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January 14 - January 20, 2019 Trending
Lunar Eclipse in Leo (January 20 at 10:16 pm MST): Reading James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room
On January 20 at 10:16 pm (MST) we will have a Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse in Leo, completing the eclipse cycle from last year between Leo and Aquarius. I’ve been thinking a lot about this axis: Leo signifying our own personal stories (drama’s unique to us) and Aquarius signifying our shared stories (humanity at large).
This week, I read Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (Leo, sun sign), and saw this book as a provocative expression of the Leo Lunar Eclipse. James Baldwin, born in 1920’s New York dealt with a complex set of circumstances, as he was both black and gay. A writer from a young age, he spent much of his adult life in Paris and Europe in self-imposed exile.
What Giovanni’s Room highlighted was Baldwin’s exquisite ability to build dialogue with his characters, and through that dialogue reveal the complexities of love. Baldwin’s story took place in 1950’s Paris with a protagonist who came to terms with his love for a man even while he shared a love relationship with a woman—a daring story for the time it was written. With most-lush prose, Baldwin reminded us from beginning to end, how perplexing the heart can be. I got lost in the story. I fell in love with the story. I’m not sure how long it will be before I can actually read another story.
Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word “Love” here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being or a state of grace – not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth. –James Baldwin
Baldwin couldn’t have delineated the Leo/Aquarius axis any better when he spoke of the personal and the universal in the above quote. What is personal and what is universal love? We quest for the personal, ask for a chance to find our unique hearts played out on the world stage. We also quest for the universal. How do our unique drama’s compare to others? My own journey through one book took me into a personal happiness, yet I am compelled to share this personal story with you. In turn we may or may not find a universal pied de terre to stand on together.
One must know the shape of love to write about it, talk about it, and understand it. I tire of formulaic answers, co-opted language, and equations. Yet, we need to hear another’s answers to compare them to our own. Perhaps this is what I am getting to in thinking about this eclipse. A chance to contemplate our personal heart-stories juxtaposed to those that make up the world and humanity at large. I encourage you to identify in a new way, exactly what constitutes the shape of yours.
Books referenced in Horoscopes
Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
Horoscopes for the Lunar Eclipse: January 14– January 20, 2019
Aries or Aries Rising: March 21– April 19
Mantra: When I Share My Unique Perspective and Passion, Many Benefit
It may get really clear this week Aries, what makes your heart sing. It may even be surprising. Make sure you are doing exactly what brings you joy so that you can share this joy, through your creative ideas and projects with many who feel hungry for your perspective. Clear out the superfluous, measure an action by how hard it makes you smile.
Taurus or Taurus Rising: April 20 – May 20
Mantra: An Unexpected Path Emerges, Lighting Your Way Home
There may be stalemates on the horizon unless you are willing to think outside of the box Taurus. Have you considered a third way? Whatever you decide, there may be something beautiful happening at home-base. Make sure you have a space in your home for creativity, self-expression and play. Open your heart and be yourself, uninhibited and beautiful.
Gemini or Gemini Rising: May 21 – June 21
Mantra: Your Story Matters, and So Does Everyone Else’s
It may be difficult when the spotlight stops on you this week to share your story with authenticity. I encourage you to let your unique being bubble out this week not for some aggrandizement of the ego, but for a chance to relate to others, and to build bridges with humanity at large. Empathy is revealed when our personal stories become universal.
Cancer or Cancer Rising: June 22 – July 22
Mantra: Selfless Caring for Others Brings Joy To My Heart
When it comes to your job and the way you make money Cancer, you need to feel passion, joy and creativity. You may have a chance to help others this week in a very big way. Congratulations, you are exactly in the position you need to be in to make this work. Re-connect with why you love what you do, see if you can help others with finding just the same path.
Leo or Leo Rising: July 23 – August 22
Mantra: I Am Happy To Express My Light and Happily Embrace the Light of Others
This lunar eclipse will work magic on you this week as you come to understand the joy you feel when you are expressing your full self. There may be an unexpected opportunity to practice sharing light with a partner or potential relationship. Without diminishing yourself, how can you build a partnership that shares the light equally?
Virgo or Virgo Rising: August 23 – September 22
Mantra: Do What You Love, Love What You Do
New work will break you open with joy this week Virgo. However you define the word, work, your heart is singing a special tune. You didn’t know that a shift in the workplace meant a shift in your outlook and in hindsight it seems so simple an equation. Reach directly out into the magic of the universe this week with thanks and gratitude for this new and exciting path.
Libra or Libra Rising: September 23 – October 22
Mantra: With Creativity Comes Innovation, even Revolution
In every era of arts and culture there are trailblazers who jump out ahead of the mainstream to help us see with new eyes. This is your exciting directive this week Libra as you are ready to take a creative endeavor into research and development. You are feeling so innovative right now that it may feel a bit overwhelming. Keep your friends close and rely on them for feedback. An unconventional idea is about to be born.
Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: October 23 – November 21
Mantra: Love More Courageously and Step Out From Behind the Curtain
It is not always easy to express your fullest self within the confines of your career, even sometimes at home. This is the territory we are exploring this week though, Scorpio as you see opportunities to reveal yourself and step out into the light. It’s easy for you to remain in the background, even necessary at times, but where are you holding back? Who needs to feel your strongly beating heart? What mask do you need to pull off to manifest more juicy self-expression?
Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: November 22 – December 21
Mantra: An Idea Blooms From Passion, Please Share It, Allow it to Usher Change
This week may have you discussing ideas, projects, even ushering in changes, Sag. You may be asked to think about the difference between a personal story and a transpersonal one. On one hand you are capable of thinking in the big picture about the masses, on the other hand you are asked to think about the individual story as well. This complex exercise will give you the tools to bring the change you seek, in the world, and in your own personal space.
Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: December 22 - January 19
Mantra: A Shift in Your Values, Opens Your Heart to Others
Alan Watts spoke to us about the wisdom of insecurity. This may be a hard phrase to get your head around Capricorn, but quite apropos for you this eclipse week. You may have to endure some unknowns in your financial world as you pay special attention to your passions. What I mean is this: you are cataloguing what you love to do right now so that your finances can follow. Dig deep and get that heart speaking to you.
Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: January 20 – February 18
Mantra: Friendship Reveals Love, a Relationship Opens to Exploration
It is common to say that Aquarians make great friends. They usually give those around them the benefit of the doubt and like nothing better than to feel the anonymous ebb and flow of humanity. There may be an opportunity this eclipse week to reveal the non-anonymous parts of your being to a person that wants to hear your story. Take a leap toward love.
Pisces or Pisces Rising: February 19 – March 20
Mantra: As I Love My Body, I Gain More Understanding of the Soul
This eclipse comes right through your body Pisces, and may tap down into your heart, or give you a gentle nudge. The story that is your body is written on your soul. The soul in turn becomes all souls. How can you listen to the story of your body this week? How can you bring light into your cells to shift the messages you’ve given your body all these years? There is a chance for great love here.