You Make This World A Better Place – Full Moon in Leo and a Powerful Lunar Eclipse – February 2017


On 11th February 2017 at 10:33am (AEST) the Full Moon will exact in the sign of Leo.

Leo energy is playful, creative, colourful and fun and above all, wants to be seen, to be adored, to be loved and to be love.

This is the radiant inner you; the innate, creative, true self that you long to shine out and express to others.

A Surprising Eclipse?

Bernadette Brady writes in her book “The Eagle and The Lark” that this particular Eclipse belongs to “a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The Events which will be occurring … can positively change the person’s life”.

Well, I for one love that!! Many other Eclipse descriptions are not nearly so favourable, so it will be interesting to see what transpires over the next 6 months (the time period that eclipse energy tends to last).

With Jupiter’s recent retrograde, you may be experiencing a drop in your optimism, but don’t lose heart. Sometimes we just need a course correction or a different vision and that’s what Jupiter Retrograde tends to be about.

Eclipse energy tends to run for 6 months, so there is also the chance that these positive changes may not eventuate until August and Jupiter will be well and truly direct by then.

A Kite Formation between Saturn, Uranus and the Full Moon (all falling in fire signs) certainly looks favourable for giving both the inspiration and the staying power to work towards your goals.

If the way seems blocked right now to one particular ambition, look for another route or just do what you can to keep moving forward in other areas of your life until something shifts.

Often we don’t know what Jupiter’s Retrograde will bring to us until he one again turns direct (June 2017), so it may be a case of tuning into our instinctive timing device and trusting that all will happen at the right time.

What requires Healing?

Full Moon’s illuminate what is in need of healing, what needs to change within our lives or what is calling for our attention and this particular Full Moon is also our first Eclipse of 2017, so you can expect that illumination to be somewhat magnified.

Eclipse energy asks that we release energy that is no longer supportive to our journey and with a Yod between The Moon, Jupiter and Chiron in this eclipse chart, we are being asked to bring healing to emotional blocks and wounds that may otherwise hold us back from progressing.

Particularly those issues that relate to our need to be seen, valued and loved and which may be affecting our self-esteem and self-love.

Many could be finding that inner child issues are re-surfacing now, so be mindful of what is triggering you.

Remember that this Full Moon is the outcome of our Aquarian New Moon, which occurred in January.

How comfortable are you with standing out from the crowd? Do you embrace your uniqueness?

And if not, why not?

Is it time to address buried emotions?

The next 6 months could be a potent time to work on releasing such wounds, so if you feel called to do the work it may be wise to embrace that calling.

The Need for Compassion

Be gentle with yourself and those around you as we lead up to this Eclipse, because energetically there is a lot going on.

If you’re noticing that you’re feeling out of sorts or just blah, then you’re probably picking up on the change in electromagnetic frequency, which eclipses create.

I’ve been experiencing vision disturbances, a sense of being ‘wired’ and have felt a little under the weather this last two weeks.

Planetary energy can have a huge effect on us and all of this is perfectly ‘usual’ under Eclipse conditions.

If you find that friends, colleagues or family members are more reactive than usual it may be wise to give them an ear of support and to let them know that you’re there for them if they need to talk.

Vilification of and Suppression of the Feminine

The Black Moon is currently at the final degree of Scorpio and is squaring the Full Moon in this Eclipse chart, so abuse of power could be a theme that arises over the next 6 months; especially in relation to sexual power and the vilification of female energy or females in general.

If this is something that you can relate to, then you may be called to acknowledge related emotions; such as buried anger, residual hurt, shame and/or emotional/energetic blocks.

Seeking further possible healing solutions over the next 6 months may prove powerful.


Leo is the sign of creativity and I’m not just talking of the Artistic kind here.

We all have the capacity to create and that is what I believe that we are here for; to give the gifts of our own authentic and unique creations in service to others.

We all create in different ways, whether that’s:

  • The hairdresser who tidies up your unkempt hair; making you feel beautiful again whilst lending a supportive ear,
  • The chocolatier, who creates special creations for you to indulge in and to indulge your loved ones with,
  • The healer, who creates a sacred space for you to share and release
  • The gardener, who mows your lawn each Friday to ensure that you come home to a beautiful home.

There is not one person on this Earth who is not creative.

What gifts do you bring and do you know your true worth?

The Yod that I mentioned earlier can be a challenging aspect pattern, but it is ultimately calling for a synergy.

In this case, that’s the need to be totally and unashamedly exactly who you were born to be whilst remaining in balance (not going to excess) and whilst also remaining compassionate and mindful of others.

The potential healing I talk about above may be required to assist you with being that.

Helping others may also light you up in some way over the next 6 months; especially if you are able to do so using your innate gifts.

Mystic Rectangle

There is a Mystic Rectangle within the chart; another harbinger of creative potential.

This Aspect Pattern, which includes The Sun, The Moon, Uranus and Jupiter is made up of a combination of both harmonious and difficult aspects:

We have the tension of the Jupiter/Uranus Opposition ,which is likely bringing the desire for greater freedom, growth and change within your life…

… working alongside the Sun/Uranus and Moon/Jupiter sextiles in Fire and Air signs.

These aspects are likely to add to that need for greater freedom and growth as well as bringing the desire for you to express yourself as you truly are.

This is independent, spacious energy, so if you’re experiencing the feeling of being stuck (that ‘groundhog day’ type of scenario) then this eclipse could likely trigger a sense of frustration within you.

Is more spontaneity and greater inspiration needed?

Finally, we have the Fire Trine (Moon/Uranus) and the Air Trine (Sun/Jupiter), which are likely to find you motivated to seek inspiration and stimulation.

A self-perpetuated risk or a chance happening may be required to break you out of your day to day pattern and shake up the daily routine.

The trick with the Mystic Rectangle is to attempt to balance the opposing forces inherent in the two oppositions that it contains –

  • The Sun in Aquarius and The Moon in Leo pose The dichotomy of:
    • The will to help humanity and to be accepted as part of the group
    • Versus: The need to be seen, praised and acknowledged for who you are (as an individual).
      • The Balance:
        • Using your innate gifts in order to help humanity. The type of gifts that when you shine them out, make you feel fulfilled and glean a deep sense of self worth
        • The understanding that just by being you, you make this World a better place.
  • Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries pose the dichotomy of:
    • Balanced Growth and Consideration of Others Rights
    • Versus: The desire for Rapid Personal Awakening and The Sudden Need to Break Out of Restriction
      • The Balance:
        • Being an Instigator of Change whilst also giving consideration to the fact that others may not be on the same page. What are their needs right now and are you making provision for those needs in pursuit of your vision?
        • Slowing down and understanding that just because it’s not happening right now doesn’t mean that it never will.

Remember that Jupiter is a big player in the energy for 2017. Here’s the link if you missed my posts on that.

What Area of your Life is this Full Moon Highlighting?

Remember to check your chart and to look for where 22 degrees and 28 seconds of Leo and 22 degrees and 28 seconds of Aquarius fall.

Which house axis is being highlighted and what areas of life does that axis represent?

Do you have any planets sitting around 22 degrees within your chart? What are they bringing to the table?

If you’d like help with figuring this out you can sign up to my newsletter here and receive my free EBook “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

I also offer a 12-month subscription to my Lunar Illuminations.

These alerts are a great way to track your intention setting and to tune into your own emotional ebb and flow as the Moon moves through her eight phases each month.

With this Full Moon falling on a weekend, perhaps you can plan a fun trip or activity with loved ones and truly bask in the light of this warm, fiery and joyful energy.

Leo-related Bush Flower Essences


I have a few Bush Flower Essence remedies on my website that specifically target and work with Leo-related themes.

If you feel called to give them a go, you can find them here.

As an example, here are a few negative expressions of energy, which can relate to Leo excess or deficiency:

Being Overbearing, Excessive Pride, Vanity, Shyness, Feeling Invisible, Bossiness, Boasting, Condescending Speech, Egocentric Behaviour, Lacking in Courage, Fear of Expressing Self…

Have a great week and remember to be compassionate with yourself and others whilst also remaining alert to the signs of what is occurring within you and around you this week.

Wishing you an enlightened and magical 6 months

Now, go Be You, Be Magical and Be Love.

We Need You!!

With Love,

Toria xo


Intensity Alert – The First Eclipse of 2017


Is it just me or have things become a smidge more intense since that New Moon silently hung overhead last Saturday?

If you’re experiencing:

  • Out-of-left-field events
  • Sudden happenings that force you to go over old emotional ground (that you likely thought had been dealt with and left in the past)
  • The feeling of being pushed to the limit with all that’s being asked of you
  • A sense of anxiety and/or emotional anguish

… then I’m here to tell you that it’s okay.

You’re not going crazy.

You’re just being affected by the build up to next week’s Lunar Eclipse.

Something is being pushed to grow and emotionally this can indeed be a stressful time.

Partnership issues and family matters can come to the fore during Eclipses; owing to the symbolism of The Moon (Mother, Home, Family) and The Sun (Father),  and we are often asked to let go of something – a pattern, a belief system, a way of behaving…

Before we can let go, however, we need to become aware of what has been buried away in our subconscious; literally swept under the carpet.

It can be an emotionally potent time.

By becoming conscious of whatever this particular eclipse is highlighting within your life and by choosing to take responsibility for healing it, however, you are gifted with the chance to release old emotional wounds and issues.

This type of release clears space and with this Eclipse falling on the North Node, it is a harbinger for possible growth and expansion.

So, in short, it’s time for a clear out.

The type of clear out that allows the new to enter your life…

… But!! this will not happen without your awareness and your willingness to own the issue and to deal with it in the most conscious way that you can.

So, be brave and be honest with whatever appears to you at this time and also – be grateful, because by working through this, you may just make some room for something greater to enter your life.

Bernadette Brady writes in her book “The Eagle and The Lark” that this particular Eclipse belongs to “a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The Events which will be occurring … can positively change the person’s life”.

If you’re having a week like mine then that may be difficult to see right now, but if my life experience to date is anything to go on then every cloud really does have a silver lining, so I’m hedging my bets and staying positive.

Especially so, as the eclipse chart holds a Yod, which can also be an indicator for powerful change.

Remember to look where this eclipse falls in your birth chart to see the area of your life that is likely to be affected.

Look for 22 degrees and 28 seconds of Aquarius (the Sun’s position) and 22 degrees and 28 seconds of Leo (the Moon’s position).

What are the themes of the houses that they fall across?

If you need help with understanding this, you can subscribe to my Newsletter and receive a free copy of my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

If the Eclipse falls within 2 degrees of a natal planet, then you are likely to be strongly affected by it. Look especially for 22 degrees and 28 seconds of the fixed signs (Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio).

Wishing you illumination, healing, an upturn and a positive outcome.

Much Love, Toria xo

Honouring the Uncertainty as we Traverse from the Old to the New – The Process of Awakening and the Fall Out from The Saturn/Neptune Square


Last night, I listened to a webinar that was run by a life coach.

In it, she said that one of the keys to a successful business (and life) was to understand your personal values and to set achievable goals around what you want in your life.

So, I sat down with pen and paper in hand all set to start.

But, I couldn’t write anything!!

And, that’s when it hit me – just how lost I’ve been feeling of late!!

“I don’t know who I am any more” I said to myself in the mirror.

In fact, it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps I’ve never really known who I am.

Blimey! That’s a tad unsettling, isn’t it!!

Probably not totally surprising, however, given that even my hospital birth tags read ‘Emma Coulson’ – a temporary first name and a surname that would soon be replaced by a different father.

Probably not a great start for a solid identity!

Have you ever tried to define yourself?

Not easy, is it? … or is that just my experience?

And just when I think I’ve got me all worked out I go and awaken to another level and there I am – lost again!

the-process-of-awakening-swimming-between-two-worlds-paid1So, last night I chose to honour my sense of disorientation and I let myself swim between the worlds of ‘the disappearing me’ and ‘the emerging me’.

I came to understand that I’m in the mush stage of the chrysalis – yet again.

The place that we return to time and time again on this journey of life.

I felt into some resistance and some sadness (around the parts of me that I don’t want to yet say goodbye to).

I realised that my six year old’s recent fear that mummy is going to die may be in some way true – but not in the way that he is fearing.

I took time to feel into the new me that is beckoning and from the little that I could sense I believe that she’s going to be good for me.

I’m still not really sure about who she is or where she’s going…

but, that’s okay too.

We’re in the fallout stage of the Saturn/Neptune square after all.

A transit that dissolves our sense of reality and last weekend’s eclipse, capturing the final hit of these planets, was powerful to say the least.

It’s a time for keeping the faith, honouring the process and taking every day step by step.

The clarity will come and until it does be gentle with yourself, be kind to yourself, be patient and keep the faith.