Lunar Eclipse in Leo February 2017 – Cue

the-circusThe lunar eclipse occurs at 00:32 (UT) on the 11th February 2017 at 22°Le28′.

This is the first of the Leo/Aquarius eclipses that will correspond to the Nodes moving into these signs in May. As Leo often represents the entertainer, I feel like this eclipse is like a pilot episode of a new drama series – a taste of things to come.

Generally speaking, at the Leo Full Moon, issues connected to creativity and self expression come to a head. In Leo, we need attention – we want to be seen and heard. On the one hand, Leo is our inner sovereign who expects to be treated like royalty. Leo however is also our inner child wearing a crown knocked crooked by foot stamping when she/he doesn’t get their way! Somehow we have to find the balance between honouring our inner child/sovereign (Leo) and learning how to play with others as equals (Aquarius).

At a lunar eclipse, the shadow of the Earth falls across the face of the Moon bringing unconscious feelings to the surface, grounding them in reality. At eclipses we can literally see our shadow and the shadow side to Leo is arrogance, pride and prima donna behaviour. The arrogance of Leo can also lead it to take great risks, believing it can do no wrong. The lunar opposition to the Sun in social Aquarius reminds us that showing the best and the worst of ourselves affects the group.

Lunar Eclipse Feb17
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This lunar eclipse however is well supported by trines to both Uranus and Saturn creating a Grand Trine pattern as the basis of this chart. Now whilst trines can have a habit of running away with themselves, the inclusion of Saturn is like a stabiliser to this fiery influence – almost like a protective container for a bright candle. Saturn also encourages us to show a mature approach to matters evoked by the eclipse. If our inner child is suffering, if we feel like we aren’t being seen, Saturn is likely to prompt us to take responsibility for our next actions. The grown up approach is what works.

The eclipse trine to Uranus adds some flair to the drama. It’s the madcap sparkle that gives this eclipse a rather circus-like feel. This Uranus trine says that in order to stand out from the crowd we need to be prepared to show our originality and recognise our unique talents. Eclectic Uranus can also surprise and shock in equal measure to get the audience’s attention but hopefully he will be on his best behaviour given the restraining nature of Saturn.

The challenge with this eclipse is that it is also part of a yod (Finger of God) that points to wounded Chiron. The Moon and Jupiter make up the base of this yod. Emotionally and creatively we’re growing in faith that it’s OK to show who we are. In fact Jupiter says it’s important to develop inner faith (Jupiter is retrograde) and stretch ourselves. But the awkward quincunxes to Chiron says we must get over our stage fright first. Perhaps there’s a fear that others will reject you for shining your light. Maybe you’re afraid to put yourself out there in case you flop. Chiron is ultra sensitive around rejection and ridicule. We must stay conscious of where we tend to ridicule ourselves so much that we hold ourselves back from taking centre stage or miss our cue.

Another more sinister side to this eclipse Finger of God pattern is that those who cannot take the responsible path (Saturn), may skip straight to pointing the finger at others. Chiron is symbolic for those who are scapegoats. “It wasn’t me”, wails Leo, absolutely indignant that anyone could berate Daddy’s little prince. “It was them!“. Cue dramatic snivelling.

The Sabian symbol of this eclipse is :-

In A Circus The Bareback Rider Displays Her Dangerous Skill

Sometimes you have to go out there and show what you’ve got or stand up for what you believe in. The skills and talent you have are yours and yours alone. No one sings or paints like you. No one has your own special way of seeing the world. That’s what makes you unique and extraordinary.

It is frightening to put yourself in the spotlight and no, you don’t know if you’re going to fall – how hard or how far. No one likes to feel exposed or to publicly fail. But this eclipse is like a golden ticket giving you access to the greatest show on Earth – LIFE! Sometimes it’s about showing what you’ve got regardless of all the fear. Shine as you were meant to shine. This isn’t a rehearsal. Giving the best of yourself can be a great gift to the rest of humanity.

Painting ‘The Circus’ by by Max Slevogt

5 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse in Leo February 2017 – Cue”

  1. This is a beautiful rendition of life unfolding with the heavens. Your metaphors give visual understanding to the message. I enjoy your perspective and work, you are blessed with your gift and inturn, we are blessed

  2. I agree – the metaphors really help me to understand the meaning of the messages from the sky – somewhat “esoteric”.

    Again, many thanks!

  3. Uncanny. You nailed it for me. It’s exactly what I am attempting n hopeful for. I have been ridiculing myself n it was getting me down. Afraid to step up n shine my gifts.
    I have this knowing inside that this is my calling. I missed it some 53 years ago. Only now my voice now has changed n I feel it’s my authentic voice not a mimic. All I need do is to take courage, open my mouth, n let it out. Thank you for your amazing channeling of my life experience at this moment. I’m saving this to remind me. Blessing??

  4. Really hated the last eclipses I lost my beloved dog of 16 years many many people had a hand in it to make that happen and in the case of deception sometime takes time to unfold to see things clearly. Mercury Neptune opposition have its blessing and downfalls I have that in my natal chart. Since the Friday eclipse witch landed in my 12 house I have weird dreams . But I have a lot of aspects to my natal sun in cancer so shouldn’t be boring the year of 2017. Looking forward to reenergise my self doing new things to. As I read in many other sites a lot of cardinal sun signs have it pretty rough the last couple of years I can most certainly testify to that. This is a great article I sensed a little backlash toward someone who is in a prominent position the past couple of months the larger collective feels the same way at the same time it is morbidly funny to experience the gender difference amongst the people you we spend our day to day life and how rage anger is shaping all of us for years to come , one good example of this when I read an article how a married woman filed for divorce from her husband because he voted for the person currently enjoying an elite status. Thank you for the great piece again.

  5. I was reading on the Tarot High Priestess, then running into this article. Well, I have met this eclipse that day. I can tell you.
    That day my wife and I attended a funeral. A young Syrian refugee had taken his life, leaving his wife in despair. We knew that couple only for a short time, but we had felt friends from the heart immediately at first encounter. The couple was finding their way in our society rather quick and I hadn’t seen this coming.
    Coming at the funeral the left behind friend, she was devastated. I never have seen a human being in so much pain. It seems she also found her husband after his suicide act. She spread her arms to me and completely gave herself up. The service itself was beautiful and with great dignity.
    Since that day I noticed my heart is open, like it can be open to the fullest. It has changed my perception. Sometimes the energy is overwhelming in front of my chest, and than I have to make a run, a walk or a meditation. It even seems that she is very close to me. So I have a strong urge to help this woman after she has returned from a visit to her parents abroad, because I know I will be able to help her giving the death of her husband the meaning it can have for her. You have to know I am reading The Tarot for 40 years now.
    I really had to offer this to her by email to give my heart a response. There was no way i would be able to resist that. In return I got a lovely short mail from her that she would love to meet us as soon as she is back home.
    Since that 11th of February my life has changed. You have to know that my native moon is in Leo and chiron in Aquarius (uranus in Leo).
    Interesting as well is that on my question to the Tarot, a Celtic spread, I got the Hierophant as card number 1 and The High-priestess as number 2 on top of it. Can you imagine that?
    Still I am trying to connect the dots….

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