Lunar Eclipse 31 January

LUNAR ECLIPSE – 31 JANUARY 2018: Venus Variations

Lunar Eclipse 31 January


This particular eclipse is especially important for those who belong to the Signs of the Fixed Cross (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) and who were born between April 29 to May 2, August 1- 5, November 2-6 and January 29 to February 2. Also to those having personal planets or their Ascendant near the 9° – 13° degrees of these Signs.


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The Total Lunar Eclipse, which takes place on January the 31st is the first of five total eclipses, two Lunar and three Solar ones, that will take place within 2018.

It is an eclipse that occurs on the Leo – Aquarius axis and more specifically at 11° 37 ‘of the Leo Sign.

Eclipses are powerful astrological events and affect us all without exception, some of us more some of us less.

The duration of the eclipse’s influence in our lives has to do mainly with the way that the chart of the eclipse is integrated with our personal horoscope. The eclipse theme activates the Houses on which it falls on our natal chart. The eclipse is related to sudden realizations as well as emotional and psychological situations, that relate to the activated Houses, and that are coming to a peak around the eclipse period.

In general, one can say that the expression of these conditions manifests within a date range that begins four weeks before the eclipse and can reach up to six months after until the next corresponding eclipse, but without this being an absolute.

What astrologically characterizes this Lunar Eclipse on January the 31st, is the conjunction of Venus with the South Node and the eclipse axis. This means that planet Venus has a special significance and colors the Eclipse, something that could among others signal:

  • The beginning for some of you of a new relationship, especially if Venus falls in the 5th house of your natal chart.
  • The ending of a relationship, because our other “half” does not understand the importance we give to matters of self-expression or cannot accept our desire to be more sociable and friendly as a pair as well as individuals.
  • For men it can bring about psychological and emotional stress associated with a woman. Lover, partner, wife, daughter or mother.
  • For women it may signal intense emotional pressure, respectively, from their mother or family, as well as gynecological issues or emotional stress that relates to their beauty and aesthetic choices.
  • A period of accentuated socializing in which we will have critical meetings and contacts that will eventually play a decisive role for the issues related to the Houses that the eclipse triggers in our natal chart.
  • Significant developments in relationships, especially love relationships, that relate to people from the past that we have somehow maintained in our lives or who are now reappear.
  • Exposure to the public and recognition through professional circles and acquaintances or through our artistic works, which will ultimately be very important for furthering our professional careers.
  • Gradual settling of financial issues that started to be of concern in February 2017.

The list may go on with several other possible manifestations of the impact that this Total Lunar Eclipse may have on each of us, but I think that it is now clear how strong and catalytic, not only this one, but all eclipses are in astrological interpretation.

Lunar Eclipse January 31 chart

This Eclipse has a karmic, or if you prefer, a learning character which is emphasized by Venus being conjunct to the Nodal axis, and we could say that the January the 31stLunar Eclipse holds a lesson for us.

It is an eclipse that requires from us to emotionally adjust to the situations that it will bring to the fore and that also requires special attention for two reasons.

Neptune is making an inconjunct aspect with the Moon, which implies a lot of idealization and hypersensitivity in how we feel, and Venus is in a square aspect with Jupiter, so in any of the possible scenarios, we must be careful not to be greedy or vain and to also be prudent not to waste our money and feelings reserves, because we mistakenly think that everything is ideal or convenient.

Fortunately, Jupiter is very helpful at the same time, since, apart from the square that it makes with Venus, is also in a sextile aspect with Pluto and in a trine aspect with Chiron.

Jupiter through these harmonic aspects gives us the opportunity to find the necessary psychological energy reserves to face what may have wounded us in the past and to heal.

Jupiter makes us strong and effective to cope with the challenges and reversals that this eclipse may easily bring about if we do not act quickly and reasonably. (Jupiter inconjunct Uranus and Mars sextile Mercury).

The lunar eclipse of January 31 is a critical but not a difficult eclipse that presents both opportunities and challenges and prepares us psychologically for the Solar Eclipse of February 15th.

ECLIPSE DATA

Eclipse Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Eclipse Saros: 124

Maximum Duration: 1 Hour 56 minutes

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Venus Retrograde

VENUS RETROGRADE (March 4th – April 15th)

Venus Retrograde

Venus, the planet of Love is going to turn retrograde within the next hours. During her retrograde course Venus will move backwards through Aries and will gradually retreat into the sign of Pisces on April the 3rd, where she will continue her retrogration until April the 16th.

Andy Warhol, in his painting “Details of Renaissance Paintings, Botticelli, Birth of Venus”, is re-visiting Botticelli’s Venus and re-paints her with a pop aesthetics in order to comment on the commercialisation of the ideal of Love, the superficiality of being vain and to make the viewer stop and ponder on the notions of “relating” and “beauty”.

That is exactly what Venus is callings us to do while she will be retrograde. A re-evaluation of our own self-worth, our own internal beauty. We are called to re-assess the expectations we have from others and at the same time to see how it is that we ourselves relate.

During the retrograde movement we turn inwards and we wonder:

  • What is that we want from a relationship and from our partner?
  • Which are the motivations and our deepest desires?
  • Do we want to be in a relationship just only for the sake of not being alone?
  • Is our relationship superficial, pop and "appearances-only", lacking meaningful sharing?
  • Are we appreciated as much as we deserve? Do we return appreciation and value our partner?

The very nature of these questions, whether we are in a relationship or not, concerns first and most to ourselves and while it mainly relates to love relations it also touches, one to one partnerships, business relations and our socialising in general.

The retrograde movement brings Venus backwards and this may mean that a person from the past re-appears. If this is the case, it only happens for a reason. We must “remember” the relationship we have had with this person in the past, what it meant then and what it means now, for our present and for any existing relations or commitments. We are called to redefine this relation with the past person in a clear and karmic – free way.

From April the 3rd when Venus exalted in Pisces will be attired with romanticism, self -sacrifice and utmost idealism, our need to belong will be great and will feel like nostalgia to return to the very ideal of love that has been lost.

All this is a necessary part in a process of introspection that will clear out situations, will make us feel better with ourselves and will prepare us to be more sociable and will revitalise our relationships when Venus will turn direct again.

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VENUS IN VIRGO SQUARE SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS

VENUS SQUARE SATURN

Venus is in Virgo. Practical, demanding, fussy, always changing, wanting so much. Saturn is traveling in Sagittarius, testing the vistas of our faith, but bestowing faith in the end through this process of maturity.

These days are the right time to realize that the hardships and shortcomings that you may have in love exist because you over analyze and over think on how love should be. You demand too much from love and at the same time you project the trivial of everyday upon the very ideal of love.

Perfectionism may be right, but not if it makes it harsh for yourself or the one who’s there by your side. If you are alone, and this other one whom you seek has to be so perfect… then sorry but your quest ends before it even begins.

Think of it.

The perfect is not the ideal. The ideal is whatever makes You perfect!

So while this transit lasts remember not to strip love from its transcendental garments. Be patience and attire love with faith and trust.

Most of all have faith in yourself, whether being alone or hand in hand with someone.


Trust and Love on a prayer for the next five days…

«We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love
We’ll give it a shot» – Bon Jovi

…and have faith from then on!

 

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