The first lunar eclipse of 2011 will take place on Wednesday. It will be a total eclipse, meaning the Earth will completely block the light of the Sun. The Full Moon will transform from a silver orb to a dusky red disk, and it will last a long time. The event will begin at about 1:25 pm EDT and end about five and a half hours later. For 100 minutes in the middle of that period, Luna will be totally within our planet’s shadow.
Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from the eastern edge of South America, all of Africa, nearly all of Europe and Asia and most of Australia. It is the second of three eclipses taking place within a 30-day period. The cycle started with a partial solar eclipse on the first day of June. It will end when the Sun is once again partially obscured by the Moon on the first day of July.
Thus it is that we will literally be in the middle. Earth will be in between the Sun and Moon. We will be at the mid-point of a cycle precisely in the middle of a month. If there is anything to astrology, the literal will carry over to the figurative. What you may see in the sky corresponds to symbols on a piece of paper. The idea is that those symbols represent something going on in your life. In all probability, that would be a process that started about two weeks ago and is now about halfway through.
What that something is, you may already have figured out. If you haven’t, please don’t feel bad. Nearly all of us are deeply involved in our own lives. It can take years, even decades to get perspective on what we are going through right now. Fortunately, we have more than just the Sun and Moon to work with. That means we have the opportunity to go beyond the idea that we are in the middle of a process and get a feel for the details.
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