Wednesday, January 31 – 5:26 a.m. pacific time
11°37′ Leo

Lasting 1 hour and 16 minutes, this Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible to observers in large parts of the United States, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.

What? How can there be both a “Blue” and “Blood” Eclipse?  When a Full Moon is deemed blue it is not because of color, but due to the rarity of occurrence — hence, the popular statement, “once in a blue moon.” A Blue Moon will occur approximately every 2.5 years with the last one taking place on July 31, 2015. Based on the 29.5 day orbit of the Moon, Blue Moons occur only when there are two Full Moons in the same month. Yes, the first Full Moon occurred this month on January 1, with this second of the two marking this current Blue Moon.

Blood Moons are also rare and only occur during a total Lunar Eclipse, with the last one happening on September 2015. The red in color occurs due to the natural spectrum of sunlight emitted during a Total Eclipse.  A Blood Moon can take on many shades of red, depending on the Earth’s atmospheric conditions.

Eclipses never occur alone and generally come in pairs. This current Eclipse pair is falling in the same signs as the August 2017 Eclipses — Leo and Aquarius. Therefore, you may find yourself revisiting similar dynamics that were important to you then. If this is the case, embrace this period and consider it another opportunity for deep transformation.

Eclipse periods can feel energetically quite intense as they help you to initiate shifts in your life and encourage you to let go of old patterns that no longer serve you. They work on three levels: personal, collective, and ultimately, the integration of both. Where there is inner uncertainty, an Eclipse will encourage you to seek clarity. Pay close attention to the revelations occurring during this Eclipse period, as what was previously hidden gives way to the light.

This Total Lunar Eclipse falls in Leo, which is the zodiacal sign that encourages creative self-expression and heart consciousness. The fire of Leo ignites passion, inspiration and the ability to single-mindedly focus on one’s goals. Leo also represents children and romance, marking a time to evaluate whether or not we are nurturing our inner child, and creating romantic moments of honoring and loving the self.

As the heart is ruled by Leo it is important during this Eclipse to set intentions that honor your heart’s desires. The essence of your creative light and the ability to love yourself and others exists within the center of your heart. Set strong intentions during this Solar Eclipse to always reside in the center of your heart and to honor your unique and special gifts.

Eclipse Contemplation Themes:
Am I participating in my destiny?
Am I “being” the change I wish to see in the world?
What are my heart’s desires?
Can I release what is no longer serving me?
What new cycle should I initiate?
Do I love myself?
Am I creating romance in my life?
Am I honoring my unique gifts?

The energies of an Eclipse can be felt a couple of days before and after an Eclipse. The ancient sages believed that 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 the 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.

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