Astrology of Now: The Whole of the Moon

Monday August 7th 2017
Marriage of Gold (Sol/Sun) and Silver (Luna/Moon) rosarium philosophorum

Marriage of Gold (Sol/Sun) and Silver (Luna/Moon) rosarium philosophorum

“I pictured a rainbow, you held it in your hands
I had flashes but you saw the plan
I wandered out in the world for years while you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent, you saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon”

The Waterboys

We have all known that person who reaches too high, too far, too soon. Maybe you were that person. Maybe you are that person.

The Moon in Aquarius will be slightly eclipsed today at 20.35 BST. You’ll be able to see this if you are in Europe. It’s like a wink.

Aquarius is the sign of both not fitting in — and yet being conscious of one’s place in community. It’s the opposite of Leo, which is a sign that is about specialness, needing to stick out. Aquarius is one of the great observers of the Zodiac. (Think of  Charles Dickens.)

As the shadow of the earth takes a sliver from the Full Moon in Aquarius, think of us suspended here between the vibrant Sun and the Lady Moon; the star and the star’s lover or audience. Maybe part of the audience will stand up and leave this performance. Maybe a little bit of star shine will rub off.

An eclipse is an ending. Today’s is a small, partial one (blink and you’ll miss it) — but those of you born within a few days of  today or February 3 or May 5 or November 7 (or with a significant point or planet at 15°), will surely feel a release.

Mike Scott who wrote The Whole of the Moon says the person he describes is a composite — inspired by the writer of the Narnia stories CS Lewis and A Winter’s Tale, a novel by Mark Helprin (which was made into a movie a few years ago starring Colin Farrell) — although very indirectly and mixed in with other notions.

It’s a song about someone who’s really special, whose vision is wider than anyone else’s. All the singer can do is admire not imitate. Mike Scott’s Moon is in Aquarius. I didn’t know that before I thought of this song for today. Even more remarkably, his Moon is at 14°: today’s eclipse is at 15°. If there’s anyone who can explain this lunar energy to us, it’s Scott.

In a couple of weeks (at the New Moon), the Sun himself will be eclipsed (interestingly exactly on Scott’s IC). Another way of understanding Leo and Aquarius is as king and populous. Today, the people experience a minor eclipse, in a couple of weeks, the leaders do.

Is there a group you want to leave now? Something you’re no longer willing to participate in? Has a mote fallen from your eye as you gaze at the stars in the sky, or on the silver screen? Has someone gone too high, to far…?

These eclipses, on a personal level, could turn out to be highly creative, but only if you can let go of a certain vision.

This is a lovely version of this song.

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  1. Aquarian Moon says:

    Oddly enough, my Natal Moon is at 15 Aquarius.

  2. Iris says:

    How funny, I’ve had this song in my head all morning (morning eclipse where I am).

  3. Kym says:

    My AC is 15 Aquarius and Sun at 14 Gemini. Am expecting change (or at least the start of change) but yes to opening my eyes not just to the group but to the possibilities that change can bring.