The last time we had a similar solar eclipse was in 1979, which touches on the generation born with Pluto in Libra — where Jupiter is currently transiting. This eclipse is one in a long running series called the Saros cycle, going back hundreds of years, but in the short term, many are speculating that the fixed star Regulus which is conjunct the sun and moon for this eclipse, is going to have consequences for President Trump, whose natal Regulus is being contacted. However, I can’t say I’m all that interested in the movements of the government — it’s our personal lives that will be affected as the moon interrupts the light of the sun on August 21, 2:31 pm.
As well as an eclipse being fraught with ages old fear and suspicion, we have Mars nearby the luminaries at 20 degrees of Leo, forming a trine to Saturn and Black Moon Lilith at 21 degrees of Sagittarius . The conjunction of BML and Saturn itself in the happy go lucky sign of Sagittarius is interesting in its own right, and more importantly, Saturn is preparing to move forward. As the sun and the moon join for the eclipse, Saturn is in a similar state — suspended and in stasis. This will not last for long. Once this passes, events will move forward with a dizzying speed. The trine from Mars to BML and Saturn, friendly fire signs each, are going to set off events with a quickness.
When we last had a grand fire trine under the Cancer new moon, I saw numerous people with upheaval in their personal lives and at home. During this solar eclipse new moon, we aren’t dealing with the same extremity of the cardinal sign of Cancer, so we may be able to expect something less disruptive — but no less dramatic! Leo loves the drama of it all. With the North Node at 23 degrees of Leo — the North Node being critical in relationship to the moon, since, like BML, it’s a measurement based on the moon’s orbit and not an actual heavenly body — the north node shows us the karmic direction, our life’s “quest” as we live on this earth. The quest is never easy. With the north node in Leo and the eclipse elapsing, there may be events happening from mid-July to mid-September that are “fated”.
Events that are “fated” are things we do not have control over and come crashing into our lives unexpectedly. In some cases, they may not “crash” so much gently appear into our lives. With Mercury in retrograde at 8 degrees of Virgo, this could even bring people from the past as we close up any unfinished business. There might be bittersweet endings, happy returns, and peaceful farewells. It opens up space for us to perhaps reunite with people we lost track of — or maybe, like a domino effect, something comes to light that changes our life as information is exchanged. This is the nature of unexpected, fated events. Things that happen now may stand to change both ourselves and our circumstances for the rest of our lives. Now is the time to be generous, to assume the role of leader, and invite all the best that Leo has to offer as changes appear.
In addition to the trine from Mars to Saturn and BML, there are trines forming from the luminaries at 28 degrees of Leo to Uranus, retrograde, at 28 degrees of Aries. Uranus will be moving into Taurus in the next year or two, and so as he marches through the final degrees he too, will be tying up loose ends. With the trine to the sun and the moon, fated events may indeed come crashing in unexpectedly, as Uranus is like a lightning strike, unstoppable and radical. In the cardinal house of Aries — more fire! — Uranus’s trine will prove potent indeed. People may be prone to butt heads or argue, especially with Mercury in retrograde and there will be a nervous tension that in its worst element, will seek release through argument and conflict. Alternatively, all this fire in support of Uranus at such a critical eclipse time could give illumination to genius moments as well. Uranus makes us rebellious as we struggle with the anxiety of the sun going dark as it seldom does in the course of our lives.
The North Node at 23 degrees of Leo trines Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries as well, and the North Node also trines Saturn.
We will face up to squares coming in from Venus at 24 degrees of Cancer, to Jupiter at 20 degrees of Libra. This emotional Venus in the cardinal sign will indicate either money or romance issues in our home, private lives, contending with a more public issue among friends. With Mercury in retrograde, there might be a misunderstanding at play, a missed bill that causes our cable to be cut off, or a lover’s spat taken too far. With Venus closing in on the last degrees of Cancer, it won’t be much longer before Venus leaves this cardinal sign for fun loving Leo, following after Mars and swinging by the North Node. Perhaps fated love and good fortune will also follow on her heels when she is done weeping in emotional Cancer.
We also deal with a square from Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries to Venus at 24 degrees of Cancer. As though the square to Jupiter in Libra, another cardinal sign, wasn’t challenging, Uranus in Aries throws his hat into the ring. There will be pressure in these cardinal signs that represent such important aspects of life — home life, friends and family, and our ego-identity. It could be that Venus is also retracing where the Cancer moon from June was not so long ago, sweeping up after the luminary. Uranus gives us the unexpected, so while there may be break ups indicated with Venus in the natural 4th house domicile of Cancer, the house of beginning and endings, there may be love walking into our lives as well. With the square indicated, none of these things will enter in without the discomfort of hard choices, conflict, and other difficulties that must be dealt with.
Lastly, there’s a semi-square forming between Mercury in retrograde at 8 degrees of Virgo, and Venus in Cancer. Whatever problems Venus may be facing, beset with so many squares, communication will be at the heart of all. Whether it’s love or money, there may be a need to negotiate with a light touch concerning sensitive parties, and Venus’s Greek counterpart Aphrodite was said to be blessed with a divine girdle that granted her the gift of flattery. Perhaps that ancient lesson can be applied here. Recognize the good side of people and it may go a long way to smoothing over potential difficulties now and later. Too much criticism will go awry with Mercury’s retrograde position, blowing up into unexpected disagreements. With Venus in Cancer, it can be easy to get caught up in an emotional tailspin. Don’t let it spin you around! Use Virgo’s cool-headed analytic bent to keep yourself on track.
A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.
Jupiter is the defining element of the New Moon eclipse in Pisces. Chatter has already started up about the ugly T-square forming among the malefics, the conjunction of Mars and Uranus hitting off aspects to the big baddies, Saturn and Pluto. The god of war, action oriented Mars in his home field of Aries makes him trigger happy, looking to expend his martial energy and fulfil his purpose.
If you’re like me and Mars owns a good portion of your personal planets, you’ll feel Mars tension and for many, it will manifest in argument and schisms between people fighting to get their way and to satisfy their desires — often at the expense of others. If Mars is subtle for you, you might find yourself full of nervous tension, but most of all, with Pluto in the mix, the physical self frustrates if it cannot find a way to release this energy. Hit the gym, go a few rounds with someone you trust, but most of all, stay in controlled environments where even if something unexpected should occur, you are surrounded by support systems or preparations that will help you weather unfortunate surprises. So if you do go to the gym — make sure there’s a first aid kit with you and you’ve got your boxing gloves laced up right.
What makes Jupiter so key in this eclipse is dependent upon a series of aspects. Not only does Jupiter conjunct with fixed star Spica, but as in the last lunar eclipse, Jupiter is lurching backwards into retrograde. Given the stellium in foggy Pisces where Mercury, Sun, Moon, and Neptune are thrown together, now might be a time when you discover the friends and contacts that you’ve accrued under Jupiter’s expansive influence in Libra are not the people you thought they were — either you fooled yourself about their true nature, or they concealed who they really are. Now might not be the right time to address those issues, however, with Mercury unable to operate with any fundamental clarity in the Neptunian house, and with the harsh aspects occurring between Pluto, Mars/Uranus, and Saturn.
Case in point, I had a dear friend approach me with a problem she has ongoing with a close friend of her own. She discovered this friend of hers had been concealing information from her in and effort to present themselves in a better light, and now she is unsure whether she wants to continue a friendship with this person. The concern is that this person is hot-headed and may react inappropriately if she abandons the friendship, even though they are in the wrong. Sometimes, no matter how right we are, how good our intentions, we should take the time to weigh the possible consequences of our choices. As satisfying as it would be for her to simply cut off her friendship and be done with the confusion and difficulty this false friend presented, sometimes our best course of action is simply to offer neither resistance nor help, but let others choose their own paths without our interference. Taking time away from problem-people and simply withdrawing is a passive strategy that is also, often, a healing one — time reveals yet more things we did not know, and problems that we were upset about before, suddenly unravel themselves while we were busy doing something else. The problems dissipates, and leaves us lighter than when we started.
As an old saying goes — don’t invite trouble to your door, because trouble already knows where you live. This would be a good thing to keep in mind if you find yourself faced with conflicts that you would ordinarily dive into this eclipse period. Take a deep breath and consider dealing with problems in new ways. When faced with a tide, it is pointless to swim against it — consider swimming with it until it ebbs and you can find your feet again and take new direction, instead of exhausting yourself in the struggle.
Saturn and Pluto are in play. Here is where, though it is not immediately obvious that Jupiter is the major player of this chart, as much of the bluster online is being made over the malefics — which are certainly alarming in their own right — Jupiter makes his presence known through rulership and a chain of dispositors.
Pluto moving through Capricorn is giving momentum to Saturn by rulership, as earthy and conscientious Capricorn is owned by disciplinarian Saturn; and Saturn, of course, is in Jupiter’s house of lucky, expansive Sagittarius, meaning that Saturn, already spurred by Plutonian energy from Capricorn, is filtering this turbo-charged force all the way to Jupiter, by rulership. And Jupiter wants bigger, better, faster, more! Is it like a fountain, where several trickles from the top are running down to form a flood at the bottom, where Jupiter is collecting all this potential force from the other planets.
We can follow the breadcrumbs of this chain of dispositors further if we wish, when we realize that if Jupiter is in Libra, that sign of relationships and equality, than where oh where is the ruler of Libra, Venus?
Venus can be found in Aries — also in opposition to Jupiter in Libra!
The goddess of love, rich in gifts of seduction and flattery, may be telling us something about the nature of our relationships and the choices we might make between them while Jupiter is in Libra. Some friends might run away with your heart during this eclipse! But beware, for it is in the myth of Aphrodite — Venus — that she is given a girdle by the gods that lends her the ability to wield her tongue to appeal to vanity. Make sure whoever you might be involved with is not simply selling you sweet dreams and words, pandering to your ego, with no intention of giving anything of value in return. Glamour and charm can be persuasive, but empty when they have lost their power to enchant.
Jupiter is also square Pluto in Capricorn and Venus in Aries, where Venus is at her detriment, and where rammy Mars also happens to be. Since Aries is Mars’ natural home, the presences of Uranus and Venus alongside him are secondary to Mars, who holds primacy over those planets. With the male and female energies in tight configuration, this could make for sparks between lovers, but this sexual tension could also easily manifest as argument, the knock-down drag-out 3 am fight that ends up in a heated reunion. If you live in close proximity with those kinds of romantic entanglements like I have, you might want to invest in some ear plugs to save your sanity. (Or, you might be inspiring others to buy ear plugs.)
Further complicating factors is Saturn in Sagittarius square Pluto in Capricorn and Mars/Uranus in Aries square Pluto. Jupiter in Libra will be expanding these malefics and is pulling at the stellium in Pisces — Chiron, Neptune, Mercury, Sun and Moon — as well as Venus, Mars, and Uranus seated in Aries.
Jupiter forms an anchor point in this configuration. And while the term anchor sounds like a stabilizing force, perhaps this is inaccurate — better to say that in this case, Jupiter’s amplifying power is perhaps best described as a slingshot, in which Mars conjunct Uranus and the stellium in Pisces is going to add expansive force to these planets and signs respective properties. Pisces in his foggy element will have the capacity to lead astray with greater enthusiasm or, at best, inspiring genius and creatives propelled by martial energy thanks to the god of war. Mars with Uranus will lend an intense force in their own arenas, Pluto’s square supercharging all that’s already in play in this clash of malefics.
Good luck everyone, stay safe, stay aware, and keep your thinking clear so you can perceive obstacles and work around them safely. I expect a potential uptick in car accidents (Mercury and Neptune) so be careful when out drinking and driving and navigating with your fellow citizens on the road.