Lunar Eclipse 21 January 2019 – Change and Opportunity

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 AstrologyThe Full Moon on Monday January 21, 2019 in the first degree of Leo is a total lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse January 2019 astrology is most affected by Uranus. A challenging square aspect to this planet of uncertainty and rebellion brings change but also opportunity. Unexpected events and news are likely to cause anxiety and uncertainty about the future. Life may seem more hectic and fast paced than before.

Lunar eclipse January 2019 falls in an area of the sky with only dim stars. However, brighter stars align with the Sun to give the confidence and courage to accept change. Patience, self-control, adaptability and an open mind will help you and take advantage of the new opportunities that arise from the changing conditions ahead.

Lunar Eclipse Meaning

Like a regular full moon only stronger, a lunar eclipse focuses attention on your emotions, intimate relationships, and your home and family. A total lunar eclipse has an even strong influence on your private life. Sun opposite Moon qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a lunar eclipse. This lets you take an objective and balanced look at your close relationships. Because you will be in touch with your own needs and intentions, you will clearly see any relationship imbalances causing disharmony.

With a total lunar eclipse in particular, the blotting out of the Moon represents a resetting of your emotions, clearing away the emotional baggage of the previous six months. The January 31 lunar eclipse complements themes found in the January 5 solar eclipse to form an eclipse phase which lasts to the total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019.

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Astrology

The total lunar eclipse on 21 January 2019 at 00°51′ Leo is conjunct some small fixed stars that are not used in astrology. Moon square Uranus is the major influence which makes this a challenging lunar eclipse. Looking at the chart below you will see that Mercury is nearly six degrees from the Sun. This is too wide an orb to have much of an influence on this lunar eclipse but Mercury square Uranus will, at just over three and a half degrees orb.

Lunar Eclipse Square Uranus

Moon square Uranus causes rapid mood swings and impulsive reactions. You may feel jumpy and have little patience for anything requiring commitment or focus. If anyone tries to tie you down or forced you to do something you are likely to rebel. Your normal routines may become boring and you could be easily distracted by anything new and shiny. You may have trouble relaxing because of an unsettling feeling or anticipation of something new just around the corner.

This is not a good eclipse for making sudden changes, especially in close relationships. New encounters may meet your need for a thrill but would cause a great deal of upset to your life and have a negative effect on loved ones. You may experience emotional outbursts from friends or family that would need extra patience and sensitivity.

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Astrology

Lunar Eclipse January 2019

Mercury Square Uranus

Mercury square Uranus can cause nervous tension because of the unsettling feeling mentioned above. You may receive shocking news or experience something unexpected that forces you to change plans. The normal tempo of life increases and you may have an unsettling feeling of always having to catch up. This is not a good eclipse for making plans or attending to detailed paperwork due to lack of concentration. Mishaps are likely in your communications whether in person, in writing or on the internet where misunderstandings could lead to arguments.

On the positive side, you have an increased ability to view things through a different perspective, which can lead to original ideas and breakthroughs. Chance encounters with others are possible, but most new friendships will probably be short-lived. Think twice before making bold statements, and double-check and travel plans. Avoid making spontaneous decisions or agreeing to things on the spur of the moment. So remaining flexible and open-minded is key to dealing with any unexpected events, from your car breaking down to printer jams.

Lunar Eclipse Fixed Stars

Pi Puppis at 00°35′ Leo Sign is a star in the Poop Deck of the Ship Argo Navis. The star has the traditional name Ahadi, which is derived from Arabic for “having much promise”. [1] Argo Constellation gives a strong mind and spirit, prosperity in trade and voyages but is also associated with drowning. [2] It is correlative of events concerning the sea and shipping and of rivers and springs. [3]

The strongest stellar influence comes from the major fixed star Altair at 02°02′ Aquarius Sign. This bright pale yellow star in the neck of the Eagle gives a bold, confident, valiant, unyielding, ambitious and liberal nature, great and sudden but ephemeral wealth and a position of command. Altair conjunct Sun gives public honor, notoriety, favors from superiors, many friends and some envious ones who cause trouble through writings, some ill-health and losses, and danger of bites from venomous animals. [2]


Lunar Eclipse January 2019 is opposite Mercury and square Uranus. This signals unexpected events and news that are likely to cause anxiety and uncertainty about the future. So keeping an open mind and staying calm and patient is key to dealing with this erratic and unpredictable energy. Otherwise, impulsive reactions, rapid mood swing and miscommunication could cause panic and chaos.

Although the fixed star conjunct the Sun does not moderate this erratic energy, it does offer help by giving confidence and courage. Self-control and patience will counter a tendency to overreact and argue when faced with stressful situations. So take small steps and be adaptable.

“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” ∼ Winston Churchill

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Map

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Map

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Map

If Lunar Eclipse January 2019 directly impacts your horoscope decan you can read about its effect in your monthly horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see Full Moon Transits.

Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Times and Dates

  • Los Angeles – January 20, 9:16 pm
  • New York – January 21, 12:16 am
  • London – January 21, 5:16 am
  • Delhi – January 21, 10:46 am
  • Sydney – January 21, 4:16 pm


  1. Night Sky: A Field Guide to the Constellations, Jonathan Poppele, 2009, p.264.
  2. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.30, 65,66.
  3. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.7,67.

77 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse 21 January 2019 – Change and Opportunity

  1. I’m confused .. this lunar eclipse hits my natal Jupiter rx exactly (and my natal Jupiter rx squares my Natal moon). So which do I read moon square Jupiter or moon conjunct Jupiter? Also what could happen in my life, you think? Thanks, great stuff!

  2. Jamie thank you so much. I’m still having trouble understanding what it’ll do with this Jupiter contact. I’ve never been hit by an eclipse on my jupiter. Is it more travel or marriage?

  3. Hi Jamie, Please tell me that I should not be worried … my rising sign is at 5.48 Leo, too far isn’t it? but would my Vesta (1.44) and Orcus (1.30) be activated? Thanks!

  4. Does this Lunar eclipse have any relevance to the anticipated Jupiter Saturn Conjunction on the 21 Dec, 2020 solstice?

    I just realised it’s exactly opposite at 0 Deg Leo..

  5. Ooh my ex’s bday is Jan 20th and lunar eclipse here in California occurs on Jan 20th. I hope his 2019-2020 Solar Return isn’t too bad. He’ll be going through his Saturn return in 2019 too… Yikes too bad for him.

    • Hi Mimi. You know I still have trouble understanding the lunar Nodes, especially any difference between the two. But perhaps a focus on family relationships and other close karmic relationships.

  6. Well Jamie,I don’t know what to make of this as my ruling planet the sun is moving into my opposite sign and the supermoon eclipse takes place in my sign, Leo but Jupiter and Neptune are in a square, what is worse, there seems to be a solar eclipse on the 5th January, and that last year hit me hard.


  7. woah! Eclipse Sun conjuncts my Aqua Sun 1.29, and inconjunct my 0′ moon in Cancer. Eclipse Moon inconjunct my Saturn at 1.52 Cap. My Moon and Saturn are in signs they rule, does this portend the more positive side in a challenging inconjunct aspect?. My Vertex 0.22 Taurus is with 2.5 degree of Uranus. Lot’s of energy being bestowed on my B’day- major changes, I hope to recognize and embrace. LA time lunar eclipse 9:16 pm, at the same time asteroid Horus will be at 29:16 Cancer. Thank you!

  8. My natal moon is at 4 Aqua. I strongly felt the eclipas last july and not in a positive way. What can I expect?Sun 5 sag Asc 9 Sag

  9. Hello Jamie, this eclipse tightly conjuncts my natal sun/mercury at 0.27” Leo. I don’t relate to my natal sun in Leo (Im shy and more of an introvert). Will it still be significant tightly conjunct the natal sun/mercury? Thankyou for any help.

    • Many Leos are shy introverts – you’re in good company. A subdued or retiring ascendant, or any number of other factors and placements can mitigate the essential Leo extroversion. This eclipse is likely to charge something fairly major in your life (could relate to career, primary relationships, living arrangements, life goals…). Eclipses usually force positive change. Don’t worry!

      • Thankyou kindly HeavenSent for replying and it’s great to know not all leo’s have those typical Leo traits. I relate more to cancer but have nothing cancer in my chart 🙂 my ascendant is in Sagittarius conjunct to Neptune and I relate to pisces also. I would have picked myself as cancer/pisces if I didn’t know I was a Leo/sag. Best wishes to you

  10. This lunar eclipse will conjunct my natal moon in my tenth house. Should I be concerned?

  11. I met a man last year from Australia (go figure) right before the eclipse at the end of Jan 2017 then I saw him again right after the eclipse of July 27th (USA time) on July 29th to be exact and now I am going to see him again either on the 21st of this month (eclipse) or the 22nd when Jupiter and Venus are conjunct. Most astrologers state that this lunar eclipse ( I know you use a different method than the house system) will fall in the 7th house for us Aquarius (rising for me) I don’t know what to make of it. I will say when I met my friend in July, we both walked away feeling different about each other. Now I’m a little leery of seeing him again. It’s just the timing thing seems really “odd”. We shall see….

  12. I’m currently in talks with two practices in another state. Should I expect things with the positions or new housing to fall through?
    Being more novice than novice, how might I determine how aspects/transits play with my natal chart?
    Thank you.
    P.S. I think there’s maybe a typo with a mention of the eclipse on the 31 once and the 21st everywhere else.

  13. At the Lunar Eclipse, on the Goldschneider-Elffers Destiny wheel, we move from Versatility to Seduction. ‘Release’ the need to be boss. The ‘reward’ is the joy of give and take. This period lasts until the next eclipse cycle, June 12, 2019.

  14. I am thinking about filing for debt relief. I don’t see a why to continue to keep our home and live here unless I do this. My husband will not assist in this event.

  15. Hi Jamie. I really enjoy your work but this has me a little confused. Surely with Moon in Leo and Uranus in Aries this is a trine, not a square?

    • The moon is at 5 degrees Leo, Uranus is at the very end of Aries, about to re-enter Tara’s, this is a square aspect.

    • Moon in Leo is at 1 degree. Uranus in the latest degree of Aries about to move into Taurus. This makes it a square.

  16. Hi Jamie,

    I am quite tired of Uranus ….My Post Natal Eclipse (0.16 Leo), natal Orcus (1.30) and Vesta (1.44) will be conjuncted to this eclipse and as well as I guess my rising sign at 5.48 Leo (or would it be a too wide orb to be taken into account?). Plus my natal moon is at 2.32 Aries and pre natal lunar eclipse at 2.36 Piscis. I was obviously too young to recall what happened on my post natal eclipse …. Interesting enough my rising sign makes an aspect to natal Kassandra at 4.38 in Capricorn, Pallas at 5,35 and Sedna at 6.39 in Taurus. All of them trining natal Sun in Virgo at 4.58. So would it be accurate to say that I will be strongly affected? If I can consider that the eclipse conjuncts my rising sign what may I expect? Work, relationship or family? When would Mars hit the degree of the eclipse? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

  17. Im in the UK and it sounds as if it will be an interesting ride, being as my sun is in Aquarius moon is in Capricorn and rising sign is Scorpio, is there any way to take advantage of this or should I just go with the flow

    • @Chrissi Matusevics –

      With eclipses, you generally must go with the flow, and react rather than initiate, and this eclipse in particular will be infused by unpredictable Uranus. There will be no way for you to anticipate what will happen. That said, look back at this cycle of Leo-Aquarius axis eclipses and see what issues arose at the time of the previous eclipses. This one is the last in that series, and is likely to resolve, or finalize whatever issues kept coming up.

      Your Sun and Moon being in Aquarius and Leo doesn’t inherently mean you will be impacted in a major way. You will be significantly affected only if they are placed within a ten-degree range (orb) of the eclipse degree, thus if your Sun or Moon are anywhere between 25 degrees Cancer or Capricorn and 5 degrees Leo or Aquarius. Same with your Ascendant – check if it falls somewhere between 25 degrees Libra and 5 degrees Scorpio, in which case the eclipse will be forming a T-Square.

      You can also check your Solar Return and Progressed Chart to see if they contain sensitive degree points that will be impacted. or “activated,” by this (and any other) eclipse.

  18. This Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse on the 21st Jan 2019, will be exactly conjunct my Natal Ascendant in Leo…Then on the 28th Feb 2019 Saturn will Return to my Natal Saturn in my Natal 6th House, for the 2nd time in my life. The 1st time was mind blowing for my health. Then to top it all off, on the 31st Dec 2019 at Midnight, Jupiter makes yet another Return to my Natal Jupiter in my Natal 5th House. I am at a loss as to what all this will mean for me. I’d love some Insight please, anyone?

    • With astrology, no one factor is of tantamount importance on its own, so in order to gain some helpful and reliable insights as to transits and so on, you have to have your whole chart analyzed. That said, many people report that the second time around, the Saturn Return is much easier to handle. Obviously, do focus on your physical health. Saturn has a tendency to reward, not just deprive. If you’ve been taking good care of yourself, and living a healthy lifestyle these past years, then you are doing what Saturn “wants” you to do… If you haven’t, then Saturn will give you a boot in the pants to get it together with regard to House VI matters.

      As for this eclipse, it will certainly impact you in a personal way since it conjuncts your Natal Ascendant. Have a look back to the themes and issues that were activated and came up during the preceding eclipses in this Leo-Aquarius series over the past couple of years to see where the eclipse will most likely trigger a development. You have nothing to fear. Eclipses are generally benevolent. They are the Universe’s way of re-balancing things that have gotten out of whack, of getting things back on track that have been sliding off the road.

      Jupiter returns are nothing to fear, either. Jupiter expands everything it touches, so sometimes it increases problems, but most often, a Jupiter return will bring a time of increased abundance, luck, happiness, and/or other blessings related to the relevant house, degree, and sign position. It’s also possible you won’t feel the effect at all. Jupiter plays a protective role that is not always apparent.

      • Thankyou HeavenSent, I am so looking forward to these Influences with a bit more optimism now…Does anyone here do Astrology Transits/progressed chart readings etc, for this year 2019 & maybe 2020?

    • @Nina –

      Yes, you will be personally impacted. As to how cannot be answered without assessing your whole chart. In a general sense, though, Venusian issues will, obviously, be highlighted for you. Venus rules a wide range spheres which include money, relationships of all kinds – romance, love, friendships, business partnerships – pleasure, luxuries, beauty, design, fine arts – including music, indulgence and over-indulgence, harmony, sensuality, indolence, valuables, and justice and the law, just to name a few examples. You may experience a sudden change related to one of these areas.

      • Thank you HeavenSent! The Leo-Aqua series of eclipses haven’t been great for me (or maybe I don’t understand the message), so I’m a bit fearful of this one and can’t wait for them to be over. I hope the next series Cancer-Cap will be better, they’ll be conjunct or near my nodal axis so fingers crossed 🙂

    • I consider Venus somewhat weakened and challenged at this lunar eclipse. You may be luckier than most, with your Venus supported by the Sun.

      At the Lunar Eclipse, Asteroids Thalia and Opportunity are positioned opposite. Use comedy, poetry and music to bridge the divide.

      • Thank you Gerald! Can you explain why you consider Venus weakened at this eclipse? curious 🙂

        • Eclipse full moon Venus in a semisquare with Sun, and sesquiquare Moon, representing ‘blockages’. Yet the Mars trine Venus aspect today, and thru the eclipse, has built up a strong flow between the sexes, it is possible your natal Venus is better positioned to enable actual conjugation.

          • Very interesting, thank you! But looks like it didn’t have any impact, good or bad, nothing happened for me:) so maybe my n. Venus is not too well positioned…

      • Thanks for reminder about asteroids. The eclipse on my 0 Leo Mercury. Opportunity just passed my IC. Something from the past. Who knows.

  19. Unexpected news for nerds… Asteroid Gault 6487, has been observed with a cometary tail.

    18Virgo35 at the lunar eclipse.

    So this isSept 11. Also current Venus/Mars cycle conjoined here

  20. Hi Jamie
    Always pleased with Ur thoughts ,transits…
    I m born on 3rd November at 9:4 pm .please let me know whether this transit will affect me in positive way or in negative ways, especially regarding my married life.i m much worried about this lunar eclipse….

  21. My sister’s natal sun is 0 degrees Aquarius, and her natal moon is in Leo at 9 degrees. Her birthday is the day of the eclipse, Jan 20th. So she will be experiencing a solar and lunar return simultaneously. She’s a cancer asc, so the eclipse is happening in her 2nd house. Any thoughts on how she can fully take advantage of this moon and what to expect?

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