It’s December 21, 3:28am, the winter solstice 2010. I woke up to get a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse this morning. Earlier I had been looking for historical or ancient symbolism of this unique event, a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the time when the sun reaches its lowest point in the northern sky. The day of the winter solstice is essentially the shortest of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.
While I gazed out of my bedroom window (did you think I was really going outside in the 20 degree temps?) at the progression of the eclipse, it came to me. The solstice is the darkest and longest night of the year. From here it only gets brighter. This coupled with the dark crimson moon reminded me that we are currently experiencing a time of Kali Yuga, or dark age (not the Goddess Kali). According to the Hindu faith, Kali Yuga is literally the age of the male demon, or the age of vice. Kali Yuga is the last of the four natural stages that the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Indian scriptures.
The bright and luminous moon, closely associated with the divine feminine, grew duller and duller. It made me think of recent times of women forgetting about their divine essence, and the feminine attributes of nurturing, collective cooperation, creativity and deep respect for the environment. It made me lament that women have been affected by corporate conditioning, hiding their true beauty behind plastic masks and starving their bodies in pursuit of the perpetually unattainable standardization. I thought of the unnecessary pain and abuse of not only women, but of humankind worldwide, due to excessive greed, jealousy, selfishness, and aggression characteristic of this dark age.
I couldn’t help but imagine that in this time of darkness (well not really for me, I’m a city dweller and there’s light pollution) is a very important event. Within the next hour, we will begin to see Luna’s re-emergence as a bright and powerful cosmic entity. Slowly I’ll watch as the darkness again becomes light. Is this our release from 432,000 years of Kali Yuga, or dark age?
I am not Hindu (so please forgive me) but I would like to believe that this is the end of Kali Yuga and the beginning of the Golden Age of Truth. Women and girls will once again recognize their power and beauty. The world as a whole (feminine and masculine) will begin to experience a divine feminine spiritual revolution and enjoy the benefits of a more evolved and civilized egalitarian society?
Today’s event can serve as an inspiration. I will start with myself right now. I can spare a little (actually a lot) more general kindness to people around me. I will pay more attention to the needs of others, instead of ignoring them because I’m crankified. Although I love my body and am generally comfortable in it, I have my moments. I am going to appreciate and adore it more, even the parts that tend to annoy me (the hereditary belly pooch). Adoring my body includes getting it into the best shape in can be in, without extreme measures or harmful abuse. (I need to lose a few pounds of fat).
What will YOU do to bring on the Golden Age of Truth and Beauty?