Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of February 10 -11, 2017
Astronomically, during a Lunar Eclipse, the light of the Sun is blocked from being reflected off the Moon’s surface. The Moon moves from east to west across the face of the Sun and can last up to two hours because the Moon’s average speed is about 2000 miles per hour around the Earth’s shadow (umbral) cone. A Total Lunar Eclipse is of much longer duration, literally, than a Solar Eclipse.
In the Lunar Eclipse, the black circle we think is traversing the Moon’s surface is the Earth’s shadow over the Moon. A Lunar Eclipse can ONLY occur when the Sun and Moon are in opposition to each other at the FULL Moon. There is NEVER a Lunar Eclipse without a Solar Eclipse within 2 weeks before or after it. However, it does not follow that a Lunar Eclipse ALWAYS occurs in a given year, even if there has been one or more Solar Eclipses.
The Moon is considered a lens for cosmic phenomena; as such, it affects our weather patterns and eclipse patterns. There is frequently “weird weather” at the time of a Lunar Eclipse, and even though the effects of a Lunar Eclipse are often at a more subconscious level on humans than the Solar Eclipse, it is generally even more difficult to decrease the emotional emphasis and increase the use of our rational intellect for better communications. Matters requiring more of our time and attention under any Lunar Eclipse will be signified according to the House on or in which the Moon is posited at the time of the Eclipse.
Astrologically, the effect on humans for this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 22° Leo 28´(starting at 4:33p PT and 7:33p ET) is a warning that the same Sign, Leo, and possibly the same House, in our natal chart will be coming up for inspection at the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21st at 28° Leo 53´. The objective is to appropriately respond (between February 10th and August 21st) to any crisis where we have the Sign of Leo in our natal chart, so we are fully prepared to take action in that House on and for a year after the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21st at 28° Leo 53´. The more properly and appropriately the test is handled, the more prepared we are to absorb the “shock” or “trauma” of the inspection at the Solar Eclipse. Be ready in every way possible, and leave no loose ends!
Otherwise, the effects of a Lunar Eclipse are at different levels according to its contacts and placement; i.e., planet conjunctions, Sun, Ascendant, and/or House cusp and House.
The Sun, Moon, and planet(s) in that House determine how pervasive the effects will be, the intensity, and what kind of attention must be given under its Influence. There are, of course, various additional astrological factors involved in understanding how best to deal with the emphasis or crisis – just don’t be surprised by the necessity to address these matters; nor should we underestimate the importance of properly and responsibly handling whatever the issue is, so we can move forward at the time of the Solar Eclipse.
Keep in mind: until next Total Solar Eclipse in August 2017, the magnifying glare of the March 8, 2016, Total Solar Eclipse will be on us. So, even though we have a less intense Solar Eclipse coming February 26, the heat is on us to keep working the Energy Influences of the House holding 18 Pisces 56. Depending upon the connections to your Sun and planets, the possibility of “massive changes” remains until the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.
Note: Under a Lunar Eclipse there is greater surface tension on all fluids — land, air, sea, and bodily. Because one’s brain cannot expand with the added pressure TO expand, greater pressure upon our little gray cells ultimately affects our behavior. It is ALso more dangerous to have any operation at the time of the Full Moon (though many are born then) — the problem lies in the increased possibility of hemorrhaging after the surgery due to increased fluid pressure in the body.