In the Stars August 20-27, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: The Great Solar Eclipse

The Great Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 28: 52 Leo is the big event this week. The planetary energy is extremely unusual and potentially volatile, especially with Mars in the mix with the eclipse. Keep things easy and go slowly and carefully. Be patient and kind in your encounters. There are numerous planets in retrograde motion: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn, Juno, and Mercury. The retrograde energy is turned inward and not so easily expressed. The great eclipse calls us to ask how we can shine our light in the world brighter. The eclipse path cuts the United States in half between South and North. The shadows of racism are being illuminated. There is a movement to take down the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hate groups embedded primarily in the South are rising up. We are being called to stand up for racial justice and equality. At the same time the movie “Step” has just released and is being promoted. This is an inspiring, heartwarming movie about the first graduating class of a Baltimore black women’s charter school who wins a STEP competition and all earn college placements. Take the time to see it over the coming week. Leo symbolizes children and creative self-expression. Make a donation of time or money to a project that supports children. Play music or write a poem. See five ways to invoke the energies of this eclipse, at the bottom of this post. Make a point of expressing your creativity and generosity.

Mercury continues retrograde, along with the six other planets listed above,  and will be in reverse motion until September 5. During this time there are often mechanical failures, and mistakes in written and spoken communication. Check twice for appointment times, agreements, and accuracy of communication. Be patient and understanding about errors and mix-ups. This Mercury retrograde cycle is made for review, re-considering, re-negotiating, and re-working. Saturn turns the tide on Friday when it turns direct.

Sunday is glorious, with numerous benefic aspects and planetary combinations encouraging vision, action, expansion, and breakthrough. All the ingredients are available to balance expansion and contraction, and measure and risk. This is the day before the Great Eclipse, and the planets are aligned to support a bold vision and an innovative expression. If you haven’t already pondered the intentions you want to set for the Solar Eclipse, do it today. The day’s most powerful aspects are Mars-sextile-Jupiter and Sun-trine-Uranus, alignments that promote expansion and breakthrough.

Monday—the day of the Great Solar Eclipse arrives! The potential of this eclipse is that we can break old patterns and let go of old issues that have been keeping us stuck. However, this is a volatile day. Go slowly. Be calm. Allow things to settle before moving forward. Shortly after the eclipse the Moon moves into Virgo tropically, giving more grounding.

The Sun enters Virgo tropically on Tuesday; joining the Moon in this mutable Earth sign it will be a solid day for a new start. Virgo symbolizes efficiency and orientation to tasks that need to be done. Lean in, get organized, and get to work. Mars makes a benefic trine to Saturn, giving the fuel to make great strides and get a lot accomplished. On the other hand, Neptune opposed to the Moon midday slows us down and makes us a bit dreamy. The Moon is conjunct the asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth, and these make a benefic trine to Pluto—a powerful combination capable of moving a lot of good things forward. All together Tuesday’s alignments support big accomplishments. You can translate some of the vision and intention of the eclipse into action.  

Wednesday’s continuing Virgo Moon supports an efficient, well-organized morning to get things accomplished. Then, from 1:02 PM-6:05 PM PDT the Moon is Void of Course, a time to pause and attend to routine matters of little consequence. Don’t waste your time on meetings or anything requiring decisions. At 6:05 PM PDT the Moon moves into lovely Libra, the sign that symbolizes relationships, and charm and grace. In the glow of a benefic Libra Moon-Leo Venus sextile, the stage is set for a beautiful evening. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at a well-appointed table with your beloved, your family, or dear friends.

Breaking free and expressing our individuality are Thursday’s themes [Venus square Uranus]. In contrast, the harmonious Libra Moon calls us to relationship. Try something new flavors of pleasure.

At last, Saturn stations on Friday at 21:10 Sagittarius, turning direct in motion after being retrograde for five months. Now there’s a green light for projects that have been in suspension for several months. Friday is a cosmically packed day with numerous aspects, mostly positive. The evening may deliver a few surprises as a result of the Moon-Uranus opposition. Venus enters Leo—let’s get the party started!

The weekend turns somber Saturday and Sunday with the Moon in Scorpio. We want to draw inward when the Moon is in Scorpio. Mars is conjunct the North Node, a volatile aspect. Put the volatile energy to work, and get some vigorous exercise. Watch a thriller or a deep, ponderous movie.

Sunday’s theme is the tension between expansion and contraction, highlighted by the exact square to Jupiter. We can ground our visions, and manifest our dreams. Look back on this pivotal week and take stock. As summer turns into fall, consider how you will turn your life with the seasonal change.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: The day before the Great Solar Eclipse: Set intentions to take a big, bold evolutionary step forward.

Monday: The Great Solar Eclipse! Express positive energy, but go slow and easy.

Tuesday: Get organized and get moving! A lot can be accomplished!

Wednesday: A lot can be accomplished in the morning. Moon VoC 1:02 Pm-6:05 PM PDT.

Thursday: Try some new forms of fun.

Friday: Saturn turns direct! Cosmically packed day. Enjoy a fun evening!

Saturday: Draw inward. Emotions run deep.

Sunday: Take stock of the days’ tension between expansion and contraction; make a plan for manifesting a dream.

Five Things to Do to Invoke the Energy of the Eclipse in the 5th Sign of the Zodiac-Leo:

  1. Make a donation to a project or organization that supports children.
  2. Reach out to help a child in need. Could you commit to being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for a Child), foster parent, mentor, or school helper in your community? Imagine if each of us did something in this realm what a better place our world would be for our youth and children.
  3. Express your creative talent. If there is a hidden talent that hasn’t been expressed for a while, now is the time to re-activate it. Otherwise, try something new: take an art class or learn a musical instrument.
  4. Be courageous and bold! Express your strongest convictions!
  5. Claim your inner child. Make a list of 20 fun things you love to do, and do some of them. And smile!

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 31-August 26)

1.Take a journey through old family photo albums.
2. Call family together for a picnic.
3. Focus on home maintenance.
4. Make your home more comfortable.
5. Pull out your family recipes and make some of your favorite family foods.
6. Read a historical novel.
7. Get together with siblings or relatives and tell some family stories.
8. Gaze at the Moon in the night sky.
9. Honor your feelings; write about something stirring your emotions, whether joyful or sad.
10. Express care through a card, call, or gift of food.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, August 21: 11:30 AM-1:25 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 1:02 PM-6:05 PM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, August 25 at 10:39 PM through Saturday, August 26 at 1:53 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 2:38 AM-12:48 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 PM through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 AM (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 AM-1:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 PM-6:09 PM (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 PM-9:52 PM (Moon into Virgo)


Monday, August 21: 18:30-20:25 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 20:02 through Thursday, August 24 at 1:05 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, August 26: 5:39-8:53 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 9:38 AM-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

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One Response to In the Stars August 20-27, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: The Great Solar Eclipse

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I’ve had very seriously “mixed” experiences in this week prior to the Eclipse. I have had a re-occurrence of an illness I have been working on since 2012. I have had extensive trouble trying to find a “right” medical doctor. Quite “by accident” I did so this past week, and I also had diagnostic surgery. The doctor thinks I can use a route for treatment that I had wanted to but thought was not available where I live. This doctor (very highly experienced and very caring) claims he will find someone where I do live. Going abroad or even to other special clinics in the USA was simply too expensive. Having been ill for six years had wrecked what I did have for funds, and it also caused me to lose money hand over fist.

    So, that was “positive,” I suppose I could say. BUT, on the way to the doctor’s clinic, a maniacal mobster hit my pick-up truck from the rear (at first). When one has an “accident,” one stops! Not this guy. He was so eager to express his rage that I’d got into the lane ahead of him that he drove up over the curb into the gravel-covered median and slammed into me again! Then again and again, until he had done as much damage to the truck as possible, hoping, it seemed, to kill me! I wouldn’t and couldn’t move the truck, and it was obvious that this was not an “accident” but a very vicious ASSAULT. “Police” came but were unconcerned about me and my sister (sister was in the other front seat), just snapping at me, “If you’re hurt get an ambulance, or else get out of the way!” My sister had got out of the truck to look at the offender’s situation and vehicle. He was quick to yell at her and call her “bitch.” The police (thank God there was anyone there) told him “Get into your van and stay there.” But they weren’t interested in anything but getting traffic moving again. People in the traffic were totally unconcerned about me and my sister, also. They were in such a “heat” that they were busier moving the one-way signs that were blocking them in the street (obviously an illegal thing to do, also).

    The ugliness of the characters was amazing (though in traffic in the Metro Phoenix area one will regularly see shocking and outrageous “drivers,” and the classical music station on the radio here even features a “road rage” hour).

    I have my reasons to suspect that this “driver” was assaulting me for reasons beyond road rage. Too complex to describe what these are here, but the metro area, I have found over 38 years, is full of mobsters. I remembered that when I returned to Madison, Wisconsin in the 1990s, I had to have a vehicle repaired, and when I went to the mechanics’ shop and saw them working in the cold and snow, had a conversation with the shop owners. They mentioned that they’d tried to do business in the Phoenix area in the past. They volunteered that they gave up and returned to Wisconsin because of “The Dirty Dozen,” a label for the gang and mob territories the metro area is divided into. Most unfortunately, I knew exactly what they were talking about, and I learned more and more each year since.

    Just two weeks prior to this assault, my “neighbors” in the area unleashed a pit-bull
    to attack my sister, who was getting groceries from my truck. The pit-bull first killed a cat my sister was fond of, and she fortunately saved herself from attack because the cat was there to attack. These neighbors would do this sort of thing and worse quite regularly.

    I remembered as I approached Phoenix for the first time ever, back in 1979. All I could think about what the hideous murder of an Arizona Republic reporter as the mob blew him up in his car. People had warned me that the area was rife with mob crime and other serious things. I would not have moved here at all, as I did not like the desert barren heat and dust, and I particularly was wary about “the mob” I was hearing about from many quarters.

    Mistake of my life: I had a series of “psychic” readings from a man in Buffalo, NY who had been associated with a very famous psychic there. I let him talk me into moving away from Alaska, where I had just received a job promotion, to Arizona. I was so stupid as to think, in my confusion, that “he must know more than I do.” Wow! Never do this one!

    Amazing, also, is the fact that just after I was in the house I had bought here and reading mail on my sofa, one of the key pieces was from Jim Lewis”AstroCartoGraphy.” I looked up what the universe was saying to me about being in this area: Neptune on the Midheaven. And I have to say, 38 years later, that every word Jim said in his write-up has proven to be true.

    Positives of this past few weeks: (1) finding the doctor whose caring and wisdom may help save my life, and (2) more commitment to get away from the place I have retained as a “home” (even while living elsewhere for several periods of time), since my very initial intuition about it was correct.

    I also had moved into another area of my “Neptune Midheaven” zone when I moved to Colorado. The loss of two beautiful houses I had restored, due to CRIME, made me realize just how serious Jim Lewis’ warnings about “victimization” in this “zone” were.
    I talked with Jim once while visiting San Francisco. He clarified how he made his assessment of “Neptune zones.” He didn’t charge a penny. He was obviously a very generous and caring man.

    So the “energies” of this Solar Eclipse are “intense,” indeed. I am just trying to stay calm and prayerful so I survive all this. One thing has been clear, though: it is not a time to “play.” I use a sort of “technique” I learned by working with inmates for years in corrections. When out-of-control, assaultive people are loose, just “stop” and be calm until the dust has settled. The character who was assaulting me in my truck with his van would have loved it had I tried to drive away and confuse the picture. But I had stopped and stayed stopped until police had arrived (though they did not exhibit the characteristics we would wish for in police).

    So, all I’d say to anybody about this eclipse now is “Take it easy and wait to see what is happening.” This accords pretty well with what you have advised, Cathy.

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