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SOLAR ECLIPSE IN LEO AUGUST 21, 2017
All solar eclipses are new moons, but not all new moons are solar eclipses. A solar eclipse occurs at the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (next to each other) in the sky. As the Moon moves through its orbit it passes between the Sun and the Earth, obscuring the light of the Sun. This Solar Eclipse New Moon, as with any New Moon, signals a new psychological beginning, but it also has a tremendous impact on physical life. As the light of the sun is blocked for the duration of the eclipse, our human (and planetary) magnetic fields “collapse and get re-booted”.
A total solar eclipse can bring about events that have enormous significance, especially if they fall on a planetary point in an individual’s chart. They often influence cities and countries, which fall under the “path” or shadow of the eclipse. There are typically two solar eclipses every year; a total solar eclipse is much rarer event.
What makes the eclipse of August 2017 even more unusual is that the path of the eclipse covers ONLY the continental United States (the first in 99 years), and the effect of an eclipse is strongest in areas where it is most visible. Watch news events in the areas under the “shadow of totality”. An “eclipse” means something must end, so that something new may be created. What part of our old self needs to “die”, so that we may move forward? Use the timing of this eclipse wisely…meditate if you can; insights, dreams and synchronicities may hold important information from your higher self over the coming weeks. A new chapter is beginning as the old one closes.
The Total Solar eclipse on August 21, 2018 falls in the sign of Leo, the Divine Child. Leo emphasizes creativity, self-expression, and the courage to follow your dreams. Leo is a fire sign, and symbolizes passion, joy, and the life affirming positive energy of the sun. Where is your heart drawing you at this time? What is your inner child wanting to create, to feel?
Eclipses travel in 19 year cycles. What was happening in your life in 1998? There is a message there for you during this eclipse. The ancient astrologers believed that it was better not to take action under a lunar eclipse. (See August 7, 2017 Update) The reasoning for this is that deeply held subconscious attitudes may influence your rational decision making process; therefore, it is better to postpone making important emotional decisions, as your plans may not work out as expected.
Solar Eclipses tend to be more outer and event-oriented; things happen, sometimes very unexpectedly. You may feel circumstances, decisions have a certain “fated” quality to them. Watch who comes into your life, or leaves (especially male energy) around this eclipse. On a transformational and psychological level, eclipses are associated with the unmasking of something which has been hidden. Secrets are exposed. In the heart-opening sign of Leo, this is an opportunity to ask for the courage to love unconditionally, to clear any blockages of fear and distress which have shut down our creative energy. As is true for any native with planets in Leo, pay close attention to the condition of your physical heart during this time.
On a personal level, if this eclipse falls on or near your birthday, this will be a very important year for you. Solar eclipses usually bring new events, people and situations into our lives, once we have cleared the emotional debris of the lunar eclipse! Letting go is the message. The energy of the fire planets will motivate you to move forward, but it is much easier once you release old limiting beliefs and patterns.
Once again, think of the 19 year cycle rule. What was happening in your life in 1998? Have you been true to yourself? Nothing makes a Leo happier than being appreciated for his or her talents and gifts. What is your passion? What feeds your soul? Think of the feline kingdom (ruled by Leo). Cats do as they please…cats are comfortable in their bodies, fluid and free. If you have the Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Leo, this New Moon eclipse is the perfect time for you to show your true colors and allow more spontaneity and fun into your life. Wherever the sign of Leo falls in your birth chart, this New Moon eclipse signals the time to express yourself and allow more joy into your life
There is a lot of planetary fire around this month! Not only are the Sun and Moon with the North Node in Leo, but we also have Mars in Leo (ego in action) creating a Grand Fire Trine with Saturn in Sagittarius (testing ideologies and beliefs) and Uranus in Aries (sudden volatile anger).
As of this writing, we have seen domestic violence coupled with foreign acts of terrorism erupt suddenly. The solar eclipse point is 29 degrees Leo known as a “critical degree” in astrology. The great fire trine may set off emotional triggers in all directions. The eclipse is also conjunct the fixed star Regulus, “the heart of the Lion”. We need to have the courage to stand for our beliefs, but it is up to humans to choose whether they will be the agents for positive change or mere agents of destructive violence. On a positive note, we may see sudden and rather unusual solutions to old problems with a Grand fire Trine. Innovative and ground breaking technological advances are possible. Freedom and revolution are in the air.
Themes that were the focus of the 1960’s with the Pluto in Leo generation are especially highlighted with this eclipse. Freedom, liberty and justice are just as important now as they were in 1776 or 1966. At a time filled with hyperbole, exaggerated rhetoric, and empty promises about the future, this eclipse requires that we see both sides of the issue and not be swept away by empty promises and manipulative theatrics of politicians.
In ancient days, astrologers associated total solar eclipses with the “fall” of kings. Many astrologers have noted that this eclipse falls on the ascendant (rising sign) in the chart of Donald Trump, and is very near his natal Mars exacerbating his volatile and unpredictable nature. However, since eclipses are “wildcards” he could also be the catalyst for major positive change. Three months from now on November 20th, the Sun in Scorpio will make an exact challenging angle to this solar eclipse degree (and his Mars). It will signal an important turning point for all concerned.
Planets of course don’t really change the direction of their orbit, but from our perspective here on earth sometimes the planets appear to move backwards, which we call retrograde.
On August 3rd, Uranus, the planet of radical changes, revolution and independence, turned retrograde in the sign of Aries. Expect the unexpected; however, Aries is a fire sign and patience is not its fine point. In the birth chart of the US, the planet Uranus is very prominent. Hold onto your hats…the changes may seem long overdue, but they are coming.
Mercury turned retrograde on August 12th in the sign of Virgo (mid-way between both eclipses) and for the next three weeks you can expect some snafus in communication or technology as well as a tendency to look back into the past in order to correct or revise something that needs to be improved. Depth psychology, body-work, past life regressions and any form of inner journey work will help during this time.
Any seeming setbacks due to Uranus and Mercury being retrograde at the same time should be seen as constructive lessons. There is a NEW mode of perception being introduced into the collective gene pool at this time. Think about what was happening for you back with the last set of eclipses in February 2017. We get another opportunity during this retrograde phase to RE-THINK things.
Saturn, planet of discipline and hard work – the Great Teacher – has been retrograde in the fire sign of Sagittarius since April 6th and turns direct on August 25th. If you have been passing your tests since last spring, Saturn will help you to redefine your goals with the energy of the Leo Solar eclipse.
MEDITATION FOR THE NEW MOON IN LEO:
Find your inner sanctuary and relax. Light a white and/or red candle. Find a comfortable position (sitting or lying down). Take a few deep breaths, letting go of any stress or body discomfort. You are safe and protected by your guides and angels, and only the Light may fill your presence. You see yourself walking along a well-worn and familiar path leading you to the main gate of a Temple enclosure. The moon is high and full and casts a whitish glow over the temple. You can feel the energy and protection of your guides around you. It is a good feeling; you are home. A white-robed priestess awaits you inside the gate. She hands you a cone of frankincense and leads you to a large bronze door, which she slowly opens. The frankincense fills the room. As the smoke from the incense clears, you find yourself standing before a tall statue made of smooth black granite. It the image of the Egyptian Goddess, Sekmet, with her beautiful lion face and well-formed woman’s body. She wears the sun disc on her head as she is the daughter of the Sun God, Ra. She carries a lotus staff in one hand and holds the key of life or ankh, in the other. She stands a full head taller than you, and her eyes look down upon your face. You see your own reflection in her eyes. You are safe here, but you cannot keep any secrets from her, for she can see deeply into your heart. As you stand before Her, you notice a delicate alabaster jar at her feet. This jar is painted with the likeness of her sister-Goddess Hathor. The jar contains the sweetest smelling perfume oil that you can imagine. It is the elixir of the Goddess Herself. In it, you can detect the most delicious fragrances imaginable…all the scents that delight you…… And as you take in the fragrance, you are opening your heart and senses to Love. Now, you spend some time communing with the Goddess Sekmet. She says that she is here to help you cut the cords that bind you to the past. She can assist in releasing old hurts, emotional wounds, and betrayals. She can devour the past and assist you in shedding outworn layers of cellular memory. Sekmet knows the shamanic realms of magic and manifestation. Go ahead and ask her for your heart’s desire. You thank her and leave her presence. The white-robed priestess leads you back through the temple moonlight; back to your own time and space. You feel lighter and more peaceful after this journey. You are whole and in a sound state.