Total Lunar Eclipse
April 15, 2014
By Carol Ann Ciocco
[Excerpt] In Buddhist tradition, eclipses are observed as high holy days because they amplify our prayers and intent exponentially. What we hold in our thought and intention at these times reverberates throughout time, space and all dimensions.
We are entering into a time of powerful energies next week: an Eclipse Portal that has a celestial Cross right smack dab in the middle of it.
NOTE: This newsletter will focus on the Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15…
The core of the vortex opens with the Full Moon on April 15, which is a Total Lunar Eclipse. And it closes on Tuesday April 29 with the New Moon, a partial Ring of Fire (Annular) Solar Eclipse. In between, on April 20-21 (Easter occurs on April 20), we have a Cross in the sky with placeholders in key energy points for manifestation.
The *message, energy, breakthrough, breakdown, insight, shift, light blast* etc. that the current vortex offers you will most likely surface by April 29 (the second eclipse) and continuing through mid-May, when the Eclipse Portal fully closes.
A deeper picture will emerge, however, as we enter into another Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014, with the total ‘download’ completing in September 2015. This is because next week’s eclipse is part of a group of 4 eclipses, known as a Tetrad. It kicks off a ricochet of energy, fueled by the Cross of Creation…
What to focus on if you are overwhelmed or want to glide through this month easily:
FIRST: Your INTENT is what matters now. Never mind the details or the ‘how’. If you do nothing else, or read no further, simply set your intent for the changes you would like to make in your life. The key is to focus on the changes THAT WILL HELP YOU TO BETTER SERVE HUMANITY AND EARTH. And allow the river to carry you forward to the perfect outcome. Our path of service is also the path to joy, meaning, fulfillment and the taking on of more light (enlightenment).
ALSO, please be gentle with yourself right now. During lunar eclipses, emotions heighten, with an intensified lack of clarity, transparency or cause. Every Total Lunar Eclipses is a FULL MOON, and the Full Moon has a tidal pull on our watery or emotional level. The Total Lunar Eclipse tends to bring our focus into the body and into our subconscious. Deep emotions are being stirred and revealed…
Total Lunar Eclipse – Red or Orange
On Tuesday April 15 at 3:42 am EDT, we will have a Full Moon which is a Total Lunar Eclipse (TLE). It will occur at 25 degrees of Aries (Sun) / 25 degrees of Libra (Moon).
During a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon, and as this occurs the Moon’s color may change to a striking red. This is why some call the TLE a ‘blood moon.’ This does not mean it’s ominous, and it is not apocalyptic, as many have been speculating on the internet.
Dark eclipses are caused by volcanic gas and dust which filters and blocks much of the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon. In fact, although a TLE can be red, it is not possible to predict the color or the exact brightness of it. Sometimes it is orange, sometimes it’s a (disappointing!) dull brown. On a few rare occasions a Total Lunar Eclipse has taken on a turquoise hue; again, depending on the atmospheric conditions of earth.
Astronomers are predicting that the April 15 TLE will be typical, ie orange or red: “Although Indonesia’s Mount Kelud has undergone recent volcanic eruptions, it has not produced enough dust and gas to significantly darken April’s eclipse. Expect the total phase to appear bright red or orange, which is typical.” – Fred Espenak http://ow.ly/vGcFY
It’s always interesting to find out exactly what color the Total Lunar Eclipse ends up displaying. The color it reveals to us is a part of not only the mystery and beauty of a TLE experience, but also part of the metaphysical experience and the energetic *message* if we choose to tune into it.
Consider that the light you see on the Moon during a Total Lunar Eclipse comes from all the sunrises and sunsets that are occurring around Earth at the time. Our atmosphere scatters and refracts (bends) the sunlight that grazes the rim of our globe, sending some of it into Earth’s shadow.
And if you were an astronaut standing on the Moon, you would see a multi-colored Total Solar Eclipse – the Sun covered up by a dark Earth ringed all around with a thin, brilliant band of sunset- and sunrise-colored light. This video from Kurdistan Planetarium provides an animation of of what the April 15 TLE would look like from the perspective of the MOON (see 2:04):
Timeline and Viewing
This Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible over most of North America and Hawaii. South America will also see this eclipse. Observers in the western Pacific will miss the first half of the eclipse because it occurs before moonrise. Likewise most of Europe and Africa experience moonset just as the eclipse begins. None of the eclipse is visible from north/east Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia. (NASA)
A Total Lunar Eclipse engages us and invites us in to the experience i.e. it is always safe to look at the Moon during a Total Lunar Eclipse (in contrast with a Total Solar Eclipse, when it is Never safe to look at the Sun)
The entire eclipse experience lasts approximately 3.5 hours. It begins at 1:58 am EDT on April 15 (9:58 pm PDT on April 14). And the entire event will end at 5:33 am EDT (2:33 am PDT).
If you are in the viewing area (and weather permitting!) and want to experience the full event, plan to take a nap earlier in the day/evening, grab some snacks and a blanket, and go outside just before 2 a.m. You will see the Moon just a little west of due south.