100 minutes for the “loons”

Loons: My self-created definition of those who dig the moon or enjoy following its cycles and phenomena.

Well, it’s finally here.

The second-longest total lunar eclipse of the century. Clocking in at 100 minutes (three hours and 40 minutes), the eclipse, during which the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, is visible in much of the world excepting North America.

For those curious, the century’s longest lunar eclipse takes place on July 27, 2018, exceeding today’s in duration by a mere three minutes.

Oddles have been written about eclipses from an astronomical, cultural and astrological perspective.

Today’s eclipsed moon is in Sagittarius, 24 degrees.

Eclipses of the moon, with its association with emotions and irrationality and our primitive natures, illuminate something of the past that is hidden or shoved onto the back burner that needs to be let go of.

Might be a situation, a belief, a habitual response or patter, a relationship, a person. Something needs to be exposed, brought to the forefront, addressed and positively resolved and released.

With a full lunar eclipse, think endings. Emotion. Extrication. The firey Sag moon only intensifies the push for completion and change toward expansion and freedom.

Think of today’s eclipse as a killer declutterer. Sag is impatient. It doesn’t demand to know why you’re hanging on to clothes rarely worn or family heirlooms and knickknacks stuck in a box that’s shoved into a garage.

It demands only liberating action and space. Says the full Sag moon with characteristic bluntness: It’s a thing of the past. It no longer serves. Bring the box to the forefront. Rummage through one last time if you must. Let the tears spill. Then let it go. Release. Be freer for it. Be free.

So. With a passion for astrology, I’m a huge fan of tarot.com. A highly-respected site with well-written and quality content on a wide variety of topics and oh so user friendly.

Today I nearly fell over reading the daily horoscope that arrives by email. Talk about spot on! Though I’m (heavy-duty) Pisces, I receive Cancer’s horoscopes because it’s my rising sign.

That and the powerful eclipse inspired me to share today’s horoscopes for all signs by the talented Rick Levine, over at tarot.com

Read your birth sign — and rising sign (ascendant) if you know it. No harm in reading your moon sign if you know that too. Today, after all, offers up a potent occurrence for the “loons.”

And joyful inspirational endings!

ARIES (May 21 – Apr 19) — You believe that you can justify almost anything you want to do today; however, your logic might not seem all that rational to someone else. Even if your motives are admirable, your impulsive behavior may not go over well with others. Be careful of your overconfidence leading you to do something you will later regret. Keep in mind that it’s wiser to heed the cautionary advice that you’re given now, even if it temporarily puts a crimp in your style.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) — You might have wonderful ideas today, but could lack a clear plan that helps you reach your goals. Although your footing can be shaky now, your sense of urgency motivates you to reach for the stars anyway. Unfortunately, this may not be the best time to start a project, yet you can’t wait for some magical moment to arrive when everything is perfect. If you encounter delays along the way, remember that they are not valid reasons to give up hope and walk away.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) – Your quick wit often helps you smooth over sketchy situations, but you may not be satisfied with this evasive strategy now. You’re not interested in hiding your feelings any longer, but facing serious underlying issues isn’t as much fun as delivering the next clever comeback. Don’t worry about stepping into unfamiliar territory; your friends and family will jump in to help when they realize that you are attempting to keep it real.

CANCER (June 21 – Jul 22) — Today’s inspirational Full Moon Eclipse rattles your 6th House of Details, turning your attention to all the loose ends that are still left untied. But being aware of what you need to do is not the same thing as doing it. Don’t try to complete everything now; there is no need to apologize for what remains temporarily unfinished. Handling your chores one at a time will help you to concentrate your efforts and accomplish as much as possible.

LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22) — Although you may not want to admit it, your thoughts are a bit scattered today, challenging you to follow any one idea to its logical conclusion. Thankfully, the fiery Sagittarius Full Moon Eclipse activates your 5th House of Self-Expression, helping to free you from your own self-limiting beliefs. Just don’t get so carried away with all of the amazing possibilities that you turn a practical plan into an unrealistic dream.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) — You could get caught up in a struggle to balance quantity with quality today as the Full Moon Eclipse in boundless Sagittarius whets your appetite for adventure. Unfortunately, your newfound desires might be at odds with your usual preference to narrow your field of perception so you can focus your energy and be more efficient. Consider this eclipse as an opportunity to practice your powers of discrimination. Wrapping up your work early allows you to do something exciting later in the day.

LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22) — This is an information-rich day with the Lunar Eclipse shaking up your 3rd House of Communication. You could even become caught up in a debate without knowing which side is right. Unfortunately, you may have a strong opinion that isn’t well thought out. Ironically, withdrawing from the discussion and seeking a quiet place may be your smartest strategy now. Contemplating your own thoughts is healthier than impulsively reacting to someone else’s ideas.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21) — It’s easy to overestimate your cash flow with the optimistic Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse illuminating your 2nd House of Money today. On the other hand, you might be fully aware of your financial situation, yet still decide to take a dream vacation anyway. Either way, you could end up discouraged if your fiscal reality doesn’t measure up to your wishes. Nevertheless, fretting is a waste of time and energy; save your nickels and dimes, instead.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) — It’s not easy to contain your dreams as today’s Full Moon Eclipse occurs in your exuberant sign. But rather than going off on your own, you’re likely to tag along with a friend or partner when the Moon opposes chatty Mercury in your 7th House of Companions. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on others for advice now because they will probably encourage your scheme, even if it’s not very practical. Wait until the Moon enters realistic Capricorn tomorrow before embarking on your next big adventure.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) — You typically handle your responsibilities early in the day so you can relax later on. But you might feel so overwhelmed by the sheer number of items on your agenda now that you don’t know where to begin. Don’t despair; instead of starting on your list right away, take time to review your priorities. Once you decide what you’re going to do first, break down the job into manageable tasks. Successful small steps assure the steadiest progress.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) — The extravagant Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse in your social 11th house tempts you to say yes to every invitation you receive today. Although interacting with others sounds like fun, you may already be overcommitted. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enjoy yourself if you’re supposed to be somewhere else. Don’t wait until your schedule is out of control; eliminate some of the extraneous activities before you’re in over your head. Ironically, you will have more fun if you have less to do.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) — Today’s indulgent Sagittarius Full Moon activates your 10th House of Career, tempting you to set unrealistic professional goals. But it quickly becomes obvious that you cannot live up to your own exaggerated expectations. Ultimately, this Lunar Eclipse can reveal your excesses and require you to restrain your enthusiasm. Gradually apply the brakes to maintain control of your energy before things go awry.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DJ
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 07:25:33

    I envy those who saw the eclipse. I did, however, observe the rising of the moon last night. It was so bright! And sexy. 😛


  2. katie
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 15:14:37

    It’s been so overcast here that I haven’t seen the last few months’ full moons. I missed the eclipse in December because the weather was bad(and that was a memorable day for another reason-it was my niece’s 6th birthday!)

    Eclipses are endlessly fascinating to me-I’ve stayed up ’till all hours to see them-but it was well worth it!


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