As widely known, an eclipse of the Moon can only happen at Full Moon, when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up in space, with Earth in the middle. At such times, Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, creating a lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses happen a minimum of two times to a maximum of five times a year. There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.
In a Total Eclipse of the Moon, the inner part of Earth’s shadow, called the ’Umbra’, falls on the Moon’s face. At mid-eclipse, the entire Moon is in shadow, which may appear blood red.
In a Partial Lunar Eclipse, the ’Umbra’ takes a bite out of only a fraction of the Moon. The dark bite grows larger, and then recedes, never reaching the total phase.
In a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth falls on the Moon’s face. This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a Total or Partial Eclipse of the Moon. There is never a dark bite taken out of the Moon, as in a Partial Eclipse. The eclipse never progresses to reach the dramatic minutes of totality. At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the Moon’s face. Others will look and notice nothing at all.
Approximately, 35% of all lunar eclipses are penumbral, another 30% are partial eclipses, and the final 35% go all the way to becoming total eclipses. On February 10-11th, 2017 a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will happen. Moon enters ‘Penumbra’ on February 10th, at 22:32 UT (17:32 EST), mid-eclipse will occur on February 11th, at 00:44 UT (10th, 19:44 EST) and it leaves ‘Penumbra’ on February 11th, at 02:55 UT (10th, 21:55 EST). View zoomable chart above for visibility information.
Of course, the most famous lunar eclipses in history were total ones. Probably the most interesting of them all is the lunar eclipse which had occurred on 1st March, 1504 when Colombus was stranded in Jamaica. The indigenous people of the island at first welcomed Columbus and fed them, but Columbus’ sailors cheated and stole from the natives, this is why they halted the food supply.
Columbus had on board an almanac authored by Regiomontanus of astronomical tables covering these years; upon consulting the book, he noticed the date and the time of an upcoming lunar eclipse. He was able to use this information to his advantage. He requested a meeting for that day with the Cacique, the leader, and told him that his God was angry with the local people’s treatment of Columbus and his men. Columbus said his God would provide a clear sign of his displeasure by making the rising Full Moon appear ’inflamed with wrath’. Columbus timed the eclipse with his hourglass, and shortly before the totality ended after 48 minutes, he told the frightened indigenous people that they were going to be forgiven…
Although, throughout history, a lunar eclipse has been held to be responsible for negative incidents, losses and calamities, it may provide opportunities for the individuals in the tropical astrology of present times.
The Moon is really an occult ’storage depot’ where our inner dispositions, inclinations and memories can be found with (innate and acquired) volitional, mental and emotional patterns (which are strongly determined by the quality of the tropical sign of the Moon, its aspects, local determination etc.) – thus not only the valuable component parts, but the dangerous subtle sediment that imperceptibly and permanently vitiates the psychic processes. At Full Moon these ruinous effects are manifest but they have their greatest strengths, therefore the natives are wholly subdued by these forces, being unable to perform any inner operations on them. On the occasion of a lunar eclipse, these effects in question remain manifest, however, their irresistible power considerably decreases – this is the proper time for a ritual ’detoxification’ or ’resetting’ – now, mostly for those who have their natal Moon in tropical Leo.
In the case of the natives with Leo Moon, the accumulated occult toxic ’substances’ typically might result in false-pride and a great deal of vanity which lead to arrogance and rejection of all kinds of meaningful communication. Natives with Leo Moon can become gradually, while they are not even noticing, real despots who take themselves deadly seriously, beyond all criticism. After this symbolic/ritual ’resetting’ or ’detoxification’, the ’default values’ of Leo Moon should reappear: genuine self-assurance with frank and truthful behavior which can afford to be gentle, fair-minded and, when needed, forgiving, not lacking a healthy dose of self-irony. >>> More Astro Info