June 5: Strawberry Moon Lunar Eclipse
On Friday, June 5th, the moon will pass through the earth's outer shadow in a penumbral lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. While the eclipse will only be visible to those in Africa, Asia and Australia, the Strawberry Moon will be one of the largest-appearing full moons of 2020.
A quick refresher on lunar eclipses: lunar eclipses always happen during the full moon, when the sun, earth and moon are directly in alignment. The moon falls into the earth's shadow. Instead of being brightly lit up by the sun, the full moon takes on a reddish glow from the shadow.
In the next month we will have a series of three eclipses (lunar eclipse on June 5th, solar eclipse on June 21st, and another lunar eclipse on July 5th). While the lunar cycle moves through its stages of transformation gradually throughout the month, eclipses signal dramatic transformation.
There is no doubt that this is a time of massive transformation in our world. A pandemic is still rapidly growing in many parts of the world and the economy has all but collapsed. But at the same time, a powerful movement is taking hold that could actually begin to dismantle systematic racism and meaningfully reduce police brutality against BIPOC. This moment in time feels like nothing else we have ever experienced, and with more eclipses on the way, we will likely continue to see even more dramatic shifts.
A lunar eclipse asks us to look inward, whereas solar eclipses represent external events. While a lot of what is happening right now is taking place on a public stage, real change will only happen when we honestly confront our own hearts, minds, beliefs and actions. This lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, the sign of the seeker, urges us to ask ourselves where we have fallen short and where we can do better to promote justice for all.
New moons represent beginnings. Full moons ask us to reflect on where we are and to refine our paths. The June 5th full moon lunar eclipse is a powerful moment in time. It is our responsibility to grasp its full potential.
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