Tomorrow, Friday 20th March is set to be a powerful day involving three rare astronomical phenomena. There will be a Solar Eclipse, and a Supermoon, and it will fall on the Spring Equinox. These would generally cause ripples in celestial circles, but the combination of the three makes it particularly interesting. Slooh Observatory Manager Paul Cox says, “You could call it a cosmic coincidence.”
What is a Supermoon?
A Supermoon is the name given either a full moon or a new moon, which occurs while the moon is closest to the Earth in it’s orbit. It appears around 15% larger than usual at this time. It will be a mere 222,192 miles away (357,584 kilometers). Between 3 and 6 Supermoons occur each year, and 2015 is hosting 6 of them. Tomorrow’s Supermoon will be a New Moon though, which means it is entirely in shadow, but it will provide a slightly longer opportunity to view the eclipse.
“It gives us the ability to see a rare supermoon,” Slooh Observatory Manager Paul Cox says. “This is the one opportunity to see a truly new moon.”
What is the Spring Equinox?
Friday marks the Spring Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere. This is the point in the calendar when days and nights are of equal duration. It is exactly mid-way between the longest and shortest days. During this time the Earth’s axis will be perpendicular to the Sun’s rays, before the planet begins to tip, making the days shorter in the Southern hemisphere and longer in the Northern hemisphere. The Spring Equinox is considered a time of new beginnings by some cultures. At each equinox the sun passes the Earth’s equator.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
This is a rare event, when the sun and moon line up perfectly, so that the moon blocks the Sun from our view. They can only happen when there is a new moon (when it is almost invisible, totally in shadow). Tomorrow the moon will completely obstruct the Sun’s light in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere, leaving a shadow as large as 90 miles in some areas.
“Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, in nature is as powerful and spectacular as the totality of a solar eclipse. Sadly, they only happen every 360 years on average for any given location, which means that a very low percentage of the population has ever seen one.” Astronomer Bob Berman
How To View The Solar Eclipse
The total eclipse will not be visible from in the United States. It will be seen in parts of Northern Europe. A partial solar eclipse will be seen across all of Europe, northern Africa and some parts of northern Asia. We can all watch the eclipse live from 4:30 a.m. EDT on the following link, Slooh.com.
If you are lucky enough to be in the right spot on the planet, please be cautious when viewing the eclipse. Even though the majority of the Sun’s light will be obscured by the Moon, it is highly inadvisable to look directly at the Solar Eclipse. The eye’s retina has no pain receptor, so you would not be aware that they were being burned, which could cause permanent damage to your sight. It is safe to watch indirectly, through a pinhole camera. The video below gives simple instructions on how to make one at home.
Studies have attempted to find a connection between behaviours seen on Earth and the vibrational impact of the moon and other celestial events, but none has been fully established.
Epilepsy was the focus of a 2004 study, published in the journal of Epilepsy and Behaviour, when it was hypothesised that seizures were more prevalent during a new moon. No link could be proven. This was also the case with a 2005 study which observed whether there was an increase in patients checking into the psychiatric emergency department on evenings where there was a full moon, compared to other nights.
Many people do claim to feel a shift in energy during these celestial phenomena. These occurrences have been marked by rituals and ceremonies for centuries by many cultures. Whether or not the planets really are having an impact on us, it is hard to say. But we do know that the Earth’s electromagnetic field can be affected by collective human emotion – such as we saw with 9/11. So even if there is a kind of placebo effect, where people are vibrating on a higher level because they perceive it to be an auspicious time, tomorrow should be a powerful day.
On the other side of the spectrum, perhaps there really is an energetic shift at these points in the year. It could be an opportunity to shift your individual vibration, alongside other likeminded people, creating ripples in the Universe as a whole.
As astrologer Pam Younghans says, in her North Point Astrology:
This is the week we’ve been talking about and building toward since the beginning of the year — arguably the most powerful week of 2015, in astrological terms…
We might call this a pivot point, a time of choosing new options and releasing the old. It is a time for breakthroughs and insights, when we can ride the energies of change into a new future.
THE SOLAR ECLIPSE on Friday occurs in the very last degree of Pisces, which is also the very last degree of the zodiac. The 29th degree of any sign is called the ‘anaretic degree,’ and it indicates that we are at a choice point…
The last degree of a sign can also be a destabilizing influence, since the energy is in the process of shifting from one mode to another — in this case, we are moving from a water/mutable sign (Pisces) to a fire/cardinal sign (Aries).
Your Own Rituals
You could use tomorrow as an opportunity to tap into your inner voice. Consciously quietening your mind and being present. Many sources suggest that this is a time for new beginnings, so perhaps it is a good time to let go of patterns that no longer serve you, while preparing for your next step.
We could be part of something huge, so keep an open mind and let yourself work with the collective humankind. You certainly won’t be the only one meditating on these events tomorrow.
What are you thoughts? Is this just an interesting coincidence or will you be soaking up the energy and meditating the night away?
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