Lunar Eclipse Meaning
The Moon is a cold, rocky body about 2,160 miles (3,476 km) in diameter. It has no light of its own but shines by sunlight reflected from its surface. The Moon orbits Earth about once every 29 and a half days. As it circles our planet, the changing position of the Moon with respect to the Sun causes our natural satellite to cycle through a series of phases.
An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when one object in the sky moves into the shadow of another. A Lunar Eclipse is when the Moon moves into the shadow of Earth. Lunar eclipses are not totally dark. The Moon will reflect some sunlight that is refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere. The light that is refracted is reddish in color and can cause the Moon to appear a dark red-brown color.
An eclipse of the Moon (or Lunar Eclipse) can only occur at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. That shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped components, one nested inside the other. The outer or penumbral shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks part but not all of the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon. In contrast, the inner or umbral shadow is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch. You don’t need any kind of protective filters. It isn’t even necessary to use a telescope. You can watch the lunar eclipse with nothing more than your own two eyes.
The pull of the sun and moon add to the tidal effects anytime they’re in line with the Earth. They subtract from the tidal pull when the sun and moon are at right angles to each other from Earth. Because a lunar eclipse only takes place during a full moon, tides are higher during this time.
From general lunacy and medical issues to whether crime rates varied, researchers have tackled a bevy of topics to find out if behavior can change during this phase of the moon. Always surrounded by an aura of mystery, the moon and its possible influence over human behavior has been the object of ancestral fascination and mythical speculation for centuries. While the moon can’t turn people into werewolves, some people do accuse it of causing a bad night’s sleep or creating physical and mental alterations.
Water in our bodies is affected by the movement of the Moon in much the same way as its gravitational pull controls the tides. As the fluid in our body shifts, it is the balance in our minds, which can trigger extreme emotions.
Lunar Eclipses bring new beginnings, new issues, new situations and new people into our lives. They bring issues in our lives to fulfillment. Our emotional levels are raised and drama is likely. We get a cosmic spiritual push to handle matters in certain areas of life. If we choose to get in touch with our feelings under a lunar eclipse and go with the feelings, we will see dramatic positive change.