Every 29 1/2 days we have a new moon. When we use the term “New Moon” we are only pointing out that it is at the beginning of its monthly cycle. When the moon is “new,” it rises and sets at the same time as the sun, so we cannot see it from the surface of the earth.
In Astrolosophy, the 360º path of the sun seen from the earth is called the Ecliptic. While there are more than 88 Constellations in the sky, Astrolosophy only deals with the 12 zodiac signs on the path of the sun. When you look at the word ecliptic, you can see the root of the word eclipse. The Moon, like the sun, has its on path around the earth. Sometimes the moon is 0-5º above the plane of the earth, and sometimes the moon is 0-5º below the plane of the earth.
Why is this important you ask?
When the sun’s path crosses with the moon’s path at 0º during a new moon, we have an eclipse.
Technically it is the Moon’s shadow, the “umbra,” that is eclipsing the light from the sun. The path of the sun and the moon crossing during the new moon have to happen for any solar eclipse to take place on earth.
What is the difference between a Total Solar Eclipse and an Annular Eclipse?
Since the moon is not at perigee (as close to the earth as possible), it does not completely blot out the sun, you can still see about 10% of the sun’s disc forming a ring underneath the moon.
The Sun is roughly 400 times bigger than the moon, but since the moon is 400 times closer to the earth, it blocks out more than 90% of the sun’s surface. We can fit millions of moons inside of the relatively small local star knows as “the sun.”
This new moon and eclipse happens right as we transition (ingress) from Taurus into Gemini, so we are dealing with three powerful releases of energy.
- The transition of the zodiac signs (Taurus to Gemini)
- The metaphysical impact of the new moon (The Cycle Begins Again)
- The intense metaphysical effect of an eclipse (Sewing New Seeds on A Cosmic Scale)
The transition from slow moving, predictable, earthy, and fixed Taurus to the nimble, dynamic, unpredictably airy and mutable sign of Gemini is not always easy. Mercury ruled Gemini makes it look and feel easy by charging the air with creativity, desire for higher minded communications and pushes for “quick-silver” innovations to ward off the galactic enemy of Gemini, BOREDOM.
The mutable quality that Gemini represents, ends the Spring quadrant in the Northern Hemisphere by closing the circuit between the “Initiating” force of Cardinal Aries and the “stabilizing” force of Fixed Taurus by creating a Mutable space for them to co-exist for the procreation of the next seasonal cycle. The Spring cycle spirals through the last portion of mutable Gemini and knocks on the door of the solstice, ruled by Cardinal Cancer. The powerful moon deity passes the torch on to the next sign, and the cycle continues throughout the remaining signs on the zodiac ecliptic.
May 20, 2012 – May 31, 2012 at Noon
The first decan of Gemini (The first 10 days, think decimal or decade, the dec refers to portions of ten) is ruled by Mercury and will emphasize communications, creativity, traveling and commerce.
May 31, 2012 at Noon – June 10
The second decan is ruled by the next Air sign of the zodiac, Libra with its cardinal quality and Venusian influence. Venus is currently in retrograde, but she will be transiting in front of the sun starting June 5th. This period will emphasize rebirth in: justice, love, ethics and the re-evaluation on all things concerning love, affection, beauty and partnerships of ANY KIND.
June 10, 2012 – June 21st 2012.
The third decan is ruled by the last Air sign of the Zodiac, Aquarius and its influencing planet Uranus and its fixed quality. Many think that Aquarius is a water sign because they are the “water bearer,” but they are in fact an intellectual Air sign, and they influence this last 10 day cycle of Gemini with their high ideals for humanity in a cool detached manner. The Aquarian influence can increase Gemini’s eccentric effect on all of us. This can mean moments when people simply, “don’t get it,” or moments of sheer genius that most mortals on earth just can’t comprehend.
New Moon Cycle
This is the beginning of our monthly biorhythm cycle. The Moon rises in conjunction with the sun, but within three and a half days, the moon pulls about 45 degrees ahead of the sun. This is a great time of renewal. A time to write down what you wish to accomplish in the month ahead. This is a great opportunity to spend time with siblings and family or friends that are like siblings.
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