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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Total Lunar Eclipse for Easter, and a "Blood Moon" too!
From Lynda Hill: April's Libran full Moon is a total lunar eclipse. It is a "blood moon;" when the Earth casts its shadow on a full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow.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. Once in a while, four total lunar eclipses happen in a row. This is called a lunar tetrad. Click here for more information.
This is yet another powerful full Moon, and, it is the last full Moon that is involved so closely with the Uranus/Pluto square. We are seeing the winding up of that particularly huge social movement that we've been experiencing. Other things, of course, will take its place, but, at least, we are seeing the end of the Uranus/Pluto squares that have been so incredibly intense and meaningful over the last 3 or so years.
So, this powerful full Moon is opposite Uranus and square Pluto; it is yet another transformational lunation. This, then, is a major time of letting go — of purging those things that no longer work for you. Saying goodbye to things that are holding you back is key. Jupiter in Leo is sextile the Moon and trining the Sun, providing a way out — it can bring instances of good luck, serendipity and breakthroughs.
The action begins at 3:16 am PDT/6:16 am EDT on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow. For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 am PDT/7:58 am EDT. The moon’s red tint is caused by the Earth covering the sun. This red light from the rim of the Earth then beams onto moon, transforming it into a giant red orb.
The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century on the morning of Easter Vigil, traditionally observed as the period between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The eclipse also falls within the first night of Passover, observed by Jews worldwide beginning Friday at sunset.
Some total eclipses last for more than an hour, in this case, totality spans just 4 minutes and 43 seconds since the moon will be skimming the outskirts of the Earth’s shadow, rather than passing centrally through it.
This Saturday will be the third of four total eclipses in the 18-month long tetrad series. Previous eclipses occurred on April 15, 2014 and Oct. 8, 2014. After Saturday, the next one is expected on Sept. 28, 2015. Such a closely-spaced succession of eclipses is a fairly rare occurrence.