Eclipses are pretty major events, especially in Astrology. But not everyone understands the difference between a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse — not to mention how they affect your life! So let’s start with the basic science: A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun.
With a Solar Eclipse, which can only happen at the New Moon, the Moon moves between Earth and the Sun, either fully or partially blocking the Sun from our view on Earth, for a matter of minutes. In Astrology, the darkness associated with a Solar Eclipse also casts a shadow on our lives. Solar Eclipses — because they happen at the New Moon — are about taking care of unfinished personal business, getting honest with yourself, and planting seeds for the future.
With a Lunar Eclipse, which can only occur at a Full Moon, the shadow of the Earth is cast on the Moon. This happens when the Sun and the Moon are opposite each other, with the Earth passing between, blocking the light of the Sun from reaching the Moon. During a Lunar Eclipse, which can last a few hours, the Moon will appear slightly orange or red. Just like its softer visual appearance, the Lunar Eclipse has a softer astrological effect on us, too. A Lunar Eclipse is a bit less intense. It’s about letting go of the past — old fears, habits, situations, and feelings — so you can feel light enough to move forward.
Both Solar and Lunar Eclipses are potent events that can spur major personal growth. Every year, there will be at least four eclipses — two Solar and two Lunar — but, while very rare, there can be as many as seven eclipses in a single year!
The Solar Eclipse in Aquarius on February 15, 2018, marks a fresh opportunity for freedom. Breaking away from restrictive alliances and environments won’t only become possible … it will feel necessary. This New Moon is conjunct mental Mercury, making it easy to plan an effective exit strategy.
Unlike standard New Moons, which have an influence of four weeks, Solar Eclipses have an impact on the following six months. Therefore, to take full advantage of this remarkable event, it would be wise to think big.
Aquarius is the sign of the visionary, so imagining your best life would be a great use of this inspirational energy. Instead of yearning to write a book, tell yourself it is already written. Create a book cover for it and put it on an existing volume of the desired size. Place this book on your desk or work space. The sight of your “finished project” will inspire you to go to the page and fill in the blanks. Soon, your dream project will manifest itself in the physical world, perhaps by the next Solar Eclipse on July 12, 2018.
It doesn’t really matter what goal you envision during this Solar Eclipse, provided it resonates with you on a deep level. Learn what special gifts this eclipse holds for your sign by reading your horoscope below…
Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)
Your social life could undergo a dramatic improvement because of the Solar Eclipse. Instead of being surrounded by nay-sayers, you’ll begin attracting fellow adventurers. These newcomers will appreciate your pioneer spirit. Rather than scoffing at your latest idea, they’ll offer ways to put it into practice. If you’re asked to work with a group, don’t feel pressured to fit in with the crowd. Instead, put your unique abilities on display. You will be given an important task that only you can perform well. Don’t be surprised if you’re named MVP at the end of this assignment. Thanks to the Solar Eclipse, your offbeat qualities that were once liabilities will now become assets.
Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)
The Solar Eclipse brings a fantastic career opportunity to your door. Taking the helm of a think tank will be especially rewarding. Members of your team may generate ideas for exciting products and services; it will be your responsibility to turn these dreams into realities. Feel free to break away from restrictive rules that dictate work should be performed in a certain way. By forging a new path, you’ll give workers permission to revolutionize the way they think, behave, and interact. Have you always wanted to start your own business? This is the best time of the entire year to do so. Instead of modeling your enterprise on another model, offer something unique.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)
A breathtaking opportunity to expand your horizons is calling your name. Whether you want to get an advanced degree, travel the world, or broadcast your ideas, the Solar Eclipse can deliver this dream on a silver platter. Dismiss the idea you are merely a jack-of-all-trades and embrace the concept of mastery. Gaining and sharing expert knowledge will cause your self-esteem to soar. It will also change the way people look at you. Instead of dismissing you as a restless person who will never settle down, you’ll gain the reputation for being an accomplished expert. Picture yourself with an impressive title that’s emblazoned on an office door, business cards, and book covers.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)
A chance to break free from debt and cultivate financial security is this Solar Eclipse’s gift to you. If you’re drowning in bills, it’s time to take control of the situation. Contact a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in your situation. With its help, you can consolidate your bills and maybe even eliminate the interest rate. Don’t be afraid to learn the exact amount that you owe and then create a game plan for paying it off. If you’re doing well financially, you can use the power of this eclipse to deepen your enjoyment of sensual pleasures. Rather than hoarding money, give yourself permission to enjoy it.
Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)
A partnership that allows you to fully express yourself could be this Solar Eclipse’s gift to you. If you’re already in a serious relationship, give careful thought to things you have sacrificed for this alliance. Talk with your partner about how this choice affected you. Announce your plan to resume the activities and pursuits you abandoned. There’s a good chance your other half will support this decision. Are you single? You could meet your soulmate in a book club, political organization, or classroom. The object of your affection will be unlike anyone you’ve dated in the past. They’ll admire your warm personality and you’ll respect their logical detachment. Together, you’re like fire and ice.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
An unusual job opportunity could arrive thanks to this stimulating Solar Eclipse. If you’ve been looking for work, be open to accepting a job in an unfamiliar field. You’ve always been a quick study and will easily master the required knowledge. Do you already have a position? Becoming a free agent could be a more satisfying arrangement for you. You’ve always worked more quickly and efficiently than your peers. Getting paid for what you produce in your own time will work to your advantage. Instead of being shackled to an office, you’ll be free to travel, study, and write whenever you want. Release yourself from the constraints of a conventional lifestyle.
Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
This Solar Eclipse could trigger a creative breakthrough. Instead of playing with an intriguing idea for a book, song, or design, you’ll feel compelled to develop it. Take this opportunity to scale back your work and family responsibilities for the sake of art. Putting an inventive spin on traditional forms will be especially exciting. Don’t be surprised if your work attracts a cult following. Although your style may not resonate with most people, it will strike a chord with discerning people who yearn for something fresh and new. If you play your cards right, you could get paid for going on a publicity tour. Seeing the world on an expense account will be fun.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Breaking free of family restrictions is a distinct possibility with this Solar Eclipse. Instead of carrying out meaningless traditions, you’ll build a lifestyle that makes sense for you. Whether this means moving into your own place, relocating abroad, or living out of a recreational vehicle is immaterial. The important thing is to create a home that fills you with excitement and pleasure. Certain relatives may turn up their noses at your surroundings. Don’t let that bother you. Just because they prefer conventional surroundings doesn’t mean you should embrace them. If you want to live in a tree house, that’s your business. Are you happy with your current abode? An unusual relative or roommate could join your household.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Adopting a different outlook is the best way to reap the benefits of this Solar Eclipse. Learn as much as you can about the power of positive thinking. By abandoning thoughts of anger, shame, and resentment, you’ll attract the things you desire. Have you been struggling with money? Stop telling yourself you are poor and give thanks for the many blessings you often ignore. Are you looking for love? Instead of critiquing your body at every opportunity, regularly compliment yourself on your best features. Have you given up hope about traveling the world? Make a vision board that displays pictures of your dream destination and set a departure date.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
An unusual moneymaking opportunity may fall in your lap because of this Solar Eclipse. Stop insisting that the only way to earn a decent living is through the corporate world. You can make a fortune with your creative talent, if you only give yourself permission to do so. If your current job feels oppressive, hand in your resignation. Take a position that is less demanding or sell your handiwork on an artisanal web portal. If you’ve always wanted to write a book, now is the time to begin. You’ll be able to get a nice advance from a publisher who appreciates your distinctive style. Alternatively, you could launch a podcast about your favorite subject. Advertisers will beat a path to your door.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
This Solar Eclipse will be especially powerful for you, Aquarius, since it falls in your sign. Take this opportunity to picture yourself in a role you have always desired. Whether you want to be part of a couple, start a family, preside over a business, or achieve fame in your desired field is immaterial. The important thing is to liberate yourself from self-limiting attitudes. Instead of insisting the dating market is terrible, be assured your soulmate is waiting for your arrival. Rather than lamenting over limited job prospects, create the position you desire. If you catch yourself wondering whether an audition is worth your time, treat this experience as your first day of work.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Get ready for a spiritual breakthrough. This Solar Eclipse invites you to adopt a totally different attitude toward your sacred self. Rather than adhering to beliefs that were imposed on you as a child, build your own philosophy of life. Conducting rituals that honor the earth, sky, and water can be especially uplifting for a mystical sign like you. Get into the habit of honoring each New and Full Moon with a ceremony of some kind. Above all, abandon all thoughts of fear and shame. The sooner you craft a belief system that is centered on self-love and acceptance, the faster you will transcend the mundane problems that have dogged you since childhood.
With the Moon in your privacy sector all day and your ruler, Mars, forming a square to Neptune, this is a time for slowing down, dear Aries. While yesterday’s Solar Eclipse cleared the slate for a new beginning, it’s not the time to rush a fresh start. You can benefit from some time to reorient yourself. You will be most successful if you examine whether your actions have real meaning, as this gives you a purpose and a direction. Now is a better time for service to others than for self-seeking efforts. However, don’t take this too far — watch for con artists and impractical schemes today and tomorrow. It’s not particularly easy to see what’s true and what is only an illusion now, so it makes sense to reserve judgment. When it comes to education or transportation matters, there can be some confusion. This is a time for reassessing what motivates you, and it makes a lot of sense to seek out fulfilling ventures.
The Moon’s alignment with Venus today suggests inspiring or heart-warming contact, dear Taurus. A Mars-Neptune transit can point to some dissatisfaction with your plans as they currently stand, however, and perhaps a change of direction or temporary motivation dip. Sometimes this relates to a project that goes awry, or there could be someone who isn’t being completely honest with you. It can be challenging to read a friend or lover now, and perhaps your own feelings about a relationship or project. Even if others are questioning your intentions (or you theirs), it’s a time for listening to your heart and recognizing what you genuinely want. This quest can take some trial and error, especially with your mind telling you one thing and your heart another, but it may very well be worth digging deep. The day is best used for slowing down and realigning yourself rather than trying to push for something to go your way.
Your dreams are in first place much of the day, dear Gemini, but your confidence in your ability to achieve them may be a little off as the day advances. If you allow your heightened sensitivity to rule now, there can be some ups and downs. It makes sense to make a conscious effort to avoid focusing your attention on negative issues or small flaws and to consider ways to find inspiration. Work matters can feel draining if they temporarily lack meaning, or your goals, in general, can feel overwhelming. It can be challenging to see partnership, professional, and public matters clearly, and confusion about your general life direction may aggravate a relationship tension. Alternatively, you might feel that someone is pushing you towards a goal that doesn’t quite suit you, or that whoever you try to please, you just can’t seem to get anywhere. Try to avoid going along with plans that don’t sit entirely right with you. Fortunately, a Sun-Mercury alignment helps you clarify yourself now, and gives you a little more clout.
The Moon moves in harmony with your sign today, dear Cancer, which is an excellent transit for going with the flow. Today, however, there can be a little too many things up in the air to feel entirely comfortable with the flow! This is due to a Mars-Neptune square that is designed to nudge us to reconsider our goals if they’re not genuinely satisfying us or aligned well with our spiritual values. You could find yourself pulling back a little from situations or people who seem to demand too much of your time or energy. If you can swing it, try to apply your energy to creative, inspirational, spiritually meaningful ventures, or consider adding some flourishes to your pursuits. You can be longing to get away, as the escapist in you is alive and well today, but you may want to ask yourself if it’s the right time. You may be a little more sensitive than usual to the environment around you with this transit active, making activities that help you detoxify or de-stress particularly useful now.
With Mars in your solar fifth house these days, dear Leo, there is more dynamism in your creative and romantic life. However, Mars aligned with Saturn yesterday, slowing you right down and alerting you to possible obstacles in your way. Now, Mars is challenged as it forms a square with Neptune, and conflicts with love interests can emerge but they can be very hard to define. Tensions regarding shared resources or finances with a partner (or ex-partner) can be part of the picture, as you’re inclined to become frustrated with an imbalance of power or matters of give and take. On a physical level, be gentle with yourself. Artistically, this can be a fertile period, however, but attempts to box yourself in or follow rules may no longer be viable.
Although the energies of yesterday’s Solar Eclipse motivated the need for a fresh start, dear Virgo, you may need to deconstruct things before you can make real sense of them today. Motivation may take a dip if you don’t feel inspired or you’re not sure of your next step. Interactions with others can be draining and confusing, or you may be dealing with a recurring problem around the home that slows you down. There can be misunderstandings, or attempts to get things done that fizzle out. As much as you’d like to know what’s ahead, things may be up in the air for now, and it’s best to avoid pushing things that require some time to unfold on their own. For some, the Mars-Neptune square can point to perceptions of a person that are off. Gathering your strength makes the most sense now. A Sun-Mercury alignment is helping to clarify a health or work matter, and you’ll find that others are listening to what you have to say now.
There is somewhat ungrounded energy to today, dear Libra, and we’re inclined to daydream, or we could be attracted to impractical ventures. Worry about things that you can’t control and letting your imagination run to negative scenarios of what might happen are tendencies today but are entirely not productive. Do your best not to push, prod, or rush something that needs its own time to unfold. A Mars-Neptune square suggests the need to reassess rather than advance our agendas. Transportation and communication can be unreliable with Mars currently in your communications sector. Try also to be content with potentially not knowing where you stand with someone. Life may seem to need a leap of faith from you at the moment. Also consider that energy levels may wane if you’ve temporarily lost inspiration for something. With this transit, it may be that people are deceiving you, but it’s also possible we see things through the lens of wishful thinking.
Yesterday’s eclipse nudged you in a new direction, dear Scorpio, but a Mars-Neptune square influencing today suggests a need to slow down and reassess a goal or action. You may feel a little in the dark or lost just for now, and it’s not a day for pushing anything or anyone. Watch for unnecessary purchases, or on the other end of the spectrum, excessive worry about money. Personal plans are not likely to take off now, and it would be wise to simply wait for another day to push them forward. Past neglect of your resources can catch up to you now, and mixing love and money is unwise under current conditions. Be conservative in action today, but let your imagination go. In fact, this is a time for seeking out inspiration and meaning. A Sun-Mercury conjunction suggests the blossoming of an idea related to home and family that deserves your attention now.
Mars in your sign stimulates wonderful enthusiasm and energy for starting new things, dear Sagittarius, as well as for handling those projects that are already in progress with vigor. However, Mars is moving into a square to Neptune, and this can have the effect of stopping you in your tracks, likely due to confusion or doubt. For some, it can seem to lead you astray, chasing a dream that is out of reach. You might not know where to begin, or where to channel your energy, and you could end up spinning your wheels. Take this as a sign to slow down to catch your breath or to reassess your goals or your approach to reaching them. As well, this is a time for visualizing what you genuinely want before making your next move. Projects that have lost meaning in your life may feel hard to take now, and perhaps you may need to put a pursuit to the side. The Sun and Mercury move towards a superior conjunction in your communications sector, and this stimulates your mind. An idea or project can come to a turning point now.
The Moon spends the day in dreamy Pisces and your communications sector, dear Capricorn, and you could find your mind meandering. You can be in quite a daydreamy state today. Mars in your privacy sector forms a square to hazy Neptune as well today, and your vision may be clouded just for the moment. In fact, this transit can bring with it a need to reassess certain goals or endeavors in terms of how meaningful they genuinely are to you. For now, it can be unclear what you want, or if you know what you want, how to go about getting it! It’s not the time to jump to any conclusions or to sign on the dotted line. It’s best to take your time with whatever emerges now. Try to schedule undemanding activities today if possible. Activities that delight, engage your imagination, and allow you to take some of the pressure off are especially valuable now.
The Moon spends the day in your resources sector, dear Aquarius, aligning with Neptune there. As well, even stronger Neptune influence is with us as Mars moves into a square to the planet. You may be feeling a little out of sync if you’re trying to move at a quick pace or ignoring your need for a checkpoint. Timing can be off as a result. This can be a time of focusing too much on things that don’t pan out or matter much in the long run and too little on what is most important to your progress. This may very well be a form of procrastination, which is quite common with a Mars-Neptune square. In truth, you may need to take a breather and consider what you may be missing. Because Neptune is in your resources sector and Mars in your social sector, mixing friends and business or money is not advised right now. This extends to resources such as time, energy, and heart, not just money. If you find yourself growing resentful over how much you’re contributing to an effort, for example, consider conserving your energy.
There can be some problems staying focused today, dear Pisces, not only because the Moon in your sign draws your strong attention to your moods and feelings, but due to a Mars-Neptune square that influences the day. You may need to let go of an idea or back off from a problem temporarily so that you can understand it better from an objective standpoint, for example. Feeling overwhelmed or without a clear purpose today can act to drain you of physical energy. You may feel less than capable or especially vulnerable. Your desires can be unusual or otherwise hard to fulfill, or you may be wavering about what it is you want. As well, be discriminating now as others may be getting the credit for your work. Take extra time for yourself now, and relax your standards just a little if you’ve been pushing yourself too hard.
Your personal magnetism is great, and your need for loving, harmonious, and balanced surroundings perhaps greater. You have a very unique spin on the world and love to share it with others. You are creative and usually good at writing or other expressive arts, and you also have a strong business sense. Forgiving and tolerant, few people so easily accept others for exactly who they are. You are also very perceptive and pick up on all the subtleties of human interaction. Famous people born today: Galileo, Susan B. Anthony, Harvey Korman, Jane Seymour, Matt Groening, Chris Farley.
Your Birthday Year Forecast
The New Moon in your Solar Return chart suggests that you will instinctively begin a new phase of your life this year. A decisively new direction has come about in your life. This can be an emotionally stimulating time in which you feel the urge to initiate and project, even if you are not quite clear about what you are projecting. Much of the energy in your life can have a magical quality to it as things are just automatically going in a certain direction. It is important to be intuitive at this time and allow the natural course to show you the way to the next step. Surprises (mostly very pleasant) pepper your year. New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as the year unfolds.
The period ahead is a particularly busy one. At times, you may feel like the pace of your life is running ahead of you. You can be especially productive, however, in all types of communications–writing, speaking, learning, teaching, and so forth. You are willing to put in the effort for a mental interest or project, and you can feel pleasantly dedicated to your work or ideas in the year ahead. You are more able to focus on what you’re doing and communicating, and you’re more inclined to notice and consider details.
This can be a year in which you experience important turning points, or you could begin new projects or goals that have a long-term impact on your life.
With Venus sextile Saturn in your Solar Return chart, certain elements of your social life and financial life are stabilized, secured, and more reliable this year. You may solidify a romantic relationship under this influence, or become involved with a mature partner. Circumstances may be such that you need to handle money more carefully this year, or this may simply come naturally to you now. Support from older people or authority figures may come by way of solid advice or more tangible help. Renewed ties to old friends are possible, or a new sense of responsibility in existing friendships, are also highly likely.
This is a time when you feel confident and supported enough to pursue your desires. It’s a good period for making yourself feel more secure and safe, as well as for family or domestic activities. This is also a period when you more readily support or defend others.
You are seeking out equal, fair, and balanced relationships. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing, creating harmony, and sharing power now. You may gain an advantage in business or finances or by promoting harmony and beauty.
Your feelings are more intense which can increase your creativity or animate your social or romantic life this year.
You may be actively involved in teamwork and collaboration with others this year. Your passions are stirred and you’re likely to make positive connections with others. There can be the beginning of a significant new relationship or the intensification of an existing bond.
This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year.
You have a stronger ability to direct your energies into meaningful activities. In some ways, you can be quite self-contained as you pursue passion projects. However, you may need to watch for hooking onto impractical ventures. As well, your energy level can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages. At times you may feel a little lacking in direction, but give yourself some time to find it.
You may be starting a new chapter in your life this year. This can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports. It’s bound to be a busy time for you, sometimes lacking in clear direction, but also good for optimism and many new ideas and interests.
2018 is a Number One year for you. Ruled by the Sun. This is a year of action. The seeds you plant now, you will reap later. Others might find you less sociable, as you are busier than ever and you focus on your activities and your needs. Still, you are outgoing and your initiative is stronger than ever. Advice – Stand alone, take action, start fresh, express independence.
2019 will be a Number Two year for you. Ruled by the Moon. This is a year of potential companionship. It is a quiet, gentle, and mostly harmonious year that is less active than other years. Instead, you are more responsive to the needs of others. If you are patient and open yourself up in a gentle manner, you will attract both things and people. This is an excellent year in which to build and develop for the future. Advice – be patient, be receptive, enjoy the peace, collect.
A Solar Eclipse occurring today places a strong focus on making contacts and reaching out to others, dear Aries, in both a social and professional sense, over the coming weeks and even months. Events and circumstances are such that they serve to clear the path for new beginnings, particularly related to how you fit in with friends and the community. You become more acutely aware of your position in life within the context of the group, rather than through self-centered focus. Goals that involve networking, making connections with others, joining or strengthening ties in a group project or activity, and nurturing goodwill are the focus during this cycle that begins today. Some level of drama may be present now, as it serves to shake up your social life in order to pave the way for important changes. In some cases, friends enter or leave your life during this period. This is a good time to reflect on how you’d like to steer your life in the coming weeks, particularly in terms of your “place” in the social side of your life. This period favors formulating goals that have to do with future, long-term happiness and those that give you a stronger sense of mission or purpose, aligning yourself with important causes. Occurring today and connected with eclipse energy are two supportive aspects. You can experience an increased love of order, organization, and clarity, and you could find it’s a fine time to take care of business and connect with others in practical ways. You may be attending to a responsibility towards an important person in your life and finding it quite easy and even pleasurable to make a personal sacrifice in order to help someone out. Today and the weeks ahead favor steady progress and efforts to secure future endeavors. Your judgment on a business level is in great form now.
The Solar Eclipse occurring today brings heightened awareness and sensitivity to your standing in society and your professional goals, dear Taurus, as it happens in the professional or public sector of your solar chart. There can be feelings of excitement or uneasiness, depending on how you handle change, surrounding career, reputation, and life path matters now. Going forward, it will be a good time for developing new business plans and goals. A sense of renewal and reinvigoration regarding your career goals is on the horizon. Changes in work, focus, life direction, bosses, authority figures, reputation, or your own authority and influence can occur now and in the coming few months. It’s a time to focus on the elements of your personality that you are projecting in your career or to society, with an eye on improvement. Significant shifts in how others see you can occur now. You are more actively aware of the need to bring added structure or rules into your life, or you might decide you need to improve your performance and general practices so that you can better follow certain rules. This is a phase in which you are exceptionally busy with career or public responsibilities. However, it’s also a time for balancing home and career. Drama or commotion stirred now paves the way for new approaches and new beginnings. A fresh approach is encouraged now, but it’s important to be very mindful of what worked for you in the past. Today is strong for productivity. You have not only the necessary energy, but the foresight and patience, to make significant headway in your projects, work, or ventures. Relationships with friends can settle down, and you may feel that others are more reliable than they have been lately. Your vision is practical, and you are primarily concerned with what has the most long-term value.
A Solar Eclipse occurring today falls in the sector of your solar chart that rules your spirit to grow, explore, and expand beyond the “regular” experiences in your life, dear Gemini. This can bring invigorating events into your life that serve to nudge you out of your usual routine. You are making a break from the past in some manner, which will help clear the path for future growth and development. There may be opportunities to broaden your horizons through travel, education, life experience, or adventure. There can be emerging opportunities to publish or promote your work, share your ideas, and enjoy mind-expanding experiences. Meeting important people through these endeavors is possible. Transportation issues can also be in focus, with new avenues opening up for getting out and about. This eclipse might also bring some of you into contact with lawyers, professors, or publicists. It’s a good time for exploring the world, or new perspectives, with friends. Also today and imprinted into the energies of the eclipse is a Venus-Saturn connection that favors the discussion of practical matters and future plans. Your judgment of worthwhile projects or investments is sound. This can be a time to look for help or support if you need it. It can be a good period for handling or managing tricky financial or relationship matters and taking care of business.
With a Solar Eclipse bringing powerful energy to your intimacy sector today, this is a period of empowerment and discovery, dear Cancer. This is a time for working on yourself from the inside out, for addressing dependencies and issues of support, and for improving an intimate relationship. If you’ve been too dependent on others, or the opposite, too proud to ask for help, then you’ll see and feel it acutely at this time, and you’ll want to make changes. The period ahead is outstanding for focusing on issues of intimacy and sharing, as well as for developing self-mastery skills. Goals to reduce debt, to get support, to quit a bad habit, and to understand your psychological workings better are favored now. If you’ve been holding on too tightly to a relationship or a financial arrangement, then this is a time for coming to terms with the dependency. It can also be a time when you’re wanting/asking for more depth from a project, relationship, or endeavor. Use this eclipse’s positive blast of energy to sort out financial support issues or emotional entanglements as you go forward. If you’ve been going it alone, this can also be an essential cycle for reaching out and finding the support you need. On the other side of the coin, if dependencies have become burdensome or are limiting your growth, now is a great time to work on putting them behind you. Taking small, progressive steps makes the most sense. Today’s Venus-Saturn aspect occurs at the same time as the eclipse, acting as an imprint and effectively extending its influence for weeks and even months ahead. While there may be some reserve in your relationships and connections, there can be an excellent feeling of constancy. Attention to strengthening projects and relationships can have long-term benefits. It’s a good time for dedicating yourself to a project or activity that requires your full attention.
With a Solar Eclipse bringing powerful energy to your partnership sector, dear Leo, you’re in a strong position for new beginnings regarding your close relationships. Negotiations and one-to-one relationships are highlighted now and in the coming weeks. It can be a time for beginning new relationships or re-defining existing ones in significant ways. A stronger awareness of the role someone plays in your life or the need for support and companionship may be in focus now. This is a sound period for making contacts and for making something public. If you’ve been holding on too tightly to a problematic relationship, then circumstances now might push the matter. When a Solar Eclipse happens, we are still symbolically in the dark, so that today and the next few are suitable for paying attention to news coming in and feelings emerging, but taking new action should wait at least a few days. A Venus-Saturn aspect occurring right now imprints its energies on the eclipse and is thus longer-lasting than usual. It’s a good time for realistic assessments related to work, financial, and health matters. You have the ability to take a look at what needs to be improved or changed and to make adjustments with few if any regrets. Meeting responsibilities feels satisfying. Old wisdom, or simply good advice from someone you trust, can be applied with success now. It’s also a beautiful time for making relationship “repairs” in simple but effective ways.
The Solar Eclipse occurring today prompts a refresh or new chapter in your life related to work, health, habits, and routines, dear Virgo. It heralds a period when new diet regimes, healthy routines, and satisfying work schedules can be successfully initiated, and current ones improved or revamped. You’re in a strong position to take care of business, handle details, and increase your efficiency. Circumstances around you can force these matters or simply motivate and prompt you to want to make big changes. It’s a good time to recognize and honor your limits regarding how much you can give and do. It’s time to structure your life. This period is marked by a desire to sort things out and to be useful. Over the coming weeks, it’s time to take charge of your health, self-care initiatives, and work. If you’ve been holding on too tightly to a difficult work situation or job, then this is a time for letting go. Today is good for making solid progress on a pet project, for help and support between friends, and for making realistic judgments of quality and worth. The weeks ahead can be good for purchases, plans, and designs. You are interested in the practical elements of a creative project and could be considering how to monetize (or better monetize) a hobby or talent. You meet your obligations gracefully and good feedback from others motivates you further. You’re showing your affection in practical ways and appreciate people who are steady and reliable.
Today’s Solar Eclipse occurs in your sector of romance, creative self-expression, recreation, children, and hobbies, dear Libra. Events happening now and in the coming weeks set you up for new beginnings in one or more of these areas of life. Romantic inclinations are highlighted, as are any kind of celebratory, playful, and just-for-fun endeavors. You will be especially aware of your need for approval and feedback from others during this period, deriving pleasure from the ways your creativity impact the world around you. This can be a passionate time for you and a time when you might feel bolder about sharing yourself or your creations than usual. If you’ve been holding on too tightly to people or projects that have been keeping you from expressing your true self, this is a time for making necessary changes. You are likely to attract positive attention from others, especially romantically or creatively speaking. You may be starting a new hobby or stepping up a current one. You are making big decisions about recreation, hobbies, love, and children now and in the coming months. Today, a Venus-Saturn sextile supports practical improvements around the home, in the family dynamic, in your work, or with your health. You might pick up a new skill or make progress on a home or work project. You see the value of traditions and routine more than usual, but you’re also open to new ideas — a perfect combination!
The Solar Eclipse that occurs today clears the way for new beginnings, dear Scorpio, as you make way for new beginnings. It’s time to assess what may have been holding you back from thriving, mainly related to your career and home life. The coming weeks are powerful for taking charge of your home life, attention to matters of security and safety, connecting with family and your own emotions. This eclipse can serve as a cosmic nudge to find your roots, learn your worth, build your sense of security, and focus on building your support system or base of operations. The coming weeks are ideal for making long-range plans for the future, for any type of re-organizing or even re-modeling of the home or home environment, and for family-related activities. There can be the need or desire to put your personal life first now, and changes may be afoot. You’re in an excellent position to start fresh and take charge. Improvements on the home front can be notable now, particularly with better daily routines and improved health. This can sometimes conflict with your personal plans and sense of independence, but making things right in your private world can have positive effects across the board and deserves your strong attention now. Today’s Venus-Saturn sextile is conservative but supportive. Constructive and possibly instructive conversations can be had with or about children, lovers, or creative projects with your communications sector linking up positively with your sector of romance, fun, children, and artistic expression. Alternatively, you may be attending to practical details that help improve or secure relationships and projects along these lines. Getting on track now and in the coming weeks can do wonders for your mood.
The Solar Eclipse that occurs today launches a favorable cycle in which to turn over a new leaf with your studies, communications, and connections, dear Sagittarius. It’s a great time to learn something new, make contacts, and use the power of communications to move your goals forward. In the coming weeks and even months, you are likely to find new opportunities for learning and communicating or avenues for self-expression. In some cases, this is about transportation and could be prompted by an event that forces the issue. Developing mental rapport with others, sharing ideas, and reaching out or pouring energies into your interests and studies can be in current focus and favorable. There may be new ways of getting around or connecting that open doors for you. The weeks ahead are excellent for taking care of daily tasks with increased and renewed energy, although you could experience an initial feeling of being overwhelmed since eclipses can wipe us out before restoring energy. News can come that steers you in a new direction. You might suddenly want to take a course or begin a new project. Also today, a Venus-Saturn connection favors a slower, steadier, and simpler approach to life, particularly on financial levels.
The Solar Eclipse occurring today happens in your resources sector, dear Capricorn, and you may be making important decisions in the coming weeks related to personal finances, business, and practical affairs. On an emotional level, this is a time for establishing yourself and discovering and developing your natural talents and personal resources. Your financial status, income, or arrangements related to security and comfort are subject to new beginnings or improvements and changes. Setting realistic money goals, as well as formulating such things as budgets and other sensible financial planning projects, are especially favored during this time. You might also be discovering ways to increase your income or your earning potential. It’s a beautiful time for earthy, tactile, and comforting activities that help you to feel more grounded and connected. If you’ve been holding on too tightly to a lifestyle or financial habits that haven’t been serving you well, this is a time when changes become necessary. New beginnings are in order! This eclipse gives you a fantastic push towards taking better care of your money and resources. It’s undoubtedly a robust period for resolving problems with income, spending, and saving. Today’s Venus-Saturn connection is excellent for your frame of mind. Filling responsibilities or putting in some hard work can be satisfying. Friends, siblings, neighbors, or classmates can come through for you.
The Solar Eclipse occurring today is in your sign, dear Aquarius, and it helps pave the way towards significant personal changes in the coming weeks and even months. This is a time for reinventing yourself in some personal way, such as with a new look or manner of expressing and presenting yourself. Think about how you present yourself to others, focus on changing personal habits in such a way as to improve your confidence, and concentrate on putting your best foot forward, as this is a time when you will get noticed and make a powerful impression on others. Circumstances can prompt a rethinking of your general attitude towards new beginnings, bravery, your role as a leader, your independence, and the ways you instinctively defend yourself. This is a time when you can be braver and enjoy new experiences. There can be a tendency to dig in your heels and display your independence now, which may be necessary for personal growth, but care should be taken to stay true to yourself in the process. Get in touch with what you genuinely want, envision it, and go for it, but wait for the dust to settle before going all in. Keep in mind that you can feel a little wiped out around the time of the eclipse before energy rebuilds. This is a critical time for personal goals, revisions, new beginnings, and makeovers (physical and otherwise). A Venus-Saturn aspect occurring today also ties into the energies of the eclipse. Fortunately, it’s a strengthening aspect that favors taking care of duties and responsibilities. In fact, you may take pleasure in so doing. Getting your financial affairs in order can have a positive impact across the board.
The Solar Eclipse that occurs today launches a period of review, letting go, and recharging your spiritual or emotional batteries, dear Pisces. This is a time for releasing, purging, and healing. This eclipse encourages you to put certain outdated ventures or situations behind you. It may be a time of withdrawal and retreat in a social sense, of soul-searching, and the seeking out of emotional peace of mind. You’re due for extra time to yourself, or with yourself! If you’ve been neglecting your psychic, spiritual, or emotional needs, then circumstances can push you to pay attention to your inner world now. There can be flooding of energies now which can be a little disorienting, but going forward, you’ll get a stronger sense of what changes need to be made. If you require solitude, then you’ll find ways to get it. If there have been toxic connections to your past, then you’ll be figuring out how to break ties. Occurring today and tied into the energies of the eclipse is a Venus-Saturn aspect that finds you radiating appealing, quiet magnetism, even if you are keeping your emotional distance. Clarity and a sense of purpose are driving forces now. Advice can be useful, whether you’re giving or receiving it. Bonds with others can be strengthened through gestures, actions, and practical support.
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.Warren Buffett
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. Thomas Carlyle
If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 sharpening my axe. Abraham Lincoln
Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Thoreau
The pioneers cleared the forests from Jamestown to the Mississippi with fewer tools than are stored in the typical modern garage. Dwayne Laws
From a fallen tree, all make kindling. Spanish Proverb
Some men go through a forest and see no firewood. English Proverb
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for. Mark Twain
February’s new Moon is a partial solar eclipse. Occurring on February 15, it will not be visible to most of the planet. It will be visible in southern South America, including many locations in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and in Antarctica. The eclipse will also be visible from some areas of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. For more information on this eclipse, there’s some good information here.
Although this is only a partial eclipse, no doubt many of us will be feeling the effects of it. As always, a solar eclipse is a new Moon, and, as such, it is a great time to be getting those affirmations going. As Neville Goddard said, it is best to assume that you already have what you want, or you are already who you want to be – it is by assuming that you are or have those things that they become reality. “Assumption hardens into fact”, Goddard used to say. If you ‘assume’ something, the universe will provide those things or conditions. So, of course, we have to watch our thoughts, our imagination, our beliefs, our desires, etc. We must keep a tight rein on negative thoughts as they will just help us go further and further away from the things we really want. After all, worrying is praying for things we don’t want.
I mention the above as this eclipse season is very much about the issue of ‘where to from here’. There are some very good aspects in this chart, but, some of the Sabian Symbols are quite challenging.
We have the new Moon and Mercury sextiling Uranus, the ruler of the new Moon (solar eclipse), so, if we are aligned with our thoughts, desires and wishes, we can have some wonderful breakthroughs and realizations. Venus and Saturn are also in a sextile aspect, and, this can be good for actions and outcomes and relationships and healing what might have gone astray around relationships, friendships, financial issues, etc.
We also have Mars trining the Moon’s north node, and, this can be great for moving past the past, for getting past issues that have seemed to be roadblocks and stalemates – we can find things moving in bigger and better ways by focusing our hearts and minds on right action.
We also have Mercury and Jupiter in a separating square aspect. This can be good for making decisions and taking actions, as long as we are not promising more than we can deliver, as long as we are not overdoing things or going into overreach.
And, within the week following this eclipse, Venus will conjunct Neptune, adding to the impulse to follow our hopes and dreams and wishes. The trick is not to do more than you are mentally, emotionally or physically equipped to be doing as we can wear ourselves out if we take on too much. Moderation is key, but, so is getting clear.
So, the above aspects, and, no doubt others that are at play, are some of the good energies around us at this time. The more difficult aspects of this chart can be seen through some of the Sabian Symbols. We have Venus on a Symbol that often speaks of losing faith, feeling deserted, feeling as though one has been neglected, or, sacrificed too much, etc. Venus is onPisces 7: ILLUMINATED BY A SHAFT OF LIGHT, A LARGE CROSS LIES ON ROCKS SURROUNDED BY SEA AND MIST. This Symbol can show the need to tune in to our faith, our belief in the goodness of life, to see where we might have to change or modify how we expect life to go, especially in regards to other people and their life trajectory.
Mars is on Sagittarius 12: A WIDOW’S PAST IS BROUGHT TO LIGHT. This can be about family secrets, wills and legacies, issues that may have laid dormant for some time and are now revealed, etc. We might find that we, or others, blurt out a little too much information, or, there may be some uncomfortable realities that we have to deal with. Still, Mars here can see us dealing with these issues and getting them sorted and healed, leading to better outcomes. The recent revelations about domestic abuse fit in with this Symbol, as does the Symbol for Venus, although, of course, that is just one type of manifestation that we see occurring.
Saturn is on a degree that can speak about the power of the press, the issue of ‘fake news’, etc. What to believe? And, Saturn here can show us how powerful our own words, thoughts and feelings – our own ’emanations’ – can be. Saturn is on Capricorn 7: A VEILED PROPHET SPEAKS, SEIZED BY THE POWER OF A GOD. Finding the ‘truth’ in what’s said or thought or bouncing around can be an interesting challenge.
Paying attention to what’s going on can bring good outcomes with Mercury on Aquarius 26: A GARAGE MAN TESTING A CAR’S BATTERY WITH A HYDROMETER. Be watchful, be thoughtful, look after the ‘mechanics’ of situations. Some need a good dose of WD40, while other things may need a master ‘mechanic’ to sort them out. Whatever, we can find good outcomes from being mindful of conditions.
The main issue of this new Moon (partial eclipse) is to find safety and security and a good place to be. The Symbol for this eclipse, Aquarius 28: A TREE FELLED AND SAWED TO ENSURE A SUPPLY OF WOOD FOR THE WINTER, shows us that issues to do with our future, our ability to heat and cool and feed and clothe and look after ourselves and our loved ones is a main issue at the moment. How are you doing on that score?
A solar eclipse occurs at a new moon and sees the light of the sun obscured by the moon. Astrologically, the sun reflects our core will and essence. It reveals the qualities that we manifest as we mature (giving it a future-oriented quality) and the path we must walk to step into an independent, unique expression of our being. As such it is the organising force of the psyche through which is filtered all experience, both internal and external. The sun relates to consciousness and in growing increasingly conscious of ourselves and our motivation we step more deeply into its life-giving energy.
The moon, on the other hand, is our instinctive and feeling self. A part of us so deep within and close to our very core that we barely know it consciously, instead expressing it as readily but unconsciously as we draw breath. Reflecting both subconscious and unconscious forces in the psyche, the moon reveals our emotional habits and our default orientation towards life. Where the sun is conscious and radiant, the moon is unconscious and deceptively influential. Born of our innate subjectivity and yet all-encompassing, it both constrains us within our individual worldview and connects us with the collective consciousness from which we all draw breath.
Because the light of the Sun (the life-force expressed as will) is blocked by the physicality of the Moon (the life force expressed as instinct) the shape of our life at a solar eclipse often reveals the consequences of past actions and reactions. How we manage our emotions and feelings, how we respond to those of others, the stories we tell ourselves about the ‘who, what, where and how’ of our existence, all have consequences which a solar eclipse can bring into sharp relief. If we find ourselves challenged by unexpected disruption now, honest and open reflection may reveal our part in current events no matter how randomly beyond our control they at first appear. Identifying the present consequences of past actions and omissions, denials and assertions, will assist us greatly in moving forward with deeper wisdom that supports a more awakened responsiveness in future. Such a process allows for humility, not despair, to arise in the face of challenge. It asserts authority over victimhood and reminds us that everything we do has consequences, many of which are out of our grasp as soon as we’ve acted. Whilst life does indeed deal unexpected cards and everyone is blindsided sometimes, being able to trace our own footsteps and fingerprints among what may at first look like a pile of rubble enables us to take stock, ‘cowboy up’ and get back in the saddle!
Nonetheless, we may be tempted into victim mentality at this time, convinced we are being punished or scapegoated, unfairly treated or powerless to effect change in our lives. But we are only victims if we allow something or someone to dictate our state of mind and heart, instead of rising up, sovereign even in the face of our greatest challenge. To do the latter we must understand how our mind and heart work: what triggers our own personal spiral into despair or hopelessness, anger or confusion. There’s simply no time to wait for feelings to change of their own accord now. We must be masters of our destiny and agents of necessary change. Within the darkness of a solar eclipse, we need to hold our centre and stand firm, allowing whatever occurs to penetrate us to our deepest core and speak its wisdom. We may not want to hear this particular piece of wisdom right away, of course, but the least we can do is write it down and return to it later because we can rest assured it will be central to our lives and how we live them before too long.
Like the obscured light of the sun, our capacity to take effective action may seem blocked at a solar eclipse, but not for want of trying! These eclipses tend to have a mind of their own, shaping events and emotions according to their own often difficult to comprehend priorities. They disrupt our malaise and act to insert new experience into our personal timeline. Events associated with solar eclipses can be shocking by nature and wholly unexpected. Just when we thought life was taking us in one direction we are turned to face a different one and must forge a new path ahead. Aspects of our life which we assumed were unassailable can be thrown into disarray and we must pick up the pieces, like it or not. Alternatively, a solar eclipse may bring an unexpected and often inexplicable stroke of good luck which changes our life for the better in ways we couldn’t possibly have imagined. But adjustment will still be necessary and we may at first discover we’re a lot more scared of positive change and progress than we previously anticipated!
An interesting paradox exists within every solar eclipse, for whilst they augur a time of high energy and often radical experiences, they occur at a new moon which is a time of retreat, low energy, introspection and inner illumination. So a solar eclipse is akin to driving a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake! We must decide which foot to move in response to the road ahead. Do we release the break and progress at increasing speed, or do we release the accelerator and rest for a while? Either choice is fine, as long as it’s the right one! If we need to slow down and rest we won’t miss the boat. It’ll wait because our resting is all part of the process towards the next step. But if we need to keep going on a wave of high energy, that’s all good too. We can rest another time. So choose wisely when the sun is eclipsed. Don’t push yourself if you know it’s time to step back, because stepping back at the right moment is equally important as stepping forward, and both contribute to the potential of an eclipse well-lived.
Despite the intense nature of a solar eclipse its fruits may take the following six months to ripen, fertilised by our energy during the two or three days either side of the actual event. It is therefore especially important to attend to the quality of our thoughts, emotions and behaviour at this time. A solar eclipse reminds us we are both sovereign over our lives and subject to forces beyond our control. Playing our part as well as possible, with integrity, awareness and grace, ensures our power is used to the fullest and greatest effect. The rest we must leave to chance and embrace when it arrives!
So we could say a solar eclipse is a brush with destiny, but not in the ‘pre-ordained there’s no avoiding it’ kind of way. We are our own destiny, a fact which may become startlingly apparent at this time. The events of our lives, their twists and turns, challenges and triumphs, reflect our deepest essence and unique presence in this world. We are force-fields of energy and intent, interacting with the unified field of being woven through all things. The causative factors of events in our lives are many and varied, but we are the common denominator and it is through self-knowledge and self-acceptance that we can more fully live, whatever life (and a solar eclipse!) throws our way.
If you want to understand how a particular solar eclipse impacts you more personally, look to the house where it falls in your birth chart. Here you will experience its direct impact as the affairs and issues of that house are subject to disruptive or unexpected forces which may feel beyond your control. Previous activity or achievement in the eclipse house may be undermined and new plans or efforts required. You may have to think on your feet for a while if you want to make up lost ground. Alternatively, it may make more sense to let go of previous goals and reconsider the shape of things to come in this area of your life.
Any aspects the eclipse makes to natal planets, or conjunctions to the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven or Imum Coeli, will also influence how its energies are experienced. Look especially to the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and sometimes Jupiter) and to conjunctions, squares and oppositions, which will be most acutely felt.
Look also to the position and condition (aspects and strength etc.) of your natal sun, whose impact upon your life will be emphasised during a solar eclipse. You may find that the issues your natal sun reflects in your chart are particularly brought to bear in the house where the eclipse occurs. For example, if your natal sun is in your 10th house of career and public life and the eclipse is in your 4th house of home and family, you may find that work issues and demands from the outside world greatly impact your home life, and your work/personal life balance requires some skilful attention.
It’s also worth considering the house ruled by the sun in your natal chart: that is the house with Leo on its cusp. Here you will also feel the impact from a solar eclipse, but often more in the long-term than at the actual time of the eclipse. Once the eclipse season has passed and things begin to settle you may see a gradual change in this area over the following few months, as events and changes associated with the eclipse ‘bed in’ to your life. Your decision-making abilities and sense of sovereignty in this area of your life will mature as a result of the eclipse and you will gain a broader and wiser perspective upon the affairs of this house and how best to take them forward.
The Witches Moon Phase for Thursday, February 15th
New Moon Illumination: 0%
The Moon today is in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Phase: New Moon
Moon Age: 29.18 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 399,741.29 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,784,775.37 km
Set the white candle alight on the left to represent the Goddess and a red candle to the right to represent the God. Place the materials for the spell between the two candles. Using the oil, with your right index finger, draw a pentacle (star inside a circle) in the middle of the white paper, while saying,
“With the seal of this pentagram I request that this charm be used for protection.”
Using a pen, in the center of the oil-drawn pentagram, draw your own special symbol for protection.
“With this rune, I request that this charm be used for protection.”
When you are ready, roll the paper up with the red ribbon tightly lengthwise. Hold the charm over the red candle and say,
I consecrate myself in fire so that I can defend myself and protect myself with the power I have.
Continue doing this with the smoke of the white candle, but consecrate it in the name of air. Hold the charm with both hands. Concentrate on the charm’s task. Then seal the left end of the charm with white wax, the right with red wax.
Mix in a small bowl with your hands while visualizing your home as a protected place. Charge the herbs with your protective energies. Add to simmering water. Simmer potpourri on the stove top in a pan (preferably non-metallic) in 2 cups of water.
A simmering potpourri pot can also be used. Simmer over low heat for 1/2 hour. If you wish to simmer longer, add more water as needed.
Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.
Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.
Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful. Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.
Thursday is also associated (in Greek mythology) to Thor – Thor’s day – and some even say that Jupiter and Thor are one in the same. Both are strong and powerful, yet wise and just. Try a small prayer to Jupiter before commencing any ritual on Thursday as a sign of respect.
This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving luck, happiness, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure, wealth, honour, riches, clothing, money, desires, business, group pursuits, joy, laughter, and expansion
January 31st, ~ Full Moon Lunar Eclipse ~ February 15th New Moon Solar Eclipse
2018 begins with a powerful initiation towards Change with two Eclipses supporting us to break through the “holding patterns”, Release (the past), and step courageously into the Unknown!
On January 31st, we have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and on February 15th a New Moon Solar Eclipse.
Eclipses have a way of amplifying the already potent energy of the NEW and FULL Moons, which symbolically represent peaks of energy, beginnings, endings, & celebrations.
How this translates into our own lives can be observed by a surging intensity around the deeper issues within our own lives.
Our patterns can reach a peak of expression, our core issues can surface with (what feels to be) a vengeance, and the need to recognize and acknowledge the necessity for Change can come on stronger than ever.
Determining how these Moons fall in your own chart will help to shed light on what areas of your life may be most affected by the shifts at this time.
Both the Full and New Moon Eclipses occur in the Signs of Leo and Aquarius. This is the Axis of Creativity and Expression.
It’s about the personal individual self-expression (in Leo), in reflection to the collective co-creative expression (in Aquarius)
The Moons here in these signs are enlivening and energizing these qualities in all of us ~ Personal Expression and Co-Creation. How are You doing it?
The focus is on how we are personally showing up in our own individual expression and how this affects others, the community, the collective, and the whole of life.
Looking at the World Stage, it is clear that this is a very important area to be paying attention to! It’s time.
2018 is a year that emphasizes Integrity and Authenticity. We must all do what we can to move into alignment with these important ways of being. It is becoming clearer that nothing can stay hidden for very long anymore. The next years ahead of us are very much about “full disclosure”, as we can see now that we are already clearly experiencing this.
So, with these next Full and New Moons, may we all embrace the opportunities at hand to see more clearly, to reflect on the information we are receiving with all that is being revealed, and to have the strength and courage to express ourselves from our hearts in integrity for all of life.
Daily Overview of the Planets, Stars & Sky for February 15th
Partial Solar Eclipse
A partial Solar Eclipse occurs today at 4:06 PM EST in the sign of Aquarius. This eclipse prompts turning over a new leaf regarding friendship, fellowship, group activities, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, humanitarian efforts, or joining a group.
Occurring today and tied nicely into the eclipse energy (which effectively extends the influence of these aspects) are lovely Mercury-Uranus and Venus-Saturn sextiles. A sextile between Mercury and Uranus this morning opens our minds to new, progressive ideas. Our intuition is strong, and insights seem to come from “out of the blue.” Original, creative ideas are easy to come by. We can take advantage of our ability to see things in a new light by breathing life into old projects or solving problems in new, creative ways. Varying our usual routine may be especially rewarding.
With Venus sextile Saturn later today, however, affections stabilize and mature. A new sense of realism in existing partnerships might come now. Small advances can be made in business and in partnerships. We are drawn to productive pastimes, and we are a little more sensible when it comes to seeking out pleasure and comfort. A new sense of responsibility might emerge with friendships. We give one another space, yet we’re also showing our commitment. This is an excellent time to connect with others and to build trust. The Moon enters Pisces at 9:42 PM EST.
The Moon is void from 4:06 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to the Sun), until the Moon enters Pisces at 9:42 PM EST.