February 15, 2018: Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse
This month's Aquarius New Moon is actually a Solar Eclipse. Even if we can’t see a Solar Eclipse in the sky where we live, these celestial events are renowned for being very powerful in the way in which they can impact our lives. Oftentimes, life-changing events or reflections occur around the time of an Eclipse. Yet, remember that reflective of the word itself, things are often ‘eclipsed’ around the time of Eclipses. As such, you may find yourself feeling like there is a sea change in your life, that seeds are being planted, yet not clear what it will be that will bear fruit. That clarity may become greater when weeks and months pass; and so if you’re not yet clear what it is that is being given form, that may be just as it should be.
Remember that as a Solar Eclipse ushers in the new, we often find ourselves sweeping out the old to make room for the next stage of evolution in our life (sometimes, we may find ourselves with the desire to do the sweeping and sometimes it may seem like the sweeping away is being done for us). So keep an eye on what feels and appears to have reached its expiration date beginning a few weeks before February 15 to better understand the old that is completing itself, making space for the new that is about to emerge.
During this time of the Aquarius Solar Eclipse, 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. The energetics of this day 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.
As Aquarius is a sign of visioning into the future, we could find ourselves thinking about ours both personally and collectively. The ability to see patterns as well as the power of networks may also be a theme.
This Solar Eclipse is especially interesting as it falls at a spot almost exactly across the zodiac as the Leo Solar Eclipse that occurred on August 21. As such, you may experience a revisiting of the themes and unfoldings that were initiated then. Yet, given that our framework for this Eclipse is on the other side of the zodiac (Aquarius vs. Leo), we can likely get a new perspective, one that seems as if we’re seeing the other side of the coin. Taking the insights experienced then and now, and weaving them together to form a holistic understanding, may be part of the offerings of this February Eclipse and the time that follows it.
Additionally, Mercury, the planet of communication, and Juno, an asteroid connected to marriage, connect in with the Eclipse, residing right by the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. As such, we may find ourselves—and the world around us—connecting to themes related to new ideas and modes of getting the message across, in various realms, including as related to partnerships and committed relationships.
This month’s New Moon falls at 28 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 SOLAR ECLIPSE 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 lunation.
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 Solar Eclipse occurs at 4:05 pm Eastern Standard Time
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