Solar Eclipses are like super new moons – they initiate change. Yet eclipses work differently from a normal new moon in that the changes are often swift, unexpected and dramatic. They pack a big punch! A solar eclipse signals major events in global affairs. If an eclipse falls in a sensitive area of your horoscope, major personal change takes place as well. Like the Tower card in the Tarot, an eclipse shakes us out of worn-out situations and patterns of thinking to elevate us to a new level of consciousness.
Eclipses always arrive in pairs, coinciding with the new moon and full moon, as solar and lunar eclipses. We had a full moon lunar eclipse in the sign Leo on August 7th and will have a new moon total solar eclipse in the same sign of Leo on August 21st. These are part of a cycle of eclipses called Saros Cycle 145. Saros 145 eclipses have a long history of appearing before major events in the U.S., including the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and the assassination of JFK in 1963.
Let’s look at the astrological implications of this eclipse.
The effects of a solar eclipse will last in years, the duration of the eclipse in minutes. In other words, the August 21st eclipse will last 2 minutes and 4 seconds, which means its effects will be felt most powerfully between now and the end of this decade.
The location from which an eclipse is visible indicates the areas of the world ripe for changes in society, culture and leadership. The “Great American Eclipse” is the first total solar eclipse to be visible coast-to-coast across the U.S.
in nearly 100 years; the last time was in June 1918. It is also the first total solar eclipse to be visible in totality only from the U.S. since the nation was founded in 1776. It will make landfall in Oregon at 10:15 AM and progressively cut a diagonal 60-70 mile wide swath of darkness across the states until it reaches South Carolina at 2:36 PM.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t write of what ancient astrologers taught about an eclipse. Eclipses are believed to impact the ruler of the land and their country. It often signals a time of enemy invasions and the end of kings and their domain. It’s no surprise that emperors and kings would behead astrologers who failed to predict eclipses — they wanted a fair warning for threats to the country or their authority. Viewed from this perspective, the August 21st solar eclipse will impact our country in a big way.
First, the eclipse occurs conjunct the fixed star Regulus. As the lion’s heart of the constellation Leo, Regulus since ancient times has been associated with kings and kingship. As the astrologer, Donna Woodwell writes, “A solar eclipse conjunct Regulus would have been an omen for the fall of the king. And most certainly not news a court astrologer would want to have to deliver to his royal patron”
Now, we don’t know who the ‘king’ may be – perhaps President Trump? We can’t say for sure. This eclipse does fall directly on Donald Trump’s ascendant, or rising sign, if we assume the birth certificate released by the campaign is accurate. The rising sign is a highly sensitive point in a birth chart. This means that Donald Trump will be especially sensitive to the effects of the August 21st eclipse.
This eclipse also occurs at the Moon’s North Node, indicating something new to begin in terms of our country’s Dharma, or karmic path. Due to the unexpected nature of an eclipse, just how it will impact Donald Trump, our country and the world as a whole can’t be said. We do know that big change is coming, and fast! We also know how powerful our thoughts are and that each one of us can hold thoughts of peace and progressive, positive change. They’ll have a great impact on the effects of this eclipse.
Let’s take a look at this solar eclipse and you.
If you have planets in your natal chart that correspond to the degrees of the eclipse, you’ll note the eclipse in a dramatic way. Often, most people don’t even feel the effects of an eclipse because there are no sensitive points in their chart touched by it. Yet, regardless of what it touches in our chart, each one of us can harness the power and potential of this eclipse to bring positive change into our lives.
With all eclipses, something ends and something new begins. Monumental occurrences can happen which turn your life on to a new path. Expect new opportunities and bright new beginnings. You may hear news of a marriage, career change, house sale or purchase, an important health development, the birth of a new enterprise or the birth of a baby. Expect some doors to close, while others open. We can’t make room for the new if we don’t let something go. Whatever change it brings, the universe will move us into a new direction, a higher vibration, with greater maturity and a new set of circumstances.
This eclipse occurs in the sign of Leo, which is ruled by the Sun. The eclipse will illuminate what needs to be brought to light. Situations and people will be unveiled and true colors are revealed. You see them people who they really are, not the image they projected. You’ll see situations more clearly. And the light will help you see how to act accordingly. Expect awakenings, aha moments, insights and truth to be unveiled in surprising ways.
The Sun represents the High Self, the Divine Reality of who you really are. The eclipse brings you an important message from your High Self. Take time to tune inward and listen. You’ll receive the guidance, inspiration, and understanding you need. You may be guided to take action, or you may receive a missing piece of the puzzle needed to put your life in the right direction.
Leo is Latin for lion and symbolizes courage, heart-centered consciousness, and free will. At its highest expression, Leo brings warmth, generosity, love and good will. Through a loving will, it creates that which will become the most beneficial outcome for all concerned. Leo’s lower vibration is expressed as vanity, selfish pride, ego-centered consciousness, and heartless leadership. How we choose to express the energies is our choice.
This most auspicious total solar eclipse forms a beautiful triangle in the heavens, called a Grand Trine. It brings insights and creative problem solving, along with the practical ability to manifest whatever it is we are inspired to manifest. Our capacity to receive and express love is magnified manifold. The eclipse urges us to connect with our High Self and form a conscious partnership, co-creating the life and the world we desire.
Remember the key symbolism of a new moon is a seed-planting time. The receptive feminine energies align perfectly with the active masculine energies to give birth to the new. It is a calling for our receptive selves to listen to the guidance of the High Self and our active side to set the intention of what we want to manifest. We are able to claim our power and express our unique selves through the Divine gift of free will.
This is a joyous eclipse, an eclipse full of radiant possibilities that combine with quiet intuition and connectedness with The Divine. Tune inward and listen, You will know the path that is right for you. Call it forth. And above all, trust, trust, trust.