A Significant Expansion: Full Moon Eclipse Astrology Jan 31, 2018

Article Window:  Jan 31 to Feb 27
• Full Moon was Wednesday, Jan 31, 5:27 AM PST
• Lunar Eclipse Event & Portal
• Sun is 12° Aquarius, Moon is 12° Leo
• Next New Moon: Total Solar Eclipse, Feb 15
• Current New Moon Theme (Jan 16 to Feb 15): Transformation of Power

Each Lunar Eclipse opens a brief cosmic and energetic doorway resulting in a new awareness, ability, or insight to be used for inspired action. This beneficial pattern is delivered through an energetic portal that opens in the zodiac at the exact moment of the eclipse.  The Eclipse portal remains open and active until the Moon returns to this zodiac location during its next lunar cycle. This allows for a deeper level of integration to occur and is intrinsic to the astrological meaning of the Lunar eclipse. In the coming three and a half weeks, while the portal is open, look for new ways to express yourself while taking inspired action, especially through whatever you have embraced or experienced during our current Lunar cycle. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of this natural time of expansion.

Eclipse Astrology Article: A Significant Expansion

Each Lunar eclipse, generally speaking, has a much greater significance on our consciousness than is commonly appreciated. From my astrological perspective, the current eclipse is especially significant. Taking personal advantage of this unique and powerful celestial event is a huge opportunity, especially if we give it primary focus during the coming cycle.

The significance of this particular eclipse stands out in my mind because of its connection with the dramatic impact of our last Lunar eclipse in August of 2017. This was an Aquarius Moon and carried the energetic signature of the new age of Aquarius that we are entering. (See article)

Our current Lunar eclipse in Leo has an energy signature that will be most perceptible to those who are able to see beyond the outer distractions and drama of whatever is activated. For those who are willing to work within their own consciousness and go beneath patterns of drama, there is huge expansion possible with this eclipse.

Acting Beyond Our Instincts

The Lunar eclipse and the following three and a half week portal holds a significant opportunity for expansion in consciousness, but only if you reinforce your willingness to act beyond your old instinctual habits and thinking.

The shift in consciousness that this eclipse is triggering is so dramatic that the unconscious response by many people will be to respond to circumstances in a reactionary way, or to default to the idea of non-interference that says “it’s all good, let’s celebrate, let’s relax and know that everything will be okay, especially if we don’t take any action or get involved.”

When the power of an eclipse is this strong, the energies can be overwhelming. The easiest course of action is often to choose to ignore them, or to blame an outside influence, or to look for anything that will distract your focus. These approaches are not recommended.

Instead of becoming overwhelmed, an alternative course of action can be found within the signature of the eclipse chart, especially through the relationship between Mars and Jupiter with the Full Moon.  This relationship indicates that there is extra energy and support for showing up, and expanding and managing this extraordinary energy in order to facilitate a shift in consciousness.

Above all, this shift in consciousness involves the ability to recognize experiences of conflict as a personal opportunity to understand and perceive what has been previously suppressed beneath your conscious awareness.

A Deeper Look at the Eclipse Energies

We have discussed how this eclipse has the potential to have a significant impact on our consciousness. You’ve also heard how easy it will be to absolutely disregard these energies, especially because to completely immerse yourself in them could be overwhelming. A deeper look the eclipse energies will provide insight on how you can take advantage of this powerful eclipse without becoming overwhelmed to the point of reacting or ignoring these opportunities.

We could call this the “Inhibitions Eclipse,” because the dramatic pattern of this eclipse expansion has a potential side-effect of releasing whatever has been previously repressed or inhibited. This release will come in many forms. It could be in the form of aggression resulting in conflict. It could be the release of repressed psychic abilities. It could be as simple as the release of your instinctual desire to play, that perhaps has been repressed since childhood.

Another way to look at this healthy release of inhibitions is to recognize the negative habits that appear through instinctual reactions to your circumstances. These reactions are a way of identifying exactly what has been repressed in the past. The key point is that the greatest opportunity of this release, whatever the impulse or experience, lies in awareness. There is support through Mars and Jupiter that gives you the ability to act in new ways (Mars) and then to manage the resulting expansion (Jupiter) so you can integrate whatever has been repressed, whether good or bad, in a more conscious way.

The bigger picture of this eclipse centers on each of us realizing where and how we have previously inhibited and repressed our higher nature and our access to higher consciousness. This eclipse offers the potential to break away from those instinctual responses that are representations of those repressed energies. For those who are ready to show up, this Lunar eclipse will provide the creative influence needed to bring to the surface what needs to be addressed, both individually and in the world at large.

Astrology Pattern

Jan Lunar Eclipse 2018Within our Solar System, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn hold the 4th, 5th and 6th positions from the Sun. When these three planets appear together in a chart, as they do in the eclipse chart, they are working together in a unique and powerful way. In the case of the current chart, they represent and illuminate the ways in which society limits or represses the natural and healthy expression of our spiritual nature. At the same time they are also expressing what it takes to break through or transcend these limitations.

A Lunar eclipse always indicates a harmonious activation of the axis of energies between the Sun and Moon. In the current chart, this axis has the Moon in Leo conjunct North Node, opposed by Sun in Aquarius conjunct Venus. The overall signature of this Sun/Moon axis is the experience of freedom through the full expression of personal values and habits, especially those that have been previously repressed. The Moon (with North Node) in dramatic Leo wants to express and demonstrate its true nature without restriction. The Sun and Venus in Aquarius are together illuminating what has been repressed, and at the same time, creating the desire to break away from that repression (Venus).

Mars and Jupiter are forcing (Mars) these repressed and instinctual values (Venus) to reveal themselves in a manner that must be managed (Jupiter). We have a choice now, whether to manage our responses in a positive way through an expansion of consciousness, or negatively through reaction or distraction as a result of being overwhelmed. One form of distraction will be through superficial entertainment (Neptune square Mars and inconjunct Moon). For those who pay attention to their own triggers, Neptune supports the larger opportunity as it dissolves old patterns and reveals the higher state of awareness.


Our powerful Lunar eclipse energies are providing an opportunity for an expansion of consciousness through a new ability to manage and release whatever has been repressed. Specifically, within the pattern of the current eclipse, we are likely to recognize these expansions in the form of repressed habits, attitudes, and instincts.

When these repressed patterns surface they are likely to cause conflict, however you can use that experience in a positive way to break through the underlying instinct and pattern that’s been exposed. Remember to look beneath the surface. The drama is simply covering and obscuring an opportunity for expansion of consciousness.

The active eclipse portal will be open for approximately three and a half weeks, bringing these conflicting and inhibiting energies to the surface. If we pay attention to what comes up for us in the coming days, we’ll receive new awareness of our own patterns so that we all can quickly makes adjustments for our continued success as consciousness continues to expand into the Aquarian Age.

The Capricorn Transformation of Power: New Moon Astrology Jan 16

Article Window: Jan 16 to Feb 15
• New Moon is Tuesday, Jan 16, 6:17 PM PST
• Sun is 27° Capricorn, Moon is 27° Capricorn
• Next Full Moon:  Lunar Eclipse on Jan. 31
• Current New Moon Theme (Jan 16 – Feb 15): Transformation of Power

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to life’s changing circumstances.

Astrology Article: The Capricorn Transformation of Power

by Steven Steven
co-author Elizabeth Schermer

Our New Moon astrology presents a powerful Capricorn archetype that’s intended to develop a new capacity for personal power. This coming month will be time in which you’re able to experience new ways to participate in what is worthwhile, both for yourself and your world.

The zodiac sign of Capricorn is traditionally associated with qualities of being ambitious, reliable, and conscientious. This article will widen these practical ideas about Capricorn and breakdown this very complex New Moon signature in order to connect with the bigger picture of what is possible with Capricorn energy.

A Spiritual Perspective of Capricorn

While Capricorn is often seen as a sign of physicality, in its purist and most transcendent form it holds a high level of spirituality through the commitment to participation. From the spiritual perspective, Capricorn represents the collective value of group participation that is used for both practical and positive interactions for the larger good.

As the sign of Cardinal Earth, the energy of this Capricorn Moon is about the embodiment or formation of new potentials. Capricorn energy of embodiment is expressed through the desire to connect with the highest intrinsic value of something, and then hold onto that value and put it to use in some concrete way in the world.

When the value of something is recognized at its very core, and action is taken through this desire to connect, a greater harmony can be set into motion. This is how, in Capricorn, the concentration of what is worthwhile gives rise to power, which then influences the development of new achievements. This process of power happens first within the individual, and then this impulse to achieve is extended to the group. When the expression of power happens at the level of the group, the Capricorn influence has the potential to directly shape the structure of society.

The Right Use of Power

The yin quality that’s present in all three of the Earth signs has a generalized concentrating function. In this way, each of the three Earth signs, Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo, gathers and concentrates what has come before. In Capricorn, this concentrating function is expressed through the power to create social order. At the highest level, Capricorn’s expression of power leads to the creation of new social forms and structures that extend value to the collective, rather than a concentrated few who try to hold the benefits of power for themselves.

The shadow of Capricorn arises when power is misused and the value of action and resources becomes distorted for personal gain or for control. When the focus on the larger group is lost, the Capricorn value of power through group-cooperation becomes distorted  and replaced with the value of personal gain, for example through money, gold, and the power to control.

In order to transcend the use of power for personal gain, Capricorn’s qualities of being ambitious, reliable, and conscientious must have an additional focus. This expanded focus of Capricorn is toward the greater value that one’s individual power can add to the structure and harmony of society as a whole. For without this extra focus, Capricorn energy becomes self-serving and lacks a meaningful relationship to the new achievements that have the power to shape society to benefit everyone.

Personal Power – The Individual and the Group

This principle of the right use of power is very much connected to the current New Moon. The most positive outcome that can result from our Capricorn New Moon energies is the understanding of your own worth and value, and how that worth relates to your ability to express your individual power in the world.

Each person has a unique potential to structure their life and mobilize their personal power for the benefit of others. This principle of structure is the root concept behind Saturn’s connection as the ruling planet of Capricorn. Saturn defines boundaries and limits in order for growth to be structured and harmonized. In order to allow growth however, those established limits must be flexible so they can change when necessary. The shadow side of Saturn is rigidity and attachment to the past.  It’s our connection to a larger purpose that allows us to release old boundaries in order to expand. Without this connection to a greater purpose, limits would never be transcended. We would remain stagnant and inert.

Capricorn, working with Saturn, embraces this principle of transcending the limits of established value and  power in order to achieve something greater. It is this positive aspect of Capricorn, the willingness to release limitations of the past, that has the power to directly shape the structure of a society with breakthroughs and new developments for the benefit of all.

It’s often the shadow side of Capricorn that is emphasized, especially because of the prevalent patterns of abuse of power in today’s world. It’s important to remember that there is an alternative perspective. The shadow side and resulting distortion of any zodiac sign is not its full meaning, but only the contrasting expression of a positive potential.

Ultimately the energies of each zodiac sign encompasses a full range of potentials, providing for the growth of the individual and all of humanity. When you look at the meaning of Capricorn you will always get your best astrology insight when focusing on the harmonizing aspects of the big picture. This includes taking into account the value that can be learned from shadow activations, whether those shadow aspects are within yourself or evidenced in the world at large.

Astrology Pattern

Jan New Moon ChartOur astrology pattern is focused directly on the six-planet stellium in Capricorn. The concentration of so many planetary energies in only one zodiac sign is extremely complex. Despite the intricate nature of the stellium, it’s also possible to summarize the way in which these six planets are working together as one.  To best understand the complexity of the chart, rather than dissecting the stellium, we’ll focus on the bigger picture of the entire chart signature as a whole.

The pattern of the chart can be called a “Stellium-Bottomed Bowl,” meaning that the six stellium planets are at the bottom of the bowl-shaped chart. The edges of the bowl are formed by Uranus (25° Aries) on one side and Jupiter/Mars (20°/25° Scorpio) on the other. It’s worth noting here that the numbers 20° and 25° are both transformational in nature. This signifies that everything else contained within the bowl pattern holds a very positive and transforming signature.

It is significant to have Pluto at the bottom of the bowl pattern. The power of Pluto lies in the pure power of “absolute transformation.” Because the soul is the only aspect of the self that can undergo this extreme level of absolute transformation, Pluto is often associated with the evolution of the soul. This placement of Pluto in the bottom of the bowl amplifies the potential for personal transformation that this chart represents.

Pluto’s transformational nature is further amplified because of the new-phase position in relationship to the Sun, Moon and Venus. This indicates that the overall signature of the New Moon Chart is promoting an elevation of the individualizing areas of consciousness, represented by Sun, Moon and Venus.

Pluto’s influence within this stellium pattern means there is additional help for all who are ready to transcend the limitations, represented by Saturn.  We have access now to transformational growth, both for the individual and for all of humanity.


Because of the transformational nature of this month’s New Moon energies, we have an extra level of concentrated power with which to jump-start our new year. At the highest level, this is a power you can access in order to experience new levels of personal transformation, both in your personal experience of self-worth as well as in the ways in which you can contribute to our evolving society.

Together we are capable of so much more than we have ever known. During the coming Lunar cycle you have the opportunity to focus on the right use of power at the personal level. Remember that your worth is measured, not by society’s standards, but through your ability to move beyond limitations in order to create something of value to contribute to the whole.