It’s Just a [Moon] Phase

At approximately 5am EST, on April 4, 2015, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in North America.

An eclipse happens when the earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon’s surface. A total lunar eclipse can be seen once, about every two and half years, due to the patterns of orbit followed by the sun, the earth and the moon. It’s called a total eclipse because it only happens during a full moon, when the sun, earth and moon are in a straight line. Even though the earth is blocking the full spectrum of sunlight when this happens, the moon is still visible to the naked eye. (Note: This is a lunar eclipse, not a solar eclipse.) This is because the earth’s atmosphere is blocking all but the longest wavelengths, producing a red hue that is reflected onto the moon’s surface. You might also hear the total lunar eclipse referred to as a “Blood Moon,” for this reason. And the best part? It’s completely safe to watch!

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But enough with the science lesson…

A total lunar eclipse is also said to be a time of great emotional reaction. Feeling rather sensitive? A little too in-touch with your emotions? It is said that a full moon causes us to be more emotionally expressive. A total lunar eclipse emphasizes those emotions, but no need to freak out. This is a time to embrace change, explore your spirituality, discover your artistic creativity and just let yourself go. Pardon the ~*astrological*~ moment I’m about to have, but I’m ready! As an Aquarius rising in Scorpio, my plan is to let my curiosity and deep emotions guide my eccentricity into new experiences.

So for all of you who feel like you missed out on “new year, new me,” you’ve got another chance. \ (^‿^) / Total lunar eclipse, new me!