Aug 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse – What is Changing?

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What’s your plan for the Aug 21 solar eclipse?

Totality is at 11:30 am on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Aug 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse - What is Changing? Riding Moon Cycles

See the NASA maps to find where the total eclipse can be viewed across the US states. I’ll be about 200 miles south of the line, but I still expect a pretty good show.

Eclipses are exciting and don’t happen that often. The last time a total solar eclipse could be viewed all across the center of the US from coast to coast was June 8, 1918.

For a solar eclipse like this one, the lineup is Sun, Moon, and Earth. This can only happen on a New Moon. We are standing on Earth and the Moon comes between us and the Sun.

Sun ———- Moon ———- Earth

Outside —– Inside ———- Me

For moon phase imagery, you might say the Sun is shining a light on our deep Moon issues so we can see them. What is brewing in your universe? Perhaps what has been lurking in the dark on the inside can now be looked at.

Eclipse time is an opportunity to take a perspective on your personal year at the very least. Consider plans and results between these dates:

Feb 2017
Aug 2017
Jan 2018

The common factor of these three times is Change.

What has changed since February? What are the results of the choices made then?

What change now will set up a new result for January?

There are no right or wrong answers, only choices. And opportunities.

Choose to change and experience a new result. Or decide not to change and you may get another chance in a future cycle. Or be forced into a change.

Either way, the ripples will extend from three to six months.

I like to consider what it was like in the past when our Ancestors had no electronics and it was a simpler time. An eclipse would be a momentous event, even scary and ominous.

Viewing an eclipse is a chance to have a sense of the relationship of humans to the greater environment. We live in a whole universe, standing on a blue planet, surrounded by other heavenly bodies. It’s a beautiful and awe-inspiring concept. I hope you make time to enjoy it.

And I’m so glad you stopped by today!

What the Void? It’s the Friday Moon!

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Making plans for this Friday? Head’s up! It’s a void-of-course moon all day on Friday, July 14, 2017.

What’s a void-of-course? It is the time period when the Moon is traveling between astrological signs. The Moon is not making an aspect to any particular planet.

I mention this because it’s practically all day on Friday for the V/C from 10 am PST to 5p PST.

Along with the moon phases, I watch the V/C moon times carefully. Instead of a negative vibe of what not to do, I try to focus on positive activities. There are quite a few that pretty much guarantee a successful transition when the Moon moves along again.

Void-of-Course Moon on Friday July 14, 2017 Riding Moon Cycles

On the job, I’ve always done my best to avoid important assignments and reports during the void-of-course moon. Delay as much as humanly possible for another day. Sometimes delay is not an option if you are not in control of your schedule, but knowing the void-of-course times in advance can help when you do have a choice in the matter. This practice got me through many years of corporate employment with a positive reputation, just by following the moon phases and the V/C whenever I had an opportunity to voice a preference.

Here are activities that I find work well during the V/C – in no particular order. It’s a list of suggestions for the type of day you can schedule. You’ll find me with a full laundry basket on most V/C days.

  • Social time with known friends and no agenda
  • Rest, movies, music
  • Filing, putting things away
  • Routine work activities
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Mending
  • General chores
  • Garden maintenance
  • Routine personal care and pampering
  • Work an ongoing project – no starting, deciding, finishing

Attending to chores and routine maintenance makes for a great start of the next astrological sign because everything is set to go.

I’ve never had an original idea start during a V/C moon that manifested into a success. And I have made lists of them. I make a point of NOT thinking up new ideas. And I love new ideas!

I also make a point of not trying to organize something new or try to throw things out. It’s not a great time for final decisions.

I hope this moon cycle tip works for you this week. I am so glad you stopped by today!

Tips for the coming Full Moon

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That will be Saturn near the Full Moon on Thursday night July 6. The Sun is high overhead now and the Moon is much lower on the horizon.

You may feel the tension brewing during the Waxing Gibbous moon phase the next few days building to the Full Moon.

FQ+6 First Quarter plus 6 days Riding Moon Cycles

WHAT TO DO

A few tips from “Moon Days” are:

Work on the plan already in motion.

Patiently ask for and find the answers to work around the obstacle.

My self-care strategies are…

The issue before you is necessary growth.

Recognize what is working. Focus on the good news!

These and more daily tips in “Moon Days” are purposefully brief for the widest possible interpretation according to your current circumstances.

For instance, I have a writing project that of course has an obstacle that needs an adjustment. I am letting part of it go, but the hard work completed can be applied to a different project. And voila! It is simplified and better.

SLEEP

Now through next week the bright light of the moon may keep you up at night. This phenomenon is one of the reasons I study the moon phases. Since I am so sensitive, I practice certain principles to be more comfortable during this time.

Head Position – Magnetics

One of the most interesting magnetic connections to sleep is to determine the best position of your head. I choose North and even rearrange hotel room furniture when traveling. This position aligns with the electromagnetic energy of the Earth. Head to the South also works for some people.

You have to try out the different directions and see what works for you.

CURTAINS

I use blackout curtains and they work really well. There’s still the magnetics of the Full Moon but it blocks the light interference for the eyes.

ELECTRONICS

There’s plenty of medical and scientific studies available to limit the use of electronics before sleeping. I banished them from my bedroom and only keep a small battery clock and one lamp for reading and dressing. Your mileage may vary!

ROUTINE

Everyone agrees that a simple routine prepares the body for sleep. Find yours and repeat. For instance, choose the same time of evening for supplements, finishing electronics, meditation, music, bathing, arranging the windows/curtains, reading a paper book.

I heard on NPR this week that the thinking about getting up to do a light task when you can’t sleep is revised now. It is recommended to stay in bed because it is a form of rest for the body.

SUPPLEMENTS

Find your sleep supplements. There are so many available as herbs and homeopathic remedies. I like to use a combination of homeopathic passion flower and herbal tea with German Chamomile fresh tincture and Wild Oats fresh tincture. As always, follow your doctor’s recommendations for any medical issues.

Happy dreams!

Laraine at Riding Moon Cycles

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