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Total Lunar Eclipse: Lightening our Load

Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter

allows you to remember who you are.

Simplicity doesn’t change who you are,

it brings you back to who you are.”

Courtney Carver

The Eclipse Path

The eastern half of the U.S., Central America and South America will experience the eclipse's totality.. The Western half of the U.S. and European countries will experience a partial eclipse. People living in countries that are on the eclipse path (where the eclipse is total) will be more directly impacted by the eclipse energies, as will the country and the country’s leadership.

Penumbral eclipse begins at 9:32 p.m. EDT on May 15

Partial eclipse begins at10:27 p.m. EDT on May 15

Totality begins (moon engulfed in Earth’s shadow) begins at 11:29 p.m. EDT on May 15

Totality ends at 12:53 a.m. EDT

Maximum eclipse at 12:12 a.m. EDT

Duration of totality: About 85 minutes.

Partial eclipse ends at 1:55 a.m. EDT

Penumbral eclipse ends at 2:50 a.m. EDT

The Total Lunar Eclipse, May 16 at 25 Scorpio brings a level of intensity that propels us to let go of something that is no longer useful to our lives. By releasing what complicates and weighs us down, we open to a simpler, more peaceful way of living.

Scorpio is the sign of death, but not death as the end, as something final. All life becomes compost for new life that germinates from what was once vital but now gives way for new growth. Hence, Scorpio is the sign of transformation.

Sometimes we cling to something that gave us life and meaning, holding onto it long after it has shown signs of decay and is smelling up our life. his eclipse brings us to a crisis point where we feel the necessity to let the past go. We readily see how lingering old feelings, hurts, and belongings can be released to become the compost that fertilizes a life that is opening for us.

Scorpio brings focus to what dwells beneath he surface of our consciousness, tucked away in the shadows of our awareness. It takes an event to propel what is secreted away to surface so that it can encountered and dealt with. A Scorpio Eclipse is such a time where we are more readily connected to our deepest feelings, secret fears and most powerful desires. With our depths illuminated, we can readily see and make the changes that need to be made.

We are reminded that nothing is ever truly stable and that all life is in constant flux. We may wish to preserve something that has already shown signs of decay, but we then only succeed in calcifying it – to where it is there in form, but no longer contains life or vitality. It might be a habit, a person, a belief, a way of living that once served us but now robs us of strength. The Scorpio Eclipse propels us to embrace change, let go and joyously embrace our life as a process of change, growth, decay and rebirth. Clearing away the old paves the way for new growth.

The Scorpio Lunar Eclipse is a crucible for the alchemy that is taking place. For coal to be transmuted into gold, the crucible first heats up. We may feel heated up with emotion, and feel an inner pressure or intensity especially in the area of life indicated by the houses where the Sun and Moon reside at the eclipse. These houses represent a polarity that is seeking to be resolved, where we are looking to let go of drama and intensity in favor of simplicity and calm.

If we stay holding onto what is ready to move out of our lives, the intensity we are experiencing may become exacerbated. Not handled well, there is potential for power games, arguments and conflicts. We seek to remove the complexity and the complicated and look to bottom line and simplify dynamics.

It is beneficial to recognize that everyone around us is effected by the energies of the eclipse and may be feeling more emotional or reactive. We are each realizing what is not healthy or supportive to our future growth. There are conversations with others that may be needed, but it is best to stick to the facts so that the interaction does not escalate into a heated argument (Saturn square Mercury in Retrograde). We are to take responsibility for our shortcomings and not just vent or project onto others. The eclipse invites us to mature in relation to our emotions and attachments; we can see and observe them without letting them sit in the driver's seat where they take over and drive a situation.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

Maori Proverb

Let Simplicity in Living be our North Star

The Sun and North Node in Taurus

Throughout both eclipse seasons in 2022, we are urged to simplify our lives, to identify what is essential and let the rest slide away.

The strong Taurean signature of the 2022 eclipses reminds us that life for humans has not really changed so much since the beginning of time. Food, shelter, companionship, a livelihood remain constants. Taurus would say that everything else we get caught up in simply complicates life and creates unnecessary intensity.