The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.
Forming a tight T-Square in the sky, this Full Moon Moon Eclipse on July 27th is strongly aspected by both Mars & Uranus, bringing three of the four fixed signs of the zodiac into alignment. The first decans of Aquarius Leo & Taurus, are all in play, and are all associated with 5’s in the tarot, a number associated with Mars, that brings upheaval, disruption and change.
A great deal of energy is riding here, with explosive emotional outbursts quite possible for anyone whose chart is affected strongly by this eclipse. It also brings with it however, the possibility to release the entrenched patterns of the past, and to make room for something new in due course.
The themes highlighted by this particular eclipse are the juxtaposition between following tradition, and wearing the mask that is required to play to your audience, and leaving the herd that you are attached to, and standing free of the cultural “norm” that you may be enmeshed in, in order to discover a more authentic reality.
Ego lessons are part of the deal, as we may need to look at where we indulge ourselves in pleasant pastimes rather than get on with the work that needs to be done. It is often
too easy to while away the days in behaviours that do not challenge our demons, rather than breaking free of our comfortable prisons. Far easier it might be to talk from time to time of the desire to break out, rather than actually address the matter.
Who are we without our inner conflict, and our “bad habits” that we are so attached to? There is a sense with this eclipse, that it may well be time to emerge from the cocoon of safe bliss that we have been hiding in, and to work on making a better world for ourselves, whether this means leaving for foreign lands, or just breaking away from situations that are holding us in the past.
On this particular eclipse, we may well be faced with a challenge to our close personal relationships, with difficult communications or painful news. If this eclipse is closely aspecting a personal point in your horoscope, you may well be dealing with ideas of separation and loss. Although things may look bad however, as the eclipse takes effect, over the next month or so, things should improve, and what you may have thought was a lost cause, could make a turn around for the better. If you can quickly grasp what needs to be done, and act swiftly, complete disaster may be avoided.
Five is a number associated with change, and dynamic motion, fearless and unafraid to rebel against imposed restraints and the dogma of what has gone before. The strong five association with this particular eclipse is alive with ideas around change, departure and upheaval, as you seek to follow your inner calling, the deep and persistent voice of your own heart.
I have created the following spread, in order to help focus the energy of this particular eclipse, with the astrology of the moment in mind.
Shuffle your chosen deck, and focus on what has been occurring for you in the last 6 months. Think of a situation where you have been trying break away from your family, tribe or social group, in order to follow the dictates of your heart.
Draw 5 cards:
Card 1: Where do I wear a mask that accords me the attention that I need?
Card 2: Where do I yearn to walk a solitary path, free of the opinions of others?
Card 3: Where must I quit my avoidance tactics, and start building for the future?
Card 4: What information must I act on quickly in the coming weeks?
Card 5: What outcome can I expect by February 4th 2019?
For Card 1, the realm of life can be seen by the element of the card. Card 3 could be an ongoing measure that you can employ to make sure that things remain on course. Card 4 suggests something that you can employ if faced with a difficult situation that you feel you need to urgently resolve. Card 5 will be the lesson of the phase, a core concept or mandala that you can employ in the future to assist you in remembering what you have learned in this phase. I hope that you find this spread insightful, and as usual, please feel free to share and pass on.
The three cards that I have associated with this particular eclipse, The Five of Wands, Swords & Disks, all add to the number 15, the number of The Devil & The Lovers….. which in light of what I have written about the meaning of this eclipse, seems incredibly apt!!! Add up the numerical value of your cards, and see what result you come up with!
Wishing you all a blessed Full Moon, and may The Goddess watch over you.
My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children wish I was “normal” but will be delighted in the end, that I’m not. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.
Thoth card images are reproduced with the kind permission of U.S.Games
Header art work by Susan Seddon Boulet.