by christina rai
Solar Eclipse in Leo, August 21, 2017 @ 1:29:58 PM CDT
Thought for this New Moon in Leo Solar Eclipse:
“…like a sudden clash of thunder,
suddenly you are together,
suddenly you have direction,
suddenly you know where your gold is.”
Eclipses are regular celestial events but they range in scope from invisible to the eye all the way to the spectacular one that is coming for parts of North America on August 21, 2017.
So, what’s the big deal?
Well, astronomically, it’s a pretty strange thing to observe. One can imagine the shock and awe that must have gripped those early observers as they saw the sun shrink away behind a mysterious dark disc. Our modern, science-saturated psyches understand the physical nature of what is happening but still, most of us cannot help but take a breath as we see the inexorable movement of the Moon as she swallows up the unsuspecting Sun for a few brief moments. Beautiful, marvelous celestial sights!
Energetically, eclipses represent a potential for shift, a clearing away of detritus and an ushering in of newly forming energy. They always come in pairs with the lunar eclipses activating emotional programming and the solar ones giving opportunity for a re-boot in terms of identity, purposefulness &, really, the nitty gritty intricacies of the self. (Our last Full Moon was also a Lunar Eclipse.)
Depending on the individual, this can be welcome or dreaded and, naturally, the more one tends to hang on to what one already knows, the more tentative one might feel about the winds of change sweeping through one’s life. There is a simple solution, of course, and that is to remain unattached to any particular element of life and to allow shift to occur without judgment or censure. Sounds easy enough but we all know that it is the most difficult thing that any of us do. The ego self, rooted in all sorts of emotional complexes, prefers to cleave to what is familiar and known no matter what the intellect, with its convoluted mental gymnastics, might assert.
This eclipse occurs during the second Leo New Moon in this cycle. Remember, I mentioned that the potential energy of the first Leo New Moon back in July was so magnificent that the door was left open for even more exploration at this second New Moon in August. Early degree Leos (& late degree Cancers) were the prime beneficiaries of that first New Moon (though, of course, everyone has those degrees somewhere deep in their psyches) and now, at this New Moon late degree Leos & early degree Virgos can expect to feel a burst of inspiration. If your birthday falls anywhere from about August 10-August 31, ( and, of course, the quarter and polarity points: that is, 3 months down the line—late degree Scorpio and into early Sag & late degree Taurus & into early Gemini–and 6 months across the sphere—late degree Aquarius and into early Pisces) you have the honor of being the focus of the goddess—the Moon—as she powerfully steps up and asserts her presence in the middle of the day on August 21.
So, what in YOUR life needs a clean sweep? What is coming to an end? What is waiting to be born. For those of you who are students of astrology, locate 28* of Leo in your chart and ponder the environment. What area of life is the focus here? Are there any planets around this degree? Don’t forget to look at the oppositional degrees and the square degrees and for a subtler, but nevertheless significant ripple, the trines and sextiles. For you Virgo types, keep going and explore all or any aspect that you may want. There are, simply put, no rules here and anyone who says there are is feeding you a line. Energy is all inclusive, whole in its sweep. It is up to us to be discerning as it washes through us. So, if this degree of Leo, this upcoming New Moon, is merely a location in your own individual chart, (that is, there are no significant celestial objects in its vicinity), you may, in fact, not feel any ripples in your life. That is the beauty of this whole thing. We are all unique and we all experience energy uniquely. But, again, New Moons are great times for getting things going whether there are eclipses or not so even if you have no planets around that point, you can still benefit from setting goals and making intentions.
This is a much more inwardly intense energy in some ways. Mercury has recently stationed retrograde in Virgo and moves all the way back to the degree of this current Eclipse—28 Leo!!! BTW, that is no coincidence. Spirit is demanding that you examine your creative assets!
Yes, there are all sorts of warnings about retrograde periods but I have always maintained that forewarned is forearmed. If you know that you are working with potential ‘oopsies’, you will be ready with strategies to address those ‘oopsies’. Life is never straightforward, even with all of the best laid plans. So, be ready to jump into action if something goes sideways. There is always more than one route to take to get to your destination.
More importantly, retrograde periods present you with an opportunity to take a breath, do some analysis if needed, and re-boot. Get out a flashlight and aim it at your life story. What do you want to change? How do you want others to view you? Is the character that you are playing in this drama, the one that YOU chose to play? Go back and back and back yet again. What, really, was ‘the secret dream’? How can you recapture it? Or, if you are living it, how can you amplify it?
There is a truly sweet fire trine in operation between the SUN/Moon/Mars (an energized expression of your core self), Saturn (your ability to craft the concrete reality of your choice) & Uranus (that illusive yet irrepressible personal store of unconscious but very real ability and talent). Trines always indicate a potential for manifestation if accessed with consciousness and purposefulness. This particular configuration is loaded with opportunity. When Saturnian energy combines with Uranian energy it can be unstoppable and at the very least, inventive, futuristic and ground-breaking. On top of all that, Jupiter is doing a balancing act by opposing Uranus & sextiling Saturn, demanding some objectivity in the process. All combined, the energy is fueling that central external expression of the self that we all are chasing. Very sweet, indeed. Use it.
What about boundaries? Are you clear about where you draw the line? Do you know how to say ‘NO’ without creating offense? Do you honor your own sacred self and not allow yourself to become a victim? Note, please, that YOU are the one who assumes the ‘victim’ role. No one does it to you. With Venus still in an operative opposition to Pluto, questions like these beg to be answered. Do not sacrifice your own internal set of values for some bogus reason. Stick up for yourself and face that opposition down! With a truly helpful boost of energy from Chiron, Venus is supported in this endeavor. Yes, you can, says the Goddess and the Wounded Healer. It is time to put yourself at the head of the line and serve personal needs so that you can grow stronger and better and be of service to those around you in a more effective way. Got that? ‘be of service to’. No one says that this is about being selfish. It is all about becoming more adept at giving, being clear about what the personal limit truly is. No point in exhausting yourself and ending up flat on your back either physically or metaphorically speaking.
So, this New Moon says, ‘go for it’! Set yourself a high goal and then grab that brass ring. Imagine the impossible and make it real. But be kind to yourself and if the dream does not swell into full fruition, do NOT recriminate and do not punish yourself. Understand that everything is cyclical and that goals can be adjusted and deadlines can be extended. That is the nature of the game we are all playing.
The Sabian Symbols for this NEW MOON are:
A BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM A CHRYSALIS
Go ahead, little dreamer, and search for your own personal mythic self. Be whoever you want to be and enjoy the process of self-discovery. Revel in the infinite potential of the ‘story of your life’. Maybe you are a fighter, maybe a winner, maybe a pauper, maybe a king but whatever the role, it is the one that you chose to play whether you realize it or not. So, make the most of it and, if you find something lacking, get up off your behind and do something about it. You are the actor, yes, but more importantly, YOU ARE THE DIRECTOR of this little drama—your little life…
Now…go back to the beginning and re-read what Osho said…