A Domestic Frenzy: April 2014’s Lunar Eclipse
All four of the asteroid goddesses lend a hand during this Libran Full Moon, which also happens to be an eclipse. Here’s the dilemma—should you listen to domestic goddesses Ceres and Vesta, who think this eclipse is about beautifying home and feathering the nest, or to fierce and feisty Juno and Pallas Athene, who are ready to start an argument and grab control? Who’s steering this ship anyway? Maybe we should all just hide our heads in the sand until it passes.
Details About This Eclipse
Date: April 15, 2014
Time of eclipse: 12:42 AM PDT
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Greenland and the Americas
At: 25 degrees Libra
Shadow Agents: Ceres in Libra, Vesta in Libra, Juno in Aries, Pallas Athene in Leo
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. There stands the Sun in Aries, dressed in orange, yellow and red tones and wearing a large golden crown with rays emanating from it. She sweeps commandingly across your threshold, followed by her entourage: Juno in Aries and Pallas Athene in Leo, both wearing tiaras and arrayed in similarly fiery colors. Behind them come a team of decorators loaded up with bolts of fabric, measuring tapes and all manner of tools. They swarm the house and soon are busy measuring, cutting, sewing and hanging. Soon you are pressed against the wall, but you can hear what the goddesses are saying, because they are all very loud.
Sun (to her entourage): What do you think of that wallpaper? (points to a strip of wallpaper with wagon wheels, paisleys and fleur-de-lis in a raised red velvet pattern)
Juno: Fahhhhh-bulous. It could be brighter though.
Pallas Athene: We really need to lean into the cowgirl aspect of this theme.
Sun: I couldn’t agree more. Maybe install a stable and a bunch of horses?
Juno: That would make a good start. Some walls are going to have to come down.
Pallas Athene: Naturally. And what about the bidet?
Sun: Washlet, my dear—what century are you in anyway?
The Moon steps delicately into the doorway, peering around her at all the mayhem. She’s tastefully dressed in pastels and pearls, with neatly understated shoes and hair. Behind her are Vesta and Ceres, her own entourage. Together, they are the very picture of good design and composition.
As for yourself, you’ve been backed into a corner behind the door, afraid to be hit by a falling hammer or perhaps sparks from that welder over there.
Moon: 1. . . 2. . . 3. . . 4. . . 5. . .
You: What are you doing?
Moon: I’m angry, but I’m counting to 10 first.
Vesta: How are we supposed to make sacred space here?
Moon: My thoughts exactly.
Ceres: This won’t be cozy at all.
Moon (raising her voice a bit): You’ve really got to stop!
(The banging is so loud that the fire goddesses have covered their ears)
Sun (to Juno): Did you say something, dear?
Pallas Athene (noticing the air goddesses): Why don’t you just step over here and let the workers do their work?
She corrals them with her sword. The Moon uses a white-gloved hand to carefully lift the sword out of the way, and steps into the center of the room.
Moon (tapping Sun on the shoulder): Excuse me, but what exactly do you think you are doing here?
Sun: Oh, it’s you! What’s it look like? We’re decorating! We knew you were going to be incapacitated during your eclipse—
Vesta (whispers to Ceres): How rude of her to mention the eclipse! Would we air her dirty laundry in public that way?
Ceres: Of course not. We are sensible people. And then to actually take advantage of the Moon’s weakness at this time by running on ahead and taking over the project without so much as a “by your leave!”
Vesta: I can’t believe it.
Sun (oblivious): —so we thought we’d do it for you.
Moon: These colors are awful!
Ceres: Too brassy! Not soothing at all.
Vesta: You’ve got no color sense. Nobody wants to live in a McDonald’s!
Moon: You really shouldn’t have acted without getting a second opinion first, Sun. And the home is my domain after all. How could you?
Sun: Uh oh, now I’ve really done it. Here comes the meltdown.
The Moon begins weeping, then sobbing, then full-out wailing, then she begins to dissolve into angry, yelling tears. The Sun, Pallas Athene and Juno try desperately to scoop her back together.
Pallas Athene: It’s all right, Moon!
Juno: We’ll stop—we promise!
Moon: Get out! Get ooooouuuuuut! Now!
Suddenly the room is silent. The workers all pause, and glance at the Sun. She makes a single, imperious nod, puts her nose in the air, and stalks out without a word. Juno and Pallas Athene follow her, along with every worker.
Vesta: And take your hideous decorations with you!
After the door is closed behind them, the puddle on the floor that is the Moon reforms itself into the gracious lady who walked in.
Moon: Now, where were we? Ah yes—pastels!
Vesta and Ceres huddle around her to hear her ideas and you sense you are in for a long night.
If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.