Hello to readers in Halifax!
It’s got to be the morning after… has officially become the brain worm guiding the content of this week’s missive. But while the event may be behind us, the effect is far from over. (And for those who’ve been off-planet, in a coma or in a cult that bans media, the event was the Great American solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.) The effect lingers because that’s what happens with eclipses—they distort time, with an effect that stretches six weeks before and after the actual event, and the magnitude of the August 21 solar eclipse lingers a little longer than most. So if you’re feeling as if nothing has changed—that the tumult and tension of recent weeks hasn’t dispersed, you’re right. This week is as intense as the last several weeks, maybe even more so, if only because the overtones of the eclipse chord are still reverberating through the regular as well as the irregular routines of daily life.
The reason the eclipse effect resonance continues is because of something called the ‘eclipse sensitive point’, which is the degree along the zodiac belt at which the eclipse occurs. The sensitive point for the recent solar eclipse is 28 degrees Leo 58 minutes—or nearly 29 degrees. Every time another planet hits that point, it triggers the eclipse effect, and the list of planets for this eclipse is long.
On September 2, Mercury, which is currently retrograde, crosses that degree of Leo and stays on that degree until it goes direct on September 5. Mercury symbolizes all aspects of communication and travel, and when it “turns around” at a specific degree, it lingers in that spot, which creates an emphasis on what that degree holds. Mercury represents all things related to communication and travel, and given that eclipses are said to reveal previously hidden information, Mercury’s thumb on the eclipse sensitive point is likely to provide all sorts of communiqués that lots of folks would prefer to keep private. Unfortunately, Mercury’s presence on that point is certain to make much of that data public. Mercury Direct begins on September 5, but it’s likely to take more than a moment to gather momentum.
But that’s not all: Mars, the God of war, crosses the eclipse sensitive point on September 3, in a conjunction with Mercury, which amplifies Mercury’s fleet feet—he is the winged messenger—but more importantly, Mars’ militaristic inclinations add a strident force to Mercury’s messages. It will be difficult not to engage in a war of words, so think before you speak, and as I like to say, bite your tongue until it bleeds before you say something you will regret for a very long time.
And, of course, there is more: Uranus, the God of surprising plot twists, trines that Mercury/Mars conjunction as it triggers the eclipse sensitive point, sending impulsive urges through an already tempestuous environment. Remember… Uranus is the God of reversals of fortune and its presence signals the potential for even more surprising developments. (And again: How many more surprises could there be?)
One more bit: Late in the day on September 4 the Moon, in Aquarius, opposes the eclipse sensitive point, adding even more emotional volatility to an already supercharged atmosphere.
I am writing about what will occur next week rather than this week because this is the week when everyone will think that the eclipse is over—and it’s not—which makes this week an important week to prepare for the shudders and shocks that lie ahead.
For the last several weeks this column has focused on how the solar eclipse has affected Mr. Trump’s natal chart because he is the primary symbol for the United States, and according to the astrologers of ancient times, how an eclipse affects the king’s chart determines how the country will be affected. (If you are new to this column and interested in that information, you can find it in the archives.)
Each of us has the Leo/Aquarius axis in our personal charts. The lunar eclipse took place in Aquarius and the solar eclipse, in Leo. This axis symbolizes the connection between individual expression and collective reception to that expression, which then becomes the zeitgeist. To be sure, we are witnessing the strife along that axis through the various movements that are being revived, created and activated. But it would be wise to also try to identify where the strife of that axis is occurring in your personal life. It could be ideological, but it could also be psychological, emotional, financial, locational, or a crisis of faith.
Eclipses signify dimensional shifts. The “regular” order of things is disrupted and for a moment, darkness prevails. But that darkness often allows what’s hidden to be seen, and in the revelation of those shadows, powerful insights can occur. And those penetrating realizations often facilitate a new attitude, one that turns bitterness to gratitude. For some, it is an out-with-the-old—whatever that is—and suddenly closets and cupboards are emptied and cleared of debris that no longer has emotional significance—it’s the realization that what once had tremendous value is no longer important. And for even more, the dimensional shift of an eclipse resembles the clarity of a corrective lens: “I once saw it this way, but now I see so clearly what I was missing.”
Leo signifies the heart and Aquarius symbolizes the altruistic possibility of community, and much has been written about this eclipse and a universal opening of the heart. I hope this is true, but my sense is that this eclipse is more likely to reveal where the heart is closed, individually and collectively—that’s the shadow and it’s only when the shadow is embraced that a true opening can really occur. Predictions, as many know, are projections of the oracle’s point of view, which is why it would be wise to use the next several weeks to witness what has occurred and continues to occur in your life that resembles a dimensional leap into a different consciousness. Soul growth is a personal experience, and the gathering of wisdom requires a strong self-awareness dedicated to applying that wisdom to the rigors of daily life.