The January 31st Lunar Eclipse takes place in the sign of Leo, with the Sun in Aquarius. This indicates a need for balance between what the self desires and needs and the greater needs of the group or collective. The immediate gratification vs. the bigger picture. In each life, that could indicate the needs of your family, your colleagues, your friends. Or just what you want now as opposed to what long term goals in your life are satisfied by staying focused and not getting impatient or upset with what you can or cannot have just yet.
This eclipse shows us a few other details. Venus is prominent in Aquarius as it is sitting with the Sun and the South Node. This is absolutely the desire nature and indicates how we need to gain mastery over ourselves by not overindulging. This can appear anywhere – spending, eating, gossiping, worrying about money, putting too much pressure on relationships. It’s best to cultivate a middle ground, to have a certain lack of susceptibility to anything that could have driven us over the edge. Eclipses are notoriously emotional and this one is no exception. We can freak out at a loved one, but then realize it isn’t going to get us anywhere, anyway. So, don’t use the energy like that, use it with wisdom and understand where you feel some sort of lack. Seek to heal the lack with the Leo North Node qualities – self love, self care, passionate expression of one’s creative energies.
In the chart of the time of the eclipse, Neptune is also strong, which is an indicator of dreams, intuition, allowing creative juices to be flowing and following your heart. It’s best to remain open to the spiritual and healing energies that are available to you now. All may not be entirely clear, but in time if you follow the flow of your life and stay focused on your goals, the guidance will make itself known.
Uranus also makes unusual aspects to the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn indicating the need for innovative thinking, fresh perspective, taking risks and being open to what comes unexpectedly. This is one of those eclipses where we can feel free to say “I don’t know where this is taking me, but I’m going to trust myself and go with it.” Uranus rules Aquarius and the fact that it is speaking so much to the other planets while the Sun is in Aquarius in an eclipse is pointing to the need for detachment. See situations for what they are, keep moving, expressing your creativity and passion.
There are always shifts and changes with eclipses, things that come to the table that require our attention. Look for these consciousness raising experiences and be open to them. And watch what happens in your life between now and the next eclipse on February 15th!