Coming up this Friday will be a solar eclipse that will be visible from Norway, the Faroe Islands, Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. This Friday is also March 20th, which marks the vernal equinox, also known as the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere. It is quite rare for a solar eclipse to fall on this date, and the next one won’t be until 2034. Adding to the rarity of this occurrence, it will also be a super moon, which is when a new or full moon is near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth.
What does this mean? Having this being a very rare occurrence, many people believe in celebrating it as a great day for new beginnings.
Solar Eclipse – A solar eclipse is when the moon aligns directly between the Earth and sun and either partially or completely blocks the sunlight for a few minutes during the day. In some historical and modern cultures, it has been attributed to supernatural occurences and bad omens. It can trigger upsetting changes, although afterwards can result in positive life changes. Some people look back at their life after a solar eclipse and realize that it dislodged them onto a new, better path or into an awakening.
Spring Equinox – The first day of spring is generally celebrated each year by many cultures, as it is when the length of day and night are almost equal; it symbolizes rebirth. In the northern hemisphere, spring equinox is around March 20th, and in the southern hemisphere it is around September 22nd. Many Christians celebrate with Easter eggs, some cultures celebrate their new year at this time, other cultures remember their ancestors, and many people celebrate the Earth. This can be done by going outdoors and connecting with nature. Many people also like to plant seeds on this day. March 20th is actually considered “Earth Day” in some parts of the world, whereas other parts of the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.
Super Moon – Many people also celebrate the new moon every month. The new moon occurs when the moon is directly between the sun and the Earth, and is usually not visible, unlike a bright full moon where the Earth is directly between the sun and moon. It is believed that this is a good day to contemplate your purpose and why you’re here on Earth. So when a new moon is very close to the Earth, known as the super moon, these new beginnings will take on an even greater momentous tone. You can expect to be more emotional than usual. There may be more tears, laughter, mood swings and drama. This may affect women more than men, so it is important for men to be sensitive to this occurrence. It can be a good opportunity to learn about how to deal with emotions, understand each other, and grow closer to one another.
Does the super moon affect the Earth? There is evidence that the moon does affect the tides on this day, however some sources say it is a big effect while others state that the effect is negligible. There is also conflicting evidence on whether there is a correlation between super moons and natural disasters, or if it’s just a coincidence.
So this Friday, March 20, 2015 is a big day with a solar eclipse, equinox and a super moon all happening at the same time. A good way to celebrate this momentous day on a deeper level is with a Cacao ceremony (also known as a ‘journey’). Cacao is the raw, natural form of chocolate without all the added sugar and additives. For thousands of years it has been considered a sacred plant with potent healing properties. It is a powerful heart-opener and is a great way to enhance mediation and to improve relationships with others. If you want to read about what a Cacao ceremony experience is like, you can read about one here. I have done Cacao journeys before and I find them truly enlightening. I will be attending one this Friday with some close friends and am really looking forward to it!
How ever you decide to celebrate, remember to take some time this Friday, March 20th to reflect on your purpose, your connection with the Earth and others, and most importantly, be easy on yourself.
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