Eclipse of the Harvest Moon in Virgo

16 September 2016 – Astro-Weather: Full Moon exact at 11:54am CDT. Since this is the Full Moon closest to next week’s autumnal equinox, it is called the Harvest Moon. In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about half an hour later each night compared with a normal lag close to 50 minutes. The added early evening illumination helps farmers bringing in their crops.

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This Harvest Moon also passes through Earth’s outer shadow today, bringing a penumbral lunar eclipse, which belongs to the Saros 147 series, & is number 8 of 70 eclipses in the series.

At the peak, which occurs at 8:44pm CDT, 91 percent of Luna will be immersed in the shadow & viewers across Europe, Asia, Africa, & Australia will see a distinct dusky shading over the Moon’s northern half.

But here in the US our satellite will look completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east around sunset & peaking in the south by 1 am. The Moon lies among the dim background stars of Pisces, due south of the Great Square of Pegasus.

For an Astrosophy take on Virgo see https://sway.com/QHLPDrhBqJZW49FL

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender“, becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England & Scotland

1732– In Campo Maior, Portugal, a storm hits the Armory & a violent explosion ensues, killing two thirds of its inhabitants over 30,000 people!

1863 – Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist

1893 – Settlers make a land run for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma

1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.

1920 – The Wall Street bombing: A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City killing 38 & injuring 400. The bombing was never solved, although investigators & historians believe it was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings the previous year. The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles, & anti-capitalist agitation in the United States

1922 – Founding of the Christian Community in Dornach by Rudolf Steiner

1925 – (For Fugi) Birthday of B.B. King

1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo, at least 1,930 killed

1955 – The military coup to unseat President Juan Perón of Argentina is launched at midnight

1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City

1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project drops eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury 

1961 – Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people

1977 – Deathday of Maria Callas, Greek operatic soprano

1978 – The 7.4 Mw earthquake affects the city of Tabas, Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 15,000 people were killed

1987 – The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion

1990 – The railroad between the People’s Republic of China & Kazakhstan is completed at Dostyk, adding a sizable link to the concept of the Eurasian Land Bridge

1992 – Black Wednesday: The pound is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators & is forced to devalue against the German mark.

1994 – The British government lifts the broadcasting ban imposed against members of Sinn Féin & Irish paramilitary groups

2004 – Hurricane Ivan makes landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 3 hurricane, killing 124

2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew & passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people

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My POD (Poem Of the Day)

~In the grey twilight, no figs ripened,

No honey dripped from patient trees, no fragrant boughs soothed…

In that place of hidden things

I was made of nothing

The stone was wet & cold

The thick sky loomed

& bid me enter further

~hag

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Eclipse of the Harvest Moon in Virgo

“…When there is an eclipse of the moon, the man of today merely says: “Now the earth comes between the sun and the moon; hence we see the shadow cast upon the moon by the earth.” That is the physical explanation. But in this case also the old initiate knew that a spiritual reality was behind the physical fact. He knew that when there is an eclipse of the moon, thoughts stream through darkness down upon the earth; and that such thoughts have a closer relationship with the subconscious life than with the conscious life of the human being. The old initiates often made use of a certain simile when speaking to their pupils. It is; of course, necessary to translate their words into modern language, but this is the gist of what they said: ‘Visionaries and dreamers love to go for rambles by moonlight, when the moon is full. There are, however, certain people who have no wish to receive the good thoughts coming to them from the cosmos, but who, on the contrary, are desirous of getting hold of evil, diabolical thoughts. Such people will choose the moment of a lunar eclipse for their nocturnal wanderings’.

Eclipses of the sun and moon, recurring as they do in the course of every year, may really be looked upon as “safety-valves.” A safety-valve is there to avert danger, to provide an outlet for something or other — steam, for instance — at the right moment. The lunar eclipse, exists for the purpose of allowing the evil thoughts which are present in the cosmos to approach those human beings who are desirous of being possessed by them. people do not, as a rule, act in full consciousness, but the facts are nevertheless real — just as real as the attraction of a magnet for small particles of iron. Such are the forces at work, in the cosmos.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Human Q’s & Cosmic A.

Today on this eclipse of the Full Harvest Moon, I am thinking about how Rudolf Steiner gave us hints to come to terms with ‘Evil’. He reveals that the gods themselves called their opponents into being. Humanity, striving toward Freedom, stands as the Tenth Hierarchy & has as its task to integrate the vast gifts of Nature & Spirit while accepting the possibility & finding the strength to lead evil back to the good.
 
On the Italian side of my family we had a tradition during an eclipse of the Moon: In Italy the Moon was represented by a mirror, so during an eclipse, my grandmother would breathe on her old hand-mirror made of silver. She told us that a she-wolf, chased away from the flocks by the farmers, was so hungry that she swallowed the Moon during an eclipse, & that by breathing on the mirror we could cause the wolf to cough the moon back up & return it to the sky.
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The Vikings tell a tale about two wolves who wish to eat the Sun & Moon. Skoll (repulsion) goes after the Sun, & Hati, running ahead of the Sun, goes after the Moon. When either are caught, there is an eclipse. When this happens, the people on Earth rush to rescue the Sun or Moon by making as much noise as they can in hopes of scaring off the wolves. Banging on pots & pans did the trick.
 
These cultural examples, of which there are many, may seem ‘superstitious’ thru modern eyes, but they were a call to humanity to take action, to be present, to take part.
 
We are still called to put our will force into action, only now we must meet the darkness with an awakened consciousness. We must stand as Michaelic warriors, holding the shield of the sun in our hearts, reflecting the Christ light into the night.
 
Today at noon & at 8 pm I will do 3 Hallelujah’s.
 
Will you stand with me?

See you in the shadow

~Hazel Archer Ginsberg 

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