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Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo – Save the Queen

On 31st of January we have a very powerful Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse at 11° Leo. The Eclipse is visible in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Alaska, Hawaii and north-western Canada.

On Wednesday night, the Moon will pass directly behind the Earth, disappearing into its shadow. This shadow is what the astrologers call the North Node, a karmic power point that represents the Soul’s evolutionary direction in this lifetime.

The Eclipses happen when the Sun or the Moon align with the North Node or the South Node, which are nothing else but the orbital nodes of the Moon – the North Node is where the Moon crosses from south of the ecliptic to the north of the ecliptic, and the South Node is where it crosses from north of the ecliptic to south of the ecliptic.

Because this alignment happens only at the New Moon and Full Moon phase, we can have either an Eclipse of the Sun (at the New Moon phase) or an Eclipse of the Moon (at the Full Moon phase)

So we can have 4 types of eclipses: South Node Solar Eclipses, South Node Lunar Eclipses, North Node Solar Eclipses and North Node Lunar Eclipses.

The Lunar Eclipse on 31st of January 2018 is a North Node Lunar Eclipse. This means it is concerned with the Feminine principle (the Moon) and with the future (North Node).

While the South Node eclipses are about releasing of the past, the North Node eclipses require adjustment to new circumstances.

The Lunar Eclipse Moon in the royal sign of Leo, a sign connected with the proud expression of the self. Leo energy is where we are kings and queens in our own castle. Is where we show ourselves self-love, is where we live from the heart.

Therefore, the Lunar Eclipse in Leo is about creating new opportunities for growth for the queen inside you. Whether a woman or a man, we all have feminine attributes within our psyche. No matter who you are, it is time to be proud of the woman inside you, a woman who is not afraid to unleash her spirit, and live her calling.

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But a Lunar Eclipse is much more than a Full Moon, which makes it a little bit more complicated. When we have only Full Moons, we have the opportunity to choose.

Let’s take an example of a regular Full Moon in Leo. Let’s say there is Full Moon in Leo and you go to a social gathering. As people go up on stage and tell their personal stories, you feel inspired. You understand how it is to live from the heart and express yourself without fear.

But when a Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse – like it is now – you have no choice but to go on stage yourself. Maybe you are shy, maybe you are scared to death of public speaking. Still, you have to go on stage, because an Eclipse will force you to become the energy you observe in others. It forces you act on the lessons you are learning.

If you embrace the new, if you are ready to meet with your future ‘shadow’, with your North Node, then the experience can feel very rewarding. But if you don’t, the experience can feel rather traumatic.

Perhaps that’s why eclipses have been regarded – and still are – as bad omens.

In ancient times especially, the eclipses were seen as omens for disasters. The biggest possible disaster back then was the death of the king. In order to avoid this from happening, at solar eclipses (solar eclipses were connected to the king) a ritual was put in place: the “Substitute king ritual”.

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In this ritual, a person would be chosen to replace the king. He would be dressed like the king and placed on the throne. The person will live like a king for as long as the eclipse effects were supposed to last – from 3 days up to 100 days.

During this time, the real king would keep a low profile and avoid being seen. After the eclipse season was over, the substitute king was put to death, to fulfill the prophetic omen, while saving the life of the real king, who would reclaim the throne.

It is much more to this ritual than simply trading fate. During the ritual, the real king delved into the shadows, just the the Sun disappeared under the shadow of the Moon. When he came back to the throne, he was no longer the same person. The king went through his own transformation process, and this was what the – symbolic – death of the king was about. He saved himself by letting a part of him die.

Right now we have a lunar eclipse, so now it’s time to create a ritual for the queen inside us.

As the sky shuts down, it is time to move inward. A queen rules with her emotions. Are you rulling with your emotions or are your emotions rulling you?

The Lunar Eclipse is opposite Venus, who is right now on the other side of the Sun, close to the South Node of the past.

The two feminine principles – represented by Moon and Venus – are now quarreling in the sky.

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all?”

The Solar Eclipse on January 31st will ask us questions such as:

  • Who am I: my body or my emotions? My past or my future?

  • Should I go for what I want or wait to see how other details fit into the picture?

  • Should I put myself first or other people?

  • Should I go for instant gratification or build for the long haul?

There are no right or wrong answers. But is the principle of duality, of opposition that helps us become more aware of who we truly are.

Just like the king had to find a substituted to find himself, use the energy of the Lunar Eclipse to get in touch with who you are – let go of who you are not and save the real Queen.

Now look into the mirror. The answer’s right in front of your eyes.

You can find other 2018 full moon blog pages on the New and Full Moons 2018 page.

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The Astrology of 2018: Uranus in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn, Two Total Lunar Eclipses, Venus and Mars Retrograde

Astrology of 2018

The Astrology of 2018 features all slow-moving planets in feminine signs, two total Lunar Eclipses, and the relationship planets Venus and Mars retrograde.

In 2018 there are no major aspects between the outer planets and no significant stressful aspects. Overall, 2018 is a much better year. You will be able to manifest what you have started in 2017 with fewer frictions and fewer obstacles. If you work hard, if you do some introspection and stop blaming the world for your problems, 2018 can be one of the best years of your life. 

If 2017 was like a hot air balloon, the Astrology of 2018 suggest that now is time to get things done. No more Saturn square Neptune, no more fake news. No more Jupiter square Pluto, no more power struggles. Goodbye Jupiter opposite Uranus, goodbye no more chaos and disruptions.

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The year starts with all planets direct – January and February are the best time of the year to start new projects. In May your life will get disrupted as Uranus changes signs and moves into Taurus. June through to August are the most difficult months of the year – Mars retrograde and a difficult Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will ask you to let go of something in your life. In October and November Venus also goes retrograde, bringing our focus to relationships. The year ends on a positive note, with Jupiter entering its home sign, Sagittarius.

In 2018 we will have five eclipses:

Four out of five eclipses are in Leo / Aquarius, so pay extra attention to the houses in your natal chart where you have these signs. The message of the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius is to live more from your heart and stop worrying about what other people think of you.

Leo / Aquarius energy already started to manifest in 2017, but in 2018 it will be even stronger. I’ve seen many people quitting jobs that no longer fulfilled them, or completely changing their life direction, especially around the Solar Eclipse on 21st of August 2017. Now we are going to see even more of these changes. Remember, Leo is about taking the courage to be who you are meant to be.

If in 2017 we had powerful Solar Eclipses, in 2018 we will have two powerful total Lunar Eclipses, so this year the Moon takes center stage. If the Solar principle is about designing the course of action, the Lunar principle is about taking action to make the vision concrete. We are now going to manifest what we have started in 2017.

The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th 2018

The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th is problematic as it is a South Node Eclipse and it is also conjunct Mars retrograde. We have a double indication that around July we will need to let go of something important in our life. Check in which house you have Aquarius to get more insights into how you are going to be affected. In the 2nd half of the year our relationships come into focus because the 2 relationship planets Venus and Mars, go retrograde in June through to August and October to November.

We have a lot of Capricorn energy in 2018 – we have Saturn, Pluto, and Mars spending several months in Capricorn also, while the South Node will join the club in November 2018. You will definitely have to put a lot of work in this year – Capricorn is about working hard and accomplishing things. Whatever you do, do your best. Live with integrity and take full responsibility for your actions. Climb higher and get closer and closer to your objectives.

Another reason that you will get things done is that we have a lot of Earth energy in the sky almost all slow-moving planets are in Earth signs: Saturn, Pluto, Uranus. The Earth energy is fertile and manifesting and will turn even the abstract thinkers and philosophers into doers. Earth energy is not only practical but also long-lasting. Whatever you start this year, will bring you benefits in the long-run.

Astrology of 2018 – these are the most important planetary events of 2018:

  • Chiron enters Aries on April 17th, 2018 starting a new cycle around the Zodiac. Chiron in Aries will ask you to deal with the deepest wounds of all, the wound of identity. The transit will be long and cathartic and will teach you how to put yourself forward despite fears and shame.

  • Uranus enters Taurus on May 15th, 2018. Uranus is the planet of change and Taurus rules our personal values and our finances; we will experience many changes and shifts in these areas in the coming years. No more false, inauthentic values. Uranus in Taurus will set us free from imposed values and meanings. Time to rediscover our common sense.

  • Mars is retrograde from June 26th to August 27th, 2018. Mars will draw attention to those areas of your life that you have been neglecting. Time to finally close some outstanding projects, to bring them to completion, but do not start completely new initiatives in this period.

  • Venus is retrograde from October 5th to November 16th 2018. Venus goes retrograde every 18 months for 6 weeks. Because this retrograde takes place in Scorpio and Libra, the signs of intimacy and relating to others, this Venus retrograde is all about relationships. You can revise your relationships, or old lovers can come back into your life.

  • Jupiter trines Neptune on May 25th and on August 19th. This is the only significant transit between slow moving planets. Jupiter will bring us the faith to turn our most impossible hopes and dreams into reality. Neptune’s spirituality and creativity can now become more accessible, more authentic, more connected.

  • Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th 2018. This is good news for everyone – even if Jupiter in Scorpio was a great transit thanks to the supportive alignments with the other planets, nothing compares to having Jupiter in its home sign. Zeus, the king of all gods, finally returns to Olympus, finally comes home.

  • The North Node moves into Cancer on November 7th and South Node in Capricorn. The focus will shift from the masculine, abstract principle of the masculine Leo / Aquarius energy, to the material, nurturing and creative principle of the feminine Cancer / Capricorn energy. The transit will invite us to set healthy boundaries with the world, by releasing the need to always be in the control of our environment.

Now that you know the overall ambiance of 2018, how does it fit with the goals you have set for yourself?

Let’s do a simple, but powerful exercise to set you up for success in 2018 and beyond.

Do this exercise

1. Start with writing down your objectives for 2018

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2. Now choose the most important one. Circle it.

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3. Now – pay attention to this – answer the following question: What fear hides behind this goal? Maybe the question sounds strange. You don’t have to stick to your first answer. Dig deeper. Why did you choose this goal? What are you really afraid of?

You will know you found the answer if it surprises you. If you still did not get to a satisfactory answer, keep asking the question: “What fear hides behind me choosing that goal for 2018?”. What do you feel when the answer comes to your mind, what images, what emotions?

What to expect – 2018 forecasts

To recap, 2018 is one of the best years in a long time. Things will come with less struggle and confusion than in previous years. You can now get a lot done – but you will have to put the work in and get yourself into the world. This is not a time for abstract thinking and theories, it is a time for action!

Your relationships may be up for review – time to ask yourself: “What is working? What is not working? How could this relationship look in the future? What do I need to change?“. This doesn’t mean you need to leave someone, it simply means that if you want to bring your relationships to the next level of intimacy and commitment, you need to have a close, truthful look at them first.

The energy shifts of 2018 will influence all of us but in different areas of our life. For example, if you are a Scorpio Ascendant, Uranus’ entrance in Taurus can bring changes in the area of relationships, but if you are a Leo Ascendant, the changes will be in the area of your career.

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Venus conjunct Sun conjunct Pluto – What is Your Venus Archetype?

On January 9th 2018 we have an extraordinary planetary alignment: Sun, Venus and Pluto all align at 19° Capricorn in a triple conjunction.

Triple conjunctions are pretty rare. When we do have triple conjunctions we usually have the Moon (the fastest moving planet) involved. But to have 3 planets – other than the Moon – aligned at the same zodiacal degree is very unique.

Needless to say that if you have planets or angles around 19° Capricorn (and also in Aries, Cancer or Libra) you are especially in the spotlight.

What is also very interesting is that Venus, one of the 3 planets involved, is now in the middle of her synodic cycle. Venus is in fact at the farthest possible distance from the Earth, on the other side of the Sun. When Venus is far away from the Earth we usually miss the earthy expression of Venusian gifts (love, attraction, relationships, money, personal values). On the other hand, on the other side of the Sun, Venus becomes more Goddess-like, more ethereal, more spiritualized.

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If Venus close to the Earth is the meal we enjoy with our senses, Venus far away from the Earth is a beautiful painting displaying the same meal. If Venus close to the Earth is the love we consume, Venus far away from the Earth is the idealized, spiritualized, platonic love. Venus close to the Earth is similar to the Moon in nature, while Venus far away from the Earth is similar to Neptune in nature.

When Venus is far away from the Earth as she is now, she expresses herself in an abstract way. And because she is in a conjunction with the Sun, our Self, our personality (the Sun), gets infused with this abstract expression of Venus. Now is a time to approach love and relationships as an ideal concept. Ask yourself: what does love mean to me? What does beauty mean to me? What are my personal values? You can set your ideals as high as the heavens – there has never been a better moment to dream of the highest expression of what you are capable of.

To better understand the different expressions of Venus, have a look at your natal chart and see in which position is your Venus relative to the Sun.

Venus can be maximum 48° before the Sun, and maximum 48° after the Sun. Venus can only be in the two signs which precede, or follow your Sun sign. If your Sun sign is Virgo, your Venus can only be in one of the two signs before Virgo (Cancer, Leo), in Virgo, or in one of the two signs after Virgo (Libra, Scorpio).

If Venus was in direct motion, and within 10° before or after the Sun at the time of your birth, Venus was at the farthest possible distance from the Earth (just like now). You have a very idealized view of love and you can wait a lifetime for the price charming, even if you are in a happy marriage. There is a part of you who doesn’t belong to this world, who wants something that doesn’t exist. It is good to search for more spiritual type of partners who can understand you.

If your Venus is within 10° of your Sun, but it is retrograde, the opposite is true. At the time of your birth, Venus was at the closest possible distance from Earth. You have a more Earthy expression of Venus, you are likely more down to earth, more practical, you go for what makes sense to you, and if you stop liking something, or someone, you just change it and go for the next best thing.

Now coming back to the triple conjunction we have on the 9th of January.

What is really, really interesting is that we have Pluto as the third planet in the triple conjunction. And Pluto contracts are always interesting. If Sun reigns over the visible world, Pluto reigns over the underworld. Sun and Pluto together are the shaman, representing the Soul that has traveled to heaven, has traveled to hell, and has understood the cycles of life and death.

Pluto is a generational, archetypal planet. Pluto’s transit in a sign defines the drives of a whole generation. Baby Boomers for example have been associated with the transit of Pluto in Leo, while nowadays Millennials are associated with Pluto in Scorpio.

Although we are all unique, we do share some traits – and this common traits, this underlying drivers of our personality are the domain of Pluto. When Pluto touches a personal planet, he gets to the very essence of that planet, for good and for bad. People with Sun conjunct Pluto can be very ego-driven and can misuse their personal power (the lower manifestation of the Sun) or on the contrary, they can use their power for good and become extremely generous and compassionate leaders.

Same with Venus. Pluto with Venus can bring Venusian themes to the extremes, for good and for bad. Pluto with Venus can bring extreme jealousy, addiction to love and sex, obsession with money, or, in the higher manifestation can bring deep, passionate love, extreme beauty or artistic sense, the ability to create value and abundance.

Pluto will distill the characteristics of Sun and Venus in Capricorn. Pluto will get to the core of the matter. Capricorn is the most ambitious sign of the zodiac, always reaching for the next version of himself, always aiming for the top. Sun and Venus in Capricorn will want to get to the heights of love, beauty, appreciation. Sun and Venus in Capricorn are interested in nothing but the best – the most beautiful piece of art, the most successful relationship, the best status.

Sun conjunct Venus conjunct Pluto is the best time to ask yourself what do you really, really, really want to achieve. What is the best possible expression of yourself? What is that one thing that defines the ideal you, the YOU of tomorrow?

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Astrology of January 2018 – Lunar Eclipse in Leo and All Planets in Direct Motion

2018 starts with a bang! More exactly with a Full Moon in Cancer which is also a Supermoon. January ends with a 2nd Full Moon in Leo, which this time is also a Lunar Eclipse.

The first month of the year starts and ends with a Full Moon. Is not only that we have 2 Full Moons instead of one within one month, but what makes January so special is that both lunations are super potent – the first one takes place in its home sign Cancer, and the 2nd is a Lunar Eclipse.

At the beginning of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest strength (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), the Moon is more powerful than ever. The Moon is usually associated with the feminine principle – if you are a woman, in January things will come easier to you. The Moon is – together with Saturn – the most material planet. The Moon manifests whatever the Sun imagines and designs, the Moon is consciousness in action. So you will likely get a lot done in January!

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Apart from the Moon, we have another interesting event taking place in January: between 14th – 16th of January we will have a record of 6 planets in Capricorn. That’s a lot of Capricorn energy! It’s quite unusual to have more than 4 planets at a time in a given sign – it only happens when we also have slow moving planets in that particular sign.

The Sun, the Moon, Mercury and Venus will join Saturn and Pluto in the sign of the goat. Pay attention to what happens this month, what area of your life comes into focus, because it is likely that you will deal with this topic in the next 3 years of your life. All these planets gathered together in Capricorn will give you clues about the role Saturn in Capricorn is going to play in your chart.

Another important event in January is that starting with January 2nd, when Uranus goes direct we will have zero planets retrograde in the sky. All planets will be in direct motion! The universe is giving you a window of opportunity to act, to move forward, to achieve what you want to achieve without hurdles.

Do you know that feeling when Mercury is retrograde, and misunderstandings, delays, errors drain you of energy – and you need at least twice the amount of time and energy you usually need to get things done? Having all planets in direct motion is the opposite of that!

If you have many planets retrograde in your natal chart, this energy can feel a bit too strong for you. You may feel pressured to act without having all the details figured out. Go with the flow and trust that everything will work out in your favor in the end!

To sum up, in January we have a strong Moon, a strong Saturn, a stellium in Capricorn and all planets in direct motion. The Moon, Saturn, Capricorn, are all action oriented, practical, they manifest, they transform ideas and vision into tangible reality. January is the best time of the year to act and turn your vision into action.

Let’s have a look at the major aspects of the month:

January 2018

On January 1st we have a Full Moon – which is also a Supermoon – in Cancer. The Moon is engaged into a Grand Water Trine with Mars is Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces and is opposite Venus. The Full Moon in Cancer will set the tone for the new year: 2018 will be the time to manifest what you have started to build in 2017. To do that, you need to reconcile the needs of your most intimate self, who wants to preserve what it has (Cancer) with the needs of your future self, who wants to grow and evolve (Capricorn).

On January 2nd Uranus goes direct. There are now literally ZERO retrograde planets in the sky. You have a green light from the universe to go for what you want. It’s not a coincidence that the last planet to go direct is Uranus – the planet of liberation. Now is the time to liberate yourself from any old patterns of thinking and go full steam ahead for Renewal.

On January 6th Mars is conjunct Jupiter. Mars conjunct Jupiter is one of the best aspects we can have, especially given that Mars is at home in Scorpio. Now is time to go for what you really want, for your most impossible dreams and desires. You are especially favored if you have planets or angles around 17° Scorpio.

On January 8th and 9th we have a triple conjunction between the Sun, Venus and Pluto. Venus is halfway in her cycle right now, highlighting the themes of the synodic cycle that started on March 25th 2017 and will end on October 25th 2018.

This conjunction is one of the highlights of the year – triple conjunctions are pretty rare, and this one is especially important because it involves one luminary, the Sun, one personal planet, Venus, and one interpersonal planet, Pluto.

The personal realm will intersect with the interpersonal plan, and this is when important events take place. Something will definitely happen in your life if you have planets at 18-19° in Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.

On January 11th Mercury enters Capricorn and one day later on January 12th Mercury conjoins Saturn. Mercury is finally out of the sign of its detriment and out of the retrograde shadow. Mercury is ambitious and determined in Capricorn and during this transit he will be even more so because the cycle starts with a conjunction to Saturn. Use your mental energy to get things done.

On January 13th Venus squares Uranus and one day later on January 14th Sun squares Uranus as well. Something will have to go around these dates – Uranus will make sure you will get liberation from some old patterns of relating which do not longer serve you. Maybe you are too compromising, maybe in your desire to please others you sacrifice an important part of yourself. These squares to Uranus will show you what exactly needs to change. A few days later, at the time of the New Moon, you will have the chance to start anew.

On January 16th we have New Moon at 26° Capricorn and a record of 6 planets in Capricorn: Sun, Moon, Mercury,Venus, Saturn and Pluto. The New Moon will be the trademark of Saturn in Capricorn and will tell us know – without a doubt – what Saturn in Capricorn will be all about.

The New Moon takes place around the same degrees where we will experience the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter alignment in two years from now, so pay extra attention to the messages that come to you around this date. The New Moon in Capricorn will shed light into what will keep you busy in the coming years. When you know what to expect you can get better prepared for the future.

On January 17th Venus enters Aquarius and on January 19th Sun also enters Aquarius, balancing the elemental energy in the sky. If the first two weeks of January have been infused with Cardinal and Earth energy, the 2nd half of January will be much more balanced, especially thanks to Venus and the Sun who move into Aquarius. Aquarius brings Air and Fixed energy, helping us get the clarity we need to focus on what is really important.

On January 26th Mars enters Sagittarius. Mars feels good in the fiery sign of Sagittarius – he is still as assertive and bold as in Aries and Leo, but in Sagittarius, Mars acts with the bigger picture in mind, and wants to align his personal will with the divine will. This is a good time to expand your horizons, to do strategy work, to mingle with people with a different outlook on life than yours, to travel to a far away destination.

January ends on an even more intense tone than it started, with a Lunar Eclipse at 11°Leo on January 31st. Just like the first Full Moon of the month, this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is opposite Venus. Having two Full Moons in opposition to the planet of love is very interesting, especially given that both the Moon and Venus are the two celestial bodies symbolizing the two facets of the feminine principle.

Moon and Venus describe the two feminine archetypes: on one side we have the the Moon, the most primal aspect of our psyche, representing our emotions, our day-to-day behaviors, what we do in order to survive, our memory, our instinct to protect ourselves and protect the others.

On the other side, together with the Sun, we have Venus, the planet of relating, of giving and receiving, of what we like and dislike. In a nuthshell, the Moon describes the relationship we have with ourselves, so we can get our primal needs met, whereas Venus describes our relationship with the outside world, so we can get our social needs met.

The two feminine principles are now in opposition. While the Moon is very close to the Earth and therefore has an even stronger influence on us, Venus is at the farthest away point from the Earth right now, and is willing to sacrifice her needs in order to please the Sun.

Let’s see how the two feminine principles will reconcile. Have a look at which houses in your natal chart you have Leo and Aquarius to get more clues about which area of your life (represented by the Leo-Aquarius axis) needs reconciliation.