This combo of pictures taken in Manassas, Virginia shows the moon in different stages of a total lunar eclipse on December, 21, 2010. During the eclipse, the Earth will align between the full moon and the sun, covering the lunar surface in shadow. The eclipse is also falling on the same day as the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere â a rare occurrence that hasn’t happened in 372 years. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
February 2017 brings two eclipses–a lunar eclipse on February 10th and a solar eclipse on February 26th. What do they mean?
Lunar Eclipses can only happen with a full moon. The moon appears slightly orange or red as the earth passes between the moon and the sun and obscures all or part of the moon. While the affects of both eclipses can last for months, lunar eclipses tend to be softer and happen at night.
Lunar eclipses are a good time to let go of the past. Let go of any old fears, habits, feelings or negative situations that hold us back. It’s a time to move forward. February brings us this opportunity on the 10th with the full moon.
Solar eclipses occur during the day at the time of a new moon. This new moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking all or part of the sun. Solar eclipses give us an opportunity to take care of unfinished personal business and really get honest with ourselves. With the new moon solar eclipse, it’s a time to plant seeds for the future.
While both eclipses can spur major personal growth that may linger for as long as six months, solar eclipses tend to be more intense with long lasting effects.
February Lunar & Solar Eclipse Reading
Book a Lunar and Solar Eclipse Reading before February 8th for $10. Receive a PDF file of the energies present during these eclipses, what to release and what to embrace; how to spur personal growth. This offer consists of two separate readings–one for the Lunar Eclipse and one for the Solar Eclipse. To book, request offer through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people associate the Tarot and Oracle cards with gypsies and fortune telling. Colette Baron-Reid gives a wonderful explanation on what oracle cards are and what they’re not.
“Oracle cards are often mistaken for “fortune telling” devices , says Baron-Reid. “But in truth they are a powerful tool in co-creating your reality with Spirit as your manifesting partner.”
Baron-Reid further points out that the word oracle comes from Latin “oraculum” then from “orare” which means “to speak, pray” (Merriam Webster).
“It is known as an intermediary between the mundane world (ours) and the spiritual (Spirit). An oracle is a medium through which to communicate directly with Spirit, your higher self, and your inner knowing and that can bypass your subjective truth that only comes from the experience and memory, desires and wants of your small self. It uses symbolic language to talk to you,” says Baron-Reid.
Baron-Reid reminds us that working with oracle cards “supports what we already know at a deeper level;points the way forward and gives good wise counsel about how to take the next right action towards your intentions and deepest desires for the highest good.”
Colette Baron -Reid offers a concise explanation of why I use Oracle cards and the Tarot as a form of guidance and mediation. It brings awareness of what’s going on in my life and offers a tool in unlocking the subconscious and exploring new perspectives or “takes” on thinking about situations, offering a different “set of eyes” so to speak.
Periodically, I’m going to offer random, free readings. All you need to do is email me your name and date of birth and subscribe to my blog. Readings will vary in what energies are examined.
This month, in honor of my parents, who were both crusty crabs, I’m offering a free reading based on Ethony Dawn’s tarot spread below for the Full Moon in Cancer. I will randomly draw a name from my list of subscribers who also email me a request for the free reading. Subject line of your email should read, “Full Moon In Cancer Free Reading.” On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12 Noon CST, I will randomly choose someone for the reading and will complete the reading that evening so you’ll have time to consider it before the full moon on January 12th.
So, remember, to participate, email me (email@example.com) your name (first name is fine) and your date of birth (you don’t have to include the year) and subscribe to my blog. Remember to mark the subject line of the email, “Full Moon In Cancer Free Reading.”
The Seeker will be chosen randomly at 12 Noon CST, January 11, 2017.
Now would be a good time to be the “Observer” as this full moon on January 12 showers us with the Cancer energy of feelings, emotions, relationships, family, creativity and intuition.
For some, full moons in and of themselves are intense. However, this full moon also brings a Grand Cross in the Cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer. These signs more than others, may feel an intense need for change.
Grand Crosses pull us in all sorts of directions. We may feel as if we are being stretched on a cross from all sides. Compromise may be difficult. The feelings being brought to the surface with the full moon in Cancer is also forcing us to take a look at what or where we need to make changes. However, sit with these feelings for a couple of days before taking action and making any life altering changes.
People that go with the flow and welcome change will love this energy. Those that like the status quo will not.
A new moon in Capricorn arrives just in time to set new goals and intentions for 2017. This new moon occurs on December 29, 2016 and brings with it the energies of
STABILITY. BALANCE. WISDOM. AMBITION.
But the flip side of that is Capricorn’s shadow side which can bring the energies of
PESSIMISIM. STUBBORNESS. DETACHMENT. MOODINESS.
The key is to be aware of the duality and foster the energies to move in the direction you want to go.
Capricorn rules the 10th House governing Career and Social Status and this earthy energy of Capricorn calls us to create a new, grounded plan for the year ahead. The old Sea Goat asks us to develop procedures, apply discipline and create goals. What steps can we take to achieve these goals.
This New Moon in Capricorn Reading gives insight as to how we can harness the energy of Capricorn to embrace the energy for the period running from December 29, 2016 through January 26, 2017. What can we leave behind from 2016, what goals can we set and what energy is available to assist us in achieving these goals?
Every new year brings opportunity to set new intentions for the change we want to see in ourselves, but 2017 is different. After completing a nine year cycle with 2016, 2017 brings in a new cycle, 2+0+1+7=10=1. It’s like an extra special do over.
Take time to really think about your intentions and what you want to achieve beginning in 2017. Take advantage of the first year of a new 9 year cycle.
I learned about control in 2016–that I can’t control anything but myself and even have trouble with that at times. I learned the hard way to let go and let God. When we don’t pay attention and refuse to learn lessons, opportunity presents itself in a big wake up call way. 2016 was my year to wake up and while I’m so very thankful for what I’ve gained, I don’t wish the pain it finally took for me to learn this lesson on anyone.
While 2016 has been challenging for many, I’m hopeful we’ve gained opportunity for growth and positive change. As the year draws to an end, usually around the winter solstice time, I like to write down everything I wish to say goodbye to from the current year. While meditating on the lessons learned, burn the paper and release it to the earth. This helps clear the way for something new and good to enter for 2017.
Tarot also helps identify lessons learned, what to release and what to embrace for the new year. Now through December 31, 2016, I’m offering a reading to close out 2016 and identify what we can look forward to in 2017, the year of new beginnings!
December 21st–night of the standing still sun. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin word solstitium. Sun (SOL) stoppage (STITUM).Winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, as if the sun has just stopped. One ancient definition of solstice is “standing still sun.”
Some refer to solstice as the rebirth of the sun. Many celebrate the winter solstice as a time to celebrate renewal, rebirth and gratitude for the coming light.
The solstice offers an opportunity to spend time reflecting inward and meditating on gratitude. Hold a ritual for letting go and set an intention for the coming year.