Great American Eclipse
Monday August 21st at 11:30 AM PT we have a Leo New Moon at 28.53° Leo. This is also a Total Solar Eclipse, which has become known as the Great American Eclipse. This eclipse will pass directly over the United States. To find out the exact time that it will pass over you go here. Uranus, at 28.23° Aries, is in a tight trine to this eclipse.
Peter Stockinger, a traditional astrologer, has a great post exploring the eclipse and its effect on Donald Trump’s chart here.
The New Moon is a time of new beginnings. A Total Solar Eclipse is a time of great cosmic shifts, a kind of universal reboot of the cosmos. We certainly could use a reset now, with the tremendous polarization and hate dominating our politics.
Leo is the sign of the Sun, Leo is the sign of summer heat, the harvest, and the ripened fruit. It’s psychological correspondence is self-confidence and the will to create. The Sun is associated with the heart and Leo Sun’s are natural leaders known for their nobility and generosity. However, the negative manifestation of Leo energy is arrogant and dictatorial.
So we would hope for a new creative beginning with a super charged Great American Eclipse. Now, Uranus is the planet that brings out our uniqueness. Uranus’ trines bring opportunities for freedom of expression. Read this article on how America went haywire published in The Atlantic magazine. It describes how the present political climate with its dismissal of science, reality, and truth, had its inception in the freedom loving environment of the sixties, and the rise of the internet and the deluge of information in the digital age.
In the digital age, however, every tribe and fiefdom and principality and region of Fantasyland—every screwball with a computer and an internet connection—suddenly had an unprecedented way to instruct and rile up and mobilize believers, and to recruit more. False beliefs were rendered both more real-seeming and more contagious, creating a kind of fantasy cascade in which millions of bedoozled Americans surfed and swam.
Wow, that is so Uranian. This is taken from a book coming out in September by Kurt Anderson: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.
Uranus loves freedom at any cost, even if it is detrimental to your health and family connections. It is the planet of individualism and eccentricity. And Leo, the creative center, the warm Sun that wants to shine, may just burn up whoever stands in its way. My own natal chart is dominated by a Leo Moon/Uranus conjunction in the ninth house, thus my love of philosophy and astrology. So I have an intimate familiarity with the down side of freedom at any cost. My hope for the Great American Eclipse is that it brings out tolerance, love, and understanding so we can heal the dangerous dichotomy in our nation and in our psyches that so easily arises with the unbridled behavior we have recently witnessed.
More this week
The Great American Eclipse is not all that is going on this week. Mars trines Saturn on Tuesday at 6:21 AM. This is indefatigable energy. That same day the Sun enters Virgo at 3:20 PM. Virgo is a shift into earthy service-oriented energy with a concern for health. Time to settle down after all that Leo partying. Wednesday brings a Venus/Chiron trine at 11:00 PM, providing an opportunity for healing your sense of beauty. Thursday Venus squares Uranus at 12:01 PM generating excitement and peculiar tendencies. Saturn stations Direct on Friday at 5:08 AM casting a serious shadow across the day, however Venus enters Leo that same evening at 9:30 PM adding a little romance. Saturday brings the Inferior Sun/Mercury Conjunction of Mercury Retrograde at 1:42 PM. What an eventful week in the heavens.