~> to Love & be Loved in return.
An eclipse season always has at least two sets of eclipses, two weeks apart, with usually one Lunar – now on the rise - and one Solar, with a New Moon 26th Feb. Influences, geo-cosmic and geo-physical, generally begin to show a few days before an eclipse, often with consequences that last weeks, months or even years later. Due to the length of the actual eclipse, the effects of this particular Lunar eclipse could last up to four and a half months; the Solar even longer.
Eclipses always present important turning points. Its worthwhile checking the degrees activated in your personal scope, to see how and where a potentially defining moment may be expressed in your own unique birthchart. With a fiery Leo Full Moon Lunar eclipse, we could witness stronger electrical storms, fires, quakes or volcanos, establishing natural earth changes, as tension builds between the aligning Earth, Moon and Sun, to create a ‘Penumbral Lunar Eclipse’, along the 22°28 axis of the zappy Aquarian Sun and fiery Leo Moon, on Saturday February 11th @12:33gmt, 11:33AST (Friday Feb 10th 19:33EST,16:33 PST).
A penumbral eclipse is an ‘almost’ eclipse, meaning Luna is moving through the outer part of Earth’s shadow, so there will be little difference in the reflection of light, just slightly fainter Moonlight for a few hours. Although this pair of eclipses is also the last along the Virgo-Pisces axis, they are a taster of what is to come in August, when the summer’s Solar Total eclipse will be visible over the USA, accenting the shift of the destinty fulfilling North Node, aka Dragon’s head or Rahu, into Leo (and south node into Aquarius). Still, one should now be ready for sudden shifts, particularly realising how, while the Lion-heart Leo Moon activates a ‘Grand Fire Trine’, the heart is THE organ of perception.
☆ The Sun in Aquarius is in classical detriment, however. And Leo Moon is in Sun’s sign of rulership. One might think the Heart Spirit of the centre of our Solar system would also be bolstered, even if slightly weakened, symbolic of a consciousness slightly obscured, while a majestic Leo Moon loses some glow during this Penumbral Eclipse (No theatrical Leo cry-babies, please, we know life’s a drama and you’re the star. ;) – Only kidding: we love Leo – and besides, this is your time to shine!).
☆ An inter-connected combination of ‘The Lights’, Sun and Moon, provides astral support from the esoteric point of view, which can raise the moral high-bar and majestic standard: because intellectual Aquarius is actually the sign of the deeply sensitive Moon’s ‘hierarchical’ ruler. By hierarchical I mean focusing upon the all-seeing, all-perceptive, ‘higher mind’, i.e. the way of the ascended masters and enlightened beings of deep realisation. with a heart-mind that connects self to universe, through the integral web of life to live in truth and love in all circumstances.
Hence working with our ‘wisdom seeing eye’ positively influences, especially during this potentially pompous and stately Full Leo Moon dynamic, in as much as the home sign of regal Leo Moon is the authority of the crown; but it is the Aquarian people for whom the crown is worn, and is indeed given, through consent and cooperation. With the hierarchical Aquarian rulership of the Moon, one is also inclined towards altruism as an emotional response in any crisis. A public-spirited reaction, of wanting to make the world a better place for everyone takes mindful practice – and fixed sign discipline.
Both Leo and Aquarius are yang and fixed. Romantic Leo tends towards the obviously dominant, self-centered but good-hearted, and generous. Whereas, when not being the liberating radical innovator and/or surrounding themselves with kindred spirits, Aquarius can be materialistic, ambitious for social status, sometimes coming from the fascistic ‘do as I say, not as I do’ common-garden variety, emanating the kind of tyranny which makes it challenging for Leo to radiate inherent warmth; but is nonetheless important to do so.
Everyone under an essentially playful Leo Moon, and its propensity for childish ego, needs to be aware that issues of entitlement and privilege among friends and colleagues can easily come to light and impact upon the flourishing of creativity. So, the question may be over this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is how does one prompt a balance of altruistic, friendly openness, at the same time expressing one’s gifts and talents in the name of purpose, love and passion, without appearing arrogant – or odd?
☆ Looking into the quite complex Penumbral Eclipse chart, we see a rare and helpful Mystic Rectangle. Made of two oppositions 60° apart, the Mystic Rectangle connects by sextiles facilitating ease and harmony in an unusual and uncanny manner. Maintaining a clear simplicity within the rectangle are the elements Fire and Air, which point to the connections and reconnections between heart and head, mind and brain, wisdom and intellect - with practical application as the means to producing magical results.
The real magic held in any given moment is, however, always shown by the placement of the Moon. Thus, in this first full Moon of the Lunar year of the Red Fire Bird, the most practical application that will enable you to get the most out of this Full Moon, and indeed the most of 2017, is by activating the aforementioned transiting Grand Fire Trine, as it regularly comes into and out of focus throughout the year. The Grand Fire Trine in this Full Moon chart also has two main flyers from not one, but two Yang driven, Fire & Air ‘Kites’, within which the Leo Moon and Aries Uranus are key navigators. The Moon encourages illumination through self-reflection; and to kindle inner-fire, so that one has the strength to be of Uranian world service.
☆ A Leo Moon awakens the fiery heart of love. When understanding self in relation to a world in turmoil, loving kindness is the only way. Although, the Age of Aquarius, when love rules the stars and peace guides the planet’, is still some three-hundred years away. During this time we obviously need to keep practicing the art of love, particularly to oneself, in order to maintain the energy needed to face of a constant stream of challenges and distraction. Be mindful; take time to rekindle one’s inner-fire should it flag in this era of sense-dulling toxic pollution. There are quick and practical ways to nurture your inner –fire, your ‘Agni’, as noted by the Mystic Rectangle and Grand Fire Trine. Encourage positive thinking; eat a balanced, healthy diet; detox (body & mind (switch off, go for walks)); do a daily 15-minute exercise; declutter (thoughts, people, stuff, situations, debts); meditate daily, and take time to rest in between and let the Light of Life grow from within.
☆ The major theme for the Red Firebird 2017 is awakening: and this Grand Fire Trine will continue to rouse ardour and passion as it has since Xmas, in fact, with Saturn in Sagittarius Trine to Aries Uranus connecting to a fire cycle that links back even further, to 1988, when Uranus and Saturn were conjunct in Sagittarius (where Saturn is now), almost 30 years ago. This means those now going through his or her Saturn return will be extra-charged when heeding the responsibility of a call for change.
In the broader view, we are all looking at tradition working in harmony with a variety of sometimes fast-moving change (which, in the ideal world, would benefit all). This is also the closing trine of a of a 45-year cycle. (So you 28-30 year olds can note this long-term15-year projection, with which you might resonate).
☆ With the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto ‘T square’ still in operation (for most of this year), it activates powerful transformation through people-power as well as local heroes, big business and righteous law. This super dynamic T-square carries with it the build-up of the last seven years of the 7-hit Uranus-Pluto Square (since 2010). We always knew this Cardinal Square would last until late 2017. Disruptive unrest has yet to reveal positive social reform, but there is also still the potential to bestow great public relations and cooperative relations, with grand gestures and devotion to the humanitarian and environmental cause.
Last to be mentioned, but by no means least because they are holding this very lively and inspiring Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Fire Trine, Mystic Rectangle and T-square, are Two ‘Cradles’ of five planets forming four sextiles! The heavens now indicate that all can be comfortably contained and, with a correct view it can now be straightforward to nurture inner-fire to achieve heart-felt coherence, and build greater confidence and strength. Enjoy!
"Self-confidence is knowing that we have the capacity to do something good and firmly decide not to give up." ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama ~
Stay well, stay blessed,
With love and full moonlight ~ Astro Dakini ♥☼♥
Stay well, stay blessed,
With love and full moonlight ~ Astro Dakini ♥☼♥