Eclipse Season is upon us once again!
Eclipse Season occurs when the Sun is within about 18 degrees of the Lunar Nodal axis. Therefore, Eclipse Season began around the time of the Capricorn New Moon late on January 16th. The air will be swirling with change and synchronicity until Eclipse Season ends around February 21st. Eclipse Season can feel like a bit of a whirlwind – kind of as if someone hit a fast-forward button on life.
The last Eclipse Season was six months ago during August 2017 (they’re always about six months apart).
On August 21st, 2017 we had a Total Solar Eclipse (New Moon) at 28º Leo, which was commonly referred to as “The Great American Eclipse“. If you live in the United States I’m sure you are well aware of this highly publicized event, which was revealed in all its glory only from the vantage point of U.S. territory.
This week, on WEDNESDAY, we will have the matching Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse at 11 degrees Leo. In contrast to a New Moon, which symbolizes a new beginning, a Full Moon marks a time of culmination, resolution, finality; a pivot point of decision that occurs once we have reached our destination.
Therefore, the symbolic beginnings initiated last August, are now reaching fruition. If your birth chart was directly impacted by last August’s Solar Eclipse in Leo (like mine!), you may be acutely aware that some aspect of your life which was beginning to sprout at that time, is now starting to blossom.
Before we arrive at this week’s major Eclipse landmark, Venus (symbolizing attraction, pleasure, love and relationships, beauty and art, values and money), will conjoin with the South Node in Aquarius today (MONDAY).
How can we support each other to move toward Leo’s exuberant creative expression? How can we ensure that everyone has access to art supplies, to theatre, to music, to opportunities that allow them to play and ignite their passion for life?
One of Aquarius’ strengths is a big picture perspective that is able to pinpoint the areas in society’s systems and networks that most need immediate attention. The humanitarian water-bearer and systems-thinker is always scanning for weak links that require extra support.
Art and creativity aren’t generally considered vital for survival, but arguably, our ability to create a thriving future is dependent on our capacity to prioritize and develop these aspects of our humanity by making sure everyone has the freedom (and access/ resources) to explore their creative inclinations.
With the South Node in Aquarius, we want to harness the best of this air sign and use it to make our way toward the call of the North Node in Leo. In the lead-up to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, it is a good time to reflect on how we might use Aquarius’ brilliant out-of-the-box thinking, innovative progressive spirit, and its urge to equip all diverse human beings with the tools they need to advance and contribute to society… in order to unleash the passionate, creative vibrancy of Leo within us all.
As Venus crosses the South Node, let go of something that is holding you back from pursuing your heart’s desire. Let go of even just one thing that is inhibiting you due to reasons that have to do with utility, efficiency, and practicality.
And if someone (a past friend or lover) emerges from the past this week – whether through your memories or in person – honour the lessons learned and the time spent together… and then act in such a way that supports your creative unfolding toward your heart’s desire.
Henri Matisse is a famous French artist from the early 20th Century. One of his most famous paintings is called “The Dance”. I think it captures the spirit of Leo – the Leo archetype at its most raw and primal, exuberant and passionate expression – freed of its shadow traits that sometimes compel Leo to put on a show for the approval of others (with perhaps, an added dose of Scorpio energy here).
And surprise, surprise, Matisse was born with a Leo Ascendant! That fits.
I love the energy of this painting and its description! If you have the desire and opportunity to, welcoming this lunar eclipse through a wildly energetic and passionate, untamed expression of your vibrant life force through dance… would be an apt way to channel your inner lion 🙂
Remember, Leo is associated with the heart and ruled by the Sun. Both are essential life-givers. Connect with this pulse, which underlies every breath, individually and collectively.
“Creativity takes Courage” is arguably one of Matisse’s most circulated quotes.
And indeed it does. It requires great vulnerability and great courage to take risks and follow our heart, to tap into our deepest passions and birth our creative projects and endeavors into the public sphere.
As WEDNESDAY’s Full Moon reaches its 180 degree position and vanishes, as it sandwiches the Earth between its Lunar body and the light of the Sun, delve into your dark spaces. What is unfolding for you right now?
Clear away the clutter. Sharpen that intuition.
Resist Leo’s tendency to create drama, to exaggerate and overreact (which often exacerbates during the whirlwind of eclipse season).
What is your heart calling you to engage with?
I almost always find that in addition to marking a time of culminating fruition, Full Moons correlate with life situations that pit my heart against my head; my intuitive, soul-led desire and my emotional drivers against my brain’s rationalizing processes (or the practical realities of my circumstances).
Since Lunar Eclipses are like Full Moons on steroids, you could really be feeling this tug-of-war sharply. An important decision and pivot could be necessary, and likely more so in this case with the Moon in Leo (the sign associated with the heart) opposite the Sun in ultra-rational Aquarius.
I personally am finding myself standing at such an intersection right now, as we approach this fiery Lunar Eclipse. With the North Node in Leo (a point of evolution, personal growth and destiny), I would wager you can probably trust your heart and deep emotional response on this one.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is occurring in a tight conjunction with Ceres; the asteroid of mothering and nurturing, of joyous beginnings and the grief of loss. And of menstrual and agricultural cycles that echo symbolically throughout our individual life cycles – from egg to pregnancy, from seed to harvest.
What are you harvesting right now?
Don’t neglect your need for deep, fulfilling, soul-based sustenance. Feed yourself – literally and metaphorically. Tend to your needs. Take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself.
Over the past weekend I went to a painting workshop with a friend that was held in a space called “the splatter room”, which was COVERED from floor to ceiling with many layers and shades of brightly-colored paint speckles and splatters from previous workshops (it felt very Leo-ish). When back at home, I proudly showed-off the painting and then used magnets to pin the canvas to the front of the fridge… and then laughed at how childlike this was.
Leo is childlike. Silly. Playful. Fun.
Feed your soul some playtime this week!
I love this quote by Mary Lou Cook because of the way it integrates the Leo and Aquarius polarity…
Just eight minutes after the Lunar Eclipse on WEDNESDAY, Mercury will spin into Aquarius and our communications and thinking processes may become more inventive, more community-focused, more visionary, and more technologically-driven.
On SATURDAY, Mercury squares Pallas Athena while sextiling Mars. We may be struggling to be calm and strategic, but assertive communication will come naturally as we match our actions with our words.
The Sun conjunct the South Node, also on SATURDAY, may prompt a spiritual cleanse and release.
For those who find value in fasting as a spiritual practice, this day would be a prime opportunity to abstain from something (it doesn’t need to be food – it could be social media, for example). You could then dedicate some time throughout the day to reflect and meditate in order to seek some clarity and insight on what this Eclipse Season is stirring up for you.
(Personally I don’t believe the South Node is “bad” as it is sometimes presented – it can be a very sacred place of release and letting go of worldly attachments, which can have deep spiritual implications)
We finish the weekend with a Venus-Jupiter square on SUNDAY. Jupiter in Scorpio wants vertical expansion – it wants to go deep in order to go up. Venus in Aquarius is looking for horizontal expansion as it seeks numerous new social connections. Jupiter in Scorpio wants to explore and uncover the messy entanglements of intimacy and relational shame and secrets, while Venus in Aquarius wants to join an uncomplicated team; a band of fellow life journeyers through which a collaborative project could grow into its future potential.
Don’t be afraid to get into the mess, while working toward a common goal that will propel you and your comrades forward. Create a vision for the future while alchemizing the past.
This square between the two benefics could stir up some tension, but it could also bring some wonderful blessings and “lucky” developments in the realm of relationships and money.
If you’re new to the blog and haven’t read my Eclipse Primer (a post originally written for last summer’s eclipses which I will eventually neutralize and edit to make more generic), here’s a few visuals that will help explain what is actually going on in the sky…
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