It’s an action-packed week ahead with a little something for everyone in the way of secular, religious and cosmic events. Winter Olympics aside, Fat Tuesday celebrations kick things off in high style, followed by Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent which this year shares the same date as Valentine’s Day. I picture young, hopeful Catholics having “The Date,” both sporting a cross of ashes thumbed across their foreheads, making awkward conversation over what each of them gave up for Lent. Whatever it was could probably wait another day.
When Thursday does arrive, it will host the Aquarius New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse, falling exactly opposite the location of last August’s Total Solar Eclipse in Leo. And then, before we have a chance to catch our collective breath, the Chinese Lunar New Year begins the “Year of the Earth Dog” on Friday. Always impressive in that this holiday marks the largest human migration on the planet as billions of people travel great distances to be with family on this occasion.
There’s plenty of information circulating out there for the curious with regard to the annual celebrations of Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, but I’m going to restrict my focus on the New Moon Eclipse.
The coming week sees the Moon waning through its closing Balsamic Phase, representing endings, completions and eliminations as one solar-lunar cycle comes to a close and another one opens. We’re also moving between two eclipses, where a fading echo of the eclipsed Leo SuperMoon of Jan. 31 provides two weeks of important developments with regard to endings, resignations and sudden reversals of fortune. On a collective scale of expression, this appears to predictably unfold like a cartoon nightmare, while on a more unique, personal level, such expressions tend to be more nuanced and specific to each individual. Even so, this week is a last call to clear a path for yourself; perhaps in anticipation for a powerful new cycle commencing at the eclipsed lunation just ahead.
The New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse takes place on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:05 pm (Eastern Time) near the end of Aquarius (27AQU08) and visible to observers in South America and Antarctica where they’ll see the Moon’s silhouette transit over the top half of the solar disk.
From an esoteric point of view, a partial solar eclipse isn’t considered a potent as a total solar eclipse, yet, taken together, they form a pattern of highly sensitive zodiacal degrees at locations where the eclipses occur. These “eclipse points” remain sensitive long after the actual event, often triggered when a planet comes in contact with it days, months or even years later. Thursday’s eclipse in Aquarius (27 AQU) will fall opposite the location of last August’s Total Solar Eclipse (28 LEO), potentially acting as a triggering mechanism for whatever was set into motion six months ago, seen or unseen.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign with its analogs, Saturn and Uranus reflecting a progressive sign that embraces diversity and innovation yet still retains a sense of propriety and sobriety; its evil twin identifying with totalitarian, technocratic surveillance states. Cyber warfare. Detached, objective reasoning skills are Aquarian hallmarks as well as a revolutionary spirit and a broader view of democracy as reflected in the Moon in Aquarius in the United States’ birthchart; translating into “we the people, born of revolution.”
Coincidentally, Thursday’s New Moon Eclipse falls on that very same U.S. Moon placement in Aquarius (27 AQU) as well as falling directly opposite Donald Trump’s Ascendant-Mars, the angle/house associated with “open enemies.” I would hazard to guess that an important development with historical implications and far-reaching consequences is already emerging, challenging the foundations of power and wealth as mighty untouchables continue to fall, one by one.
Amplifying the buzz, we see an electrically-charged Mercury-Uranus sextile throwing the switch six hours before the eclipse, with both planets plugged into it. The emphasis is on fresh news, innovative ideas, bold assertions, glitches and hacks while on a personal level, Mercury-Uranus can fuel a raging brainstorm or provide a sudden and brilliant insight. Whatever takes place personally or collectively this week should be kept in perspective, perhaps even set aside until we get well on the other side of the eclipse where things will become clearer.
We also note the asteroid goddess, Juno (Hera) - the wife of a serial predator - is conjunct the eclipse alongside Mercury. I’ve seen Juno reflected in the August eclipse chart as well, but this would suggest more women (or a woman in particular) standing up and calling out an abusive spouse.
Even though the eclipse is exact Thursday, the entire forecast period is charged with considerable uncertainty, a signal to be mindful of your surroundings and internal states. It would also appear as though the biggest WTF is likely to happen in the wake of the eclipse and into the weekend before its echo recedes into the future. Be safe out there.
Lunar Gardening Report
With the Moon deeply waning ahead of Thursday’s New Moon Solar Eclipse, we won’t see a favorable day for planting or feeding again until Saturday, Feb. 17, making this coming week an excellent time to break out the seed catalogs while dreaming of digging in the soil on a warm, sunny spring day.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Standard/-0050UTC)
Sunday, Feb. 11: Whatever over-the-top display we were treated to yesterday continues to reverberate with consequence as the Moon joins Saturn in Capricorn during the morning hours. Don’t let pessimism and doubt keep you from making the most of a passing opportunity or rising to a particular occasion. The pressure eases somewhat during the afternoon while allowing for a more realistic assessment of the overall situation; put your insights down on paper so they won’t rattle around in your head, keeping you from sleep.
Monday, Feb. 12: The Capricorn Moon cracks the whip first thing this morning, and now that it’s in its closing Balsamic Phase, an ideal time to pull together any loose ends as well as cut losses and consolidate gains ahead of Thursday’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse. An expression of power midafternoon gives way to a more cooperative and mutually-beneficial exchange around sunset. Last-minute changes, unusual occurrences or personal revelations could grow apparent later tonight.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday. Oohhh yeah! Get your beads on! Unless you’re already on your second Hurricane, avoid setting appointments or forming agreements before 10:15 am with the Cap Moon VOC entering Aquarius at that time. The blather-factor shows a build-up this afternoon with endless talk, gossip, rumor, TMI with the Media flogging a news story to death or distraction (Mercury square Jupiter). Even so, this same contact could find expression in the building excitement ahead of tonight’s Fat Tuesday celebrations; amplified by another, wackier contact (Sun sextile Uranus) encouraging you to let your freak flag fly! Laissez le bon temps rouler!
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day. Now here’s a combo: fasting AND feasting. The Aquarius Moon darkly-wanes ahead of tomorrow’s New Moon Eclipse in this sign, pointing to clearing-up old business and avoiding new. If you’re the kind of person who is thinking of “Popping the Question” on this special night, my one word of advice is: DON’T. Wait for another, more auspicious time to ask your beloved to spend the rest of their life with you, a time when there’s momentum instead of entropy at the heart of your request. Relax. An energetic contact spontaneously arises later tonight which could lend itself to whatever naturally follows a candle-lit dinner for two, and I don’t mean the chocolate torte.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Solar Eclipse. The day gets off to an overly-expansive start with exaggerations and nonsense pervading the news while we see energy levels rise exponentially over the course of the day. Unexpected announcements, important revelations and discoveries are also indicated (Mercury-Uranus-Moon) ahead of the Aquarius New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse becoming exact at 4:05 pm, activating the late degrees of Aquarius (27AQU08). Mercury is fused with this eclipse, meaning that matters involving news, communication or transportation will have long-term consequences. The fact that this eclipse falls directly opposite last summer’s eclipse, I expect we’ll also see something reach a culmination of sorts. Because the New Moon is eclipsed, the Cazimi Window is NOT open at this lunation; it’s also important to note that the Moon will be VOC once it joins the Sun at 4:05 pm, remaining void until the Moon enters Pisces at 9:42 pm. We’re in a geocosmic holding pattern at the moment, so don’t worry too much about figuring stuff out just yet, things still need to fall into place. Besides, for the majority of humans living on Planet Earth, it’s New Year’s Eve!
Friday, Feb. 16: Lunar New Year (Dog). Loyal, trustworthy, serious, responsible and hard-working, this is the Year of the Earth Dog; perhaps a welcome change following the Year of the Rooster (2017) and Year of the Monkey (2016). How this plays out over the course of the coming year is difficult to say as I have no training in Chinese astrology, but hey, I like dogs! The Pisces Moon lends a somewhat idealistic tone to whatever we’re still dealing with in the wake of yesterday’s eclipse. Relationships, finances and interactions with women appear strong midday while we may be noticing some rather strange energies pervading the late night hours.
Saturday, Feb. 17: The Pisces Moon continues to cast a dreamy patina over most of our interactions and experiences today while one of the more mysterious and potentially explosive combinations perfect (Mars square Neptune). This can often manifest as a feeling of aggravation, irritation or anger as well as some kind of unseen danger. Whatever it is won’t be kept a secret for long with another aspect occurring within an hour of Mars-Neptune that suggests executive tweets and corrupted communication as Mercury aligns with the far side of the Sun (Earth-Sun-Mercury). As this is an outgrowth of Thursday’s Solar Eclipse and a mirrored reflection of last August’s Solar Eclipse, the Fickle Finger of Fate is pointing at the Commander-in-Tweet. Stay tuned.
Copyright 2018 Gary Paul Glynn