Feeling stuck? Hold on! Over the next month things are really going to change! The curse “May you live in interesting times” comes to mind. Things are about to get interesting.
Eclipses are generally considered to be times of great change. In ancient times they were considered ill omens of fate but in modern times with understand that with great change comes new opportunity. When the light is cut off and we are left in the dark we may discover that we must take a new path to find our way moving forward. We may stumble in the dark, especially at first, but as the light comes again we can begin to see the new path clearly. In doing this we leave behind the path of the past.
Every six months of so we have what astrologer call “eclipse season”. This is usually a pair of eclipses, one lunar and one solar, although sometimes there will be a third eclipse as well. This “eclipse season” we have two eclipses:
LUNAR ECLIPSES VERSUS SOLAR ECLIPSES
Lunar eclipses are generally more mild than solar eclipses but if they hit your natal chart then you will still feel them strongly. Usually they have more to do with internal issues such as how we think about things or how we feel. A lunar eclipse may aid us in understanding a situation and coming to terms with it. It may help us to let go of something we have been holding onto with futility. An example of this is perhaps carrying a flame for an ex for months or even years only to come to the realization that the person was never right for you anyway and it is time to move on. Other people may not be able to see the difference in you right away but internally there has definitely been a shift in perspective that frees you to move forward and you can feel the change that has taken place within you. Another example of how a lunar eclipse might affect you is perhaps feeling stuck in a dead end job and after too long of putting up with the situation you finally resolve to go back to school and find a new job. The resolve to make the change is not something clearly evident to other people as you remain in the same job while figuring out a plan to make this change happen for you, but the internal shift in perspective is there and you can feel it on a palpable level.
Solar eclipses are more dramatic and often involve real changes in the physical world that are clearly evident to others. Here are some examples of things that have happened to me within a few days of an eclipse just over the past 10 years or so:
As you can see these examples encompass all areas of life: relationships, death, jobs, accidents. If I expanded the events out from within a few days of an eclipse there would be a lot more to list, as well, as I can see the links through the charts as an astrologer. But I want to keep the list short and sweet to show you that you can see significant events occurring within days of a solar eclipse that are evident to other people around you as well. Solar eclipses often force changes, whether you want the change or not. If you are lucky the changes will resonate with what you truly desire. For example the job that I was laid off from was one I hated and that was not at all good for me so even though it was awful to lose my job it was actually a good thing in the long run.
LUNAR ECLIPSE AUGUST 7
The full moon lunar eclipse occurs on August 7 at 16 degrees of Aquarius. This means the moon is in Aquarius and the Sun is in Leo. Aquarius is considered a humanitarian sign while Leo is often associated with our sense of self, our ego, in both a positive and negative connotation. With this eclipse highlighting the pull between our ego versus the greater good we are asked to put our personal pride aside and take a look at the larger picture. Are we so caught up in being right that we are fighting about something that doesn’t even matter? Or are the issues at hand ones of true identity and as such should not be abandoned? Those are questions we each must answer for ourselves in our own situations.
The Sabian Symbol for the full moon in Aquarius is “A Big Businessman at his Desk”. What type of “work” are you doing in your life? Are you organized and able to logistically manage all the different elements of your “business”? This also makes me think of looking at things from the big picture instead of “micromanaging” your life. What are your long term goals for development?
The Sabian Symbol for this degree in Leo (where the sun is during this lunar eclipse) is “The Storm Ended, All Nature Rejoices in Brilliant Sunshine”. What storms in our own lives are we ready to release? And are we willing to celebrate the simple moments of joy in our life when things are calm again? Letting go of “drama” in order to cultivate “sunshine” in our lives is a strong message of this eclipse. Release negativity, embrace positivity. How can you do that in your own life? Can you see a way to encourage optimism?
SOLAR ECLIPSE AUGUST 21
The new moon solar eclipse occurs on August 21 at 29 degrees of Leo. This eclipse is being called “The Great American Eclipse” and will be visible in the US with much of the US being able to experience totality of the eclipse, meaning the entire sun will seem to disappear and only a halo will be visible. If you are watching the eclipse make sure you have special glasses to make viewing safe. This is a rare opportunity of which many people will be taking advantage. Yet there is a difference between viewing an eclipse and experience one in your own chart. Here we are being asked again to release the “ego” and ideally we reach toward a higher, more spiritual perspective on our life. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A Mermaid Emerges From the Ocean Waves Ready for Rebirth in Human Form.” We are moving from the subconscious into a new state of consciousness and a new form. How can you recreate yourself in your own life? Where can you be reborn? Where may you be forced into change if you do not take steps toward change on your own?
HOW DO THESE ECLIPSES AFFECT YOU?
Astrologers compare the chart of the eclipse to your own birth chart to see how hard you will be “hit” by the cosmic event. If your chart is being affected strongly then it is much more likely you also will be affected strongly in the real world. If you know even a little about your own chart you can determine whether or not will be significant in your life.
By looking at your birth chart an astrologer can see what area of life is being affected and how strongly. All Leos will be strongly affected this eclipse season. As will all Aquarians. The other fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio are also being affected. And depending on your own chart there may be planets or angels getting a lot of attention from these eclipses which will cause changes large or small in your life. If you are interested in looking into your own chart with the aid of an astrologer to see how these eclipses are affecting you I am available for readings. The more stuck you feel the more change that can possibly occur.
One last note: a lot of astrologers are predicting some huge changes in the US as a result of “The Great American Eclipse”, some are even predicting that Donald Trump will lose his position as the president as a result of events triggered. I will simply say that this is a harbinger of change and with change we have the choice to rise up or fall down. Let us work on rising up individually so that we have a better chance as a nation to similarly rise above much of the petty divisiveness inherent in American politics today.
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