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 Maybe you’ve outgrown your present life or are still playing by outdated rules?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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leo Ingress spells ‘communication’ problems for the USA?

Summary – During the next few weeks expect a flashy, hostile communication involving (or instigated by) Mr Trump which will cause serious concern to the US court system and/or Congress. Could this mean war?

ingress into LeoAstrologers love making predictions about how the upcoming total solar eclipse will affect the USA. There are many ways to look at this but today I’ll do something different – taking a look at the Leo ingress chart (i.e. prediction technique involving chart drawn for the moment that the Sun will enter 0 Leo) set for Washington, DC. This forecast should be good from 22 July until after the eclipse, when the Sun moves into Virgo (22 August).

Because Libra is rising, Venus is the chart ruler and its position and aspects are key to the situation.  Each planet in this chart symbolises a function that binds Americans into a nation-state and with Venus, that function relates to all that is pleasantly shared –  i.e. art, culture, and entertainment.

Because this Venus is in Gemini, there is emphasis on the media – communication(s) of all sorts are highlighted. Given all the controversy regarding ‘fake-news’ and the way in which the president and his administration are presented by the media, might we not expect combative issues arising as the result of this? Because Venus is applying for an opposition to Saturn (social order, regulations, and controls) – I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that someone gets sanctioned regarding a combative communication.

Further, because Venus is leaving a T Square (difficult aspect) involving both Neptune and Jupiter, we might surmise that someone (prominent) has already been duped (or otherwise taken advantage of) and that this subterfuge might form the basis of some controversy that is still yet to blossom.

Another reason to suspect that communication will be a key issue for the US during this period is that Mercury – the Lord of Communication –  is in the same degree as the nodal axis. Because of this, some might suggest that whatever transpires regarding this ‘communicaton’ was fated. Maybe, maybe not! But I will point out that this Mercury is involved in a grand fire trine with Uranus and Saturn and so I’ll suggest that whatever happens, it will not be conventional – think unique, ground-breaking, and/or earth-shattering.

At this point, it’s not too much of a leap of faith to further suggest that this ‘communication’ is likely to be highly aggressive and, as the result, could be seen by others as an act of war. This is because Venus at 19 Gemini 42 is close to the US natal chart’s Mars (fighting/military action) at 21 Gemini 23.trump-tweet-sources-said.png

Finally, it is more likely than not that Mr Trump will be implicated in all this. The flashy, dramatic Mercury (at 25 Leo 58  – Leo is always dramatic) is awfully close to Trump’s natal mars at 26 Leo 47. If that weren’t enough, consider that the total solar eclipse at the end of August will occur at 28 Leo 55 – again too close for comfort. Might it not be too unreasonable to suggest that some flashy, dramatic communication by Mr Trump will land him in big trouble (eclipses are like a power surge – for good or evil!) and that this will require congressional/court sanctions (Mercury is in this ingress 11th house which is associated with legislature and parliament)?

Donald Trump – astro basics you can’t afford to ignore

imagesThere’s no sense in asking why Donald Trump embraces alternative truths – and there’s no sense in demanding him to do otherwise.

As you can see from his natal chart, he has Neptune square Mercury and in the words of some of my excellent astrological colleagues  – ‘this aspect indicates a difficulty with an overactive imagination interfering with rational and logical processes of thought – which can result in self-deception and the construction of a private version of truth and reality’.trump

In the words of another excellent astrological colleague, this aspect also ‘suggests problems with concentration and stretching the truth (consciously and/or not)’.

unknown-1Likewise, there’s no sense asking why Trump is  dominated by his (male) ego – look at his Mars in Leo – right there on the Ascendent (his door to the world) – how, with that,  could you expect him to behave otherwise? According to my excellent astrological colleagues, with Mars in Leo, the ego is tied up with action such that anything Mars in Leo undertakes becomes a source of great personal pride; when all goes well with such undertakings, the world is bright. When all does not go well….  let’s just say it’s difficult for Mars in Leo not to be on a mission of great personal significance. Likewise, it is difficult for Mars in Leo not be be/appear ‘oversexed’. Apparently, although most Mars in Leo folks are often self-righteous and quarrelsome, the more sophisticated of the lot can be kindly leaders.

Is Donald Trump sophisticated?

According to the OED, sophistication requires an ‘awareness of and ability to interpret’ complex issues. Based on this definition, I’d have to say Donald Trump is not (and cannot be) sophisticated. This is because (among other things) with Leo on his ASC, his chart ruler is his Sun in Gemini.

Let’s face it – however clever, sociable, and communicative is Gemini, he also has a relatively short attention span. For Gemini, the world is either black or white – after all we could expect nothing else when dealing with the sign of the twins – Keywords for Gemini : talkative, mental, adaptable, flexible, changeable, responsive, sociable, superficial.

Interestingly, Trump’s Gemini Sun is conjunct Uranus which suggests he answers to no one except himself. OK –  Sun/Uranus often makes a great reformer – and we need definitely those. The problem is that this configuration also suggests someone who stubbornly sticks to his own ideas and resents anyone who tries to push him into doing what he does not want to do.

Not my idea of sophistication – at least as defined by the OED – which requires an ability to deal with complex issues.

But to be fair, Donald Trump also has his Moon in Sagittarius and this suggests that he is a ‘great lover of truth’ – at least in the sense of philosophical wisdom. This is a very upbeat and positive, forward looking energy. The problem is however, with Moon Sagittarius, when the going gets rough, these folk get going – i.e. run away. Uncomfortable when caught up in routine for too long, they simply need to escape. Although they’ll be back when they feel refreshed and when their spirits are renewed, I suggest this is not what we need in a president.

Donald Trump also has his Sun in opposition to his Moon which suggests an internal struggle between his wants and needs – this leads to indecisiveness and frequent change of both mind and heart. An excellent astrological colleague simagesuggests that to resolve this tension, we look for a planet to sextiles or trines this Moon/Sun configuration and not surprisingly, we find this with Mr Trump’s Mars in Leo – self-righteous and quarrelsome – and a huge (male) ego.

Today and Tomorrow are Phlegmatic/Choleric Days

ob1840With the Sun in Cancer (cold/wet) and the Moon in Leo (hot/dry), its Phlegmatic/Choleric couple of days.

As you will recall, humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen – it’s all to do with the four block or ‘roots’ of the material world that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments:

ELEMENT QUALITY HUMOUR TEMPERAMENT
Fire Hot/dry Yellow Bile Choleric
Earth Cold/dry Black Bile Melancholic
Water Cold/wet Phlegm Phlegmatic
Air Hot/wet Blood Sanguine

You may also recall that we also had Phlegmatic/Choleric energy earlier (29 June) but that was with the Moon in Sagittarius; the energy was dreamy – but not lazy – sluggish but still merry. That was because Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter (exalted in and happy with Cancer) whose job it is to bring not only wealth but also inspiration to our lives.

Now the Moon is in Leo and this Phlegmatic/Choleric energy is characterised by the planetary cycles inherent between the sun and moon. This is because Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Leo, is ruled by the Sun. But their relationship is reversed (the Moon rules Cancer but is now in Leo and the Sun rules Leo but is in Cancer).

Cancer takes the back seat = faithful, stable, lethargic, conservative.

Leo  takes the front seat = boasting, enthusiastic, generous, impatient.

This makes the energy of today and tomorrow much more like that of Choleric/Phlegmatic which is both hardy and impassioned.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Determined
  • Assertive
  • Touchy
  • Impulsive

New Moon in Virgo – party’s over – time to clean up the mess

The HermitAfter the many ego excesses of Leo, it’s time to drop back and regroup and what better energy with which to do this, than with pure Virgo.

In the tarot, Virgo corresponds with the 9th card of the Major Arcana, The Hermit.

The Hermit is a venerable and mysterious figures of solitary intention. Leaning on his staff, he pauses to hold up his lamp (of intellect) and drive away the darkness (of ignorance).

Contrary to popular belief, the Hermit is not a lonely, sorry individual bereft of family and friends. Quite the opposite. He is the kind old wise man whom others eagerly seek out.

But in many respects he does stand alone in that he separates himself from the crowd so that he’s no longer controlled by their moods and desires.

To be like The Hermit does not mean you must renounce society.

But what it does mean is that you must stand aside from it long enough to turn on your own lamp ti discover who and what you really are.

What would you do, be, wear, or think if no one else were watching?

What would you spend all your time doing – not for money to be gained from it – but for the pure joy of doing it?

What would it feel like to forget all your troubles?

This is not to suggest your troubles have gone away – but only that if you can use the energy of the new moon in Virgo wisely, you and your troubles will no longer one and the same.

Today is a ‘Tower of Destruction’ Day

The TowerWith the Sun in Virgo (perfection) and the Moon in Leo (aspiration), today is a ‘Tower of Destruction” day.

Throughout history, there have been plenty of examples where hubris (i.e. excessive self-confidence, OED, n) has been the cause of a disastrous fall. Check out The Icarus Syndrome by Peter Beinart for insight.

Yet if in today’s world we’re pushed to ‘be all that we can be’ (and more) then where ought we draw the line between well-deserved success and hubris?

Meditations on the Tarot (A Journey into Christian Hermeticisim) provides a thoughtful answer:

Every Christian has been taught that man was ejected from the Garden of Eden for desiring more ‘knowledge’ than God wished to reveal.

Yet why was it so important to have such knowledge?Meditations on the Tarot

Origen (circa AD 185) suggests this is hard-wired in our souls – i.e. we are built to push the boundaries of nature with the purpose of breaching them – i.e. for example through scientific research.

According to the Hermetic tradition, this is dangerous for if God wished us to have such knowledge, He would have revealed it.

Does it mean that we should never strive for more than we’ve been given?

Of course not. The StarAccording to Hermetic wisdom, it is absolutely necessary for us to work and grow – to think and await the ripening of our thoughts – to cultivate and maintain ourselves as we would care for our garden – wherein we realise all will grow and be harvested in its own time.

So why do we push ourselves more than we push our gardens?

Hermetic wisdom suggests that (through ignorance), we identify ‘self’ with ‘ego’ – ‘I’ must have this or that because ‘I” want it (not because I need it or because it is good for me but because I WANT) – and such behaviour is further fueled by advertisements suggesting you should want whatever is for sale for no other reason than because ‘You’re worth it’.

Danger – danger – danger !!!!

What will you be ‘worth’ after your personal fall?

If on a ‘Tower of Destruction’ day, you’re tempted to push beyond your boundaries- beyond the bounds of your own nature  – and like Icarus, fly too close to the sun, resist and be heartened.

In the tarot, the card following ‘The Tower of Destruction’ is that of The Star’ – a kneeling woman with two urns being poured in equal measure so as to achieve balance and equilibrium.

The Dangers of Individuality – The Sabian Symbol for Today

With the Sun moving towards 24 Leo, the Sabian Symbol for today is an ‘untidy, unkempt man’.

Usually with Leonine energy, we think of proud playfulness, openhearted generosity, and confident charm.   But sometimes, it can all go wrong.

The ruler of Leo is the Sun, which can be equated with the Ego – that part of your personality that maintains the balance between impulses (‘id’) and conscience (‘superego’).   When balance is achieved, you have the unruffled self-assurance so often associated with Leo.  Actually, you’d expect nothing else.   Leo is ‘fixed fire’.  The Leonine ego must come to terms with itself by turning not to the world outside, but instead to within.

Yet after such intense soul-searching, it’s imperative to share your hard-won wisdom with your fellow man.  Most spiritual traditions emphasis this final leg of the Self’s journey as the most important.  This makes perfect sense as Leo’s balancing energy is to be found in its opposite -Aquarius -the epitome of social responsibility and the egalitarian ideal.

But when the ego fails to find balance, the result is complete self-obsession and an unattractive insensitivity to the wider world.

Today’s Sabian less is not just for Leo, but also for everyone.  Individuality is key to human happiness.  But without balance, the exact opposite is attained.  Hence we find the image of this Sabian Symbol – a negative, perverse satisfaction in the neglect of self.