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As the week begins, we’ve entered into a new collective territory in which we may learn to heal some of wounds that have kept us back from accepting all facets that make us an individual. We may also find ourselves better understanding our anger, how it both guides and blinds us, and how to marshal our forces to fight for that which ignites our spirit. And while that may seem like a tall order, this invitation for healing—and wholeness—isn’t one that needs to be completed with any immediacy, but rather one that will capture our attention over the years. That’s because what it reflects is Chiron moving into Aries today, the field in which it will soldier on for through 2027. (Speaking of immediacy, though, our desire for having things “now” and a sense of impatience that we may all carry is itself something upon which we may also focus in on over the next eight years, given that Aries is a sign known for its “if not now, then when?” perspectitve.)

Chiron is marching into Aries from Pisces, where it’s swam since 2011. If you’d like to look back upon this period and see what lessons you may have learned in this Chiron in Pisces period, here are some topical Stellar Reflection Questions:

In the past eight years, what have you learned about:
* The importance of boundaries when it comes to fully embodying empathy?

* The wounds that are caused by striving for an ideal that one can never truly attain?

* The power forgiveness and how it truly can be medicine?

* The role of addictions in your life and have you shifted how you relate with them?

* The healing power of water?

* The suffering to which the seascapes and its inhabitants are currently subject?

Now, while Chiron left Pisces on Monday, it’s also the day that the Sun enters this poetic and fluid sign, heralding in this year’s Pisces Season, which runs through March 20.

Speaking of Pisces, with Mercury and Neptune in union in this sign, we may find ourselves speaking under its influence early in the week. (Speaking of being under the influence, it’s thought that our systems are more sensitive when Mercury and Neptune run together, so be extra careful with intake of substances that can shift mood and consciousness.) Our minds may drift and a foggy feeling may descend. Yet, we may also find ourselves feeling inspired imaginatively, as we’re able to capture visions not otherwise netted if we didn’t let our thoughts flow. Our intuition may feel closer at hand, and our dreams more vivid than usual.

With the Virgo Full Moon illuminating the sky on Tuesday, as much as we may find ourselves in the flow, we could also find ourselves taken to task to complete and focus on tasks. Defined and discernible projects capture our attention; don’t abdicate the dreamer and yet don’t let it take over either as there are things that need to be worked upon and for which the details matter. If we float over them, we could later find ourselves giving away too much of our time, energy, and resources. For more on the Full Moon, see here.

As the weekend appears, big possibilities seem to loom on the horizon. We may be able to use our command of language to expand the potential of a project on which we are working. Yet, just watch that you don’t overshoot or overpromise due to a swirl of excitement or enthusiasm.

It’s also a time to dig into what you value. Consider how love and intimacy can help you to burrow deeper into the rich reserves of life’s treasures. Look below the surface to see the true richness that a relationship has—or perhaps doesn’t. Don’t be surprised if emotions—or maybe buried information—come out of the woodwork, related to partnerships, financial relationships, or even artistic collaborations. Power dynamics may also be revealed.

If things have been over-restrained and not given the light of day, they may come streaming forward. This could manifest in either a strong feeling, almost a compulsive feeling, to share insights with someone to which they haven’t had access.

Or what may emerge may reside within you, as buried feelings bubble up from below the surface of your conscious mind. It’s a time when that which has been suffocating in the shadows wants to see the light of day. It may feel intense to witness them—after all, there was a reason we may have avoided them in the first place—and yet for our well-being and wholeness we may want to invite them up to the level of conscious vision. If things feel intense, whether within yourself or within relationship dynamics, take it slowly, and wrap yourself in a shawl of compassion; remember that this too shall pass, and what will emerge on the other side may be a whole new territory with more ground springs of vitality.


Astrological Highlights

February 18

  • Chiron enters Aries

  • Mercury/Saturn Conjunction

  • Sun enters Pisces


February 19

  • Mercury/Neptune Conjunction

  • Virgo Full Moon

  • Mercury/Saturn Sextile


February 22

  • Mercury/Jupiter Square

  • Venus/Pluto Conjunction


February 23

  • Mercury/Pluto Sextile


Dates noted reflect Eastern Standard Time

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Remember when you were younger and you'd gather overnight and have a sleepover party, an evening filled with friends, fun, food, and the freedom that comes from just hanging out?

A few months ago, I was chatting with some wellness practitioner friends about this, reminiscing about our slumber party experiences, and thought...

What if we designed modern sleepover retreats held at beautiful spots, and filled them with soul-enriching and wellness-inspiring activities?

From there, the The Overnight was born.

I hope you'll join me and my colleagues--Melissa McClain of Sense of Mind, Lisa Levine of Audacious Health & Wellness, and Dr. Louise Rose of Rose Cabinet Medicine--at The Collective on March 30 for the launch of The Overnight.

With my passion for inspiring people to connect to their sleep and dreams, I couldn't be more thrilled about The Overnight. I'm going to share tips on recalling your dreams and crafting a dream journal, and then facilitate small dreamwork circles in the morning to help you connect to the wisdom of your dream. Yet, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The Overnight offerings, which also include:

* Soul work sessions
* Aromatherapy facials
* Vision boarding stations
* Making adaptogen-rich breakfast and moon tea
* Crafting your own essential oil and flower essence blends
* Learning mindfulness techniques
* And much more....

And of course, there will be lots of time to just hang out, chat with old friends and make new ones, exploring yourself in this stellar retreat.

The Overnight will take place at The Collective in South Lake Union where you'll spend the evening in the cozy beauty of The Collective's Alpenglow space. Find your "dream bed" for the night in the giant hammocks, the soft rock-climbing floor or the oversized cushions.

   

And while The Overnight is more than a month away, and I'll be sharing more information in the coming weeks, I did want to introduce it to you now, given that there is limited availability and there is a price savings before March 1.

Please find many more details as well as registration information here. And if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to write me. I hope you'll join us at the magical, alchemical and fun event.

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February 19, 2019: Virgo Full Moon

The Virgo Full Moon calls on us to see both the differences and the similarities. While we may be drawn to classify and criticize, remembering that everything is connected—even if we can’t immediately perceive it—can yield a greater acceptance of self and others. This Full Moon provides an opportune time to focusing on healing imbalances in our physical bodies through meditation, prayer, dreamwork, and our creative imagination.

If we find ourselves called on to be of assistance, it’s important to remember that service need not equal sacrifice. To give is one thing, to give everything away is yet another. If we don’t replenish our personal ocean of inspiration, we will experience an emotional drought that will not only deplete our life force but also our ability to be of service to others.

This Full Moon falls just as Mercury and Neptune have come together. And with that, we could have moments where we are not clear what it is that we know; alternatively, we can also see that the knowing path requires us to not just focus on our rational mind, but also turn to our intuitive mind and our compassionate heart. Through this, the experience of knowing may at once end up being more diffuse, and yet paradoxically clearer. 

This month’s Full Moon falls at 1 degrees of Pisces (the location of the Sun) and Virgo (the location of the Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Pisces, Virgo, or the other mutable signs—Gemini and Sagittarius—it may impact you more intensely.

Virgo Full Moon Apothecary Suggestions

Pisces is associated with the feet, pineal gland, and the immune/lymphatic systems while Virgo rules the intestines and digestive system. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this Full Moon.

Pedicure: Why not give your Pisces-ruled feet a treat during this Full Moon? If it’s not convenient to schedule a salon pedicure, you can easily do one at home. Whether or not you apply polish, a pedicure can including soaking your feet for a few minutes in a warm mineral-salt bath. After drying your feet well, massage them with some lotion or body oil. You can add a few drops of peppermint oil for a pedi-pick-me-up or some myrrh oil if cracked heels need some tending. During the massage, consider paying special attention to the reflexology areas associated with the small intestines—governed by the sign Virgo. Use this interactive map to find the locations of these sole connections.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood essential oil is a divine fragrance that can help you open to the Piscean gifts of imagination and connection that are more accessible during this time. It is a great aid for a meditation practice and said to stimulate the pineal gland, associated with psychic abilities in spiritual traditions. Sandalwood is calming and centering and may help alleviate spells of anxiety. Like with other essential oils, you can use sandalwood in many ways; for example, you can mix it with body lotion, use it in an aromatherapy diffuser, or add a few drops to a mister bottle of water and use as a room spray. (Note that the widely used sandalwood variety, Santalum album, is now close to extinction in India because of unsustainable harvesting; therefore, look for alternate varieties such as Santalum austrocaledonica.)


The Full Moon is exact at 10:54 am EST

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I didn’t wake up today and think “I’m going to write about the Mars/Uranus Conjunction that takes place this week and how it inspires us to break patterns and do things a different way. And therefore, I’m not going to write my weekly Stellar Insights until much later in the day then I usually do, since that seems to fit the astrological energies of doing things in an unexpected and non-usual manner.” It just sort of happened that way.

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been feeling this Mars/Uranus shake-it-up, do-it-differently, stay-nimble invitation for many days now. Perhaps it’s linked to the ongoing onslaught of snow we’ve been having in the Seattle area, which has been having us readjust our schedules, rhythms, perception on what’s normal, et al. (Side note: if you live in the area you know what I mean. If you don’t, quick background: we’re currently on snowstorm number 4, an ongoing onslaught of frozen precipitation that’s occurred in the last eight days. For the Midwest this may be a normal winter. But for the Pacific Northwest, this “snowapocalypse” is anything but.)

It’s been fascinating to just have to throw normal routines out the window and adjust to a whole new route of being and approaching how you orient. Not because you decide that you want to, but because that’s what’s being called forth. It’s been interesting to see how it’s challenged me, stretched me, and helped me to redefine some priorities. (Thankfully, I can say this from being warm in my home, still with power; I definitely feel sorrow for those who are not able to say the same.)

Are you finding yourself needing to stay bouncy, to be adaptive and flexible based upon things that are arising for you, whether within your heart and mind, or via external events? Are you finding that you’ve needed to detour from a route you’ve been taking or quickly pivot unexpectedly? These are some of the ways that Mars/Uranus may manifest.

There’s also a possible explosive energy that may arise, and one that could catch us off guard. Whether this arises as more-than-usual static shocks or finding some anger you didn’t even know you had streaming forth, or some other way, just be aware of the possibility for outbursts of some kind.

With the invitation of Mars/Uranus, consider how taking a different path may provide you with an experience that yields gain, which a rote route one may not. Perhaps the reward is realizing that you have more courage than you thought, or a taste of creative uniqueness you didn’t realize was within you, or some other freedom that seemed out of sight. And if you’re experiencing breakdowns consider how they may possibly be leading to breakthroughs not otherwise experienced. If things feel shaken up, consider what’s shaking out, which you can use to further inform your life path.

Last note about Mars/Uranus: What’s also really striking about this alignment is that it’s the last one that occurs in the sign of Aries, likely for most of our lifetimes as the next one is in 2096! When I realized that, I got inspired to look back to see when the previous ones were since 2011. If you’re interested, check out this post I just created.

In terms of other features of this week, the theme of “lasts” feels quite prevalent.

Not only is it the last of the Mars/Uranus Conjunctions in Aries, but it’s the last week that the Sun will be in Aquarius this year (it goes into Pisces on February 18). With Aquarius a sign of holistic vision and pattern recognition, see if this week you can’t but gain greater understanding about the world around you by gleaning further insights into the networks and tapestries that connect things.

It’s also the last week that Chiron will be in Pisces for 46 years (it also shifts signs on February 18, going into Aries). Since 2011 when Chiron entered the sign of poetics and compassion, what did you learn related to spiritual healing and about wounds caused by an (unrealistic) desire to achieve perfection. For more on Chiron’s inspiration, see this piece I wrote when Chiron stationed direct in Pisces in December.


Wishing you a week filled with beautiful surprises,

Stephanie


Astrological Highlights

February 13

  • Mars/Uranus


February 14

  • Mars enters Taurus


February 17

  • Venus/Neptune Sextile


Dates noted reflect Eastern Standard Time

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February 13 heralds the last of the Mars/Uranus Conjunctions in Aries for a very long time,, likely for our lifetime. That’s because on March 6, Uranus leaves Aries (the sign it’s been in since 2011) and won’t return until 2095! That’s not to say we won’t experience Mars/Uranus Conjunctions again—they do happen about every two years; it’s just that they won’t happen again in Aries until much later this century (January 30, 2096 to be exact).

As I was thinking about this, I started to get curious as to when the other Mars/Uranus Conjunctions in Aries had been, so as to see whether I could see a pattern, between then and now, whether in my life or among the collective stage. And while I haven’t yet gone through a review of the happening around those times, I thought for those of you who may be interested, that I would share those dates with you, as well as the degree at which they occurred. (All days reflects EST and degrees are rounded up.)

April 3, 2011: 2 degrees Aries

March 22, 2013: 9 degrees Aries

March 11, 2015: 15 degrees Aries

February 26, 2017: 22 degrees Aries

February 13, 2019: 30 degrees Aries

Uranus inspires us to see new patterns. Do you see a pattern that connects these dates whether in your life or the world stage?

 
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The week begins on the heels of a New Moon, which occurs later in the day on Monday. Remember that as the Moon is surrendering its light before it is again new, it’s in the lunar phase known as Balsamic. This is a time when we release and let go, and find guidance in the light that lives within us, the deep and wise caverns of our interior world. Going slow, being reflective, and allowing for illumination to flow from within allow us to better align with the invitations of the Balsamic Moon.

When the Moon becomes new, we begin again in another monthly cycle of growth. With the Sun and Moon in Aquarius, we’re open to a new chapter in which humanitarian and progressive issues are the field in which we feel the desire to sow the seeds for new growth. For more on the New Moon, see this article.

Mid-week we may find that our vision expands as we feel that part of a path has been cleared for forward motion. Having a map on hand, and being able to turn to it for insights on navigating the terrain, may come in very handy. Think of this map as one that captures wisdom gained through past experiences. And while it may seem that the landscape looks familiar, remember that each and every experience we have is truly different, offering unique trails, sights, horizons, and destinations.

On Sunday, messenger Mercury slides into poetic Pisces, where it will have an extended residence. Usually in a sign for about three weeks, Mercury will swim through Pisces until April 17 owing to its upcoming retrograde cycle (occurring March 5 – 28).

And with this, we’ll have more than two months in which we may find that our thinking drifts to subjects of compassion, healing, and the soulful. And with Pisces a water sign, that allows for flow, we may also find that our thinking drifts in general. This may be frustrating for some people, for whom linear thinking and more precise command of their thoughts is their natural state. If that’s you, just see how a little bit of “getting lost” doesn’t mean you’re losing your mind, but rather can have you find new inspirations, as it connects you to ideas, feelings, and dreams otherwise not discovered.

When Mercury is in Pisces, it’s a stellar time to dust off your poetry anthologies, books on soulful self-care, biographies of historical emblems of empathy, romance novels, and your dream journals. If you don’t yet have a meditation practice, now’s a beautiful time to connect with one (and if you already do, you may find that it serves you in a whole new way). And if you’ve been wanting to learn how to further develop your intuition, tap into the wisdom of your dreams, and forge a deeper connection to your healing potential, the next two-plus months offer us a sea of opportunity to do so.

Beginning to invite in this Piscean perspective is helpful not only because of Mercury’s extended stay in the sign of the diffuse and unitive, but also because soon it will be joined by two other planets: the Sun (which enters Pisces on February 18) and Venus (which floats in on March 26). Of course, Neptune is also in its home territory of Pisces, where it’s been since 2011 and will stay through 2026. As such, there will be times in the coming months when these planets come together in a sort of synchronized swim through this aquatic and empathic sign.

The timing of Mercury’s two-month stay in Pisces is fascinating to me, in that it begins the last week of Chiron’s residency here. Reflecting the archetype of the wounded healer, Chiron has been in Pisces since 2010. I can’t help but think that Mercury entering Pisces won’t but give us some additional ways to comprehend the lessons we’ve learned since that time—notably related to wounds around feeling unified, our ability to heal, our relationship with the sea and its inhabitants, and spirituality—and give them more voice. More on this next week.

Astrological Highlights

February 4

  • New Moon

February 7

  • Sun/Jupiter Sextile

  • Mercury/Mars Sextile

February 9

  • Mercury/Uranus Sextile

February 10

  • Mercury enters Pisces

Dates noted reflect Eastern Standard Time

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February 4, 2019: Aquarius New Moon

During this New Moon in Aquarius we may find ourselves turning out attention from our personal lives to larger collective issues. Inherent within, there’s a knowingness that we are not separate, that a connection unites us to those we hear or read about around the globe. If there were a theme song for the day, “We Are The World”—the 1985 pop star-riddled ballad that raised money for humanitarian aid—may very well be it. The energetics of this time may readily inspire within us the awareness that we are not isolated beings, but rather global citizens, and that what happens on the other side of the world can feel as proximate—and relevant—as what is happening down the street.

We could find ourselves focused upon technology as we yearn to discover innovative ways to organize and systematize information, in the ideal pursuit of making things better for ourselves and those around us. During this New Moon, envision the future as you’d like to see it, and then pull back to gain a wider angle of perspective that may allow you to amass insights into the shifts that need to occur to help that vision to manifest. Remember that while you are only one person, we each live in community and have the ability to find like-minded souls whose hopes, dreams, and wishes align with our own. It’s the premise of the power of the collective and the promise of a better world that the Aquarius New Moon may inspire within us as we see how we may start a fresh chapter aligned with our visions and values, our hopes, dreams, and wishes.

This month’s New Moon falls at 16 degrees of Aquarius (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Aquarius or the other fixed signs—Taurus, Leo, Scorpio—it may impact you more intensely.

Aquarius New Moon Apothecary Suggestions

Aquarius is associated with the calves, ankles, peripheral circulatory system, and the body’s bioenergetics. Pay attention to these part of the body and areas of health around the time of this New Moon

Energetic healing: With Aquarius the sign ruling subtle energies and alternative approaches, enjoying a healing method that focuses on your body’s bio-energetic system may be especially powerful during this New Moon. Some practices to consider include reiki, qigong, and acupuncture.

Legs up the wall asana (Vipariti Karani): This gentle, restorative pose inspires calm and relaxation. It can provide benefit for the Aquarius-ruled calves and peripheral circulatory system as it helps to bring the blood flow from the lower legs back to the torso. To practice, sit on the floor with the right side of your body next to a wall and your legs bent and feet on the floor. Lie on your left side (perpendicular to the wall) and roll onto your back, bringing your legs straight up to rest against the wall. Scoot your buttocks forward so that they are as close to the wall as possible. Close your eyes and relax for at least five minutes.

 * The New Moon is exact at 4:04 pm

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What inspires you? What activities and/or ways of orienting leave you feeling as if you’re more connected and less isolated? What experiences allow you to tap into the ineffable, and with that find yourself with a greater sense of inner peace and deep knowingness?

Given that this week we have the first of the three Saturn/Neptune Sextiles* that color the kairos all year, these reflections feel timely.

We may find ourselves considering what it takes to architect our dreams, what support and foundation we need in order to further manifest the visions and ideals that stream through our hearts and minds. All the while, we could find ourselves seeing just what it is that depletes us, that which catalyzes a sense of dissolution and/or disillusion. It’s a week where the theme of water may once again capture our attention, as we gain awareness of its indispensability all the while further understanding what it needs to stay within its bounds.

In addition, minds burn bright this week as the Sun comes together with messenger Mercury. We’re magnetized to want to gather and share information, possibly at a quick clip at times. See what you see, yet also remember that while our intellect can be informing, there are times when its desire to be the sole commander of choice ends up drowning out other sources of input (feelings, intuition, kinesthetic senses, et al.) vital to thorough understanding.

As the weekend approaches, we could find ourselves tapping into a deeper level of desire. We may feel moved to move in ways that spring forth from motivations that lay below the surface. Before engaging with others and/or following through on pursuits, do a rigorous self-check, asking yourself honestly why it is that you’re wanting to do what you want to do? Inquiring within as to your motivation can not only further help you choose what things you truly want to pursue and which ones you don’t, but by being clear about your motivations you’ll be able to act more consciously, intentionally, and powerfully.

That said, the energy may feel a bit intense and explosive. So, be diligent. If you’re engaged in a situation and your Spidey senses tell you that it’s not the most supportive (whether emotionally, mentally or physically), listen in and step away. 

Also, as the weekend approaches, we could find ourselves wanting to bust out of rote approaches to socializing, making ourselves available to engage with those with whom we don’t usually spend time. Shaking up our social calendar may yield an unexpected surprise in terms of how it shifts our perspective, adding value that we may not even have imagined was there to discover.


Astrological Highlights

January 29

  • Sun/Mercury Conjunction

January 30

  • Saturn/Neptune Sextile

February 1

  • Mars/Pluto Square

February 2

  • Venus/Uranus Trine

February 3

  • Mercury/Jupiter Sextile

  • Venus enters Capricorn


Dates noted reflect Eastern Standard Time 

* The subsequent Saturn/Neptune Sextiles are June 18 and November 8.

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Are you beginning to feel a greater sense of clarity about reflections, decisions, and pursuits that captured your attention last year, notably since May?

I ask this given that the Lunar Eclipse that just graced our skies has a synergistic relationship with many of 2018’s striking astrological happenings—Mars Retrograde, Venus Retrograde, and Uranus plodding in/out of Taurus.

This illumination may bring things into sharper focus and yet we may still feel that we’re uncertain of how things will play themselves out. This seems natural/normal given that we’re still in the fog of Eclipse season and that Uranus will re-inspire this tapestry when it goes back into Taurus in March. I’ve been thinking a lot about the unfolding of this symphony that connects last year with the first few months of this one and shared my reflections on it in the article I wrote about the Lunar Eclipse. You can find my thoughts on it beginning in the seventh paragraph of that article. I hope you find it illuminating.

In addition to the Eclipse inspirations we’ve received, the beginning of the week may also have us focused in on just what it is that brings us pleasure and a sense of the beautiful. We could find ourselves honing in on what actually has value to us and what doesn’t. Honoring a desire to live life with more richness—and continuing to define what that means—may capture our attention. And while an urge to entertain our penchant for expanding our lives may feel strong, the key may be to do so while also valuing a need to move ahead in a prudent and efficient manner.

Being open to new ideas and channels through which to share them may also be a theme this week. With Mercury and Uranus squaring off, being both flexible and innovative about how we gather and disseminate insights may be beneficial. And with Mercury moving into Aquarius and through the Eclipse point on Thursday, we may also find that inner reflections and outer events allow us to access a sharpened level of understanding: notably of what is coming to light for us this week that is allowing us to further put the challenges, opportunities, frustrations, and/or patience-inspired successes of 2018 into greater context.

Astrological Highlights

January 21

  • Leo Lunar Eclipse Full Moon

  • Mars/Saturn Square

January 22

  • Venus/Jupiter Conjunction

January 23

  • Mercury/Uranus Square

January 24

  • Mercury enters Aquarius

January 25

  • Mars/Jupiter Trine

Dates noted reflect Eastern Standard Time 

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January 21, 2019: Leo Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse)

This Leo Full Moon is actually a Lunar Eclipse. It is the second Eclipse this month, with the Capricorn Solar Eclipse occurring on January 5. This Lunar Eclipse is the last in a series of Eclipses across the Leo-Aquarius axis which began in 2017. The next Eclipses across these signs begins again in 2026. (The next Eclipses—which occur in Cancer and Capricorn—occur in July.)

Remember that even if we can’t see an Eclipse in the sky, these celestial events are potent harbingers of illumination in our lives. Eclipses are often associated with the unfolding of life-shifting events and/or awareness. Additionally, around the time of a Lunar Eclipse things may seem as if they are coming to fruition as we may be sensing that we are experiencing the outcome of steps previously taken.

During this current lunation, with the Sun in Aquarius and the Moon in Leo, issues involving individuals and their relationship to the collective assume center stage. One of the questions that the Leo Full Moon may pose is how we can authentically be ourselves while at the same time being part of and contributing to something larger than our individual selves.

We may find ourselves trying to strike the delicate balance between not sacrificing our unique creativity for the collective while also not letting our pride get in the way of being a team player for a group whose mission is dear to our heart. Honoring both may seem challenging, and yet with adjustments it may be possible, with the payoff for doing so really worth the effort. 

If you are involved in any groups or associations, you may perceive a heightened sense of tension as the organization strives to accommodate the needs of its members along with its own overarching identity and goals. Yet, if outstanding issues are worked upon, there can be great breakthroughs in group dynamics and team building.

An important strategy for attaining and maintaining group alignment during this time can be to infuse activities with a sense of Leonine playfulness and fun. Levity can help to release rigidity and enhance a sense of coalescence. It can also catalyze a creative process of thinking that can inventively spark the clarity needed to identify the group’s shared vision and the path that can be forged to bring it into manifestation.

Given that this Eclipse falls at the primary degree of fixed signs (Leo and Aquarius), it’s quite interesting because that has it connected to the striking pathways of three other planets this past year: these include Uranus as well as Mars and Venus during their retrograde cycles, all of which traveled back and forth over this part of the zodiac (Uranus over this point in Taurus, Mars over this point in Aquarius—where the Sun will be for this Eclipse—and Venus over this point in Scorpio).

As such, this Eclipse feels connected to these other astro events with this Eclipse seeming like it will bring to light issues that began to take center stage for us since May. Given the tie-in to the Mars and Venus Retrogrades, these issues may be those that had been sources of frustration for us (at least for a while) last year, realms in which we had wanted to make progress but felt that we had to move slowly (or perhaps for a while, not move at all). It may have been the arena of life in which we were re-evaluating the best way to use our resources and the best ways to strategically move forward (that is, unless this period was one in which we realized that, in fact, we didn’t want to move forward anymore with goals that we previously connected with).

Given the Uranus tie-in, these realms of life may have been places in which we experienced surprise, places where we found ourselves stretched and pulled to express ourselves in ways that we may not have been used to. The last half of 2018 seemed to be filled with a lot of pause, the need to turn to the past to retrace steps previously taken, and the courage to finally move ahead—when the timing seemed to finally allow—with innovative and unique approaches. 

It may be this area of life that seems to be quite highlighted now with this Lunar Eclipse. We may find ourselves seeing the further initiation of outcomes related to our previous actions and reflections. In this, we may begin to feel the manifest treasures, or, alternatively, we could also be seeing outcomes that have us take a step back, realizing that we need to pull back again and course correct as we don’t necessarily feel enlightened by what has comes to light. 

Given that Uranus will go back across this early fixed degree swathe of the zodiac in March when it firmly sets foot in Taurus, whatever is coming to light right now may still have space for redefinition. Uranus reminds us to keep a light grip on things, and that further evolution may be waiting in the wings. So, see what is arising for you now, and then see how you may want to further make shifts and changes that can assist in your continued ability to establish joy and treasure in your life.

Also, remember this: Eclipses aren’t one day phenomenon. You may feel that things seem amplified weeks before and weeks after. Yet, remember that if you feel that sea changes are occurring and you’re just not quite clear what direction they are leading you to, that’s ok. After all, things are eclipsed, obscured now. Likely as the weeks after the Eclipse/s unfold, things may become even more clear.

This Full Moon falls at 1 degrees of Aquarius (Sun) and Leo (Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon Eclipse, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Aquarius, Leo, or the other fixed signs—Taurus and Scorpio—it may impact you more intensely.

Leo Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Apothecary Suggestions

Aquarius is associated with the calves, ankles, peripheral circulatory system, and the body’s bionergetics while Leo is associated with the heart, spine, and hair. Pay extra attention to these areas of the body around the time of this Full Moon.

Mineral bath: While not a water sign per se, Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer, a figure that delivers the offering of this aquatic elixir–a symbol of illuminated wisdom–in service of humanity. During this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, why not offer yourself a healing service by taking a relaxing hot bath. Adding mineral salts—such as Epsom salts—to the water can enhance your body’s bioenergetic field while including essential oils into your bathing ritual can add a fragrant therapeutic to this nurturing experience. Use your favorite scent or consider ones such as Leo-associated neroli and lemon, especially good for circulation, a wellness focus of this Full Moon. (Rather than putting a few drops of oil directly into the bath, mix it first with some of the mineral salts as this helps enhance the oil’s dispersion in the bath water.)

Quaking Grass flower essence: Quaking Grass is a wonderful remedy to help inspire harmonious group dynamics. It helps individuals maintain a sense of balanced self when in a collective and yet see themselves as a part of something much larger than just themselves. While the essence can be taken by an individual, it can also be used it as a room spray (mix a few drops into a water-filled mister bottle) as a way to foster a more productive, as well as heartfelt, group process. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)

* The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is exact at 12:16 am

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