More immediately noticeable in the first three weeks: Dramatic action and reaction are the general order of things, with warrior god Mars accompanying the Sun till he enters Virgo on the 22nd. This traveling pair is a double-dose of the masculine archetype, firing up courage, assertiveness, aggression, combativeness, and anger. Everyone’s got a fix-it gene. No waiting to be asked; everyone’s going after what they want.
The month’s first eclipse, a lunar, brings a paradox: simultaneously experiencing DEFCON-2-level emotions and observing them with the intellectual curiosity of Mr. Spock. Watch for spiked understanding of your own inner workings, particularly in response to developments since February’s lunar eclipse in Leo. Much will take on a different light — a lunar eclipse always brings revelations — amid the clatter of doors slamming and chapters closing.
Aug 3-1:31 AM Uranus Retrograde 28° 32’Rx
Aug 4 -2:48 PM Jupiter square Pluto 17 Lib 32 17° 32′ 17° 32’Rx
Aug 7-2:11 PM Full Moon LUNAR Eclipse 15 Aquarius 25 15° 25′
Aug 11-5:49 PM Uranus semi-square Neptune 28° 30’Rx 13° 30”Rx
Aug 12-9:00 PM Mercury Retrograde 11° 38′ Rx
Aug 16-5:14 PM Jupiter biquintile Neptune 19° 22′ BQ 13° 22’Rx
Aug 21-2:30 PM New Moon SOLAR Eclipse 28 Leo 5328° 53′
Aug 22- 6:20 PM Sun enters Virgo
Aug 25-8:08 AM Saturn Direct 21° 11’D
Aug 26 -12:30 AM Venus enters Leo
Aug 27-8:15 AM Jupiter sextile Saturn 21° 11′ 21° 11′
Aug 31-11:28 AM Mercury Retrograde enters LeoRx
Many influences come from the fire that dominates the middle of the month, with the Sun, the New Moon (solar eclipse) and Mars running a circuit with Saturn and Uranus. Saturn and Uranus, lords of order and disruption, have been teaming since December. Their unlikely collaboration has been simultaneously bringing form to new growth and shattering structures and conventions. Now ego, heart and will get into the loop, forming the free flow of energy of a grand trine in fire.
These linkages would be incendiary on their own. They take on super nova impact from coinciding with a total solar eclipse at the end of Leo, on August 21. A solar eclipse blots out people and situations, never to return, and hits the reset button. This time, with the added kick from Mars, our systems come back on line with a breathtaking, propulsive force, shooting us forward as if we’ve hit a power up in a racing game.
The Mars-powered solar eclipse is igniting the self-actualization imperative of the Saturn/Uranus trine. The explosion is blowing up conventions, norms, beliefs, shoulds, and situations built on them. -Commitments and teachings that have restrained you from living your own life and expressing your own being.
The new Moon total solar eclipse of August 21 has been perhaps the most speculated upon and collectively watched upcoming eclipse in my personal memory. The Great American Eclipse. Even the United States Postal Service has issued a special stamp that in very Rahu fashion, one can manipulate with one's finger! The eclipse can be temporarily removed by placing a finger on the Moon that graces the stamp.
The last total solar eclipse that affected the US in a similar fashion was 38 years ago on February 26, 1979, when Rahu and Saturn were very close in the middle degrees of Leo and the Sun and Moon joined Ketu, Mars and Mercury in the sign of Aquarius. This eclipse was highly visible the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, and in looking for any major happenings in that area around the time of that eclipse, we can note the collapse of a section of the Hood Canal Bridge on February 13, 1979 due to a fierce wind storm. This incident occurred before the solar eclipse, but we can see the sensitivity of the eclipse points being triggered in that region.
Even more interesting to compare with the current eclipse is the total solar eclipse of June 8, 1918, whose path was seen across the United States. Similar to current circumstances, Rahu had just squeezed through the gandanta between Sagittarius and Scorpio aspecting a host of planets in the United States' 6th house (according to the Kelleher chart of the US.) Placed in the 6th house were Ketu, Sun, Moon, Mercury and Jupiter. The 6th house is known as the house of health and disease, as well as visible enemies.
What ensued after this eclipse was the flaring up of one of the most notable pandemics in recorded history. Estimates are that in total, about 50-100 million people worldwide perished from this flu over its course from 1918-1919 (while Rahu transited Scorpio.)
While that 1918 eclipse affected the US 6th house, this current eclipse affects the 8th and 9th house, so rather than a crisis of health, we may be seeing a destabilization in the moral and financial sector. As Rahu moves from the US 9th house to the US 8th house, we could see the US falling down as a world leader as former allies step away and abandon what seems to be a crumbling structure.
This current eclipse will be readily visible from a long path that cuts through the United States from northwest to southeast. Astrologically, eclipses are believed to cause dramatic effects or disruptions when they line up with sensitive placements in individual or locational charts.
The action of a total solar eclipse is that the light of the Sun is being physically blocked by the Moon itself. Rahu and Ketu, the shadow causers, are really a rotating zone of alignment that, if entered concurrently by the Sun and the Moon, will cause an eclipse. The entering of this eclipse zone together can only happen at a full Moon (lunar eclipse) or new Moon (solar eclipse) and will occur in a pair, two times per year, when the Sun and Moon enter the Rahu-Ketu zone.
Astronomically, Rahu is the north node of the Moon and Ketu is the south node of the Moon. Their power is to eclipse the light of the Sun and Moon by a play of shadows. Astrologically and symbolically this pair of nodes, Rahu and Ketu, hold great power as forces that churn the soup of life on earth through their ability to manipulate our root sources of light and life, the Sun and Moon.
"If one is lost within the darkness of the wilderness; it is advised one seeks out a light." - The Hermit