Full Moon the night before the true full moon on the following night that also was involved in a Lunar eclipse. This particular full moon was very significant since it was also the Winter Solstice. The moonlight was so bright it was easy to see everything at night without electrical light. The Misterio of the Moon is very significant in both Palo and Taino traditions. The Moon is related to the Feminine Misterios, and is a powerful puller for all manner of results. We often put certain Medicines or Spiritual Baths out in the Moonlight so they can absorb the energies of the Moon.
In considering the significance of the Full Moon, we realize that it is the Sun's light that illuminates the Moon, and that what we are calling moonlight is in fact Reflected Sunlight whose reflection gives us a glimmer of the sunlight without its radiant heat. We know that the direct sunlight comes with a heat, regardless of whether it is winter or summer, however the Moonlight is cool in nature. The moonlight will illuminate things from a different spiritual perspective than the sunlight, and is can bring light to situations or things without bringing heat.
The full moon illuminates an generally unseen world at night, its light creates alertness, enhanced activity, and even increased insanity in some minds. The full moon under lunar eclipse also activates Mother Earth and we see increased rumblings and shakings, as even she is stimulated by the alignment of Sun, Earth and Moon. During an lunar eclipse we see the Full Moon with the Earth's shadow over her, and on the opposite side of the Earth from where we are standing the Sun is pulling with its usual gravity. We are simultaneously being pulled in opposite directions by these two cosmic Misterios. As the Earth's shadow falls upon the Moon, what is that Misterio seeing in that shadow, what is she Divining about this Earth and the activities upon this Earth? The shadow is being cast by the Sun, so what is the Sun communicating to the Moon concerning the Earth? We can utilize these moments but must do so with respect for the power of what is occurring cosmically.
Absolutely a profound cosmic event!