The Great American Eclipse which sweeps from sea to shining sea on August 21 has the astrological world in a frenzy — and no wonder: it’s a great big Total Eclipse of the Sun, the first to go across the American landmass so thoroughly in about a century. And the eclipse is opposite the US natal Moon at 27° Aquarius. And it’s right on President Donald Trump’s Ascendant. It truly is making a big statement about the US of A. It is not misnamed.
This eclipse is not unlike a previous Total Eclipse in Leo in 1999. This was the year that Donald Trump’s father died, he got divorced, and then his mother passed too in 2000 — oh, and he made his first exploratory probe at running for prez. Clearly, his chart is sensitive to eclipses.
It’s definitely worth looking back to this period 1998-2000 for a clue as to how this eclipse might affect you.
Remember, we’re not all equally affected. Since there are four eclipses a year (although often partial or only visible from Antartica or the middle of the Pacific, so less crunchy), some of us have already had our share of life-changing eclipsey moments for the time being, thank you very much, and we’d rather just watch.
If you have any points or planets around 29° Leo or Aquarius, Scorpio or Taurus, you are most likely to feel this one. There’s bound to be a turning point of some kind. Those of you with points or planets around 29° Aries will certainly get a whiff of this one — and it may be rather exhilarating. Those of you with late Sagittarius sensitivity may well be called upon to act on something to do with this eclipse in the months to come.
In general, eclipses are like really huge New Moons whose energy washes over the next six months, or if it’s really struck your chart, over several years. The eclipse pattern repeats every 18 and half years, and I’ve noticed that if you are strongly affected by an eclipse — say it falls on your natal Sun, Moon, MC or Ascendant — and a new chapter of your life begins, you can sometimes divide those 18 years into four chapters. The eclipse sets the fuse and the changes begin, but only when you look back from about four and a half years can you see what really started then.
This particular eclipse has fizzing, splintering energy that spits sparks right into September. It makes a precise, lush aspect to Uranus, the planet of revolution and electricity, in Aries. It also takes place in the midst of a Mercury Retrograde — and Mercury will retrograde and station on the point of the eclipse through the first week of September. Even more sparky, Mercury will be conjoining fiery Mars at the same time. That first week of September could be very exciting — and once Mercury goes direct events could move quite fast.
This eclipse means business. It’s time for change, time for action and courage, time (perhaps) to change our collective thinking about something really big, to do something unprecedented (although it may take a couple of goes). On a personal level, eclipses tend not to be good times to make major decisions. Instead, allow events to unfold. It’s important to keep in mind that Mercury retrograde. We may not know everything yet.
Eclipses always bring endings (of course they do, the light goes out), but in the ending is the beginning. Not only do kings die on eclipses, princes are born.
Some good articles have been written about this eclipse and it’s meaning.
Donna Woodwell writes a long a thorough analysis.
“Eclipses are all about working with shadows. A solar eclipse is literally the Moon’s shadow falling on the surface of the Earth.
Metaphorically speaking eclipses then are moments when we must face our individual and collective shadow, to allow us to find healing through a new level of understanding.
In this sense, Donald Trump was never the “enemy of progress.”
He was the right man, in the right place, at the right time. In this sense, Trump is a man destined from birth to hold the projection of the collective shadow of our nation. So that we can clean up our shit and move on to the next phase of our history.
He’s holding up a mirror to see what’s broken within ourselves and within our society. He’s a proverbial match that lights the bonfire, already stacked long before he arrived.
Now it’s our turn as a nation to ask the crucial questions: who are we as a nation, and what do we want to become?” Click here to read it in full.
Eric Francis Coppolino also writes at length, too, with a good overview of the nature of eclipses in general — and especially those in Leo, which naturally have greater impact, since this is the sign of the Sun himself.
“The eclipse of August 21 is part of a grand trine, which covers the fire signs Aries (the Uranus-Eris conjunction), Leo (the Moon and Sun), and Sagittarius (the Galactic Core/black hole/cosmic portal at the center of the Milky Way), plus centaur planet Pholus (rapid reactions, out of control reactions, catalysts, small cause/big effect), and Quaoar (personal creation myth, cosmic identity, family patterns). At the Sagittarius end, Saturn is not far from the action, and will soon become a much more prominent figure in the astrology.
So, what does this tell us? Grand trines have a distinctive property: momentum. Once things get going in a certain direction, it’s not so easy to shift. That’s why it’s essential to work the “fulcrum” quality as early in the process as possible. All these fire planets point to a kind of cycle of fire, which can be destructive if not managed carefully.
Click here to read the full piece.
Sally Kirkman wrote a good overview of the entire series of Aquarius/Leo eclipses, here, and how it might work on a personal level.
Jessica Adams takes a look back at the 1999 eclipse and makes some interesting points about the death of Diana — who has indeed been back in the news this week because of that documentary. Here.
Peter Stockinger explores traditional techniques for delineating an eclipse, here.
Jessica Shepherd has written a great piece on why not to scare yourself with astrology. It’s not about this eclipse per se, but well worth the read anyway. Here.
If you have an hour to spare, Rick Levine’s monthly astrology forecast is always excellent, and he seems especially tuned in to this August’s energy. Here.