The Full Moon tomorrow is a rare celestial event; the last time it occurred was 150 years ago. It’s a Blue Moon, a Super Moon and a total Lunar Eclipse all wrapped up in proud Leo finery. As with anything to do with Leo, we are dealing with an emphasis on self, central ideas and leadership. Eclipses shake, rattle, and roll. Leo Full Moons magnify feelings. The intensity of this Full moon tells us there is potential for a dramatic flair.
Eclipses act like doorways into different energy paths and are powerful enough to transform and change the direction of your life. The last eclipse was in September 2016 and February’s Eclipse on the 10th is going to bring an end to whatever energy began at that time. Lunar Eclipses are always viewed in astrology as being deeply transformative times. Seeing that the Eclipse falls in the sign of Leo, there is going to be a fiery element to this Full Moon. This energy is going to help push things along but it is also going to provoke abrupt endings. If something needs to be gone from your life, if something needs to come to an end, this Eclipse is going to set the wheels in motion and ensure that happens.
July starts with a collective sigh of relief. The drama and mayhem of last month is over. Not completely resolved, but waning for sure. We are now in the time of Cancer. The Crab is a cardinal water sign, ruled by the Moon. Cardinal signs initiate, water signs are interested in how things feel and the Moon collects and protects. The Cancer Sun is anything but detached; we're attached to the outcome, to how we feel, to our past, protecting our past and safeguarding our security. After all the craziness of June, the cosmos gives us a bit of a break and a soft landing.
On June 20th, the Summer Solstice, the Sun moves into Cancer. The cardinal sign of Cancer represents our roots, our family, the past, the home and our emotions. The Chariot card is paired with the sign Cancer which is ruled by the Moon and its symbol the celestial crab with its hard shell and soft interior. While the Sun is in Cancer, we are reminded of our roots and to connect with family, biological or otherwise. In Cancer, the Sun is more reserved, sensitive, somewhat shy and intuitive. The Sun’s energy focused on the inner workings of the self; who we are, what we desire, who/what motivates all rooted at our hearts and our emotional side.
Have you ever wondered why Easter Sunday can fall anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th The date for Easter celebration is computed by the church with the help of astrology. It is dependent on the cycle of the moon thus making it a movable celebration. The Vernal or Spring Equinox plays a significant role in Easter as it is the original spring festival that celebrated the return of the sun and the renewal of the earth. In 325 A.D., the Council of Nicaea set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the equinox. In practice, that means that Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after March 21st. So Easter can occur as early as March 22nd and as late as April 25th, depending on when the full moon falls. This year Easter is today, March 27th.
Here are some Easter fun facts:
- The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.
- After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday.
- The first Easter basket was given the appearance of a bird's nest.
- Per the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg made to date, was just over 25-ft high and was made of chocolate and marshmallow. It weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
- Eggs, lilies, crosses, bunnies and lambs are the most popular symbols of Easter.
- In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.
- Solving murder mysteries is very popular in Norway during Easter.
- Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over