Lights, camera, action! Friday, February 10, brings the full moon in theatrical Leo and 2017's first lunar eclipse, sending out a cosmic casting call. This is a day to step out and let your talents shine—but don’t forget to be an appreciative audience member, too.
This lunar event is the culmination of any efforts started six months ago at the Leo new moon. As Leo rules creativity, glamour, romance and fertility, many of us will be “giving birth” this weekend, seeing our efforts come to light in a bold and attention-getting way. And romance could be off the charts...so why why wait for Cupid's arrows to strike? (Read your love horoscope to find out what the stars say about the object of your affections.)
The Leo full moon lunar eclipse kicks off the first in a two-year eclipse series to hit the Leo-Aquarius axis. These passionate moonbeams will certainly bring some red-carpet magic to the world—Grammys Party anyone? And right before Valentine's Day, the lovestruck Leo energy could bring a few romantic revolutions our way.
Eclipses are harbingers of sweeping change, speeding up inevitable actions and pushing us to look in new directions. The Leo-Aquarius series will play with the balance between Leo's gilded royalty and the community "one love" spirit of Aquarius. The battle between the "haves" and the "have-nots" could get fierce; and we'll all have to learn a few lessons about when to share (Aquarius) and when to spoil ourselves (Leo). How can we preserve our individuality and still be part of the collective human race? When united in the best possible way, the hybrid of Aquarius and Leo can bring a full-on revolution of love. We are so ready for it!
The Friday night lights will indeed be bright, as the Leo full moon eclipse will rise in tandem with a flyby of an emerald green comet. Follow the yellow brick road? The penumbral eclipse will take place at approximately 5:34 p.m. EST and the full moon will reach its peak at roughly 7:33 p.m. You can watch for the Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková—aka the "New Year Comet" during the early hours of Friday night and Saturday morning.
Whew! That's a whole lot of stargazing to take in. And even if cloudy wintery skies block your view you can still soak up the spirituality of the February full moon. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in February is also known as the Full Snow Moon, since the heaviest snowfalls tend to happen this month. (This week's epic blizzard that pummeled the East Coast was surely indicative of that!) During Colonial times, the Full Snow Moon was named by Native Americans as a way of tracking the seasons.
So whether or not you're snowed in, here are a few energizing winter rituals to harness the power of the Leo full moon eclipse: