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Penumbral Eclipse* wisdom (EN - IT)

Moon Phases Embodiment

Italian below/Italiano in fondo: This coming Full Moon on the Sagittarius-Gemini axis will come with a penumbral lunar eclipse. What does it mean and what will it bring to us? Long time ago, Dragons were blamed for “eating the Moon” (or the Sun) during an eclipse. Today we know that a total lunar eclipse happens 1) when the moon is full, meaning that the Moon and the Sun are opposite, watched from Earth, and so the Earth is “in the middle”; 2) when the Moon, Sun and Earth are perfectly aligned, so that Earth blocks the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon surface.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned, so Earth blocks only some of the Sun's light from directly reaching the Moon's surface and covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, aka the penumbra.

The Sagittarius-Gemini axis represents communication, connections, expansion and knowledge.

From a symbolic point of view this eclipse, forming certain challenging aspect with some of the planets, and combined with other aspects, is an invitation to suspend our judgment and embrace respect.

It invites us to remember that in this very moment it would be wise to suspend discussions about truths and lies, or about errors and corrections. It is a good moment to open our mind to embrace a broader vision and remember that when we look at anything we get only a partial vision, that is relative to our point of view.

It is an invitation to avoid to jump to conclusions and keep observing and searching for information instead, remembering that information is usually partial and incomplete, too.

It’s a moment in which we can make an effort to step out of our comfort zone and, instead of remaining attached to our beliefs and truths, keep working to go beyond, opening our mind to a deeper understanding of what “respect”, “knowledge” and “communication” mean.

* The eclipse occurs on June 5 from 17:45 Universal Time (UT) to 21:04 UT, and is visible from Europe and Africa eastward to Asia and Australia. Maximum eclipse occurs at 19:26 UT, with the Moon 59 percent immersed in the umbral shadow of the Earth. For more information, look HERE