Lunar Phases for July 2018

phases of the moon

Lunar Phases for July 2018 

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Last Quarter: Fri 6 July at 5.51pm

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

New Moon (Solar Eclipse): Fri 13 July at 12.47pm

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts – intensified by the eclipse.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter: Fri 20 July at 5.52am

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse): Sat 28 July at 6.20am

A high energy time, intensified by the eclipse, when things often come to fruition or events come to a head.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Skywatching for July 2018

Venus twinkles brightly in the west in the early evening as the Evening Star.  Jupiter can be seen overhead as a very bright star, with Saturn and reddish Mars rising later in the evening.

Solar eclipse New Moon in Aquarius 2018

Solar eclipse brings in Chinese New Year
Jupiter in Scorpio uncovers more sex scandals

 

Aquarius the water-carrier

Aquarius the water-carrier

Solar Eclipse New Moon in Aquarius
Fri 16 Feb 2018, exact at 7.05am Queensland time (Thurs 15 Feb in Europe and the Americas) at 27 degrees Aquarius.

Full Moon in Virgo
Fri 2 March 2018, exact at 10.51am Queensland time (AEST) at 11 degrees Virgo

 

Skywatching   
Jupiter, Mars and Saturn can all be seen as Morning Stars this lunar month, visible in the east before sunrise – Jupiter high overhead.
Jupiter rises around midnight, followed by the red planet Mars, then Saturn.  In the early morning of 11 March, Mars and Saturn are joined by the Moon in her waning phase, to give a spectacular three planet line-up.

 

This solar eclipse New Moon completes the eclipses for the next six months. Continue to be extra careful for the next two weeks as this current eclipse season comes to an end.  Remember the energies are extra intense right now, and unexpected changes are typical.  Take extra care and don’t take any unnecessary risks!

The New Moon in Aquarius on Fri 16 Feb is a partial solar eclipse.  A New Moon always signifies the beginning of a new cycle in some part of your life, and when it’s also an eclipse, that new cycle is really intensified and has extra significance in your life.

The eclipsed New Moon in Aquarius is your chance to begin a highly significant new cycle in authenticity.  To what extent are you really being true to yourself?  Aquarius is a sign associated with freedom, authenticity, and equality at both the individual and collective level.  It is strongly non-conformist, needing to be different and unique, free of society’s expectations, a natural rebel (I can hear all the Aquarians cheering!!!)  It is also focused on social responsibility, connection at the level of mass consciousness and global humanitarian concerns.  Not only are all these Aquarian traits intensified with the solar eclipse, but they’re further strengthened by Uranus (the ruler of Aquarius) – the planet naturally associated with higher consciousness and authenticity – forming part of the planetary signature for this eclipsed New Moon.

Aquarius is an air sign, loving to debate ideas, the more original, inventive and zany the better.  Aquarians are very sociable and tend to be known as the party animals of the zodiac!

Wherever you have 27 degrees of Aquarius in your chart indicates the area of life that will be most affected by this eclipsed New Moon – for example, if this eclipsed New Moon falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your career or professional life.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of an important new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and your purpose in the world.

The New Moon is exact at 7.05am Queensland time (AEST) which means it will fall on Thurs 15 Feb in Europe and the Americas. Remember to put out your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.

This eclipsed New Moon also brings in the Chinese New Year Like many traditional cultures, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and this New Moon marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Dog.  With the eclipse, it’ll be an extra significant year for all those Year of the Dog people!!

Remember, eclipses demand respect.  They signal times of sudden, unexpected change, so please be extra careful during the eclipse period and don’t take any unnecessary risks, especially in the two weeks either side of this eclipse.

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New Moon in Capricorn 2018

Capricorn

Second chance at New Year’s resolutions

Energies ramping up with the eclipses

Is this a BLUE MOON ECLIPSE???

 

New Moon in Capricorn:  Wed 17 Jan 2018, exact at 12.17pm Queensland time (AEST) at 26 degrees Capricorn

Total Lunar Eclipse / Full Moon  in Leo: Wed 31 Jan 2018, exact at 11.26pm Queensland time (AEST) at 11 degrees Leo

 

Skywatching   Jupiter, Mars and Saturn (and if you’re really lucky, Mercury low down on the horizon) can all be seen as Morning Stars this lunar month, visible in the east before sunrise.  Jupiter rises around midnight, followed by the red planet Mars, then Saturn.  In the early morning of 8-10 Feb, Jupiter and Mars are joined by the Moon in her waning phase, to give a spectacular three planet line-up.

 

You’ve got a second chance at your New Year’s Resolutions this year –  with the full support of the Cosmos!!!  The New Moon in Capricorn is an excellent time to set your intentions for the New Year, and this year it’s wonderfully supported by the consciousness-raising planet Uranus, adding a spark of originality and excitement to your year ahead!!!

This New Moon also ushers in the eclipse season as we approach the first set of eclipses this year, so be extra careful for the next six weeks. The energies will be extra intense right now, and unexpected changes are typical.  Take extra care in this eclipse season!  And … is this a BLUE MOON ECLIPSE???!!!

 

The New Moon in Capricorn on Wed 17 Jan is the absolute best time to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2018 as the energy of this New Moon gives a powerful boost to any intentions and resolutions you set now – so here’s a second chance at those New Year’s resolutions!  With Uranus the planet of higher consciousness and authenticity closely configured with this New Moon, this is an excellent time to be setting your intentions so you can live your life in 2018 being really true to yourself, an exciting prospect!

A New Moon always represents the beginning of a new cycle in some part of your life.  The Capricorn New Moon invites renewed focus on self-discipline, responsibility, dealing with material reality, setting goals, improving time management and introducing more structure into your life – all in the service of moving forwards on your chosen path.  Remember the image of Capricorn the goat, moving slowly but steadily up the mountain, one step at a time, guaranteed to reach the summit.

Wherever you have Capricorn in your chart is the area of life that will be most strongly affected by this New Moon – for example, if it is on your 6th house cusp, this is an opportunity to bring more self-discipline into your daily routine and health regime; if it falls in the 2nd, this applies to your finances.  If you are not sure where Capricorn falls in your birth chart, think of the area of your life that could most benefit from some self-discipline right now – you will probably tune into it intuitively!

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, this is the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and purpose in the world.  If 26 degrees Capricorn is strong in your chart, or if any of your planets fall at this degree, this indicates the beginning of a significant new cycle in the part of your life represented by that planet, eg relationships for Venus.

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 12.17pm AEST.

This New Moon also ushers in the first eclipse season of this year.  The eclipses themselves start two weeks later with the total lunar eclipse/Full Moon of Wed 31 Jan (see below).  Eclipses demand respect, as they so often bring unexpected changes, so it’s important that we’re extra careful in the two weeks leading up to the eclipses, the two weeks between them, and the two weeks afterwards, making the whole eclipse season a six-week period in which we need to take extra care and not take any unnecessary risks.  This New Moon marks the beginning of that six-week eclipse season.

The lovers Venus and Mars start this lunar month quietly in compatible receptive signs, Venus in serious Capricorn and Mars in intense Scorpio.  Under this influence, relationships are likely to have been moving towards deeper commitment for the past 3 weeks, combined with a sense of where you’re heading together.  That all changes however when Venus moves into outgoing, party-loving Aquarius on Thurs 18 Jan.  The lovers are now both in Fixed signs, so there could well be clashes between them as both dig in their heels.  At the very least there’s likely to be some tension, and it’ll take effort for things to run smoothly. Things will ease when Mars moves into adventure-seeking Sagittarius on Fri 26 Jan, when once again the lovers are in synch, now in a more energetic, fun-loving and outgoing way.  When Venus moves into dreamy Pisces on Sun 11 Feb, some tension may arise, or more likely a sense of being at cross-purposes with each other.  Venus in Pisces is the ultimate romantic, so woo her with flowers and whatever romantic fantasies you can dream up – perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up on 14 Feb!

The Full Moon in Leo on Wed 31 Jan is a total lunar eclipse.  It’s also the third in the sequence of SuperMoons, intensifying the energies and in particular heightening our emotional responses at these Full Moons.  SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, and total lunar eclipses are associated with earthquakes and earth changes, so this is likely to be a huge time!  If you have chart points at 11 Leo, you are likely to be strongly affected by this eclipse, so be extra careful at this time. Eclipses bring sudden, unexpected changes, not necessarily negative but it pays to be careful during the eclipse period, and the energies right now are extra strong because of the SuperMoon.  The Full Moon in Leo also highlights the need for a balance between the personal and the collective. The Full Moon in Leo is usually a fun party time, but the party may literally be eclipsed in some way, so take extra care at this time.

Leo is associated with royalty, and as the eclipses move through the Leo-Aquarius axis now, significant changes are happening in some of the royal families. Prince Harry has now announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle (Rachel in ‘Suits’), who happens to be divorced and shares a birthday with the late Queen Mum.  Although Harry’s not in direct line to the throne, this is an interesting replay (and healing) of the 1936 constitutional crisis in the UK when (uncrowned) King Edward VIII chose to marry an American divorcee, and had to abdicate as a result.  And yes, it’s the Uranus return of that crisis!  Hopefully this Uranus return is bringing in a new level of consciousness to the British royal family J  Keep an eye on the international news in the eclipse season!

This lunar eclipse is visible in Australia as it falls at night-time, exact at 11.26pm AEST (Queensland time).  Lunar eclipses take a few hours to unfold, so it will begin around 9pm, with the total eclipse starting at 10.51pm AEST and finishing at 12.07am AEST the following day.  It’ll appear as a Blood Moon, a deep red colour, and of course, as a SuperMoon, the Moon will appear larger than usual in the sky.

**Is this a BLUE MOON ECLIPSE???**

This phrase gets bandied about in the media whenever there are two Full Moons in a calendar month, meaning that the second one is a Blue Moon. That’s almost correct, but not quite!  The correct astrological definition of a Blue Moon is when two Full Moons fall in the same zodiac sign, a much rarer instance than two Full Moons falling in a calendar month.  For this to happen, the first one usually has to fall at zero degrees and the second one at 29 degrees of the same sign, and the last time that happened was on 20 June 2016, a true Blue Moon at 29 degrees Sagittarius.  The first Full Moon in Sagittarius had been on 21 May (in a different calendar month!) at 1 degree Sagittarius.

So no, sorry to disappoint everyone, but this isn’t a Blue Moon eclipse.

 

Looking ahead to next lunar month …

The next New Moon is in Aquarius, and is a partial solar eclipse, falling on Fri 16 Feb 2018 at 7.05am AEST (Queensland time) (Thurs 15 Feb in Europe and the Americas) at 27 degrees Aquarius.  This eclipsed New Moon also brings in the Chinese New Year.  Like many traditional cultures, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and this New Moon marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Dog.

 

Please remember my usual warning around eclipses and take extra care during this period.  Don’t take any unnecessary risks!

 

Wishing you everything your heart desires for 2018!

 

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Lunar eclipse in Aquarius

partial lunar eclipse

 

It’s eclipse season!!!! Eclipses bring unexpected changes into our lives, not necessarily good ones, so stay present and take extra care during this period!!!

We’re approaching the lunar eclipse Full Moon in the early hours of Tuesday (effectively Monday night in Australia). It’s a partial lunar eclipse, and on the east coast of Australia you’ll be able to see it early Tuesday morning (Monday night effectively) from about 3am-5am, with the eclipse exact at 4.20am Qld time.

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The Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Aquarius on Tues 8 Aug (Mon 7 Aug in Europe and the Americas) highlights the importance of establishing a balance between the needs of the collective and the needs of the individual. It may bring new and experimental ideas into sharp focus. Full Moons often bring situations to a head, and an eclipse intensifies that energy, so be prepared for humanitarian issues (such as refugees) to reach some kind of crisis point, where resolution becomes imperative. This partial lunar eclipse will be visible in Australia in the early hours of the morning, well before dawn.

The eclipsed Full Moon falls at 15 degrees of Aquarius and is exact at 4.11am AEST, so the best time for ceremony and celebrations is the previous night, Mon 7 Aug.

Eclipses demand respect, so take care and don’t take any unnecessary risks in this period, especially in the two weeks leading into the eclipses.

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New Moon in Leo 2017

Leo, the lion

New Moon in Leo: Sun 23 July 2017, exact at 7.46pm Queensland time (AEST) at zero degrees of Leo

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Aquarius: Tues 8 Aug 2017, exact at 4.11am Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Aquarius (the previous day in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching   Venus is the twinkling Morning Star in the pre-dawn sky.  Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the night sky, Saturn high up towards the east and Jupiter lower towards the west at sunset.  If you have a clear view of the western horizon, you’ll also see Mercury just after sunset. 

 

Eclipse season approaches

… Leos in the spotlight!!!

The energies are ramping up now as the eclipse season approaches! This is especially true for Leos, who have not one, but TWO New Moons in their zodiac sign.  On top of that, the second New Moon is also a total solar eclipse – huge intensity!!!!  The spotlight is now well and truly on Leos, who’ll be experiencing all kinds of changes in their lives!

And a reminder to get on top of all your communications and back up your computers.   Mercury goes retro on Sun 13 Aug

 

There’s a highly energized start to this lunar month with Mars joining the New Moon in Leo on Sun 23 July, bringing not only a renewed sense of fun and enthusiasm for life, but also a surge of dynamic energy, like your foot’s on the accelerator.  Time to ignite your passion and move ahead!

Be aware though that Mars is also making an accident-prone contact to Uranus, so as with the eclipses coming up, here’s another reason to be that extra bit careful right now.

The New Moon in Leo is a perfect time to re-energize and revitalize.  Leo is ruled by the Sun and this sign has all the life-giving qualities of the Sun, inspiring others with its warmth, energy and passion.  Warm-hearted and generous, Leo is the royalty of the zodiac, confident and regal with a flair for the dramatic, so don’t be surprised to find a Leo centre-stage.  Fire signs need to have plenty of fun, and Leos love this to be in grand lavish style.  This New Moon represents the opportunity to begin a new cycle in your enthusiasm for life and your creativity – whatever inspires you and ignites your passion.

The New Moon falls at zero degrees of Leo, just as the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Leo. It’s the first of two New Moons in Leo, with the second (falling on Tues 22 Aug AEST) also being a total solar eclipse, a highly intensified form of a New Moon.  This is a hugely significant time for Leos, as well as anyone with personal planets in Leo.  The Universe is giving you a double opportunity to create new beginnings in your life, just to make sure you really get the message!  Then adding an eclipse just to be absolutely sure!!!

If your birthday falls close to the date of this New Moon, this marks an important year of new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

Remember to put out your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 7.46pm AEST.

We are moving into the eclipse period as we approach the lunar eclipse Full Moon (see below).  Be mindful of my usual warning around eclipses. Eclipses demand respect, so take care and don’t take any unnecessary risks in this period, especially in the two weeks leading into the eclipses.

 

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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Pisces

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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Pisces

Mon 27 Feb, exact at 00.58am Queensland time (AEST) (eclipse exact at 00.53am AEST) at 8 degrees Pisces (the previous day in Europe and the Americas). 

Full Moon in Virgo

Mon 13 March 2017, exact at 00.54am Queensland time (AEST) at 22 degrees Virgo (the previous day in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching   Saturn rises in the pre-dawn sky in the east, while Jupiter is high above shining brightly. Venus the twinkling Evening Star is visible just below Mars the red planet, and will be seen close to the new Crescent Moon in the western sky just after sunset in the early part of this lunar month.

 

Solar Eclipse & Equinox

Old friends and lovers reappear … echoes of 8 years ago

The eclipse season continues with the energies still strong as we head towards this Solar Eclipse New Moon. Remember to take extra care right now!  And … think back to 8 years ago …. What was happening in your life then? You’re likely to be revisiting this as Venus turns retro this lunar month.

The eclipse season continues with a total (annular) Solar Eclipse New Moon in the very early morning of Mon 27 Feb (Sun 26 Feb in Europe and the Americas).  The eclipse will be visible across the southern part of Chile and Argentina, across the southern Atlantic, and over Angola, where at the time of total eclipse, you’ll see the ring of light surrounding the dark circle of the eclipse (annular means ‘ring’) – see the photo below.  This is because the Moon is further away from the Earth than usual and so doesn’t completely block out the Sun’s light.  Astrologically, it has the force of a total solar eclipse, intensifying the effects of the New Moon and bringing significant change into people’s lives – often sudden and unexpected changes, especially as this eclipse has the “expect the unexpected” signature of Mars and Uranus closely configured.

Eclipse annular

Falling in Pisces, this eclipsed New Moon signifies a renewed focus on spirituality and our sense of the divine.  Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is close to this eclipsed New Moon, giving it a double dose of Piscean energy, increasing the sensitivity and spiritual longing typical of Pisces.  Pisces is a water sign, emotionally attuned, sensitive and strongly connected at a feeling level.  Imaginative and creative, it has a sense of divine homesickness, a longing to return to source and to merge into oneness.  This eclipsed New Moon offers an opportunity to begin a significant new cycle in our spirituality.

The double whammy of this eclipsed New Moon in Pisces reinforced by Neptune may also usher in a significant new cycle of compassion and the desire to help others, which is highly admirable.  Be careful that this doesn’t become an urge to rescue people though, especially with the South Node in Pisces close to this New Moon, as that disempowers people.  Pisces has a tendency towards self-sacrifice in the service of others, even to the point of martyrdom, so make sure you look after yourself first, otherwise you’ll be in no position to take care of others.

There is a fine line between helping others and rescuing them, overstepping boundaries which essentially need to be respected and strengthened.  We need to empower others, not rescue them.  One of the best ways to empower people is to respect them and give them the space to make their own decisions, providing the invitation for them to step into that place of self-responsibility and empowerment.

Wherever you have 8 degrees of Pisces in your chart is the area of your life that will be strongly affected by this solar eclipse – for example, if this eclipse falls in your 10th house, it signifies the beginning of a significant new cycle in your career or professional life, and quite probably sudden changes in that area too.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and purpose.

This is a very potent time for manifesting because of the added impact of the total solar eclipse.  Set your New Moon intentions as close as possible to the eclipsed New Moon, or within the following 24 hours.  The eclipsed New Moon is exact at 00.58am AEST (just after midnight, the very early hours of Monday morning).

Remember, eclipses demand respect.  They signal times of sudden, unexpected change, so please be extra careful during the eclipse period (two weeks either side of the eclipse) and don’t take any unnecessary risks, especially in the days leading up to the eclipse.

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New Moon in Aquarius 2017

Aquarius the water-carrier

Aquarius the water-carrier

New Moon in Aquarius 2017

Sat 28 Jan 2017, exact at 10.07am Queensland time (AEST) at 8 degrees Aquarius

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Leo 2017

Sat 11 Feb 2017, exact at 10.44am (Full Moon exact at 10.33am) Queensland time (AEST) at 22 degrees Leo

Skywatching   Saturn rises in the pre-dawn sky in the east, while Jupiter is high above shining brightly.  Mercury can be seen above the eastern horizon just before sunrise. Mars the red planet and Venus the twinkling

This New Moon ushers in the eclipse season as we approach the first set of eclipses this year, so be mindful to be extra careful for the next six weeks.  It also marks the Chinese New Year.  Like many traditional cultures, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and this New Moon sees the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster.

The New Moon in Aquarius on Sat 28 Jan is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in authenticity, and to reflect on the degree to which you are being true to yourself.  Aquarius is a sign associated with freedom, authenticity, and equality, at both the individual and collective level.  It is strongly non-conformist, needing to be different and unique, free of society’s expectations, a natural rebel.  It is also focused on social responsibility, connection at the level of mass consciousness and global humanitarian concerns.

Aquarius is an air sign, loving to debate ideas, the more original, inventive and zany the better.  Aquarians are very sociable and tend to be known as the party animals of the zodiac.

Wherever you have 8 degrees of Aquarius in your chart indicates the area of life that will be most affected by this New Moon – for example, if this New Moon falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life in terms of your sense of identity and purpose in the world.

The New Moon is exact at 10.07am Queensland time (AEST).  Remember to put out your New Moon intentions within 24 hours.

Not only is this the Aquarius New Moon, but Mars goes into Aries the very same day, adding a boost of energy, willpower and determination to any New Moon resolutions you set now, like putting your foot on the accelerator!  In the words of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk , you’re likely to “boldly go when no-one has boldly gone before” 😀  – or maybe just where you yourself haven’t gone before, given this new burst of courage.

This New Moon also ushers in the first eclipse season of this year.  The eclipses themselves start two weeks later with the Lunar Eclipse Full Moon on Sat 11 Feb (see below for details in this month’s newsletter).  Eclipses demand respect, as they so often bring unexpected changes, so it’s important that we are extra careful in the two weeks leading up to the eclipses, the two weeks between them, and the two weeks afterwards, making the whole eclipse season a six-week period in which we need to take extra care and not take any unnecessary risks.  This New Moon marks the beginning of that six-week eclipse season.

 

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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Virgo 2016

 

 Declutter and Cleanse!
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6VirgoThe New Moon in Virgo on Thurs 1 Sept is a solar eclipse, an intensified form of a New Moon.  This is likely to bring significant changes to the way we approach our everyday life, with the eclipse indicating an important new cycle beginning now.  This is an excellent time to start a new health regime, or to bring a new sense of order into your life.  If you’re thinking of going on a cleanse, or de-cluttering your house, this eclipsed New Moon provides perfect timing, and may even demand it of you.  Virgo loves order and has a tendency towards perfectionism.  The challenge for Virgo is not getting lost in the detail (which it is so good at) and as a result, losing sight of the overall vision, the classic “not being able to see the wood (forest) for the trees”.

If your birthday is close to this eclipsed New Moon, this marks the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.

Eclipse annular

This is an annular (meaning ‘ring’) eclipse, similar to a total solar eclipse but as the Moon is further away from the Earth, it doesn’t completely block out the Sun, and so a band of sunlight can be seen around the dark disc of the Moon.  The eclipse will be visible over Africa and Madagascar.

Remember to put out your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The eclipse gives added power to the intentions you create now. The eclipsed New Moon is exact at 7.06pm AEST.

Be mindful of my usual warning around eclipsesEclipses demand respect, so take care and don’t take any unnecessary risks in this period or in the couple of weeks either side of the eclipses.

 

Skywatching   

Great skywatching this month!  Venus is visible once again as the Evening Star, close to Jupiter, both of them shining brightly in the western sky (they are together on 28 Aug).   Mercury can be seen as a fainter star just above Venus.   Mars and Saturn are overhead at sunset, Mars slightly above Saturn and easily identifiable by its red colour.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Sat 4 April 2015

total lunar eclipse

       the stages of a total lunar eclipse

The Total Lunar Eclipse Full Moon on Sat 4 April 2015 issues a challenge to relationships. The Libran Full Moon highlights our need to relate to others, yet also emphasizes the need to find a balance between the needs of the self and the needs of the other, between the need for independence and the need for compromise. With the Sun and Uranus close together in Aries, the scales here are tipped strongly towards the needs of the self and feeling free to be oneself while in relationship to another. Meanwhile the ongoing square to Pluto invites us to enjoy power-sharing relationships. The bottom line – be authentic, and don’t get drawn into any power plays – stay empowered!

At 14 degrees of Libra, this lunar eclipse triggers the sensitive points of last year’s Grand Cross, and of course Uranus and Pluto are still very much part of this picture. Someone whose Sun is very close to this eclipse point is Vladimir Putin – interestingly, he’s been doing a disappearing act recently, and we may well find out why when this lunar eclipse triggers his Sun.

The Lunar Eclipse will be visible in Australia, starting at 8.16pm and finishing at 11.45pm Queensland time. The total eclipse phase is very short, only about 5 mins from 9.58pm to 10.03pm according to http://earthsky.org/tonight/shortest-total-lunar-eclipse-of-the-century-on-april-4-2015 (great graphics too). My astrology programme says 10.05pm is the exact point, so take your pick – either way, it’s only going to be total for about 3 mins either side of that time. The rest of the time it’ll be visible as a partial eclipse.

This lunar eclipse is the third of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a lunar tetrad. Earth changes such as earthquakes and volcanic activity often occur around Total Lunar Eclipses, so don’t be surprised if there is increased activity at this time – and maybe the fact that we’re having this tetrad goes some way to explaining the increased earth change activity we’ve been seeing.

 

Blood Moon – Total Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon, total lunar eclipse

Blood Moon, total lunar eclipse

 

This month’s Full Moon is a Blood Moon – total lunar eclipse – visible in Australia on Wed evening 8 Oct.

The total eclipse will occur between 8.25pm and 9.24pm, with the eclipse exact at 8.54pm AEST (Queensland time). If you’d like to watch and follow the entire eclipse process, timings are as follows:

  • The eclipse process begins at 6.15pm AEST as the Moon moves into the penumbral shadow.
  • At 7.14pm the eclipse begins as a partial eclipse.
  • The total eclipse begins at 8.25pm, with the greatest eclipse point at 8.54pm.
  • The total eclipse ends at 9.24pm, with the partial eclipse lasting until 10.34pm.
  • The penumbral shadow eclipse will end at 11.33pm.

The Moon will appear slightly larger than usual as it is still close to the SuperMoon position.

 

What does it all mean? 

Total lunar eclipses are often associated with increased activity in Earth changes, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, so watch the news carefully at this time. With Uranus strongly configured in this eclipse, Earth changes seem even more likely than usual. If you’re travelling, choose your destinations carefully!

This total lunar eclipse is at 15 Aries, so Uranus is very close to the eclipsed Moon, bringing a strong desire to break free, to be true to oneself and to stand up for what one believes. This eclipsed Full Moon in Aries highlights the ability to be assertive and to take action, yet also calls for the need to find a balance between being independent and being able to co-operate with others. Are you being independent in a reactive ‘I-don’t-need-anyone’ kind of way? If so, look below the surface and see what drives this feeling. Expect significant changes in the areas of your life that this lunar eclipse highlights in your birth chart. 

Mars will be setting as the Full Moon is eclipsed in the east – which says a lot about our government’s current obsession with perceived enemies and the possible danger of attack.

The eclipse season continues next month with the New Moon on Fri 24 Oct being a Solar Eclipse at zero degrees Scorpio