New Moon & Partial Solar Eclipse
Thursday, February 15 — 1:05 p.m. pacific time
“The human soul is on its journey from the law to love, from discipline to liberation, from the moral plane to the spiritual.” – Rabindranath Tagore
2018 marks the occurrence of five Eclipses in one year: two lunar and three solar. The first — a Total Lunar Eclipse — took place on January 31 in the sign of Leo. A Partial Solar Eclipse will occur in Aquarius on February 15, and the final three Eclipses of 2018 will follow in July and August.
A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon travels between the Sun and the Earth and therefore casts its shadow blocking the view of the Sun from Earth. This Eclipse will be visible in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Antarctica and will last for approximately two hours.
During an Eclipse the Sun and the Moon align with the nodes of the Moon, which astrologers often characterize as “points of Destiny,” while correlating the nodes with both our individual and collective growth. Solar Eclipses, in particular, provide opportunities for transformation — the ending of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. At an Eclipse, you can initiate a profound period of regeneration by aligning with your destiny and embracing any necessary changes that arise.
The darkening that occurs during an Eclipse has symbolically and historically been linked to the unveiling of something deeply hidden, an ominous secret, or the potential revelation of a great mystery. This current Eclipse falls in the sign of Aquarius and denotes the “water bearer” who pours divine wisdom from the heavens down onto humankind.
Aquarius also indicates having an altruistic attitude towards humanity. It is the inventor and is rebellious by nature; seeking liberation it desires futuristic change. For that reason, this is an auspicious Eclipse for you to set new intentions that encourage forward-thinking in order to reinvent yourself! Expect your intentions to reveal deep mysteries on the individual and collective/political spheres — which bring release, transformation, and rebirth to all sentient beings!
The Sun symbolizes creativity, wisdom, strength and outward expression. It is the energy that gives us the confidence to plan for our future. During a Solar Eclipse the Moon blocks the light from the Sun and casts a shadow on Earth. Therefore, during the next month, while we are energetically under the direct influence of this stimulating Eclipse we can find ourselves searching for our own light if the shadows of the mind and ego have created darkness. Fortunately, if this occurs, it is only temporary, as we are spiritual beings destined to awaken to our true nature.
Because Eclipses can be harbingers of great transformation and change they often coincide with unexpected earth events, stock market fluctuations, and political upheavals. On a personal note, emotions can become intense if they’ve been denied or repressed. New and important experiences or people can suddenly come into your life, and simultaneously, others may be removed. In general, changes are prevalent during Eclipses, so try to remain flexible and try not to judge anything that occurs as good or bad.
The ancient sages felt that the days just before and after Eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between earth and the heavens is thinner during an Eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.
Copyright 2018 by Linda Kaye