The next lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’ is taking place at 12.13pm on May 26, and this time it’s happening in Sagittarius.
If you believe in astrology, then you’ll know that eclipses are said to have a profound effect on us and the direction our lives are taking.
Moon experts will often cite eclipses as the perfect opportunity to let go and shed old patterns and behaviours, even if it’s ugly – they’re seen as powerful opportunities to push forwards.
This May 2021 full moon eclipse is going to play on these themes.
Whether that resonates with you or not is one thing, but taking stock and thinking about how to build a better future is never a bad idea.
What is a lunar eclipse?
There are two kinds of eclipses – solar (which happen on a new moon) and lunar (which happen on a full moon).
May 26 will see us in a lunar eclipse, and the moon and sun will be in opposite zodiac signs – Sagittarius and Gemini.
In terms of what we’ll see in the sky, Bex Milford, an astrologer and cosmic coach at Cosmic Cures, says: ‘The light from the sun that would usually cause the moon’s surface to glow is interrupted and filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere; this can cause the Moon to be tinged with a reddish hue, hence the term Blood Moon which you might also hear.’
What to expect from May’s lunar eclipse and blood moon
Bex tells Metro.co.uk that ‘eclipses create “Karmic Curveballs”‘ – a term she personally uses with her clients.
‘We are often shocked into changing something dramatic about or lives. Eclipses aren’t known for being subtle or necessarily comfortable.
‘Rather than being on a runaway train careering along a track, we can instead imagine ourselves at the front of a rollercoaster – yes, it might be a bumpy journey with shocks along the way, but we’re prepared for the ride and trust the outcome will be okay,’ she says.
This moon is also a Supermoon, which means it’s closer to the Earth and will appear more visible in the sky.
Astrologically, this is said to intensify the effect of the lunar eclipse further.
‘Full moons are about releasing that which no longer serves, but lunar eclipses supercharge this.
‘We are encouraged to cut chords, cleanse ourselves of unhealthy and outdated thoughts, and rewrite our own stories. Generally lunar eclipses also signify a culmination of something that was perhaps started during the last solar eclipse,’ Bex says.
The previous solar eclipse happened last year, so it’s worth reflecting on the first five months of this year.
Bex adds we aren’t at the mercy of the moon’s energy, rather ‘we can have a proactive hand in this, working with the energy and embracing the opportunity to step into a completely new version of ourselves.’
She warns: ‘It’s when we resist the change that we can feel things have been completely shaken up and we have no control over our lives.
‘Lunar eclipses encourage us to move past fear that restricts us, remembering fear is simply excitement minus trust. When we have faith in the outcome then fear transforms into anticipation.’
How to work with this lunar eclipse
To work with the energies of this specific lunar eclipse, Bex says given that Sagittarius is an optimistic sign, we are invited to ask: ‘What’s the best that can happen?’
She says to consider:
- What’s you’re holding yourself back from doing over fear of the outcome?
- Where do these limiting beliefs come from?
- Are you catastrophising because of past experiences, judging the future by previous events?
‘Work on shifting your attitude into one of hope and positivity. Write three scenarios in which you go for what you want that result in the best possible outcomes, and then remind yourself to have the power to make this happen.
‘It’s useful to look back to the last lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, at the beginning of June 6 2020. Has anything come full circle? Is there anything that you realise must now be released or ended? Are you being offered a chance for closure?
‘Finally, on this Eclipse, look out for synchronicities, signs from the Universe and messages.
‘While the Sun is in Gemini, release the need to be right about things, and instead ask questions and have conversations that will illuminate you and broaden your horizons.’
Releasing and letting go might be scary, but you can’t have a new beginning without an ending.
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