Everyone Is Raving About This Full Moon
You might be seeing a lot written up about this Full Moon being a Blue Moon, a Super Moon, a Blood Moon and a Lunar Eclipse. Let's take this one by one.
Blue Moon - The term 'once in a blue moon' refers to something that does not happen with great frequency. Such is the case of this Full Moon as it is the second Full Moon in the calendar month of January, which is the definition of a Blue Moon: the second Full Moon in a calendar month. They do not occur that often. It is further interesting and fun to note that, as a result, there will be no Full Moon in February and we will have another Blue Moon later this year.
While these are fun facts, they do not hold astrological significance because the Full Moon is unaware of this 'calendar' created here on earth that is broken up into months based on the whims of the Roman Emperors.
Blood Moon - Likewise, the term Blood Moon refers to the coloring of the moon, which is a natural part of a Lunar Eclipse where the coloration of the Moon might change depending on when and where you view it based on the reflections of light on the Moon. This is also not astrologically significant to this Full Moon.
Super Moon - The Moon's orbit around the earth is not perfectly circular, but is elliptical and this Full Moon is occurring at a time in this elliptical orbit when the Moon is actually closer to the Earth and, as a result, it appears larger in the sky than at other times. The astrological impact is one of intensification of experience because the Moon is both moving faster and is closer to us. This Full Moon is saying 'pay attention'!
Lunar Eclipse - But, what is most special about this Full Moon is that it is also a Lunar Eclipse and this Lunar Eclipse will occur just 2 weeks prior to the big Solar Eclipse in February occurring in the same signs as that Solar Eclipse. This will truly enliven and energize your personal expression of the signs of Leo and Aquarius. That is what we want to explore today.
Who is impacted?
Everyone is impacted by house. What that means is, this Lunar Eclipse occurs at 11 degrees of Leo and Aquarius and that these signs and degree will fall into a particular house of your personal birth chart. In this way, we are each impacted.
This Leo Full Moon at 11 degrees means the Moon is at 11 degrees of Leo and the Sun at 11 degrees of Aquarius. Look at your birth chart and, if we provided you with the chart, the inner most ring will contain numbers increasing counter clockwise from 1 to 12. Identify where 11 degrees of Leo is positioned in your chart to identify the house that will be impacted by this Lunar Eclipse.
If you happen to have planets or chart angles at this degree, the impact of this Lunar Eclipse will be felt more strongly and through the additional filter and lens of the planets it is directly impacting.
Interplay Between The Lunar & Solar Eclipse:
- Some of you may little impact by this Lunar Eclipse, but you will have planets or chart angles impacted by the upcoming Solar Eclipse.
- For others, you might have greater impact from the Lunar Eclipse than the Solar Eclipse.
- Yet for others there is the potential that no planets or chart angles are impacted by either and the only influence will be in terms of the houses where this occurs.
Like everything with astrology, understanding your personal, direct impact is essential. You can read material all day on-line or in computer generated reports, but that does not speak to how you, personally are impacted. If you are not fluent in the language of astrology, you might want to contact an astrologer to deepen your understanding. Here is a link to the forecast readings that we provide.
Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at 11 Degrees of Leo
The first Lunar Eclipse of 2018 is on January 31 on the Leo Full Moon at 11 degrees of Leo (with the Sun at 11 Aquarius and Venus conjunct the Sun). First, let's explore the Sabian Symbols for these astrological degrees for additional insight into the potential for this Lunar Eclipse.
Moon's Sabian Symbol:
"An evening party of adults on
a lawn illuminated by fancy lanterns".
Yeah! We get to lighten up - it's a Party! Be sure to read the rest of this article with a smile on your face and joy in your heart!!!! Passion and fun!
Why do we gather? We gather to celebrate a shared connection of our joy and inspiration. You can already feel the pull of the polarity of the opposing sign of Aquarius representing kindred spirits. Gathering with like-minded others on a similar journey through life is the most fulfilling and rewarding!
Here we also feel the energy of the creative expression of Leo via the fancy lanterns. What sparks your creative fire?
Illumination. What illuminates your soul? How do you shine?
Sun's Sabian Symbol:
"On a vast staircase stand
people of different types,
Across life, people have a diverse range of interests and experiences. It is natural to expect that individuals on different parts of the staircase will be interested in celebrating and sharing different things. Do you know where you most strongly resonate? At that place where you most strongly resonate, take note of those who are traveling the same part of the path that you are. Looking further along the path, take note of those who have climbed further than you and cast their loving glances your way.
If you have had a birth chart reading with Wolfram, he will have shared his interpretation of soul's journey from The Walled City to the Mountain of Spirituality with you. The concepts in that expression are what we are speaking of here.
If you are reading this newsletter, you are exploring topics like astrology and spirituality. Imagine getting together with family, with your siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and it is my guess that astrology and spirituality won't likely come up as a topic of conversation.
This Lunar Eclipse and its two Sabian Symbols
"your evening lawn party".
Think about who is near you on the
"staircase of life".
Imagine who you would invite and what topics might spark the conversation that gets buzzing, like bees buzzing around the honey in the bee hive.
Deepening this theme of friendship is Venus in Aquarius conjunct the Sun for this Lunar Eclipse bringing all things joyful to relationships. What is the vulnerable, unclothed side of your nature that you feel comfortable or are ready to bring forth. In Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' painting, Venus is shown naked, born of sea foam from the ocean and attendants at the shore are waiting to cloak here in lovely robes (as often happens on this physical plane). Consider the cloaks you wear and what they might be hiding or repressing about your true nature because life has said "this must be hidden".
Each Lunar Eclipse is designed to energize awareness of the signs occupied by the Sun and Moon. With the Sun in Aquarius and the Moon in Leo, this eclipse is seeking to energize and inspire both confidence in yourself and the joy and passion that comes from interacting with Kindred Spirits.
When you are you're your Kindred Spirits, you have full permission to be fully who you are! As Kahlil Gibran wrote in his masterpiece, The Prophet, on friendship:
"When your friend speaks his mind
you fear not the "nay" in your own mind,
nor do you withhold the "ay".
And let there be no purpose in friendship
save the deepening of the spirit.
And in the sweetness of friendship
let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures."
Take advantage of the energy of this Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses occur in cycles. Since eclipses follow the Moon's North and South Nodes and follow roughly a 19 year cycle, Lunar or Solar eclipses have not hit near these degrees in Leo and Aquarius since 2009. You can always benefit from considering back to what occurred in your life at that time.
Have fun! Reach out to the friends that share your passions and inspire you. Let there be both laughter and the deepening of the spirit!
This theme will be exploded by the upcoming Solar Eclipse so bask in the cool moonlight and reflect on the awareness that arises in preparation!