The marvel happens at 11.37 ° Leo, opposing Sun and Venus conjunct in Aquarius. Lunar Eclipses in general emphasize an emotional and often relational turning point, although at times, especially on the Ego axis of Leo (self, personal)/ Aquarius (collective, impersonal), the relational switch is bound to happen on two levels: between two dimensions of the self (inner split-and-recompose), and also between individual and the collective (outer encounter with the power of the collective).
The personal focus of this “Blue” Eclipse is coming out of hiding. There is a constant heroic search to match the present, real, incomplete or, at times, frustratingly contradictory ego/self, with ego ideal (Ichdeal, Freud) which is who we believe we really are, who we want to be. This particular Eclipse will be a special moment for those heroes among us (superheroes would be a better term, perhaps, for a Supermoon) who have secretly planned to reach the culmination of such a quest. (Oh wait, we are all this superhero, right?)
Blue Moon here being close to Fixed Star Acubens, the Claw of the Crab (Cancer), which relates to the principle of “hiding place” (just like the Cancerian retreat) and holding onto vs letting go, it connects strongly to a dream (Neptune in Pisces quincunx Blue Moon) or plan of transformation that has probably been alive inside for years, looking for the right time to perform (Leo Full Moon). But a special moment and stage in this quest, for which Acubens is a “clue”, must have been around the Full Cancer Moon, also happening on the same 11 degree, on the 1st of January, a year of the number 11 (the gate between visible and invisible, dream and manifestation), when this plan most likely was a New Year resolution.
The very special quincunx to this Eclipse coming from Neptune in Pisces only heightens the mystery, for it foretells hidden things coming to light (Moon, Leo) in waves, all throughout the year 2018, specifically marked by the Moon cycles, for these natives. The quincunx is a surprise, and while real waters also rise because of it being connected to this Full Moon, secret plans are taken to fruition, secrets emerge, messages in a bottle are being found, the waters of Neptune will boil and be distilled to reach a level that is suitable for performing on a new stage (Leo Full Moon).
So this is the perfect time to reach for your ideal self, in a grounded and visible manner, after that magical point of darkness, when the Moon is hiding to drop a mask. We are faced with the task of being exquisite, the star within, from now on, this year, in front of the collective: our friends, collaborators, partners, our group, and ultimately the public (Aquarius/Leo axis). To be beautiful and starlike (Leo) and fully embrace the ideal, NOW (Aquarius).
The Eclipse happening on the North Node, with a higher interest and call of the future, it will be easier to shed emotional and behavioral residues (Cancer) to shine on the Leo stage, although that Neptune in Pisces quincunx is likely to accompany this emergence with fear, strange dreams, and physical or psychological poison. Remember that fear intends to make us acutely aware of ourselves and the environment, so the trick is to use its energy for excitement and wonder, as a voluntary act.
Ceres conjunct the eclipsed Moon reminds us that the transformation begins and is grounded in the body (and the connection with earth, plants, food) and the quincunx marks a peak in all forms of addictions for the purpose of leaving them behind, forcing the limits of adjustment between body and mind, and adjustment to our own health ideal.
Move forward as nothing else but the ideal self and mother it.
The Full Moon of this eclipse accompanies a powerful theme of the feminine: the Moon herself, Ceres, Venus, Neptune, emerging now, collectively, as a tidal wave. Feminine empowerment seeking the point of balance, true equality and even the very precious moment of being heard and seen (Leo/Aquarius) will continue to rise and transform into a global scale revolution, and this Eclipse marks a never-seen-before turning point, in this respect. Gender culture and mentalities are radically changing now, and along the way, more secrets and backstage events will be exposed (quincunx Neptune) in connection with powerful figures (Leo Full Moon), with the entertainment industry, cinema, TV and the arts (Leo, Neptune) playing a major role in shaping the new patterns of behavior. The individual in power (Leo) will face a collective that is embracing a new, Aquarian identity (Sun and Venus in Aquarius).
As individuals, being the kings and queens of our life (Leo) and as collective consciousness entering the Aquarian age, we must pause in the silence of the eclipsed Moon to hear its main message: there is no turning back.
Sabian degree of the Eclipse:
11-12 deg Leo
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