This Lunar Month's Theme
Creative Expression in Mutual Cooperation
A Partial Solar Eclipse
The February 15, 2018 Lunar Cycle
A Synopsis of this Lunar Month
This February 15, 2018 New Moon produces a Partial Solar Eclipse visible in southern South America and in Antarctica. This Partial Solar Eclipse follows the Total Lunar Eclipse, its counterpart, which occurred in the previous lunar cycle. It also compliments the previous Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 conjoining Regulus of Leo and occurring under the auspices of the Head of the Lion. That eclipse cycle was about establishing self-autonomy and integrity in leadership, and this eclipse cycle is about applying wisdom gained through that cycle into a humanitarian societal expression, to elevate the social collective.
Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave of experience. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be and in what areas of our lives is a function of star alignments and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse, and where they occur in our natal (and especially a relocated) chart. They can have a far greater effect in our lives when they conjoin other natal planets and personal points by ±6°. Eclipses bring emphasis to issues related to the chart area and planets involved. Eclipse influences generally last about six months, until the next eclipse occurs. Eclipse lunar cycles are ideal times to set new six-month goals to create personal change in our lives, not necessarily on the solar or lunar eclipse, but based upon the realizations we have throughout the eclipse lunar cycle.
Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life, our persona. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression. They bring attention to what is important to us personally and subsequently to the decisions we make in our lives. They can invite a new beginning in life or impel a new way of participating in life. They impel us to make a fresh start in the area of lives revealed by where they occur in a natal or relocated chart.
This New Moon occurs just into sidereal Aquarius and also conjoins Juno, asteroid of covenants in partnerships, and Mercury. The Aquarian cusp is marked by the wing of Cygnus the Swan, which extends from Sadr (γ), the heart or breast of the Swan, to Aljanah (ε), to Zeta (ζ), the tip of the wing. Surrounding Sadr is the Gamma Cygni Nebula, and the beautiful Lacework Nebula resides upon the wing, near Aljanah. Additional influencing entries include Cygnus X-3, an intense X-ray binary star system with an extraordinarily rapid 4.79-hour period, the Quasar 2134+004 and the Globular Cluster M2, both in Aquarius, Beta Piscis (β) Australis and Beta (β) Toucan.
This location in early sidereal Aquarius is where we are motivated to strip off the cloaks of personality-based facades to reveal true heart-level self and to live from our deeper hearts' truth for the greater nourishment of all. Sadr, heart of the Swan, on the cusp, through the wing, Aljanah to Zeta Cygni, lifts us from a self-centered exclusive focus to a more embracing and inclusive level of participation. This marks the start of the revolutionary, visionary and humanitarian facet of the zodiak.
This New Moon occurs in a fortuitous area of the zodiac, bringing success in endeavors pursued. It is of higher social ideals made manifest. Underlying is an assertive creative motive, yet expressed through the harmony and receptivity of the heart. It is accomplishment oriented but for that which is lasting. It impels an artistic expression, generally involving physical movement as through the fine arts and altruistic gestures.
The Veil Nebula in Cygnus. Credit: Hubble Heritage
Our Mercury-Juno New Moon eclipse brings emphasis to agreements made in partnerships of all types, from those personal and intimate, to those in business and politics. It is highly inspirational to develop new creative expressions in partnerships, to redefine existing agreements in partnerships, and to form new partnerships, all of which have a high probability for success. This New Moon inspires the uninhibited expression of true self from the heart, creative physical movement, mutual cooperation and unconditional altruistic gestures. It brings impetus to elevate our social values, and to elevate how we communicate and interact in society and in our relations—a theme that will continue throughout this 6-month eclipse cycle.
Venus & Chiron
Venus and Chiron begin their new 226-day synodic cycle on February 21 conjoining Scheat of the Pegasus Great Square and the Circlet of Pisces. Venus, Mercury and Chiron will conjoin a bit later in this lunar month, just after the Full Moon, bringing the theme of this new cycle into palpable awareness.
This cycle brings emphasis to clear fears of the heart, underlying deep-seated emotional patterns, self-created or inherited, that limit true heart's expression and our capacity to be receptive to the fulfillment of our desires, and to express our fundamental life force with passion to sculpt the lives we want. Deep-seated issues about self-worth are of issue, of not feeling good enough and either shutting heart down in fear or over compensating by trying to prove one's value. These are manifestations that distort one's authenticity and capacity to participate with genuine openness and unconditional compassion, with a true sense of pride, courage, self-autonomy and independence. More about Chiron.
Mars & Jupiter
Mars and Jupiter begin their new 2.2-year synodic cycle also after the Full Moon, in the Centaur's domain, conjoining Menkent of the Centaur, Alphecca of the Northern Crown and Acrux of the Southern Cross. This is a rather significant cycle completing in 2020 as a part of the grand Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto societal reset, which marks the end and fresh start of three major cycles: the Saturn-Pluto 34-year cycle, the Jupiter-Pluto 12.5-year cycle, and the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle, along with Mars, Ceres and Pallas. These cycles all square Eris as well. Immediately following are the Jupiter-Uranus and Saturn-Uranus squares occurring in 2021 (See The Great Transformation 2020-2030).
Jupiter begins its retrograde on March 5 in the Chelae of the Scorpion (Scales of Libra) just a few hours before Last Quarter Moon. Jupiter will begin its new synodic cycle in the midst of its retrograde on May 9 conjoining Zubeneschamali, the northern claw of the Scorpion, and will complete its retrograde on July 10.
Jupiter's retrogrades impel an inward expansion of conscious awareness. The wisdom gained during Jupiter's retrograde will come to fruition after Jupiter returns direct. This is when we will be impelled to mobilize that wisdom externally in our lives. This specific Jupiter retrograde supports us to claim the wisdom from our past patterns of entrapment, and to become clear on how to choose alternative paths that lead to greater freedom from those entrapments.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the few days leading into Jupiter's station is an ideal time to work with the Jupiter Bio-harmonic Audio Meditation, as well as throughout Jupiter's retrograde. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical sidereal astrology and synodic astrology.
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