The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018 falls at 11º Leo and is exactly conjunct minor planet Ceres. The Lionine Eclipse theme from last year continues where we had the extremely potent Regulus Solar Eclipse back in August 2017. This Lunar Eclipse January 2018 has shades of the former eclipse but is less physical forceful. It still has courage, but withholds making any bold moves until the very last moment.
The January Lunar Eclipse has ‘regal’ stamped all over it, and it especially resonates with playing a very Queenly, backstage, strategic role. This Lunar Eclipse makes us warm hosts, who take control of any social situation, making sure that all guests are taken care of. The energy is great for organising people and events so that the flames of enthusiasm and conviviality forge longstanding alliances.
A good word to describe the Moon in Leo Decan 2 is ‘Gracious’, though in some cases it can be more like ‘Goodness Gracious!’ Indulgence can become a problem if we lay on excessive compliments, gifts and flattery to those we want to court favour with. The Lunar Eclipse Decan 2 can be a great benefactor for the arts and is a protector of children. The protective influence of the great mother bear of Ursa Major is felt strongly in this decan and this ramps up the mothering aspect of both the Moon energy itself and the Lunar Eclipse’s conjunction with super-matriarch Ceres.
Lunar Eclipse January 2018 Astrology
The Moon soothes down the roaring energy of Leo Decan 2 somewhat, but this decan is still regarded as being ‘Mouthy’. This means the January Lunar eclipse’s energy will be outspoken, fearless in its reasoning and will dive into debates with gusto. This decan of Leo is ruled by Jupiter, so combining Zeus with the Lion King will create someone who relishes power and is very happy to give orders. Those ignited by the January Lunar Eclipse then will be accused of being bossy, but at the same time will be wonderful at organizing, when most people can’t be bothered. You can rely on this Lunar Eclipse to cut the crap out of any chaos rather than just faffing-about politely, not wanting to appear rude. A Leo decan 2 Lunar Eclipse does tough-love extraordinarily well, but sometimes make enemies because of this. The roaring mouth of the lion combined with the super-nanny energy of Ceres will never sugarcoat.
Lunar Eclipse January ~ Stars & Aspects
The January 31 Lunar Eclipse is aligned with minor star Alpha Lynx in the constellation of Lynxus. The Lynx is practically invisible as a constellation. Legend has it that this cat was originally King Lyncus who was turned into a bobcat by Ceres because “he refused to teach the arts of agriculture to his people” It seems the arrogant King was rather jealous of the grain goddess’s power over nature, so he killed her greatest and most respected farmer. Lynx are associated with great sight and luminous eyes. Well, you would need great sight to see this constellation, as it is so faint. This was King Lyncus punishment, not being able to shine. Lynx are also loners too. It is interesting we have another connection to the Ceres here, which further activates the need to respect nature and natural law.
At this Lunar Eclipse the Moon conjunct Ceres is not easily swayed and will stick to its principles no matter what. This aspect can work like the matriarchal version of Sun conjunct Saturn. At best these are the wise elders who pass on their wisdom to the young and serve as respected mentors in the wider world. Command may seem overly strict, but it is also a true case of tough love. They get very positive results where others have failed, through patience and pragmatism. There is a priestess/herbalist side to Ceres. If they are not hard-core materialists then this January 31 Lunar Eclipse can place a lot of its energies into healing the world. A Ceres Lunar eclipse supports ecologists, healers, charity workers and hostesses, while it also has a very strong work ethic.
Moon opposite Venus will bring a bit of zest to what otherwise would be a soft, compliant, custard-pie combination. Having the two most feminine bodies in astrology in opposition makes for an interesting tug-of-war between the glamorous, but impossibly vain lover and the caring, self-sacrificing mother. Those touched by the Lunar Eclipse January 2018 could feel torn between their loving, mothering duties and the satisfaction of their sensual desires.
Moon quincunx Neptune gives a subtle backdrop to the January Lunar Eclipse. This aspect conjures up images of nocturnal sea mist and inky black oceans, infinite and unfathomable. It is the ethereal mermaid, slipping in and out of the waves, impossible to catch. The moon glistens over her tail as she flashes in and out of view, tantalizing [sic], teasing, just out of reach. One can only navigate by sound and feeling because it’s hard to trust your eyes here. This January Lunar eclipse aspect then has problems with boundaries, so it is a psychic sponge which makes us super-sensitive to our environment.
Lunar Eclipse January 2018 ~ Summary
The environment or culture is a big theme at this Lunar Eclipse. I say culture in the sense of that that surrounds a cell in a petri dish. Luxury and indulgence are also amplified. There is a need to possibly forgo the immediate stimulation of the senses in favour of one’s duty to nurture the sick. And some aspects of what is popular culture these days are indeed ‘sick’. Venus is on the south node, the arse end of the dragon, tends to bring out the worse side of the planet it touches. So this Aphrodite can be vain, narcissistic and shallow.
If we couple Venus’s vanity with negative Ceres’s s-mothering approach to loving, you could end up with a bunny boiler situation.. This is not a great eclipse to have an affair! If you do happen to be in the midst of one, there is a danger of getting caught with your pants down. So a case of handbags at dawn if you are not careful. Lovers might find that their sweetheart is actually married, or a spouse discovers an affair. Lunar Eclipses have a habit of bringing secrets to the surface. There is definitely a theme of the seductive but possibly shallow lover versus the dutiful but dull spouse. It’s a cliché, but the archetypes are hard to ignore when you have Sun/Venus/South Node in exciting and rebellious Aquarius opposite Moon/Ceres/North Node in stately Leo. The official spouse has the winning hand though, so give up gracefully if you are the mister/mistress!
For the Lunar Eclipse January 2018 in the mundane world, there could be some so-called ‘s**t shaming’ which is such an ugly term.. However Leo decan 2 is mouthy and I can’t see the official Queen going down without a fight if her ‘Henry VIII’ wants a new model. This works also in the business world too where a boss might want a rebrand and replace their scruffy old (But wise) staff with shiny new hipsters. Again, this Lunar Eclipse means any forced redundancies will be very vocal about their plight.
Another possibility at this January Lunar Eclipse in 2018 is an attempt to replace a lovely old building with some modern carbuncle. The environment theme will ensure there will be protests at any schemes that are not in keeping with the rest of the town’s architecture. The victorious solution will have nature and classical proportions on its side. This is not an eclipse for jagged and bony high-tech but for yelding, feline and curvacious landscapes.
Lunar Eclipse January 2018 Times
Los Angeles January 31 ~ 5.26am
New York January 31 ~ 8.26am
London January 31 ~ 1.26pm
Rome January 31 ~ 2.26pm
Sydney February 1 ~ 0.26am