Astro-Notes on February 10, 2017 – Leo Full Moon/Appulse Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Merc in Aquarius sextile Venus in Aries
– Sun in Aquarius quincunx Vesta Rx in Cancer and sextile Eris in Aries
– Vesta Rx in Cancer square Eris in Aries
– Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Full Moon at 22:28 Leo/Aquarius at 4:32 pm PST

Later today at 4:32 pm PST we reach the highpoint in the Aquarius lunation cycle with the Leo Full Moon, which is a lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Full Moon enters the Earth’s shadow. Since the Moon ‘shines’ only by reflecting light from the Sun, the Full Moon seems to disappear when it is eclipsed. Depending on which part of the Earth’s shadow the Full Moon passes through (which depends on how close the Full Moon is to the lunar nodes), a lunar eclipse can be one of three main types. In the situation, where the Moon misses the umbra entirely and only enters the penumbra (either grazing it or being completely immersed in it), an appulse or penumbral eclipse is formed, which only dims the Moon’s surface slightly. In fact, the casual observer might not even notice this kind of eclipse since the change in appearance is so subtle. The astrological impact of an appulse Eclipse is far from subtle, however.

It is a supercharged Full Moon and this one illuminates our ‘inner child’, life’s drama and natural disposition. It comes with an opportunity to showcase our talents and promote our self-interests if we take advantage of the chances and occasions offered, even if that involves a risk or some kind of improvising on our part. Because if we want to succeed with our individual cause, we have to perform the role we’ve chosen and this requires that we express ourselves confidently and creatively, trusting in ourselves and our purpose. We have to realize though that this won’t be always easy or ‘safe’, it’s rather a balancing act during which we could at times feel clumsy and awkward. In fact, we could even fall from our ‘horse’ or on our back, yet we cannot let this deter us from our path or mission.


As the Aquarius New Moon culminates in the Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Leo New Moon back in August 2016 also comes to fruition. Consequently, ‘acting out the vision’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius NM) has resulted in ‘virtuosity’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo FM), whereas the ‘spontaneous acitivity of the innocent mind’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM from August) has led to ‘discipleship’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 22:28 Leo states:

“In a circus, the bareback rider displays her dangerous skill. Keynote: The audacity and perseverance required to control and play with the powerful energies of the vital realm in human existence – VIRTUOSITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22:28 Aquarius states:

“A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws. Keynote: The self-discipline, which results from an intelligent development of individual faculties under proper training – DISCIPLESHIP.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 145 and 263, respectively)

Success is no accident. It is the result of practice, persistence, patience, perspiration and dedication, while overcoming failure, trial and error in the process.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re dealing with mixed feelings about life in general and experiencing conflict or discord – inner as well as outer. The more important is it to pick our battles wisely and think before we act. There are boundaries and limitations in life situations we must accept, even though they could make us feel powerless. In this regard, we must overcome ourselves and focus on our needs in order to regain our composure. On the other hand, this card can indicate victory or achievement, which has been well-deserved and long-awaited, but only if we don’t give in to defeat.


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