and Emergency Rooms filling up around the full moon. The time around a full moon can be *intense* to say the least.
The full moon is a great time to shed layers, to undo what needs undoing, and to release what no longer serves us.
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According to Queen Chani (my favorite astrologer, Chani Nicholas):
“This year is the first time in many that eclipses will begin to occur in Capricorn. Flanked by Saturn, Pluto, and the south node, these eclipses ask us to release ourselves from the structures, habits, and patterns that keep our systems clogged. Whatever fears have held us captive, stifled our growth, or limited our ability to heal must be made conscious so that they can be dismantled. Unless we want to be energetic hoarders, stockpiling raw sewage of the soul, we are well-served to address, process, and work towards healing the shadow material that these eclipses reveal.”
That sounds…uncomfortable. And more:
“Capricorn is a cardinal, earth sign that manifests, builds structures, and accomplishes through discipline, hard-work, and boundary setting. It’s also a sign that restricts, denies, and withholds.
Because eclipses are pattern-setting times, times where we learn lessons specific to the astrology that they highlight, this year’s eclipses will teach us much about our personal integrity, maturity, and self-mastery. If we aren’t responsible for the energy we bring into each situation, we’ll never be the boss of our own lives. With Saturn present and ruling these eclipses, self-mastery is the end goal. With Pluto in the mix, these changes require that we deal with power and the abuses of it. Pluto takes its time but makes sure that the changes it creates are long-lasting in their impact. Occurring at the south node, these eclipses encourage us to release what is in the way of our spiritual growth. Leading us to a greater understanding of the limits of worldly power, south node eclipses point to what needs to be purged if we are ever to overcome the inhibiting impacts of greed.”
Take care of yourself during this time.
Guard and protect your energy.
Don’t get swept away by the chaos.
Go within. Purge. Seek to understand yourself. Ask for what you need.
Notice the tango between the masculine and feminine.
And keep yourself in check.