Friday, January 15, 2010

New Moon, Solar Eclipse

A thin ring of the sun's disk can still be seen all the way around the dark moon during this kind of event, known as an annular eclipse (from "annulus," Latin for "ring"). Today's New Moon is in Capricorn, ruler of diligence and discipline. This New Moon is an "annular" solar eclipse (not a total eclipse), but it's influence is long-lasting because it is the longest in duration of any solar eclipse since 1992. It will be most visible in Africa and eastern Asia but it will have a strong influence on the rest of us as well. Eclipses do not affect everyone the same way, and not everyone will be affected by every eclipse. But they tend to have the effect of unmasking or revealing something which has been hidden, and at this New Moon there is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and begin something completely new.
Mercury turns direct today, signaling that it's time to give birth to the ideas that have been circulating during the retrograde period.