Eclipse season is upon us for approximately the next 36 days! While this may sound exciting, don’t get carried away. The only for sure with eclipses is that they express themselves rather erratically. Examining an eclipse’s date, time, and longitude is best done when being compared to an individual chart, being sure to note the house in which the eclipse is occurring within the chart. Typically, eclipses are known to trigger upsets—but whether these “upsets” are either good or bad, positive or negative (for lack of better terms), is usually clearer once the eclipse has passed. Taking a look at the house axis that is stressed by an eclipse in a natal chart is the best place to start, but by no means makes it absolutely clear how the energy will manifest.
The partial lunar eclipse on Monday, August 7th will occur at 15°25’ Aquarius in conjunction with the Full Moon at 11:11am EST. Because eclipses occur in series, typically with a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse (then sometimes followed by another lunar eclipse), the partial lunar eclipse can be considered a precursor for the total solar eclipse that will occur in Leo on Monday, August 21st. While lunar eclipses are typically manifested on a more emotional an internal plane, solar eclipses tend to express themselves externally. Thus, in many cases, the internal motivations of the effects of a lunar eclipse precipitate the external results experienced during the solar eclipse. What makes eclipses significant is their proximity to the North and South Nodes, our centers for karma and energetic intake and output in this lifetime. With a partial or total eclipse, there is upset to these centers, as noted earlier. Remember that eclipses are most relevant when applied to the location in which they will take place in your individual chart.
Following Monday’s lunar eclipse, Venus in Cancer will trine Neptune in Pisces on Saturday, August 12th at 1:17am EST (10:17pm PST 8/10). Energy channels dealing with romantic, artistic, spiritual, and creative will be open for accessing this during this transit. Later in the day, Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo at 9:00pm EST. Mercury in Virgo loves to pay attention to the fine print, and during this retrograde period, that characteristic may become overblown. Take advantage of this time to lock down the details of your life and finances, but don’t become petty over the small stuff unless you want to stress until Mercury goes direct on September 5th.
Moon Transits this Week:
Sunday, February 12th
The urge to collect, gather and hang on will be juxtaposed by wanting to break loose to abandon when the Moon in Venus and Neptune in Pisces oppose one another at 4:42am EST. Throughout the day, you may feel like you have nothing to do and everything to do at the same time, and either way, you have no idea where to begin. You may be captivated by daydreams all while knowing that you have things to do and boxes to check. Taxes, bills, debts obed, people to call back. You may feel vindicated in tallying points in your relationships today and feeling as though not only are you the hardest worker in the office, but you’re never recognized for it.
Monday, February 13th
Today will be more productive as Saturn in Sagittarius enters the picture and confronts the Moon in Virgo at 7:36am, shaking us awake and realigning us with our goals. You may feel like you’re back on the bandwagon and ready to conquer the world, though you better have all your ducks in a row. The Moon enters Libra later in the afternoon at 3:34pm, suggesting that increased balance is available if used properly.
Tuesday, February 14th
When the Moon in Libra opposes Venus in Aries at 5:51am EST today, it makes for a somewhat foreboding Valentine’s day. While you may feel like nothing is more important than being in good company today, Venus struggles to operate in Aries. There may be missed opportunities for compliments, and even an increased possibility of forgetful or tardy valentines. Lashing out may feel right but may prove to be wrong if you find yourself in this situation.
Wednesday, February 15th
If you needed a mulligan for yesterday’s romantic mishaps, today would be the day. The entire day is an opportunity period once the Moon opposes Uranus at 9:01am EST until it enters Scorpio tomorrow morning at 1:41am EST. The Moon later aligns with Jupiter in Libra at 11:54am, promising energetic opportunity and productivity in relationships. We are keen how we encounter the outside world in relation to our friends and family. The Moon sextiles Saturn at 5:30pm EST, so any plans being made are in a good position to be executed or built upon.
Thursday, February 16th
The Moon enters Scorpio today at 1:41am EST, welcoming any information that needs to be acted upon when Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Mars in Aries. Don’t be surprised if politics have you fired up today. You may feel drawn to mobilize toward your particular cause, or perhaps even discover a new cause. This may translate into trying something new or doing something a different way than usual. See where you can go today both mentally and physically.
Friday, February 17th
The Moon in Scorpio makes its last hard goodbye with Mercury in Aquarius is 9:18am EST, then enters an opportunity period before sextiling Pluto in Capricorn at 2:38pm EST. You may feel deeply affected by words or messages that are harboring truth and new ideas today, to the point that you fall into a blackhole of clickbait. Enjoy it for today, but make sure that it’s feeding your soul if you continue to engage.
Saturday, February 18th
The Sun moves into Pisces today at 6:31am EST, bringing in a spiritual and enlightened overall vibe. The general atmosphere may feel more relaxed and a lot more creative. We’re aware of others and may be prone to random acts of kindness. The Moon goes into Sagittarius at 1:52pm EST, adding to the optimism and stoking a sense of adventure and development of inner philosophy. Spiritual growth and development will feel just as satisfying as a night out today.
Sunday, January 29th
The Moon enters Pisces today at 11:10am EST, and comfort can be found in daydream, fantasy, and recession into the self through sleep, meditation, or even unsavory behaviors such as drug use. Internal energy may be lowered, as the Moon in Pisces has very little boundaries, so be on alert for emotional vampires or attacks on your emotions. Mercury and Pluto also meet up later today at 3:21pm EST for the only time in 2017, which is likely to bring up deep issues, particularly related to communication. Combined with the Moon in Pisces, the possibility of lashing out at others (whether in real life or only in your mind) is heightened. Leverage these two energies by being aware of boundaries and how you respond people and situations who try to cross them.
Monday, January 30th
The Moon in Pisces meets up with Neptune in Pisces at 6:17am EST, which some consider the modern ruler of Pisces, so perception is certainly reality today. Remember that Pisces and Neptune like to break down boundaries and cloud our view, so pay close attention to what’s actually real and what just feels real today. It’s likely you’ll feel all the feels today.
Tuesday, January 31st
The Moon in Pisces is confronted by Saturn in Sagittarius today at 7:11am EST, challenging us to determine whether the dreaming of the past few days is actually something worth pursuing. If it is, you better have a plan in place, because winging it is not likely to work in your favor. Luckily, the Moon enters Aries later in the day at 4:46pm EST which motivates us to act, albeit impulsively, on any potential plans.
Wednesday, February 1st
The Moon in Aries is sextile the Sun in Aquarius today at 3:50pm EST, which will want us acting on what we sense should be done and what we know to be a bigger truth. Inspiration for serving a larger cause or the bigger picture flows naturally today.
Thursday, February 2nd
The Moon in Aries squares Mercury in Capricorn at 8:52am EST and then opposes Jupiter in Libra at 9:01am EST, which challenges us to be realistic about what can actually be accomplished, not just for ourselves, but in doing what is right for others as well. Don’t blow things out of proportion if you don’t get your way today or if others don’t agree with your point of view. The Moon moves into Taurus later today at 8:50pm EST bringing us more stability and rationality.
Friday, February 3rd
Venus enters Aries today at 10:51am EST where she is quite uncomfortable. You may feel the need to protect your emotions during this transit, and be aware of how you might criticize yourself. It might not be as serious as it seems. Unfortunately, Venus will go retrograde in March, so she will spend quite a bit of time in Aries over the next few months. While relationships might not pan out, the energy for getting art and self-expression out into the world is ripe for the picking.
Saturday, February 4th
The Moon enters Gemini late today at 11:44pm EST. Enjoy this sociable transit if you plan to go out tonight, but don’t be surprised if you’re tossing and turning tonight with a mind that just won’t quit.
Remember that while these transits will be happening real-time, they are also moving through your natal chart an impacting your native planetary placements. To learn how these transits might impact you specifically, contact me for a natal chart reading!
Sunday, January 22
The Moon enters Sagittarius today at 5:45am EST and is at her most optimistic in this Jupiter-ruled sign. The Moon in Sagittarius has us ready to go out and try something new, invest time into learning a new skill, or discussing deep topics. The Moon in this sign can be pulled toward excess, as Jupiter loves to live large, so be aware if you feel a little over the top.
Monday, January 23
The Moon in Sag squares up with Neptune in Pisces at 2:37am EST, and quite frankly has us wanting to cut through the crap to get to the good stuff. While Jupiter rules both Sagittarius and Pisces (traditionally), Neptune can make things a little blurry. Sagittarius wills us to consider what can be learned from situations in which things may not appear as they are.
Tuesday, January 24
Moon in Sagittarius squares Chiron in Pisces today at 1:49am EST might have you confronting something from your past or old way of being. Acknowledge, learn, and move on. The Moon later enters Capricorn at 5:43pm EST, urging you to take charge of this past hurt.
Wednesday, January 25
Venus in Pisces moves over Chiron in Pisces at 1:49am EST and is followed by the Moon in Capricorn joining forces with Mercury in Capricorn at 6:58pm EST. These combined transits are telling us to nurture ourselves from the confrontation of past hurt from yesterday in order for thoughts and feelings to align so that they way forward is clear. This will involve taking responsibility for your thought patterns and dropping those that don’t serve you.
Thursday, January 26
Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn at 4:22am EST and square Uranus in Aries at 10:18am EST is calling us to take charge of our personal power today and actually DO something. This is a great combo for business and making it happen up until 2:18am EST on the 27th when the Moon goes void of course.
Friday, January 27
Venus in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius today at 12:50pm EST. There may be a challenge to authority and relationships today -- a juxtaposition between acting from the heart and taking care of things from what you know to be true. The Moon entering Aquarius today at 3:37am EST may help discern this dilemma from a bird’s eye view. Think of the big picture when making any decisions today.
Saturday, January 28
Mars enters Aries at 12:39am EST where it works its best and quickest. New projects might be on the forefront, and intense motivation will be available if we recognize it. Interaction and reaction will be on high alert today. Decide how you best want to use your abundance of energy.
The motto of Aquarius, “I know,” and its keyword imagination speak to what’s taking place in this card. The woman looks up toward the illuminated window, knowing and acknowledging her higher purpose and aware of the need for coalescence. Aquarius is an unconventional thinker, and the spectrum of the rainbow reflects the myriad of creative ways in which it’s possible to manifest higher purpose. Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius, encourages us to do the unusual and unpredictable.
Another minor planetary association that could be considered is Jupiter, the ruler of expansion and positivity; however, Jupiter rules Sagittarius, a fire sign, and, to me, this card is leaning more toward mental activity rather than physical activity. Despite this, consider looking for Jupiter and its aspects in your natal chart to see what impact it might have on your higher aspirations.
Numerically speaking, this card is a 7 (16 / 1+6=7), indicating that an investment in some form of seeking, searching, thinking or intellectual exploration should be made or is already underway.
With regard to the new moon, this card is inviting us to think creatively about how we can reach new horizons, improve ourselves, find our higher purpose, and turn isolation into motivation. Look at the fire-ruled houses of your natal chart (1st - body, 5th - soul, and 9th - spirit, mind) which are known as the life or personal houses. The planets and their aspects in these houses can indicate how to leverage the physical action of the element of fire in order to act upon the ideas for manifestation that the air sign of this card inspires us to consider.
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