Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo – The Final Act

If your emotions run high, that’s because we have a Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo on January 20/January 21.

This Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo is truly unique for a number of reasons:

  • It’s a Total Eclipse, and total eclipses are the most powerful
  • It’s also a Supermoon, meaning the Moon is closer to the Earth than ever
  • This is the final eclipse on the Leo / Aquarius axis, ending the series of eclipses which started early 2017
  • It’s at 0° Leo, and 0° of a sign is very powerful, representing the quintessence of that sign. 0° of Leo is pure Leo energy!

The Total Lunar eclipse is visible throughout the North and South America and North-Western Europe, which means it will especially influence people living in these parts of the world.


This Leo Eclipse is a Lunar Eclipse, meaning the Earth is crossing between Sun and Moon, blocking the light of the Moon.

Unlike a Solar Eclipse, when the Moon overshadows the Sun, when we have a Lunar Eclipse, the Moon is overshadowed by the Earth. This means that at this Lunar Eclipse you are guided by the instincts of the Earth, and not by the light of the Sun. You will do what feels right to you, not what the Universe expects you to do.

Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo Is Square Uranus And Opposite Mercury

The Lunar Eclipse makes two major aspects, a square to Uranus and an opposition to Mercury.

Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury and both planets deal with the mind and the intellect.

Because Uranus always brings change, expect to completely change a pattern of thinking or to rewire your brain in a way that will better serve you in the future. Something about your mindset has to change.

Don’t try to resist it! Mercury and Uranus are factual planets: look at the facts, take the feedback, and adjust. Time to see things from a different, unbiased perspective.

At the time of the eclipse, Venus is conjunct Jupiter, suggesting a positive outcome. Venus is conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius. Whatever happens at the time of the Full Moon / Total Lunar eclipse will open new horizons and new possibilities for you (Sagittarius).

Eclipses Cycles: Metonic Cycles And Saros Cycles

Eclipses have two cycles, Metonic cycles, and Saros cycles. The Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo belongs to both a Metonic cycle and to a Saros cycle.

The Metonic cycles repeat every 19 years. The previous eclipses from the same Metonic cycle took place in January 2000 and January 1981.  

An eclipse from the same Metonic cycle falls in the same sign and the same part of your chart. Try to remember what was going on in your life 19, or 38 years ago. Similar themes can come into focus. If for example 19 years ago you got a degree or a certification, you can expect something similar now. If 19 years ago you had troubles with your neighbors, this time you can also expect troubles with your neighbors.  

The Saros cycles repeat every 18 years. The previous 2 eclipses from this Lunar Eclipse Saros family took place in January 2001 and December 1982.

Eclipses in the same Saros family share the same originating “mother eclipse”. Every 18 years, a Saros eclipse moves 10° along the zodiac, from the degree of the previous eclipse.

Unlike Metonic cycles, Saros cycles eclipses bring an element of change. The Saros eclipse will be connected with a theme that was prevalent in your life 19 years ago, or 38 years ago etc., but it will move it forward. If for example 19 years ago you quit your job, now you can respond to a job change in a different way: change your career, or decide to start a business.

Total Lunar Eclipse at 0° Leo

Leo is the king of the jungle. The Sun, Leo’s ruler, is the center of our solar system. All other planets revolve around the Sun. The key word for Leo is leadership.

This is not the leadership embraced by politicians or managers of big corporations. Managers of big corporations usually do what they’re told by the owners, or by the shareholders. Leo’s leadership has nothing to do with ‘doing what you’re told’, ‘fitting in’, ‘playing by the rules’ or ‘climbing the ladder’.

Leo’s leadership comes from the heart. Leo, just like the Sun, simply shines, and wants to be acknowledged and accepted as who he or she truly is.

The positive manifestation of Leo energy is assured self-confidence, competence, generosity and healthy pride. The negative manifestation of Leo turns pride into hubris. The desire to be acknowledged and accepted can become too forceful and dramatic. Leo’s desire to live from the heart can make them ignore the feedback they get from the environment.

The Sabian Symbol for the Leo Lunar Eclipse is “Blood Rushes to a Man’s Head as His Vital Energies Are Mobilized Under the Spur of Ambition.”

This metaphor beautifully encompasses the energy of 0° of Leo. It speaks about the divine power we can ignite when we fully put our heart into something. But the Sabian symbol also draws our attention to the danger of hubris.

What fuels your ambition?

Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo – The Final Act

Because this is a Lunar Eclipse, allow your earthly wisdom to take over this time. And because the Eclipse is square Uranus and opposite Mercury, open your mind to different points of view.

Author: Catherine Nolin

Because this is the last eclipse in Leo (at least in the next 17 years or so), this Eclipse will bring the resolution of all the other eclipses in Leo. This is the ‘final act’.

Ultimately, the Lunar Eclipse in Leo is your opportunity to heal your heart. This is your opportunity to transform pride into purpose, selfishness into generosity, and turn your creative fire into authentic self-expression.

This eclipse will especially impact you if one of your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) or one of the four angles (ascendant, IC, descendant or Midheaven) is at 0° to 2° of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio. Also, look at your natal chart for the house that contains Leo. This Lunar Eclipse will stir up events related to this house.

Do you want to learn more about the eclipses? If you haven’t done it yet, check out Astro Butterfly’s mini-course All About Eclipses

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10 thoughts on “Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo – The Final Act

  1. This is very intense energy. In january 2001 my daughter was born. She will be 18 in a few days time. Believe it or not but today I had a very crampy feeling in my lower belly, also a strong lower backache.
    All sort of things run through my mind and emotions run high indeed.

    I have a Leo sun at 4.3 in 4th and 4 planets in 5th (Mercury in Leo, Venus,Uranus,Pluto in Virgo)

    Thank you for this interesting article!

  2. My husband has Saturn at 0 Leo and I have Saturn at 1 Leo which is square my Uranus at 1 at Scorpio. We both have Saturn in the 8th house. I am trying to figure out how this eclipse will help or hurt us.

    1. It depends in which houses the eclipse takes place, and also on which house Saturn rules. If you’re a Sagittarius ascendant, then Saturn rules the 2nd house of money (because Capricorn is the 2nd sign from Sagittarius, and Capricorn is ruled by Saturn) etc.

  3. Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed the connection to both Saros and Metonic cycles!

    A good friend and I have Composite Sun 2 Leo and Progressed Composite Moon now at 0 Leo. Also, Progressed IC/MC are changing signs to Aquarius/Leo during the Spring of this year. I am looking forward to seeing how this Eclipse triggers a change in our relationship.

  4. At the Saros cycle 18 years ago I decided to up sticks and move to the UK, in search of a place that was more me, I moved 6 months later and am still here. 38 years ago same thing, at that time the destiny was New Zealand, lasted only 6 months, was not my place.
    Now the UK has sort of stopped feeling right and I really need to go. Just where to? A question I ask myself since quite some time without an answer.
    The eclipse falls into my 4th house, not quite opposite Saturn in Capricorn in 10.
    Apart from Uranus and Lilith I have no planets in Leo.
    Healing my heart is definitely on the cards, and on rewiring my brain and changing my mindset I am working.
    So I wonder what will happen, what can I create?

  5. Great article. Thank you, as always. I have Uranus at 2 degrees at my mid-heaven in Leo! It really has been an incredible time of awakening, awareness, and movement, more than any other time I can think of in recent history. I also have Chiron at 0 degrees in Aquarius in my 4th house. Tremendous healing in this area as well. Thank you, Astro Butterfly, your articles and courses are always a blessing.

  6. My ascendant is Scorpio and my midheaven is Leo. I don’t know what house my Leo is in though; how do I find out what house this eclipse will stir up events in?

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