A Total Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth’s shadow falls directly over the Full Moon. For a brief period, the Moon disappears and the night turns dark.
In ancient times, it was believed that this darkness was a sign of great change and a bad omen for what was to come. It was believed that a Lunar Eclipse would bring a rise of darkness and that evil would flourish.
These beliefs have created superstitions around Lunar Eclipses, some of which are still observed today.
Many cultures believe that a pregnant woman should not go outside on an Eclipse for fear of miscarriage. Some people also believe that eating during an Eclipse brings ill health and bad luck.
There are many superstitions and beliefs surrounding Eclipses, and most of them seem to stem from the fact that the dark night and shadow on the Moon brings an ominous feeling.
The Moon has long been associated with the feminine and if we look at the Moon as a symbol for femininity- an energy that goes beyond gender, having this moment of shadow is almost like a rebirth.
A rebirth of feminine energy.
This feminine energy is about connecting with your emotions, connecting with your body, and connecting with your intuition.
It is about going within and allowing yourself to reflect in the dark, shadowy waters of your own heart, mind, and soul. It is about going to the darkest depths of the ocean, and clearing through all that no longer serves you, so you can be reborn.
In that short moment of the Eclipse, all of us on a deeper, energetic level are being asked to delve into the pit of our own selves in order to see what is truth.
What is our truth that allows us to step up, rise up, and become the best version of ourselves?
2018 brings two Total Lunar Eclipses that will be shaping, inspiring and guiding us throughout the year.
Although we have Lunar Eclipses every year, having two total Lunar Eclipses is quite rare and indicates a bigger shift stirring in the cosmos.
This cosmic shift is likely to affect all of us in different ways depending on where we are at in our lives and where we are heading.
One thing is for sure however, Eclipses are not bad omens. Instead, they are a gift from the cosmos and always help us to get where we need to be.
Although each Lunar Eclipse can have its own energetic effects and astrological meaning, they also have the ability to stir things up on a physical, emotional, and soul level as well.
One of the reasons the Moon is a symbol for the feminine is because it works in tandem with the menstrual cycle. The Moon is also believed to effect hormones, which is why some people can feel extra emotional or sensitive during a Full Moon.
The Moon has also been linked to creativity and the gift of intuition. Whenever there is strong lunar activity, it always creates the right vibration and environment for working on creative projects and strengthening your intuitive or psychic gifts.
When this creative energy is not used or if your body has been under stress, a Lunar Eclipse can create feelings of agitation, frustration, tiredness, anxiety or just a general feeling of “offness”.
Lunar Eclipses can also mess with your sleep cycle and can make it difficult to fall asleep.
To counteract these physical symptoms, it’s important to understand what signs the cosmos is trying to show you during the Eclipse.
Tuning in and expressing your creativity, doing some releasing work, exercising, and getting plenty of rest can also help to bring balance to your body. Practicing lots of self-love, self-care, and visualize a healing white light around you can also help too.
Working with crystals is also a great way to help temper any sensitive or frustrated energy the Eclipse may bring.
Any white, blue, pink or purple crystals tend to work really well for lunar energy, however trust and follow your own intuition when picking the perfect crystal to work with.
Everyone is going to feel the effects differently, and everyone will be called to walk in slightly different directions under this energy.
Lunar Eclipses are turning points. They are points of rebirth, they are points of highly concentrated feminine energy, and all of this allows us to go within and work out our highest truth.
Lunar Eclipses always put you where you need to be. They always guide you in the right direction and they always reveal to you exactly what you need to know for where you are heading.
Embrace the energy of the Lunar Eclipse, use its power to clear, to release, and to reflect in the waters of your own heart and soul.
Read more about the January 2018 Lunar Eclipse