Freedom and Release – Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius

Spark Astrology lunar-eclipse

Today’s eclipse packs a punch with Mars and Uranus in the mix. This is raw, fiery energy imbued with drama and a strong push towards change. Many of you have already experienced the build-up, but do you know what it affects in your natal chart?

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This eclipse amplifies and strongly highlights the Mars retrograde energy. With Mars retrograde, a lot of that emotion has been at loggerheads within you. Mars represents the ultimate masculine principle, the Warrior archetype, always pushing forward and making progress. Going backwards means going against the grain for this symbol. Energy is either lacking or misdirected at this time, and typically turned inwards. While good for getting in touch with your true desires and ambitions, this 10-week period is not generally conducive to the effective manifestation of typical Martian outlets, such as self-assertion, physical force, risk-taking, and competitiveness.

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Uranus is a key player in this eclipse. The planet of intolerance, freedom, and rebellion, it triggers rashness and extreme emotions with its close square to the nodes, Mars, the Moon, and the Sun. Uranus is additionally slowing down to go retrograde on the 7th of August, therefore its effects are felt even more powerfully. Expect knee-jerk reactions, feisty behaviour, emotional detachment, and strong urges towards separation. With Mercury retrograde thrown into the mix, it is all too easy to misjudge a person or situation. Careful consideration is strongly desirable right now.

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Release is a big theme for this celestial event. The Full Moon in Aquarius is coupled with the South Node to signify the end of the line. It’s time to let go of fixed thoughts and emotions that have been holding you back, tied to outdated moral principles, long-held judgements, unwavering convictions. All that anger, frustration, passion that have been bubbling up inside of you for so long MUST GO! It’s time to rise above all of that, and make space for a brighter vision, full of hope and promise, and a more congruent you.

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Chiron’s activation further supports these themes with fresh energy from Mars-ruled Aries, helping you on your journey towards self-individualisation. Like a coming of age ritual, you need to leave behind the comfort and safety of the familiar to become the Warrior, the superhero in your own life. Saturn trining Uranus furthermore ensures that the transition is structured and durable.

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Ultimately, with the Sun in Leo conjunct the North Node, the path of this eclipse leads to increased confidence and authenticity. Strong in the awareness of your new-found identity, there are no mountains too high or enemies too fierce. What could you do if you believed you could always win? We all need to learn this lesson from Leo during this eclipse. Don’t be afraid of the emotions that are being stirred up, or of losing something that has meant a lot for you until now. Trust that purging what isn’t working anymore means making space for something new and exciting in your life, and a more wholesome experience for you.

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Finally, look to where the eclipse or, in this case, 4° Aquarius falls in your natal horoscope to understand which area of your life is particularly affected. In a personal reading we would expand this analysis to include many additional factors specific to you, however here’s a taster by house based on generic details.

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Eclipse in the First House / Aquarius Ascendant: This is the battle of the ego versus relationships, of autonomy versus dependency. You now feel the need to focus on yourself, whether in terms of physical appearance, the impact you make on others, or your general direction in life. Have you neglected your needs in favour of those of others recently? Have your priorities changed? Has a relationship or partnership come to a natural conclusion? The next few months will see you putting yourself first and planning for your well-being — whether of body, mind or spirit.

Eclipse in the Second House / Capricorn Ascendant: You are keen for more financial stability, so this is the perfect time to plan for a new budget, savings or debt repayment plan. Your efforts in the next few months can create a stronger sense of financial security, and bolster your sense of self-worth.

Eclipse in the Third House / Sagittarius Ascendant: The focus is now on communication, learning, siblings, neighbours, and travels. You are beginning to express your ideas and emotions more powerfully, with dramatic changes in your philosophy of life and a strong need for more meaning in what you do. Why not plan a learning, research, writing or teaching project over the next few months? The allure of far-flung journeys — whether of the body or the mind — is especially strong.

Eclipse in the Fourth House / Scorpio Ascendant: New developments in your home, family, and living situation, as well as in your career and social status. Your life/work balance has suffered somewhat recently, with work undergoing or on the verge of a dramatic transformation. This is your chance for more self-empowerment, both professionally and at home. Make a plan for what you want to provide for your loved ones.

Eclipse in the Fifth House / Libra Ascendant: The need for creative self-expression is strong, with the focus shifting on personal projects and more me-time. Children may also take on a more important role in your life. A romance may be on the cards, and pleasure, fun, and playing hard take centre stage.

Eclipse in the Sixth House / Virgo Ascendant: Your health and daily work and habits will get a reboot over the next few months. Changes to your diet and exercise routine will help you achieve more strength and vitality. Stress levels will need to be kept under control, to avoid a mind/body disconnect. You may enjoy a new focus on service roles, where you support the growth and progress of others. The sixth house also rules your pets, so something could come up with them.

Eclipse in the Seventh House / Leo Ascendant: A new relationship — be it business or romantic — is on the horizon. Your personal priorities have been changing in dramatic ways, and with a new you emerging over the next few months, old relationship patterns may not work for you any longer. Similarly, an important legal contract may be up for (re-)negotiation, and disputes and disagreements may force your hand.

Eclipse in the Eighth House / Cancer Ascendant: Somebody may be leaning on you for support, financial or otherwise. Is the balance of give and take — financially or at an intimate level — what you truly need? A new phase of deep introspection will help you overcome any fear and anxiety associated with that. The challenge is taking care of your finances and those of your loved ones without turning them into an issue of power and control. Devise a new plan that will help feel more financially secure — be it for your taxes, retirement goals or joint investments.

Eclipse in the Ninth House / Gemini Ascendant: You hunger for more meaning and a broadening of your horizons. Inspired to widen your knowledge and understanding, you may come into contact with foreign people and cultures over the next few months. Circumstances may see you relocating abroad, starting a higher course of study, or pursuing a teaching, publishing, marketing, legal or writing opportunity. You may seek guidance and wisdom from others.

Eclipse in the Tenth House / Taurus Ascendant: Career matters come to a head, with sudden changes of direction possible, culminations, recognition, or clashes with people in authority. You may be asked to take charge of an important project or situation. The next few months will see this sector of your life grow and transform. Expect to overcome an old fear or a past barrier to success over this period.

Eclipse in the Eleventh House / Aries Ascendant: You might decide it’s time to move on from a friend or group, or join a new one that is more in synch with your aspirations. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a more fulfilling role within a group, community or professional organisation. Cherish your true friends and ditch those who have no longer a role to play in your life. Visions for your future might take centre stage over the next few months.

Eclipse in the Twelfth House / Pisces Ascendant: You have an overwhelming need to be alone, and focus on your inner life. The next few months are ripe for some therapy, or to deal with suppressed emotions and develop your spiritual side. Not a time for high energy and action, but one for dreams, inspiration, diving into the subconscious, and recharging. You may enjoy a new focus on service roles, where you support the growth and progress of others. Your daily routine, habits, health, work, and thought patterns are also due a reboot.