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May’s Flower Moon Eclipse and Its Implications

On the 5th of May, a subtle penumbral lunar eclipse happened, wherein the sun, the earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned in a row. At 11:13 a.m. EDT, the eclipse began and ended at 3:31 p.m.

Lunar eclipses are significantly more powerful than full moons, which are already known to intensify emotions. These unusual occurrences, which happen about twice a year, frequently cause shake-ups and shifts that have been accumulating for some time. Astrologically, the sun represents our core identity and self-image, while the moon represents our emotions. During a lunar eclipse, the moon is at its brightest and fullest while also battling an ominous shadow. As a result, we could get a push to see our own shortcomings, bad habits, patterns, or problems that show up in our interactions with other people.Eclipses help to magnify the energy that full moons and other periods of climax carry. The emphasis here is on what is hidden, as well as on concepts like decay and rebirth, ends and beginnings. This eclipse offers a chance for cleansing of all kinds and urges us to put passions above belongings. “We are not what we have or who we desire”, to borrow an ideal mantra.

This “flower moon” eclipse affects the south node, which in astrology is connected to past lives and the lessons learned and tragedies undergone within. It is fundamental rather than logical. It speaks to internalized bulls-t, karmic baggage, restricted views, brainwashing, and other similar debris that bubbles up and has to be swept off. It operates from a place of familiar dread. We have been to the south node, but that is not where we are headed.

The moon during a lunar eclipse as seen in New Delhi, Friday, May 5, 2023.

(PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)

Lunar eclipses are cool astronomical events; they continue to fascinate and inspire us to this day as we marvel at our place in the vast universe. I’m not heavy on the astrology stuff myself, but I have always been in awe of the moon and can’t help but feel a sense of wonder as I watch a lunar eclipse unfold. It’s amazing to think that the sun, the earth, and the moon can align so perfectly and create a stunning display of colors and shadows. And yet, as perfect as this alignment may seem, it’s important to remember that it’s not always so. The orbits of these celestial bodies are constantly changing, and even the slightest variation can throw off their alignment. This imperfection is a reminder that nothing in this universe is truly static or predictable. It’s what makes these events all the more special and awe-inspiring. As we continue to study and explore our universe, we’ll undoubtedly uncover more mysteries that will leave us in awe of our place and humble us down.

Caithleen Allie Alonde

Caithleen Allie Alonde

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