aries lunar eclipseThe second Eclipse of the season is coming up on Sunday – are you feeling it? Pressure, intensity, frustration, disorientation and DISCOMFORT?? The Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries (7:04pm Pacific) is a super-charged Full Moon, stirring up strong feelings, bringing events to culmination or closure, and shining the light on what’s been hidden in the depths of the subconscious.

At a Lunar Eclipse, the light of the Full Moon is temporarily darkened by the Earth’s shadow, signifying a resetting of consciousness. This process requires some degree of surrender and a hell of a lot of TRUST. In the dark, we have to rely on how we feel rather than what we see, on our inner guidance rather than having something tangible to hold onto “out there.”

aries lunar eclipseWith the Eclipse in the sign of the Ram, we’re feeling into the essential Aries questions: Who am I? and What do I want? We’re feeling into where the spark of vitality, our passion, our desire, is calling us NOW. The Moon’s close proximity to the South Node suggests that this Eclipse is a lot about releasing old ideas of who we “should” be, who we used to be, and what we used to want. Shedding a layer, letting go of what no longer feels aligned with our true self, uncovering more of our present-time authenticity.

There’s the potential for some serious emotional reactivity – especially anger (and anger’s cousins: frustration, crankiness, irritability). Anger can help us identify what we really want, and are not allowing ourselves to have, and where we need to take action and/or set a boundary. However! The Aries South Node warns not to act from an emotionally-charged state of anger, impatience or judgment. The Libra North Node points to the best way forward, and recommends slowing down, taking some deep breaths, seeing situations from another’s perspective, objectively weighing out all sides of an issue, and creating fair, just and beautiful outcomes.

Action planet Mars – the ruler of Aries and presiding deity of the Eclipse – is in Virgo, opposing Neptune in Pisces, God/Goddess of the Ocean and signifier of the invisible realm of dreams, the imagination, oneness consciousness and Source. Unconsciously navigated, Mars-Neptune shows up as weak, dissipated vitality (including illness), confused action, not knowing what you want and therefore failing to do anything, feeling powerless, victimized, incapable of asserting yourself and pursuing your desires.

neptune in piscesBut the higher side of Mars-Neptune is the Spiritual Warrior – committed action on behalf of the greater whole, an alignment of personal will with divine will, powerful engagement and co-creation with invisible forces. Access the witchy power of Mars in Virgo by stepping up your self-care habits, purifying your body, and cleaning your home – both the physical and energetic “stuff” that’s accumulated (light up that sage…). Activate your Spiritual Warrior through prayer, meditation, ritual, surrendering to the Mystery while fully grounded and centered in your body and in present time.

Fueling the eclipsey energy of CHANGE, and marking a significant turning point, today is Fall Equinox (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere) – when the Sun moves into Libra the Scales and the day and night are equal. This is a time to recognize, celebrate and harvest the results of your creations, and to consider what shifts you can make to bring your life back into balance. What do you need to release so you focus on your priorities?

And! Deepening the underwordly, lost-in-the-dark, shadow-revealing, pressurized qualities of the Eclipse, Pluto – God/Goddess of the Underworld – is stationing, preparing to turn from Retrograde to Direct (forward) on Thursday (11:57pm Pacific). Pluto turned Retrograde on April 16, just a few days before the Aries New Moon, and we’re now revisiting themes from that time. As I asked in my April 15 postWhat needs to be released so that more of your true self can emerge? What’s the “deadwood” in your life that’s holding you back from acting on your deepest desires? Where are you stifling or suppressing your creative energy because you’re following someone else’s rules?

Whew, yes, a lot going on. Breathing, breathing. More breathing.

For deeper insight into what Sunday’s Lunar Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 4 degrees Aries. The areas of life signified by that house are where:  change is brewing, volatile energy is erupting, and something from the past is coming to culmination, fruition or completion; where you’re being called to activate your Spiritual Warrior; and where you’re asking the Aries questions, What do I really want? Where is my vitality and excitement calling me? What would it look like to express more of my true self?

– Emily Trinkaus

galactivationsCalling all priestesses! Want support for navigating these transformational Lunar Eclipse energies, releasing reactivity and accessing your power? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Thursday (or by recording) for our Full Moon Galactivation! All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or interweb connection to participate. Details here.