August 7, 2017 Lunar Eclipse

Image resultCo-creation is a basic tenant of my astrological practice.  “As above, so below” when reversed becomes “so below, as above” and the polarity is brought to life with active intent.  The lunar eclipse energies of August 7, 2017 bring into private and public life the possibilities for new understanding and external change.  The personal planets of Mercury and Mars bring into focus opportunity’s knock while the outer planets hold their collective breathe.

The August 7th partial lunar eclipse sows the subjective seeds of change with the Sun at 15 degrees of Leo and the Full Moon at 15 degrees of Aquarius.  The dramatic, self-centered and creative will of the ego is in contrast to the humanitarian needs of the collective.  The Sun’s dynamic partner is and will remain  through August the planet Mars, who roars with fixed desire to create alongside the ego’s need to shine.  Note that diminutive Mercury in Virgo will soon turn retrograde and calls for repeated analysis to underpin the passionate script of the solar self and cosmic will.  Venus as a morning star in Cancer, ebbs and flows in sextile to Mercury, adding the value systems of care and nurturance in the ever shifting scrum.

Jupiter in Libra directly squares Pluto in retrograde Capricorn conveying tension between society’s desire for balanced justice against entrenched plutocratic entities struggling with the winds of change.

Uranus retrograde at 28 degrees of Aries loosely trines retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius and will remain there to trine the Solar eclipse later in the month.  This is a wiser, late degree Uranus reevaluating the revolutionary deeds needed to move society along.  In harmony, retrograde Saturn asks for similar reassessment in areas of law, education, philosophies and spiritual value systems.  Talk and walk personal philosophies when Saturn retrogrades in Sagittarius or risk moral doubt and confusion.

The Dragon’s Head beckons at 24 degrees of Leo to those who would reach in acts of creative compassion towards the North Node’s point of possibility.  Acts of empathy and kindness are the keys to unlock the door to this lunar eclipse as the Sun in Leo attempts balance with the full moon in Aquarius.  Choose to see what new opportunities exist when the needs of the individual artist balance with the essential desires of society.

Lunar Energy: Use It or Loose It.

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The new Moon occurs around 8:11 PM in Toronto on Friday, September 30, 2016 in the sign of social balance, Libra. It will culminate in a full Moon at 12:23 AM on Sunday, October 16th in the sign that gets in done first, Aries. Let’s go macro then micro when considering how to practically work with lunar energies.

The Moon moves fast. One lunar orbit around the earth is about 28 days long. Sunlight reflects off the surface of the moon. From our perspective on earth, we see it from different angles as it rotates around us, and have named these the Moon’s phases. It will travel through a zodiacal sign in about 2 ½ days – thus the Moon is the symbolic reflection of humanity’s fluctuating emotions and unconscious dreams and desires.

There are 4 major phases: new, waxing first quarter, full, and waning third quarter. The new Moon phase is about beginnings and initiations. We start fresh under a dark new Moon planting the seeds of new intentions and goals. A certain emotional stillness may be apparent. The Moon grows larger as it waxes towards the first quarter phase, as we concretize those new Moon goals. lunationWith the bright light of a full Moon, it’s time to celebrate achievements, good fortune, and the joy of living. Feelings peak and may over flow. Great time of the month to gather friends and family close. Finally, with the Moon growing smaller, the waning third quarter phase kicks in and it is time to evaluate and learn from both the ups and downs of the lunar month. Compost those goals and intentions, successes and failures and prepare for the next new Moon cycle.

Practical tip #1: on a calendar of your choice (paper, computer, phone, etc.) note the date of each moon phase. Make a notation about your emotional life, dreams, intuitions and gut feelings. One line or one page – just let it flow and make no judgement. Give it a try for two or three lunar cycles and see if an emotional pattern emerges.

Let’s add the nuance to the lunar cycle. The upcoming Libra new Moon suggests that in our emotional lives face to face relationship issues will surface, the desire for social equity may come to the fore, or we may desire emotional balance in our personal connections. Have your natal chart handy? This new Moon is at 8° of Libra. Find where it falls in your natal chart. Is it in the 4th house of family, children, home and tribe? Emphasis will be emotionally centered there around 4th house issues with a particular Libra outlook. This is the emotional tone for this specific lunar cycle.

Now consider where in your natal chart the full Moon will fall. October 16th’s full Moon is at 23° of Aries, the polar opposite in emotional tone and color to a Libra new Moon. Aries is a take charge, dynamic whirl of energy. It is the me to the Libra’s you and I. If it falls in the 10th house of public life, career and social prominence then the party starts there and it brings with it the energy of Aries to fuel the celebration.

Practical tip #2: these are the remaining lunar cycles for Toronto, Canada in 2016. Do a similar calendar exercise as with the Moon’s phases. On the dates of the new and full Moon identify where it falls in your natal chart. The house will signify the area of life to consider and the zodiacal sign will suggest the emotional tone. Write about it. Begin to breathe life into the key astrological meanings. Try it for the remaining of the year. May lunar wisdom ebb and flow through the contours of your daily life.