A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely into the Earth's shadow (umbra) and is thus should be completely darkened, but due to the way the light from the sun reacts to the Earth's atmosphere before reflecting from the Earth to the moon, it actually turns bright red. It is the reflection of a millions sunrises.
The wait is over! The intense grand cross in cardinal signs in April's forecast is already in edge-of-your-seats play.
Here comes a spike of intensity, with the Total Lunar Eclipse (April 15th) in cardinal sign Libra. At this big event, the luminaries Sun and Moon are at 25 degrees Libra, and Mars is at 16 Libra, charging the air with big passion and wakefulness.
Libra Total Eclipse there's acting with willpower, and using our creative intelligence. And then there's the balancing act of playing off others' intent and creations.
- Meditative energy work (chakra or other)
- Opening Prayer / Path working
- Consecrations with salt/water & incense
- Magic Circle Casting
- Calling of elemental quarters – with invocations & symbols
- Energy raising with chant . brief circle dance
- God & Goddess work (some times invocations)
- Magical work / spell-craft
- Blessing of cakes & wine
- Some training work/ wicca discussions (if time permits)
- Closing of energies
Many magic-users consider the lunar energy during the time of a lunar eclipse to be particularly potent. There are a few different ways of considering this energy.
Let's make Moon Water during the April Lunar Eclipse!
The full moon will appear on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the following times: 5:06 a.m. PDT, 6:06 a.m. MDT, 7:06 a.m. CDT and 8:06 a.m. EDT.
April’s esbat is a great time for working spells and rites involving self-healing, creativity, and emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual balance. This month’s magick should involve issues focused on doing rather than being or on acting instead of thinking alone. Spell work can also involve focus on developing opportunities and acting on plans for the future. Continued focus on the maiden aspect of the Goddess.
This is an exceptionally auspicious day in all traditions. It is especially good for beginning important business or acquiring a large-scale acquisition. It is also beneficial for travelling and anything connected to transport and vehicles. It gives those who were born on this day a love of long journeys.
Next Full Moon Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015. Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures:
- Colonial American: Planter's Moon
- Chinese: Peony Moon
- American Indian (Cherokee): Flower Moon
- American Indian (Choctaw): Wildcat Moon
- American Indian (Dakotah Sioux): Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation
- Celtic: Growing Moon
- English Medieval: Seed Moon
- Neo Pagan: Awakening Moon
This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
Current Moon Photo from U.S. Naval Observatory.
Full Seed Moon of April
April is a time of planting the seeds of your projects now that you have prioritized them back in March. The unpredictable weather of March is gentling into a more consistent warmth and mild temperatures. Spring is flowing toward early summer. You might still have to exercise caution to shelter tender young seedlings (especially if those seedlings are not metaphorical but are actual plant seedlings), but otherwise the time has come to plant those seeds and nurture your projects as they germinate by the light of the Seed Moon.