The summer is winding down, be there is still quite a bit of sun-baked energy going around. Keep your eye on the antics of our furry, feathery and scaley pals as Mars moves into independent Sagittarius.
This eclipse is supposed to be the longest one in 7 years. Astrologically eclipses are a time of heightened emotions where we do not make the best decisions because we are not viewing things logically.
There are two kinds of eclipses — solar and lunar — and both types stir you up. Eclipses bring on a period of instability when you feel you must react and take some type of action on outside changes. The secret is, of course, that the best action is little to no action. The eclipse brings on an exceptionally emotional time which begins ten days before and lasts for three days after the actual eclipse. The pressure may be on in business, love and money, but wait three days after the eclipse until the shadow of the eclipse is over before you act or decide on a course of action. An example — Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in the shadow of the eclipse. It was no surprise to see all the unexpected and tragic things that have happened to them. Do you want that new job? Are you ready to pick up and move to a new apartment? Have you fallen madly in love? That’s great. That's what eclipses are for; to get the old blood pumping. But wait if you want things to work out. When the shadow of the eclipse is over, ascertain whether all that glitters is in fact gold. Then go for it... or forget it!
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I half listen to the radio in the morning. Mostly it is background noise like that old Larsen cartoon about what a dog hears vs what you say. (blah,blah, Spot, blah, Spot, blah, blah). So I am hearing blah, blah, blah, songs using references to the moon,) at which point I am listening. I love songs that use planetary (or even better astrological) references. I think of "Aquarius" (the Hair and 5th Dimension version), "No Matter What Sign You Are" (Supremes), Stirling Brig's various moon songs including "Moonphases" and "Man In the Moon". I also love anyone's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
So this relatively low key band called Magnolia Electric Company which has just released a boxed set called Sojourner and, according to NPR, "The songs on Sojourner take many forms: Some are stark and quiet, others fleshed out by a full rock band. But they almost always mention the moon, usually as a looming figure of menace." Listen to a few of their tracks here.
While I don't regard the moon as a figure of menace it does heighten our emotions that can make us over-react. There is also proof that hospital admissions and crime and assorted craziness rises when there is a full moon. So I don't disagree that moons can cause some unease, but if we keep in mind the moon phases, eclipses and voids (see previous posts) we can better control our out-of-control urges.
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