Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius: Pain Before Pleasure

Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius: Pain Before Pleasure

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius occurs August 7th, 2017 at 15°25’ of Aquarius.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Aquarius or the house where your natal Saturn is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.

You can find out more about how to work with eclipses here.

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Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – August 7th, 2017 // Pain Before Pleasure

“It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”

– Marquis de Sade

 

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius is nothing to fear, no matter how much Astro clickety-boo has come your way this week.

It is not, however, a moment for passivity or trying to hide our head in the sand: what needs to be done, and why, will become exceedingly clear come Monday night (or thereabouts).

The Greek root of ‘eclipse’ means ‘to abandon’, and while that likely originated as a description of the Sun & Moon temporarily ‘abandoning’ mankind, what you’ll need to abandon at this Lunar Eclipse instead is any delusions you’re still holding about the nature of change.

Change, according to most sensible types, almost always requires pain before pleasure, the same way that the darkest hour comes just before dawn, and the brightest breakthroughs follow the most profound breakdowns.

Aquarius loves change and handles the process rather well, cutting away whats necessary until their vision becomes clear, ruthlessly separating the wheat from the chaff.

Theirs is a singular talent, for change is hard: it’s painful, relentless, disorientating.

Change is also necessary and liberating, but those parts usually come at the end after the rest of us have spun out a few times; Aquarius, though, usually remains undaunted throughout.

I’ve written elsewhere that this is a sign which ‘inevitably prefers a few well-sharpened No. 2 pencils and a blank Venn diagram over wading into murky, emotional territory’, which is only to say in another way that they excel in all manner of left-brain labors.

The Moon in Aquarius, and hence the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, rationalizes far better than it intuits.

There may a similar tension broiling between our mind and our feelings (Moon square to Pallas-Athena). Particularly, there could be a pull between a sense of pride linked to our talent for detachment (Sun in Leo, Moon in Aquarius) coming up against an inner impulse towards something based on the wisdom of the Earth and our bodies, instead of man’s filtered-down version of the same (Pallas-Athena in Taurus).

Something, perhaps, that rises up from within, which starts at the feet and finishes between your ribs – something from your soul-body.

We may be entering the eclipse in a bit of a wayward haze: with kundalini Queen Pallas-Athena in squares to both the Sun and Mars, we may feel slightly listless and our creativity may be at a loose end (hence this post coming later than normal…).

We may feel very much ado about ‘meh’ when we’re not otherwise feeling waylaid by itching frustration (Mars opposite Moon).

This could be part of where the pain comes in, between our knowing something needs to change and the knowledge that we may not be quite ready to make the changes. Instead of labeling this feeling as a terminal case of inertia, we should call it what it is: a perfect moment to undertake a stone-cold review.

Mercury nearing its retrograde station suggests that what comes up now may later require a revisit; Saturn as the lunation ruler promises change only through hard work, a secondary pain we’ll have to negotiate when the moment is right (which is likely to come after August 25th, when Saturn stations direct).

These minor twinges notwithstanding, the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius looks good: a bountiful trine to Jupiter should be able to cut through the nebulous bits and leave an after-taste of joy. A generosity of spirit or over-arching optimism may flood our senses, there may be a powerful compulsion towards pleasure.

I say: trust these inclinations.

Let Jupiter’s lasso entangle you with exactly the things you need to let the feel-goods multiply underneath the Summertime sun.

There’ll be plenty of time to work, and re-work, what comes up at the lunar eclipse.

For now, sink into the pleasure and save the pains for later – who said it had to be the other way around?

Want to know more about the Moon?

…or why the number 13 isn’t unlucky at all?

…or how the Moon connects to sacred feminine mythology?

…or my step-by-step method for interpreting every New & Full Moon for yourself?

THE LUNAR ECLIPSE IN AQUARIUS CHART

August 7th, 2017, Aquarius 15°25′

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