More about the Solar Eclipse in Leo (read part 1 here). For those familiar with my astro-poetic style, the following is a different presentation with more astrological detail and dates.
A whole lotta Leo goin’ on!
Last month’s New Moon on July 23 was a New Moon in Leo at 0+ degrees. We begin a new moon-thly cycle with the Solar Eclipse in Leo at 29 degrees (there are 30 degrees in each sign). The cycles of the universe are bringing us a good dose of Leo, up close and personal. The 29th degree, also known as the anaretic degree or “degree of fate”, magnifies the full gamut of Leo expression. It points to dramatic changes and endings with this eclipse.
People are asking about Trump’s chart. Not only was he born on a lunar eclipse, additionally this solar eclipse falls on his Ascendant. Obviously this is a time of great change for him. I’ll leave it at that. Everyone who has a planet or point in or near the 29th degree of Leo has a different experience.
Keep in mind, we all have a slice of the zodiac pie, everyone embodies the Leo archetype somehow, somewhere in their life. A brief description of polarities in the Leo spectrum include:
generous / condescending
playful / childish
powerful / dominating
magnanimous / vindictive
prestigious / arrogant
confident / boastful
creative / show-off
“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.” Maya Angelou
Note that every sign has a full spectrum of expression; we’re exploring fiery Leo. All this stuff is magnified. Are we owning it or denying it? The eclipse is a powerful marker point in our development.
Consider: what doors to the past are closing and where are you stepping forward in the realm of Leonine expression in your life? Look as to where Leo falls in your astrological chart to see where your personal dynamics are activated.
Saros Cycles: Series of Eclipses
In the grand cosmos of magnificent and mysterious design, a solar eclipse is not an isolated event. The Babylonians discovered that each eclipse is part of a larger pattern spanning over a thousand years.
Imagine the past life implications! Eclipses correspond with the past, as well as the future, significant endings and beginnings in the continuum of time.
Bernadette Brady, Cultural Astronomer and Astrologer, wrote in her book, The Eagle and the Lark (1992) that each eclipse is a member of a family (of 70-72 eclipses) and each family has particular characteristics. The Saros cycle (the Greek word Saros means repetition) connects eclipses at 18ish-year intervals.
“Thus shadow owes its birth to light”. John Gay
The Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 is in the Saros Series 1 North. It is always intriguing to note the dates of previous eclipses that are a part of the series. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I looked into the most recent eclipses of the Saros Series 1 North.
August 11, 1999 On the day before the eclipse, a white supremacist fired 70 shots in a Jewish Community Center, wounding five people and then murdering a mail carrier.
July 31, 1981. The murder of Michael Donald in Mobile, Alabama in March 1981 was the last recorded lynching in the United States by the KKK.
July 20, 1963. The following month, August, Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. 1963 was also the year of Uranus-Pluto conjunction which corresponds with social upheaval and the struggle for freedom and equality. As we are currently in the tail-end of the rather lengthy phase of the Uranus-Pluto waxing square, I believe this has extra significance for us now.
I offer these dates for greater understanding of the larger cycles that are being activated at this time. How may we take action at this juncture?
It is worthwhile to consider this eclipse series on a personal level. What was going on in your life during previous years of this Saros Series? What doors are closing and what doors are opening in your life now?
I wrote the very first AstroFlash for the Solar Eclipse Leo of August 11, 1999! I mailed it to my friends and clients and it took off from there.
If you’d like, leave a comment about your eclipse synchronicities and experience – I look forward to hearing from you!
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