The February 2018 Leo Lunar and Aquarius Solar Eclipses, if aligned to the Ascendant-Descendant of your Birth Chart

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Artwork by Catherine Chauloux - French Fantasy Artist

Artwork by Catherine Chauloux – French Fantasy Artist**

A reminder: despite the fact that the Lunar Eclipse is now in the past (February 1, 2018), and the Solar Eclipse is due just early tomorrow, February 16, at 8.05 am (Eastern Australia Daylight Saving Time), the effects of any Eclipse can be intense and also long lasting, becoming activated by transiting/progressing planets in the weeks and months ahead. Eclipses’ effects can in fact be even anticipated by transits and/or progressions before they take place.
If the degree of the Leo Lunar Eclipse (11°37′) of February 1 2018, or the degree of the coming Aquarius Solar Eclipse (27°07′) happen to be close, one degree or less, to the degree of your Birth Ascendant, Descendant, Mid-Heaven or Lower-Heaven these cosmic events could represent important developments for you or even real turning points in your life.
Difference between Lunar and Solar Eclipses: it is easy to distinguish Lunar and Solar Eclipses by simply remembering that Lunar Eclipses happen always at Full Moon times and Solar Eclipses at New Moon times.
Like all Full Moon Lunar Eclipses represent some form of climax, achievement, realization, culmination of experience, while all New Moon Solar Eclipses represent beginning times, starts of new cycles, turning a new leaf etc.
Lunar Eclipses, like Full Moons, tend to touch our emotional strings, while Solar Eclipses, like New Moons, tend to shift our awareness to new levels.

Eclipses aligned to your Ascendant  and/or Descendant (opposite point to the Ascendant) via conjunction or opposition.

The degrees activated are:

  • 10-11-12 of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio for the Lunar Eclipse
  • 26-27-28 of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, Scorpio for the Solar Eclipse

Any Eclipse aligned to your Horizontal axis (whose apexes are the Ascendant and Descendant, or cusps of the First and Seventh Houses)  could be an exceptionally significant event in your life. The Rising and Setting degrees in fact are among the most sensitive in the whole horoscope, affecting directly our temperament and moods, as well as our close relationships and the general way we interact with the external world. Emotions come certainly to the fore at this time. The Eclipse could bring a whole new level of awareness on the way you feel about yourself and those people you are very close to, love partners, spouse, close friends, business partners etc. It is like becoming aware of facets of your emotions and of others’ which are usually in the dark. The least you are conscious of the undercurrents from which your feelings come from the more the revelation that may accompany this Eclipse could prove unexpected, shocking, hard to accept and integrate. Embracing this new awareness could be, on the other hand, very liberating, with the potential to change in profound ways your knowledge of self and others, ultimately enriching your life and providing meaning to what you have so far not quite understood. The knowledge and keener awareness of the source of your feelings or patterns of behavior could begin to empower you into making positive changes. As your self image, physical and psychological, improves you will be much more likely to attract respect and appreciation in your close relationships too.

Eclipses on the Ascendant-Descendant’s axis are powerful movers and shakers especially if there is much to move and shake in your life. The process of accepting and integrating a new sense of self and different patters of relating is not going to be easy, Eclipses representing challenges that we need courage and determination to tackle. Let’s say that Eclipses are here to give you a hand if you need one or even a push in some cases, thus helping to align your personal life more closely to your evolutionary potential.

 

If interested in my general take on the recent Lunar Eclipse of February 1 2018  please navigate to my previous post HERE.

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The Waxing/Waning Moon transits Leo from January 31 to February 2 2018, during the Leo Full Moon Phase

'Santa Margherita' by Riccardo Meacci (1856 - 1938)

‘Santa Margherita’ by Riccardo Meacci (1856 – 1938)

LEO, Moon of creativity and passion
Warm and fun loving

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LEO from January 31, 5.52 am,
to February 2, 6.12 am, with the ingress into VIRGO

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, theatre, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats. Action motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

*** In the garden Leo, like all the other Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Great Moon time for designing the garden, introducing ornamental objects and features, and, of course, Garden Parties.

*** Healing Herbs: Borage, Hawthorn, Motherwort.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Full Moon animationFull Moon

The LEO FULL MOON PHASE, also a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, 11°37′, begins on February 1, 0.26 am;
and will end on February 8.47 am, with the 0° LIBRA DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

*** In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

The Waning Moon transits Cancer during the Balsamic Phase

Artwork by Margarita Sikorskaia 03

Artwork by Margarita Sikorskaia 03

CANCER, Moon of nurture and imagination
Caring and home maker

From August 18, 2.12 am, to August 20, 3.54 am

Suitable energy for home making, looking after the children, nursing the sick, care taking, budgeting, op. shopping, feeding the hungry, cleaning, doing the laundry, recycling, storytelling, creative writing, fantasy or history reading, teaching, psychic insight, intuition. Purchase of children’s clothes, house hold items, blankets, antiques, houses and real estate. Action motivated by sympathetic response and the need to stick to what is familiar and safe. Self protective, reserved in display of feelings, caring. Beware of excessive mothering, dependency, personal bias, emotional manipulation, fear.

*** In the garden Cancer is one of the most, if not the most fertile of all Signs. Everything should do well when planted in Cancer, if the Moon is in the right phase. Plants particularly associated with Cancer are those with a high water content, such as Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons. Cancer is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and deep irrigation.

*** Healing Herbs: Papaya leaf, Peppermint, Spearmint.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Balsamic MoonBalsamic Moon

The CANCER BALSAMIC MOON PHASE begins on on August 18, 7.50 pm, and ends on August 22, 4.30 am,
with the LEO NEW MOON PHASE, also a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 28°52′ of LEO

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distil the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learnt, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

*** In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.

Lunar and Solar Eclipses, Mars in Leo, Trump’s Astrology, Jupiter aligned to Pluto-Uranus and Mercury Retrograde, a lot to process in August and September

Donald Trump + August Solar Eclipse

a picture is worth a thousand words

This article was published, in a shorter form, in the Uki Village News, at the beginning of August 2017

Mars in Leo aligned to the August Eclipses. Whoopee!

An intense Eclipse Season is again upon us, this time aligned to the axis Leo-Aquarius (and indirectly to Taurus-Scorpio) and made livelier by being associated with Mars. The Eclipses are: a Lunar at the Full Moon in Aquarius (opposite Sun-Mars conjunct in Leo) on August 8, and a Solar at the Leo New Moon, on August 22, aligned this time to Uranus in Aries, the traditional Sign of Mars, while Mars itself will be by then conjunct the Moon’s North Node, an interception point on the Earth orbit which is connected to Eclipses.

The Mars theme is obviously strong at this time, enhancing the possibility of confrontations, conflicts and escalation of issues that may have been dormant for a while. In a positive sense this means a clearing of the air and a healthy moving away from stale situations, especially after the second Eclipse. The August 8 Lunar Eclipse represents in fact a climax of some kind, when things are revealed or realized, while the Solar Eclipse, on August 22, signifies a cutting off from the past and a radical new start.

Mars in Leo

Mars, the main catalyst of all these cosmic energies, will be transiting Leo between July 20 and September 5.

When Mars moves Sign, every two months or so, a shift occurs in the way we act out our desires, assert ourselves and defend ourselves from real or imagined dangers. Naturally people with different planetary placements in their Birth Charts will respond to Mars’ changing energy in their own individual way.

Mars in Leo provides the type of energy that can be spontaneously channeled into creative activities. The energy should be high and focused. Brightness and warmth accompany this placement when found in a Birth Chart. Collectively also this Mars’ position can provide added warmth, brilliance and passion to everyone’s life.

Mars will remain in Leo until September 6. Leo is considered a positive placement for Mars, providing the fiery passion the Red Planet feeds on, but also containing that passion and controlling it, enabling us to utilize the positive energy for creative and enterprising feats.

Donald Trump’s Astrology

A case in point:  the transits to the Birth Horoscope of USA President Trump. Around the time of the Lunar Eclipse, on August 8, transiting Mars will be aligned to Trump’s Birth Pluto (one explosive conjunction, like putting a live match in a keg of dynamite); while, during the second event, Mars will be close to his Birth Mars and the Solar Eclipse degree will be in near perfect alignment to his Birth Ascendant (born in NY on June 14 1946, official time 10.54 am). Both Mars and Jupiter are soon due to return to his Birth Horoscope’s positions, marking endings and new beginnings. At the same time Saturn is forming the last alignment to his Moon (conjunction) and Sun (opposition) in August and September, the same transit active since his presidential inauguration, making the job itself feel very hardous to Trump, the routines tiresome, the responsibilities heavy. All these combined factors further stress the significance of this period in his life.

Two New Moons in Leo, one on July 23, the other on August 22

The first New Moon in Leo occurred on July 23 2017, at 7.45 pm. The New Moon fell on the same day the Sun entered Leo (1.15 am), and just about an hour after the ingress of the Moon in Leo (6.33 pm). Because that New Moon was at the very beginning of the Sign there will be another Leo New Moon on August 22, on the 28th degree of Leo, just before the Sun‘s ingress into Virgo. This latter New Moon will be the Solar Eclipse spoken of before.

Jupiter alignment to Pluto and Uranus

Collectively, to add to the intensity of all the above, Libran Jupiter will be forming its last major alignments to Uranus and Pluto (before entering Scorpio on October 10): a right angle to Pluto in Capricorn on August 5 (close to the Lunar Eclipse) and an opposition to Uranus in Aries on September 28. In this case the Cardinal Signs are highlighted, also showing that accelerated changes, even upheavals, are now possible and the start of brand new phases in the life of the collective as well as many individuals. The role of Jupiter is to help us strive toward greater understanding of our place in the world, lifting us up and out of a too personal outlook on life. Its alignments to two of the most powerful ‘astrological transformers’, Pluto and Uranus, is now matching Jupiter’s widening of perspective with greater willingness to embrace radical changes, even if it means cutting the roots of deep attachments and lifelong habits.

Mercury Retrograde, a reminder…

Finally to make the period even more ‘interesting’ Mercury will turn Retrograde between August 12 and September 6, from Virgo back into Leo. To read more about Mercury’s Retro period  please navigate to my July post HERE.

Happy transits everyone.

The Waxing/Waning Moon transits Aquarius from August 6 to 9, during the Full Moon Phase, also a Partial Lunar Eclipse

Artwork by Samy Charnine

Artwork by Samy Charnine

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AQUARIUS, Moon of knowledge and dispassion
Friendly and eccentric

From August 6, 10.15 pm, to August 9, 7.55 am

Suitable energy to make individual choices, to work in groups, to be with friends, to become aware of social issues, to change attitudes, share ideas, do the old thing in a new way, research, understand, study, teach, technology, Astrology, the Net, the unexpected, encounters with strangers or strange, eccentric people, UFO sighting. Purchase of books, encyclopaedias, computer programs, computers, technology, electrical appliances. Action motivated by the desire to participate without losing one’s own individuality. Friendly, contained display of feeling, somewhat distant. Beware of coldness, indifference, emotional isolation, cynicism, impracticality, physical inhibitions.

*** In the garden Aquarius is considered too dry and barren for growing anything, but Pine Trees (?). Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, harvesting. A ‘work day’ or other group activities in the garden will be ideal.

*** Healing Herbs: Chamomile, Skullcap, Valerian.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.
Full to Disseminating Moon

Full to Disseminating Moon

Full Moon

The AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE, at 15°25′, AQUARIUS MOON-LEO SUN, begins on August 8, 4.10 am,
and ends on August 11, 10.38 pm, with the ARIES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

*** In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

The Waxing Moon transits Capricorn from August 4 to 6, during the Gibbous Phase

Artwork by Margarita Sikorskaia 02

Artwork by Margarita Sikorskaia

CAPRICORN, Moon of responsibility and ambition
Practical and efficient

From August 4, 10.36 am, to August 6, 10.15 pm

Suitable energy for working, planning, seeking employment, building, creating the foundations of something lasting, looking after the oldies, family business, saving, budgeting, studying serious subjects, scholarly work, pursuit of excellence. Important purchases, house, real estate, business, cars, antiques, insurance policies, payment of taxes and government fees. Action motivated by practical goals and the need for structure. Cool display of feeling, but sensual, committed, protective. Beware of rigidity, bossiness, authoritarian ways, paternalism, pessimism, depression, cynicism.

*** In the garden Capricorn is traditionally considered a productive Sign, especially suitable for growing Perennials, Trees and Vines. Any planting indeed that is meant to last a long time is well done in this earthy and reliable Sign. It is also a good Moon transit to plant root crops like potatoes and carrots. Fertilizing, especially slow release, recommended.

*** Healing Herbs: Comfrey, Rue, Sarsaparilla, Wintergreen.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Gibbous Moon Gibbous to Full Moon animation

The SAGITTARIUS GIBBOUS MOON PHASE begins on August 4, 3.40 am, and ends on August 8, 4.10 am,

with the AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE, at 15°25′, AQUARIUS MOON–LEO SUN.

The Moon is waxing, 135 degrees ahead of the Sun, only 45 degrees or three and half days to the Full Moon. The Moon shows a strange shape now, like a rugby ball. Our goals are becoming more clear and we can power ahead, not too concerned about possible obstacles on our path. The power of attraction of the Full Moon proves irresistible.

*** In the garden as in life there should be plenty of activities and a sense of urgency, least one should waste the great energy available at the moment. When the Moon transits a very fertile Sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or a productive Sign like Taurus, Libra and Capricorn in this phase practically every plant and seed can go into the garden successfully. This is the middle of the second waxing week. Ideally, after sowing or planting leafy vegetables in the first week, we should be busy putting in those plants we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans, etc.).

The Third degree of the Cardinal Signs and the March 23 Lunar Eclipse in Libra

War and Peace

War and Peace

If the Third Degree (or whereabouts) of the Signs of LIBRA, ARIES. CANCER or CAPRICORN are highlighted in your Birth Chart this Lunar Eclipse is for you. This means having your Sun, Moon, a planet, a Chart’s Angle (Ascendant-Descendant-Mid-Heaven-Lower-Heaven) and/or the Lunar Nodes close to this degree.

Looking just at Sun Signs: Librans born on September 25, Aries born on March 23, Capricorn born on December 24 and Cancer born on June 24 are all directly aligned to this Eclipse.

This special Full Moon marks a significant time for reassessing and revaluing your relationships, to realize some hidden truth about yourself and others close to you, to confront either the Demon or the Angel within you and in others.

The task will be to attain the right twilight, merging Light and Dark, within and without. The polarity character of this particular Eclipse is also stressed by its vicinity to the yearly Aries Equinox, the all important beginning of the astrological year. The Equinox is in fact always a time when we and the world strive to find some equilibrium, bridging the difference between the more extreme seasons of summer and winter. The Earth is now illumined in the same measure on both hemispheres.

Reading the news and listening to people personal issues in my consultations I have to say that all this seems to manifest more as marked, antagonistic duality, rather than the merging of opposite yet complementary energies. Only each one of us’ individual journey toward wholeness and the journey of individuals connected to the same ideals (of world’s peace and harmony) can help break the duality spell that is upon us.

The Lunar Eclipse, at the Libra Full Moon of March 23, was very much a mirror reflection of the one we witnessed in September 2015,  Sun and Moon occupying then the opposite Signs they occupy now. So many of the issues you may be confronting this time emerged at that time too. A walk down memory line could help a lot to unravel the situation and show you the way to resolve differences and difficulties, not just in the area of personal relationship but in your social and working life too.

For a post on the visibility and  possible effects of this Eclipse CLICK HERE.

For a post on the general study of the effects of Eclipses CLICK HERE.