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:
Monday, February 6th
Jupiter goes retrograde today at 1:52am EST (10:52pm on Sunday the 5th for west-coasters) and will remain in retrograde until about mid-June. This transit is just in time, as it will have us all seeking intuitive answers and developing our personal philosophies and morals. The normally excessive nature of Jupiter turns inward and admonishes us to clean up our own personal injustices so that we can address outward injustices on a large scale. Jupiter retrograde also gives us the capability to see a broad picture, which can sometimes be dismissive, but can also allow us to avoid getting caught up in the details of things.
Tuesday, February 7th
The Moon moves into Cancer today at 2:03am EST where it is most at home, providing some nurturing and sympathetic energy, especially after coming out of Gemini’s coolheadedness. You may be more prone to think from your heart than from your logic as this transit takes hold. Not to say that there won’t be some rationality today, as Mercury enters Aquarius at 4:35am EST, adding a sense of resourcefulness to the way we tackle matters of the heart. If you’re feeling more observant today or a better judge of character, this is Mercury working in your favor.
Wednesday, February 8th
The Moon in Cancer squares Jupiter retrograde in Libra at 5:00pm today, then goes void of course until entering Leo tomorrow. You may be prone to jumping to conclusions today if you’re caught in a situation in which you feel superior or smarter than someone, so be cognizant of this energy. Overreactions may prove to be a waste of energy that could be spent looking inward to address personal issues.
Thursday, February 9th
The Moon enters Leo at 4:41am EST, trines Venus at 12:20pm EST and then later trines Mars at 9:05pm EST. All of this Leo energy surrounding the Moon and involving Venus and Mars can result in excessive vanity, the need for attention, and drama related to personal pride. See how this energy shows up for you. You might choose to externalize the Moon’s energy by showering others with compliments, doting on them, and using your actions to serve others. The choice is yours.
Friday, February 10th
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse today at 7:33pm EST is the first eclipse of 2017 and a time when emotional energy is at its highest. Since the Sun is in Aquarius (the collective) opposing the Moon in Leo (the individual), this lunar eclipse is bound to bring us closer together as a collective conscious, using identity crisis to create philosophical exploration due to the favorable aspects of both the Sun and the Moon with Jupiter. Know that the effects of this lunar eclipse can last up to 6 months, which seems promising considering the current state of affairs in the world.
Saturday, February 11th
The Moon enters Virgo today at 8:52am, asking us to check in on some of the finer print in our lives, including our belongings, health, and duties. The Sun trine Jupiter rx at 10:25am continues to push our alignment with the collective that was jumpstarted by Jupiter moving retrograde earlier this week.
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