It’s a lunar eclipse! What should you do with it? You could bang pots and drums like the ancients to let the Moon know you’re eager for her return. You could park yourself in some beautiful spot and watch it—if you live in Europe, the Eastern Americas, West Asia or Africa. You could perform a ritual during the eclipse hours. Or you could make a point to avoid performing a ritual, as there are two schools of thought here. Some believe eclipses supercharge your ceremony. Others feel the energy is wonky and shouldn’t be trusted with important workings. I say, investigate! Lunar eclipses occur at least twice a year, every year. So the first thing to do is start paying attention to them whenever you get the opportunity. This year, the lunar eclipse begins with the Full Moon on Friday October 18 at 7:38 pm EDT (adjust for your timezone) and lasts for about four hours. This is the eclipse window. Pay attention to what happens during this window. How do you feel? What’s the energy like around you? Are you inspired to do anything? In other words, tune in and let the eclipse tell you what to do with it.
About Dana Gerhardt
A popular columnist with The Mountain Astrologer since 1991, Dana Gerhardt is an internationally respected astrologer. She has lectured extensively and written for astrology publications on several continents. Her ongoing passions are the moon and living the intuitive life. Dana worked for many years in the corporate sector, where she observed the undeniable influence of natural cycles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in literature at Columbia University and CSULA. Dana can be contacted by email.