This week hosts a penumbral lunar eclipse in tropical Leo. The eclipse takes place on Friday, the 10th, and will be at least partially visible across all of the inhabited continents, sans Australia.
This eclipse is the first of a series which will take place in the signs of Leo and Aquarius. This cycle is due to last almost two years, with the final eclipse on the Leo-Aquarius axis not scheduled until January 2019.
While the eclipse this Friday occurs in Leo, it is in a sense premature, as the Virgo-Pisces series of eclipses, which we have been in the midst of since September 2015, is not yet complete. We thus begin a new cycle without bringing the old to completion. In fact, we’ll have to wait until the annular solar eclipse in Pisces on February 26th in order to wrap up the cycle already in effect. There is thus something jarring about February’s order of operations, as this week’s leap into the future will be followed by a return to the past.
This week’s eclipse foreshadows a cycle we will only fully enter into this coming August. The slight stain across the face of the Moon is thus a silhouette of the shape of things to come.
Though the eclipse might appear, at first glance, to be nothing more than a bit of rusty edging on the Full Moon, there’s more. Look deeper, and you’ll see that shadow is in fact a doorway, opened just a crack. In the space behind that door, something moves. Something, or things, are on the other side, ready to ingress. What are they? Is it a pride of lions, bloodied from some conflict? Or are those people, massed and waving flags? Are those protesters- or the crowd at a massive concert?
These indistinct scenes mix with the milk-silver moonlight and pour across the earth, argent beams laced with strangely vital shadows. Looking up, again, at the source of this complicated light, you see your own visage reflected in the circle of the Moon, as if it were a mirror just for you. Yet your reflection is restless. Minute shifts, little mutations swarm your vision. Your hair seems to writhe a bit, as if its coils lived. Your teeth look larger, more carnivorous, than you remember. Shadows halo you, and images keep trying to emerge from them. It feels like the invisible parts of you are becoming visible, your secret vices and virtues unfurling like tiny banners. What is the feeling? Is it pride, perhaps courage? Maybe vanity. It’s like you are more yourself, like there’s nothing repressed, nothing hidden, nothing latent. You feel whole, but dangerously self-satisfied, full of obscene confidence.
Yet just as quick as the shadow crept up, it recedes. The strange feeling drains away, and the little stain on the Moon disappears. Luna’s bright mirror no longer reflects the oncoming future, nor does it display images of monstrous empowerment. Looking at your reflection again, it looks just as it always does, framed with familiar vanities and shames. As normalcy returns, it is difficult to say what all that was about, what exactly it meant. What you do know is that this process, whatever it is, has only just begun.
The lunar eclipse in Leo on the 10th highlights the creative energy you generate. Creativity is much talked about, but little understood. It is both massively over- and hugely under- valued. That being the case, take this series of eclipses as a prompt to re-value your own creative power.
The red and silver beams of the lunar eclipse in Leo on the 10th highlight home and family. This eclipse begins a series which asks you put more energy into these fundamental categories. It does not necessarily mean a return to home or a return to old patterns, though a contemplation of both may be part of the process. Consider what “home” and “family” currently mean to you, and whether you’re happy with those terms as they are currently defined.
The lunar eclipse in Leo on the 10th spills light and shadow across a series of little journeys and small tasks, illuminating an increasingly dense calendar. It is within the square cells of that calendar that we live out our lives, and this eclipse asks if there’s enough room inside them to be really be yourself. If there isn’t, then you’re going to need to figure out how to make more space.
The lunar eclipse in Leo on the 10th is the first in a series due to help you better understand your value. Value is complex to ascertain because some aspects of it are contextual, while others are eternal. Regardless the difficulty, we all have a sense of our own stock in both our own and other’s eyes. Whether the result of past errors or recent changes, it may be well worth your time to revisit your own self-estimations.
The lunar eclipse in Leo on the 10th is the first of several in your sign. It, as well as those that follow, offer you a glimpse of an enhanced version of yourself, more compelling and authentic than what you see in the mirror now. This may be a shadow of a future-self, or it may be who you’ve always been, but been unable to see.
The eclipse on the 10th highlights matters of self-regard. Out of the eclipse’ shadow climb gremlins of self-doubt and vanity, who argue endlessly with each other. Yet these small monsters are no devils. Self-doubt is merely the larval form of self-awareness, and vanity merely immature confidence.
The lunar eclipse on the 10th is the first of a series in Leo. In the Moon’s face you’ll see yourself as others see you from a distance. This is the reputational you, and it has become too small. There’s more to you than this identity can currently contain. You’ll need to make some changes, let out some seams, though the exact alterations may take some time to decide on.
The lunar eclipse on the 10th throws light and shadow across your professional life, revealing the stage upon which you labor. The compromised silver of the eclipse hits you like a spotlight, illuminating you to a potentially uncomfortable degree. You’ll either need to figure out how to get comfortable under those beams or figure out new strategies of concealment, because there are more rays on the way.
The lunar eclipse in Leo arrives on Friday the 10th. The shadowed Moon hangs in the sky of your aspirations, reflecting the image of a future-you who has already accomplished what you now only long for. What has that victory allowed you to become? Might the way forward be to become that first, and then let success follow?
The lunar eclipse on the 10th points toward the time, money and energy you share with other people. This lunation begins a series likely to pull you into a deeper understanding of the give and take behind things, and the power of cooperation to make big things happen. Go beneath, behind, the image of the solitary hero/ine, and you’ll find a score of people without whose support the protagonist’s storied victory would not have occurred.
The lunar eclipse on Saturday introduces a series due to transform your relationships. While the dynamics of your relationships are certainly due for a set of changes, it is important to note that the interpersonal dynamics will also serve to catalyze a set of shifts within you.
The penumbral lunar eclipse on February 10th is the first in a series which will pull you earthward, into your body and your place on this planet. Though this Friday’s eclipse foreshadows the direction you’ll be going, the motion may not be evident for another 6 months. In the meantime, take a hard look at your habits, and ask whether your patterns couldn’t use a little improvement.