Lunar Eclipse: The Escape Artist Captured
This month’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse and it shouldn’t be too intense. The Moon is in cool, collected, clever Gemini, while the Sun is in warm, friendly Sagittarius. Uranus assists in Aries. There may be “no escape” but this isn’t a bad trap to be caught in.
Details About This Eclipse
Date: November 28, 2012
Time of eclipse: 6:48 AM PST
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific ocean and most of North America.
At: 6 degrees Gemini
Shadow Agent: Uranus (in Aries)
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you are likely to experience this eclipse:
August 23-September 2
November 22-December 2
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). The following script is just one possible way it could go.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. The Moon stands there, wearing her thinking cap, and tied up with ropes. Uranus, grinning, holds the end of one rope while the Sun stands by in a glowing orange outfit. What could it mean?
You: All right, what are you all doing here? You’ve got something to tell me, I’m sure.
Moon (yanking on the rope defiantly): But I can explain everything!
Sun: That’s exactly the problem. When you’re in Gemini, you are very good at explaining everything you feel. This habit gives you an escape from the feelings themselves.
Moon: But I can’t help but feel—I’m the Moon! Feelings are what I’m all about.
Sun: But you need to stop being so damned clever and notice what the feelings are. You’re trying to escape them. You’re trying to skate across the surface of them.
The Moon turns and you can see that her figure skates are hanging off her shoulder by their laces. They are still wet from the ice.
Sun: Aha! Told you! You’ve forgotten about the big picture, Moon! You’ve gotten lost in the details you can explain with your clever mind and your clever words. Now, I’m not much for words myself. Actions matter more to me.
Uranus: We had to tie you up, Moon, because you were running circles around the Sun, being smart but talking yourself out of what you were feeling.
You: So the shadow here is to use intelligence and cleverness as an escape from feeling?
You: So what’s the solution?
Uranus: We don’t want suggest throwing out intelligence. Breakthrough thinking is important, and the willingness to entertain new, startling ideas can lead to deeper understanding of the emotions you’ve been trying to escape.
Moon: Can I explain now?
Uranus: Only if you’re willing to feel something while you do it.
Moon: Oh, I’m having a feeling, I know I am!
Uranus: If you can say that, you’re not having a real feeling.
Sun: Clearly, this is going to take some work.
Uranus: Fortunately, I’m here to help.
You: I suppose the moral of this story is, “don’t use your head to do heart’s work”?
Uranus: Exactly. But also, “don’t throw out your intelligence just because it failed to describe your actual experience.”
You: That’s deep.
Sun: Then we accomplished what we came for. Off we go!
The trio departs, continuing to argue, but in a friendly way.
Read about other eclipses coming up: 2012 Eclipses.