Celestial Drama: Winter Solstice 2010

The 2010 Winter Solstice will occur within hours of a dramatic total eclipse of the Full Moon, visible for many in the night sky on Monday, December 20th from 11:41pm until 12:53 am (Pacific Time) of the Solstice Day, Tuesday, December 21st.

This is an exceedingly rare eclipse of the Moon. The last time it happened on the longest, darkest night of the year was at least 400 years ago. Making it even more rare is that the Earth, Moon and Sun will all be clearly aligned with the Galactic Core of our Milky Way.

I think of my Mayan friend years ago telling me stories of the Great Starry Mother, the Milky Way, with a womb at its center. She told me then that our solar system had already moved into that womb of the mother goddess, a journey that started in 1980 and would take until 2016. This is what we call Aligning with the Galactic Core. This Eclipse/Solstice 2010 and the Winter Solstice 2012 are part of a birthing process, from the depths of the Milky Way, one requiring stages and alignments as the Great Mother births a new dream for the next 26,000 years.

I'll be holding vigil in the deep, red womb-like darkness during the eclipse, here on Whidbey Island, as will tens of thousands of people elsewhere. I could be afraid in the dimming of the light. Instead I've decided to take inspiration from the Maya and the Egyptians who saw the Milky Way as a benevolent overarching protective Mother Goddess.

Eclipses change things, sometimes irrevocably. As my deep friend Francisco Rico just pointed out to me, the interruption of the flow of light between the Sun and Moon during an eclipse allows that flow to shift and connect in new ways. We need the shifts, and what better place to be than deep in the womb of a loving, caring Galactic Mother?

There are many ways to wisely align with this celestial event. Meditate in the dark, wake and watch from bed, light a candle before you go to sleep, hum, sing songs and pray with others. The Eclipse peaks at 12:17am (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, December 21st if you only want to be outside for a few minutes.

Nut, the Milky Way Sky Goddess
Nut, The Milky Way Sky Goddess
from Isha Schwaller de Lubicz,
Her-Bak: The Living Face of Ancient Egypt, 1978, 216

December 19, 2010

Celestial Drama: Winter Solstice 2010
©2010 Gretchen Lawlor