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Monday, June 28, 2010

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of June 26

Last Saturday night you may have looked up and seen the full moon. Depending on where you were and when you were out, you may have gotten lucky, as photographer Brad Riza did when he snapped this image.

Eclipses, by definition, mark a loss of light - or power, prominence, or even significance. The source of illumination is lost. Sometimes that loss is temporary. But sometimes that loss is permanent. You may find yourself in a situation today that is markedly different from where you were last week at this time. It's much like you have crossed a bridge, only to turn and discover the bridge has disappeared behind you and you can't get back to where you were.

The good news is that you have grown. You can't ungrow and you can't go back. So look around at where you are now and make the best of it. Focus on the solutions instead of the problem. Take baby steps, but take steps.

Weekend after next there will be a solar eclipse. They always come in pairs. First the earth gets between the sun and the moon, dropping the earth's shadow onto the lunar surface. Then the moon gets between the sun and the earth.

NEVER look at the sun during an eclipse. Here's how you can safely watch the eclipse. Get two business cards. Poke a hole in one business card with a straight pin. Turn your back to the sun so it shines over your shoulder. Hold the business card with the hole over the card without the hole and about 6 inches apart. You'll see the circle of light shining through the hole of the top card slowly get sliced away as the moon moves between the sun and earth.

These eclipses will come again at the Winter Solstice in December. Whatever happened to you during these eclipses will echo into what is to come. I encourage you to journal now and refer back later. In this way you'll discover how eclipses affect you and be prepared for future events. There are generally two or three pairs of eclipses per year.

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