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A lunar eclipse forms when the Moon is full and with one of the nodes, opposite the Sun also conjunct one of the nodes. All full moons project energetic power. The moon reflects the Sun, and when it is full there is more Sun to project. The full moon is particularly powerful at Solstice time, because it divides the world into halves. The dark and the light. Transitions are always memorable times of power and import. This Winter solstice, because it is also eclipsed, is a powerful opportunity for growth and change. Everyone should sit down, even for a minute and meditate on the solstice!
Winter in the northern hemisphere is the longest darkness, or the longest night, and the shortest day. Of course in the Southern Hemisphere, it is Summer Solstice with the longest day and shortest night – the longest day of daylight.
Winter also equates with Jnana Yoga. Our four different spiritual yogas, unions, paths of the aspirant, or fields of expression are Jnana, Bhakti, Raja, and Karma.
Kapha season provides a good field for Jnana – we slow down, we feel heavier, and more like going within. There are 3 fields of expression, Kapha, Pitta and Vata. Kapha energy is wet, phlegmatic and heavy. (Pitta is fiery or hot and Vata is airy and dry) The southern hemisphere enters the Pitta season.) In the Northern hemisphere, here in the west, we put our salads aside and turn to warm and hearty soup for the physical side – and turn our physical activeness into yoga, meditation and contemplation.
Jnana manifests or expresses as we take our personal Mercury vata aspect (intellectually acquired) knowledge and transform it by contemplation into usable, logical wisdom (kapha).
The word Jnana, by itself means knowledge. Some adepts are “Jnana Yogi’s and their entire or major spiritual expression involves the inward stroke, or reading spiritual books and meditating, to make it this pursuit far more simple than it actually expresses. Generally an aspirant comes to Jnana last, after perfecting the self through the lifetime(s). First Raja Yoga, the strengthening of the body, then Bhakti Yoga where individuals seek union with Divinity by Love of and for God, then Karma Yoga where Service to God and Humanity, develops. Often one arrives at Jnana towards the end of life – as an entire focus. However, Winter is a perfect time for all of us to hone our intellectual skills and knowledge of spirit and scripture. Wishing everyone wonderful spiritual progress in the coming year!
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