Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius: The Vision

This full moon eclipse occurs at 15.25 degrees of Aquarius on Monday, August 7th at 2:11 PM EST.

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You won't be able to see this eclipse, but the solar (new moon) eclipse in Leo on August 21st will be visible from anywhere in the United States.

Eclipses, like the ones on the Aquarius-Leo axis this month, are thought to be more powerful than regular new and full moons. My take on this is that eclipses do pack a punch IF they occur in close aspect to planets and points in your natal chart. When this happens, it tends to signify a crisis. These days we think of a crisis as a terrible emergency, but the word actually comes from the Greek, krisis, meaning "decision." The idea of a crisis as a decisive point dates back to the early 17th century.

I think our current definition of a crisis as a calamity comes from our idea that progress must be a constant, unbroken path upwards, towards ever better things. A break in the perceived continuity of progress is considered dangerous because it thwarts our ideals. In reality, progress is messy. It's uneven and circular and quite often calls for darkness. Along our individual and collective paths, we all come to a crossroads at some point.

Let's consider this eclipse a crisis according to a second definition: "a time when a difficult or important decision must be made." It can be a watershed moment for you. (Consider that a watershed is a ridge of land separating waters so that they must flow into two different bodies.) It's a turning point, but that doesn't mean that it's always a disaster. I decided to start this business in the aftermath of an eclipse cycle on my axis of vocation and identity (the 10th and 4th houses). I'm very glad that I did.

What decisions do you need to make? What have you been waiting for, toying with, or perhaps ignoring? It could all come to a head this month. Themes of the Aquarius and Leo axis include your community and networks, your individual identity, your plans, goals, dreams and visions, your hopes and wishes, your creativity, and the audience for your creative work. 

This particular eclipse is opposing showman Mars in Leo. Shining, being yourself, could be more than a dream for you -- it feels like a question of survival. Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn are squaring off exactly, bringing up intense questions of power and who has it. At this eclipse, you can shine. You can claim your own power. You can find your audience.

And if it feels like a crisis in the worst sense, if you feel you have no good options or you don't know what decision to make: remember your vision. Aquarius is a sign concerned with vision. Aquarius sees things that haven't yet come to be. The Water Bearer holds the potential and dreams of society in his ever-full vessel. The progress to your goal will not be a straight line, a well lit, unbroken path. It's messy and circular, and sometimes you're plunged into darkness. Sometimes you have to choose one of two ways, knowing that the paths may connect again at some point -- or they might not. What feels like a disaster now could someday be the best thing that ever happened. Trust the process. Hold on to the vision.

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How is this eclipse affecting you? Feel free to share in the comments!