It’s coming up….Eclipse number 2 in our Eclipse trio for the season!
On Friday, July 27th we have a total Lunar Eclipse happening in the zodiac sign of Aquarius! As some of you may have read, this eclipse will be the longest Total Lunar Eclipse in the 21st century but unlike many other bloggers out there, I’m not going to tell you that this is doomsday, the ushering in of a new era or the beginning of an alien takeover…
Astronomical details of the Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius:
The Total Eclipse will last a total of 1 hour and 42 minutes with the partial and penumbral phases extending it to over 6 hours in length. It will be centralized over Africa and the Middle East which means that for those of us in North America, the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will be below the horizon and not visible to our eyes. The greatest part of the Eclipse begins at 20:21 (UTC) so if you’re in anywhere in Europe or further East, you can feast your eyes on the event!
In Toronto, this means that the greatest part of the Lunar Eclipse will begin at 3:21pm and as I mentioned above, this unfortunately means that the moon will be below the horizon and therefore not viewable.
Another cool piece to add to this is the fact that Mars will be hovering in the sky very close by and will be the closest to earth it has been since 2003. For those who can view the Total Lunar Eclipse, Mars will be a red body hovering just below the moon!
Astrological Details of the Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius:
Well, first things first, let’s state the obvious: the Lunar Eclipse will be located in the sign of Aquarius!
And that doesn’t really say much to many of you, does it?
Allow me to expand – as a brief understanding, Aquarius is the sign of service to humanity, friendship, the mind and mental creativity. As an air sign it is mental in nature – think Vulcan…highly logical. The Moon however governs over our emotions and emotional expression. So when we take the emotional body and put it into a friendly but unemotional and logical state, what happens?
Now, since Mars will be in conjunction with the Moon, we have to add in another piece. Mars is the God of War and Aquarius is sometimes labelled the rebel without a cause, when we add in the emotional Moon to the mix, we definitely need to take a look at a few things within ourselves.
There are 2 key themes to this Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius:
1) The Mental Body vs the Emotional Body – who drives who?
2) Justification – what justifies an action you know to be wrong/harmful?
Between these two themes, I believe that we can definitely manage to do some inner work and healing. Remember that Lunar Eclipses are internal in nature! They bring up the inner world and what resides within and so don’t be surprised if you gain some new insight into your mental/emotional function or if you realize that there are behaviours that you justify even when you know that they aren’t right for you or others.
Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – Mind vs. Emotions:
As I mentioned above, Aquarius is a sign that is mental in nature meanwhile the Moon governs over our emotional functions. When the Moon tenants the sign of Aquarius, she loses some of her emotional edge and the value of logic tends to gain more appeal. When the Moon Eclipses in Aquarius, it brings up the question of which nature within ourselves is the dominant driving force: the mental nature or the emotional nature?
In the teachings of Kabbalah, the Mental and Emotional spheres are known as Hod and Netzach respectively and they sit towards the bottom of the tree of life being the last two spheres on their pillars. As the energy flows down the tree of life moving from pillar to pillar, it is said that the distance between the poles widens energetically and reaches its extreme in the swing between Hod and Netzach – meaning that the mind and emotions experience the greatest degree of separation in nature and this is why we can see huge swings in behaviour from any single person. We all have the capacity to go from bawling and being ugly criers to handling ourselves with Vulcan-like logic and efficiency.
Such extremities of change in behaviour are not healthy and this Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 27th may help you notice some of these patterns and the degree to which that swing can be present. No one wants to be a drama queen (I think) nor does anyone want to be as dry and boring as dust and so finding that happy medium is essential. If you’ve historically been having trouble balancing your mind and emotions, this Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius can be challenging but it can also help steer you in the right direction.
Now some of you may not experience the swing from extremity to extremity…maybe you’re just plain emotional or mental. Perhaps you live in either realm and find it uncomfortable to be any other way. This Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will shake that up for you. Remember that we are multi-dimensional, multi-faceted beings! There is no singular way for you to be and as humans we partake of all four elements, we have to be comfortable in all of these realms because all of them hold meaning and significance for us!
Resolving the Mental and Emotional Connection:
So now we come to the question of how to be productive with this! Remember, I told you that this is not the herald of doomsday or of a hostile alien take-over so if it’s none of those things then we need to make it productive (I don’t believe in propagating misery)!
If you’ve been experiencing the swings from extreme to extreme between the mental and emotional realms, I’m going to give you some very cheesy advice that’s really not that cheesy:
Listen to your heart!
Our emotions can help us navigate our choices in life and our minds can add the practical tangible components that we need. Without the navigation, we tend to make the most practical choices that leave us miserable and don’t fulfill us. Without practical and tangible, we may never see our direction through or have an incredibly tough time reaching it. The truth is we do need both!
Enter the heart – the heart is the metaphysical seat of intelligence but we do know that it is also connected to our emotional state. How do we know? Well, anyone who has ever suffered from a broken heart or who has ever been in love intimately knows that connection between the heart and emotions. The heart is able to bring in that balance that is needed and anchor us in stability so that we no longer swing between extremes. The moment you find yourself going too far into either state, simply touch your heart to remind yourself of where you need to be at and breathe!
For those of you who love the world of emotion (or who have been labelled as drama queens by others), emotions can get the better of us. The world of feeling becomes so potent that it can overtake the actual physical realm and decrease our awareness. When we’re super emotional, we lose track of what is going on and our ability to pay attention decreases dramatically. Since we can barely pay attention to what’s happening, it would make sense that we also tend to make bad decisions when we are very emotional.
Your first step in restoring yourself to balance in to breathe! From there, start to ask yourself questions about yourself, your situation, your surroundings, whatever you can come up with to start bringing awareness back. That awareness will help to anchor you back towards that happy medium so that you can disengage from the crazy whirlwind. I also recommend meditation as a practice that can help restore you to center as well. If you’re new to meditation or feel like you need help, there are all sorts of meditations that can get you started. I offer a few of these methods myself in Toronto if you’re interested.
Lastly, for those of you who are stuck in the realm of the mind, this is where creative expression becomes such an amazing tool! Remember that Aquarius is mental in nature but it is also a highly creative sign! Of course some of that creativity is logical or dictated by need but in your case, you get to be creative for the sake of being creative. The challenge is to not apply logic! Can you be creative and simply flow with what you desire in that creativity? Can you create images where gravity does not apply (that aren’t in space)? Can babies be bigger than adults? Can you have a garden bordering a desert? That’s the beauty of creativity – logic need not apply!
So find whatever means are needed to begin tapping in to that creativity! Do you like painting? Sculpting? Singing or dancing? It doesn’t matter what it is, simply do it and do it without logic or criticism. If that’s asking a bit much, I definitely recommend the Life Activation and Full Spirit Activations. They will help you to unleash some of that inner creativity and expression of the self.
Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – Justification and Righteousness:
So in the beginning I mentioned that the second theme for this upcoming Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 27th is justification and how we justify things that we know aren’t right or are harmful to ourselves or others. Aquarius is the “Rebel without a Cause” of the zodiac at times and so the combination of the Lunar Eclipse in conjunction with Mars in Aquarius can bring up issues around justification and the righteousness that fuels it.
Let he who hath no sin cast the first stone!
The truth is that none of us is innocent in this regard. We all have rebellious moments and in those mini-rebellions we sometimes do things that aren’t good for ourselves or others…but we play it off like it’s cool, as if there is some logical reason that makes up for the harm and makes it ok. Truthfully, we usually do this to ourselves more than others but we’ve all done things because the other person “had it coming”.
With Mars in Aquarius, rebellious action is far more likely at this time and you may catch yourself acting out in ways that are not normal to you. The Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius however wants to draw attention to the rebellious behaviours that are harmful in nature and to the righteousness that fuels the justification. When our moral compass says that something is off but we do it anyways, we tend to like to come up with an excuse for the act. And if you’re going to do something “wrong”, you may as well be “right” in doing it.
The truth is that none of this comes from you – at least not the real you. The desire to rebel in a harmful way, the righteousness and the justification all are driven by that tiny little devil on your shoulder that we like to call the negative ego. Don’t know what it is or how it affects you (this is an essential understanding for all humans), check out the Empower Thyself Class and Initiation – that’s where you’ll get the best understanding of how it functions.
How to navigate away from Righteousness and Justification:
The first thing to remember is to do no harm (and this includes to yourself). I have heard this several times from one of my own teachers Ipsissimus Hideto Nakagome. Truthfully, none of us wants to harm others and if we can bring that to the forefront of who we are, then righteousness and justification become almost distasteful.
Also, we can only feel righteous and have ability to justify our actions if we hold opinions about the way things should or should not be. Opinions are deceptive because they tend to create dissonance between themselves and reality and as we attach emotional importance to our opinions, that creates room for us to be “victims” or “correct” all based on the premise of a value. Values are different amongst different people so who’s to say that your opinion (or anyone else’s) is correct?
Clearing your mind of opinions (I’m not saying to become a brainless ninny) is such an essential part of our spiritual progression. If you have no opinion of something, then you’re free to experience it as it is and learn from it. If you have some opinions or beliefs that are seriously stuck, I would recommend contacting me to see if Etheric Reconstruction or the Hermetic Rebalancing modalities could help you. Both are effective in clearing away mental and emotional debris that allows deeply rooted opinions and beliefs to bring toxicity to your life.
Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – be bathed in the Aquarian Waters of Life!
To finish up here, I would love to remind you that Aquarius is the Water Bearer who pours forth the waters of life for man to drink. While a Total Lunar Eclipse here may not seem like the best thing, remember that there can be a lot of healing that comes about as a result of the greater awareness of your inner world that you can gain.
We often don’t realize just how much effect that mental and emotional balance has in managing our stress, making decisions, strengthening our relationships and ability to act. We also don’t realize how opinions lead us to do things that aren’t right for ourselves and others and then give us convenient excuses to write it off based on a value.
This Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius is stimulating us to restore balance to our mind, emotions and actions and if you’re down for that then I think that this can be a period of wonderful growth in your inner and outer worlds!
About the Author: Aleksandra Ceho
Aleksandra began her studies with the Modern Mystery School in 2005 and is now an Initiated Teacher and Guide. Upon her path, she has also been blessed with the honor of being a Wiccan High Priestess and Apprentice Teacher for the Warriors of Light program. Her love for astrology, esoteric arts, healing and teaching has fueled her upon her path and inspired her studies. It is her extreme honor to assist others in remembering who they are and the gifts that they bring to this planet. It is her sincere hope that those she touches move on to touch and empower others as well.
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