Here at BrujaxTropical we bring you the first part of a mini guide for eclipse season, with a special emphasis this lunar eclipse in Gemini. We will briefly explain what a penumbral partial lunar eclipse is along with some witch tips that help navigate this energy. It is not easy to pass through these heavy cosmic portals as the energy feels, well… eclipsed.
Ancestral cultures around the world have known the importance of eclipses, deeming it a time of introspection, peril and all around precaution. However, this applies to total eclipses, more so than partial ones, where the sun darkens or the moon completely disappears for a few minutes. Eclipses are a manifestation of the sacred cosmic deities’ power, they invoke the uncontrollable, those awesome supernatural forces beyond our comprehension that have always frightened humanity. In indigenous worldview, the Sun and the Moon represent spiritual and earthly authorities who can alter and impact our life, changing it profoundly. The Sun fights against the shadow, chaos and the darkness of night. The Moon guides, protects and governs the cycles of the water that fertilizes the earth. Contrary to what is believed, the great pre-Hispanic cultures with their advanced astronomical knowledge knew how to predict the season of eclipses. An example of this is the Dresden Mayan Codex, which was exclusively made for the knowledge and study of the Sacedorsio.
But let’s onto the guide …
This full moon falls on 8 degrees of the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. The planet of communication, our friend Mercury/Hermes, rules over this pit stop with themes of language and communication, making a sextile with the Triple Conjunction (Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter on Capri). This marks a time where suppressed aspects our internal communication are revealed, especially considering mercury’s transit through Scorpio. There are also other astrological aspects that influence this penumbral eclipse full moon and add intensity to the panorama, but it is complicated and extensive, so for that we reccommend reading one of our favorite astrologers.
But before continuing, let us mention talk a little about the astronomical meaning of a penumbral eclipse.
There are two types of shadow on the earth: umbra and penumbra. Eclipses occur when the moon passes through one of these, interposing between the Sun and the Earth, which causes an alignment between the Moon, Earth and the Sun. When the moon passes only through the half-light of the Earth, that is when it occurs a partial eclipse like the one we will have on November 30, 2020, inaugurating Sag Season.
And just like the Earth, we also feel the alignment, we also feel how the moon blocks a part of our shadow. That is why eclipses are so intense! But they are also a great opportunity for transformation and renewal.
And for that we bring you this mini-guide.
☾ Emotional Release
Like in the Tarot, the Moon is the archetype of the inner emotional waters and the psychic / spiritual world. In its full moon phase all these emotional aspects come to light. As witches, we know that the lunar cycles influence us state of being, as does the high tide to the sea when there’s surf swell.
Witchtip: Identify your emotions and work with them through simple writing rituals like journaling or making lists. Burn the paper and keep the ashes until the next full moon. Then give them to the wind or bury them to you ensure that you free yourself from those emotions.
Full moons are always a time to celebrate the culmination of cycles. Its the harvest of what we have sown during the new moon. But, with a penumbral (partial) lunar eclipse, the emergence will not be focused so much on celebrating and manifesting, as on freeing ourselves from those old patterns, internal dialogues and emotions that condition and limit us for a long time and that we have surely identified through the shadow work (you can check our SHADOW WORK guide to know more).
Witchtip: make a protection charm in a bag. Add: tourmaline or obsidian, rosemary, rose petals, rue, pink salt or black salt, and cinnamon sticks. Keep it with you, hang it or leave it under your pillow for sleep protection. You can renew it the next eclipse.
☾ Stay TF Home
And we are not just referring to the coronavirus. Remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic, so wear your mask (literally) and protect yourself & others. But, also keep in mind that the intensity of eclipses are uncontrollable forces that can and will cause chaos around us. The problem here is that with this Gemini/Sag vibe, we’ll want to go out seeking socialization and adventure, so it’s a tough battle. If you can, its best stay home!
☾ Sex Magic (& Good Vibrations)
Just as the full moon governs our emotions (water) it also governs our sexual energy, also related to bodily fluids: blood, tears, etc. As we share with you in our Full Moon guide, it is rich on a full moon to make charm spells, put on makeup, become attractive and elevate sexuality. But with an eclipse, the energy becomes an evolutionary portal that takes us out of our comfort zone and we have to find a way to channel all that energy. So if you stay at home, do not hesitate to use this time with express yourself sexually with your partner, lover or vibrator!
☾ Hush: check your internal dialogue
Eclipses tend to eclipse the SELF, as we already stated. It can feel like nothing, inside or outside us, makes much sense. With the astrology of this lunation, communication will be intense. Beware of gossip and or running your tongue, as those tend to come from our own projections. Work on your shadow self (just like the earth works on on hers), observe it and don’t feed meaningless conversations. Take advantage of the eclipse to meditate, go into hermit mode, and if you want to make noise, its better to listen to music, or sing your feelings in the shower. Eclipses are excellent to work with high frequency energy!
WitchtipSound is a great ally for energy cleansing and raising the vibration of your space, altar or during your rituals and spells. Use instruments like bells, shamanic drums, or your own voice. Let yourself be carried away by the trance of sound.
☾ Cut karmic ties
It does not matter wether the eclipse is total or partial, what matters that you understand it. If its Lunar, it will trigger changes on a psychic and emotional level. Repressed emotions and traumas will surface, especially if it has to do with our spiritual evolution and karmic process. It is an ideal time to do bond cutting meditations, close cycles with soul mates, twin flames or any other emotional / affective bond that slows our process down.
If you want (and dare) to do spellwork you can do the cutting ritual by tying a red ribbon to two candles that represent you and the person in question. Put some husk around the candles and cut the bow after lighting them. Let them burn completely and read the messages with velomancy. Meditate and visualize that process on a psychic level as well.
We hope that this first part of our Guide will help you navigate this time of intensity to close 2020. And remember, keep it tropical!