This week we get the second in our pair of current eclipses: a partial solar eclipse during the Aquarius New Moon on Thursday, Feb. 15. There’s been a lot on Planet Waves lately about interrupting old patterns to allow new ones to form — patterns that will better suit who you’re in the process of becoming — thanks to the general topics of eclipses and Aquarius. That might have you feeling edgy; but the chart for this eclipse underscores the themes in a way that, hopefully, will feel empowering for you.
At its most essential, this New Moon and eclipse involves the Sun and Moon making a conjunction in late Aquarius, exact at 4:05 pm EST (21:05 UTC) on Thursday. The Sun and Moon are also conjunct Mercury and the asteroid Juno.
Those four bodies will span about a degree and a half of Aquarius. That entire cluster is roughly sextile the still-functional Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries. It’s this sextile that appears to give this event a lot of its potential traction to shift direction — even on top of the regular ability of eclipses to facilitate this. There’s no guarantee that your life will be vastly different in a week, however. You might find the adjustments you make now don’t seem that significant, and that’s okay.
What matters most is that you make a little effort. A sextile is not a magic wand. It’s more like an opportunity you can activate. Think of it like a door: to experience it as anything other than a different section of the wall, you have to grasp the doorknob and open the door; then you can walk through it. Similarly, a sextile’s mojo is more likely to reward you if you do your part.
Having Uranus in contact with these planets in Aquarius (a sign it co-rules with Saturn) multiplies the unexpected/inventive quotient. How open can you be this week to new discoveries — even as you set your mind to envisioning the bigger picture of your long-term goals? The less rigid you require your point of view to be, the more may catch your attention.
There also seems to be an image here of being able to tackle old problems with new solutions that emerge through friendships or group situations. Those friends might be new to you, or they could be people you’ve known for decades who just happen to be surfing this same wave of eclipse energy with new intention.
The idea is to notice what’s coming up for you that is atypical, or challenges a set pattern or system, and to capitalize on it. This may also apply to facets of digital life — or perhaps to some of the ways that digital relating has warped our idea of what ‘social connection’ means — though my sense is that the more you can work with things in 3D flesh-and-blood, the better.
Either way, with Mercury in the mix (especially since it makes a square to Jupiter in Scorpio Tuesday, on the way to the eclipse), thought processes and communication are key elements.
If you can keep your mindset relaxed and work with any details that don’t fit what you think you’re aiming for, you’ll likely find that it will help you stay on your toes. Anytime fixed signs are involved, it pays to stay mindful of your ability to be flexible. The other main element of this chart that intrigues me is Venus conjunct Nessus in early Pisces, making a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn. A Venus-Saturn sextile can indicate strength in accepting the difficult parts of the growth process — including a greater awareness of the reality of relationships.
‘Change’ seems to be, for many people, one of the hardest parts of even the most positive process of growth and healing, and it can be a challenging topic in intimate relationships. So it’s nice to see this idea of ‘strength in acceptance’ show up in such a dynamic eclipse chart.
Yet the presence of Venus and Nessus in Pisces also underscores a signature topic of our current moment: addressing, redressing and otherwise ‘stopping the buck’ on a pattern of boundary transgressions — especially of the emotional and/or sexual variety. As described above, this sextile offers strength and traction if you find these issues resonate for you. If they’re central to what you’re working through right now, you can more consciously engage with it.
Often the two weeks between eclipses get described as having a kind of ‘vortex’ or ‘time compression’ sense to them. Yet you might actually notice this more after the eclipse has gone by, thanks to the astrology that ends the week, which includes both Mercury and the Sun entering Pisces. We’ll have more about those events (and more) later in the week.
For now, to paraphrase one of Eric’s horoscopes below, see if you can let this Aquarius New Moon and eclipse loosen up your idea of what ‘your future’ looks like. The more you can do that, the more you may find the wiggle room and excitement to allow it to unfold. Sometimes we need to strongly guide events; sometimes we need to get out of our own way and allow a shift to happen. Most of the time, I suspect a blend of the two is called for. This looks like one of those times.