Lunar eclipse in 2004 over Hayward, Calif. (source: Mactographer via Wikipedia)

For the first time in 456 years on the Winter Solstice there will be a total lunar eclipse.  The last time the two events occurred simultaneously was in 1554, according to NASA, during the reign of the Tudors.  According to The Montreal Gazette:

“An otherwise seemingly unexceptionable year in recorded history, the darkened moon happened during a bleak year for Tudor England.

Lady Jane Grey was beheaded for treason that year, while Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Mary of Guise — the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots — became regent of Scotland.”


“It’s a ritual of transformation from darkness into light,” says Nicole Cooper, a high priestess at Toronto’s Wiccan Church of Canada. “It’s the idea that when things seem really bleak, (it) is often our biggest opportunity for personal transformation.

“The idea that the sun and the moon are almost at their darkest at this point in time really only further goes to hammer that home.”

Cooper said Wiccans also see great significance in the unique coupling of the masculine energy of the sun and the feminine energy of the moon — transformative energies that she plans to incorporate into the church’s winter-solstice rituals.”

What do you believe this Cosmic Blue Diamond might portend or herald?   ;o)

[Ed. note: According to, the eclipse begins at 1:33 a.m. EST with full eclipse beginning at 2:41 a.m. EST. Set your alarm before you go to bed tonight to catch this once-in-several-lifetimes event .]