Late one night back in 1926, Grace bundled her two small children into her car and fled Memphis, Texas for good. She’d had enough of her no-good husband and was determined to start a new life in Corpus Christi. The young mother, who had never worked outside the home, spent her last $40 on renting a small apartment and buying groceries. Then she boldly applied for a position at a fancy dress shop.
By the time she got home, the phone was ringing. “Do you do alterations?” asked the dress shop manager. “Oh yes!” Grace replied, though the only sewing she’d ever done was for her kids. A customer wanted a size 40 dress cut down to a size 20. “I knew I couldn’t do that,” she confided to me years later. “But I told them I could, so I had to do it.”
Grace got a size 20 pattern, and stayed up all night remaking the dress. The customer was thrilled – it was a perfect fit. “See what you can do when you have to?” Grace marveled. “Somehow, it gives you the strength to do it.”
My grandmother kept that job for years before she moved to San Diego and opened her own dress shop, Plaids and Fads. A stylish Libra with a creative, entrepreneurial Leo Moon, she had found her calling. But it never would have happened if she hadn’t found the chutzpah to declare herself capable of remaking that dress, then go on to prove it. I don’t know the exact date, but I’d bet it occurred near a lunar eclipse in Leo (there was one in January of 1926). An eclipse to one’s Moon can be challenging, but can also spur courageous action and breakthroughs. Much like retrograde planets, which actually gain power and impact as they move backward, eclipsed planets – especially in Leo – become determined to prove their worth and protect what is theirs (in Grace’s case, my dad and aunt).
Whether or not your Moon is in Leo, the upcoming total lunar eclipse (January 31, 5:27 a.m. PST) is apt to be a defining moment. Creativity will be intensified. Emotions may run wild. This has been called a “blue moon” eclipse because it’s the second Full Moon in January, but that’s merely a fluke of the Gregorian calendar and not astrologically significant. However, it is a Super Moon, appearing 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. And, being total, it will have that haunting, rusty glow of a “blood moon.” So this is definitely a Full Moon to be reckoned with.
Ceres, the “Great Mother” asteroid, will conjunct the Moon, so further devastation of Mother Earth may be in the spotlight – along with ingenious solutions. The Sun and Venus in social activist Aquarius oppose the Moon, calling comrades to band together and make their heartfelt desires known. This is a North Node eclipse, pulling us toward our destiny. It asks us to open our hearts, identify what we care about most and take action to protect it. Follow my intrepid grandma’s lead and trust that no matter what’s up for you, you will find the strength to master it.