We are having a Total Solar Eclipse in Leo tomorrow on Monday, August 21st and in the early hours of August 22nd in the East. This eclipse has been named ‘The Great American Eclipse’ as its pathway of totality will be cutting across the US from coast to coast.
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 intertwine with endings and beginnings and in some cases can feel like starting a whole new chapter.
The energies are strongest within a month of occurring which is when related events or circumstances may transpire. The effects of eclipses can still manifest over the following 6 months and gradually leading up to it.
In the lead up to this, we recently had a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. Its energies signify changes around our friendships, associates, colleagues, teams, or a collective. It could even have to do with how we express ourselves in these dynamics, and also potentially lead to new growth in relationships and partnerships.
We started Mercury retrograde in Virgo on August 12th/13th which will last until September 5th/6th. Mercury Retrograde is a time of adjustments, insights, re visitation, and reorientation. The fact that this one is coinciding with eclipse season really emphasizes significant changes occurring late September, especially in the next 2-3 weeks following this Solar Eclipse.
Solar Eclipses always occur when there is a New Moon near one of the two Lunar Nodes, which in this case it is the North Node. The Nodes are where the pathway of the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic which is the pathway of the Sun.
The closer a New Moon is to a Node, the more coverage the Moon will have in blocking the Sun making it more astrologically significant as far as changes are concerned.
Leo is ruled by the Sun and it is the sign of the creator, the leader, the performer, and the superstar. It is about love and heart centered self-expression, whether it is in creative efforts, blissful activities, or in relationships. Leo is passionate, and inspiring, which is what earns Leo natives the spotlight they may desire. Leo is also associated with the inner child, children and has childlike and playful qualities.
This Solar Eclipse is aligned with Regulus, which is the brightest star that is closest to the Sun’s ecliptic pathway. This is the “heart of the Lion of the Leo constellation.
We are having a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius tonight August 7th/8th depending on where you are located in the world.
Eclipses represent changes and shifts in certain areas of our lives and they usually occur in pairs with a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon before or after. The influence can start weeks before, which sets the tone for the following next series of eclipses.
Eclipse season can be symbolic of a turning page, or even beginning a new chapter, in the story of our life. The series of eclipses is happening in the Aquarius- Leo axis with the upcoming Solar Eclipse occurring in Leo. Eclipses occur near one of the two lunar nodes which intersects on the path of Moon and the pathway of the Sun. Tonight it will be happening near the South Node which is associated with the past and certain aspects of this energy that could be holding us back.
Aquarius is the sign of friends, the team, the group, and the collective. Although we may experience a few positive new developments in relation to this energy, ultimately this is a South Node Lunar Eclipse which is about making changes and even endings in some cases, endings related to what it could be that is holding us back.
In the sky Leo-Aquarius nodal polarity, could be avoidance of our heart's desires and not operating enough from a creative and self-expressive side. The energies of this eclipse reflects necessary changes that could be a quick change in the coming weeks.
This eclipse's trine to Jupiter in Libra offers expansive energy in our relationships and partnerships. Friendships as well, this aspect is combined with a supporting sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius, it helps us look at the big picture. This combination involves everything to do with travel, foreign countries, currencies, education, teaching, marketing, publishing, or anything to do with reaching an audience. There may also be a theme of soul growth, related to bringing in harmony, truth, balance, lawfulness, morals, and justice.
Reflection during this Period
What changes do you have to make in relations to your network, collective, colleagues, friends, within a group that you are involved with?
What are you learning through your relationships?
Where are there opportunities for growth in relationships?
Reflect on how you're feeling during the eclipse, ground into Mother Earth and trust the process of life.
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