In case you haven't heard, Jan. 31 is going to bring a veritable perfect storm of astronomical milestones. Sure, you'll need to prepare yourself for all the weird behaviors and situations that tend to come standard with a full moon, but it's much more than that. The Jan. 31 full moon is also a blue moon and a blood moon — not to mention, the first total lunar eclipse of 2018. If it sounds to you like all of this could cause quite a bit of chaos for those of us here on Earth, you'd be right. And while you'll likely feel the astronomical pain no matter when you were born, there are a few signs that will be most affected by the lunar eclipse.
First, a brief refresher on eclipses. (Don't you want to be able to understand what's happening up there to throw your life into such havoc on Jan. 31? We all need someone to blame.) According to Time and Date, a total lunar eclipse is what happens when the sun, Earth, and moon form a straight or nearly straight line. In this arrangement, the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon, and since the sun is positioned behind the Earth, all of the light coming from the sun casts the shadow of Earth on the moon. As a result, we can observe a shadow covering the entire moon. Total lunar eclipses only happen during a full moon.
The Jan. 31 full moon is actually the second full moon of January, which makes it a rare blue moon (the name given to the second of two full moons that rise within the same month, per Space.com). Making things even more interesting is the fact that — because of the reddish appearance caused by light blockage during the eclipse — this same moon is also dubbed a "Blood Moon."
Who's going to be most affected by all of this lunar activity at the end of the month? While NYC-based astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Bustle that "this blue moon eclipse will give every sign a run for their money," it's the fixed signs — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius — that she says will be hit the hardest. Per AstroStyle, fixed signs are notable because their birthdays fall in the middle of every season. These signs tend to be stabilizers and do-ers, the kind of people who set to work actually implementing new ideas after others have come up with them.
"Full moon eclipses bring situations and emotions to light, as the moon illuminates the Earth, exposing things we never saw before," Stardust says. You can expect surprising revelations around Jan. 31 regardless of your sign, but you may take them more to heart if you fall into one of the fixed sign categories. Fixed sign friends, here are a few more details about what's ahead with the upcoming eclipse:
Prepare to be shaken to the core, Taurus, because you might experience changes in your most basic personal philosophies thanks to said lunar chaos. Be ready to embrace those shifts instead of resisting them.
"The focus is on Leo!" Stardust tells Bustle. "They will be in the spotlight and it's a time for them to focus on their emotional needs — or maybe sport a new look." Don't be surprised if you find yourself at the center of attention at the end of the month, Leo... and don't be afraid to take the time you need to practice a little extra self-care.
Thanks to the lunar eclipse, Scorpios can anticipate potential shifts in their position at work, as well as changes to the way the public perceives them. Let's keep our fingers crossed that these changes will all be of the positive variety!
Time to refocus on the people around you, Aquarius. You might even feel changes in your relationships with others. "Focusing on others will be their theme," Stardust says of the Aquarius experience with the Jan. 31 eclipse. "They will have to learn to balance relationships."