February 10th-16th: Eclipse Shift

The moon transits the Sagittarius constellation this weekend, giving us the archer’s strength and exuberance to tackle tasks that might be otherwise overwhelming. The restless spirit of Sagittarius when coupled with the more internally focused lunar luminary can be useful for achieving understanding of blocks and fears that we may be carrying. Carnelian is a particularly agreeable stone to this energy and allows us to transmute the internal blocks into outward energy that can then be burned off and away. Meditating with or carrying carnelian or golden beryl will utilize the positive qualities of Jupiter (Sagittarius’s ruler) this weekend.

On Tuesday the 13th, the moon moves on into Capricorn just as the sun enters the domain of Aquarius. This is going to be a big week for the sun and moon as we gear up for a partial solar eclipse and new moon in Aquarius on Thursday. The sun is racing along the ecliptic toward Venus, who is just a few degrees ahead, having entered Aquarius last week, with Mercury towing just behind. The three tend to move closely together throughout the zodiac, but they are all within conjunction at present which is a bit overwhelming. The Sun’s radiance can create a lot of light, but can completely cover up the Mercurial and Venusian energies when in conjunction. In the realm of Aquarius, we find our interpersonal relationships a bit more challenging. Mental energy moves fast and is able to reach extremely far out places. New ideas zap in, in an almost electric way. The absence of Venus and Mercury makes it harder to bring these down to earth. We may find a way around this by choosing to simply embody them rather than trying to convince others of them. This will work by living as an example of light rather than trying to explain to someone what light is, for instance. It may be challenging to hold your tongue if others don’t pick up on this, but Aquarius vibrations allow for a glimpse of the bigger picture. Keep this larger scope in mind in order to avoid getting sucked into arguments rooted in limited ways of thinking. The moon in Capricorn will provide the willpower to hone your focus, should you need.

Thursday the 15th is a big day. We begin with Mercury entering Aquarius, which we discussed a bit earlier. Mercury is a zippy planet and only spends a few weeks in each sign, unless a retrograde holds it there longer. The planet will tour Aquarius until March 3rd, when it enters Pisces. This Aquarian visit will become gradually more noticeable as Mercury gets out from under the shadow of the sun. By later in February we will begin to more easily hone the attributes of Mercury in Aquarius: electric communication, and almost telepathic links with others.

The new moon in Aquarius and solar eclipse in Aquarius is the second in a pair of eclipses this year, with another set coming this July. In these pairs of eclipses, there is said to be a sort of energy shift that opens up at the rise of the first and then closes on the second eclipse. This particular eclipse shift (which began during the lunar eclipse on January 31st) focused around delving into the shadow self. As we emerge out the other side, we can choose to remain in these shadows or integrate what was learned and take a step forward. The Aquarius new moon and solar eclipse this week call us toward the new and innovative. We may have to take a chance and let go of something we’ve clung to for a long while. This can feel painful but allows us to be unencumbered as we journey onward. Allow the weight to fall off of you. The Cancer eclipse from the end of January reminds us to remember what we’re letting go, but not to dwell upon it. New opportunities are arising, but it’s up to you to take the plunge and move into the wild unknown.