February’s lunar eclipse involves a self-centered Leo Moon supported in a Grand Trine with Saturn and Uranus. These fiery-placed planets are not going to hold the Moon back but the Sun in Aquarius (with help from Jupiter in Libra) has other ideas. The mood is one of grandstanding and large gestures—but does all this sound and fury signify anything? Sometimes a blowhard just wants attention and doesn’t care if the audience is bored.
Details About This Eclipse
Date: February 10, 2017
Time of eclipse: 4:33 PM Pacific Time
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America.
At: 22º Leo
Nodal Orientation: Initiating. The eclipsed Moon conjunct North Node in Virgo creates an Initiating (not Releasing) nodal orientation.
Shadow Agents: Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Libra
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
February 5 to 15
May 8 to 18
August 10 to 20
November 9 to 19
Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. The Moon in Leo is on your doorstep, dressed in a fiery orange superhero costume. The Sun in Aquarius is behind the Moon, trying to hold him back. The Moon bursts into your living room, quickly followed by Saturn and Uranus. Saturn is wearing black, including a pencil skirt, and has a clipboard, with a pen tucked behind her ear. Uranus is covered in wires, trying to untangle them. All burst into your living room, where they land in a heap.
Moon (pulling himself out of the heap): And I want thunder and lightning and a big, big spotlight right on ME!
Uranus: I’m still working on untangling these wires I put away so badly last season. Then I’ll get to work on your special effects and lighting. Believe me, this is going to be SPEEEEcial!
Saturn (standing up and smoothing her clothes with dignity): I’m seeing this as the smash hit of the year. We’re going to get an award for this one!
Sun (finally walking in the door, followed by Jupiter): Are you guys remembering that it’s not just about making a splash, but that the critics will be watching and we want to make a good impression?
Moon: This production is MY baby! It’s an expression of ME! It’s going to go how I WANT it to go!
Jupiter: But have you really thought about what the audience wants?
Sun: Yes, have you put out any surveys on social media?
Uranus: That’s my department and I’m all over his social media!
Moon: They LOVE me on social media!
Sun: Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you have a big head?
Moon: No, NEVER! I really am this great.
The Moon in Leo seems unable to speak except in superlatives. There’s another knock at the door and the North Node in Virgo walks in. As the North Node approaches the Moon, the Moon begins to go dark.
Moon: Hey, stay away!
North Node: It’s eclipse time.
Sun: Thanks for coming, North Node. Thank goodness you’re in Virgo and have a sense of discernment. I think the Moon needs your input as a theatrical critic. What is your genuine opinion of this production?
North Node: It’s got a lot of holes in it.
Moon (getting darker): It’s not finished!
North Node: I really don’t think it’s going to be worth paying attention to.
Moon (getting darker still): I’m not ready!
Saturn (standing behind the Moon and propping him up): It’s ok dear, just go on with what you’re doing. Others see you as an authority and you can do what you want.
Uranus (also standing behind the Moon): Be the change you want to make in the world! It doesn’t matter what others think. Especially those stupid critics. They just want to tear you down.
Sun: This is a vanity play for you. It’s not enjoyable for the audience.
Jupiter: I totally concur. This isn’t just you broadcasting whatever you want. It’s a relationship with the audience. They have a choice about whether to watch.
Just then, the South Node in Pisces walks in the door. She’s carrying a scrying bowl.
South Node: Here’s what the future holds.
Everybody looks in the bowl to see what is to come. The water in the bowl is cloudy at first, then images form. Days flip by on a calendar, and a week later, the show opens. A newspaper appears on the following day, saying “the show flopped.” The critic has written an article about the show, calling it a narcissistic exercise in self-aggrandizement, doomed to implode in its own. . . manure. After another week the show closes due to lack of ticket sales. Watching all this, the Moon, at his darkest, flops down on the sofa and bursts into tears.
Moon (bellowing tearfully): What should I do?
Sun: Still the center of attention, aren’t you? Before it was all about your bellows. Now it’s all about your tears.
Jupiter: Are you ready to actually listen?
Jupiter: Think of it as a dialogue. You have a relationship with the audience. What do they actually want to see? What do they need from you?
Moon: I’m having an epiphany. I need to rethink this whole thing. I need to listen to the audience. It’s not about me.
Sun: Yes, I think some THINKING is exactly the point. You’ve been doing, not thinking.
The Moon starts to brighten up again.
Moon: I don’t know how to pay attention to the audience’s needs and interests. Will you help me?
Everyone: Of Course!
Jupiter: We only needed to be invited.
North and South Nodes (in unison): Our work here is done.
They lock arms and stroll out the door while the rest of the group begins brainstorming the next season’s show.
It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.
Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts.
Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky. There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded. It glows warmly. Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.
The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.
In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.
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