Category Archives: Lunar Eclipses

Cancer’s New Moon Cycle Births the Eclipse Season ~

July brings powerful gifts with two eclipses in the Cancer/Capricorn axis. The first one, a Total Solar Eclipse, occurs at 9° and 10° Cancer. It begins on the morning of the Cancer New Moon on July 2nd at 10:55 am MDT, reaches totality at 1:22 pm MDT (just after the New Moon at 1:16 pm MDT) and ends at 3:50 pm MDT.
It will be visible in South America and the Pacific.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 2nd is pregnant with possibilities for growth and rebirth, and this first Total Solar Eclipse of the year maximizes its potential. Its proximity to the North Node in Cancer and its opposition to Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn holds the urgency that is felt before emerging into a new life.

If we’ve responded to the energies of the lunar nodal axis in Cancer/Capricorn lately, we’ve clarified our needs and worked toward meeting them by engaging in radical self-care and love. If we’ve ignored this impulse, we could be caught in a cycle of expectation and blame where we look to others or the world around us to fill our soul needs and/or wounds. Avoiding personal responsibility and feeding old patterns of victim thinking is exactly what this eclipse cycle is inviting us to release and transform.

Mars joins Mercury in fiery Leo during this Cancer New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse. Mercury in Leo encourage us to shine a light on thoughts that we want to make tangible in our lives, while Mars in Leo wants to illuminate the desires in our hearts. Let’s direct the light to uplifting thoughts and reach out for what and who we love.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 7thof July, and will revisit Cancer before it goes direct at the month’s end. Remembering to cultivate the thoughts that nurture and heal will help us through this period of growth and expansion. The ability to respond rather than react cannot be overvalued.

The second eclipse in this cycle, a Partial Lunar Eclipse, occurs at 22°- 24° Capricorn on the afternoon of the Full Moon on July 16, 2019. It begins at 12:43 pm MDT,reaches its maximum at 3:30 pm, and ends at 6:17 MDT that evening. It will be visible over most of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

As the Moon waxes full in Capricorn, this Partial Lunar Eclipse is packed with Pluto’s insistence that we excavate and transform our collective consciousness. To this end, we can explore what thoughts and energy we’re bringing to our days, our interactions with each other, and the world. Intentions have infinite organizing power – and this eclipse can bring instant feedback on ours. Choosing them wisely is highly recommended. 

~ Are we empowered as co-creators of our existence? Or, are we victims of something that is seemingly outside of our control?

~ How can we shift our thoughts/energies/actions to contribute to a brighter world?

Eclipse cycles always bring opportunities to wipe away what no longer serves us and embrace a fresh start. This one is ripe with potential to birth a fluid new way of understanding ourselves and our place in the greater family of living, growing beings of which we’re a part.

May we love ourselves and each other along the way, and bless our shared journey with joy.

With abundant blessings and appreciation, always,
~ Christina

Embracing the Spirit of January’s Total Lunar Eclipse ~

Tonight’s Full Moon is expanding in the last half of Cancer’s realm now. It’s fast approaching the north lunar node and will tow it along as it waxes full and is totally eclipsed, in the beginning degrees of Leo tonight. 

I sat to write this post yesterday afternoon, at the exact moment that the Moon opposed Saturn in Capricorn and created a T-square to Mars in Aries. It got my attention. Since all I’ve been wanting to do lately is to practice radical self-care, I followed my instinct and did that instead. This morning finds me rested and able to share my musings on how to flow with the shifting tides of the Moon’s energy field.  

Cancer is the sign that the Moon governs. Imagine a caring nanny watching over her children as they learn to become who they are meant to be. The Moon does this for us, too, when we let her into our hearts and follow her lead from there.

Tuning into the omniscient guidance system of our emotional bodies not only smooths out the bumps on the road, but also elevates the journey. Mary Oliver, the beloved, brilliant soul who left this earthly realm earlier this week echoed the Moon’s truth in her poem, Wild Geese ~ “…You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” 

When we are courageous enough to take deep breaths, laugh with our little ones, cry over losses, and give shelter to ourselves when we’re in shadowy places, we are heeding and flowing with the wisdom of the Moon. She never misguides us. Instead, like the loving governess who has our highest growth and development in mind, she shows us the way forward.

Tonight, the way forward holds the promise of light.

As the Moon beams full in Leo, the role of governing our emotional bodies is given to the Sun, who will eclipse it and assist us in severing ties to that which limits our expansion.

Eclipses always offer a blank page for us to fill. What we splash upon it is up to us. Tears, Laughter, Love, Kindness, Presence, Courage, Fear, Trust…the keywords for Leo are “I will.” 

What will we surrender? 

What will we bring forward into the light?

Who are we willing to be? 

Are we willing to shine? 

When we express our highest will, we come to the center of the Leo/Aquarius plane and serve the whole of us, our greater family, where we shine like the Sun and love like the Moon.

Meanwhile, the Moon’s willingness to pull the North Node in Cancer along with it helps us to flow with the wonderfully watery trine to Ceres in Scorpio, where rebirth gestates, and Chiron in Pisces, where impeccable intuition, knowing, and healing awaits.

Here’s to splashing our truest, most beautiful selves all over the page ~ in all of our crazy colors and radiant light…bright or dappled as it may be.

With great love and blessings, always ~
Christina

for Mary, and our ever-evolving family of things…

2019 ~ Flowing with the Current of Grace ~

2019 greets us with two potent eclipses to make sure we’re on track right out of the gate.

Meanwhile Mars, our favorite red planet of action, finds its home in fiery Aries on January 1st, and remains in there all month. We can get inspired to reach out for what we truly desire – especially in the area of self-expression and fulfillment. Using this energy will be important so that frustration and/or anger doesn’t build up. 

The New Moon on the 5th ushers in the first eclipse of the year – a partial solar eclipse at 15° Capricorn. At the center of Capricorn, the power and wisdom of owning the consequences of our choices waits for our recognition. Choosing our commitments with care and showing up for what matters brings great rewards.

The Full Moon on the 20th inspires us with a total lunar eclipse at 00° Leo. Planetary energies are most potent at the early and end degrees, and this Full Moon should prove it.     
As the Moon grows full and is eclipsed, we’ll do well to shine our light as the Sun does, simply because it must. In doing so, it enlivens and warms all that it touches. Leo has much to do with the will. When we engage our will for the good of the whole, we embody the best of Leo and Aquarius and align with the quintessential power of Light.

Light-bearers, all, this is our time to shine.

A square from expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius to dreamy Neptune in Pisces is activated all month long. Being aware of higher truths that help us grow will ease potential tension, while tuning into and trusting our dreams and intuition helps us release limitation and know freedom. The mutability of these signs say: “Be flexible.” “Compromise.” “Let go.”

Update on 1/4/19 ~ during the Balsamic phase of the moon…

In this dark, balsamic phase of the moon, just before it emerges new tomorrow at 15 degrees Capricorn…just before we experience a partial solar eclipse embraced by Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, just before Uranus shifts into direct motion in Aries, what is asking to be released?
 
What is outworn in our thinking and our ways of living in the world that we’ve co-created? What are we better than? January holds two potent eclipses for fresh starts – tomorrow’s and a total lunar eclipse on January 20th.
 
How will we hold and dance with the light? Firemancers all, may we do it mindfully, with great care, and with our hearts leading the way ~

With blessings of light and a refreshing air of optimism,
may we flow with the current of grace, always,
~ Christina

 

Aligning with our noble purpose ~ July’s Lunar Eclipse

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on July 27, 2018 highlights the Aquarius/Leo axis. The Full Moon, Retrograde (Rx) Mars, and the South Node in Aquarius are opposed to the Sun in Leo, and their polarity creates a T-square to Uranus in Taurus.

If there ever was a time to align with our noble purpose, this is it.

Ruled by the Sun, Leo is Life. It is Spirit’s form manifested in our distinct creative expression. It gives us confidence, courage, and will.

Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius represents our higher collective will that aims to serve the greater good. It inspires us to stretch beyond our limited views and personal desires to support all of life, and the future.

When challenges are revealed in astrology, we look to the gifts to help us through them. Tomorrow, as we continue to shake up our routines that aren’t loyal to our truest values via the T-square, we can look to four key trines for support.

In this case, gifts arrive in Water, Earth, and Fire trines involving the outer planets and the closer personal ones.

We can breathe into our Hearts, the Earth, and Spirit for inspiration and guidance.

  • Our hearts can find solace in the watery connection between Jupiter in Scorpio and Rx Neptune in Pisces. Feeling into the depths of truth and wisdom is the guiding force here. Jupiter in Scorpio dives deep and Rx Neptune Pisces elevates the search for the truth to the realm of the intuitive heart.
  • As Uranus in earthy Taurus aligns with Rx Saturn in earthy Capricorn we’re invited to ground into our deepest values as we continue to release situations, possessions, and/or relationships that limit us. Rx Saturn in Capricorn has been helping us create new boundaries that work – Uranus in Taurus yearns to help us stretch those boundaries. This Capricorn/Taurus trine reminds us to do the work. If the goal, the process, and the outcome are grounded in love, success is assured – and we all win.
  • Rx Pluto provides another grounded current to Venus in Virgo. As we transform systems built on outworn, conditioned beliefs and reclaim our authority to create lives we love, what are the processes and routines that nurture and heal us? What works? What heals? In the world of Venus in Virgo, they are one and the same: What works heals us and what heals us works. 
  • Finally, the Sun in Leo sparks a fiery inspiring current of healing to Rx Chiron in Aries, igniting confidence that will get us through anything. Healing our perceptions of ourselves as wounded beings is illuminated ~ and if we engage the playful nature of Leo, we can see and trust the way forward with clarity and excitement.
    This trine says, “Lighten Up!” 

If we were to sit with our Master/s – our Highest Guide/s – our Wisest Manifestations of our Souls, however that looks to us ~ whether it’s a reflection of our Highest Selves, a Team of Supporters or Guardians, a band of Angels or Archangels, one omnipotent and omniscient Being, or many such Beings ~ How would we approach the space? What would it feel like? What would we share? What would we receive? 

In the midst of this cycle of eclipses,
I invite us to go there
with all our hearts,
and find out…

With abundant blessings and love ~ always,

Christina

p.s. with all of the hype out there about Rx Mercury in Leo, I simply want to say thank you to the Messenger planet for helping us pause and reconsider how we express our willfulness. 😉

Creative Fire – Future Mind

The year’s first Total Lunar Eclipse occurs on January 31st at 11 degrees Leo. She’s Super (closest to the Earth) and Blue (the 2nd Full Moon in the month) – although, if we’re lucky enough to glimpse her, she’ll appear red during the eclipse, like the one pictured below. In the Mountain Time Zone, I’ll be joining her at 5:31 am in the western sky.

This powerful Moon joins Ceres, one of 4 asteroids that represent different faces of creative energy, at that same 11th degree of Leo. Ceres is known for her mothering and nurturing qualities, and she is fiercely dedicated to our growth. In Leo, she sparks us to bring our creative nature to fruition. What passions burn in our souls? In what ways do we seek to illumine the lives of those around us? How will we shine and warm others with our flames? Can we open our minds and hearts enough to be warmed by others?

The Moon’s Fullness in Leo comes from reflecting the Sun’s Aquarian glow, so our creative juices are best spent serving the whole of us, and not just for today, but tomorrow, and many days to come. The Sun will be conjunct Venus in Aquarius, inviting us to embrace love with impartiality and openness, and Juno, another asteroid that reflects the light of Spirit. In Aquarius, she supports us to suddenly manifest our hopes and wishes.

The Moon is also conjunct the North Node in Leo, calling us to strike the balance point between the best of Leo and Aquarius. Will we spark our creative fire to ignite our future mind?

Leo’s gifts are like that of its ruler, the Sun. It shines for all of life – and all of us – without expectations or conditions.  Aquarius offers gifts of impartial genius. Its ruler is Uranus, the great disrupter who snaps us to attention. It brings spontaneous inspiration and sudden changes that shake us out of our comfort zones. It asks us to take the hawk’s or eagle’s view – to see beyond the tiny stages where our individual lives play out – to distance ourselves from drama and connect to our collective sentient family. May we be like the Sun, nurture like the moon, see like the Hawk and Eagle, and co-create a world we love! 

Eclipses bring opportunities for fresh starts. This one, in fixed signs, serves to help us release outworn paths of yesterday – places where we dig in; routes that are worn out; mundane habits that we move through without awareness; routines, patterns, ruts, and grooves carved in our brains – individually and collectively.

Beliefs about ourselves, beliefs about others, and beliefs about our connections with others – especially those that we’ve held for eons – come onto the stage now.

How they play out is entirely up to us.

Which roles, if any, will we hang onto?
Which roles will we cast off to make room for what is inspired?
How willing are we to enter a new realm of what is possible for our future selves? 

With infinite willingness and blessings,
Christina

August 2017 ~ Contemplating and Creating our Paths of Light

Tomorrow, on August 7, 2017, the Full Moon occurs at 15° Aquarius at 12:11 pm MDT, when it opposes the Sun at 15° Leo.  A Partial Lunar Eclipse follows closely behind at 12:22 pm MDT. A total Solar Eclipse arrives on August 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm MDT.

Mars, the red planet, ignites both eclipses that occur this month as it nears the Sun in Leo. Mars offers the energy to reach out for what we want and fire signs encourage inspiration. Mars in Leo wants to shine and attention amplifies its expression – the more it is noticed, the greater its performance. Its potent energy is best used consciously. When we repress or deny it, we can encounter ‘accidents’.

Leo is synonymous with will – its ruler is the Sun, the creative force of life. Aquarius is synonymous with possibilities. It is ruled by Uranus, the closest of the transpersonal planets. It serves to connect the expression of our personal will with our collective will. It inspires visions of what is possible so that our personal expressions serve higher aims. Sometimes it does this abruptly in ways that shake us to our core; other times we can experience lightening bolts of inspiration that spur us to change direction or take some long-overdue action.

One thing that is certain about Uranus’s influence is that while events and/or the actions of others are outside of our control, we always have the ability to choose how we respond to what occurs. This August could well be a time to take a few deep breaths, count to ten – repeatedly – or to step back from discord to gather our best selves in order to respond, rather than react. Ultimately, if we’re able to tap into and move with the energy that surrounds us now, our lives will flow with more grace and joy, and Leo loves to play! 

Leo’s fire is about self-expression and creativity, while Aquarius’s air encourages consideration of what is possible for our planetary family. When we cultivate and ignite choices that honor both of these energies, we maximize the power of this full moon and partial lunar eclipse.

What urges do we feel now, and who do our urges serve? Do they bring us joy?

What are we inspired to say, do, or create? How will our words, actions, and creations improve the world?

Who are we inspired to be – as individuals in a universal family?

In-between the space of the eclipses, on August 12th, Mercury, the messenger planet, goes retrograde (Rx) in Virgo. It joins Saturn in Sagittarius, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn in that trajectory. This shift brings the cosmic prescription or major pause button in the sky to a more personal level. Opportunities to stop, contemplate, and clarify our intentions is emphasized again.Consideration is critical. Reconsideration, even better.
Mercury likes being in Virgo, but plans may need to be revised in order to be effective. Letting ideas gestate is important during periods when Mercury goes retrograde. We can seek to balance the urgency of Mars in Leo with the perspective of Mercury retrograde in Virgo by allowing space for the editing process.

The third week of August brings the Total Solar Eclipse at 28° Leo, amplifying the themes above. Mars remains in play on the Leo side of the stage, and Mercury Rx joins the party on the Virgo side.
 A Grand Fire trine connects the energies of the Sun, Moon, and Mars in Leo with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. Now, we’re urged to express our highest, most expansive truths as we light up the world’s stage with our brilliance in innovative ways that are uniquely ours. Whew! Breathe that in….and, no pressure!! Or, as Mary Oliver said, “Breathe it all in, Love it all out.”

All that being said, Eclipses assist us in clearing the way so that a new expression of ourselves and our lives may emerge. If this feels like a mountain of pressure that makes us want to retreat, then we can retreat – but let’s do it consciously! The world is full of possibilities and choices. All of the retrograde energies certainly support us in nurturing ourselves as we surrender what is ready to be released, what no longer serves our evolving visions, personally and collectively. This may well be the path: the one that is illuminated. Here. Now. 

With Abundant Gratitude and Blessings for each one of us and the Light that we are…always.

Christina ~

 

 

A cosmic reflection on the space in-between

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The space in-between eclipses – n. a pause between the inhale and exhale of the cosmos. February’s Full Moon in Leo on the 10th brought a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and on this Sunday, the 26th, the New Moon in Pisces will emerge moments after the peak of an Annular Solar Eclipse. As I attune to higher realms, I sense a spaciousness being stretched to its boundaries by questions. At the core of this ever-expanding galactic balloon is this one:

Can we trust the space in-between?

Are we willing to exist where we are neither letting go nor receiving? Can we live without attachment to either/or?

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I was planning on writing about the typical issues that tend to surface when we are in-between the cycles of eclipses: What are we willing to release that has outlived its value? What will we erase in order to write a new script? Yet, as the wind whips through the skies on this evening when the Moon in Capricorn cooperates with Neptune, I am finding myself shifting into a different place – one that feels more fertile, pregnant even, with possibility. When I sit in this place of limitless presence, all that was and all that will be is here with me, and all is well.

Come. Breathe in. Pause.

Breathe out. Pause.

Let the Cosmos breathe you awake in the space in-between ~

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With infinite blessings from this ever-expansive space,

Christina ~