© March 18, 2011 – Arielle Guttman
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
These words are pearls of wisdom that are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, thought to be a blending of the Greek god Hermes and Egyptian Thoth, god of wisdom and magic. As a mediator between Heaven and Earth, Hermes Trismegistus (thrice-blessed) can be traced back to the era of 1500-2000 BCE.
The Super Moon describes the phenomenal brightness and size of this month’s full moon due to its closest approach to Earth in more than 18 years. This event is extraordinarily timed to the eve of the Spring Equinox (in the northern hemisphere, Fall Equinox in the southern hemisphere). This occurs around 3 pm eastern time on Saturday, March 19, a mere twenty-four hours before the Equinox.
The last turning of the seasons – the 2010 Solstice (Winter in the north and Summer in the South) also hosted an unusual full moon on its eve. In that case it was a full moon lunar eclipse.
We all know the full moon affects the ocean’s tides. We also know how the full moons affect animal and plant behavior as well as human behavior. Full Moons are periods of heightened emotional tension, crisis and release.
Supermoons? Multiply that times a hundred. Yet the majority of mass media will describe in one sentence or two, this unusual lunar occurrence. The Super Moon merits far more.
In the case of the 2010 Winter Solstice and Full Moon Eclipse, there was massive flooding in California, so much so, that many towns were wiped out, highways were closed and holiday travelers were stranded. On the East coast and Midwest, the snow was so heavy, that tens of thousands of holiday travelers were stranded in airports for days.
In the case of the 2011 Spring Equinox, again the news is of a tumultuous world. On the heels of many protests around the world, including Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Wisconsin, emotional tensions are high.
Then the unthinkable happened. Japan had an earthquake quickly followed by a tsunami that traveled all the way across the Pacific Ocean. Then, it faced a nuclear disaster that is also sending particles of radiation and giant servings of fear around the world. On a Super Moon.
In fact, my Yahoo news page has this to report: “The supermoon will not cause natural disasters, such as the Japan earthquake”, a NASA scientist has stressed.
They also reported this: “The moon has not been in a position to appear this large since March 1993”. Anyone remember the events of early 1993? Bill Clinton had just taken office and the Republicans were hoping to hang him. Any similarity to what the Republicans are attempting to do now with Obama, of course, is purely coincidental.
Until politicians, the media and the countless talking heads and bloggers out there do recognize the principles of “As Above, So Below” people will be stuck in a disconnected universe where they will continue to point their fingers at anyone else and blame the other guy for the messy situation the world finds itself in.
The alternative? Recognize the inter-connectedness of all things in the universe, both near and far, and realize the importance of every single act, thought and word and the effects they have on all of us sharing this tiny planet.