7. Eclipse: The Mating of the Sun and Moon

Gary Osborn

Copyright © Gary Osborn 2012. All Rights Reserved.

In Part 4, I listed the symbolic astrotheological elements in the Crucifixion story.
In this presentation we will look at the fourth and fifth listed symbolic elements - i.e., 4). Christ being Crucified at Easter on the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox, and 5). The Sun darkening – consistent with a Solar Eclipse.

Straight away we can see a problem here, because how could a Solar Eclipse which is associated with the New Moon, happen at the same time as a Full Moon?

Well this shows that these contradictory elements are not errors or mistakes, but have been intentionally encoded - applied to the Crucifixion story for a reason. The paradox is solved when we realise that all these elements are pointing to the same All-Non-thing which connects all the cycles together. We will look at the Eclipses first.

The Two "Gateway" Points known as the Solar and Lunar Eclipses

As mentioned, the Moon’s orbital plane is tilted 5 degrees from the ecliptic. This means that as the Moon orbits the Earth, half the time it will be moving 5 degrees above the Ecliptic Plane and half the time 5º below it – cutting a path like a circular, ‘peaking’ and ‘dipping’ sine wave.   
This also means that the Solar and Lunar Eclipses can only take place when the Sun, Earth and Moon are on the same plane (in line) and this phenomenon only happens when the Moon crosses the Ecliptic – so-called, because it’s only on the plane of the Ecliptic that the Solar and Lunar eclipses can take place.

At present, and because of the obliquity (tilt) of the Earth’s axis and the 5º incline of the Moon’s orbit from the Ecliptic, there are only several eclipses a year and most of these are not total eclipses. In fact, from our perspective, a Solar Eclipse will only occur when the Moon’s path crosses the Ecliptic Plane and happens to occupy exactly the same spot on the celestial sphere as the Sun, which is 93 million miles away. 
The Moon is then between us and the Sun and so it blocks out the Sun as it moves across the Ecliptic Plane.

On the other hand, if the Moon occupies the spot exactly opposite, the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon and we have a Lunar Eclipse.
However – and this is important:

If the Earth’s axis was upright and the orbital plane of the Moon was also on the Ecliptic Plane instead of peaking and dipping 5º either side of it, then each and every month would be exactly 30 days and would begin with a Solar Eclipse and end with a Lunar Eclipse. Also the year would be 360 days compared to our year of 365¼ days.

The Moon Cycle and the Female Menstrual Cycle

It is said that the feminine Lunar Cult predates the masculine Sun Cult, and that the reason why the Moon was viewed to be associated with the female is because the New Moon and Full Moon appear to tie-in with the average 28-30 day female menstrual and ovulation cycle.


For some people, this correlation means that the Moon “controls” the female reproductive system or is connected with it in some way. The ancients certainly believed it and perhaps for good reason.

Although the human menstrual cycle can vary from 20 to 35 days, the average cycle lasts for 28 days and so from the age of puberty, a female will produce a mature egg every 28 days.
In addition to this, the average period regarding the synodic and sidereal cycle of the Moon is 28 days.
Again, as everything is now out of sync, not all women as far as their menstrual cycle is concerned, are the same: for some women it is 28 days or less and for others it is 30 or more.

Also, during the Full Moon, and when the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow especially during the Lunar Eclipse, the colour of the Moon will sometimes appear as dark blood red. The Full Moon was believed to coincide with the monthly menses (bleeding period) and the New Moon’ with ovulation – the release of a new egg.

It is known that long ago the Sun’s observed movement across the sky was used to mark the divisions of the daily cycle, while the changing phases of the Moon could be used to measure the month, again, known in Old English as “moonth”. Also, the year was defined by observing the heliacal rising or setting of a specific star when near the Sun, and the week had its conception in the seven heavenly bodies – the five planets including the Moon and the Sun.
It’s tempting to think, that if the Earth and Moon were perfectly aligned with the Ecliptic plane of the Sun that perhaps the female menstrual cycle would have been perfectly synchronised with the cycles of the Moon.
If so, then it’s also possible that during the hypothetical “Golden Age” of a vertical axis, the Eclipses actually marked these menstrual cycles.
In other words, if everything was in sync, a woman would bleed during the Lunar Eclipse associated with the Full Moon and ovulate during the Solar Eclipse associated with the New Moon.

As author Joscelyn Godwin writes in his book Arktos: the Eclipses would have been perfect markers for Time, and if perfectly synchronised with the female menstrual cycle then fertility would have been assisted to a very high degree.

If the Moon was the perfect marker for Time during the time of the upright axis, then perhaps this is the origin of the female-related Lunar cult, which would have naturally been in attendance during this epoch as Moon worship associated with the ‘Earth Goddess’ or ‘World Mother’, goes back thousands of years.
Author, Barbara Hand Clow, mentions that in a letter addressed to her, the geologist and anthropologist J.B. Delair stated that “the star groups before the deluge were not the ones familiar to us now and that the zodiac was lunar”.

Catastrophobia, Barbara Hand Clow, (Bear & Co, 2001), p. 47.
. . . Which would explain the ancient Lunar Cult.
However, after the tilt of the axis, things were different, and so the ascendancy was passed over to the Sun – hence the male-related Solar cult.

Whatever the case, the fact that it was believed that the female menstrual cycles were tied in with the Moon cycles, would explain the theme of the ‘egg’ at Easter, and provides the reason as to why Easter being the time of the first Full Moon (ovulation) after the Spring Equinox, was the time of the death and ‘new-life’ conception of Jesus – rebirth.
In other words, through the synchronisation of these cycles - the Annual Cycle of the Sun and the Monthly Cycle of the Moon and with both coming together at this time, then like the shaman who returns from his near-death experiences - an experience on which the pagan resurrection gods before him were based - Jesus was resurrected again through his union with the power of the feminine - the shamanic 'world mother'.

What makes this union between the resurrection Sun god and Moon goddess complete is the addition of what appears to have been a Solar Eclipse - again the union of the Sun and Moon - recorded in the Crucifixion story.

Both these neutral points or zero nodes in the cycle are really the same one zero-node point - as illustrated in the Lemniscate where the two nodes are really One at the centre. What is being expressed in these three components of the Lemniscate - i.e., positive half, negative half and neutral (centre), is again related to the esoteric "Law of Three" and the universal Triad.

Now we can see why in occult imagery, the Lemniscate is sometimes depicted just above the head, signifying the bindu point of enlightenment (centre of seventh chakra), and examples of this can be found in some versions of the Tarot – especially in ‘The Magician’ and ‘Strength’ cards.


Figure 4: The Magician (1) and Strength (8) cards from the Rider-Waite Tarot,
each depicting the Lemniscate symbol above the head signifying the bindu, Crown Chakra centre. Illustrations by Pamela Coleman Smith.

The occult Magus or Magician is a 'Horus' - an adept initiate, who like the shamanic, ancient 'shining ones', is someone who is believed to have command over his own creative abilities and creation of reality by having reached enlightenment- his consciousness having become as One with everything. In other words, it was believed that he has the ability to synchronise these cycles by capturing the 'neutral point' dynamic and at that same point within the centre of his own consciousness . . . "as above, so below"; and as we can see he is positioned at the central point between both the macrocosm above and the microcosm below.

He achieves this first through meditation and then successful access of the shamanic trance state, which we will be looking at later.
All these elements are expressed in the Crucifixion event and can be read by those who understand these esoteric principles associated with the cycles of nature and reality and how they are linked to human consciounsess.
This is exactly what is being communicated via the gospels, the ancient myths and all the related symbolism.


1. The Book of the Eclipse: The Spiritual History of Eclipses and the Great Eclipse of '99, David Ovason, (Arrow, 1999). 

2. The Serpent Grail, Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn,  (Watkins, 2005).

3. The Three Marys by Aditya Buddharaju. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390.

4. Catastrophobia, Barbara Hand Clow, (Bear & Co, 2001), p. 47.

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