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Total Lunar Eclipse, Blue Moon, and Super Moon of January 31, 2018

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 last Lunar Eclipse was August 7, 2017, in the Sign of Aquarius and was a warning that the opposite Sign of Leo and possibly the same House in one’s natal chart would be coming up for inspection at the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21st at 28° Leo 53´.  This Total Lunar Eclipse (on January 31, 2018) is at 11° Leo and is also a Super Moon (about 7% larger than the usual Full Moon) and a Blue Moon (so named because it is the second Full Moon in January). It is a time of testing in the form of a “public” response to our actions since the August 21st 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, in order for us to prepare in every way possible for action at the Partial Solar Eclipse (in the same Sign of Leo) on August 11.  We can prepare by properly addressing any crisis there may be on and after the February 15 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 27° Aquarius and the July 13 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 20° Cancer. The House holding 18° Leo 42′ will be coming up for inspection August 11th

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.  Please contact me for a heads up of the affects indicated in your own Natal chart. 

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 the August 11 Partial Eclipse of the Sun, the the magnifying glare of the 
Total Solar Eclipse of August 21st, 2017, continues to be on us, so keep working with the Energy Influences of the House holding 28° Leo 53′. Depending upon the connections to your Sun and planets, the possibility of “massive changes” continues for February, May, and right up to the August 11 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.