The Moon is the presiding deity of the Mind and time passes marked by full moon, eclipse, new moon, full moon, lunar eclipse and new moon, the Sun and Moon, the eclipses and seasons Ring the Changes to Planet Earth as Ascension continues to envelop all who reside here - in all life forms. The lunar energies are strongest (the Higher Cosmic Beings recommend this time of Full Moon as the best time for prayers in common, group prayers for the welfare of all the worlds) and eclipses are times of transformation as Ketu and Rahu are involved. This coming Full Moon on April 5 is one of a tetrad of eclipses and the shortest lunar eclipse in a long time. The Moon is conjunct Rahu in Virgo, the Sun conjunct Ketu in Pisces.
The Soft and Hard Aspects
At the time of this eclipse, Sun is conjunct Ketu and Mercury. Aspecting Sun, Ketu and Mercury are exalted Jupiter (ninth aspect) and Saturn (trikona aspect with Jupiter). These planets are all in water signs, indicating that water and emotions will play a significant role on the planet and within the human in the next six months. Jupiter's aspect is benefic, largesse, expanding. Saturn's aspect highlights time, discipline and contraction. By way of trikona, it seems that Jupiter will have the strongest aspect and Saturn will act on Ketu calling for self discipline and deep self inquiry within. These are the times of Ascension, these are the times of change. The teaching in vedanta is iti dristi iti, the seen reflects the seer. And what we see is created by what is within, internally. If we see joy and hope, then we create a reality of joy and hope. If we feel misery and hoplessness (yad bhavati - tad bhavatum - as the feeling, so the result) then this is the world we will create for ourselves. It is up to us, all human beings have a choice. And we may exercise that choice to make our world a better world.
We began by saying that the moon is the presiding deity of the mind. At the time of this eclipse, the moon is hemmed in by Rahu and Saturn, respectively. Also, we keep in mind that eclipses are times of inner transformation, that which is within, is brought into the light by the two nodes, Rahu and Ketu. Here, bringing of new inner material to the light of day (activation of Junk DNA, activation of higher psychic awareness for many) are matters which may bring a fair amount of bewilderment and confusion to some. Here, Rahu and Saturn can perform a task of discrimination, discipline and steadiness. Where we are having new experiences, sighting heretofore unknown energies, having luminous dreams, steadiness of mind and spirit are necessary in order to integrate these new energies. The planets are amsas - parts - of the Kalapurusha, the Lord of Time and Space. Planets dispose energy, light and vibration within. They can drag us down, they can raise us up - it is up to us to take the energy the planets give and use it in a manner which leads us to our highest good, and for the highest good of all.
2014-2015 Lunar Tetrad
Total lunar eclipses are rare – only about one in three lunar eclipses are total. About four to five total eclipses can be seen at any place on Earth in a decade.
Lunar eclipses usually do not occur in any specific order. However, every once in a while, four total lunar eclipses happen in a row. This is called a lunar tetrad. The total lunar eclipses happen 6 months apart. There are at least six full Moons between two total lunar eclipses in a tetrad.
The first total eclipse in this lunar tetrad was on April 15, 2014. The second was October 8, 2014. The next two will be on April 4, 2015 and then September 28, 2015.
Blood Moons may Look Red
In recent years, the term Blood Moon has become popular when referring to Total Lunar Eclipses. When the Earth eclipses a full Moon, the direct sunlight is blocked, but the sun's rays still light up the moon. This light, however, has travelled through the Earth's atmosphere first, and sometimes causes the totally eclipsed Moon to look red or brownish.
Animation of the 2015 April 4 total lunar eclipse. The moon travels eastward through the Earth’s penumbra (light outside shadow) and umbra (dark inner shadow) shadow. The yellow line depicts the ecliptic – Earth’s orbital plane. Although the moon, at least in part, spends about 3.5 hours within the umbra, it is only totally submerged in the umbra (dark shadow) for a short while, or less than 5 minutes.
Ring the Changes
It has been taught that since Lord Krishna left the Earth, more than 5000 wars have been fought on earth, in many, many lands. There are very, very few lands that have not experienced organised warfare, rapine, pillage, plunder and senseless death caused by blood-lust.
The Earth is moving into the 5th Dimension, and the Stargates are opening, and assistance is given to all who ASK for that assistance. One may ask for the highest possible Cosmic Being to come and assist - and assistance will be given.
Full Moons and eclipses are times of intense energies. While some animals may howl at the moon, this simply tells us that the energies are very, very high, and we may take advantage of this to Ring the Changes all over the Earth our Mother and provide her with assistance necessary for grounding of the new energies. We ought to do such service to the Earth our Mother, for where would we be without the Earth? Where would we live and breath, eat and rest, work and play, enjoy the beauty and weep for the suffering? The Earth our Mother gives us water, grains, foods, heat and cold, sustenance and nurturance, So it is good to pause from time to time and give to Mother Earth.
Full Moons, New Moons, Eclipses - these are the best times to pause, to meditate, to ground the energies on the Earth and give assistance to Mother Earth in these times of change, transition, ascension. Souls are experiencing confusion at the awakening energies within, and help is needed. We may give such help to the Earth, ring the changes, help the souls awakening by meditating - in groups or alone, whatever feels right for them.
The Mystery SchoolIn the Mystery School, the light being Jalarm gave the following answer to a question about meditation and eclipses:
Jalarm: “I would encourage everybody to follow what they feel is right in their hearts. Because there are so many individuals upon this Earth: it is important for them to know what feels right for them – so it is not a good idea to say, “You must do this, or you must do that!” It is important that everybody follow, indeed in a way of uniting, that does not have to be divided by a wall, or a house, or even er, a temple or a church. It can be inside or outside. It is a choice – but it is important that the intent goes out and joins at a level of consciousness that it will achieve what everybody is aiming at, at this time. And I say Everybody because even though there are many who are conscious of what they are doing – there are many who are not readily conscious of it but they still desire Peace on Earth.
Everyone does not want to see their children destroyed – everyone has an innate feeling of wanting to protect and to live and that is born into everyone on this Earth. So I think if you concentrate upon that, you will understand that it is not important to separate this or that, but rather for the intent to go out. For even the indigenous peoples for aeons of time have lived without walls but they still are able to relate to the Source of All Creation. You understand.
Because the intent will go out and touch many other souls that live in other parts of the world at this time, but at another part of their souls ... they lived in areas where there was internecine war, conflict, blood-letting and senseless slaughter - these remain in the soul memory and may be cleared, wherever there is the need. Mediation, prayer, sending love and light, intentions: these are your contributions to Ascension, to making this world a better place for all to live in Peace. We may do soul work and benefit not only the Earth our Mother - we may and will benefit souls with the memories of violence and warfare.
The Eclipse is a time of greatly raised energies which we may use to help Earth and many souls ...
Coda: that which is magnified...
It is well known in astrological circles that eclipses have effect not only on the mind, but also on the fire within, the digestion, and there is a spiritual dimension to eclipses also. Prayers, mantras, rosaries, anything that is offered up is multiplied manifold during the time of the eclipse. Prayer, Meditation, sending light and healing to the Earth, to all peoples in all dimensions on Earth during an eclipse is multiplied 100,000 times. Hence, it is good to take the opportunity of this full moon - eclipse and seek to clear the wall of darkness within the intellectual and spiritual domains of the human. Rules are not important; intention, and the motivation within the heart is what is important. Offer some time for the spiritual welfare of all on this planet, and allow the Higher Cosmic Beings to take this energy where it is most needed at this point in time. Multiplied 100,000 times, mankind and those who live in fear and suffering, would benefit from your effort.