Dark Shadows (aka Saturn)

The client’s chart upon which I’m now concentrating has Aquarius rising. This means that the chart ruler is Saturn, which is now undergoing a bit of a battering by transiting Pluto.

In keeping with this challenge, I thought it useful to revisit how Saturn fares in each of the twelve signs and houses. The following comes from a lecture given by Dermod Moore for the CPA in February 2002.Unknown.jpeg

Keywords for Saturn – Structure, Strength, Boundaries, Defense mechanisms and/or Denial/Projection

Saturn is two-faced – both a friend and a foe. With one hand, he gives us the structure & strength necessary to succeed in life but with the other, he makes us feel as if we’re a foolish failure.

I suppose that at the end of the day, Saturn is doing us a favor by highlighting where it is exactly that we’re most vulnerable. How else we could we shore up those weaknesses to be strong? But I will say that Saturn (natal/progression/transit) certainly doesn’t feel very nice. Oh well, as Dermod points out – at least Saturn is fair if not compassionate.

  SIGN HOUSE
Aries/ 1st Denial of personal identity and self-expression so as to blend with others more harmoniously. Defenses may include overcompensation with fiery bluster – i.e. the ‘paper tiger’. Fear won’t be welcomed  in the world – the (tarot) Fool scared to take that all important first ‘leap’. Prone to adopt false identity (mask) behind which to hide with resultant anger for being thus compromised.
Taurus/ 2nd Lack of security and/or lack of comfort in own body/skin. Difficulties accessing personal value system and/or lack of personal resources. Defenses may include greed and hoarding. Fear of using personal resources or of acting in concert with own values. Eating disorders and clutching at straws – anything to avoid falling into the abyss (of the 8th house).
Gemini / 3rd Difficulty playing and/or sharing/learning. Gifts include ability to concentrate. Defenses may include becoming workaholic and/or generalised overcompensation. Blocked communication with self and others. Speech and/or learning disorders. Fear of being thought stupid/uneducated.  Accident prone especially re: travel. Denial of ability to cope with physical reality.
Cancer / 4th Fearful of being overwhelmed by feelings or that feelings won’t be accepted and/or understood. Inability to nurture/be nurtured. Defenses may include addictive, compulsive behaviors and/or frozen passions. Fear of strong father or ashamed of weak father/fatherland. Feeling unloved and unwanted – emotional instability and/or mistrust of emotional intimacy. Tied to family and/or place of birth or, alternatively, developing a sincere dislike (or worse) of either or both.
Leo / 5th Feeling denied of ability to play and have fun or to be acknowledged as special. Gifts include excellent leadership skills. Defenses may include self-sabotage to address fear of taking life seriously and/or becoming successful. Going through the motions of ‘having fun’ – the ultimate and compulsive ‘playboy’. Fear of being disliked. Blocked creative flow. Demands too much from others yet never satisfied. Often manifests as unwillingness or inability to have children. Often perceived as having a ‘heart of stone.’
Virgo / 6th Fear of not being perfect enough. Gifts include ability to turn chaos into order. Defenses may include hypochondria and fear of losing control. Does ‘dog work’ rather than intrinsically valuable work as a consequence of inability/unwillingness to see forest for the trees. Nervous complaints. Frustration, ill-health, disappointment often the result of being ‘lost in the daily grind’.
Libra / 7th Paralysis; fear to take decisions. Hazy boundaries to avoid losing connection with others. Devil’s advocate – good mediating skills. Defenses include being ‘too nice’ and being overly ‘objective’. Needs to admit vulnerability to the ‘other’ as well as to share in the responsibility of relationship. Fears of isolation, rejection, and disappointment. Marriage/partnership can become a duty. Sacrifice of love for safety. Equally, strong ability to form healthy commitments for life as long as willing to accept not a victim (of circumstance).
Scorpio / 8th Fear of exposure and/or intimacy. – indeed fear of just about everything. Blocking personal passions. Gift of compassion. Defenses include exploiting vulnerabilities of others (to gain power over). Problems relinquishing power (over). Hence issues achieving desired levels of intimacy. Family secrets and/or shameful inheritance. False laughter is not the best medicine. What goes wrong (re: sex & money) is not always someone else’s fault.
Sagittarius / 9th Blocked faith and/or trust – can’t conceive that everything could be OK. Life ought not to be joyful. Defenses include feeling personally persecuted. Dark horizons, crisis of faith. Religious inclination tends to be dogmatic – if someone in authority says that its true then it must be – even if based on coercion and/or guilt. Eventually (hopefully) Saturn in the 9th becomes his own authority and when this happens, doors start to open rather than close.
Capricorn / 10th Stiff upper lip. Get on with the job. Pessimism. Fear of failure. Gifts include strength of purpose. Defenses include blind conformity, acceptance of conservative attitude at expense of authenticity. Career progresses in fits and starts – difficulties and delays are manifest. Often must fail ‘big’ before achieving success. Difficulty working in groups as needs to be authority figure. Strong inner sense of purpose will eventually yield improved status/social position even if that ‘success’ is projected onto another (i.e. wife projects her ambitions onto successful husband or secretary/PA to his/her high-flying boss).
Aquarius / 11th Fear of failing to be authentic and unique – adamant refusal to be stereotyped. Gifts include seed for change and ideological reform. Defenses include dogmatic attitude and/or doing anything & everything to make oneself stand out from the crowd. Difficulty and/or fears around fitting into groups – feeling like an outsider or even the scapegoat. Inept at social graces. Best to avoid tendency to take position that there is no ‘need of friends’ – no man can stand as an island, or so conventional wisdom says. Equally possible to cram so many social activities into the calendar that there is no time to be alone.
Pisces / 12th Fear of being overwhelmed/deluged by whatever is ‘out there’. Gifts include working with the collective through the symbolic (i.e. marketing or fashion). Defenses may include hyper-rationalization, refusing to believe what you intuitively know to be true. Gets sucked into everything – all that glitters appears to be gold –  getting blindsided or attacked without apparent rhyme or reason – feeling defenseless. Everything done must have articulated purpose else there’s a generalized (unarticulated) fear (and guilt) of ‘floating’. ‘Selfless’ dedication/devotion to another – but is the ‘sacrifice’ worth it?

Date with Fate & Water Houses Planets

214571_pLqIdcXz.jpgI’m currently doing a chart for a client who not only has lots of planets in the 8th house but also a key planet in the 12th.

Hence, I thought it useful to revisit symbolism associated with the ‘water houses’ (4th, 8th, 12th) – the following comes from a lecture given by Liz Greene for the CPA in March 2002.

Keywords – Fate, Family Patterns, Connection, Creativity, Gifts, Lack of Control

  • Water houses always follow air houses – dissolving our thoughts and ideas (or at least unsettling them).  Let’s face it – we do love to cling to our beliefs but at some level we realise that they may not always serve us so well. Ought we not then to be happy to be given an opportunity to clear away our muddled thoughts from time to time?
  • Contrary to popular belief, planets in water houses are not unconscious but they do feel ‘fated’. The problem isn’t so much our lack control over the energies these planets represent but that we do not feel comfortable expressing them in the rational, everyday world.
  • ‘Fated’ does not necessarily mean that bad things will  happen. What it does mean, however, is that we have to work harder to ensure that everything goes well. Water house planets represent our ‘inheritance’ – i.e. family patterns – and let’s face it, not all of those will be nice (so to speak). When dealing with water house planets, we must always keep in mind that this energy is not exclusively ours. In this sense, it is better to think of them as sacred gifts from another realm. If we fail to honour (i.e. give due respect) to our water house planets, they can well prove to be our undoing – this is especially the case 8th house planets.
  • Planets in water houses are always about connections. They never ever function alone.
  • Water house planets crave a creative outlet and so we must develop some sort of structure/form for that creativity to express itself. For example, many authors and artists have 12th house moons; pick up that paintbrush!
  • Look for ‘compulsive’ behavior re: water house planets – guaranteed you’ll find it.
  • When it comes to the water houses, no matter how hard EGO tries, it will never be ‘in control’.

 

4th house Father and Fatherland Our first encounter with ‘fate’  comes from the ‘family daemon’ – i.e. more specifically, our father’s psychological inheritance. In this respect ‘father’ doesn’t necessarily mean our biological fathers (or even personal father figures). The 4th house is more to do with our ‘roots’, which brings to the fore our cultural and social background. The Moon is the natural ruler of this house and so expect poignant dreams and memories not all of which will be pleasant. Learning how to deal constructively with these memories/dreams is one of the lessons to be learned by planets placed in this house. If we try to ignore the ‘family ghosts’, guaranteed that they’ll continue to haunt us with a vengeance.
8th house Halls of Judgement Our second encounter with ‘fate’ comes from more a generalised inheritance – i.e. a whiff of the stuff lying at the base of Greek tragedy. The 8th house has to do with ‘judgement’  – rewards and/or punishments – that come to us as the result of family patterns operating over decades or even centuries. If only John F Kennedy had decided not to pursue the destructive path of power and corruption that his forefathers had blazed for him, he wouldn’t have been assassinated in Dallas. Anger (possibly repressed)  is indicated with planets in this house – Mars is, after all, its natural ruler. The key to working with 8th house planets is to accept that there are some things that we cannot control and/or fix. However, like JFK, we always have a choice as to how to deal with them.
12th house Redemption/Salvation Our final encounter with fate’  comes from the collective unconscious – that Jungian ‘stuff’ that we share with the rest of humanity. Being in touch with this collective energy (through planets in this house) can be dangerous. To avoid disaster, we must always remain aware of our personal responsibility when working with this power. Neptune is the natural ruler of this house and so there is an element of redemption/salvation at work –  ‘buying back’ or ‘paying off’ some debt/ransom (even if not one of our own making). Whatever we do with our 12th house planets, it must be for the benefit of ‘something’ other than ourselves – this does not mean that we have to ‘sacrifice’ this energy in the sense of not getting any personal benefit, but instead it means that we take extra pains to ensure it is used for the greater good.

USA Headed for 2nd Civil War?

Unknown-1.jpegThe last time Neptune entered Aries was 13 April 1861, the exact date when the fall of Fort Sumter, marked the commencement of the first Civil War.

In early 2025, Neptune will enter Aries again for the first time since 1861.

Does this mean America will suffer another civil war? Maybe, and maybe not.

Although there are many methods we could use to investigate this, I suggest that we compare the ingress chart for the moment when Neptune entered Aries in 1861 with that of when it will enter Aries in 2025.

Summary: The same planetary players – Uranus/Mars/Moon – are in action in both charts but they group together differently. Maybe just a coup this time instead of a full-scale civil war? Who knows. But most certainly there is the same seriously quarrelsome mood afoot  in both charts.

Analysis:

  1. 1861 – the conjunction of Uranus/Mars/Moon in Gemini in the 9th house (hovering ingress 1861.jpgnear the Mid-heaven) is most prominent. If the Moon represents the common people, then in combination with Mars (military) and Uranus (revolutions/change/upheaval at all levels in a nation), this suggests a highly disgruntled populace ready for a fight to achieve serious change – especially regarding the ‘belief system’ holding the nation together (i.e. commonly accepted values and morals meant to safeguard society).
  2. 1861 – that Uranus/Mars/Moon conjunction in Gemini also ties into Saturn by square. Institutions/ traditions upholding law and order was at serious odds with the people. That Saturn is in the 12th house suggests something ‘fishy’ going in regards to national institutions/traditions – it also suggests those institutions/traditions were manifestly fearful of undergoing change. This conjunction also straddles the United States’ natal Uranus (8 Gemini 55) – the very symbol of the revolution the Americans had just fought to gain their freedom from Britain. It was time for a big change.USA.jpg
  3. 2025 – Uranus and Mars are in close sextile aspect – suggesting that military upheaval could be, again, in the cards. But this time, the Moon (common people) is not in line with Uranus/Mars (Moon makes a square to Mars). Although the people are again in a quarrelsome mood, they aren’t quite so keen on a military solution. Still, you can expect lots of angry rhetoric. This Moon is in the ‘hot-air’ sign of Aries, which it turns makes a square aspect with the US natal Mercury (the national myth). Note also that this ingress Mars sits directly on the US natal Mercury, reinforcing the idea of very angry words.
  4. 2025 – Mars is on the 4th house cusp of this chart (angular and hence, powerful). The 4th house also signifies the Ingress 2025common people – not as an active group (as when symbolised by the Moon) but more as the place that the common people call ‘home’. If Moon/Mars combinations tend to be explosive, add Uranus (1st house) to the mix and it becomes even more so. This plays out both at home (4th house) and with the national identity (1st house). This is, frankly, worrying.
  5. 2025 – Pluto (violent phases of self-healing) in the 10th house (government and ruling class in including the president) could suggest a coup instead of an all-out civil war. This notion of ousting the government in favour of something more to the people’s liking is echoed with Pluto making a sextile to the Sun (politics, ruling class, and leaders).
  6. 2025 – Finally, although there is much energy (planets) in the 12th house, I believe this does not necessarily spell disaster. For example, it might symbolise lots of ‘underground’ diplomacy going on to avoid war. The problem is, however, that just the day before this a solar eclipse (9 Aries 0) occurred stirring up trouble. That eclipse not only falls in the US natal 4th house (the place people call ‘home’) but it also ties very closely to the US natal Uranus (8 Gemini 55) – that very same wave of revolutionary spirit that the Americans rode to break free from Britain 249 years before.

Solar Return for Ms K 2016-17 / Be Careful!

The Solar Return chart gives a brief snapshot of a 12 month period (birthday-to-birthday).  Such predictive techniques are necessarily short and sweet giving you, the client, the chance to fill in the details for yourself.

The following is for Ms K’s –  2016-2017:


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You’ve been busy thinking not only about others but also how your life fits with theirs. But please be careful what actions you take based on conclusions that you may have drawn. Failure to exercise due caution could land you in big trouble. You’re in a period of testing as to your ability to exercise self restraint and, based on your natal chart, this may not be easy. Ms K SR 2016 17.jpg

 

Analysis:

  1. Solar Return  (SR) Mercury (28 Scorpio 50) is trine the SR Ascendant (28 Cancer 50). This suggests that since your last birthday, you’ve been busy forming ideas about others as well as determining your own position in regards to them. Although chances are that you’ve not been sharing your thoughts or conclusions (Mercury is secretive in Scorpio), you’ve undoubtedly drawn up a good list. But please be careful about whatever it is that you might plan to do as the result of these conclusions. The trine aspect is oft described as a slippery slope – one step in that direction and whoosh, down in the mud you go!
  2. Needless to say that during 2016-17, actions taken without careful forethought could land you in big trouble – perhaps, even causing serious damage to your status and/or social position.
  3. SR Mars (1 Aquarius 55) is also making a sextile your SR Mid-heaven (MC) at 2 Aires 19:
    • According to classical astrology, Mars in Aquarius ‘is inclined more easily towards doing evil’ and can be ‘rash and reckless’ with ‘little concern for planning.’
    • Because the MC symbolises, amongst other things, your position in the community, your reputation is on the line.
    • Luckily, the sextile gives plenty of room to manoeuvre: you can either take up what it offers or walk away. By taking one approach, this SR MC in Aries could manifest as the successful, confident establishment of your individuality. Equally, a different approach will lead to rash, covetous behaviour.
  4. Using the classical technique known as Directing by Triplicity, we again see the need for careful consideration. You are moving from a period governed by your natal Sun in Scorpio to that governed by your Saturn in Capricorn. This is a huge and significant shift:
Key words for Sun in Scorpio Struggle, will power, succeed at any cost –  prone to overestimation of ‘self’ which in turn leads to arguments/difficulties.
Key words for Saturn in Capricorn Self-restraint, diplomacy, endurance, industry, a strong will to succeed through slow but sure advancement.
  1. Interestingly, both your natal Sun and Saturn make close (but different) aspects to your natal Mars in Cancer:
Key words for Mars in Cancer Intense emotional life, moodiness, impulsivity marked by little perseverance.

Ms K natalWhat this means is that both the periods governed by your Sun and now, by Saturn are infused with this Martian energy – whereby your actions are governed not so much by rational thought but by emotions and instinct. But there is a difference. While your Sun and Mars have much in common (including perhaps a taste ’emotional blackmail’), your Mars and Saturn do not and herein, is the problem.

  1. Since February 2015, transiting Pluto (deep, and often painful, change) has been making a prolonged ‘hit’ to both your natal Sun/Mars and Saturn/Mars . This will continue until well into 2019.
  2. Whilst Pluto and Mars get on well enough (they are joint rules of Scorpio), Pluto and Saturn are natural enemies; Saturn builds things and Pluto tears them down. Obviously, this is not a ‘feel good’ time. But it is a time during which you can get grips with where your prior approach has let your down.
  3.  Throughout all of calendar 2019, you will enjoy your second Transits Report.jpgSaturn Return (the first one having occurred around age 29-30). This period will not only help you to consolidate your Saturn but also to integrate its constructive (building) energy into your  life. Even better, is that during most of 2018, you are due for a huge boost of in your patience (transiting Saturn conjunct natal Jupiter).
  4. All of this bodes well for your future whilst at the same time all the more difficult to achieve if, during 2016-17, you land yourself in big trouble with ill-considered actions based on ill-considered conclusions/ideas.

 

 

 

North Korea+United States = War?

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Trump and North Korea share bad blood. If North Korea has it in for the US then equally, everything for which North Korea stands gets Trump’s metaphorical ‘goat’. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Although the US may be prone to making threats, it does not usually enjoy a taste for war. However, if ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable leader/dictator, it is now; with transiting Pluto making a seriously uncomfortable conjunction with his natal Sun, he is ‘enjoying’ a compulsive and self-destructive energy that will crescendo in late September/October 2017. Those  believing that North Korea is not ‘suicidal’, may wish to think again.

Details/Astrological Analysis:

  1. One generally accepted natal chart for North Korea is set for 9 September 1948 (noon chart) in Pyongyang. Because no time is known, the chart’s houses/angles cannot be used. Interestingly, NK’s Saturn is at 28 Leo 47 is not so very far from Mr Trump’s natal Mars at 26 Leo 47 (and Trump’s ascendant at 29 Leo 47). The combination of Mars/Saturn is ‘harmful’ and/or ‘destructive’ and accompanies a ‘tendency to get hurt or injured’. There definitely is bad blood between Trump and North Korea.North Korea.jpg
  2. The upcoming total solar eclipse (21 August 2017) will occur at 28 Leo 55. Eclipses shake things up, rearranging events already in play. With a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and just for a moment or two, irrationality (lunar) replaces rationality (solar).
  3. Worse, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) weighs in by trine. Uranus disrupts (lightning bolt) everything that it touches. The trine aspect is a ‘slippery slope’ – one step and you’re sliding – wee! The combination of Uranus, Mars, and Saturn equates to ‘sudden illness and/or sudden death’. This combination has also been associated with ‘the ability to give as well as to take under provocation’ although it is also ‘an inclination to brute force’ and ‘a test of nervous strength.’
  4. NK’s natal Uranus (0 Cancer 15) is widely conjunct Trump’s Mercury (8 Cancer 52). Let’s face it: Mr Trump is ‘hung up’ on communication and with this conjunction, NK’s very existence prompts Trump to communicate. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Trump natal.jpg
  5. NK’s natal Jupiter (19 Sagittarius 59) plugs into Trump’s natal Moon opposition Sun/Uranus (approx. 21-22 Sagittarius/Gemini) – suggesting that everything for which NK stands for gets Trump’s metaphorical goat (i.e. NK’s Jupiter = it’s national philosophy/religion). NK’s natal Pluto makes a trine (slippery slope) to NK’s Jupiter – keywords include: plutocracy, conflicts with authority, and pursuit of fanatical aims.
  6. NK/Trump configuration triggers the US natal Mars at 21 Gemini 23, and so we ought not to be surprised with the exchanged messages of war. Whether or not this manifests in an actual war, remains to be seen. But although Mars in Gemini may be quarrelsome – there nothing in the United States natal chart suggesting a fondness for war.
  7. Add in that Trump’s nodal axis straddles this entire combination suggesting some element of fate to the mix.
  8. Most interesting is that NK’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is currently undergoing a Pluto transit to his natal Sun at 17 Capricorn 15 (once in a life-time transit). Kim Jong-un’s Capricorn Sun is ruled by Saturn and Saturn and Pluto are mortal enemies. Pluto transits to one’s natal Sun suggests deep transformation of personal identity. Although this was never going to be an easy transit, for a Capricorn Sun, it is going to feel like decimation. If ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable, it is now; Pluto/Sun is a compulsive and self-destructive energy. Worse, in late September/October 2017, transiting Pluto will station Kim Jong-un’s Sun (16 Capricorn 51) – just 24 minutes of arc – that is pretty close.[1] If transiting Pluto to his natal Sun is powerful, a stationing Pluto is even more so. The energy is so intense, so focused, it cannot (and will not) be ignored.

 

[1] This is based on the 1983 birth of Kim Jong-un – there is some suggestion he was born instead in 1984, which would put his Sun at 17 Capricorn hence the distance between Pluto’s station would be 46 minutes of arc – further, but still close.

Do you have a complex? 100% chance that you do.

Complex-of-Guilt.jpgWhat is a complex?

  1. Charcot – identifies a complex as ‘an idea’ or ‘group of ideas’ that ‘settles in the mind in the fashion of parasites’.
  2. Janet – suggests that a complex is an ‘idée fixe subconsciente’ that, having split off from the personality as a whole, wields enormous (unconscious) power.
  3. Freud- attributes to complexes a combination of mythological and emotional significance – for example, Oedipal complexes, the incestuous childhood triangle leading predictably to desire, fear, guilt, aggression, and shame.
  4. Adler – focuses on inferiority complexes, which he believed led to compulsive (and dangerous) power drives.
  5. Jung – connects complexes with archetypes, or universal psychic patterns, that absorb personal experiences like a sponge.

images.jpegAstrologers can zoom in on your complexes, like a bee to honey, so to speak. This does not take years of therapy. Whilst there are many potential complexes at work in your natal chart, the ones most like to give problems are those energised in some way. The usual suspects include angular planets, singletons, squares, and oppositions. Sextiles and trines can be problematic too but won’t pack as much punch. This is because you can relate, at least in part, with both sides of the equation. Conjunctions are a sticky wicket. They can play out for years without you even realising that they’re there, so much do they make you feel like ‘this’ is exactly who and what you are.

From time to time – when the moment is ripe by transit or progression – the complex will explode:

  • Projection – often, we project one side of the (complex) equation onto another person and then wage a battle against him/her. For example, if you have Sun square Saturn, you might pick fights with authority figures like teachers and bosses and then wonder how/why you always get flattened. Equally, you might find people  pick fights with you for no apparent reason. Either could manifest but if you have a strong Saturn (in Capricorn or Libra) and/or lots of earth in your chart, you probably will experience the latter. By contrast, if your Saturn is in Aries, Sagittarius, or Leo (fire), you will probably experience the former.
  • Somatization – sometimes the complex manifests in your body as illness. This is neither better or worse than projection – just different. For example, if you have Sun square Saturn, you may suffer from depression, heart problems, or even skin disorders. That there are physical or physiological causes for your ailments doesn’t detract from the fact that there is still an underlying complex in play. Although I do not practice medical astrology, I can speak from personal experience that most illnesses/complaints can be traced back to our charts, transits, and progressions.

Although you can never get rid of your complexes, you can learn to express their energy more constructively. This helps to avoid them feeling like fate. Work with your astrologer to identify the complexes at work (any combination of two, three, or more planets will constellate a complex of some kind with some being more potent than others). Then find a good therapist to help you to integrate them.

469image-500x500.pngCommon ‘father complexes’:

Sun/Saturn Father = Authority figure Did you feel rejected/unloved by your father because you are never good enough?
Sun/Neptune Father = Victim/Absent Did you feel your father was never there for you?
Sun/Jupiter Father = Source of good fortune Did you feel that father was always a good ‘hit’ for a loan or increase in your allowance?
Sun/Uranus Father = Illuminating force Did you feel that your father was so impersonal, so powerful that you were afraid of him?
Sun/Pluto Father = Source of (divine) retribution Did you feel that your father always won at your  expense?
Sun/Mercury Father = Educator Did you feel that your father always had something useful to share?
Sun/Moon Father = Nurturer Did you feel that your father was more like a mother than a father to you?
Sun/Venus Father = Beloved Did you feel that your father was placed high up on a pedestal, always out of reach for you?
Sun/Mars Father = Militant Did you feel that your father was always picking a fight with or on account of you?

 

What might you personally expect from the upcoming eclipse?

On 21 August 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun.

This will occur at 28 Leo 55.

Whilst these eclipses are not exactly rare, (most calendar years have four eclipses, two of which must be solar eclipses), they do tend to attract a good deal of attention. This upcoming solar eclipse has achieved fame because of its connections with the charts of the USA and its president, Mr Trump.

Astrologers view eclipses as a release of pent up energy that shakes us out of our everyday complacency so that we can get up and running again. As you also probably know, a total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and because it completely blocks our view of the Sun, the ‘lights go out’, so to speak.images

Because the Moon is associated with the unconscious and the Sun with the conscious, a total solar eclipse (when the conscious is completely blotted out by the unconscious), offers a perfect opportunity to undertake some personal housekeeping.

If you have any planets or sensitive points in your natal chart on or near to 28 Leo (and also 28 Sagittarius, 28 Aries, or 28 Aquarius), you might expect your daily (unconscious) routine to be shaken.

The following is a quick thumbnail sketch or what you might expect if the eclipse triggers one of the following in your chart:

Sun Expect issues with authority figures like parents or bosses – indeed anyone to whom you’ve abdicated your personal power.
Moon Possible changes in home situation or health – might leave you feeling vulnerable and/or exposed.
Mercury Expect changes in how you define yourself. It’s time to start writing your life story from a new view point/perspective.
Venus Be ready for financial and/or relationship challenges. Don’t let this ruin your self-esteem.
Mars Need to protect your home, reputation, and/or family. Take what is yours but make sure that no one gets hurt.
Jupiter Take a chance, a gamble, or a trip to someplace exotic you’ve never been to before. It’s time to do whatever is needed to get yourself back on track.
Saturn Feeling worn out and discouraged? Maybe you’ve outgrown your present life or are still playing by outdated rules? No sense blaming others. Take positive action. Get rid of blockages.
Uranus Feeling like a misfit or scapegoat? Ok, that hurts. Your challenge now, however, is to be true to who you really are. Identify only with groups allowing you to be yourself.
Neptune Now is the time to get in touch with your blind spots – dispute that which you’ve believed was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself, expect a wakeup call.
Pluto Power struggles are the order of the day. Get in touch with your dark side and embrace it but don’t use it to manipulate others.