We are having a partial Solar Eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th/16th 2018 depending on where you are located in the world. It is a supercharged New Moon with a longer term influence than a regular New Moon. It will only be visible in parts of South America and Antarctica which includes most of Argentina, the Southern half of Chile, Uruguay, and the Southern tips of Paraguay and Brazil.
However, even if it is not visible in your geographic location, the energetic effects of all eclipses still affect everyone on the planet. This Solar Eclipse is followed by a Lunar Eclipse in Leo that occurred two weeks prior and is part of a series of eclipses happening in the Leo-Aquarius axis that started subtly in early 2017 but became more predominant last summer after the nodes of the Moon shifted into these signs in May.
Both Solar and Lunar Eclipses always occur when there is a New Moon or Full Moon near the Lunar Nodes, and this occurs every six months. The nodes are where the pathway of the Moon cross the Ecliptic from our geocentric perspective here on Earth. The ecliptic is what appears to be the pathway of the Sun from this vantage point. The Nodes are always in opposite signs and usually the eclipses happen in these signs as well, but in some cases could also occur in the signs next to these ones.
Generally, eclipses signify what is changing and shifting in our lives, which could start in the six weeks prior and can also play out over the next six months following until the next series of eclipses. However, the next eclipses will continue some of these same themes which will play out in different ways. Usually the weeks near these periods is when the themes come up more strongly which could trigger certain feelings within us and can also be reflected externally through circumstances that come up.
This Eclipse In Connection To Previous Eclipse Periods
This specific eclipse is connected to the Solar Eclipse in Leo that occurred in the summer, which was also known as the ‘Great American Eclipse’. It is almost exactly opposite of where that one occurred. It is possible that some of the things going on now may bring about some sort of conclusion or further change related to what was initiated or happening at that time. Alternatively, this period can also be the ‘next step’ of what has been going on over the last six months since then. In many cases, challenges could come up as well.
This eclipse is also connected to the Solar Eclipses that occurred in early 1999 and early 2000. Some of the major themes going on during those years will be similar to what is going on now except it will be a different version of this similar energy. For example, you may have had changes in your relationships back then, which might be similar to what is occurring now, however, these relationships will be different ones with different circumstances and variables. The deeper reasons connected to our inner and personal needs could be similar to that period.
Solar Eclipse In Aquarius
With the South Node currently in Aquarius and North Node in Leo, this is a period in which we are facilitating changes and releasing things associated with Aquarius energy to help us be more in alignment with our Leo related wants and aspirations. This process will also continue over the next year.
Aquarius is associated with friends, social networks, groups, teams, colleagues, the collective, humanitarian deeds, and anything scientific or forward thinking. It is intellectual and social. On the other hand, Leo is about our heart’s desires, self expression, and our joy. It is associated with our creativity, performing arts, children, and it could even be associated with sports or in any modality that we shine in, and this could even include leadership.
This is a period to consider how our relations with others are serving our passions and how we want to shine in the word. Consider which of your friendships and connections are in alignment with the way you want to express yourself and which are not. Which of your social contacts contribute to your joy and which ones are contradiction or a conflict of interest. It is also possible that for some people there could be changes and challenges (beyond your control) that could come up in relation to your social network.
Solar Eclipse Conjunct Mercury
This eclipse is aligned with Mercury which rules the mind while the sign of Aquarius is also mentally oriented as well. When considering that Leo rules the heart, and the previous summers Solar Eclipse in Leo was also aligned with the star Regulus, known as ‘the heart of the Lion’, a theme for this period (mid 2017- late 2018) is to get out of our heads and to be in our heart more.
Our actions and pursuits should be based on what our heart is telling us, while our minds and mental processes should be working in collaboration with this. This is a common topic in the spiritual, New Age, and conscious community. However, during this time many of the challenges and circumstances coming up will be related to this, as the Universe is pushing this more strongly on us.
Mercury is also associated with communication and our thoughts. For some people, this can be a period of making changes in the way we communicate and our overall thought process which goes back to the need to be more heart centred as mentioned above. Sometimes when we are not in our hearts, the shadow of Leo energy can be expressed which is egoic. This can manifest in our communication and thoughts, however, it is possible that for some people these Mercury related shifts may not be necessarily connected to a lack of ‘heart-centredness.’
Solar Eclipse Conjunct Asteroid Juno
The observation of asteroids in astrology is not a primary thing to look at as there are thousands of them. However, there are some asteroids considered to be major ones and when I see a strong connection to one of those, I feel it is worthy of mention.
Juno is associated with unions and commitments such as marriage, but in this context it could also be related to other types of unions and commitments as well. Venus is in Pisces is in a sextile aspect with Saturn in Capricorn, which for some people can also be about commitments around love, with relationships being a strong theme that could develop over the coming months.
Juno is also associated with empowering oppressed women. Due to this being a South Node eclipse, this can also reflect any challenges that could come up around this subject.
Jealousy is also a theme connected to Juno, especially when it is somehow tied in with our unions with others. During this period, it is possible that some of the changes that have been coming up recently and during the coming months and may also be connected to these Juno themes mentioned, but not in every case.
Uranus and Chiron Also In The Mix, Jupiter Sextile Pluto
Uranus is in a sextile aspect with this eclipse (with Juno/Mercury) and was also in aspect with the summer Solar Eclipse, as well as with many of the recent and upcoming New Moons. This planet is about our uniqueness, liberation, breakthroughs, new experiences, and freedom. It is technological, futuristic, rebellious, and is also associated with metaphysics and subjects such as astrology. Some the changes reflected by this eclipse could be connected to these themes in combination with themes mentioned earlier in the article.
Chiron is making semi-sextile aspect to both Uranus and this eclipse, right at the midpoint of it all. This can be connected to healing as well as triggering wounds related to the Aquarius, Mercury, and Juno themes mentioned above. However, when we also consider that this is an easy aspect and with Uranus in the mix, this can be a great energy for overall healing and empowerment, and letting and overcoming wounds getting in the way of our authentic self expression. It can also have a positive healing influence in our friendships and social network as part of the Aquarian related changes represented by this eclipse.
Jupiter in Scorpio has been in a sextile with Pluto in the weeks leading up to eclipse season which will continue to play out until September and will be strong again next in mid-April. This combined with the Chiron-Uranus influence above can be very helpful in healing and transformations for many people, depending on how it all lines up with your natal chart. If you have been experiencing challenges throughout January and February, perhaps these energies are trying to get your attention and the need to transform aspects of your life are becoming more apparent.
Making Intentions And Things To Consider
What changes and improvements do you need to make in your relations with others? Which of your friendships are not in alignment with your true self and how you express your personal joy? Are you letting your social connections or colleagues get in the way of you shining in your light? Have you been too much in your head at the expense of your heart’s desires? What needs to change in your commitments and unions with others? What can you do to feel more liberated in expressing your own authentic expression?
These are some examples of what to reflect on at this time but not limited to them either. Keep in mind that the energy of this specific eclipse will also have an influence over the next 6 months although it may be being triggered more strongly at this time.
If you wish to do any sort of intentions for this eclipse period, it is best to do so within the 24 hours following. However, the first six hours following it will be best for reflection and tuning in to how you feel and after that period would be better for intention setting. The exact moment of the eclipse will be at 9:05pm Universal Time, you can click here to see what that is for your time zone.
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