We’re preparing for the partial Solar Eclipse on 15th February (New Moon in Aquarius), following the Lunar Eclipse on 31st January.
The period between the two is often referred to as an eclipse gateway. Due to eclipses always representing points of growth, awakening and change – this can be a very powerful time, albeit not always entirely comfortable.
At a partial Solar Eclipse, the Moon is positioned in between the Earth and the Sun, partially blocking out it’s light.
We experience the effect of Eclipses for at least six months and as discussed in my last video, this pair link back to February and August 2017, as well as further back to 19/20 years ago (1998/1999).
This does NOT mean that the same things are going to happen again, but if you look back, its very likely that you’ll find some common threads and themes, particularly if points are being triggered in your personal birth chart. It’s likely to particularly apparent if you have your Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other personal planets that fall in Aquarius or Leo.
When we’re in between a Lunar and a Solar Eclipse, as we are now, it means that we are in a waning moon cycle, which is a time of letting go of the old, so as to make space for the new.
During this eclipse gateway and on the day of the eclipse, it can seem as though everything that is buried deep down inside us is being pulled up to the surface. We might feel anywhere between a bit lethargic or lazy, to flat out depressed and confused. It’s often a time of endings and is always an excellent time to detox and clear out the clutter!
These particular eclipse pairs are encouraging us to look at our lives from a higher perspective and potentially make some rather massive paradigm shifts.
The Aquarius / Leo axis is concerned with how we give and receive love (including love for ourselves); whether we’re on course and are shining our light into the world the way we would like to; whether we are acting or reacting from our small selves (ego) or from our big selves and how our actions and reactions are contributing to the collective.
Whenever there is a lot of energy in Aquarius, which there is at the moment, we tend to get shaken out of any ruts that we might be in.
When the same old knee jerk reactions, hurts, fears and insecurities come up over and over again, it can often feel as if we’re just going around in never ending circles.
Even though it seems that way, nature (and astrology 😊) continually show us that this just isn’t the case!.
In my workshops this month, we’re working with the symbol of the Spiral, which appears EVERYwhere in nature, showing us that there is an incredible, awe-inspiring Divine order and symmetry, which we often can’t rationally comprehend.
I find it more helpful to see our cycles as spirals, rather than endless circles. This way, whenever it seems that we’re experiencing the same old thing, we can consciously make the choice of seeing it and responding to it in a different way.
Compare yourself now, to yourself 19 or 20 years ago. With a great deal of gentleness and compassion, notice your patterns, where you seem to say or do the same things over and over again, or where the same situations seem to be repeating themselves.
As soon as you feel yourself in what feels like familiar similar situation, or find yourself about to react in the same way, about to utter the same words, take a moment. Breathe. Centre yourself. Get some distance. Breathe more. And then make the choice to consciously respond differently.
If somebody is pushing your buttons – that taxi driver, that colleague, friend, family member – that person who always seems to say or do just the thing that makes you want to run and hide or scream or shut down or cry … ask what they are showing you, about you. Perhaps they could be enacting your shadow side – the part of you that you disown out of hand? You might not be able to change them, but they could be teaching you something valuable.
Aquarius asks that we BE the change that we want to see in the world and big change starts with small change. For the next month, why not change it up. Instead of sitting in the same place, sit somewhere else, use a different tea mug, drive a different way to work, move your furniture around, introduce one new thing into your life and stick with it for 21 days. Find new thoughts and affirmations to replace old self-sabotaging ones.
There’s a strong Neptunian flavour to this eclipse passage too, with Venus moving into Pisces on the 11th February and Neptune (the ruler of Pisces) squaring Mars. One one hand, this can bring confusion, slipperiness, lethargy, or delusion AND/OR it can be beautifully creative and romantic and can lead to deep insights and healing.
HOW IS THE ECLIPSE SEASON PLAYING OUT IN YOUR CHART?
Consider booking a reading with me to explore where and how this eclipse season is playing out in your chart and how you can best work with it’s energy. In July/August we will have the last two eclipses on this axis (for the next 19 years), so there’s still time to bring understanding and integration to what they are trying to show us.
ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS
In my March Durban workshops – Wednesday Mornings and Saturday 17th March (new Moon) we will also be working with the Ebb and Flow theme as the Sun makes its way through Pisces. Please email me for more details.
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