The Upcoming Full Moon of December 2014

Written by Sherrie Locke on 2 Aj, December 2014.

The December Full Moon is historically a time to reflect and review the year that is completing. It is the last Full Moon before the change of elements with the Solstice on December 21 (December 22 for some of you). I will post an article for that event in the next week or so.

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Effects of the Full Moon
Remember, the Full Moon breaks impasse, so if you are in any kind of stalemate or a period of indecision, use this Full Moon energy to clear the blockage and get on with things. I have noticed recently, that if people have been “on the fence” about certain things, be it a relationship or career matter, the Universe has served up a change for them.

That is to say that rather than changing that job at an unhealthy work place, a letter of termination was the result, thus time to make a change whether you think you are ready or not. If a relationship has been going nowhere or is not viable, it’s likely that something has happened to bring it to an end, sometimes rather dramatically, be it a business association or a personal relationship. Better to be the one in charge of your life than others dictating that change.

The last Full Moon in any element has a certain energy attached to it. We have three Full Moons in each elemental round (occasionally there is a small variance,). For us in the Northern hemisphere we are ending the element of Water, which rules our emotions, so that will be the theme at this time. For those of you in the Southern hemisphere you are ending the element of Air, which has brought about a change in your thinking or intentions, so pay attention to what comes up and how you have changed or need to make further changes, since we want (ideally) to move into the next element with as little baggage as possible, thus we will have further progress during this next element.

It’s ok if you do not yet know exactly what you want or need to do at this time. Reflect on what you have cleared out and how much room you have made for your new path to emerge.

Happy Full Moon Everyone!
~SL, 2014

The Solstices of Summer and Winter

Written by Sherrie Locke on 1 Akabal and 2 Net, June 2014.

The Solstice marks the longest or shortest day of the year depending on whether you are north or south of the equator.

The equinoxes and solstices as seen from space.

The equinoxes and solstices as seen from space.

Summer Solstice is the longest day and shortest night. Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night.

The equinoxes and solstices as seen from Earth.

The equinoxes and solstices as seen from Earth.

Each solstice marks a turning point.

The Summer Solstices

At the summer solstice the sun has reached its zenith, and after this day the hours of sunlight decrease, therefore the days get shorter. With the winter solstice, the following days increase in light and the days get longer. So whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere, the summer solstice is the strongest point.

Factoid: When you get closer to the equator, day and night are almost equal with sunrise at 6 AM and sundown at 6 PM. The farther north or south you go, the more the effect, thus the darkness at the poles in winter.

The Equinoxes and Solstices

Remember, the equinoxes are balance points. The solstices are apex points of light and of darkness.

In my home tradition, in most indigenous cultures, and certainly in the pagan community, we celebrate the four sacred holidays, the four seasons, thus the four elements. Whatever you call it, this is the cycle of equinox and solstice, the changing points.

This table is based on zodiacal New Year at zero degrees Aries tropical astrology.

  • Northern Hemisphere
  • Spring, sun enters Aries – Equinox – March – Element AIR
  • Summer, sun enters Cancer – Solstice – June – Element FIRE
  • Autumn, sun enters Libra – Equinox – September – Element Water
  • Winter, sun enters Capricorn -Solstice – December – Element EARTH
  • Southern Hemisphere
  • Autumn, sun enters Aries Equinox – March – Element WATER
  • Winter, sun enters Cancer Solstice – June – Element EARTH
  • Spring, sun enters Libra – Equinox – September – Element AIR
  • Summer, sun enters Capricorn – Solstice – December – Element FIRE

I will mention, once again, that in this day and age there are lots of pseudo-ceremonies performed on the solstice and equinox points, or around the correct date and time. We are fortunate that this coming solstice falls on the requisite 21st of June this year. Maybe this year most people will schedule their celebration on the correct day.

The Time of the Summer Solstice in 2014

The solstice has an exact time, and this year it occurs at 10:51 UTC. This translates to 6:51 AM on the East Coast of the United States, 3:51 AM on the West Coast of the United States. Here in Guatemala it will be at 4:51 AM, around sunrise for us.

I was at a summer solstice festival in New Mexico many years ago, and a lot of “rainbow” types attended. The festival was in a really cool old mining town I was living in at the time. I had been tracking astrology for many years, but for some reason at that time I did not have access to my ephemeris so I did not know the exact time of the solstice. I was pretty sure it was in the early afternoon that year. Back then nobody had a smart phone and certainly no Internet.

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Solstice at Stonehenge

I looked around and decided the event organizer might be a good person to ask, since after all, he was the person in charge, I just wanted to know the exact time of the solstice. His answer was both laughable and anger provoking. He yelled at me… What is wrong with you? The solstice is today, that’s what we’re here for! Then he walked off puffing something about, “ It’s ALWAYS a woman asking stupid questions.” I am certain most people would have been offended back then, and these days he might even get slugged by a female.

Well folks, the solstice is not all day, it has an exact time. It happens in an instant. Bam! We change elements.

At least on the equinox we get four minutes of balance. That totals eight minutes annually. On a solstice we simply go straight into the new element.

As I stated, we have four changes of element and eight minutes of balance, and twice a year we pivot and change from increase of light to decrease of light. See the rhythm? Awesome, huh?

The feasts and celebrations would traditionally commence “after” the exact time of the solstice or equinox.

So for those of us in the Northern hemisphere we go from element of Air (right intention) to element of Fire (right action) from the apex of light to increasing darkness. For those in the southern hemisphere, you go from element of Water (right faith) to element of Earth (right receiving), from the apex of darkness to increasing light.

See how this works? Rather like a global Rubik’s Cube, four on top, four on the bottom, always with the opposite elements in play. Air/Water, Fire/Earth. Cool huh?

How to Prepare for the Summer Solstice

Prior to this solstice, I ask those of you in the northern hemisphere to let go of what is holding you back. Burn, give away, and let go. Pause on solstice this Saturday, preferably at the exact time of the event.

If that is not possible, prepare a feast and take the day for celebration. Give thanks for yet another new beginning. This time we get to take right action. I am certain, after months of setbacks and clearing, that if this blog has reached you, then you know exactly what I am referring to and are ready for the new refreshed energy.

For you southern hemisphere folks, your faith (element of Water) has been tested and you are moving into Earth element where all your hard work and intention will pay off and crystallize (hopefully), and if you didn’t quite get it right this time you will have a chance to begin again on the spring equinox.

Many astrologers calculate a chart at the solstice and equinox points, the beginning of each element, like a birth chart. This kind of chart is good for three months and is the theme for the next three-month journey.

The old way of being can shift in an instant. The old way, of narcissistic behavior, we are leaving behind. No more exclusion, no more I, me, mine mentality. We are moving more fully into unity consciousness

In the meantime, between the time I publish this post and the Solstice point on Saturday June 21, 2014, 10:51 UTC, let go and give thanks for what you have learned, realized, let go of, forgiven and transcended. Good job! Let’s go into the next element happy, optimistic and in gratitude.

Love you all!
Mitakuye Oyasin!
~SL 2014

Equinox, Solstice, Eclipse Cycles and the Grand Cross

Written by Sherrie Locke on 2 Road, April 2014

As many of you have heard, right now on this planet, on this day, we are experiencing a “wormhole” or eclipse passage – a very powerful eclipse passage for humanity.

On the last full moon, we had a total lunar eclipse at 25 Libra 16 on 3 Ajpu, April 15, 2014. This was also the first day of Passover for 2014. I was fortunate to witness it firsthand with two very dear fellow surfers of the Zuvuya, Cass Maenius and the infamous Shay Addams at a sacred site, Tak’alik Ab’aj in Guatemala.

Spring Equinox and Fall Equinox 2014

Let us begin with current events so far this year. Spring Equinox (in northern latitudes) was on March 20th, at 10:57 AM Guatemala time. Note: I am always surprised when an indigenous group or even a country such as Mexico staunchly celebrates the equinox on the 21st of March or September every year when they rarely occur on those dates as they shift a bit due to astrological alignments. I don’t think we have another equinox on the 21st for about 50 years or so, give or take a decade.

So we will stick with the correct and exact time the sun moves into the zodiac at the beginning, Aries, which is the Spring Equinox, also referred to as the Vernal Equinox north of the equator, and called the Autumnal Equinox south of the equator.

The Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22 at the exact time the sun enters Libra, which is 9:29 PM Guatemala time this year.

Equinoxes are very special events here on earth, since they provide the only eight minutes of harmonic balance we receive on this planet: four minutes in the spring when the sun enters Aries and four minutes in the fall when the sun enters Libra. As a child, I got to go on field trips to a big building (usually the Masonic temple) on an equinox if it fell during school hours, where we would do our science experiments with a raw egg to do the “balancing” trick to prove our theories. Fun!

Summer and Winter Solstices

The Solstice mark the extreme points north or south on the sun’s track, so the apex points or peak points or the reverse. I will explain traditional rituals for the four sacred holidays in a future post.

We also have annular eclipse cycles, which means they occur regularly annually. This happens about twice a year, usually Spring and Fall.

The Current Grand Cross

This year we are past halfway through a roughly three and a half-year passage marked by the recurring Grand Cross alignment (check any astrologer or Google for more info on this subject). We are at point 5 out of 7 exact alignments that will conclude roughly in April 2015.

This particular passage is past the midpoint.

So to recap, first we had the Equinox 2014 entry into Aries on March 20, then the new moon and eclipse wormhole began on March 30. Next the full moon total lunar eclipse took place at 25 Libra 16 on 3 Ajpu, April 15, 2014, a sustained transformational open wormhole eclipse passage maintained with the Grand Cross.

Tonight we have the new moon in Taurus and a Solar eclipse, which will trigger the next two weeks of this passage. Fasten your seat belts!

How Eclipses Affect People

I was taught that…

The lunar eclipses change the way we feel about things.

The solar eclipses change the way the world sees us.

The proof is in the pudding.

What are you seeing in your life during this incredible life changing evolutionary passage so far?

Remember to love and honor yourself and those close to you that are going through transformation and even life-changing events, personally, locally and globally during this unprecedented time on earth.

Blessed Be and be a Blessing –

Love and Light on our journeys!

See you on the other side of the eclipse passage!

Namaste’

Bon voyage!

Que el camino sagrado te bendiga!

Buen viaje!

Happy trails!