Lunation (or New Moon and Full Moon) charts have been used by Mundane Astrologers for many centuries. In later times, people began to compare them to their natal charts.
The New Moon, or Conjunction, is used when you want to start something new or try to break some old patterns. That is the time of the month when you would attempt to start or do these kinds of things. The New Moon is the time of internalizing and looking within yourself.
The Full Moon, or Opposition, is the time when you would try to accomplish the things that were started on a New Moon. The Full Moon is when you look to external events or things get beyond your control.
Things to look at when comparing the Lunation charts to your own:
Houses that the Sun and Moon are transiting in your natal chart.
What aspects do the Sun and Moon make to your natal planets? Are the majority of those aspects easy or hard?
Astrologers also look at the transits to the Lunation charts, particularly to the Moon.
An eclipse is a far more potent lunation. Look to the house the eclipse falls in your natal chart. The affairs of that house will be activated. Does the eclipse fall on a planet in your natal chart? That planet will also be activated. The sign of the eclipse plays a role in the likely events that the eclipse will trigger.
Many people tend to fear eclipses, simply because they often bring about a crisis of sorts that leads to a significant event or change. However, this event or change can be very positive.
Eclipses are tied to changing circumstances. However, we are usually the ones to precipitate or to attract changes because our “inner guides” know that we need it. Human beings are progressive by nature, and although we might stay in situations that are making us miserable for longer than we should, deep down inside we know that change is necessary for growth.
Note: Several eclipses occur every single year. They occur in one particular sign and its opposite sign several times in a set spanning about two years approximately every nine years. For example, eclipses occurred in Leo-Aquarius from 1998 to 2000, then from 2008-2009, and now from 2017-2019. Although they are notable and important in astrology, mainstream media has recently been making a big deal of these fairly regular occurrences, leaving some in a panic or expecting a lot more from the eclipses than they warrant. Eclipses are not responsible for dire events in people’s lives.
Astrological Significance of the Lunar Eclipse
About the Lunar Eclipse on January 21, 2019
As noted above, a Lunar eclipse is an especially potent lunation, in this case, a potent Full Moon. Lunar eclipses are relationship-oriented. The “crisis” that these eclipses tend to elicit is a crisis of lack–a time when we suddenly realize a great need or want. The impact of the crisis can act to sever a relationship–it’s possible. But it can also bring two people together with a sudden awareness of a great need for each other. Although Lunar eclipses are more relationship-oriented than Solar eclipses, they are not always about relationships between two people. They can trigger awareness of need in other areas of our lives, such as our relationship to work, to our health and bodies, and so forth. This is a time when matters come to light–things that have been brewing under the surface.
When a Full Moon occurs, we can suddenly burst forth with proclamations and outpours that seem fresh and new, simply because they are not yet rationalized. A Lunar eclipse is a more potent Full Moon, and its effects tend to last longer. Many astrologers believe that the effects of a Lunar eclipse last approximately six months.
The Lunar eclipse on January 21st, 2019, occurs when the Moon is at 0-1 degree of Leo, opposing the Sun at 0-1 degree Aquarius, and is a Total Lunar Eclipse.
Lunar Eclipses are about relationships and polarities. With the Leo-Aquarius axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives. With the Leo-Aquarius axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives.
The Leo-Aquarius polarity deals with the balance between all that is personal (Leo) and all that is impersonal (Aquarius). The energy of Leo is creative self-expression and the boost to the individual ego that we receive through pleasure and romance, while Aquarius rules the group, more impersonal friendships, and objectivity.
This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between romance and friendship, and between expressing ourselves in personal and impersonal ways. The Leo Moon is proud and intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. The Aquarius Sun, while individualistic as well, values independence and the team. The Full Moon illuminates this conflict.
Some sort of crisis (which can be a crisis of consciousness) or sudden awareness of a lack in our lives provides us with a golden opportunity to explore our emotional needs within the context of the house polarity where the eclipse occurs in our natal charts. Relationships may be challenged, broken, or strengthened dramatically at this time. Our discovery is emotionally charged and dramatic. Epiphanies are likely at this time as we become acutely aware of our lack. This understanding can propel us into affirmative action.
Full Moons and Lunar Eclipses bring issues in our lives to fulfillment. Our emotions are heightened, and there is often some sort of drama involved with the house, sign, and any contacted planets activated by the Full Moon. Look to 0 to 1 degree of Leo and Aquarius in your own chart (allow up to about a 5-degree orb when examining the planets and points the eclipse aspects). This Lunar Eclipse gives us a cosmic push to make needed changes in our lives.
The areas of life activated by the eclipse may see dramatic turns, after which the path is clear to move forward. Note that whatever happens at this time is nothing truly new. The issues have been brewing inside of us, and emotions have been building. Something comes to light at the time of the Lunar Eclipse, and if we get in touch with our emotions, we can get a better idea of what needs to change, or what needs to go.
This Lunar Eclipse in Leo is bound to thrust us into a state of heightened awareness of flaws in our romantic relationships, relationships with children, and creative activities. The Leo Moon is bold, creative, expressive, and loving, but can also be melodramatic and egoistic. Decisions made now are emotionally-driven. Some of us will be irritable and won’t know exactly why. Others will be moved towards romantic declarations or revelations. Still others might be in a kind of daze, seeing only what they want to see while their common sense or objectivity is temporarily “eclipsed.”
With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives. However, these new feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as there is a sense of emotions bursting forth into our consciousness. It’s time to express ourselves and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is new and not particularly rational as yet.
This eclipse occurs around the time of a fabulous Venus-Jupiter alignment, and can point to a sweet release of sorts. Full Moons are always good for magnifying pre-existing problems so that we can see where to bring back balance. With the Leo-Aquarius axis involved, our larger work should be on reaching a good balance between focus on personal enjoyment and our need for community and altruism. Enlightenment now provides us with a golden opportunity to explore our emotional needs, which can ultimately lead to positive actions and decisions.
There can be a heightened awareness of flaws in our romantic relationships, relationships with children, and creative activities. There can also be an urgent or sudden need/desire to express ourselves, and a strong compulsion to come to a resolution of a problem. There can be final word or final decisions now.
This eclipse is the final one in a series of eclipses that fall along the Leo-Aquarius axis. It can be viewed as the final cosmic push regarding the themes it is stimulating. This is a time to clear up past patterns that have been holding us back from personal fulfillment. The greater awareness of problems and especially lacks or flaws in our relationships that have been stimulated with recent eclipses can motivate us to take action.
On January 21, 2000, a Lunar Eclipse fell in Leo at a similar degree as the one occurring this year. It might be helpful to think back to issues in your life that were in effect around this time in order to get an idea of how this 2019 Lunar Eclipse affects you.
You can also look back in a general sense to eclipse sets occurring along the Leo-Aquarius axis as the current one in effect from February 2017 to January 2019 for more information gleaned by looking to the past to understand themes in the present and future. The last time we had a set of Leo-Aquarius eclipses was from February 2008 to August 2009. These are also periods of your past, if applicable, that may have had similar themes to this current eclipse set.