On February 15, a partial solar (new moon) eclipse lands in team-spirited Aquarius, sending ripples through our communities, friendships, and collaborations. While we could find ourselves scrambling to adjust to planetary plot twists, let’s not get too comfortable just yet.
In addition to being a solar eclipse, February 15 kicks off the Chinese year of the Earth Dog. After an exhausting year under the Fire Rooster’s rule (Twitter wars, pecking orders…enough already!), the collaborative and loyal Dog could come as a welcome relief.
Luckily, this should be a more coolheaded eclipse (relatively speaking), since we’re dealing with rational Aquarius instead of drama-rama Leo. The second eclipse on the 15th will also fall on a NEW moon, putting the focus on fresh starts and bold beginnings, rather than the swift changes and revelations sparked by a full moon or lunar eclipse. With the Sun in Aquarius until February 18 (#AquariusSeason), here’s hoping the Water Bearer’s laid-back vibe can cool down some of that proud Lion’s fire.
Both eclipses will reverberate again this summer—much like they did in 2017—as another pair lands back in both Leo and Aquarius. Mark your calendar: July 27 will bring an Aquarius total lunar eclipse (the culmination of the February 15 event), followed by a Leo solar eclipse on August 11. Prepare for even more changes to your personal goals, self-expression, friendships, and collaborations. Working out the balance between solo stardom (ruled by Leo) and team effort (Aquarius’ domain) is a larger theme.
On the global/political stage, these eclipses could bring more leadership changes, waves of activism, and "people vs. the power" showdowns. Leo is all about speaking up and speaking out, while Aquarius brings people together around a common cause. The January eclipse put the spotlight on Leo Robert Mueller and heated up the FBI’s investigation into Russian election hacking. It also coincided with the sentencing of Leo gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar—while emboldening over 150 survivors to testify about his decades of sexual abuse. Awards season, from the Globes to the Grammys, brought a rallying cry in support of the #MeToo movement.
February is an unusual month because there are NO full moons, which means certain storylines may not completely unfold until March. Normally, we have one full moon per month, but since January had two (on the 1st and the 31st) and February is the year’s shortest month, we won’t see la luna burst into her bodacious glory until March 1.