Total eclipse of the heart! Wednesday, January 31, 2018 brings a RARE cosmic event: the full “Super Blue Blood Moon” and total lunar eclipse in theatrical Leo sends out a cosmic casting call. This is a day to step out and let your talents shine—but don’t forget to be an appreciative audience member, too.
A full moon, supermoon, total lunar eclipse AND blood moon—oh my! The last rare convergence of all three of these lunar events happened 150 years ago. As Leo rules creativity, glamour, romance and fertility, many of us will be “giving birth” at this potent lunation, seeing our efforts come to light in a bold and attention-getting way. At 8:26AM EST, the January 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of supermoons, when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and about 14 percent larger and up to 30 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, making it a “blue moon” AND, this “super blue moon” will pass through the Earth’s shadow and generate a total lunar eclipse—and take on a reddish hue; an effect known as a “blood moon.”
For skywatchers on the East Coast in the U.S., this “Super Blue Blood Moon” will enter the Earth’s shadow around 5:51AM EST, and will begin to turn red by 6:48AM for a brief spectacle before setting about a half-hour later. For those out West in California and Canada, lucky you, as you will have the best views of the blood moon eclipse at its fullest capacity, similar to the Great American Solar Eclipse six months ago.
Page back to August 21, 2017—tinted black polymer glasses shielding your gaze—during the momentous total solar eclipse in Leo. What were you doing…and what was it that you were thinking about? All the hopes, wishes and dreams you planted under that supercharged new moon/total solar eclipse could come to a stunning milestone at the full-super-blue-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse (say that three times fast!) in Leo this week. Get ready to harvest! This completes the lunar “planting cycle” that began back on August 21. With the zodiac’s regal Lion helming this operative, the bumper crop could be glamorous, fame-fueled and larger than life.
Eclipses are harbingers of change, speeding up inevitable actions and pushing us to look in new directions. On a literal level, an eclipse reveals a shadow. The same holds true, metaphorically. Hidden information could be revealed near Wednesday—from secret crushes to torrid affairs. When the smoke clears, it’s up to every individual to decide how to use any such confessional that comes to light. Will you run in the opposite direction, or use this as an opportunity to rebuild from a place of honesty? If you go with the latter, make sure BOTH parties are equally engaged in the process.
The “Super Blue Blood Moon” eclipse is also the halfway point of the series on the Leo-Aquarius axis that began on February 10, 2017 and wraps up on January 21, 2019. The first of these lunations was the most potent, kind of like an explosion being set off. Then, the job of the next two-ish years is to pick through the rubble, make sense of the disruption and rebuild on a stronger foundation.
Whew! That’s a whole lot of stargazing to take in. Here are a few ways you can harness the potency of the full “Super Blue Blood Moon” and total lunar eclipse in Leo:
1. Let go of the ego.
Proud Leo has a reputation for tooting their own horn without a second thought. There’s nothing shameless about a little self-promotion under the light of this full moon eclipse, however. Sharing our gifts is an act of generosity, as long as our intention is to uplift others rather than serve our own egos. But that said, all ego-related matters fall under the rule of the Lion’s domain. Flip through Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose for an enlightened perspective on overcoming the grips of the ego (which is the shadow side of the Self). In Tolle’s definition, ego is not about vanity and pride. Rather, it shows up as the destructive voice of self-hatred, limiting beliefs and the protective shell we keep between ourselves and others. When we release the ego, we become present to the sense of oneness that we share with others. Activate the power of the full moon in Leo to break through the confines of ego and reconnect with the universal human spirit. As you sit to meditate, bring your attention to your breath and recite the mantra, “I am you and you are me.”
2. …but humblebrag away!
Ego aside, we all of something worthy of crowing from the rooftops, and the Leo full moon lunar eclipse is the perfect opportunity to do just that. In our culture of self-deprecating cool, pumping ourselves up is often frowned upon—but at what cost? According to “pleasure revolutionary” Regena (Mama Gena) Thomashauer, bragging is a vital antidote to the culture of shame that women have inherited as a legacy. In her School of Womanly Arts, she encourages participants to brag proudly, openly and often as a confidence-boosting form of radical self-love. She suggests doing it as a structured exercise, where each participant takes a turn bragging and the listener cheers the brag on. As graduates of Mama Gena’s Mastery program, we suggest adopting this revolutionary technique for a week (or even an eternity!). And yes, men can also try this as well! Once the initial awkwardness passes, bragging puts us in touch with the wonder of our own unique divine gifts—and a deep gratitude for the lives we get to live—and that’s something the full moon total eclipse in Leo adores!
3. Perform an act of courage.
Brave Leo is the zodiac’s hero, always willing to take a chance or speak up when nobody else dares. There’s a difference between being courageous and fearless. A fearless person might be out of touch with reality; a courageous person “feels the fear, but does it anyway.” And did you know: courage can actually be a form of prevention against health issues? After all, fear is linked to stress, and stress is one of the triggers for many diseases. Never mind that fear also stops us from living our dreams, pursuing happiness and feeling the unadulterated joy that Leo is all about. Check out The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Mind, Body and Soul, by Dr. Lissa Rankin for a healthy confidence boost.
Speaking up has been a hallmark of these Leo-Aquarius eclipses, from the #MeToo movement to over 150 Olympic gymnasts speaking up about decades of abuse by Larry Nassar. This eclipse continues to embolden us to reveal what’s been hidden—and empower others by example.
4. Give birth to a creative project.
Leo is the sign of fertility, and this full “Super Blue Blood Moon” eclipse is ripe for creation! If you’ve been struck by baby fever, this is the week to take decisive action. Or, cut ties to the commitment-phobe in your life (because they will likely never stop wavering) and manifest a partner who shares your desire to build a family, be it through natural birth or adoption. If IVF treatments are something you are looking to explore, set up a doctor’s appointment, or just get to babymakin’ the natural way. Figuratively speaking, this full moon total lunar eclipse may also be signaling a time to give birth to a creative venture. Start that vegan food truck business, write the outline to your autobiography, or begin painting the next masterpiece that you’ll add to your oeuvre. Taking the first step near this full moon puts the power of the cosmos behind your efforts.
5. Open your heart and align your spine.
Every zodiac sign is associated with a different area of the body. For Leo, it’s the heart, upper back and spine. Unfurl that yoga mat and work with the energy of the Leo full moon total lunar eclipse by doing yoga postures like Wheel, Bridge, or Camel Pose (pictured here). Our Managing Editor and yoga teacher Andrea Rice, a Leo rising, shares that the key to safe back-bending is to enter the posture by way of the heart (hence why these poses are referred to as ‘heart openers’). By bringing your attention to the heart-opening aspect of the posture first, you can more naturally lift out of the lower back to lengthen the spine upward. Bonus: Energizing these Leonine body parts will help you connect to Leo’s promise of creativity, fertility, romance and boundless self-expression. See more planetary yoga poses to harness the energy of the proud Lion here.)
6. Do a primal dance or join a drum circle.
Full-bodied self-expression is what this Leo lunar event is all about, so bailamos, people! This full supermoon was meant to be spent on the dance floor or even doing a more spiritual form of movement like Contact Improv or Ecstatic Dance. Get lost in the rhythm…but don’t stop there. Dance for a cause! Since February 14, 2012, V-Day creator Eve Ensler has spearheaded 1 Billing Rising, a worldwide movement to dance for the end of violence. Like a global flash mob with a cause, join the dance dance revolution and organize your own public drum and dance event, or join one near you.
7. Step into the spotlight.
We are all regal in our own individual ways. Where do YOU reign supreme? Lift the curtain: It’s officially showtime, as the Leo full supermoon eclipse wants us to flaunt our talents like today was a cosmic cabaret. Burst onto the world stage in the most glamorous way possible. Luxe Leo loves when we sparkle, flash, and drip in conflict-free diamonds. After all, this is the sign that rules pleasure, indulgence, and full-bodied self-expression.
Break out the sequins, top hats and feather boas! Glamazon Leo adores bold color, bright prints and theatrical costumery. Like kids playing dress-up, this full supermoon encourages us to express ourselves through daring fashion choices. The Leo full moon adores originality. Rather than fade into the masses, wear something that stands out, be it a statement necklace or a burlesque dancer’s headdress. Clothes like these are conversation pieces, after all, and the social Leo moon encourages us to break the ice and talk to strangers.
8. Share a story.
Playful Leo is the zodiac’s eternal child, forever filled with wonder. While Leo narratives can run long (“Get to the point already!”), here’s a fun fact for anyone who needs to give a presentation: The time-honored art of storytelling is actually the most powerful way to activate the brain. While a blasé speech might get our language processors in motion, stories can awaken other regions of your brain. Describing, for example, a delicious meal will light up the listener’s sensory cortex. And as YOU get lit up by a sensual metaphor (buttery parsnips, throaty voice!), your audience has the exact same response. So storytelling connects us in a special way—much like the zodiac’s tribal Lion, who spends life in a tight-knit community.
9. Choose love!
Romance, passion and lust fall under the domain of Leo: that delicious moment when a spark of attraction becomes a burning flame of desire. If we’re feeling a little lusty this week, it’s no surprise. This full moon has us all wired on luscious life-force energy. Let it surge through your veins, bring it to the bedroom or take it for a twirl on the dance floor. There’s a wild, Big Cat lovin’ energy in the air, so let your hair down and enjoy. Meow!
Gearing up for Valentine’s Day, this Leo energy could also usher in romantic revelations. Forget about dodging Cupid’s arrows; his aim is far too sharp with these lunar high beams shining down. (Read your love matcher horoscope to find out what the stars say about the object of your affections.)
Lovestruck Leo understands that romance allows us a direct connection to the divine. Whether single or spoken for, we can activate the spirit of amore by making a vision board/collage of our romantic ideal. Sit down with a stack of magazines, scissors, a glue stick and a piece of poster board. Curate, cut out and collect images that make your heart go pitter-patter. Paste them down on the board, then, examine and analyze the final collage. What do you see? You’ll be delighted by your own subconscious cues. Who knew you wanted THAT?
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