The Moon: Science and Magic

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Magical and astrological traditions have long taught that the influence of the full moon begins three days before the lunation (moon event) and continues for three days after, and now it appears that there is a scientific basis for this teaching:

“Behold the full Moon. Ancient craters and frozen lava seas lie motionless under an airless sky of profound quiet. It’s a slow-motion world where even a human footprint may last millions of years. Nothing ever seems to happen there.


Wrong. NASA-supported scientists have realized that something does happen every month when the Moon gets a lashing from Earth’s magnetic tail.

“Earth’s magnetotail extends well beyond the orbit of the Moon and, once a month, the Moon orbits through it,” says Tim Stubbs, a University of Maryland scientist working at the Goddard Space Flight Center. “This can have consequences ranging from lunar ‘dust storms’ to electrostatic discharges.”

Anyone can tell when the Moon is inside the magnetotail. Just look: “If the Moon is full, it is inside the magnetotail,” says Stubbs. “The Moon enters the magnetotail three days before it is full and takes about six days to cross and exit on the other side.”

It is during those six days that strange things can happen.

During the crossing, the Moon comes in contact with a gigantic “plasma sheet” of hot charged particles trapped in the tail. The lightest and most mobile of these particles, electrons, pepper the Moon’s surface and give the Moon a negative charge.

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It’s not just the magical traditions that speak of the three days before and after a full or new moon […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:33:05-04:00April 20th, 2008|Moon, Science|Comments Off on The Moon: Science and Magic

Full Moon! And Other Planetary News

I’m finishing a hectic week so I will quote from Skywatch. I should be back to my regular schedule by Monday so please bear with me over the weekend. I will try to find interesting things for you to read, though.

On the 18th Mercury trines both Pluto and Saturn, enhancing their influence on each other as they dance together but never aspect each other completely. The addition of Mercury to this combination increases our understanding of the process on a much more conscious level. This is a great time to make plans for the future, especially after a big Plutonic change.

The Sun enters Taurus on April 19, beginning the season of fertility that connects us to the Earth. Taurus is associated with all things associated with Gaia, the mother goddess of the Earth, and as the Sun moves through Taurus those delights are illuminated.

The Moon is Full on April 20th, when the Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus. Scorpio is of course the sign of emotional intensity, where we dive deep into the underworld of our subconscious and discover the nasty bits of greed, envy, jealousy and other dark emotions that lie beneath the surface. By uncovering these emotional treasures we become more authentically who we are, and that is the ultimate goal of the Scorpionic process.

This year we have not just one, but two Scorpio Full Moons!! (The next one is in mid-May. This first one, on April 20th, is an powerful lunation (moon event) – apart from the Scorpio influence, there is also a T-square involving Mars in Cancer opposing Jupiter in Capricorn, both square to Venus in Aries. The opposition […]

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By |2008-04-19T00:42:00-04:00April 19th, 2008|Astronomy, Moon, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Full Moon! And Other Planetary News

Blogchronicity and the Void Moon Research Project

Sorry I haven’t been posting on my usual daily schedule, this week has been incredibly busy as transiting Mars begins to square my Libra stellium and transiting Pluto is racing back to embrace my little Capricorn Mars. Too much astrological information perhaps???

At any rate, Dharmaruci and I have evidently been a tag team as he posted on Tibet and Survivalism within a couple of days of my posts on these topics. I’m going to take a look at his chart of the Tibetan uprising and see what I can make of it. Meanwhile, he did write that the uprising evidently occurred during a Void Moon.

I’ve written several times of my disdain for the Void Moon, a disdain which is shared by many of my colleagues. However, many more of my colleagues embrace the concept and I am attempting to give it a second look using my trusty Planetary Guide from Llewellyn which is very easy to read. Unfortunately, though, I find that my life is too busy right now to really stop doing things when the moon is void of course (the period between the last lunar aspect to another planet and when it changes signs), and I also have not had time to evaluate the results of events in my life that occurred during the Void Moon. Adherents to the Void Moon theory report that events and projects begun while the moon is void do not come to fruition, that it is a good time for working with the unconscious but rather less beneficial for business or other ventures that are rooted in the material world.

I did notice that on Saturday when I went to the Raleigh Renaissance Faire to volunteer for the Network of Triangle Astrologers […]

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By |2008-04-16T10:33:00-04:00April 16th, 2008|Moon, Science|Comments Off on Blogchronicity and the Void Moon Research Project

New Moon Tonight!!

New Moon
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The Sun and Moon will conjoin tonight in Aries at around midnight EST, making this a New Moon. Aries is the sign of initiation and courage, and as first sign of the zodiac it rules over fresh starts and new beginnings. The New Moon is the beginning of a new solar cycle, so the New Moon in Aries has a particularly strong energy for moving forward into new ventures with energy and enthusiasm.

This New Moon is made particularly dynamic by a T-square involving Mars, the ruler of Aries, which is moving towards an opposition to Jupiter which is particularly confident and expansive. The square of the New Moon in Aries to Mars is a “double whammy” which tells us that the Mars/Aries energy is particularly powerful right now. Jupiter provides the possibilities and opportunities to make things happen but can also add a note of recklessness and amplification (Jupiter) of tempers and ego (Aries).

This rather reckless and headstrong Mars/Aries/Jupiter influence is offset somewhat by a trine of Saturn to Pluto which encourages us to give form (Saturn) to the drive to create change and transformation in our lives (Pluto). This added stability make this an ideal time for manifestation and intention, or just simply setting goals for the future.

There is a need now to balance the reckless enthusiasm with a more stable and balanced approach. If you have your chart, look to see where the New Moon at 16 degrees Aries will fall and that will give you a clue as to how to best use the energy of this lunation (moon event):

In the first house, you are being energized to balance your impulse to assert yourself with the need to consider the […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:33:05-04:00April 5th, 2008|Moon|Comments Off on New Moon Tonight!!

New Moon tomorrow! and a look ahead

We are still in the middle of the Aquarius stellium, with Chiron conjunct Mercury which is exacerbating the tendency of Mars in Cancer for hurt feelings. Fortunately, a conjunction of sweet Venus and romantic Neptune will soften the edges of any conflicts that come up, providing creative ways to move through difficulties and release old patterns as Neptune’s urge to dissolve and transcend does its magic.

The New Moon on March 7 is at 17 degrees Pisces, the sign of spiritual experience and creativity. With the Sun conjunct the Moon, there is a linking of the conscious mind to the unconscious instinctive urges, fusing in a celebration of the divine experience that is the realm of Pisces. New Moons are known to be auspicious times for new ventures, and this New Moon is tightly conjunct Uranus, god of radical change and innovation. A powerful influence to aid us as we walk down a completely new path! We also see the influence of Jupiter coming into play as it approaches a sextile (harmonious aspect) to Uranus which will be exact late in March. This Jupiter/Uranus combination brings with it an excitement and eagerness for change and a readiness to move into the next phase.

The New Moon also incorporates an applying conjunction between Mercury and Neptune which is exact on the 8th, enhancing the imaginative quality of this lunation. This Mercury/Neptune conjunction is part of the Aquarius stellium that includes Chiron which continues to press our buttons if we don’t surrender to the Neptunian flow and Chiron’s call to face the daemon within. When Venus enters Pisces on March 12 and forms a sextile to Pluto on March 13, any resistance we are harboring will be lubricated […]

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By |2008-03-06T16:48:00-04:00March 6th, 2008|Astrology, Moon|Comments Off on New Moon tomorrow! and a look ahead

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