January 31, 2018. Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Super Moon (close proximity of Moon to the Earth makes it appear very large). This is a Blue Moon (the second full moon in this month).
“On the journey to myself, I’ve been so many people.” Indigo Williams
Today’s lunar eclipse at 11 degrees of Leo is about the qualities of the sign of Leo: the individual’s capacity to love and to create. Leo is the sign of the big heart because the Sun rules Leo. Leo’s job is to send out warmth to others without expecting non-stop applause and without expecting to be the ongoing center of attention.
Leo is also associated with the child. We all know people who never grow up! If we are honest, we realize there are parts of us that never grow up. For example, to be creative requires the capacity to honor that child place in us that just doesn’t care what the teacher thinks. We also have blind spots where we behave like children.
Leo’s opposite sign is Aquarius (where the Sun is sitting today), associated with the community. How do we engage our Leo energy with the collective? Are we performing to get something from the group? Or are we engaged to give something and to have an exchange? Do we put forth our Leo fire to make a difference for everyone, or do we grab what we can from our friends and any audience at hand and suck it in for our personal gain?
This beautiful Full Moon Lunar Eclipse gives us another opportunity to explore who we are and to awaken and honor our unique self. We are born with uniqueness, a creative core of solar power that moves us through our life journey.
We are learning to be authentic.
Knowing who we are allows us to interact in the Aquarian collective with authenticity. We will avoid being captured by the mob energy or by separative-driven movements. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the unique unconscious individuality we possess. Planet Uranus, our unique conscious individuality, rules Aquarius. Aquarius awakens and propels humanity into another evolutionary step. It needs the heart energy of Leo to do its job.
Perhaps this eclipse in a Leo/Aquarius package opens the door to discernment. Are we motivated by love as we interact with others and with community, or are we motivated by self-interest? Sometimes we need to have self-esteem and self-interest as our focus. Other times we need to be altruistic. Discernment is the key.
Our collective body--humanity itself--is struggling to make that next evolutionary step into Aquarian awakening. We are all here together in this Earth terrarium. We are all one species. Can we share? Can we be respectful of each other? Can we open our hearts to suffering? Can we move beyond fear? Can we learn that greed will kill us? Can we begin to believe that there is enough for everyone? When people take to the streets and march in a collective body, they are expressing the interplay of Leo and Aquarius. The heart motivates the individual to join the group in order to bring shared truth and vision to everyone’s attention. We are engaged in a revolution. Revolution is about changing the status quo in order to bring freedom and quality of life to everyone. Revolutions are passion driven, truly a Leo function directed for the betterment of humankind, truly one of the jobs performed by Aquarius.
We are multifaceted individuals. We have been someone who reflected what our parents wanted us to be. We have been someone who took on the qualities of our peers, in order to be accepted. We are always asking the question, who am I? This eclipse gives us a beautiful blast of energy to find out more about ourselves, and to become more authentic. We each participate in the ongoing movement and evolution of humanity. Whether you dance, write, teach, meditate, sell insurance, distribute good food, sell cars, write computer programs, create games, sing at church, abandoned animals, march for refugees . . . whatever you do, do it from the heart for the good of all.