Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Follow your bliss !

The full moon of the 31st of January 2018 is simultaneously a supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse (blood moon). As such it is a rare phenomenon: the last total lunar eclipse which also was a blue moon, occured more than 150 years ago, in late March 1866.

Astrology pays special importance to eclipses. These energetically highly charged new moons or full moons are regarded as transformation points, directing our attention on the areas of life we need to change or evolve. Traditional Astrology (both Western and Vedic) considers them rather negative, as they often mark endings and forced changes beyond our control. As a matter of fact their „badness” or „goodness” depends not only on what it aspects in your birth chart or solar chart. Your level of awareness, your attitude, your choices made with your free will play a more significant role in the possible outcome.

What is always true is that eclipses (especially the lunar eclipses) reveal something „hidden”, obscured, totally unseen before. These can be certain blind spots in your personality, your shadow parts or the hidden aspects of your relationships. Due to the opposition between the Sun and Moon, full moons and lunar eclipses always rise the question: how do you relate to other people ?

lunar eclipse in Leo, 31th of January, 13:26 London

The current lunar eclipse occurs on the 11°37′ of the Leo. As such it is a midpoint of an eclipse series occuring on the Leo/Aquarius axis starting with the lunar eclipse of the 11th February 2017 – lunar eclpise on Leo 22°, 7th of August 2017 – lunar eclipse on Aquarius 15°25, 21th of August – total solar eclipse on 28°53′ Leo, 15th of February 2018 on Aquarius 27°08, 27th of July 2018 – lunar eclipse on Aquarius 04°45′, solar eclipse 11th of August on Leo 18°42′, lunar eclipse on the 21th of January 2019 on 0°52′ Leo.

Eclipses occuring in the same signs are interrelated, marking a longer period of changes and adjustments on the areas of life they fall on your birthchart. (Remember the events related to the eclipses of last year, particularly to the lunar eclipse of the 7th of August, Aquarius 15°25′ which took place in the proximity of the current one. Think about the changes and transformations you experienced some weeks before and after that time. The process will continue this year, especially during the extensive transit of Mars through the sign of Aquarius this summer. Mars will hit the degrees of the eclipse on the 11th of October).

According to traditional Astrology the eclipses exercise the strongest influence over their places of visibility. The total phase of this lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon, will be visible in large parts of US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.

However, it will influence everybody on the areas of life where they fall on your birthcharts. The strongest impact will have on people with Sunsign and other personal planets in Leo, Leo rising in birthchart or solar chart. Depending on the individual, the tasks are different, as every birth chart is different. (Thus only and only an in -depth chart analysis will give relevant information about the nature of adjustments and transformations triggered by the eclipse series on your individual level.)

Generally speaking the events related to the current eclipse will direct our attention in one way or another on the analogies of the Leo and the Aquarius signs. These are two complementary and antagonistic archetypes. Leo is about the individual, the needs of the ego, the importance of creativity, self-expression, passion, leisures, hobbies in our lives. It also involves topics related to children/ childhood, teachings, sports. Aquarius is about the collective, the ideals, friends, supporters, social concerns, group activities.

The current eclipse may rise questions about how do we relate to power, authority (to our own and other’s), independence, freedom, authenticity ? As Joseph Campbell  , the great mythologist said, following or bliss is essential for our health both on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. However, real creativity, authentic self-expression – the qualities much appreciated by Leo types needs sacrifices from the part of the Ego. From the other hand if we realise that the community surrounding us is blocking our creative impulses, is not appreciating who we are, we need to detach from the toxic environment and make new, more supportive contacts. This applies both on virtual level – such as social media friends, groups and the ones we physically encounter: family members, collegaues, friends, etc. Such decisions are not always as easy as they seem to be.

However it is essential to recognise when do we need to be team – players and when to follow our individual goals. Finding a healthy balance is also very important, since the exaggerated egoism of the Leo can create tyrants both in our immediate environment and on a worldwide level, while the excessive willingness of cooperation of the Aquarius will let our partnerships define us, giving up our individual goals. This will have especially difficult consequences. The distorted Aquarius – energy can manifest in excentricism and antisocial attitude. As such it may create chaos, where nobody is in charge- thus it will totally block efficiency.