The December 20/21 event is the first total lunar eclipse in three years, which happens overnight December 20-21. Here's the timing:
Partial eclipse begins 1:33 AM Eastern December 21
Total eclipse begins 2:41 AM Eastern December 21
Mid-eclipse 3:17 AM Eastern December 21
Total eclipse ends 3:53 AM Eastern December 21
Partial eclipse ends 5:01 AM Eastern December 21
As the Moon appears to darken, it will actually turn a deep shade of red. The entire event lasts three-and-a-half hours. Within that, the period of totality is 72 minutes. If you live in North, South or Central America and have a clear sky, you can watch the entire event.
There are many ways to attune to the celestial frequencies to embed and direct the transformative effects of eclipses. Ceremony is most potent in the hours before, during and after the eclipse alignments, and at sunrise and sunset during each day of the Solstice gateway. As the energies are building, then disseminating, our prayers expand and multiply. My favorites include:
- Time in nature
- Communion with the planets and stars
- Healing work with exceptional practitioners
- Purification of body, mind (thoughts) and emotions
- Celebration with loved ones
- Creative activites (art, music, dance, drumming, chanting, etc.)
- Devotional practice (prayer, contemplation, meditation, drumming, chanting, etc.)
- Movement (yoga, t'ai chi, xi gong, walking, running, swimming, etc.)
- Eating foods that grow in and close to the Earth (especially root vegetables and dark, leafy greens) plus mineral supplementation
- Crafting intent
I'd like to offer, for the benefit of all beings, a prayer that we might carry in our hearts through this eclipse passage. A Solstice Prayer
Beginning now, I choose to walk in a new way on planet Earth, to attune to her as I remember cosmic truth and embody my divine purpose.
I forgive myself and others and open my heart to receive the infinite blessings of divine love flowing throughout the universe and coursing through my very veins.
As I attune to the Earth, the Moon, the planet and star beings in the heavens, I breathe with universal forces of creation. Divine Source enters me, filling the cells and spaces of my being with pure love and light. I am healed, whole, and renewed.
May I be gentle with myself and others as pain, fear and suffering are released. I bless all I encounter and embrace my fellow beings, all situations and circumstances, all thoughts, feelings and emotions, as reflections of my own divinity.
I joyfully claim my destiny as a force for positive change at this turning point in Earth's history. Together with my brothers and sisters, I will strive to shape the future in ways that serve humanity's highest evolution and fulfill the needs of generations yet to come.
Copyright 2010 Allison Rae/StarPriestess.com