Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” – August Wilson
Effective Date: February 11, 2017 at 1:43 am UT at 22 Degrees Leo
Eclipses are powerful things, and they compel us from far, far away – like the moon itself. You may have been wandering, stuck and alone in your head for the past few months. You thought you had things figured out and then BAM something hit you out of nowhere and you are back at what you believe is square one. Once you let go, once you allowed yourself to follow some strange path that seemed to make no fucking sense the further you walked along it, the closer you got to that land-marker that lit up the whole god damn world for you. I know the last few months have been emotionally crushing, but we NEEDED to cleanse before we walked through the fire – or we wouldn’t make it through with all that residual muck of our past clinging on like a parasite. Unfortunately we have to pay the toll for all our mistakes before we can cross the bridge. A lot of you have left behind lives of convenience for lives lived from the heart. This lunar eclipse will be your reward – your crown – and your divine grace. This full moon will remind you why you did what you did. So get ready for some divine inspiration.
The Sun (The Chariot), Moon (Queen of Swords), Jupiter (2 of Cups), Saturn (3 of Pentacles) and Uranus (The Fool)- So this entire full moon is reminding me of a giant flaming ball of inspiration. There will be a grand trine in fire between Uranus, Saturn and the Moon, and there will also be a delightful sextile between Uranus and the Sun and Saturn and the Sun – fire and air. I’m betting some creative energies, along with the sexual energies (see Mars and Venus below) will be turned up to 10 this weekend. I can’t tell you enough how fucking happy I am to look at this chart after the hell-fire we have been experiencing since Scorpio season. This is DIVINE fire, the good kind. The kind you need in order to take on major challenges, boost your self esteem, and cut through the bullshit. The sun will be motivating new ideas, fresh perspectives, and an air of rebelliousness. This sun/Uranus sextile is like an alarm clock in our ears telling us it is time to GET TO WORK. But a sextile is easy energy. You will WANT to wake up. And the sun sextile Saturn; you will WANT to get to work. Your intellect (sun in Aqua- air) will get that fire injection is so desperately needs from both the father of rebellion and the father of restriction. So we will have both of their blessings to move ahead (fuck yes).
You will realize that you have been sleeping – aye dreaming – long enough and it is time to get on with your day. The Chariot and The Fool are clearly indicating that we must ignite our engines and jump into our future, no matter how much anxiety may be brewing underneath. Hopefully the other planets will give you enough fire UMPH that you don’t even think about taking that step – you just do it. Fuck, things will look TEMPTING and exciting for once, and you’ll want nothing more than to liberate yourself form the wreckage of your former life. This is the final step of our grieving process. Remember, as Yoda said, there is no god damn fucking “try,” only “do.” This is the kind of moon this is. We are about to spill our lifeblood (2 of cups) into the chalice of higher understanding, and for once we are not going to sit back and be told who we are. “YOU DEFINE WHO YOU ARE”, roars the lion. Even if you weren’t planning on starting a project, it is going to land on your lap (seriously, probably out of fucking nowhere).
Even though everything is inspiring, the moon is still about her tough love (thanks Queen of Swords). Your inner world wont stand for laziness, wont stand for you sitting in the background, and wont stand for you not taking a stand. Even if you didn’t think you had to stand up for yourself, you’re gunna have to (Leo full moons are also very, very DRAMATIC). Take your crown, don’t think too much about it, and ACT. If you see injustice, you will be called to ACT. Leo takes care of his own, and he will devour you if you cross his friends. This is the kind of force this moon is asking for. You must stand up for what is right, and there you will receive grace and the map to your next destination. Fire signs are all about action, and with the Sun in Aqua beneficially aspecting innovation driven Uranus, your mind will be quick to hop on board with no arguments this time. This moon is giving us our DESIRE and PASSION back if we purge the last of our dead weight.
Mercury (Page of Pentacles) and Venus (6 of Cups)- We have another lovely sextile here between Venus and Mercury, and finally a sort of pleasantness to life even though shit is going bonkers. Venus is telling you, “FUCKING ENJOY YOURSELF. I am giving you lots of opportunities for this, and I am amping up your sex life. What else do you mortals want from me?” The ability for joy is so transient, and any time you are not in direct conflict should be a time of ease. Your mind wants to get to work, and Venus wants to play, and I see no conflicts here… Work doesn’t have to be dull and dreary. Fuck, Mercury will be in Aquarius and Venus will be in Aries, meaning fucking try something new. Experiment a little with your work, have fun with it, and ideas will flow like they have never flown before. I don’t care how routine your existence seems to be, it is literally your perspective that makes you melt into that routine instead of engage in it. Look at the world through the eyes of an excited child ready to experiment with everything she touches.
Don’t dive so far into the pleasure that you forget the work part. There is always a warning not to be “naive” when the 6 of Cups is pulled, and in the realm of Venus, that means don’t let momentary pleasure get in the way of your values and future goals. It is time to express your desires (hello Venus), but remember to bring your brain (Mercury) along for the ride. It should also be said that the mind (Mercury) will get dull and far too cold without the infusion of passion from Venus (So yes, heart and mind playing together, neither leading the way, like tag team wrestling or some shit). These two are essentially our “checks and balances” of this lunation.
Mars (10 of Pentacles) and Neptune (High Priestess)- Well well well, why are all the cards so god damn archetypal? It seems like everything is calling on it’s higher form, and things are actually working in our favor right now… uh, too good to be true? Sometimes amazing things do happen, Heretics, and brushing them off as fantasy when they are here because of YOUR making is dropping an opportunity. Neptune is being kind of quiet during this chart, but the High Priestess reminds me that so much is going on underneath the surface. The things that are going on cannot be spoken of… This gives me both the chills and a sense of divine orchestration. The High Priestess as Neptune tells me that dreams have been getting a bit strange or intense for everyone, and that we should pay very close attention to them. We are receiving a fuck ton of messages from our subconscious right now, and this will come in flashes of insight, through the dream realm, or from our intuition. Again – pay very close attention to what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you right now because it is tapped in for sure. Life around here has gotten, well, strange, and everyone is full of an ambition of a different nature. People are starting to realize that the idea of redemption and success that they have been fed are far from satisfying. It is becoming very apparent that real hard work with integrity gets you nowhere in a society that celebrates undermining your peers to get ahead. Mars is outraged, and he is coming for what is his – just like you are. We may not know exactly what it is that has been taken from us, but we are damned if we aren’t going to fucking find out.
Pluto (King of Cups)- Talk about a guy that is viewed as a bad guy but is really just trying to help… Fuck, all of this pressure to confront ourselves and confront those around us may seem like it is making things worse, but it is actually peeling off the ugly top layers and giving us a juicy center. Pluto is attempting to expose – pull off the emotional layers even further – and he asks you to keep your cool and trust him. Uh, are we going to trust this guy? Pluto? Of all the planets? Why yes. Pluto wants to give us redemption. He is our “hero’s journey,” and without his trails we wouldn’t be refined enough to step into our path. We would literally be crushed by the weight of what we are suppose to be if we do not go through the trails of stripping ourselves of what we are not. So yes, keep it together, says Pluto, keep the storm of emotions under check because this purging by fire is necessary right now. He wants us to inspect our shitty views on essentially everything, so there will be plenty of situations that will come your way that will give you the opportunity to do this. It will be up to you if you retreat back to habits and empty idealism, or if you actually see why you are making the particular stand you are making. Fuck, this is good, we can’t educate ourselves enough on the stances we take. Even though things may turn into a post modern soup because of this, trust in the process. Trust in each other as well. We are all going through this though some of us are far more vocal about it than others.