Solar eclipses, astrologically speaking are like super powerful New Moons. Also, as this solar eclipse is the second of two New Moons in Leo, it is doubly important. Leo is known esoterically, as the “Light of the Soul”. It is as if this solar eclipse is calling for the soul of individuals as well as the soul of the United States, to come out of the chaos.
It is being called “The Great American Eclipse” because the shadow it will cast is not just on Earth but also directly over the United States, touching both coasts from Oregon to S. Carolina and peaking over Missouri. Its path is about 100 miles wide and will affect about 12 million people. This is extremely rare. A solar eclipse is an exact alignment
A total solar eclipse is very powerful event and therefore has powerful effects. Every second, our Earth receives billions of megawatts of electromagnetic energy from the Sun. During a solar eclipse, that stream of energy is blocked by our Moon. That momentary suspension of electromagnetic energy affects the Earth’s magnetic field, and also affects life on Earth by extension.
From an astrological perspective, when we have a total solar eclipse, the Sun’s essence is hidden. What is above; what happens above us in the heavens is reflected here on Earth Therefore at the time of a solar eclipse, something deep within us, and around us, comes to a close. And something within our country – because the shadow flows right across the US, also falls away. Because it I taking place in the last degree of Leo, it brings endings. It can represent a watershed moment in history.
As we see something essential disappear, it makes away for something new to appear. The effects of a total solar eclipse are not just on the day itself but three months prior and three to six months afterwards, and effects can be felt years into the future from the events that take place.
What we are experiencing now and increasingly as the solar eclipse approaches, is a speeding up in an already warp-speed world.
Solar Eclipses were taken very seriously by ancient astrologers but not so much today. However, this one has really captured the attention of millions especially in the US and, as usual, there is a lot of hype and misinformation. For example, there is fear surrounding the fact that this is being called a Black Moon. This is just a pagan term and all it means is that there are two New Moons happening in the space of a month. In this case, there was a New Moon on July 23 and a second on August 21, both in Leo. Nothing to fear!
There is also talk in the New Age community of a great shift taking place at this time. We know the great Shift has already happened on July 8, 1964 – when the Earth received Her Primary Initiation. However, I see this as just another chance, astrologically speaking, for us to make a positive change, as we must, in order to go forward into the New Age on this planet.
Why this Eclipse is so “American”
Another thing about this eclipse which is making is so “American” is not just that it can be seen across the USA but it is as if it is portending things to come concerning the changes the U.S. must bring about in order to stand in the light and lead humanity towards this light. It comes within one degree of the ascendant and the planet Mars of our current President, Donald Trump. It is one of those things where astrologers scratch their heads and say – “how can this be happening…it’s such a coincidence!”
I am not going into political ramifications, save to say that neither Trump, nor his Presidency, will be the same on the other side of this event. We may not see it right away but changes are already taking place. What the Leo New Moon Eclipse may bring about, if a critical mass of people move with the flow of this event, is a flow of this event, is a movement away from confusion and emotionally based lower mind thinking towards more Love, and more tolerance. This event in Leo seems to be calling out to humanity – reminding us that Love is indeed the answer and the way out of the chaos we are now experiencing.
You could almost look at it like a reboot and reconfiguration of consciousness. Although we can expect that external events and changes may and definitely will happen, we won’t experience real inner changes until we make the effort to improve ourselves. A major mistake sometimes made by so-called teachers is that a shift will happen and suddenly overnight we will all become Adepts, or something along those lines.
While I do believe the planets’ energies are always assisting us to evolve, we still have to be proactive and make the effort to do so through our Service, our Spiritual practices, and so on. Since we have freewill, it is always up to us whether we choose the low road or the high road.
One of the Best Ways to Study Astrology
For those people who are not sure about the validity of astrology, this will be a very good time to pay attention. Eclipses, especially one of this magnitude, are one of the best ways to study astrology.
When we hear astrologers talking about a conjunction between two far off planets, like Neptune and Saturn, really only astrologers are aware of the significance. But when the Sun vanishes, it is seen – and felt through events that take place– by everyone.
It’s a magical moment spiritually speaking, because it’s a time when we cease rushing around with our everyday lives, moving here and there, endlessly, and stand with awe in the shadow of this vast cosmic happening – this glimpse of Reality with a capital R.
It reminds us that we’re more than our everyday selves and of the vastness and beauty of the living Universe; it reminds us that we are children of Earth – and also children of the Sun. As my Spiritual Master, Dr. George King said we are all “solidified sunlight”. He also taught us that the nearest thing to God in our Solar System is the Sun.
The more we have this approach of awe and respect and love for the Earth and the Sun prior to and during this time, the more we will get something very tangible and beautiful back from it.
What Can We Expect?
The ancient astrologers of the past took a very harsh view of eclipses and they talked in terms of endings and major shifts. When Solar Eclipses take place in the sign of Leo, the fire sign associated with power, courage, leadership and creativity, the ancient astrologers predicted the downfall of kings and leaders.
This was the way they saw things then – in terms of black and white. Astrology has evolved over the past few hundred years and now we see eclipses differently like points of change and transition, vital to our growth and progress. For those people who are not awake and aware, things can happen that shake them into consciousness. For people who are already on a path of awakening, and spiritual growth, eclipses are gateways to evolutionary growth – speeded up.
The key to making the best use of this Solar Eclipse is to move with the energy; it is impossible to resist the changes it will bring. Try not to cling to anything – especially one’s opinions, or out-worn beliefs.
Remain open-minded to new possibilities and be courageous. Listen to not only to your head but especially to your heart, ruler of the sign of Leo. It’s always difficult for us to change. However, this is a time when it feels like the Universe is helping you to make that shift, that change of approach; that different way of looking at things. We’re being moved on – as I said, it’s like a reset button.
Grand Fire Trine
This particular Solar Eclipse is especially powerful because it is part of a grand fire trine, astrologically speaking. What that means is that it is part of a positive alignment of planets that are in Fire Signs.
We have Uranus in the fire sign, Aries; the Moon and Sun and Mars aligned in Leo with Saturn in the third of the fire signs, Sagittarius and the point in astrology that is known as the galactic core or the portal at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.
This is known in astrology as a Grand Trine and these – as well as solar eclipses - tend to have a lot of momentum. When you get the two together as with August 21, momentum increases. Events take on a life of their own and once they get going, it’s hard for them to shift.
That’s why it’s important now, I believe, for us to increase our prayers, our spiritual work to put us in a very good, solid and centered and heart-based place because this Grand Trine in Fire can be destructive in the way that fire can be if not managed properly.
However, when controlled, all this fire is leading us to creativity, inspiration and a heart-centered consciousness. It highlights our need to align our head with our heart.
It is not a sign for us to follow the masses but to awaken to our own uniqueness authenticity and creativity. The more creative and authentic we are, the more we will get from this. This one is reminding us about that much aligned word, Love. It is reminding us that Love is not emotion but the fabric of the Universe.
In the sacred text of The Nine Freedoms, we learn that “Love is not the measure of emotion, whether soft or violent, it is something deeper, something greater.”
We cannot at this stage fully understand Love. However, we get glimpses of this great all-pervasive energy in its different octaves of manifestation. We know that it is the great preservative force in all creation. It is the energy that inspires and motivates us to heal. It is the means by which our highest aspirations and deepest feelings are expressed.
Our future, our evolution, our survival depends upon awakening to the truth about Love and, more importantly, using this great Spiritual Energy to help others and literally lift the consciousness of our world.
Let’s try, if we can, to be doing spiritual practices, at the time of the Eclipse or close to this time. Use the wonderful Prayers of The Twelve Blessings leading up to, during the time of and after the Eclipse, to send our gratitude and Love to the Mother Earth who is so intimately a part of this great Cosmic Event and for reasons unknown to us, is being deprived in part of the Sun’s energies; to send our gratitude and Love to the Mighty Sun. For without the Sun and the Earth, where would we be?
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