Hey Everyone: Be sure to get out after sunset these next 2 nights to observe a Full Moon rising conjunct Jupiter, Saturn (both visible) and Pluto. They will stay visible all night, and so if the weather is good let yourself be pulled outside to check it out. In this video I share my reflections on this first night of the alignment which involved a penumbral lunar eclipse and the 4th of July fireworks display over San Francisco and Oakland. This is definitely one lunar eclipse that I will never forget (even if it was penumbral). There is an obvious power to this moment, and what I feel is the peak two months of this year-long alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, which I have been calling the Dragon Rider Portal of 2020.
This has been such an amazing alignment to observe each month this year as the Moon has joined the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto alignment. This is the 5th time that the alignment has formed, and for me it has been the most profound experience of watching the lunar pulses of time combine with the larger 20 year pulses of the Jupiter-Saturn alignment, and the even larger pulses of Jupiter-Saturn and Pluto tightly coming together in this once-in-a-thousand year way.
For me, this is the astronomical alignment of the century, and I feel so fortunate to be able to sit with the messages and meanings of it month after month. We should have 6 more opportunities to observe it. For sure 5. In December we will be able to see a beautiful crescent Moon with Jupiter and Saturn setting over the Western horizon right after sunset. In January I think we will be able to see the thinnest crescent Moon with Jupiter-Saturn for 30-40 minutes before they set.
Each time the Moon comes into the alignment there are other unique formations happening which makes each observational outing special. There is so much more amazing sky watching to be had this year.
We are half way through the year, and that means we are on the down-slope of this incredibly intense ride, and now is not too early to start aiming our sights on 2021, which I can almost guarantee is going to be an easier year than 2020. So it’s time for all you Dragon Riders out there to congratulate and celebrate yourselves (and your dragons) for an amazing job. You earned your wings, and now we can fly through the rest of the year together and really start kicking ass. Love you all!