The first Lunar Eclipse of 2017 will take place overnight this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, as the Full Moon in Leo passes through the shadow of the Earth. This powerful alignment marks our entry into a new pattern of awareness that will heavily influence humanity’s new direction through 2017 and beyond.
Reflected by several key astrological alignments, we are entering a new stage of personal and collective development — a time in which we will truly begin to know ourselves, learning to free ourselves of past conditioning and patterns, and bringing new light to a dark and seemingly broken world.
Let’s look at the energy patterns that will shape and reflect our evolution of consciousness during this lunar cycle.
Saturn in Sagittarius Trine Uranus in Aries Trine the Full Moon in Leo.
When we look into the outside world today, we see reflections of devastating and disturbing things, with so much confusion and heavy-heartedness being felt in so many lives. Although it may be painful, we are in a vital process of deep ego deconstruction — a process of breaking down illusions and awakening to the truth of our co-created reality.
The current evolutionary path for us right now, and indeed since 2012, has been directing us toward finding more space and freedom, and to liberate ourselves from the illusions that bind us to this needless cycle of human suffering. Marked by the onset of the powerful vibration that Pluto and Uranus have reflected since 2012, we have progressively witnessed and experienced the breakdown of social conditioning and outdated systems. Now, the trine alignments Saturn and Uranus are forming with the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse reflect a new energy signature — one that breathes fire and life into the expression that is our own personal destiny.
These theme will continue throughout 2017, as global crises reflect the collective shadow for all to see, forcing each of us to decondition ourselves of the ‘old ways’ of being and create new ways that align with our own personal version of reality. As a smaller cycle within the bigger cycles, this is the point where we begin tipping the scales into our own hands. Illusions will continue to collapse and the truth keep finding its way to the surface, and so, as lightwarriors, we must each stand in our personal power and sovereignty. The collective heart has broken, and now, the healing process can begin. This is a time when we will truly begin to bring new light to this broken world.
Jupiter in Libra and the Full Moon in Leo quincunx Chiron in Pisces
Combined with the energy of tonight’s Lunar Eclipse, this alignment promotes a very profound shift in our attention; for the first time, we are collectively beginning to recognize the necessary process of integrating and healing the shadow, if we are to reclaim the future direction of humanity and the planet we call home. The very nature of our times is offering a deep healing opportunity. Recent events are making the shadow increasingly more visible, and we are realizing that, on the path toward wholeness, we must first recognize, acknowledge and confront the collective shadow, in order that we may heal it.
However, as the chaos and collapse of the outside world becomes increasing more apparent, our times can feel very dis-heartening. The awakening of the spiritual heart is a profound opportunity we get to experience but we find ourselves having to always guard against the outer world and all its distortions. As we choose to find uplifting, self-validating experiences we are met in equal measure with resistance of old patterns of conditions that do not (and never did) support the healthy, happy and harmonious ways we are now choosing for ourselves. That is the paradox of this awakening process: our enlightenment at all levels is intrinsically linked to the deep pain we carry, and one cannot exist without the other; the light and dark, co-existing in duality, inevitably revealing themselves (and each other) by their escalating interplay.
Now, the alignment of Chiron in Pisces is offering us an energetic opportunity to recognize and let go of any and all illusions and falsehoods we still accept in our lives; of the patterns and beliefs that leave us feeling empty, while the alignment of Jupiter and the Full Moon encourages us to see that our destiny lies in our own knowing of who we really are; that our shadow is our path to wholeness, and that, if we reject it, we cannot know empathy for others on their path to wholeness, nor work toward healing the world from a truly integrated space.
In synchronicity, the energy of this alignment offers us an holistic reflection of ourselves, creating heart-opening experiences and helping us to break-down the amour and defenses we have developed against both conscious and unconscious trauma.
Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn oppose Uranus in Aries
Finding the right rhythm; that’s a perfect description for how we will continue to experience the energy of these outer planets as they continue to play out their year-long alignment with each other. In particular, Jupiter in Libra will help with questions; about which relationships offer us true reflections of who and what we are, and which trigger our unconscious conditioning, and therefore, influence our life and our choices. While Pluto’s movement in Capricorn will promote the development of our new individual and collective roles and identities, Jupiter will also help us to find our next individual step within the changing whole, and answer questions such as: Which social context do we want to align to? What will be my contribution toward creating the future? What role will help us be more in the rhythm that we hear and feel? Through this interplay, Jupiter will also promote more focus on social equality and uplift, and show us ways in which sharing and inclusion can actually be ways of supporting ourselves, and each other, and resolving some of the big challenges humanity faces today. Meanwhile, Uranus continue to add fuel to the fire, drawing focus on our sense of freedom and helping us to break-down the expectations and limitations that have for so long constrained us from transforming those challenges into change.
The manifestation of these energies can express themselves in different layers, and in the outer world (and most particularly in the mainstream media) it may appear far more extreme and totally lost in the trauma of anger, hate, persecution and pain. But remember: This is all part of a collective awakening. Mass shifts in awareness are causing the collective body to break down, and while the new energies are clearly manifesting, this process is simultaneously as destructive as it is constructive/creative. This is a phase that we all must experience if we are to re-adjust our selves and our society in alignment with our truest nature. Individually, our calling now is to align to our own unique rhythmic nature, to act from that place of truth, and to inspire and guide others who awaken.
The Full Moon Message: A Total Eclipse of the Heart
In the spectrum of our consciousness, it is in the shadow that we see the light, and in our light, we are reminded of the shadow. So let’s take a torch and shine it on our pain. Let’s highlight the areas both within us and without us that are void of love. Let’s visit the places that we have closed off to others, and ourselves, because they hurt too much to be present with. We cannot go any further now without acknowledging and integrating those parts of ourselves and our journey, both individual and collective, and taking steps to heal the trauma and lack they present.
Go inside and find that place: observe and reflect on where you seek to compensate, where you feel uncomfortable, or constrained, and where you put on a brave face while inwardly feeling pain. Maybe you experience these wounds through your interactions with others, where other people seem insensitive and unkind. Most often our pain is expressed through anger. So, what makes you angry? Maybe you can’t connect to the pain, or you don’t even notice it anymore, as you have built such strong walls around it. Go deeper…
When we seek to embody our true potential and live a life that is fulfilling to our soul, our wounds are experienced as the things that stand in our way. Our lack of confidence, our sense of limitation, our lack of support from others; it is all a reflection of our inability to prioritise our own happiness and integrity. But we are here to experience consciousness through the self: by learning who and what we are, and walking the path of our own heartfelt destiny.
The heart is breaking open. We are transforming our dynamic with each moment, giving ourselves the chance for deep self-love and acceptance of who we are. Until now, we have searched for happiness outside of ourselves because we were (and are) shown that in the outer world, the answers to life’s questions lie without. But in truth, what we seek shines from inside the essence within, the beingness we cultivate when we patiently pursue our heart’s deepest wishes. When we open our perceptions to what life brings us instead of chasing the life we are supposed, we begin to see opportunities for experience growth in every moment, and only then do we find the beauty and depth of our spirit, own unique expression of inspiration and love for life. Going inside, we find the right rhythm to groove to.
Ascension is an organic experience, and following our bliss instinct is our truest way to navigate through these times. So, during today’s Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, and the rest of the lunar cycle, shift your attention and awareness inward. Do the things that awaken your heart. Go deep inside and learn who you are, as an individual, and find acceptance and balance in that knowing. Heal the dark and follow your light. And, when you find what makes you happy, fulfilled, empowered and purposeful, bring it out into the world. Build it. Share it. Create it. Make it real — and shine your light into the dark.
Who is with us?
Simon & Jennifer
About the authors:
Simon Vorster is an evolutionary astrologer and teacher who has been practising astrology for over 12 years. Together with his partner and co-founder of Raising Vibrations, Jennifer Langstone, their work is rooted in helping souls de-condition the self and empower the soul into making new conscious choices. Through the website, Raising Vibrations Astrology, and the consulting services they offer, Simon and Jennifer share their thoughts and insights and, using the powerful tool of evolutionary astrology, help and guide others to find their own spiritual paths, live authentically in the moment and understand ways they are able to positively effect their own spiritual evolution.
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You can learn more about evolutionary astrology in these articles:
- Cleaning the Lens – an Introduction to Evolutionary Astrology
- Understanding Your Sun and Moon Signs in Astrology
- The Astrology of Relationships: Understanding Mars and Venus in Your Birth Chart
- Evolutionary Astrology: Understanding Our Ancestral Timeline
- Saturn Return – The Cycle of Maturation
- Understanding Mercury Retrograde in Astrology
- Saturn in Sagittarius — Exploring Humanity’s Limitations and Potentials
- Introduction to ‘Uranus Opposition’ in Astrology – The Call to Awaken the Higher Self
- The Evolutionary Intention of the ‘Pluto in Scorpio’ Generation: 1983–1995
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