Planet Waves | Message from Philip Sedgewick



The Galactic Times
by Philip Sedgwick
December 19, 1999

Okay, folks here's the deal. The Full Moon occurring with this week's Winter Solstice stands to be brighter than normal. It is NOT the brightest Full Moon in 133 years. The brightest such moons took place on December 1893, January 1912 and January 1930. There's another brighter Full Moon scheduled in 2052 but we don't care since that's after the Mayan Calendar expires... and we know what that means!

What remains significant about this Solstice/Full Moon/Lunar Perigee cycle is that they all occur within a 24 hour increment, just like December 21, 1866, 133 years ago.

Will the Moon shine more brightly? Yes. Can we notice? Probably not, especially if you've stared into the headlights of a new Mercedes Benz recently.

What does this mean? Glad you asked. One thing at a time.

First, the Full Moon. Boy, do we ever know how people get around a Full Moon. Personally I have to shave three times a day. Our inner emotional cycle comes to a culmination intended to inspire illuminated understanding according to all the symbols. No where does the symbolism of fullness, more light and culmination imply incredibly stupid, emotionally charged dramatic behavior. So what is wrong with everyone?

Should a Full Moon occur on Perigee, which notes the closest approach of the Moon to Earth in its orbital trajectory, the quality of the Lunation intensifies. Tidal forces, based upon simple gravity, rise significantly. Since we humans consist of largely water, well, our personal surf's up as well. Another bit of amplitude to the already rising wave of present day human hysteria.

The Winter Solstice marks the time of year when the Sun climbs northward, back toward more light as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Despite the coldness, the implications of shedding darkness, understanding shadow and becoming more conscious appear. Warmth (symbolizing comfort) increases in the time to follow (after a blustery January, of course - Capricorn must maintain its enduring reputation of coldest season).

Personally, I'm highly offended by many of the doom and gloom e-mails I've received about this. Yes, the Russians are on the offensive. Fortunately explosives were discovered coming into Washington State. The volcano in Ecuador, flooding in Venezuela and earthquakes all over (most recently yesterday in Indonesia) imply Mother Earth's discontentment with our ways. Is this EOTW (End of the World)? No. NO. NO!

But this cycle also occurs with the fabricated dilemma of Y2K (please see which I write). And it occurs coincident with the peak of the Solar cycle in which more climate disturbing, satellite disrupting, pager bothering glitches result from the Coronal Mass Ejections blasting from our star. Finally, there's the miscalculated Millennium Madness.

And what should we do? Tell everyone that Holiday Cheer is actually a placebo. Lace the candy and cookies with Rescue Remedy and lead everyone in a wonderful Solstice celebration. Whatever your spiritual modality and despite the last minute holiday time crunch, try invoking ceremony, prayer, kindness, tolerance and downright human goodness. Make life as festive as the twinkling lights surrounding you. I'm always amused by how we strive to create constellations of lights to remind us of the meaning of the season, when the real ones simply hover above our attentiveness.

Do something powerful, intentional and celebratory with the focus of invoking your spirit into full alignment with the light of the time. While all this other hoopla about the Moon goes on, the Earth nears the Sun, reaching its closest contact (perihelion) late in the day, January 2nd (for the US, early January 3rd for Europe). Incidentally, the Earth's proximity to the Sun renders the Full Moons in December and January normally brighter. The Moon orbiting the Sun also receives the benefit of a lesser distance through which it reflects sunlight. Anyway, the Earth to the Sun thing stresses re-instituting a sense of personal legacy. What difference do you make on this planet? Time to recall your destiny, purpose and in so doing put the rest of your life in perspective as this strange New Year lurks just around the corner. And as they say, get on with it.

I shall be mostly offline from December 22nd and January 2nd. During this time I shall be picking up voice mail and returning calls as necessary. Should you want to schedule either a consultation, arrange lecture trips or to establish a personal or group ceremonial journey, please feel free to call.

Many new projects shift around on my stove top burners for the next year. I'll keep you advised as they come to fruition. In the meantime, I wish all of you the best of the Holiday Season, whatever your faith may be. I hold you in strong spirit, peaceful times, stress free careers, good health and economic well being.

Thanks to all of you for your support and interest in what I offer. I look forward to seeing you at Astro 2000 in Denver (April), Norwac in Seattle (May) and ISAR in Anaheim, CA. (October). And please continue to check out my online columns: and

Blessings and as we say in the sweat lodge, Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations).

Philip Sedgwick
9451 E Becker Ln #B1058
Scottsdale AZ 85260

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