This week's lunar eclipse is one for the books with so much going on, it's hard to know where to start the commentary. Certainly, there are many wonderful, rich, challenging, things going on astrologically...
A few technical details first: From start to finish, August's lunar eclipse lasts about three hours and thirty-three minutes (not including the penumbral phases which are very difficult to see). The partial eclipse begins as the Moon's eastern edge slowly moves into the Earth's umbral shadow. During the partial phases, it takes just over an hour for the Moon's orbital motion to carry it entirely within the Earth's dark umbra. The color and brightness of the totally eclipsed Moon can vary considerably from one eclipse to another. Dark eclipses are caused by volcanic gas and dust which filters and blocks much of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon. But since no major volcanic eruptions have taken place recently, the Moon will probably take on a vivid red or orange color during the total phase. After the total phase ends, it is once again followed by a partial eclipse as the Moon gradually leaves the umbral shadow.
The total phase of a lunar eclipse is called totality. At this time, the Moon is completely immersed within the Earth's dark umbral shadow. During the August 28 eclipse totality will last 90 minutes.
The Sabian Symbol for this lunar eclipse in Pisces is Pisces 5: A Church Bazaar. This Symbol speaks of people pulling together, with a sense of faith, and working towards the common good of one's community, family, neighbourhood, along with one's spiritual needs being fulfilled.