On Friday, July 27, 2018 (1:20 pm PST and 4:20 PM EST) The Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse falls in the rebellious and revolutionary sign of Aquarius, the sign that moves to the beat of her own drum, carves out her own path, and isn’t afraid of being called weird. She’s different, quirky, and carries the archetype of the genius. She isn’t afraid to color outside the lines and feels even more at home when she does. You might think she’s a little odd at times and the truth is - she’s supposed to be. Her shadow is her stubbornness. She’s equipped to be unique, but if she begins to conform to a predictable life, you can be certain she’ll not only lose her freedom, but also her soul. 

So let’s talk about this Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse. First, unless you are in the Middle East, parts of Africa, Central Asia, and Antarctica, don’t expect to witness this magical event. However, whether we can see it or not, we will all have the opportunity to feel and experience the energy as it moves into Totality and then back out of it. 

How is this Eclipse energy different from a Full Moon? A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the earth is positioned exactly between the Moon and the Sun, and so for a time being (1 hour and 42 minutes in this case – the longest totality for the 21st century) the moon has no light reflecting on her and so she disappears as if she’s in a brilliant game of hide and seek. An Eclipse is all about a pathway, or a portal if you will, and the theme is always about change. 

In many ways it is the universe’s way of getting us to pay attention to areas in our life that are in some desperate need of renovation. It can show up in the form of creation or destruction depending on your situation. Just remember that endings are also usually accompanied with beginnings. Of course with Lunar Eclipses, the hidden things can shake us up, uproot us, catch us off guard, surprise us and thrill us to our bones. They can bring news of life’s big events, mark a turning point in our lives, and they are almost always emotional. After all, the dramatic tends to get our attention.

Now this Lunar Eclipse is greatly impacted by Mars, the planet associated with war, intensity, the warrior, and courage. It can also create destruction, passion, tension, and strife. I should also mention that Mars is retrograde and making a challenging aspect to Uranus. In other words, picture some intense, unexpected, explosive energy. Maybe even some resentment or frustration to bubble up, and certainly some unresolved conflicts reappearing or at least a conversation about them. Or maybe you are purging the past and clearing out old outdated ways of being, or maybe you need to cut chords with a person, or even things. Or maybe there could also be some confrontations that surface due to limits in your freedom or some loss of individuality. Be warned: pushing others or even yourself passed your boundaries might produce some unnecessary battle wounds. Practice stepping back from reactions and see if you can embrace any dramatic shift with some cool reason and logic. 

Since Mars is linked closely to the SN we can expect some of our old karmic patterns to reveal themselves in some dynamic and dramatic ways. If there’s something that’s been bottled up, there’s a good chance it comes to a head with this Eclipse. Maybe you’ve squashed your authentic self and have felt trapped inside what others expect you to be. Maybe it’s time for you to claim your authenticity and create your own heartbeat and rhythm to your life. Maybe something you've struggled with for months is ready to come to a close.

If you'd like some promptings: Ask yourself, where do I need to stand up for myself? Where do I need a breakthrough? Where have I been compromising myself? Are there any outdated patterns that I need to let go? If so, name them and then release them through a ritual. And if you need some courage, there’s a large dose of it readily available, all you have to do is claim it. 

A quick reminder: healthy boundaries can create greater freedom and clarity. Also remember that sometimes saying goodbye is in the highest good for all involved. The good news, Eclipses are also magical and for this one the path forward involves the North Node and the Sun in Leo. Cue authentic expression, boldness, and being seen. This isn’t just about you being unique and claiming your individuality though - it’s about you claiming your place in the world and allowing the inevitable changes to boldly move you into a higher vibration for your life. If we look at it that way - I'd say that sounds pretty cool. 

Lastly, I want to remind you that in whatever way this Eclipse chooses to visit you, it’s ultimately about breakthrough and change and it's offering you a beautiful opportunity to move out from the places you’ve felt stuck, trapped, and hindered for quite some time. In other words, let the changes - change you. 

While we all might feel pulled during this Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse to embrace some much needed change,we will all experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Aquarius is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would like a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.

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[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Aquarius. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]