Here, kitty kitty! Mama wants to get her feline groove on and Papa wants to get a little frisky too. Well, the cosmos is eager to facilitate this friskiness with a special event: a rare super blue moon eclipse in Leo on Wednesday. Actually, the term “super moon” is being tossed around so much these days that it’s kind of losing its luster. Why is this lunation blue, rare and super?
Blue moons aren’t anything spectacular. Any time there are two full moons within one calendar month, the second one is said to be “blue”. Since the Moon takes 28-29 days to revolve around Earth, it’s possible for a month to have two full moons. The first one has to occur on the 1st or 2nd of the month in order for this to happen, which is the case in January. New Year’s Day brought a full moon in Cancer, and the Leo full moon will be in the wee hours of the 31st. The moon doesn’t turn blue, aquamarine or turquoise—it usually looks like a regular old full moon.
But this one will be an eclipse, which means that it may turn spectacular shades of reddish-brown depending upon your area. That’s because of the way the Sun’s light bends around Earth, which breaks the white light into colors, kind of the same way light gets broken up by passing through a prism. The Moon may also appear to be a bit larger than usual because it will be closer to our planet than usual (thus the term “super moon”). The reason this eclipse is getting press is that it’s the first time in 150 years that a lunar eclipse has occurred with a blue moon.
Folks who live on the East Coast of the US and Canada may catch a glimpse of the moon eclipsing right before sunrise, but then it will set on the western horizon. People who live in the central part of North America will see more, but the best viewing will be in Alaska, parts of northwestern Canada, Australia and the Pacific side of Asia. Here’s a great link that has a map of the world and viewing times: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2018-january-31
What effect will this have on us from an astrological viewpoint? Last year a series of eclipses began on the Leo-Aquarius axis that will continue into 2019. This particular lunation is the companion to the Leo solar eclipse that was visible across North America on August 21, 2017. As a result, initiatives that you began back then may finally start to pay off now: a weight loss program, for example, or a job hunt. Perhaps you’ll put the finishing touches on a manuscript or conceive a baby.
Leo is the sign of talent, so any act of creation is especially well favored with this eclipse. This includes the skills you need for your line of work, even if you’re not an artist for a living. Lunar eclipses close out one chapter and open up a new one, so you may decide within the weeks following it to polish up your skill set. This could mean taking a class or training under the tutelage of an expert.
But it’s also a great time for all of us to start living la vida loca! After all, Leo governs having fun. This includes diving into new hobbies and sports (or those that you used to be involved in, but have fallen by the wayside). Cultural events of all kinds are Leo’s province, such as museums, art galleries, movies, concerts, book signings and poetry readings. You might want to read this interesting article about what scientists have discovered concerning happiness. Leo-type activities rank high on their list of findings. Here’s the link:http://nypost.com/2018/01/12/the-secret-to-happiness-is-shockingly-mundane/
Naturally, anyone who works in a creative field will benefit enormously from this event. Eclipses are famous for bringing in rapid change, things that you may not have seen coming. Eclipses can be difficult or fabulous depending upon what the other planets around it are doing, and fortunately this is a positive eclipse! So expect the unexpected, but in a good way: your literary agent finds a publisher for your book. A gallery wants to put your artwork on exhibition. You get accepted into a prestigious art or drama school. You land a part in a TV show or movie. You bump into someone who knows someone who knows someone. That kind of thing.
And of course, Leo is the sign that governs romance. In astrology matters of the heart are governed by a few signs: Libra is all about commitment while Scorpio is about sex and intimacy. Leo’s gift is finding new love or having more fun within an existing relationship. Since the sign of the lion also governs children, enjoying more quality time with the kids is featured as well.
Therefore, the single-and-looking crowd should be making an effort to socialize around eclipse time and the weeks that follow. The energy of an eclipse can last for months so don’t get disappointed if you don’t meet someone right away; a romantic partner could appear between now and August.
For those of you who are in a relationship this lunation could be a game changer. Eclipses are famous for pushing us off a fence, forcing us to make decisions. If your union is an unhappy one, you may decide to move on. But if you’re content there could easily be forward momentum in your romance, such as getting engaged, moving in together or planning to have a baby.
Eclipses always occur in pairs so there will be another one in Aquarius on February 15th (interesting timing considering that Valentine’s Day is the day before). If there is one message that both of these eclipses have for us, it’s to make sure that you share the same values and dreams as your partner before moving forward.
Love planet Venus is in a somewhat tense spot at the time of this week’s lunation, indicating that you shouldn’t settle for a warm body with a pulse as a lover. With serious Saturn in traditional Capricorn for the next three years, many people will find their true love, a romance that can go the distance. The fast-acting energy of the Leo eclipse could bring in Mr. or Ms. Right Now rather than commitment material, so be choosy—unless, of course, you just want a fling!
It’s also important with both eclipses to not be swayed by the opinions of others, whether they’re chiming in on your love life or any other aspect of your path. Indeed, your friends could introduce you to a lover or tip you off about a job opening, and they can be terrific people to bounce ideas off of. But the independent Aquarian vibe that will be in play in February recommends that final decisions are your own.
Come back and visit this site later in the week as I’ll be posting a piece about the 2018 love outlook for all 12 signs! After all, February is the month of amour and all signs of the zodiac have some juicy aspects going on this year. If you’d like to receive my free newsletter, sign up at the top right of the page to receive tips and updates.