In February all of us will feel the effects of 2018’s first eclipse season. With a Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on 1 February and a Partial Solar Eclipse on 16 February, there are powerful energies for change – on both personal and global levels.
The effects of an eclipse are experienced psychologically, physically and through events (often unexpected) that urge us to let go of old ways of doing things and explore new opportunities. The impact is felt primarily in the month preceding an eclipse, with ripple effects that often extend into the following weeks or even months.
Issues, goals or urges that have been struggling for your attention find a way to come to the forefront around the time of an eclipse. Someone once described eclipse effects in terms of a pimple that’s been developing for while and finally pops! This might sound a bit painful – and it’s true that things might get pretty challenging at times – but in the long run eclipses serve as catalysts for positive change.
People often experience a feeling of confusion or instability in the weeks leading up to an eclipse. Our energy levels can be low (solar eclipses in particular seem to affect our vitality) and we may become more sensitive and emotional (especially with lunar eclipses).
Incidentally eclipses always take place at New and Full Moons, and most years we experience two sets of solar and lunar eclipses. While each set usually consists of a solar eclipse (New Moon) and a lunar eclipse (Full Moon) 14 days apart, sometimes there’s an extra lunar or solar eclipse thrown in. The sequence (i.e. which comes first) also varies.
Although ancient civilisations often feared eclipses, there’s really no cause for alarm. They’re simply times to let go of situations, people or habits that are preventing you from reaching your full potential and allow new opportunities to enter your life.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on 1 February occurs at 11°37’ Leo. Events may make you aware of the need to courageously let the world know who you are – always remembering to do so in a way that allows you to fit in with others and remain true to your ideals.
Mercury’s entry into Aquarius around the time of the eclipse highlights the need for thinking outside the square and letting go of old, non-productive thought patterns.
This Lunar Eclipse will have a strong impact on people with personal planets and points at approximately 8 – 14 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). The eclipse is visible from almost everywhere in Australia besides the west coast of WA.
The New Moon Solar Eclipse on 16 February occurs at 27°7 Aquarius, a sign associated with unique, innovative thinking and humanitarian ideals. As this is a New Moon eclipse, it’s a great time to focus on your goals for the year ahead, particularly those that allow you to focus on your unique path in life or contribute to humanity in some way.
You may have some unusual, slightly quirky ideas, conversations or experiences around this time, due to the offbeat side of Aquarius. This influence is increased by the links that the Sun and Mercury make with unpredictable Uranus (the ruling planet of Aquarius) around this time.
The Aquarius/Uranus focus during this Solar Eclipse also brings the possibility of global events involving rebellion or public expression of dissatisfaction with the status quo. People may unite for humanitarian causes or to protest against social injustices. The movement towards changing Australia Day to a date that can be celebrated by both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is likely to make progress for this reason.
The Solar Eclipse on 16 February will have a strong impact on people born with planets at approximately 24 – 30 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). Unfortunately the eclipse will not be visible in Australia.
In any year eclipses occur in a particular area of your natal chart: so you may find they trigger events that are focussed on your home life, work or relationships, for example. If you’re experiencing difficulties during this time, you’re always welcome to schedule an appointment so we can discuss what’s going on. It will give you a greater sense of control over – and understanding of – your current experiences and the best path forward.
Please don’t hesitate to call me on 0432 995 210 or email me through the Contacts page if you need insight into the personal impact of the eclipses.