Monday, Aug 7 at 11.12 am PST
This lunar eclipse marks Lunar Lammas, halfway between the summer solstice and fall equinox. Lammastide is a traditional holiday in the Northern Hemisphere, falling upon the first harvest of the year. In the Great Lakes region, this full moon is also called the Sturgeon Moon as it coincides with abundant fish catches. The moon will rise at sunset in the east, peak at midnight and set at sunrise in the west.
The Sun and Moon hover between Leo and Aquarius. Leo emanates from the heart and rules our identity. Aquarius is our beloved rebel and nonconformist. The thing about Leo – and most people know – is that he doesn’t like to venture beyond the confines of himself. At his worst, Leo is proud and forceful. An overdose of Leo makes life melodramatic and reactive. Aquarius is not having any of this. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius is a rocket, a lightning vehicle of empowerment. It is a colossal celebration, an orgiastic liberation.
Leo-Aquarius junctures are a unique marriage of the right and left brain. A dose of Aquarian rationale suffuses the leonine heart, propelling us on journeys that would otherwise be impossible. Aquarius takes the yarn of individual consciousness, replete with pain and suffering, and weaves us upon the great cosmic loom. Threaded and pressed, our color fades blissfully into a rainbow of freedom.
At this station we may seriously struggle to understand other people and judge them harshly as a result. As fixed signs, Leo and Aquarius always need to be right. They not-so-quietly believe that only their knowledge/methods/prescriptions behoove the greater good. Aquarius, like Leo, is very self-assured. However, this self-assurance can easily turn to obstinance. Aquarius preaches passionately from the pulpit of social justice and is often convinced that his visions will single-handedly revolutionize the world. Indeed, the insalubrious Aquarian closely resembles his leonine counterpart. Aquarius is notoriously merciless when he feels that his freedom is threatened, hallmark altruism rapidly replaced by dark shades of anger disguised as logic/objectivity/intellectualization.
At this eclipse we draw clear boundaries between me and we. These are meant to be helpful, healthy boundaries, not self-isolating or exclusive. Aquarius is synonymous with movement and flying free. He is the jail-breaker, the martyr, the great shift. In particular, this eclipse frees us from groups or people who have held us captive psychologically or emotionally. Aquarius evaporates such binds and bonds and tethers with a wink of his magic turquoise eyes. Leo-Aquarius full moons demarcate exciting departures from whatever or whomever holds us down. They are glorious trials and tribulations, reminders that the Aquarian power of movement, change and freedom are only ever a wink away. Inculcation bursts into a tongue of starlight, and the happy human stretches with self-satisfaction.
The day of the full moon may not be explosive, but in the following week, ecliptic momentum will continue to gather. This eclipse is a seed that unfolds as the days pass. For example, we may take some action on the eclipse that facilitates major shift later in the week, such as we do when getting ready for a trip or big move.
The earth has two parts to its shadow. The shadow cast directly behind the earth is known as the umbra, and the fainter, fan-like shadow surrounding the umbra is the penumbra. Since this is a penumbral eclipse, the moon may look just as she always does without any dramatic shift. This eclipse will be visible in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, but not North America. The moon will rise over North and South America after she has completed her eclipse. Celebrate with Aquarius Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.