We’re in for a triple threat this weekend. Not only do we have a powerful full moon, it’s shortly followed by a penumbral lunar eclipse, then Comet 45P. This is also known as the New Year’s Comet. All have their own logical explanations as well as their philosophical explorations. We’re caught somewhere in the middle. Our higher and collective mind is going through a profound shift. Yet our individual identities might not be ready for the changes to come. Where do we find the balance between contributing to the whole of society and taking care of our own needs? That is what we are being asked to manifest.
Let’s start with the full Moon. In the old farmer’s almanac, february’s full moon is known as the snow moon. Sometimes the cold moon, the ice moon, or the bone moon. It’s that time of year where warmth and nourishment for the earth was scarce. It’s often the coldest or the snowiest part of the winter season. This full moon also sits in Leo. It opposes the sun in Aquarius, conjunct the ascendant in Leo, and squares the midheaven in Taurus. All of this mixed together is like the Lion trying to come out of it’s den. But our authentic and genuine selves can’t come out. Maybe we’re afraid of how cold and dark the world is. Maybe we’re doubting our inner light and radiance. Maybe we think no matter how brave and strong we are, we can’t make a difference out there. A crisis of individual consciousness is brewing.
This leads us to the lunar eclipse. Wherever Leo in the late 20 degrees falls in your chart is where you might feel the eclipse the most. The effects can last up to six months. Beware of self-fulfilling prophecies. In ancient times eclipses and comets were interpreted as warning labels and signs of peril. Understandably so, it took humanity thousands of years to understand the phenomenons. On the other hand, just because we can explain and calculate the event doesn’t mean we have to lose the sense of wonder or mystery. This shadowed moon sextiles jupiter in Libra, and trines both Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. Whatever is getting shaken up in your life right now could be the push you need to come out of the Lion’s den.
Last but not least we have a comet that you just might be able to see with the naked eye. For those of us in the North American continent, you might be able to see a streak of blue and green whizzing by around 3:00 A.M. Saturday morning. This is regardless of what time-zone you’re in. If you’re ambitious enough to get up and try to find it, look to the east. It should be shooting by the constellation Hercules and the Corona Borealis. Our ancestor’s used to look to the night sky for survival. It taught us when to plant, fish, and how to travel. The hunters in the night sky like Hercules and Orion where how we knew when to accomodate for winter. Let this comet be a spark of inspiration and a welcoming light to guide us through the rest of the season.
But if coming out of the winter den is challenging right now, that’s okay. Even though things may be cold and dark, the nurturing aspect of winter is that it’s a time to rest and reflect. You can’t always do those things in times of bright light and activity. That applies to the hustle and bustle of summer as well as the insomnia of modern life. This excess of artificial light is why astronomers say things like ‘you might be able to see the comet.’ They call it light pollution. How interesting that something we philosophically and spiritually yearn for so badly can even be called ‘pollution’. Try to remember that darkness is not this scary evil thing to be feared. It is a sacred womb out of which the light is born. Taking this to a literal level, you can see the stars in the night sky so much more vividly in complete darkness. Maybe we could see what Orion and Hercules are actually hunting for in the first place.
This is your task and the sacred duty of our life time. Out of the darkness, into the light, may we together come. Blessed Be.
Namaste star souls.