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Lunar Eclipse in Leo, Jan-Feb 2018

Chart for the Full Moon in Leo
Chart for the Lunar Eclipse ~ Full Moon in Leo

In secret we carry
A vision of grace through a prism of light
On the wings of a dance
We're moving through the moonlight
I heard you calling, at the feet of the moon
~ Parachute Club, At the Feet of the Moon

Jan.31 – LUNAR ECLIPSE ~ FULL MOON in LEO (11:37 of Leo)

Welcome to eclipse season again!

Sun opp Moon, Nodal Axis

Yes, it's that time again, when the Sun and Moon align across the Lunar Nodal axis. In this case, the Moon is at the North Node and the Sun is at the South Node, creating not just a Full Moon (Moon opposite the Sun) but also a Lunar Eclipse.

This is a Total Lunar Eclipse, which means the whole Moon (not just part of it) becomes enveloped within the shadow cast by the Earth. The effect is remarkable! The Moon dims and eventually turns deep red or orange while in eclipse totality. The entire light show of this eclipse takes about 4 hours, with totality lasting about 2 hours.

This Lunar Eclipse is best viewed (assuming the weather cooperates) if you're in the far Northwest North America (Yukon, Alaska), Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and most of Russia. Some of the eclipse effects may also be seen elsewhere in North and Central America, Northwest South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India and Western Russia. Use the link above to find more information about viewing the eclipse from your location.

Total Lunar Eclipse (NASA)

Part of the beauty about eclipse season is that the Moon is always extra bright in the month or so before and after the eclipses. So, even if you can't see the eclipse from your location, be sure to enjoy the Moon at her most brilliant over the next several weeks!

The New Moon following this Full Moon is a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius on Feb.15. What makes that one special is that it's opposite the Solar Eclipse in Leo (1:45 orb) that we had back on August 21, 2017 (which was dubbed "the Great American Eclipse" after its path of totality through the US). So, whatever changes got started in your life around that time will be challenged to go into Phase 2 of the transformative process through this year.

But I digress. Back to our current Lunar Eclipse.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
My hunger for her explains everything I've done
To howl at the moon the whole night through
And they really don't care if I do
I'd go out of my mind, but for you
~ Sting, Sister Moon

The Moon is the handle of the chart (it's on one side while everything else is on the other side). This gives the Moon an extra special role, since it is the cutting edge of the entire chart's energy.

But that's just one of many things that distinguishes this Moon! This is also a so-called SuperMoon ("What's a SuperMoon?"). That means the Moon is near its closest distance from the Earth (a.k.a. perigee). A Super Moon actually appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest distance (apogee).

Does a SuperMoon affect us astrologically? I'd say the jury is still out on that one. Astrologer Richard Nolle, who coined the term in 1979, mentions geographical upsets, like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, probably due to the extra gravitational stress on the Earth's crust. Beyond that, more research is needed.

However, there is no consensus among astrologers whether a SuperMoon is more powerful in its astrological influence—some say yes, some say maybe, others say no. Proximity to Earth is a dimension of the night sky that has yet to be fully studied by astrologers. There will hopefully be some serious study about this in the future (if it's not already being done).

Moon blue, your beauty's seen by all,
the yearning of your call
Travels the world and then makes home my soul
Moon blue, lift me to starry heights,
I long to live within your light
Solace of mind, my heart is yours for always
~ Stevie Wonder, Moon Blue

Let's see, what else distinguishes this Moon...? Ah-ha! It's also a Blue Moon! ...Or is it?? And what would that mean?? The so-called Blue Moon is not what most people think, and has never had anything to do with astrology or pagan traditions. And whether any astrologically-based interpretation can be given to it is highly debatable, at best. Besides, it's only a Blue Moon (by the popular definition) if you're located at least 2 hours later than Greenwich Mean Time. Oh well...

The popular definition (second Full Moon in a calendar month) is actually an error dating back to 1946, and even the traditional definition (3rd Full Moon in a season that has 4 Full Moons) was really about calculating the dates of Christian holy days (like Easter).

The only thing I think might have significance is if two consecutive New or Full Moons happen in the same zodiac sign (whether they happen in the same month or not). In that case, an argument could be made that (a) we're getting a double dose of that sign's energy in a very short amount of time, and (b) we're experiencing the beginning degrees and then the ending degrees of that sign, which have meaning by themselves.

For the full, often comical, story about Blue Moons, read my article: Blue Moon Lunacy.

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night.
~ Neil Young, Harvest Moon

So, what does have astrological significance in this Lunar Eclipse?

Any Lunar Eclipse is essentially a supercharged Full Moon and this Full Moon is in Leo, the sign of self-expression, creativity, playfulness, leadership, selfhood, vitality and the celebration of life. The Moon in general is about our feelings, our need to belong and connect with others (like family and other loved ones), our need for safety and security, our emotional Inner Child, and the personal unconscious. Therefore, this is the part of our Inner Self that longs to be acknowledged, respected, looked up to and reassured that we are welcome, we belong, and we are wanted.

At the Full Moon in Leo, the Sun is in Aquarius exactly opposite the Moon. The Sun is Leo's ruler, and so it is the active energy that symbolizes our sense of Self: self-esteem, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-love and self-respect.

On the other hand, Aquarius is about the group, the collective and defining who you are in the context of the people you surround yourself with. The Sun is in Detriment in Aquarius (the sign opposite its sign of rulership). Its essential energy is somewhat dimmed while in Aquarius, since individuality needs to shine through and within the context of the Collective, rather than being the star of the show.

One of Leo's challenges is how to believe in oneself and shine from the inside out, without becoming egotistical or so self-absorbed that you can't see others except through the lens of how you see yourself. So the Sun in the greater context of Aquarius is a reminder that we can't always come first in the eyes of the world, but must share importance, value and worth with others.

Playfulness, dear friends, is what manifests love.
Love is not manifested through serious survivability, seriousness, stabilility. Love, the essence of love, manifests itself through playfulness.
~ Réné Gaudette

The Moon in the Sun's sign can be a vibrant energy, where creativity may be explored and expressed for its own sake—just for fun! Let down your hair a bit and feel your life force that delights in celebrating your playful spirit. The Moon in Leo at its best is like the open innocence and joy of a child in a playroom the size of the whole world that's full of toys!

On the other hand, without a firm, stable foundation of connection, that archetypal child may become obsessed with a hunger for the world to reassure its fears that it is not worthwhile, lovable or wanted. The nature of that foundation will come, in part, from its dispositor—the Sun.

So, if our Inner Sun (sense of self) has found ways to be okay with sharing the stage and limelight with others, then it can pass to the Moon a healthy sense of self within a worldly context, which will strengthen the Moon's foundation. However, if our Sun-self is struggling with fears of being "less-than" when it's not the centre of attention, it will be even harder for the Leo Moon's emotional Inner Child to feel reassured of its worth.

Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Enter Venus! The Lady of Love is conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon. Venus tends to be a bit cool and breezy in Aquarius. She blossoms when she can maintain some healthy distance from the world around her, but may become a bit thorny or withered if she gets overwhelmed by too much intimacy or expectation.

Venus cnj Sun and South Node, opp Moon

In this case, Venus is pretty jazzed to be in Aquarius, being "in term" (a type of planetary dignity). Here, she can offer perspective that distinguishes between connection and possession; detachment and disconnection. Venus knows it's how you shine your light, not so much how many lights are around you. This is about knowing that a bright star is essential even when it's part of the Milky Way and when it's a solitary Sun in the daytime sky – both are resplendent.

In other words, even surrounded by a constellation of people, the Moon part of us can get a close sense of connection and belonging to something greater than ourselves by letting go and being flexible about how it comes to us. In the same way, the Sun part of us can find purpose and fulfilment when we contribute our unique, individual gifts to the whole. In both cases, it means taking a non-competitive approach—not demanding that we be the only star in the sky, but being willing to share the sky for a greater purpose.

The Milky Way, H.Raab via Flickr

The Sun and Moon, Venus and Leo are all very creative components in any chart. This alignment says there is enormous creative potential under this Full Moon, but don't think this just means artistic ability (although that's one way it could be used, to be sure). Rather, this is about releasing your inner playfulness—the part of you that can shake off the burden of responsibility to dance in the sunlight, recite poetry to the Moon and sing in the shower.

The Sun, Venus and Jupiter are all parallel by declination right now, which amplifies the beneficial potential of this eclipse. Take your spirit out and let it breathe in the positive bounty around you. Reach out to your Higher Self, Higher Purpose or Greater Spirit and dare to believe you are a Child of the Universe who is loved and lovable.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
~ Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

These components are also aligned across the Nodal axis, with the Full Moon pointing to its North Node and the Sun and Venus following behind at the South Node. Since the Moon is the Handle of the chart, it is our playful and emotional Inner Child that beckons us to keep moving toward our creative passion. Detach from the worry that you won't measure up; the fear that you are only one tiny, barely-visible speck in a vast galaxy that has little to offer. The message from this Moon is that this is your time to shine.


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Do you sometimes feel like it's not really you that shines but rather other people's ideas, feelings, motives and priorities that are merely reflected off your surface? Unfortunately, this can sometimes happen. The good news is that your life is a long process of unfolding layers of self-awareness. Are you just a reflection of someone else's vision? Or perhaps those external visions actually serve to enhance and illuminate what is already inside of you? We are all made of an ever-changing mixture of both.

This Lunar Eclipse urges you to unpack another level of that awareness. It involves nurturing yourself when you worry about not being good enough, which is underscored by the Moon being precisely conjunct asteroid Ceres, named after the Roman goddess of agriculture, growth and nurturing. And it involves bringing out your creative and playful Inner Child and taking steps to celebrate what is wonderful in your life and to find the upside of its challenges.

Eclipses are often intense but they don't have to be disasters. This Lunar Eclipse points the way to discovering how to be a better parent—to yourself or to others—by keeping your eyes on the joy, the potential, the positive faith and the fun in life.

Now—get out there and play! ;-)

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs
and developing our wings on the way down.
~ Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

Jan.31 – Mercury enters Aquarius (until Feb.17)  (Feb.01 in AU)

Mercury in Aquarius brings objectivity, detached mental focus, and communication that strives for unprecedented breadth and height – even to the point of adopting an "ivory tower" mentality. This is a good transit for anything requiring a scientific or analytical approach, as well as anything that calls for you to "think outside of the box." This can be a time when you start to see old familiar situations in new ways, giving you a fresh perspective on things. This planetary energy is not likely to be supportive if you need to take a gentle or sensitive approach to personal interaction, however, since you may be more tempted to just say what needs to be said and let the chips fall where they may. Your mental outlook may be focused on upcoming possibilities, and it can be a good time to map out future plans and try on new ideas, since you are likely to be more open-minded to things you had previously dismissed as unrealistic or too "out there." This can be a time when you suffer from "cabin fever" and need to get out of the house more, especially if you've been cooped up for a long time due to bad weather, hard work or just lack of motivation to do something different. Breaking free of old routines can be a good thing – just remember you have to live with whatever mess you make in the process.

Feb.03 – Mercury sextile Mars (04:58 of Aquarius/Sagittarius)  (Feb.04 in AU)

There is a potential now to find the courage to speak your mind and say what needs to be said, if you focus consciously on doing so. In fact, your ideas and words may come so quickly and easily that it's hard to stop them from tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to evaluate the best way to say them. Communication is probably easiest and most effective when it's direct, concise and quick, although it might also be a bit blunt or pointed. If you need to confront someone about a difficult situation, this transit can provide courage and clear words to help you do that – although perhaps a bit too forceful when a more delicate, sensitive touch is called for. It is a time when you might find the nerve to take risks, or to defend yourself if the need arises (especially verbally). This is a good transit for creative problem solving and trying on decisions to see if they fit.

Feb.03 – Sun conjunct South Lunar Node (14:56 of Aquarius)  (Feb.04 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

This transit involves a creative release or a letting-go of a piece of your self-image that you don't need anymore. However, this letting go can often be difficult, especially if what you have invested a lot of your sense of self in whatever you're letting go. It might feel like circumstances are wrenching it away, or you could feel quite relieved to let go of this old baggage. Letting go can free up a lot of creative energy, life force and joie de vivre, which can then be rechanneled into other forms of self-expression. Follow your heart! It is time to begin letting go of something in yourself that no longer serves you well. This could be a negative belief about yourself, or perhaps dropping an inhibition that has eroded your self-confidence. This transit only happens close to the eclipses, so its energy is likely to come out around the timing of those events more noticeably.

Feb.04 – Venus square Jupiter (21:34 of Aquarius/Scorpio)  (Feb.03 in HAST, AKST, PST)

"Your eyes are bigger than your stomach" (as Mom used to say). That means you are more likely now to over-indulge, especially in the areas of relationships, spending, desires, pleasure and social contact. Your desire for fulfilment and satisfaction may exceed your resources, and you might not even realise it until the bill comes in later (probably under a Saturn transit ;-). You may also find you require more knowledge, understanding, faith, freedom or optimism than you have available, making it tempting to compensate by inflating what you really have. For example, you might want to resort to flattery, manipulation or over-optimism in an effort to make up for a lack of genuine confidence, rapport or preparation. However, this can also be a time when your creativity is running high and you are able to pull rabbits out of your hat on a moment's notice. The problem is that you could over-extend yourself by doing so.

Feb.06 – Venus sextile Uranus (25:06 of Aquarius/Aries)  (Feb.07 in UK, AU)

Relationships, finances, resources and pleasures could benefit from spontaneously trying a completely different approach. If these areas of your life have been getting a little stale or too routine, this transit could shake things up a little...just enough to make things interesting and breathe some fresh air into your familiar routine. Unexpected income could come your way, or you might discover something you just can't resist buying, or you might have an opportunity to make new social connections. The upside of this transit is that it's possible to break free of old habits and enjoy spontaneous interaction. The downside could come in the form of impulse purchases that are beyond your budget, or behaving a bit recklessly or making snap decisions that you can't live with later. This energy is best used to break free of what restricts you, without shattering the foundation you're standing on.

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Feb.09 – Mercury conjunct South Lunar Node (14:56 of Aquarius)  (Feb.10 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

It's time to let go of old perceptions and ideas that are now just getting in the way of your ability to see things clearly. This might not be an easy task, because your new point of view might show you something you don't really want to see. It might mean you need to change your mind about something or someone. However, by clearing away the blocks to greater awareness, you can start to reshape the way you see yourself or others or life in general. To do this, you might need to release, share and communicate your observations of the last 6 months or so. Take advantage of this time of transition by doing some writing, or perhaps comparing notes with someone about things you've been mulling over.

Feb.10 – Venus enters Pisces (until Mar.06)  (Feb.11 in AU)

Creativity, harmony and compassion permeate our experiences while Venus waltzes through Pisces. If you are an artist, musician, writer or other imaginative artisan, this can be a time of great creative inspiration. Even if you're not, this can still be a time when your appreciation of the arts is heightened and your sensual enjoyment of life increases. Relationships can be influenced by this placement, by encouraging more openness to love and romance. While this can make interaction smoother and more magical, it might also make you more vulnerable to deception or disappointment. Be receptive don't misplace your better judgment. This can also be a time when you are prone to feeling a Universal Oneness with humanity. You may find you have increased capacity for compassion, caring and connection with others. This, too, can be a mixed blessing – it can bring out your most loving side, but could also make you more easily taken advantage of. You might feel inspired to make a selfless sacrifice, or to donate money or resources as a form of service. It is all done in the name of Universal beauty, truth and compassion. Celebrate this transit by going to a concert of beautiful music, or stroll through an art gallery, or indulge in dreamy sensuality, or let yourself feel a loving connection with all that is around you.


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Feb.10 – Sun square Jupiter (22:10 of Aquarius/Scorpio)  (Feb.11 in AU)

You may be inspired to expand far beyond your usual boundaries during this time, although this may or may not work in the way you hope it will. It can be a time of challenge, when you decide that now is the time to move beyond your current horizons and make the ultimate push for something you believe will bring you happiness, fulfilment and prosperity. How successful you are will probably depend on how prepared you are for what comes next. Your judgment and your ability to see things objectively and realistically can be a little "off" during this transit, since your hopes and ideals might distort what is actually possible. It can be easy to overestimate the envisioned results, or you might underestimate the amount of work necessary to sustain your dream and prevent it from being just a flash in the pan. Try to avoid being overconfident and making promises you can't keep (including to yourself).

Feb.13 – Mercury square Jupiter (22:23 of Aquarius/Scorpio)  (Feb.14 in AU)

You may be seeing the weak links in your knowledge, understanding or beliefs right now. Your ideas and words might seem to fall short of what your mind envisions, or you might be unable to convince others of your point of view. As a result, it can be tempting to over-compensate with more self-confidence, faith or optimism than you actually have. Or, you might give out "too much information" by over-explaining or through nervous rambling. Alternatively, you might encounter someone else who does this and perhaps have a blaming or judgmental reaction to them. This is an opportunity to learn something about how you might jump to conclusions or blame, possibly triggered by a situation that challenges your beliefs, opinions or perspective. To learn more about this part of yourself, try taking some time to think about what is really bothering you or what you really need to say in that situation. There may be a higher truth to be found if you open your mind to something you're reluctant to acknowledge, rather than looking for a "final truth" around which to close it.

Feb.13 – Sun sextile Uranus (25:19 of Aquarius/Aries)  (Feb.14 in UK, AU)

You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are more finely tuned during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual much so that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Just have fun pushing the envelope! You may also find you want things to be spontaneous and new and out-of-the-ordinary so much that it's hard not to feel restless and dissatisfied with ordinary life right now. But remember that trying to plan spontaneity defeats the purpose of the exercise. And if you are hungering for something new but can't seem to find something satisfying, try digging a little deeper to see what is driving that hunger from inside you. You could find surprising answers.

Next Update:  SOLAR ECLIPSE ~ NEW MOON in AQUARIUS. Available by February 15, 2018.

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