The Full Moon in Leo opposite the Sun in Aquarius on January 31 is a total Lunar Eclipse, and the pull of this one is even more powerful than usual because it is also a Supermoon being at its perigee, or nearest to the Earth and additionally is the powerful handle in a bucket chart shape. The esoteric effect of this rare occurrence is forceful enough to send out ripples in time that can last for months or longer on either side of the actual event, which can lead to tremendous shifts in our lives. Eclipses archetypally trigger a need for us to directly deal with sensitive internal areas ruled by the Moon such as automatic responses to life that create obstacles to our self-expression due to unresolved emotional trauma and entrenched habits. Because of the Moon’s super strength during a lunar eclipse, it can connect us with buried information in our psyche that helps us understand ourselves better. Eclipses present opportunities for us to discover the truth of our past experiences and to express it. They can even activate an awareness of the esoteric lineage of our Being and our purpose in this lifetime. With the eclipsed Moon in Leo we are being asked to look at whether or not we are nurturing the heart and its archetypal mission to bestow its creative expression for its own sake, to be the shining star that does not cast shadows on others. When Leo understands everyone is a star, the need for attention melts away under the warmth of pure, radiating love. If we are not feeling this way, it is generally because the survival instinct of repressing pain represses everything else, including who we are at the core of our being. It is in the unabashed act of expressing who we are that opens the heart with the force of uninhibited love. In this purposeful state, the world is a generous and joyous place.
Still within orb of its square to Uranus that perfected last week and a mere 13 minutes after the eclipse peaks on January 31, Mercury evokes a movement towards thinking in a new way when it enters Aquarius. Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius represents the outsider that sees conformity and the ‘herd instinct’ as anathma to living. It is known as the Innovator because it does not rely on proven methods or established principles, preferring the freedom to express its own unique ideas. Mercury in this intellectual air sign is motivated to openly exchange diverse ideas with others, especially if they are focused on ways of leading humanity into the future. “Service” is the gift of Aquarius and its challenge is to use its power responsibly for the benefit of all humankind. Mercury here also evokes the Sun in Aquarius’ role in its tension-filled opposition to the eclipsed Moon. If we are to become the creative, joyous being we are meant to be, actively contributing our unique gifts to society, we must be fearless in allowing our original Self to express.
On Feburary 3, Mercury forms a sextile to Mars in Sagittarius, aligning mind and body in intent and focus. This is a lively combination in air and fire signs respectively that can boost conversations in frequency and velocity. With so many problems in our world, this aspect can correlate to a strong need to talk in broad, visionary terms about how to change it. Mars provides energy to Mercury’s thinking processes and Mercury inserts reason in the need to act. When our words and deeds are infused with idealism and vision, we can aim our intentions high above mundane personal issues so they can become the leadership compass we need to successfully guide humanity into the future.
Venus in Aquarius square Jupiter in Scorpio on February 3 highlights the struggle we often experience regarding the need to be loved. When these archetypes are activated in a tense square relationship the need for love expands but because we tend to search for love outside ourselves, this can result in becoming so identified with an object of our desire that we can’t let it go without feeling like a piece of us has died. The capacity to love is endless but if it is identified in a limited way in the form of another person or some thing, it is merely a representation of love, not love itself, which is a state of being. In Aquarius, Venus believes that love will change the world. It values freedom to be unconventional and leans towards interactions with other unique individuals who come together under a united vision for a better future. Jupiter in Scorpio magnifies the need for intimacy and its transformative powers. It understands the cycles of life and death and how they apply to every moment so any kind of change can unfold without fear of losing something. Under this Venus/Jupiter alignment may we recognize the fullness of the love we have within, that it is enough to satisfy our need for it, and that it is enough to change the world.
Here’s the data (Pacific Time and rounded to the nearest whole degree unless otherwise noted):
January 31 – Moon opposite Sun (Supermoon Full Moon Lunar Eclipse) at 12° Leo/Aquarius at 5:27 a.m.
January 31 – Mercury at 0° Aquarius at 5:40 a.m.
February 3 – Mercury sextile Mars at 5° Aquarius/Sagittarius at 7:58 a.m.
February 3 – Venus square Jupiter at 22° Aquarius/Scorpio at 10:07 p.m.