IT’S ECLIPSE SEASON!
Perhaps you saw the “Super Blue Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse in the wee hours before dawn on Jan 31st. But if you missed it, don’t fret. Its energy is pervasive all around you. (“Super” refers to proximity to the Earth, making the Moon appear larger than usual; “Blue” is a quirk of the Gregorian calendar with its uneven-numbered months and indicates the second Full Moon occurring in any given month; and “Blood” is the red effect caused by the atmosphere during a Lunar Eclipse’s totality.) In January the news was electrifying, revealing “Fire and Fury” in a chaotic White House, while culminating in a Government shutdown on Trump’s first anniversary as US President.
These two eclipses, Jan. 31st and Feb. 15th, are the energy vortex moments influencing this “Eclipse Season”. The most precarious time during any “Eclipse Season” is between the first and the last Eclipse – in other words, the first half of February, during which time life can be uncertain and unexpected things can happen. Extra precautions and patience will be needed. The Jan. 31st Eclipse chart reveals an “unaspected” and therefore rogue Uranus, so some less stable people may lose control under the pressures of this time.
MOON & CERES
The Eclipse Moon on Jan. 31st was “conjunct” (melded with) the Asteroid Ceres. While the Moon is emotional and domestic, indicating focus on the home front and keeping things together, despite outside challenges, Ceres rules gardens, the harvest and the Earth. She is a nurturer who helps us feel supported. Both are very feminine in nature, bringing together mothers and daughters, sisters and aunties, as when 100’s of thousands of women, plus some male allies, took to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Oakland, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere in the Second Women’s March to protest policies against immigrants, poor people and people of color. They stood up for women’s rights to own their bodies, whether through “choice”, or to say “No” to harassment in the work place, and to speak out against sexual abuse by men in power. These women demanded equal pay, they defended civil and voting rights for ALL, and some were even activated enough to run for public office.
THE LEO-AQUARIUS POLARITY
With the Moon in Leo during the first Eclipse, there was pride and power “on both sides”. Both Sun and Moon during the second Eclipse are in Aquarius, so many will express humanitarianism – concern for our democracy, justice for the less fortunate, and citizenship for the D.A.C.A. kids brought here illegally but who call this country home. Politicians are being tested to “do the right thing”, while citizens are either engaged in the political issues of the day, or are mentally tied up in their own preferred pursuits, where they also will be tested before they can “break on through to the other side”.
The Solar Eclipse chart of Feb. 15th intensifies this focus. All the planets reside on one half of the chart, so while some people think “it’s all about me”, others are busy looking out for their neighbors, depending on which side of their natal chart these planets occupy. Sun (self), Moon (emotions), Mercury (mind), and the South Node (lessons from the past) are all in the fixed sign of Aquarius during the Feb. 15th Eclipse, although the Moon and Mercury will move into creative Pisces later in the month. Aquarians often won’t budge on issues because they are so sure they know what’s best. Hasty and impulsive Mars in fiery Sagittarius may get pushy and self-righteous. Loving Venus, gentle Neptune and inquisitive Chiron in compassionate Pisces, are sincerely trying to find solutions that serve everyone. But when they bend to the will of the strident, they are often perceived as weak by more dominant forces. However, stalwart Saturn and intense Pluto in determined Capricorn give support to the Pisces planets, for they know that the long-term future belongs to those who care for the Earth and for their fellow man. Meanwhile the animosity and opposition between factions is threatening the very fabric of society. It will take free thinkers with innovative plans (independent Uranus in Aries) to bring these polarized forces together.
ALL PLANETS DIRECT
But there is hope! All the planets are DIRECT this month and will be until March 9th. So it’s a good time to initiate programs, start new businesses, review what is unfinished, apply for a new job, and open to fresh new partnerships. Despite the political chaos in Washington and around the world, if we grab the bull by the horns in our own personal lives, we can move forward, intuitively in sync with the natural flow of life. So don’t let fear hold you back. It’s time to work together to create a better future for ALL!