*Note* The next full eclipse is a Solar Eclipse on July 11, 2010
Both the Full Lunar and Solar Eclipse are amazing displays of beauty and energy. They also affect each of us, whether it be a subtle energy shift or a more recognizable, intense surge of feelings, in a very unique way.
When speaking of any astrological event, the first thing to take into account/consideration is your own astrological sign and natal chart. Those with Sun signs will be affected differently than those with signs of water, etc. As a Cancer, I am totally energized, almost "high" when a Lunar Eclipse occurs. Those with Sun signs may feel quite the opposite.
The same goes for Solar Eclipses. Using myself as an example again, as a Cancer (Moon Child), I tend to find myself much more anxious during Solar Eclipses. Again, it should be noted that to really gain a true understanding of how Lunar and Solar eclipses affect you personally, you will need to know where this astrological event falls into your personal chart. Information such as what sign the Lunar/Solar Eclipse falls under, what house in your personal natal chart is affected, etc.
The moon and its cycle affects us all, whether it be subtle in nature or more recognizable. See http://www.healingcrystals.com/December_2009_Newsletter_-_Moon_Phases___Crystals_Articles_1681.html to learn more about the cycles of the moon.
So, how does a Lunar Eclipse, especially the Total Lunar Eclipse affect us. Lunar (Moon) Energy in general is a very maternal, nurturing energy. As the Earth, Moon and Sun become perfectly aligned, the Full Moon becomes covered by Earth's shadow. During this time, the Lunar energy of the Full Moon is effectively "blocked out" and may cause feelings of fear, anxiety and/or abandonment.
During this time, relationships may come into question and/or there may be an increase in emotional intensity. However, this is only for a very brief time, during the complete black out of the Full Moon. As the Full Moon begins to light up again, you will find this heaviness and intensity slowly lift and dissipate.
The partial Lunar Eclipse may present the same type of feelings, but since the Moon is not totally covered, the degree of these feelings will not be as strong or intense.
If you are sensitive to these type of energies, let me recommend a few crystals that you can hold or work with during the Full Moon's "black out". These crystals can help ease the momentarily reduced energy of the normally loving, nurturing, mothering energies we associate with the moon.
Rainbow Moonstone helps to soothe and calm overreactions and the propensity to be overly emotional.
Pink Calcite (Manganocalcite) transmits mother energies of giving life, nurturing and love which can replace/renew the nurturing, maternal energy of the Full Moon while it is sheilded by the Earth.
Hold a piece of Howlite to reduce anxiety, tensions and stress. Howlite can be used to facilitate awareness, encourage emotional expression and assist in the elimination of pain, stress and/or rage. Howlite will calm and soothe the emotions.
Lepidolite reduces stress, relieves fear and anxiety. Lepidolite helps to soothe the feelings of being emotionally overwhelmed.
If you find yourself momentarily in a place of fear, make sure to have Chrysocolla, Jet, or Black Tourmaline handy.
Solar energy is quite the opposite. It enhances the energies of father, protection and external expression. A Solar Eclipse not only affects the energy of the Sun, but also the Moon! A Solar Eclipse occurs when the New Moon is between Earth and the Sun. The Moon's energy is very strong because it is extremely close to the Earth during this eclipse. The Sun energy is also very powerful as it embraces the Moon, showing only a glowing ring of bright light during the peak of the event.
During a Total Solar Eclipse, the Sun's light, associated with warmth, life force, and creation is temporarily blocked out. During these moments, feelings of lack, fatigue, anxiety and a disconnection with life/life force may occur. Again, this is only for a brief time as the New Moon totally blocks out the light of the Sun.
During a Total Solar Eclipse, if you are more sensitive to the energy of the Sun, you can use these crystal recommendations to keep the energy of the Sun present, even during the Eclipse event.
Imperial Topaz represents life giving energy. It promotes well being, strengthens optimism, reduces fear of lack, and enhances the feelings of abundance and prosperity.
Sunstone warms the heart and lifts/rejuvenates the spirit. Sunstone is often used for protection, grounding and enhancing life force energies.
Citrine is particularly helpful in assisting with abundance and prosperity. It enhances the enjoyment of life and increased spiritual growth. Citrine energizes and invigorates, increasing motivation and physical energy. Citrine dissipates negative energies and promotes inner calm.
Ametrine is a combination of Citrine and Amethyst. It disperses negativity from the aura and fills the voids with the energizing and stabilizing qualities of pure energy and light.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and the Total Solar Eclipse are a Universal reminder of the cycle of life and the energy that surrounds us. These events shed a great deal of light on the energies each holds. One thing is certain, no matter what the energy or event, there will always be a crystal to help achieve balance and center.
Written by Kristi Huggins
Author and Project Manager for Healing Crystals