Facing Fear. Welcoming Change – Astrology & horoscopes for the full moon and lunar eclipse in Leo – January 31st, 2018
The first month of 2018 began with a full moon in Cancer and ends with a full moon in Leo. Two full moons in one month makes a Blue Moon (a rare occasion), and what an occasion it is! Not just a blue moon, this one is also a blood moon and total lunar eclipse. In the astrological language, eclipses are times when a karmic cycle comes to a completion point. At that point we often have a choice about whether to repeat the cycle again, or try something new. This is why eclipses are known for being times of change, and endings (which also happen to be beginnings.)
These changes are usually not sudden. More often they are culminations of long processes we’ve already been in, and the point we get to after knowing we needed to change for a while. Knowing we need change and actually changing are two different things though! As most of us have experienced, change is hard. Letting go of the familiar is scary. Opening to the unknown holds zero guarantees.
This eclipse is part of a series of eclipses: August 18 2016, and February 10, August 7, August 21, 2018 were all eclipses in the Leo/Aquarius axis. As you consider these dates, think back to these periods of time in your life. What was happening? What were you thinking about? What did you know needed to change, and how were you considering changing? Today’s eclipse will be followed by three more eclipses on this axis this year: February 15, July 27, and August 11. The final eclipse in this series will occur on January 21, 2019.
To learn more about the Leo/Aquarius axis and the unique astrology of today’s lunar eclipse, listen to my podcast. To learn more about what eclipses mean in general, check out this article I wrote for last summer’s full solar eclipse.
Since eclipses are times of such intensity and change, and because change can be so hard for many of us, I want to offer this guided meditation, Facing Fear and Welcoming Change. I also feel my life is in a huge state of transition, so this meditation is something that I’ve been actively practicing. I notice that after doing it I feel a lot more openness to possibility, and have access to more creativity in how I’m approaching unknown futures and shifting circumstances. I hope that it’s helpful for you too!
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I'll catch you at the next new moon (and next eclipse!) on February 15th. Until then, follow me on Instagram, and watch my facebook page to stay in touch with the regular mini astro updates I post there. xo-Renee
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