New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Equinox 

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The new moon (super moon) is tomorrow, Friday night and at the same time, there’s a solar eclipse (partially viewable only in some parts of northern Africa and Europe. The total eclipse is viewable from Greenland and Iceland); and it’s the equinox the following day on Saturday. Three rather extraordinary celestial events.

The new moon is always an inspiration to me – even if she causes a solar eclipse while passing in front of the sun (the solar disk) and her shadow falls on our planet. The moon will be in her waxing phase from tomorrow night, growing brighter and fuller in the night sky  – even if she plays hide and seek.

 The equinox, when the days and nights are of the same length, 12 hours each, before the days and nights slip into a different gear. For a moment, balance. Here in South Africa, the days become shorter while in northern climes you’ll be welcoming spring and longer days of sunlight. Here, we note the advent of autumn. Already I see signs of it when I walk around my small garden. But surprisingly, while I note some things looking decidedly tired and weary, I note other plants and flowers coming into their own. They’ve been lying low, giving me surprise and joy. Yesterday when I went for a walk, my first in ages, I noticed the lengthening shadows, and the sun lower down in the sky.  It’s our season for turning towards darkness and burial, while for many of you a time to look toward renewal. 

As I write it is hailing, something I haven’t seen for a while. So far it does not look destructive. The thunder is rumbling, at times hugely banging. We have fearsome lightning bolts. I’m writing off line as I’ve disconnected from the plugs – I’m taking no chances while the celestial happenings are making themselves felt.

May the balance of the equinox, and the new moon and the sun in alchemical counter poise to each other, be a reminder to us all of the changing and turning of the seasons, bringing change into our lives, a harbinger of a positive and healthy kind amidst all the turmoil of the world.

With Easter and Pesach approaching early next month, I’m reminded that both are times for redemption and renewal. May these days irrespective of your perspective, bring you exactly that. 

35 Comments on New Moon, Equinox, Solar Eclipse

  1. Irrespective of my perspective, redemption and renewal — a response full of hope, and I have faith, Susan. This is a nice piece, reflective. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and observations. And, while it was hailing in J’burg, it was hailing here in Delaware, too — snow, sleet and hail to welcome our spring.

    • I meant to add “a response full of hope,” and “a time of balance — personally, globally.” Also, for me, at least, the times of the equinoxes and the solstices tap me on the shoulder, spin me around and remind me what a beautiful planet we inhabit. What an extraordinary phenomenon is that.

      • Thank you Samantha for your lively reminder of our beautiful planet – the tap on the shoulder is just what is needed. A spin –

        It’s freezing here in Joburg – rain, unusual for this time of year.

  2. Another wonderful post, Susan, thank you. It’s always lovely to visit your blog. All the seasons have their own beauty, and this is a truly special time. Like Gwynne, I’ve been wondering what the planets have in store for us. I hope you have a great weekend 🙂 x

  3. I hope your autumn is rich with color. Additionally, I hope the equinoxes bring you luck and soothe your soul. As life changes on this side of the planet, the times seem turbulent. I wonder what the planets have in mind for us?

    • I hope your spring brings renewal, colour, luck, joy, depth and height Gwynn and thank you for your good wishes. Rest in the balance and withstand the turbulent storms.

    • Happy Spring Day to you DL – I’ll think on northern hemispheres and you when the day dawns tomorrow. For us it’s the turn towards autumn.

      Thank you for your comment.

  4. Beautiful writing, Susan. You create wonderful sensory images in the reader’s mind. I’m anxious for the next season, warm skies, green landscapes, and cotton candy. Our days are already getting a bit longer, which is nice, but I’ve noticed then that I feel I can work longer, not relax during the new stretches of sunshine. Go figure.

    • I’m figuring … I like the downward turn to autumn – I like to write then. Maybe I feel less guilty about being indoors?

      Thank you for the lovely compliment and have a great weekend!

  5. We’re on the same wavelength of thinking on our blog topics of late. I guess we’re both ready for spring.

    Equinox is always a time that I like. There’s a balance to it all and I like it when life is in balance.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    • Something is in the air Arlee or the wavelengths! Yes I love the equinox also; balance and then some other movement.Thank you for coming by.

  6. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, Susan. I am thrilled to be celebrating the start of my favorite -spring -season, but I’m always taken back to remember that half the world is moving in the opposite direction seasonally speaking.

    Thunder is one of my favorite nature sounds.

    • I think you would have jumped out of your skin Sammy D if you’d heard what the skies were saying the other afternoon – but I agree there is something majestic and powerful about it. Not that you said that – apologies for putting words into your mouth!

      Happy Spring Day to you – may it be refreshing and lovely.

  7. Susan! As usual I would love to reblog — so don’t forget to ask your son when he has a moment if this option can be installed. Great post — thoughtful as usual and most celestial in spirit. Lots of love and keep writing. Mira

  8. what an amazing universe we live within – all those stars planets wonders spinning and twirling around- meeting and greeting each other – coming in closer and moving further out – just like us in our lives in our patterns.
    happy renewal to you Susan

    • Thank you Sandra for your beautiful analogy of patterns up there and down here – as above so below.

      Thank you for your renewal wishes and I wish the same to you.

  9. Dear Susan
    The garden speaks of life as you align them in such a thoughtful way. The symbolic has many languages…

    • Thank you Susan. as I look out at my garden this fresh morning, I am thinking of cutting the roses to bring them inside – and will be aware of the thorns.

  10. I appreciate your lessons in astronomy, Susan. And I hope for balance as two seasons blend – no more hail, I hope! That sounds scary to me.

    Yes, Easter is a time of redemption and renewal. I am looking forward to both; I am sure you are too.

    • Thank you Marian. Yes I’m looking forward to the richness of meaning of Easter and Pesach.

      Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  11. Hi Susan – I think there are four celestial interests this week .. we have 85% down here, and as it goes north the solar eclipse eventually is full in the Faroe Islands and Svalbord … we’re going to be under cloud .. but we’ll feel the clammyness – that I remember from 1999 the last one.

    Hail and thunder bolts .. sounds challenging but interesting as the weather is out there … cheers Hilary

    • Hi Hilary and thank you for saying about your neck of the woods and further north. Please photograph post partials if you see them, maybe post prandially …

      Yes the weather is out there … raining again tonight, decidedly cool. Rain is always a blessing.

  12. Sister Moon asketh of the Four Galilian Moons of Jupiter, “Does Susan speak in symbols, or are her associations to astronomical events also electro-chemical connections of some neurons in her head “speaking” to other neurons in her head?”

    A former USA Secretary of State, in connection with being held accountable about the unfortunate disaster in Libia replied, “What difference does it make!?” This has been considered an evasion of duty to the people and rulers of her country, maybe a criminal offence.

    All these Moon Sisters, with their Heavenly Understanding put their virtual heads together to judge this matters.

    A verdict by the Sisters was announced: “Susan had no crime intended. Her manner of blogging has some errors of omission and commission, and “no differences were made” All of these were OON-INTENDED.”

    Our records show that Susan always posts outstanding Blogs!


  13. Beautifully written observations, Susan. Another season, a new beginning — and a better one, we hope. We won’t see the news moon in N. America, but I am sure it’s a sight to behold. However, we had thunder yesterday, heard from the distance.
    Wishing you a great new season, filled with health and inspiration.

    • Thank you Silvia .. yes, let’s hope for better everything all round. Thank you for your kind wishes and I wish the same for you!

  14. Three signficant astronomical events… a time for change as the wheel turns indeed. I’m hoping for a clear morning here in England tomorrow.

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