Sunday, February 18, 2018
This Month's Column

February 2018- Lunar lore and miscellany.

There was a Super Blue Moon (in Leo) and total Lunar Eclipse at dawn for those on the east coast on January 31. A lunar hat trick, if you will. We on the east coast saw only the first part of the eclipse since the moon was setting as the sun came up. At my house I had a beautiful view of the Super Moon, then the eclipse was just starting when it went below the mountain. The best view was west of the Mississippi.

I saw this pre-dawn eclipse once before, not long ago. I saw a big pink full moon setting over the mountain here in Oakland. It was about half way through the eclipse when it went below the mountain. I’m not sure if that was a Super Moon but the moon looks larger at the horizon anyway so it sure looked spectacular to me.

Super Moon: At perigee, the moon is closest to earth in its orbit and appears much larger than usual. A Super Moon. It can happen two or three months in a row. But remember the moon always appears larger at the horizon anyway, rising and setting. It’s an optical illusion.

Blue Moon: The second Full Moon in one month. It doesn’t mean a thing except to inspire a classic romantic song by Rodgers and Hart (1934), covered by several popular artists.

Lunar Eclipse: The shadow of the earth passes over the Full Moon, and sometimes it is a total eclipse, sometimes only partial, lasts for 3-4 hours, and the view depends on where you are in the world. I’ve see a couple of really good ones. The moon is the color of blood.

Solar Eclipse: Occurs at the New Moon, and the moon passes in front of the sun. This view also depends on where you are in the world. Last time we had a Solar Eclipse we could see it around lunchtime all across America. There was a lot of excitement and media attention. There were a few fair weather clouds here but we could still see it. I didn’t have the special sun glasses (which I recommend you have on hand) but I had the shoebox thing, which worked.

Eclipses can be nothing but an interesting phenomenon, or they can coincide with important life events, people leaving or a cycle coming to a close, if they occur in a strong sign in your chart. A very good example is, when my father passed away there was an eclipse in Libra, his rising sign which is also on my 8th house cusp (death, inheritance and transformation).

Remember that the moon has a 28 day cycle through the zodiac. At the New Moon, every 28 days, new beginnings are possible, great and small, and it is the best time to make wishes. At the Full Moon, projects and plans come to completion and climax. That is why more babies are born at this time. Energies are high so more crimes and crazy stuff happens.

Read more about the Super Moon in the Celestial Navigation archives, August 2014.

CELESTIAL ALMANAC: Leo Full Moon January 31, Virgo Full Moon March 2, Aquarius New Moon, February 15-16, and by the way, February 16 is the Chinese New Year of the Dog.

Continue reading for the February forecast. Have a sweet Valentine’s Day, and Gong Hey Fat Choy! Woof!

This Month's Horoscope
(Born between March 21 - April 19)
Would you believe it, no planets have been retrograde since early January. And there won’t be any retrogrades until March 8. The celestial energies are expressing themselves outwardly instead of within. Mars has moved into your travel house. You have the urge to take a trip and can’t sit still at home. So get out there if you can swing it, even for just a weekend getaway in the country. It is a positive aspect. You have lots of energy and your health is good.
Taurus taurus
(Born between April 20 - May 19)
Keep your eyes open for opportunities. A trip, sabbatical or learning experience may be just around the corner. The next year or so will be good for going back to school or getting a master’s degree, for example. Or you may do some teaching yourself, and be a guide to younger people. The Sun, Mercury and Venus may bring positive changes in your career. Social events may bring new business connections.
Gemini Gemini
(Born between May 20 - June 20)
Because of Mars in Sagittarius sparks may fly in your relationships. This doesn’t necessarily mean fights or anything, but maybe a brief confrontation or a clearing of the air. Work it out. You and one other person may not see things the same way, so talk it over. Rekindle the romance in your marriage and go on a hot date. Singles may meet someone new. The attraction quotient is high now. Because of the Sun, Mercury and Venus travel is favored early in the month.
Cancer cancer
(Born between June 21 - July 22)
Jupiter makes things easier for you now. You are more optimistic, cheerful, and your problems are all behind you. Life is good. No worries. Your health improves. If a procedure or physical therapy is necessary it will go well. Money is coming. You have everything you need with a little extra. This beneficial influence will be enhanced when Sun, Mercury and Venus move through Pisces in the next few weeks. New friendships, love and adventure await you.
Leo leo
(Born between July 23 - August 21)
The Sun, Mercury and Venus are in your marriage house the first half of the month. This is good for all relationships. Life at home is good because of Jupiter. There may be a family reunion. You can renovate, add on or go house hunting. You could get lucky. Mars is in your house of fun, romance and leisure activities. Obviously you should relax and have a good time this month. Activities with children, sports, games and gambling are favored. Leo will be on the prowl.
Virgo virgo
(Born between August 22 - September 22)
The Sun, Mercury and Venus in Pisces later this month bring romance and excitement in relationships. If you are happily single, this will benefit friendships, business partnerships and all other one-to-one encounters. You could meet someone special. Joint projects, agreements and contracts are favored. With Neptune in Pisces, creativity and imagination are stimulated. You may have a secret admirer or go through a brief infatuation. Enjoy the moment!
Libra libra
(Born between September 23 - October 22)
The Sun, Mercury and Venus in Aquarius are good for fun and games during the first half of the month. Communications are favored. This is the best time to go out with friends or plan social events. Later you’ll probably be too busy. With Mars in Sagittarius, studies or school activities take precedence. Now is the time to apply to college or start a training program. Update your knowledge of applications and buy a new lap top, for example.
Scorpio scorpio
(Born between October 23 - November 21)
As I told you last month Jupiter in your sign brings happiness, optimism, luck and passion. There is a tendency to put on weight so remember moderation in all things. Jupiter casts his blessings upon you for the next several months. Enjoy it while you can. Like I told Cancer, this beneficial influence will be enhanced when Sun, Mercury and Venus move through Pisces in the next few weeks. New friendships, love and adventure await you.
Sagittarius sagittarius
(Born between November 22 - December 21)
With Mars in your sign it’s an important high energy cycle. For the next several weeks you’ll be all charged up. Better find some hard work to do to channel all that energy. Physical activities are best, like building things, sports, working out at the gym, skiing, hiking and such. If you aren’t properly occupied you’ll be cranky, get into fights, have an accident or run a fever. This most likely won’t happen if you keep busy. Approach life with great enthusiasm.
Capricorn capricorn
(Born between December 22 - January 20)
Saturn and Pluto in your sign might put a slightly serious cast over things but don’t let it bring you down. Take one day at a time and keep your nose to the grindstone. Chop wood, carry water. Sometimes it is satisfying just to know you’re doing something useful. And it’s nice to feel needed. Capricorn is by nature a patient and hard worker. If a major life change is in motion, just roll with it. It is happening for a good reason and everything will work out for the best.
Aquarius aquarius
(Born between January 21 - February 19)
Because of the Sun, Mercury and Venus here, there is an accent on creativity, romance and the arts. This is a feel-good aspect. You are affectionate, kind and people of the opposite sex are more attracted to you. Admirers arrive. The New Moon on February 15-16 may signal the start of a new relationship, a new chapter or a new direction in life. Make a wish. Pamper yourself. Get a make-over, go on a diet or start a new fitness regimen. Be good to yourself.
Pisces pisces
(Born between February 20 - March 20)
Read about Cancer. Jupiter benefits you in the same way. And try to get some traveling into your schedule. Adventure is out there. You could have a wonderful learning experience and meet interesting people. Read about Virgo also. When the Sun, Mercury and Venus arrive in Pisces later in the month, joining Neptune, creativity, inspiration and psychic ability are enhanced. Romance is favored. You may fall in love with the next pretty face who comes along, or look at the boy next door in a whole new way. The Love Bug will bite!

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