The full moon eclipse of 8th August 2014 brings with it some intense energy as our emotional friend conjuncts with volatile Uranus as part of a powerful grand trine with Mars and Jupiter. Themes for this powerful aspect pattern include sudden change (Uranus), new beginnings (Aries), good fortune, opportunity, emotional expansion and growing trust (Jupiter). There is a lot of energy here so if you’ve been dragging your feet on something this is a good time to move forward.
But be aware, lunar eclipses can bring emotional storms and lack of clarity so don’t let the impulsive energy of Aries push you into any rash decisions!
Annie from Cafe Astrology has this to say about eclipses: “Many people tend to fear eclipses, simply because they often bring about a crisis of sorts that leads to a significant event or change. However, this event or change can be very positive. Eclipses are tied to changing circumstances. However, we are usually the ones to precipitate or to attract changes because our “inner guides” know that we need it. Human beings are progressive by nature, and although we might stay in situations that are making us miserable for longer than we should, deep down inside we know that change is necessary for growth.”
The grand trine that occurs during this eclipse also forms two sextiles from Jupiter and Mars to the Sun in Libra (partnerships) which makes this a good time for moving things forward as a team and for making changes in your relationships. But be careful! This is a wild energy you’re working with here and it needs to be channeled with love.
A short ritual for harnessing the power of the full moon eclipse
Face east in the late evening (the eclipse will occur close to midnight). Create a circle around you – I often use a silk rope or ribbon but if you are outside you can draw on the Earth. Take five minutes to meditate and become calm. Then light four candles and invite in the four elements / directions. Ask them to support you in your ritual.
- Fire – inspiration, creativity, passion, motivation
- Water – intuition, compassion, love
- Air – intelligence, communication, planning, strategy
- Earth – practical skills, resources, money and time
Focus on the archetype of Aries which is energising this eclipse. Aries is the archetype of the Hero and represents independence, courage and action. Acknowledge that this is a time for working independently but for a common goal. Be thankful for the courage and strength that Aries brings you.
Now focus on the Actions you will take in the coming weeks, the goals that you need to achieve. It could be useful to write these down beforehand. Spend a few moments concentrating on each one. Visualise each one manifesting exactly as you desire. Do this slowly and with gratitude.
Open your eyes and feel yourself fully present in your body – alive, strong and capable. Connect with the warrior energy of Aries and accept the gifts of strength, courage and independence that this brings you during this eclipse period. Thank the four directions and release them.
For more on working with eclipses check out this article by Lynn Koiner.