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The ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse. A No Nonsense Guide

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Full ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse is Tomorrow, 10/08/2014 at 6:25 a.m. (EST)

The blood moon (also known as hunter moon, harvest moon and/or falling leaf moon) is not uncommon.  However, what’s unique about the blood moon this month is that it’s a full lunar eclipse.

That’s right. Full blood moon lunar eclipse.  Be there.  Tomorrow at 6:20ish a.m. (Eastern Time).  Folks in North America are blessed to catch this event that lasts a few hours.  The Pacific coast has the luxury of seeing the full eclipse from start to finish, whereas other areas might only catch bits of the sky-show.

The term “Blood Moon” is fairly new in modern, popular media.  In truth, it’s a term that’s been used by earth-worshippers for a very, very long time.

Blood moons commonly happen during the months of Autumn (Sept-Nov).  In the old religions, and ways of life, this is a time of hefty harvest as well as slaughter.  Blazing bright foliage is reminiscent of the color of blood.  Slaughter of cattle is obviously a blood-related event.

This is a painfully simple explanation for the connection between “blood” and “moon”.

So what’s it all about, Alfie?  And what are we supposed to do with this blood moon stuff!?!?

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind during this 10/08/2014 blood moon lunar eclipse:

Get Grateful:  As this is a time of the long-held traditional harvest, we might give thanks for what we have gained in our lives while admiring the blood moon.    An attitude of gratitude is powerful any day of the year, but especially during the full harvest moon.

Get Picking:  This is a full moon.  That means it’s a great time to do some harvesting of our own.  Our modern world may not muster every villager, gather in the fields and harvest crops…but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fruits to pick.  Consider ideas ripe for the harvest that need to be picked and worked on.  Also consider loose ends that need tidying before the long winter months hit.  Part of harvest is prevention.

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Get a Clue:  This is a full lunar eclipse.  Symbolically, a lunar eclipse speaks to us about stuff that is a major presence in our lives.  We know it’s there.  It shines brightly in our lives.  Nonetheless, it’s often blocked by something (time constraints, the ego, ignorance, denial, etc).  During this blood moon eclipse, it might be a good idea to recognize and appreciate the ‘big obvious’ in our lives.  This could be as simple as recognizing mentors, family, our kids or special friends in our lives.  Those people who always shine, but our business or whatever gets in the way of giving thanks for them.

Get a Life:  Blood is a big deal.  It means life.  It is the ocean in which all life might continue to exist on this earth.  This blood moon eclipse might be a good time to get in the flow of that concept.  This could mean paying attention to our health concerns.  It might mean re-devoting ourselves to our “life-blood” which could be our passions, our children, our community…that big aspect of our lives that insures life moves forward.

Give it Up:  Blood is about sacrifice.  Not trying to freak you out, but it’s true that blood has been steeped in the concept of sacrifice since ancient times.  Consequently, this might be a good time to consider the sacrifices others have made for you.  Blood moons are a time for me to thank the military men and women who shed their blood in service to our country.  This is also a good time to consider what kind of sacrifices you can make to better yourself, others, your community, the world.  What can you shed that will lighten the world?

These are just a few symbolic ideas that hold hands with the full blood moon.  However you intend to acknowledge this special lunar eclipse – I hope all your moments with Lady Luna are illuminating.

Brightly,

Avia

More Symbolic Lunar Delights…

Moon Meaning and Symbolism

Full Moon Names Per Month

Moon Signs and Personality Types

Moon Symbolism and Meditation

 

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Solar Flare Symbolism

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Solar Flare Symbolism

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I’ve been thinking about solar flare symbolism in the aftermath of a few major solar flares we’ve experienced this month.

In classical symbolism (sourced by the ancient Greeks) the sun is a symbol of:

  • Life
  • Action
  • Energy
  • Initiation
  • Passion
  • Illumination

Our ancient Asian ancestors recognized the Sun as distinctly yang in its essence, with symbolic implications similar to the Greeks, and adding attributes such as: Maleness, assertion and forceful expression.

Astrologically speaking, the sun is a representative of the Self – specifically, the self we choose to show publicly, the side of ourselves exposed to the light of the world.

It’s important to note these symbolic ideals about the sun in order to gain deeper meaning about the solar flare phenomenon. Why?  Because it helps to answer the question ‘what does this mean?’ from a deeper, more thoughtful level.

The geeky-science explanation of solar flares deals with pressure release.  Solar flares are caused by tremendous magnetic shifts in the three layers of the sun’s atmosphere (photosphere, chromosphere and corona). Opposing magnetic forces manifest gargantuan battles within the sun’s atmospheric layers.  These opposing forces eventually produce mammoth expulsions of plasma – hence, a solar storm (or flare – the terms are synonymous).

As a metaphor for life, solar flare symbolism provides an illustration of catharsis after a period of turmoil. All of us experience inner conflict, and release of that conflict is vital. Often, our inner energies are forceful. Sometimes our conflicting emotions feel just as volatile as the energy we see blaze-dancing on the surface of the sun.

Am I suggesting we all explode into raging fire-fiends to release our inner turmoil? No. But, I am encouraging deeper contemplation of releases in Nature (such as seen in solar flares) as an example of the dangers of stuffing our conflicting emotions. If the sun were unable to release the tumult of opposing magnetic forces, damaging implosions would occur, wreaking long-term havoc on itself as well as the Earth.

In short, this solar phenomenon is a perfect example of conflict leading to release which leads to renewed balance. 

Cool video from NASA of the solar flares that took place 4/2/14

An interesting symbolic correlation is that sun storms occur at the peak of a solar season, as the sun goes through an active cycle every 11 years. Numerologically speaking, the number 11 represents an initiation with a goal to achieve balance.

In this light, all life experiences conflict which prompts action to seek balance. That renewed balance has tremendous rewards.

How so? Well, a large solar flare produces an array of energetic particles that showers down to the Earth’s atmosphere to create an aurora (like the borealis).

That’s a sweet ending to a solar spat, isn’t it? From a spiritual perspective, we all can experience the glimmery afterglow of an aurora within our lives when we soulfully seek ways to release inner tumult with the expectation of renewed balance.

I’ve written a few more articles about sun symbolism. Click ‘em if you’re interested:

Sun Meanings and Meditation

Native American Sun Symbols

Sun Symbolism

You can catch up on current solar flare activity on the official NASA site here: Solar Flare Activity – April 2014

Image of solar flare used with permission from NASA.

 

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Behaving Outside The Norms

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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Have you ever exerted extraordinary, almost inhuman displays of behavior?  Perhaps in times of extreme distress, high violence, and/or  moments of threat…have you ever shifted into a person you couldn’t recognize as yourself?  In these dire moments, I believe we all pull out pieces of energy that lay dormant within us.  As humans, we are multi-faceted.  There’s really no telling what we can conjure in a moment of intense duress.

I remember times when I have exerted strength way beyond my tiny frame in order to pull a buddy out of a bad situation.  I remember times when I have spoken so vehemently about human rights in support of the underdogs of this world.  I remember moments when I have fiercely defended my loved ones, full-on, with teeth bared, and claws at the ready.

Acquaintances have retold stories about my behavior.  I listened in disbelief. I have no knowledge of what I spoke or how I behaved the day after these events.   I can’t believe someone like me could conduct such severity of word or action.  It’s a bit of a head-trip.  Almost an out-of-body experience.   I never hurt anybody, but according to accounts, I was a frightening force to be reckoned with in the heat of the moment.  Witnesses said I didn’t even look like myself, it was as if I was someone else defending, snarling, protecting.

When recounting these experiences, I am flummoxed about the source.  Looking back, it feels as though it was not me who acted or spoke in these situations.  Rather, it was as if I was being channeled by something greater, grander, more powerful than myself

Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying here. I’m not some crazy nut-job. Never have been. However, there are times that beg us to pull out of our normal structure to defend, to make right, to establish authority.  I’m talking about extraordinary, unusual, even diabolical circumstances here.

Now, normally, I believe there is no need to be vicious to get our point across.  Grace and eloquence are far better contenders in the race for getting our notions known to others.

But there may be extreme moments in each of our lives that punch at our need for justice.  Moments in which we are yanked out of our personalities,  out of our bodies, and it seems we become the “other”.  In these moments, we become primal archetypes.  In my case, it seems other-wordly entities have taken over to present a much bolder, fiercer persona in an effort to protect and preserve that which is sacred to me.

When those moments come upon us, I urge you to consider…where does that concentrated power come from?  What about the words you utter in the heat of defense for a loved one?  Where do they come from?  How about you mother’s out there who have exerted inhuman feats and efforts to protect your cubs?  Where does that come from??

Sometimes we cannot delineate.  Sometimes the need for ferocious protection and defense is so strong, we cannot discern the consequence of our actions.  Through experience, I urge you to try the peaceful path before getting to the point of no return.  Before you start “seeing red” – give peace a chance

Having said that…there are trigger-finger moments that exact extreme reactions from us humans.  I pray these moments never arrive at your doorstep.  But when they do, conjure the force of dynamic , capable, ancient energies that are more-than-willing to hurl their energy into you to squelch out the fires in your life.

For me, I’ve found several animals and ancient deities have bombarded my faculties in times of crises.  This invasion (in retrospect) is welcomed an necessary.

In short, I believe archetypal energy is ancient and ever-ready to inject us with the energy we need to act appropriately when necessary.

Thankfully, this energy is available to us in times of stress as well as in times of peace.  Ancient energy of our ancestors can enter our hearts in times of tranquility with as much profoundness as when we are in high anxiety.

Let’s not rely on our powerful, knowing ancestors solely in times of duress.  Let’s open ourselves to their wisdom in times of silence, solace, stability, and tranquility too.

Just thoughts.

 

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