The Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse is exact at 7:51 PM PDT. This is also a Blood Moon, which occurs with a Total Lunar Eclipse. The Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, first darkening the Moon, so it appears eaten by some unknown beast, and then turning the Moon into a blood-like orange-red when the Moon moves fully into the darkest part of the earth’s shadow, known as the umbra. It is not always blood-colored though, depending on what is in the atmosphere. The chart cast for the moment of the Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse puts the Sun was at 4.40° Libra and the Moon was at 4.40° Aries, the axis that represents working in partnership versus working solo. Libra considers the reactions of others and tries to maintain balance. Aries has the single-pointed focus and selfishness of incipient life. Eclipses tend to bring surprises and irrational behavior. My go-to description for Lunar Eclipses is that it is like having your head held underwater until you think you are going to drown, and then released at the last-minute into a better life. A bit scary, but it does have a happy ending. I have found that Eclipses are zodiacal wild cards: everything goes. This one has a stabilizing influence from Saturn in Sagittarius, which trines the Moon and sextiles the Sun with a 4°orb. Mercury Retrograde is 5° away from the Sun and Moon opposition bringing the focus to communication, or the lack thereof.
There is almost nothing going on in the sky this week other than the Inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun. The Inferior conjunction always occurs during the Retrograde period when Mercury is closest to the Earth. The longer Retrograde cycle is connected to the Mercury/Sun conjunctions with the Inferior one beginning the Promethean stage and the Superior on the Epimethean stage.