Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A Brave New Soul with the Disarming Charm ~> Full Aries Moon Oct 4 '17


“Listen to your anger, but don’t let it control you. Life is too short for that!” (12th Gyalwang Drukpa)
5 October 2017 ~ Sun in Libra ~ Full Moon 12°42’ Aries @ 18:40UT 
☾☼☽ This fiery Full Moon is in Aries, a most innovative sign of the zodiac that has a reputation for inspiring the brave and strong, steamy and hot headed: being swift to rise for cause, competition or challenge, but just as quick to come down and, if somewhat clumsily, carry on whatever he or she is doing regardless. Handling this emotionally independent rocking and rolling during Thursday-Friday’s Full Aries Moon is all well and good if you have speedy Aries or other fire signs (Leo or Sagittarius) prominent in your horoscope, as fire flashes back to centre at the speed of light – and out again, not before zapping opponents with the disarming charm then dashing off swiftly onto another life-illuminating, heroic adventure. 
☼ Other leading signs, such as Libra, Capricorn and Cancer, can take a lifetime of rumbling, seething or dithering before getting so fired-up. And in Libra’s current case, as the brilliant Sun in Libra is presently with the celestial messenger, Mercury, asking what everyone else thinks before making any major decisions might actually be worth something – a trick to maintaining successful relationships which we could all currently benefit from: to have information at one’s fingertips right now is actually a very good trait to have: because everyone needs to produce intelligent arguments to be taken seriously. More realistically, having what everyone needs to know at hand reveals a certain transparency that generates trust between people – which means people feel safer in negotiation – especially when the tendency with Mercury in Libra is to sit on the fence, seeing both sides, and still take time to decide. All the while Libra sweetens communication with pleasantries and curtesy. Decision making is never that easy for the sign of the scales, who insists upon weighing-up all options. Serenity seeking Libra knows, however, that true friendship is based on openness and TRUST; and keeping the peace often means achieving agreements in relationships where both or all parties benefit.
☼ Diplomatic Libra is a super-stylish Air sign that seeks harmony and balance in all spheres – and is especially cool and groovy in social situations; while Aries ignites the Fire element, inciting a spiritual warrior with a passion for the new into action. This combination of Air and Fire can also generate a lot of hot air. Something may well blow over this Full Moon. What, exactly? Well, volcanoes along the geophysical ‘Ring of Fire’ are already erupting – will that be enough to release any residual geophysical pressure (from the flares)? Or will there be more rumbling from a deep and demanding ‘T’ Square (Sun & Moon) to Pluto, Lord of the Underworld ? My understanding is that it’s good to err on the side of caution, even with an outward-bound high-energy Moon in Aries, go easy and seek help from professionals if needed. Bear in mind that while a heated Moon in Aries often has a short fuse, the smooth-talking Libra Sun can negotiate and pacify conflict with clever compromise and mediation. 
This Full Moon is also the closest to the year’s September Equinox, which is traditionally a time of abundance, in hope and/or nourishment (though Harvest came early. As seasons change, so do our needs. It’s been a lunation of storms and flare-ups. At Equinox we witnessed hurricanes, earthquakes and no less than seven dramatic Solar X-Flares – the likes of which had not been seen since 2010! When Sun’s flares are Earth directed, then Mama Earth also shakes, rattles and rolls – and so do we; though how everyone ‘senses’ the intense energy of the flares depends upon individual levels of sensitivity as well as his or her particular situation and actions. Yet with a magic number of 7 Solar X-flares (almost unheard of!), one for every day of a solar week and colours of the rainbow, has meant supersonic Solar Winds have been carrying Sol’s electromagnetically charged ‘Light of Intelligence’ towards Earth for the past few weeks. As brilliant and beautiful auroras around Earth’s poles continue to testify (through the Full Moon) making this a magical, highly-charged, colourful moment in time.
  Most noteworthy during this Full Moon is how both Venus and Mars in Virgo are now rosy morning stars, creating an innocent loving and healing union at the very same place the Sun occupied during its magnificent recent display of the X-flares. Sparks could again easily fly and kindle all kinds of ardour! Earthy Virgo Venus embraces an equally raunchy Mars, denoting an irresistible chemical attraction. So, at last, the ‘Cosmic Lovers’ come to meet again. These two planets haven’t been together for two years, since early November 2015, in these similar degrees of sensual, practical Virgo. Though Venus is astrologically considered to be in her 'fall' in Virgo, mixing wholesome meusili instead of magical Piscean mantra, she loves being of practical service. Together Venus and Mars are putting healthy pzazz back into love lives, albeit slightly a puritan version, with Virgo’s extra attentive punctilious eye for detail and desire to help, in the sense that many hands make light work. Again, check your own horoscope looking at 17-25 Virgo in regard to rolling up sleeves and getting on with the task in hand: putting the dynamic spark back into healing relationships (even if that relationship is with one’s ‘self’ i.e. within the areas of work or health). Perhaps an important relationship, project or diet regime began a couple of years ago, and could now do with an additional boost of warm, loving attention...  
Now what’s different to back then, however, is how both ‘The Lights’, Sun and Moon, are intrinsically and astrologically connected to the Lover’s sacred union taking place on the same day as the Full Moon. The Lights, along with Venus and Mars, illuminate healthy, respectful, relationships in which we enjoy closeness in peace and love, knowing freedom in love, with the freedom to love. Time now to invite Virgo practicality and mark time on the calendar to be with loved ones, especially if you have been working too hard or, for whatever reason, have avoided getting close to those you love, then this is the moment to redress the balance and cosy up to friends and loved ones. This need to be love is astrologically supported in many ways: because Venus is Libra’s ruler, and Mars is the Aries ruler; i.e. the planet that rules the Libra Sun, Venus, is opposite the planet that rules the Aries Moon, Mars. Thus, with all personal planets working together it creates a positive potential to attain healthy loving relationships – all we need to remember to that by serving others in a practical manner, we also serve the pure wisdom Goddess who resides in us all (yes, even guys have a smart feminine side).
October’s Full Moon also picks up the same 12-13 degree of the years’ major retrograde stations of both Venus AND Jupiter. Venus, Goddess of Love, went all the way back to retrieve what she had been lacking – self love - early March, at 12° Aries. Then early June, Jupiter stationed retrograde at 13° Libra to grow the love for others. Check those degrees out too, as the Full Aries Moon now spotlights the very same place where Venus became more assertive (early March), all the while the Libra Sun currently basks for a last time in Jupiter’s boons and blessings.

♃ ~> Be aware that bountiful Jupiter is also about to change signs; from Libra to Scorpio on October 10th until November 2018; not to be seen again in Libra until 2018. Instead of developing romantic love in relationship, Jupiter in Scorpio now begins to expand our understanding of more intimate and delicate subjects such as psychological insights, sex, death, and what devious people do to not pay their taxes. This shift of emphasis from social to secret, and possibly snug, will come into sharper focus upon during November’s Full Moon. But for now Libra’s romance and partnership, finance and business, fashion and beauty remain under Jupiter’s starry beams for a few days more.
Other aspects to take into account in this Full Moon chart:
1) A Cardinal ‘T’ Square between Libra Sun opposite (180°) Aries Moon both in square (90°) Capricorn Pluto, creating a tense kind of stand-off. Though I don’t think nuclear war is upon us – not right now, and I hope it never comes. I say that primarily because Venus is with Mars right now and diplomacy can work wonders, as Mars always needs to disarm when seduced by Venusian charms. Venus and Mars are also in a helpful Trine Aspect to the powerful but enigmatic Pluto: a show of diplomatic strength is called for to reach agreement in any kind of dispute with difficult, omnipotent characters. Pluto also recently stations to go forward when conjunct a Fixed Star ‘Rukbat’, indicating a path taken to evolve will be a sure and steady transformation. It’s a kind of corporate makeover that could take years to transpire.
2) A Mutable ‘T’ Square between the entwined Virgoan, Mars & Venus, opposite Shamanic Chiron in Pisces, all in T-Square to Saturn in Sagittarius: magically shape-shifting into various different forms until we find our ability to heal powerful but difficult emotions. Astral clue: this Mutable squares ramp up the universal LOVE-WISDOM for faith, love and commitment to work wonders when personally overcoming fear and envy.
3) At the time of the Full Moon, both Sun and Moon also make ‘adjustment’ aspects to Neptune, planet of miracles and magic, scapegoats and martyrs: the Aries Moon makes a short semi-sextile, while the Libra Sun throws a longer quincunx. Both aspects suggest that in order to make our relationships really zing, our spiritual understanding requires a little fine-tuning to find that being love is truly the Divine incarnate. Indeed, it may take until the New Moon in Libra October 19th to see how pure, unadulterated love shows we have the power to truly forgive and accept the past, at the same time be willing to open the heart to a dynamic and spiritually-fulfilling future – one where all beings get their needs met.
☼☽ One last note: because this is technically ‘Equinox Full Moon’, even though later than usual as we are already in October, it IS the Full Moon that will seem to start early and finish later than the usual three-day influence: this one shines above our heads for five-nights!
Enjoy! Wishing for clear skies! With Love on the moonbeams, 
from Astro Dakini _/✿\_ ॐ ☽♡ ¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Dream Healing & the Power of Compassion



Full Moon 14° Pisces 6th September @ 7:03UT
Culminating September 6th with a deeply sensitive Full Moon in all-consuming water-sign Pisces, this lunation began with the “Great American Solar Eclipse” August 21st. Since that glorious event (the first, I might add, since the advent of TV or Internet connecting to the global hive-mind), awe turned to dread witnessing the incredible power of mother nature with fire, wind and water out-of-control, spectacularly the latter liquid element overwhelming both sides of the world as rain deluged Southern United states as well as Northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Africa.  With millions of people worldwide whose lives are at a loss in situations in which they have little or no control, when we add those affected by war, drought and disease, the numbers of living beings currently needing help seems immeasurable; and our entire collective, as symbolised by the zodiac’s twelfth and last sign, that of the Fishes, adrift forlorn in sea of suffering, and floundering helplessly from one disaster to another.  Usually it is those least equipped to survive storms who are hardest hit.

☆ Living in the last vestiges of the 2000-year Age of Pisces (In the ‘Great Year’ there a couple of hundred years yet to go until we reach the Age of Aquarius!), humanity’s lessons are manifold and complex, as Pisces has vast astrological governance that ranges from the madness of an inspired crazy visionary, large institutions, to the ravages of toxins, alcohol, drugs and dependency (oil, petrol, gas, hazardous chemicals), all if which belong to Pisces, Neptune and the 12th house. Pisces also runs the gamut of all emotions. A healthy Piscean influence can surge up from the polluted depths to spiritually purify and reach ecstatic, blissful emotion through dance, music, film, yoga, prayer, art, dreams, tai-chi, photography, meditation and mantra.  It is whatever takes you out of your subconscious ‘self’ and erodes the boundaries that confine the self-serving egol; Pisces helps to discover a profound compassion and charity towards others. Christianity was born into this Piscean epoch, hence the proliferation of the symbolic ‘Vesica Pisces’ graffiti and bumper stickers.  As well as fuelling Messiah complexes, psychedelic hypnotic art and mass deception, Pisces is also the symbol of victims and martyrs, saints and sinners.

☆ Whenever the sensitive Moon is in Pisces it’s easy to get swept along by the hysteria of human emotion, be that in excitement or panic. Make a note now how Pisces senses trending undercurrents before they break. 

With a watery Pisces Full Moon conjunct its modern ruler Neptune, also in Pisces, it means dreams can become prophetic, laden with poetic meaning and subliminal messages; tuning into the unspoken and unseen to touch base with one’s own centre helps discover the love and joy of being alive that stops one from getting dragged into mania’s oblivion. Ultimately, the Two Fishes, one facing Earth and the other to Heaven, teaches us to be comfortable in one’s flow, which often takes a leap of faith in the ever-present, divinely miraculous LOVE WISDOM. Therein lays the essence of this Full Pisces Moon Report: how to attain and maintain spiritual oneness and engage in meaningful activity, and at the same time overcoming any overwhelming feelings created by observing the anguish that surrounds us. 

☆ Looking at the astrological aspects of this Full Moon (aspects are the mathematical connections the planet make to each other), there are two main patterns. And they both involve taskmaster Saturn, the planet that toughens-up to become resilient in the face of adversity. The first is a challenging mutable ‘T-Square’, with the realistic Virgo Sun opposite a dreamy Pisces Moon, both making a ninety degree angle to sensible Saturn and Black Moon Lilith. This accents the importance of the farsighted wisdom that emanates from those wild, wild women who run with the wolves. 

☆ The second is the ongoing 2017’s Fire Bird ‘Grand Fire Trine’; and as long as we are not too lazy in letting this gloriously creative astral agent pass us by, we can harness the sparky dynamic fire element with Uranus in Aries, Mercury & North Node in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius, to generate optimism for the future. To avoid burn-out, maintaining joyful enthusiasm is currently crucial for strength and stamina and a positive spiritual view. Whenever Saturn is so prominent the gloom and doom merchants come out in force, and we really need to make an effort not to fall for fear nor into depression.  Admittedly, to master waves of difficult emotion  takes practice AND a personal responsibility for one’s own spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing; Saturn, however, gives us that patience to work cautiously, with care: in Sagittarius it also suggests that we can look abroad, further than our comfort zone, to find applicable knowledge and information that will help accomplish ambitions.

Whenever Saturn is in such a tough T-Square to ‘The Lights‘, Sun and Moon, there’s also a tendency to become hardened, especially to the already afflicted. Instead of building helpful laws and open-minded governance, Saturn in fear puts others down and builds walls that isolate and divide. However, the real fear, over this Full Moon is ‘charity fatigue’, when we stop giving of ourselves because of feeling disheartened. In the German language there’s a word for feeling overwhelmed by the enormous amount of woe we witness daily: Weltschmertz. It’s a word that describes the apathy that comes about when we feel helpless or discouraged by the actual state of the world – a world conflicting with our own ideals. The French call it ‘ennui’, debilitating world weariness; whilst in English we might call it an ‘existential angst’ that freezes with perceived pointlessness. To understand this kind of apathy, particularly a collective apathy, we look to the sign of the fishes, Pisces, Neptune and planets in the 12th house. The sign of the Fishes shows how we operate when we’re inundated or plagued and, during a Full Pisces Moon, what we are prepared to sacrifice to create order. Interestingly, Pisces can also show that in the cause problems also lies the way to safety and healing, and how we can dream and magic our way out of feeling flooded by rising (emotional) tides is accented by this tight T-Square from the Lights to Saturn. 

Those born in the mid-1960’s or with planets in Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces, could well be sensing this most. If that is the case then please remember the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who always says that if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito!

☆ However you haul yourself up, out and away from difficult situations, by playing broody Johnny Cash (Pisces) songs, or sitting on top of a mountain communing with nature, talking to girlfriends, or walking the dog in the park, now is the time to imbibe the combination of a practical and feminine Virgo Sun with no-nonsense Saturn’s realistic approach (Eat well, sleep well, exercise regularly.). While we all play our part in a world of Oneness – heal yourself and you heal the world – there are also circumstances which are not of our own personal making. Yet we can all still do something about our (collective) condition.  Sun and Moon in square to karmic Saturn make apparent how the present situation is a result of the past (karma), whilst the future-orientated Grand Fire Trine acknowledges how present actions and ideas influence our prospects. All the while, the Sun in Virgo accents useful strengths and skills for the meaningful activity that gives life purpose and drive. 

☆ Also worthy of note is how both Sun and Moon are also in positive aspect to Pluto, suggesting whatever our situation, a shared transformation is happening. Because these aspects are positive they also indicate we can emerge from this Full Moon with our emotions and ego intact. 

☆ Together the Pisces Moon unites with Neptune to form a wide conjunction with shamanic Chiron the zodiac’s wounded medicine man. This combination inspires unconditional cosmic love, compassion and forgiveness, specifically by not holding onto blame or shame whilst dream healing (I suggest that you keep a record of your dreams or make an old-fashioned vision board).  A Pisces stellium opposite Virgo also indicates the ability to imagine a powerful restoration. Remember thoughts have wings and what we think can become a reality; which brings me to the third planetary feature during this Full Moon, concerning Mercury, the quick-thinking celestial courier. 

☆ There are several astrological points to consider with Mercury as the healer, wheeler dealer now station at the end of the retrograde period, to go forward on the very same degree as the Sun occupied during the infamous Solar Eclipse. Mercury – and Mars – will also conjunct fixed star Regulus, indicating great success in the fields of action and communication (which comes with a proviso: as long as one is not motivated by revenge, then one loses all, including respect). Yet Mercury is still not out of the shadow period until at least 12th September; and a talking point until the Autumn Equinox 22nd September. So if you have big decisions to make, please take your time to question incentives and to digest and understand this is not a time to rush into life-changing situations. That may well come about around the start of the next lunation, 20th September, or indeed a week later with a First Quarter Moon instigates change on 28th September, when expansive Jupiter opposes shocking Uranus, and radical twists and turns could related to (technological) issues as far back as 2010/11. 

This last aspect comes into planetary play over the Full Moon with a ‘Kite Formation’ which involves the 2017 Phoenix Grand Fire Trine. A ‘Kite’ sees the Trine, three planets 120° apart, coupled with a 60°sextile aspect forming a midpoint between two of the planets. In this case that midpoint is between Saturn and Mercury (mindful of responsibility) to expansive Jupiter, which is then in opposition to Uranus, the agent of change. This ‘opposition’ then forms the axis of the Kite, suggesting Uranus is dominant when funnelling excitement, i.e. change really is the only constant, even if that change is a little chaotic. 

☆ The key to riding change is to make adjustments, aware of the intensity of the present moment. Because Uranus clarifies in sudden, sometimes outrageous ways, a Uranus aspect demonstrates how not to cling to desired outcomes, but to remain open to opportunities that come our way, and to embrace the future with a compassionate and altruistic world view, with hope in our heart.
And remember “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield
With that I wish you all a visionary Full Moon! 

And to say that I am offering on-going bespoke 5-day Sacred Goddess Astrology retreats, teaching in person throughout the next year in Southern France, from May until October 2018 – Book ahead now!
With love & light from Astro Dakini _/❤\_    Laura Boomer-Trent
With love and thanks to Chalermchai Kositpipat _/\_ <3 for flying Fish Buddha

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Leo Eclipse at the Loving Heart of the Solar Dragon King (Rahu) - August 2017

☆ •°*☾ ☀️☽ * Solar Eclipse 29° Leo *☾☀️☽ *°•.☆

... ⊚ 🙏Karma multiplied day x 100 million ... ⊚ 

A second New Moon in Sun-ruled Leo reveals why Leo is the sign of fiery drama, razzmatazz and all kinds of theatrics – celestial or otherwise! Eclipses also always create a buzz; and although there are two sets of Lunar and Solar every year (six months apart) it may be because this is the first of its kind on US land since the birth of global connecting TV and internet, making it an eclipse of epic interest. So while energies get stirred up, as they always do during an eclipse, especially a sensational Leo Eclipse, please go easy out there!

This is a time for Spiritual Warriors to emanate self-awareness with a natural warmth towards everyone.

Now known as the 'Great American Eclipse of 2017', tomorrow’s New Moon Solar Eclipse will cut a shadowy swathe across the continent, from Oregon to South Carolina, with the Moon aligning in front of the golden Sun, blocking Sol’s light. Though it ends in Brazil, an eclipse like this has not been through the middle of the US since 1918. The next one similar is in 2024, which will start in Mexico and end in Canada. This Eclipse is therefore a rare moment in time for the western world.

During the time of a total Eclipse of the Sun (check www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/ for your time zone): in this case for 2 whole minutes darkness descends upon daylight for senses to be heightened and psychic subtle energy enhanced, all of which is especially powerful while Sun and Moon conjoin at the majestic Sun-ruled heart of the Leo Lion, accenting the power of love and the dignified strength, courage, and kindness of a tender, open heart.

All-the-while the sky darkens other planets will also be seen flanking the Sun: Venus and Mars (on the right), and Jupiter on Sun’s left. Eagle eyes may even spot the currently retrograde Mercury, and perhaps most importantly alongside Fixed Royal Star, Regulus pinpointing the exact heart of the Lion, (giving rise to the predictions about the demise of certain leaders in prominent positions; and needing to be aware how an eclipse on this star, since the ancient Babylonians, has indicated the fall of those whose motivation is questionable).

Although fiery Leo is a self-orientated sign, it is also generous, playful and artistic. Even in difficult situations Leo will shine when connecting to the creative flow. There’s no doubt this will be (a collective) Solar Eclipse to remember in this transformational year of the Phoenix Fire Bird Fire Trine, in which the blazing Leo Sun and Moon now star (with retro Uranus in Aries & retro Saturn in Sagittarius). There are six planets in retrograde at the moment (yes, 6!) indicating a time of major reflection. So wherever you are, if at all possible stop what you are doing for those two precious minutes and take time to appreciate and meditate upon the innate power of love and raise the planetary vibration out of fear into that of love. Intention is all.

Make yourself comfortable and take the time to appreciate nature and breathe in the potency of a natural PEACE into your centre, then exhale LOVE directing it out into the world to filter through the unseen and create a veritable force field of goodness and light.

The outside world may go dark, but from inside us all shines a golden treasure, a preious jewel that is pure homespun gold radiating from within.

This innate and intuitive inner-light will always guide us – all we have to do is to tune in…

ॐ_/|_ ॐ_/\_ॐ_/\_ .........

....to end on a practical note, please do not under any circumstance look at the Sun without eclipse glasses until totality, when you take them off, but remember to put them back on as totality comes to a close!

Prayers also for clear skies for beloved American family and friends.

With ℒℴѵℯ & Light ☼✶•*¨*•.¸¸
Wishing One & All an enlightening Leo Solar Eclipse
🙏💛🦁👑☀️🙏💖

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

“Three things cannot be hidden: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.



7th August Lunar Full Moon Partial Eclipse

15° Leo Sun – Aquarius Moon @18:11UT

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“Three things cannot be hidden: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” ~ Buddha


Over the coming weeks, during a spectacular eclipse season, the triple fold energy of Sun, Moon, and the truth, or at least the freedom to discover, speak and understand our truth comes to light in a dramatic and unpredictable fashion. A Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius indicates are now entering a period of surprises and exposés. Get ready now: prepare to open a generous heart to all that is genuine and sometimes seemingly crazy but decidedly real – and then implement any insight gained or revelations experienced for the benefit of others, as well as yourself. Then you, too, can learn to be naturally happy - which sounds simple enough, though a sustained effort of self-awareness to live in authentic presence – with dignity, integrity, and poise, now takes a rebellious kind of ethical discipline that also knows when its ‘right’ to bend oppressive rules in favour of benefitting the greater whole.

✰ From the astrological point of view, when our dynamic electro-magnetic Sun flashes and sparkles in the fiery sign of Leo, the solar systems’ astral authority is said to be in a favourable position, delighted to be ‘at home’ in its own domain, as Leo’s natural inclination is to emanate happiness with a steadfastly warm and loving glow. This golden luminous light is potentially at the heart of all Leo activity, boundless in both energy, and supply. As such, the congenial and dominant sign Leo is associated with creative self-expression, children and fun, art and parties, as well as all-important love and romance.
✰ Radiant Leo shines upon the part of our life and personality we consider central, i.e. Leo illuminates authority (personal, as well as the boss) and ‘the core self’, our ego identity and, on the higher vibration, our light-filled spirit. Fellow Buddhist or Vedanta readers might clamour here to say ‘But there is no Spirit, no ‘self’.’. Ultimately they would be correct: in that we are all made up of stardust as a bunch of densely vibrating atoms (made up of 99% space!), with relative sense perceptions that make it seem like the personality is solid and real. But when we actually look for the ‘conscious self’, consciousness itself is nowhere to be found. In our material world we cannot actually put our finger upon that essential sense of self anywhere, not in the brain or in the mind. What we do know about our conscious spirit, however, is that when that our heart aligns with an authentic purpose, strong in truth, then the ‘real self’ - our most natural shining nature - blazes brilliantly.  And this is exactly what the passage of the Sun in Leo and the powerful eclipses encourage us all to do: embrace all our magical gifts and talents and glisten and shimmer with a heartfelt glow.
                      
☾☼☽Eclipses generally come in pairs, one Lunar, the other Solar, two weeks apart. During this Full Moon partial Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Monday 7th (and ensuing Leo Solar Eclipse, 21st August), it’s as though that internal dimmer switch suddenly flickers to be turned full-on, possibly for a good few weeks, flashing golden neon during the New Moon Solar Eclipse. Subtle energies are always more pronounced during eclipses, so one must learn how to protect oneself psychically as well as physically. Therefore surround yourself with friends and loved ones who have your best interests at heart. At peak eclipse moments not only can the third eye twinkle (with a potentially vibrant crown chakra), but a certain edge of consciousness is also illuminated, enlightening never-seen-before corners within the psyche, previously shadowed by fear or doubt. It is these very insights that will help when dealing with the random outside events eclipses stir up.
However wild the weekend preceding the Monday Full Moon eclipse (on Moon day!), it could be helpful to note how this Lunar Eclipse is partial; i.e. nowhere on Earth does Luna become totally red. Instead, there will be penumbral shading at the Southern tip of the Moon, seen as peachy-pink more clearly over Asia for 30 minutes at the peak within the two hour length of time this eclipse takes to complete. And whilst the internet is focused upon the very exciting US total Solar New Moon Eclipse August 21st, this partial Lunar Eclipse sets the tone, only slightly lower-key; and is visible in Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. Though Europe will have partial penumbral view at Moonrise, unless Europeans (not you Brits!) are Moon-bathing with a horizon in view, it won’t actually look that different.

And because the Sun is next to dynamic Mars in Leo during this eclipse, (as well as Ketu, South Node, Dragon’s Tail (from where Leo Mars likes to rattle sabres and bark orders)) this Full Eclipse Moon is cosmically bound to be dramatic. It’s also worth bearing in mind how, in Elemental Astrology, a Southerly direction shadowed (by the Earth) on the Moon, is associated with the colour red, the shape of the triangle, the zodiac signs Aries & Leo, as well as fire and lightening. Also, because this Lunar Eclipse is aligned along the Leo-Aquarius axis it awakens 2017’s Fire Phoenix, to ignite the wisdom flame in both mind and heart, to burn the dross and rise from the ashes reborn, with virtue of Spirit restored ~~~> Think back to this time last year, and note how your own creative spark of loving kindness has conquered fears in your own life, purely by creating fresh new outlooks.
Leo is a ‘personal’ sign in astrology because of its concerns with individual expression. By contrast Aquarius tends towards collective experience, team events and group activity. So while the co-operative revolutionary Aquarian Moon reflects Leo’s individual LoveLight, it’s conceivable that we, as a collective, have some kind of ‘Eureka!’ moment, when clarity and truth suddenly slot into place. The trick is not to distract each other with theatrics or talk that alienate self from others, or indeed sever the mind from one’s own intricate network of emotions. Use any original insight gained at this time to better all relations, specifically those with whom we consider our fellow kindred spirits, and you won’t be sorry. In fact, you will be empowered.

The Sun at home in the sign of the Lion also boosts personal confidence. The Lion enables one to remain steadfast strong and determined, so that we can impart playful, good-hearted cheerfulness with unconditional warmth in all our affairs. The Leo Sun also symbolises monarchs and rulers; and the quality of light of those who govern in positions of power can determine the joy of his or her subjects; just as the regal Sun radiates upon Earth to give life with light and heat, a good leader is warm and kind.

A strong Leo Sun also adds distinctive dignity and power to any given situation. So if there was ever a moment to build strength, stay strong, and sound your own horn and big-up oneself, especially about what you personally add to enhance relationship – in love, business or friendship – as well as to any group situation, this may well be the Full Aquarian Moon to celebrate successes as both Lights, Sun & Moon, are in good aspect to Jupiter, the planet of triumph and jubilation. 

And this is all well and good BUT shocking in swiftness and extremity, it’s also a Full Moon Eclipse in radical Aquarius, when the exact opposite of what is expected is almost cosmically bound to happen, as Earth blocks the Leo LoveLight of Sun for the Aquarian Moon to reflect. All the while Sun has celestial back-up in any current situation, being conjoined to a fire-cracker Mars in Leo; there may be stiff competition to out-shine and out-perform, on stage or off.  Try now to understand how speed is aggression and that being a part of competition is not the same as only partaking to win. When playing the game of life, to align in truth makes it easier to rest in a spacious loving heart and find contentment within.

You are warned: Aquarian Moons can be edgy and electric. Being put on the spot may be the moment for personal development to take centre stage – even if it means looking at traits and aspects (of our self) we would consider bombastic, bossy or disjointed. Remember at all times how we need to be fearless when bringing love to light. The Sun-Mars conjunction in trine to Saturn in Sagittarius (stationed on the Galactic Centre, to go forward in the days following the Solar Eclipse (26th August)) will remind us that loving bravely takes courage, as well as faith – and a capacity to work together under trying circumstance. Even behind a façade of bravado, this is a time to treasure those friends who reveal your weaknesses and faults, for they offer you the real gift of truly knowing oneself.
✰ Another important astrological feature to include in this eclipse comes hot on the heels of a third and final (closing) square between Jupiter and Pluto (to conjunct 2020), accenting how the power of love really does transform, just as easily as secrets can expand power bases. Not everyone needs to know your business. Both, the 7th’s Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse, and the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse on the 21st, are cosmically bound to generate defining moments in our collective stories, with power-plays acted out internally as well as in the mundane world. Be aware how eclipses always mark dramatic pivotal points, watershed moments when the course of ideas, actions and emotions, as well as history, can suddenly turn and flow towards a dramatically different direction. So check this mid-season 15° fixed points of Leo and Aquarius in your own scope to gauge how critical crossroads impact your own life. If you’re old enough to remember look back 19-ish years, and get an idea of how this eclipse cycle influences.
From a mundane point of view, we may also witness sudden U-turns with governments and bosses. Because this freedom-loving Aquarian moon highlights those in authority who dictate by ‘do as I say and not as I do’, (often done in order to divide and rule) are best avoided. Take note: commanders who self-serve do not have other’s best interests at heart. Better to oversee one’s own world now and discover the sovereignty of fairness and equality that comes about from curtailing personal ego, especially by being of service to humanity.

✰ Make no mistake, the Dragon’s Head, North Node in Leo, Rahu is rising: hot, fiery and tempestuous. In ancient times people would often stay indoors to try and avoid conflicts and/or the effects of an eclipse. While monastics meditate, the lay drum and dance to scare away negative effects of losing light. Indeed, it may well be that looking at a darkened Moon, or Sun (only looked at with eclipse glasses or else risk blindness) invites confusion, and in some rare cases, with a new moon solar eclipse, bring out the oddball eccentrics en masse.

Wherever you may be August 7th, at work, home, or with friends, when the light of the brilliant Leo Sun is reflected by the group-orientated Moon in Aquarius – as it is during this Full Moon, the potential to find ones’ place – and feel assured and poised in that position – also means recognising the unique gifts we personally bring to the greater whole. So be aware: within team-work, or even working individually, a special talent could now easily surface. Exciting times for personal evolution!

✰ Two more points of esoteric astrological significance compound the need to balance self-love with that of others during this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse:

1)  In Esoteric astrology the Moon has an Aquarian Hierarchical rulership, meaning ‘the Aquarian Light that shines on Earth across the sea’ is of great import; i.e. the Noosphere, or the Unified Biofield buzzes with potentiality. Aquarius is future orientated; so any personal sensitivity is best be directed towards altruism, making the world a better place, without being cold-hearted but seeing all beings as equal.   

2)  Also in Esoteric astrology, the Spirit of the Sun ‘veils’ Uranus, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, indicating how the clarity of ‘the self’ thrives when with one’s peers or in collective situations. The aspiration to identify with accomplishments is also heightened.

✰ All of this just as Uranus begins a retrograde motion, August 3rd, only turning direct New Year’s Day 2018! Thus, for the rest of the year Uranus retrograde in Aries inflames the 2017 year of the Phoenix Fire Bird’s Grand Fire trine, taking place between the Leo North Node (Dragon’s Head) and Saturn in Sagittarius to spark the passionate flames of creative love. Indeed, Uranus makes a final exact trine to Saturn 11:11, providing spacial awareness that opens a powerful portal for heroic inner-work, for the spiritual warrior who generates altruism to galvanize and inspire, bravely lighting the way for others on the path. 
✰ The last point to mention on this extended Full Moon Eclipse report concerns Mercury retrograde on 13th August, going back from Virgo into Leo, to pick up the exact degree of the Solar Eclipse 21st August! Both the Celestial Messenger and the Sun will accent the bight Fixed Royal Star, Regulus, at the heart of the Lion. Unbridled success can be enjoyed under this star, and is phenomenal – if only for a short time, as missions can dramatically fail should revenge, pride or arrogance be primary motivation.  Suffice to say that whatever theatrics take place during these coming weeks (timed since July 24th), there’s every chance we will still be talking about (whatever) the situation well into the Autumn Equinox.  

Upon closing I wish everyone to have a wonderful Full Moon and Eclipse season. With LoveLight from Agent Dakini (who still has a few places left for retreats in Southern France –> press here!) and a big THANK YOU to HymalayanTrader for wonderful Buddha with Dragons illustration thangka _/\_
And remember in all this Leo love action:
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”