Your weekly insight and inspiration for the week ahead, courtesy of Tracy Allen…
January 20–February 18
Relationship change is in the air when a lunar eclipse rocks your one-on-one angle this week. This eclipse represents the fruition of the solar eclipse that took place on August 21, 2017, so if you glance back over the past five months, you might notice a change in your close connections. A partnership that began during this period could reach a fork in the road, where you opt to commit, part ways or shift a dynamic that’s not working. The Aquarius-Leo eclipse cycle spans from February 2017 to January 2019, and we’re at the midpoint now. For you, this is the axis of self and other, so your personal identity and your important ties are being shaken and stirred, hopefully resulting in a better balance of me/we. You might formalize or end a business alliance, get engaged, finish a collaboration or deal with relationship drama that’s been brewing for a while. A strong relationship will pass this test, but one that doesn’t serve your growth may either need to change or reach its natural conclusion. Or perhaps the way you relate to people and the role you play in your relationships could be due for an update. Mercury’s arrival in Aquarius will help you think about these personal matters with added objectivity and also give you a silver tongue for expressing your unique POV. Venus in your sign is pitting herself against outsized Jupiter, tempting you to oversell yourself and cross the line with a power player. Your confidence is quite charming, but if your ambition gets a tad overinflated, take it down a notch around superiors. Don’t hide your charisma altogether, though! It can bring you positive notice.
February 19–March 20
If there’s something specific keeping you from being a productive person day in and day out, this week’s lunar eclipse in your efficiency zone will push you to address the issue. Lunar eclipses usher in endings, making this the ideal time to ditch a bad habit once and for all. This eclipse is part of a cycle unfolding between February 2017 and January 2019, and it will bring something to a boiling point. A health crisis might convince you to make a lifestyle change, or office drama might prompt you to change jobs. If you’re on overload, look at what’s keeping your life from running smoothly. What’s not working? Where are you stretched too thin? Now’s your chance to update your personal OS! You may need to drop something from your schedule or diet, complete a project that’s been taking up a lot of time or declutter your workspace so you can concentrate on essential tasks. With the sun and Venus hiding out in your retreat corner, a big part of you wants to kick back and drift, and this eclipse can yank you back into reality, compelling you to do a better job of balancing your inner and outer worlds. Honor the connection between mind, body and spirit, recognizing that physical health is just one component of holistic wellness. Mercury is also sneaking into your retreat corner and connecting with Mars, coaxing you to trust your instincts and use your imagination when it comes to plotting action steps to achieve your goals. Venus’s discord with Jupiter could leave you torn between enjoying downtime and getting out and having new experiences. You might indulge in escapist pleasures or show heartfelt selflessness motivated by your beliefs.
March 21–April 19
When a lunar eclipse lands in your pleasure sector this week, you may get the urge to enjoy life to the fullest and even show off a little. This eclipse marks the midpoint in a cycle spanning from February 2017 to January 2019 that has drawn your attention to fitting in versus standing out. You’re meant to find a better balance between those two now, expressing your individuality without jeopardizing your ties to others. Becoming a well-rounded, fulfilled human being will ultimately enable you to make an inimitable contribution to humanity as a whole. Doing you isn’t selfish. For Aries especially, it’s the basis for everything else. So give yourself permission to play, love and express yourself with abandon. You won’t be able to hide your feelings, and an emotional tidal wave could bring a romance to a make-or-break climax. It’s difficult to say which way it will go because eclipses are known to trigger surprising developments. A creative project you’re passionate about could come into full flower, and you could also have memorably over-the-top fun. In the meantime, Mercury is busy skipping into your network sector, where the sun and Venus are already hanging out, reminding you to keep connecting with the circle of people in your life. Convos with friends can inspire you to fight for a cause or take a risk in order to grow. Group planning for righteous action gets a solid green light when Merc vibes with Mars, your ruler. A Venus-Jupiter disagreement hints that sex, distrust, jealousy or inflated expectations could mess up a friendship, so don’t play with fire. You may not get what you bargained for.
April 20–May 20
A lunar eclipse at the bottom of your chart brings out all the feels and might cause a turn of events in your home or family that grabs your attention. From February 2017 to January 2019, a series of eclipses is compelling you to improve your work/life balance. If you don’t happen to be juggling career and domesticity, you might be dealing with tension between your desire to make your mark in the world and your need for low-key downtime. Maybe you’ve been expending a lot of energy chasing after your goals, and you’re neglecting essential self-care. Your comfort is paramount now, so spend quality time with your couch and binge-watch your favorite show or catch up on your zzz’s. Take a luxuriously long bath, leaving your phone, tablet, laptop or device of choice well out of reach. Or declutter your space by purging possessions and then donating, recycling or selling them. You have a good shot at completing a big domestic project now, but your living situation can change in another way. For instance, you might soon lose or gain a roommate, relocate or finally buy a place you’ve been saving up for. Family drama could flare up, or you might have an emotional encounter with an important woman in your life. Expect to feel moody and sentimental, and seek appropriate outlets for your feelings. Since the moon is vibing with lusty Mars in your intimacy zone, sex is one option. Your ruling planet is sparring with Jupiter in your one-on-one angle, suggesting that your charms won’t be lost on other individuals, and you could very well score a professional mentor or valuable contact — as long as you’re careful not to push your luck.
May 21–June 20
This week’s lunar eclipse might bring big news, since it’s activating your communication corner, and that could cause info to pour in. You may have a conversation that totally changes your thinking or get a genius idea while sifting through your thoughts. And those of you who are writers may finally complete a project or have a breakthrough that opens the floodgates. Your thoughts and emotions are closely connected now, making it easier for you to share your feelings, and you might be surprised by how much you spill. A development in your neighborhood — or involving a sibling — could seem to come out of nowhere and compel you to respond. A series of eclipses from February 2017 to January 2019 is affecting your learning, communication, travel, thought patterns and beliefs, and this one can cause you to change your mind or adjust to the amped-up atmosphere around you. If you feel pulled in a hundred different directions, take a breath and pick a few things you can address now. Your nervous energy can propel you to bounce from one thing to the next, but don’t let the eclipse send you into a frenzy. Your ruler’s arrival in your exploration sector can also open your mind to fresh possibilities and get you to look at the big picture. Curiosity can lead you to study a new subject or visit a new place, and your refreshed perspective can help you confront an issue in a partnership or make plans with someone. Venus’s spat with Jupiter hints that you’re having fun broadening your horizons but still have a full workload to tackle. A feeling of being connected to people who are different from you can inspire you to use your skills generously to help others.
June 21–July 22
The line between your emotional needs and material desires is blurred by a lunar eclipse in your resources house this week, upping the odds that you’ll spend your hard-earned money for reasons that are more complex than you think. Or a financial payout could be in the cards, especially if you’ve changed something lately about how you earn an income or manage money. An eclipse cycle lasting from February 2017 to January 2019 has been shaking up your finances and outside resources — plus your confidence and close relationships. With this particular eclipse, your money, possessions, self-esteem, personal values or assets are reaching a turning point, and rather than immediately reacting to this development, you might opt to consider the interconnectedness. How much do you value yourself, and how does your self-worth influence your attitude toward money and belongings? Do your priorities reflect what’s most important to you? Are you making the most of what you already have going for you? Does it often feel like you’re lacking something? Do you fear losing what you have to such an extent that you hold on too tight? Since the moon is full, you’re meant to honor your own needs but also respect those of someone else. If you’re having trouble with the delicate balance of give and take, the eclipse could push you to keep working on self-reliance and sharing, without tipping the scales too far in one direction. A Venus-Jupiter dustup can further complicate matters if you’re expecting more from a love affair than you’re getting. But this is a great chance to inject more play, romance, creativity and freeing self-expression into any close relationship.
July 23–August 22
Remember the headline-grabbing solar eclipse last August when everyone rushed to buy special glasses or DIY a gadget to watch with? Well, it kicked off a new chapter in Leos’ lives, and this week’s lunar eclipse brings it to an exciting climax. The entire cycle extends from February 2017 to January 2019, and this is its midpoint. Even if your life hasn’t changed dramatically during this time, you yourself probably have. If you started something in the last five months, it might come to fruition now — or it might dawn on you that it’s not working. Self-evaluation is in order so you can assess what should stay and what needs to go. The moon is bound to make you feel super emotional and maybe even needy. Put yourself first and stand up for your needs, but remember other people have needs too. If they’re not fulfilling yours the way you’d like, focus on nurturing yourself. You can’t avoid the spotlight now and might decide you’re not satisfied with how you’re coming across. This is an opportune time to lose a part of your image and let go of something (or someone) that isn’t nourishing you. Is he, she or it dimming your light? Out with the old! Eclipses tend to sweep things away like the tide, so you may not have much say in the matter. You’re meant to be transforming, not clinging to the status quo. Venus’s run-in with Jupiter implies your rapport with another individual will be affected by your mood, and you could nudge things to the next level in a relationship out of a desire for security. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself!
August 23–September 22
Don’t underestimate your dreams and hunches when a lunar eclipse shakes up your subliminal corner this week. All that stuff bubbling just beneath the surface is loaded with value. You could have some sort of spiritual awakening, as this eclipse makes it impossible to ignore your inner life. It’s part of a series spanning from February 2017 to January 2019 that’s impacting both your inner and outer lives, compelling you to find a better balance between them. Secrets could come to light, or buried emotions may get dredged up. You might be overwhelmed by compassion and experience a feeling of oneness with the universe. If you’ve been clinging to something way past its expiration date, this lunation pushes you to finally let it go. You’re clearing the decks for something better. Release any loss, regret, guilt, failure or mistake that’s haunting you. Forgive yourself! Virgo needs reminding more than any other sign that nobody’s perfect. This eclipse falls in the house opposite the one Virgo naturally rules, so it wants you to hold that tension between striving to improve and surrendering to the divine (let go and let God, as the saying goes). Find a healthy middle ground between control freak and out of control. Your ruler, Mercury, is moving into Virgo’s natural house, helping you to analyze, critique, plan and problem solve. And its link with Mars encourages you to deconstruct your unconscious behavior patterns or figure out how to approach a domestic matter. Meanwhile, a Venus-Jupiter encounter can spur you to learn a lot from colleagues or creative work. If you’re grappling with a relationship issue, an open mind and honest communication will get you over the hump.
September 23–October 22
If a particular group is no longer right for you, this week’s eclipse in your network sector gives you permission to walk away. You might stop short of cutting ties and just switch up your role so your place in the group is different. Or maybe you’ve outgrown a difficult friendship and haven’t been able to pull the plug. This full supermoon provides the Do Not Resuscitate order you need. Strong feelings could cause drama in your squad, and you may be torn between playing peacekeeper and staying out of it so you can have the fun you’re in the mood for. Or a social media post could go viral and radically grow your following. A team collaboration can reach completion, allowing you to pivot to new goals and interests on your radar. This eclipse is part of a cycle that started last February and will finish up in a year — and your love life, personal fulfillment, self-expression, group affiliations, friendships and social media use are feeling the effects. You’re called to balance marching to your own beat and falling in line. No easy feat! But feeling free to be your authentic, quirky self, pursue what makes you happy and love whomever you choose will steer you to your true tribe. A burst of confidence can propel you to play to your heart’s content or draw in what you desire, thanks to your ruling planet, Venus, tangoing with over-the-top Jupiter. You could also go on a spending spree to satisfy your taste for beautiful things that give you pleasure, so keep an eye on the urge to splurge if you’re trying to stick to a budget.
October 23–November 21
A lunar eclipse at the pinnacle of your chart could spell a shift in your career path or life direction this week. A cycle of eclipses spanning from February 2017 to January 2019 is instigating changes in your home life and professional life and pushing you to strike a better balance between the two. Where you come from and what brought you to this point in your life are primary areas of focus, and yet where you’re headed and what mark you want to make in the world are also grabbing your attention. You need a secure emotional foundation and stable home base that support you. Otherwise, you won’t be able to achieve all you want to achieve. And although you get sustenance from this comfort zone, you can’t stay there! This eclipse pushes you into the limelight and compels you to rise to the occasion. Promote yourself and show off your capabilities. Take on a higher profile. A goal could come to fruition, or it might become obvious that you’re at a fork in the road and should reset your GPS. With Jupiter in Scorpio egging on the eclipse, your ambition is in overdrive. But if you’re lacking passion for a certain destination, it’s time for a change. Maybe you’ve peaked and are ready for a fresh challenge. One caveat: The stars want you to confidently step into your power, but stepping on your superiors’ toes could get you into hot water. Read between the lines like a true Scorpio and intuit how to handle your boss. Venus is challenging Jupiter, alluding to the possibility that you’ll overindulge in homey comforts like food, drink and sleep — or the pleasures of home might compete with your lofty aspirations. Take turns! Rise and grind. Relax. Repeat.
November 22–December 21
January ends with a second full moon, and this one is a lunar eclipse in your exploration sector — which happens to be the part of your chart that’s associated with Sagittarius. An urge for adventure could push you to take a risk in search of new experiences that blow your mind wide open, and a leap of faith may be necessary to see an entrepreneurial venture through to completion. It’s also possible that a legal matter will come to a head or a publishing project will finally come together. Your feelings and views are closely intertwined now, which can make you extra outspoken. You’re likely to identify strongly with your viewpoint, but this lunation represents your annual nudge to let go of an outdated belief that hinders your growth. It’s part of a cycle of eclipses continuing from February 2017 to January 2019 that is changing the way you think. You might feel more restless than ever to explore the world through travel and education or to fast forward into the future where your vision is already a reality. An eclipse like this can usher in a major epiphany that raises your consciousness and shifts your trajectory. With Mercury skipping into your cognition-and-communication zone and linking arms with Mars in Sag, you have a great chance to sync your thoughts and actions and advance your own interests. Make an effort to spot opportunities and then show initiative. A Venus-Jupiter meeting hints that a positive attitude and pleasant interactions can spur an empathic desire to help others. Fondness can cross into fantasy, though, if you put someone on a pedestal, so aspire to love with acceptance, not illusion.
December 22–January 19
When a lunar eclipse rolls through your sharing-and-depth house this week, a close relationship could hit a crossroads, with a choice between reinvesting in it or cutting your losses. Physical intimacy is liable to be extra passionate and intense under this lunation, since emotions are running high — and a fight followed by makeup sex might be how this plays out. If you have a partner, his or her needs come to the forefront, requiring you to find a healthy balance between giving and taking. The eclipse also impacts your psyche, possibly bringing difficult feelings into the light so you can transform pain into power. This is a good chance to recover from a loss or crisis or overcome a fear, because a tremendous internal shift is feasible now. You could also settle a debt, loan someone money or benefit from an investment paying off. A series of eclipses from February 2017 to January 2019 is shaking up your personal resources and joint resources; your self-worth and values; and the merging of your priorities with someone else’s. Trying to negotiate mine and ours can get messy, and the upheaval in this part of your life can make you feel vulnerable. With Mercury prancing into your worth sector and joining hands with Mars, even more of your attention will gravitate to what you have and what you need. See if you can identify an old behavior pattern related to finances or possessions and put a stop to it. Venus’s clash with Jupiter pits your individual wants against group interests and concern for the greater good, but it can also nudge you to show generosity with friends or humanity.