Wednesday’s early morning Full Moon eclipse will be an exciting event astronomically. A Lunar Eclipse, most simply put, is when the Earth’s orbit passes between the Sun and the Moon, and the shadow of our planet is cast onto the Moon, whereby she takes on her temporary red hue. This event has also been termed a “Blue” Moon, because the second Full Moon in the same month (there was also one on January 1st) and as well a “Super” Moon because the Moon is far closer to the earth. This is also a lunar eclipse that will be visible especially in California, and so it will be a blood-red Moon on the western horizon here, just before sunrise. The Moon, at 11 + of Leo, also makes an inconjunct or quincunx aspect to Neptune, while the Sun aspects Neptune as well, a semi-sextile. This brings Neptune strongly into the picture, along with Venus and Saturn. We have noted the presence lately of all the outer planets, including Eris, and this Full Moon is no exception, with the emphasis on Neptune, while a stationing Jupiter in Scorpio makes a close quincunx aspect with Eris in Aries. The recent New Moon from the middle of the month featured Uranus and Pluto. Transformation is in the air, and there is also confusion and illusion, as well as the spiritual dimension represented by strong Neptune. We hardly know what to think, so many and varied points of view are continually being represented, with “fake” news becoming a much-referenced meme. It is increasingly up to each individual to take their own individual decision as to what they stand for, consistent also with the strong presence of Eris, a Feminine Warrior energy for powerfully expressing deep soul intention, The message is to figure out what is true, for you, and to take action based on that bottom-line value.
With the Sun in Aquarius and the Moon in Leo, this Lunar Eclipse (and upcoming Solar Eclipse in Aquarius) mirrors the configurations of the eclipses we experienced in August of 2017, so that you may wish to take a moment and recall what was happening in your life during that time as we move forward into this early 2018 eclipse season. What the Leo-Aquarius axis holds in meaning can point our awareness to considering the interface between the individual and the collective. Leo is the only sign ruled by the Sun, and it speaks of radiant personality, fiery creativity, and individual expression, while the Aquarius archetype is more concerned with the collective state of affairs. This latter sign tends to create a perspective that’s more contemplative or detached from strictly personal circumstance. Aquarius is also said to be the sign associated with the development of the Internet. We live in a time when information moves with lightning speed, and we can see the boundaries of personal experience becoming more fluid and blurred into the realm of collective consciousness. We also have a strong Capricorn influence now, so we may come to see more clearly the responsibility required to navigate a world where humanity’s technological capabilities are developing so quickly that our morals, ethics, and cultural values are struggling to keep pace. We are seeing children growing up on screens, and we have little sense of how that will affect them in the long term. We can reach more people with one tweet than our grandparents probably knew in their lifetime. It is truly a modern miracle that we each have to potential to impact the world in ways our fore-fathers (and -mothers) could only have dreamed. Our power to emit ripples of consciousness through the world at the tap of a screen or the click of a mouse is astounding, and it can lead to many questions about what it means to be in connection, including the question indicated above as to which values are truly your own. You may wish to be in meditation around an inquiry of where your personal experience ends and the collective experience begins. How do you cross back and forth between the two? And can you maintain some semblance of privacy in the process?
Venus is also highlighted in this eclipse chart, conjoined with the Sun and the South Node, and in strong connection with the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter by extremely close declinational aspect. This speaks to the ways in which we relate to others in a very human, flesh and bone kind of way, along with the values and principles of beauty, aesthetics and pleasure. Her position could indicate an intensification of interpersonal relationship in the timing of this eclipse season, as well as conversations we might be having around self-worth.
Another very interesting factor in this Lunar Eclipse is that the asteroid Ceres occupies the same position in the sky as the Moon – almost to the minute. Ceres is the great mother goddess of the harvest, symbolizing the distribution of food and resources. Her mythology is multifaceted, and many astrologers agree that her position in a chart indicates themes around one’s relationship with the maternal faculty of giving/receiving nourishment and sustenance, or its lack. The prominence of both Venus and Ceres in this chart is quite telling – indicating the way in which we relate to and nourish each other, both food-wise and also intellectually. There is additionally to be considered the abundance of ‘connection’ we have available to us via the Internet and technology, yet also how many are starved for true, genuine, nourishing human connection. With these feminine symbols so prominently placed, we can see the turning of the wheel, as the imbalanced patriarchal society continues to self-destruct and evolve – hopefully to the benefit and support of every person’s highest good and well being. These are certainly trying times in which we live, and eclipses are potent windows, moments of intensity when much can be shifted and reorganized. The potentials are vast. The fervent hope is that every being feel and embody their true nature of belonging, worth and inherent connectedness.
The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon eclipse are also of interest. They are, for the Sun in the twelfth degree of Aquarius, “People on stairs graduated upwards.” This symbol could be taken as representing human evolution. Marc Edmund Jones comments, “there are limitless levels on which [an individual] may bring aspiration to a momentary consummation, and no one of these alone can offer sufficient ground for [one’s] own ultimate self-fulfillment. [This symbol stands for] genuine capitalization on all prior accomplishment.” For the Moon, in the same degree of Leo, we find, “An evening lawn party,” a symbol referencing the social results of all individual effort, represented by Leo. Jones references, “the inherent normality through which [an individual] shares the fruits of his personal accomplishments [receiving] definite recognition of its worth [inclining toward] genuine social maturity and an effective capacity for working with others.” Indeed our efforts are somewhat wasted if we hide our light under a bushel basket and fail to share and act upon our hard-earned wisdom with others around us. It might be important in these fractious times to recognize that apathy is the enemy of social progress and the enabler of tyrants.
With Eclipse Season upon us, now is a potent time to look into your current astrology transits.
Find out with this report that gives detailed descriptions of your transits for a three, six or twelve month period. This report was written by astrologer Henry Seltzer.
All transits are fully interpreted with insightful clues on how to navigate the challenges ahead and gives the date range for when each transit is in effect. Includes transits to planets Mars through Pluto. Also includes interpretations for Chiron - a unique feature of this report!Preview Your Report
The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.