Lunar eclipses are like super powerful Full
Moons. The Sun, Moon and Earth all align
on the same plane, and for a few hours, the Earth blocks the light of the Sun
from reaching the Moon. The Earth cuts
off solar consciousness from the reflective power of lunar unconscious. There is a pause, a held-breath, when we get
to see what's there in our lives without indulging in our usual emotional
complexes. Lunar eclipses clear things out of our lives, especially issues from
the past. But if we let go of something,
we need something to replace it. We need
a new story.
flickr image by henriquetyds
Normally, eclipses come in pairs - a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. But this year, amidst all the other strong planetary influences, we have an unusual three eclipses in a row. This full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse, and it occurs on August 5th in the Americas and August 6th in most of the rest of the world. The end of the eclipse will be visible in the Eastern US.
This second lunar eclipse within a month opens the door to release any left-over illusions we still harbor that life will go on as usual. Lunar eclipses energize us to shed old habits and let go of the past so that the doorways to the future can open. In the signs of Leo (the Sun) and Aquarius (the Moon) we are asked to shed our Leo pride and drama, our arrogant belief that we are the center of the universe, and turn our attention to the needs of the whole, to the group.
Aquarius and Leo describe the astrological axis that symbolizes how individuals create and contribute to the group. Leo rules our physical children as well as our creative children. It is also the archetypal energy that can lead us to individuation. It is all about our unique creativity. Aquarius is all about ideals and the importance of the group mind.