Solar Eclipse In Leo: Time To Shine In New Ways

We are having a Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on Monday, August 21st in the Western world, and in the early hours of August 22nd in the East. This eclipse has been dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse’ as its pathway of totality will be cutting across the US from coast to coast. The peak of this eclipse and the exact moment of the New Moon will be at 6:30pm Universal Time, although the start and peak times of when the eclipse is visible depends on your location.

This eclipse will be visible throughout North America, Central America, and in the Northern part of South America, as well as part of Western Europe and the west coast of Africa. However, it would be visible only as a partial eclipse unless you are on the pathway of totality which travels through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and most of South Carolina.

If you are located on the path of totality, you may be able to see Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, and Venus (in that order) in the dark sky as the Sun is completely covered. This will be a great sight to see if the conditions are right. Also, it’s very important to keep in mind that no matter where you are viewing the eclipse, make sure to be wearing certified viewing glasses when looking at the Sun as your eyes can damage without them.

Solar Eclipses are like a supercharged New Moon which occur every 6 months. They happen back to back with a Lunar Eclipse which is a supercharged Full Moon. Eclipse periods coincide with endings and beginnings and in some cases can feel like starting a whole new chapter depending on how they are influencing your natal astrology chart.

They can be a bit of a ‘wild card’ sometimes. The energies are strongest within a month of occurring which is when related events or circumstances may transpire. However, the effects of eclipses can still manifest over the following 6 months and gradually leading up to it.

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Mercury Retrograde Of Summer 2017: Recalibrating For New Beginnings

Mercury Retrograde is here again! This one is a major one as it is occuring during eclipse season and will also be triggering the same areas as the upcoming powerful Solar Eclipse. It is occuring in Virgo and Leo, as we may experience a reorientation of how we work with the energies of these signs.

For some, this could bring up some of the same Virgo themes we experienced strongly from late 2015 and throughout 2016. This could be connected to taking care of ourselves better, or being more grounded, functional, and efficient. Perhaps putting systems in place or being more organized, and improving the way we operate our day to day lives.

However this also marks a transition period in which are shifting our focus more towards integrating Leo and Fire energy more so into our lives which will be a theme until late 2018. Passion, creativity, excitement, authenticity, freedom, inspiration are some of the key words of these upcoming weeks especially during the first week of September when this retrograde finishes.

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Lunar Eclipse In Aquarius: Make Changes and Considering The Big Picture

We are having a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th/8th depending on where you are located in the world. It will be visible in most of Europe, Asia, Australia, and most of Africa. Its peak will be at 6:20pm Universal time, but will start just under an hour and finish an hour later.

Eclipses represent changes and shifts in certain areas of our lives and they usually occur in pairs with a Solar Eclipse occurring at the New Moon before or after. Their influence can start weeks or months before, and also set the tone for the following six months until the next series of eclipses.

The influence of eclipse season can be symbolic of turning a page, or even starting a new chapter, in the story of our life. However, some of these themes will continue to play out until late 2018 as we will be having more eclipses in this sign following this one. Much of how each eclipse will influence you specifically depends on how it is interacting with your natal astrology chart.

This series of eclipses is happening in the Aquarius – Leo axis with the upcoming Solar Eclipse occurring in Leo. Eclipses always occur near one of the two lunar nodes. This one will be occurring near the South Node which is associated with the past and certain aspects of this energy that can be holding us back.

Aquarius is the sign of friends, the group, the team, and the collective. It is intellectual, scientific, yet broad minded. Aquarius is progressive, socially idealistic, and concerned with the interests of humanity. Although we may experience some positive new developments in relation to this energy, ultimately this is a South Node Lunar Eclipse which is about making changes or and in some cases even endings related to this.

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Jupiter Square Pluto Is Concluding

Jupiter has been in and out of a square with Pluto since November. It was strong in early spring and is concluding now. The final exact aspect between them is happening today, but has been building up over the last week and will still influence the next few weeks.⠀

Jupiter is the planet of our beliefs, truth, ideals, overdoing, overindulging, opinions, expansion, and freedom. In a square with Pluto, this could bring about obsessions, tensions, fears, manipulation, forcefulness, jealousy, or issues around resources and power in relation to those things. Pluto can even bring up the deeper and darker aspects of ‘truth’ as well. An example of some of this energy playing out is the ‘pizzagate’ story and the controversy around accusations of ‘fake news’ towards both mainstream and alternative media.⠀

In our personal lives, the potential negative manifestations were more likely to occur late last year and earlier this year, yet they can still play out during this time. However, now that it has been concluding there is more potential for resolutions and/or moving beyond those types of challenges that have come up.⠀

It is possible that what has been occurring in your life could be related to some of the themes or beliefs initiated between Fall 2007 and early 2008. However, Its energies this time around could more resemble what was happening from May 2010 until early 2011, especially that summer. Also, the first 4-5 months of 2014 could also be connected to it as well.⠀

Jupiter has been in Libra since last September until this October, a time of expansiveness in social connections, relationships, and anything to do with achieving fairness, equality, and balance. It is possible that these themes could potentially be connected to some of the potential manifestations mentioned above.⠀

This energy can also drive us to feel like we can accomplish more, however in that process we may have to deal with some changes that could come up in the coming weeks considering we are entering eclipse season and Mercury will be retrograde soon.⠀

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Uranus Is Stationary, Going Retrograde

Uranus in Aries starts its retrograde tomorrow but has been slowing down over the last month. As one of the ‘outer’ planets, whenever it goes retrograde it lasts for almost half a year, in this case until January 2nd. Therefore, its retrograde isn’t as significantly noticeable as the closer ‘personal’ planets such as Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

The transitional period in which it changes motion from direct to retrograde is when we may notice its energies the most and any potential disruptive effects. In this case this could of started in the previous weeks and into the upcoming weeks as it appears almost still in the sky which is referred to as a ‘stationary’ period.

During this period we may be experiencing circumstances and reflecting on Uranus-related energies. Uranus is the planet of freedom, innovation, independence, awakening, ingenuity, individuality, and rebellion. It is forward thinking, progressive, inventive, and rules technology, science, and even astrology. It is electric and associated with flashes of intuition which could bring great ideas and some sort of enlightened awareness around something. While it is in retrograde motion, the intuitive, insightful, and inventive side of Uranus tends to be stronger.

Uranus is also going to be playing a bigger role over the coming months because of its connection to the powerful Solar Eclipse on August 21st in Leo and to the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Considering all of this, it is a time for many of us to step more into our authentic and original selves and tap into what makes us unique and shine. Many of us will receive new ideas and insights to help facilitate this process.

There is a lot going on over the next month and a half as we will experience changes and shifts which is ultimately the beginning of another chapter in each of our evolutionary journeys.


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The Great American Eclipse: An Astrological Analysis

On August 21st, 2017, we will be experiencing one of the most powerful and significant total solar eclipses of our lifetime. Its path of totality goes right across the United States from coast to coast, starting from Oregon in the West to South Carolina in the East. This eclipse has been on the radar for both astronomers and astrologers for years and has been dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse.’

Astrologically speaking, all eclipses have an effect on everybody on the planet, however, the location it travels over will experience it more potently. The effects of solar eclipses can start to be noticeable months prior and up to 6 months later, however, its influences and results have long term significance. I will be writing another article on this eclipse touching on more about what it means for us as individuals. This article is addressing its potential influence on geopolitical matters.

This Solar Eclipse Is In Leo Trine Uranus, With South Node in Aquarius

We have started to experience a series of both lunar and solar eclipses in the Leo-Aquarius polarity axis which initiated in February and will last until early 2019. Eclipses always occur when the New Moon or Full Moon is in close proximity to one of the two Lunar Nodes. The North Node of the Moon is in Leo which means there is new beginnings and a push towards this sign. The South Node is in Aquarius, which represents where endings are trying to be facilitated associated with that sign as well that are getting in the way of fulfilling the North Node in Leo.

This upcoming ‘Great American Eclipse’ is near the North Node in Leo and because it’s also a New Moon, it really emphasizes the forward energies of the North Node. The Lunar Eclipse that occurs prior on August 7th in Aquarius near the South Node also emphasizes the ‘past’ energies wanting to be shifted.

Leo is the sign of the leader, the ‘king’, and the performer. When expressed negatively, it is dramatic, egoic and arrogant. Aquarius is associated with the group, collective ideology. Negatively expressed, it can overshadow the way an individual can shine in doing things their own way. When we look at what is happening politically, Donald Trump and his style of governance is representing the Leo energy while most of the other Western leaders/countries (which have been US allies) who are globalists represent the Aquarian side.

This Solar Eclipse is in a tight trine aspect with Uranus in Aries which gives this eclipse a theme of independence, separation, and freedom. Uranus is also associated with being unconventional and also rules technology and innovation.

One of the major reasons for Trump winning the election is because many US citizens have grown upset over globalist policies (Aquarian) that have costed the country a lot of money. For example, the US has been the largest contributor to NATO, the military alliance that protects Western Europe and North America. Also, the country has also been suffering financially due to trade imbalances with other nations.

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New Moon In Leo: Taking Creative Action

This New Moon occurs less then a day after the Sun entered Leo and therefore it is right on the cusp. As a result, we will also be having the next New Moon in the same sign which is the solar eclipse. This doesn’t happen too often and it really emphasizes the Leo push we are experiencing that is part of the upcoming Solar Eclipse.

Leo is about being the star of our own life through individual self-expression. It is the creator, the performer, and the leader. Our inner Leo is best expressed when our greatness is coming from a heart-centred place. This sign is also associated with generosity, love/romance, playfulness, children, and courage. Leo energies expressed negatively can be egotistical, dramatic, childish, and demanding of attention.

Mars is also in Leo aligned with this New Moon giving this month a theme of action and assertion, which could manifest in some of the ‘Leo ways’ mentioned above. This is strongest for the first week following this New Moon. With Leo being a fire sign, this really brings out the energetic and outward expression of Mars. This energy gives us an extra boost for applying our creative energy or applying ourselves towards anything in which we wish to receive attention for.

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Full Moon In Capricorn: Intensity And Evolution

We are having a Full Moon in Capricorn on either July 8th/9th, depending on your location. The astrological energies of the Full Moon can start to become noticeable in the days leading up to it and will remain fairly strong in the days following. The planetary configuration at this time also influences the following two weeks, until the next Moon cycle begins.

Full Moons are the most emotionally charged time of the month. With the Sun being in Cancer, this Moon brings out the opposing polarity of Capricorn, and we may feel the energies of each sign either collaborating or challenging each other.

The Sun is masculine, which represents our ego needs/impulses, and the Moon is feminine, representing emotional needs/impulses. This polarity can play out in different ways, as we can feel it within ourselves as well as experience it influencing our relationships and the world around us. However, it can sometimes be hard to tell if each side of it is coming from a place of ego or emotion, especially this time around with the Sun in Cancer.
Full Moon in Capricorn Conjunct Pluto, Sun in Cancer Conjunct Mars

The Sun has been in Cancer of the tropical zodiac since the solstice on June 21st, when the Sun’s rays directly aligned with the the Tropic of Cancer on our planet. During this current astrological month, there may be an extra emphasis on family, domestic life, self-care, emotional sensitivity, and bonding with others. Cancer is also about nurturing, vulnerability, comforts, and security.

While Cancer is more domestic, Capricorn is more of a worldly sign. It is about our ambitions, management, structure, discipline, and responsibilities. It is pragmatic, realistic, conservative, and determined. Capricorn takes steps toward masterful achievement…..

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Pluto In Capricorn 2008-2024: Major Changes In Government, Banking, and Business

In September 2008, the planet Pluto ended a retrograde period in the tail end of Sagittarius and started moving toward Capricorn, where it would stay until 2024. At that the time, the biggest news was that, unless the government stepped in and bailed out the banks, the United States was on the verge of financial collapse.

Pluto is the planet of transformation, renewal, death, and rebirth. It is a purger, destroyer, and creator. It rules hidden matters as well as the withholding or revealing of secrets. It represents power and control, as well as domination and manipulation.

Capricorn is associated with worldly structures such as government, banking, and business, and Pluto in this sign is reflecting the changes that are happening in these areas. It has already travelled through Capricorn for just over half of its 16 year duration and its effects have become increasingly obvious over time and will continue to do so, especially over the next three years.

Pluto and the United States Government

The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from 1762-1778, which is when the United States of America was founded. At that time, colonies sought to establish themselves independently from an oppressive and troubled British monarchy, which led to the Declaration of Independence.

Over the years following this, the United States eventually would become the dominant country and currency and other countries would ‘adopt’ their style of democracy, or have it forced upon them. The Founding Fathers appeared to have good intentions when creating the United States, but over the years the government would become corrupt and work to serve the interests of the global elite, bankers, etc.

However, in this latest edition of Pluto in Capricorn, it looks like the governing and financial structures of the U.S. will fall victim to Pluto just as they did to Britain the last time this occurred. It is also possible that the European Union and other government and international structures will be negatively affected as well. This will be the first ‘Pluto in Capricorn’ we are living through and observing since its discovery.

So far throughout this Pluto in Capricorn, we’ve seen a lot of interesting developments that truly reflect Pluto’s properties. Pluto can reveal secrets and we’ve seen that with the information coming from Wikileaks and Edward Snowden. The people’s desire for change is reflected in the last three presidential election cycles and the increasing popularity of anti-establishment presidential candidates. It started with Ron Paul in the 2008 and 2012 elections and was then followed by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in this most recent cycle.

We’ve also seen this strong desire for change through massive protest movements that have been occurring such as Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock, and Black Lives Matter, among others. When the U.S. was formed, slavery was alive and well, and the current oppressive treatment of black people by police and many others can be traced back to this time. As Pluto represents power and abuse, the upcoming Pluto can also potentially help to facilitate bigger steps toward racial equality.

More and more people have been becoming aware of the conspiracies behind political establishments and we’ve seen a tremendous rise in the popularity of people like Alex Jones. The fact that he was recently interviewed by Megyn Kelly is an astonishing reflection of the change that is occurring. When I first became interested in conspiracies, shortly after 9/11, I followed Alex Jones’ work and at that time I never would have imagined him being interviewed on a mainstream prime time show.

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New Moon In Cancer: Expressing Ourselves With Greater Sensitivity

We are having a New Moon in Cancer on June 23rd/24th, depending on your location. New Moons are the beginning of a new wave of energy influencing the upcoming month. However, the astrological configurations at this time have a stronger influence over the following two weeks.⠀

This New Moon occurs a few days after the Sun entered Cancer, which always happens on the Solstice, when the Sun’s rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The twelve-sign zodiac that we use is divided based on the relationship between the Earth and the Sun’s rays. The December Solstice occurs when the Sun is aligned with the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equinoxes occur when it is aligned with the Equator, which is where Aries and Libra are initiated.

Cancer is associated with nurturing, emotional bonding, vulnerability, and security. It is about family, comforts, and domestic life, and can be very protective with all of those things. Being ruled by the Moon, it is the most emotionally fluctuating sign. Symbolized by the Crab, Cancer feels most comfortable in its “shell,” which can be the home or whatever one is most familiar and comfortable with.⠀

Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, entered Cancer a few days before this New Moon and is also aligned with it. The next few weeks will be a period of communicating with feeling and sensitivity. We may be more thoughtful and emotionally considerate in the way we express our words to others. Our minds may be more focused on the way things make us feel.⠀

At the time of this New Moon, Venus is in a tight trine to Pluto, which will be exact just under six hours afterward. It will be strongest during the days around the New Moon, but will still be relevant for the whole month. For some people, this can be a great or even empowering time for finances or regarding the value of something in our lives. We may experience a deepening in our relationships, whether in our love life or with our friendships. Love can be passionate, transforming, and regenerating.⠀

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