Solar and Lunar eclipses are not unusual, they occur around every six months.
They can be indicators of important events in our lives, ending periods of inertia or stagnation.
As I write this, the energy of tomorrow morning’s Lunar eclipse is building momentum. Astrologers everywhere are excited about this particular eclipse cycle. Especially the Solar eclipse happening on August 22nd is going to be the first eclipse to be visible throughout the US for nearly a hundred years. It seems to me that this could be an opportunity to bring some of the disparate forces that are tearing that country apart at present into some unity. There are some good planetary configurations for that, which I’ll talk about later.
I will start my analysis of the partial Lunar Eclipse, which down here in South Eastern Australia, will occur at 4:20 am on the morning of the 8th August. The most outstanding planetary configuration I see in the chart for this eclipse is the last square of Jupiter in Libra and Pluto Capricorn, whom have been doing a square dance since November 2016. This is their third and final connection, and the third hit is usually the most manifest.
On a mundane level we have seen huge plays of power and politics dominating important questions and issues which have to do with our ubiquitous survival, territory and environmental issues. In an ideal world these important questions would be addressed under a bipartisan flag for all-life-on-earth, but instead we’ve seen the primal forces of our amygdala’s at work, in the form of power grabs and bullying threats which could spell disaster if we don’t bring our neo-cortex’s (rational thinking) into play very quickly.
The potential here is that this last hit of the Jupiter and Pluto square conjoined with the nature of this Lunar eclipse, could move us into an evolutionary trajectory and quantum leap into a consciousness that shows us just how absurd it is that we pit ourselves against each other in power struggles, when we could be collaborating for the purpose of forming the new world. (the positive frequencies of Jupiter and Pluto, and the Aquarian age).
The Lunar eclipse energy brings so much up from our emotional bodies, the cellular memories from pre-birth, early childhood and even ancestral patterns.
Especially with the Square from Chiron to the eclipse ascendant, which reveals old wounds and scars in need of some attention. The softening energy of Venus in the first house could bring a creative balance and will for balance and peace.
And luckily Mars conjunct the Sun and trine Saturn (orderly yet natural and dynamic action), could be the push we need to awaken into the universal co-creative species we have the potential to become in this Aquarian age, with the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, stationed retrograde.
The energy of the planets in our solar system affects all of us at some level, but the fixed signs Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus, and if you were born on around 7-8th of August, November, February or May, you will feel this in your life as a shake-up towards more honesty and vitality, but you may need to release and let go of belief systems or physical clutter for this to make the space needed for such a change. Lunar eclipses are helpful for releasing and letting go, and I recommend allowing the frequencies to motivate you towards more simplicity in your life.
It is interesting that Uranus is stationing to go retrograde a few days ago at 28 degrees Aries (where it will stay until September 10th).
It will be sextile the ascendant (27ªGemini) of the Lunar Eclipse (Aug 8th) and trine the Solar Eclipse, (Aug 22nd). Both so-called soft aspects, which means that change can happen effortlessly, but on the down side it can also mean that people don’t feel the urgency of the collective wake-up call and won’t necessarily be aware of, or facilitate and make room for the change that is so much the essence of the current zeitgeist, with its Aquarian overtones.
This eclipse cycle is crowned by the much anticipated Solar eclipse AUEST 4:31am, August 22nd. One of the reasons this has been getting so much attention is because it will be seen all over the United States as a total eclipse, for the first time since June 8th 1918. Some American astrologers are calling it ‘The American eclipse’, and are hoping so much that it is a sign of changes which will bring them together for more positive and fairer outcomes.
This Solar Eclipse develops the Lunar eclipse, bringing more intensity with the stellium of planets in Leo. Both eclipses take place in 2nd to 8th house circumstances, which are to do with physical values and deeper transformational concerns of the Soul, as well as important issues about our standing with mother Earth. What is very different from the Lunar eclipse, is the relationship of the Moon’s nodes or Dragon’s tail and head with the Sun/Moon as well as with Venus.
When talking about the Moon’s Nodes one is talking about the Soul’s memory, the point of growth. And with Venus in an exact semi-sextile, the emphasis can be on the Soul’s relationships to love and material wellbeing. There could be a reconciliation amongst us all, between each other and our mother Earth.
As well as this, Chiron forms a quincunx to the Sun and Moon, offering the deepest compassion and possibilities for empathy and growth and a big healing can take place in some of our most deeply felt domains of the soul. (8th house).
I remain an optimist.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).
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