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Blood Moon (source: Express)

A week from tomorrow, a lunar eclipse occurs in Aquarius. I typically don’t spend a lot of time discussing eclipses because I believe that many other astrologers put far too much stock into the influence of eclipses on people in general. For an eclipse to be felt personally, in my opinion, it has to occur at a degree that is somehow personalized in an individual’s natal chart.

That’s not going to happen to me next week, but I can see how this particular eclipse will be felt more acutely by more people than usual. It’s going to happen on an axis less than one degree away from Mars as the red planet’s retrograde phase brings it into opposition with the sun.

So, who will that affect? Leos, probably, especially those with a sun around 4°44″ Leo. Aquarians with the same degree will be bothered, too. The other fixed signs, Taurus and Scorpio, may experience considerable tension, as well. But I want to go out on a limb here and predict that the people who will feel the effects of this eclipse are the people who are already feeling the effects of Mars’ retrograde cycle.

Mars’ retrograde is like an itch that you can’t scratch. It creates an underlying feeling of discontentment, like something is wrong but you don’t even know where to begin to fix it. There is no clear starting point while Mars is getting ready to station, so there’s no point trying to figure out a strategy to get to the finish line.

Those feelings are going to be exacerbated during the eclipse, and they’re probably going to result in widespread tension next weekend. A lot of people will be at their breaking point because they not only feel as if they’re not getting anywhere lately, but they also feel as if they are in a position that is no fault of their own. In many ways, that’s true right now. The universe is being sort of a jerk at the moment.

The best way to get through this blood moon eclipse with no blood on your hands is to disengage. Stay off of social media if that is your trigger point. Stay inside and lock your doors if being around people is going to set you off. Put your headphones on at the gym and work off your nervous energy instead of striking up a conversation with the person on the treadmill beside you. While many astrologers claim that eclipses can have long-standing effects, my concern is with the immediate. Next Friday afternoon is going to be rough, especially if you feel as if you cannot contain yourself.

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