Eclipse season heats up

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Eclipse season surrounding the lunar eclipse (11:10 a.m. Aug. 7) and “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse” on Aug. 21 interrupts summer.

Eclipses carry extra potent energies that block our normal flow so we can fine-tune and reset our direction. Lunar eclipses close 20-year cycles as life comes full circle. Some people leave, some reappear.

The Earth’s shadow covers the moon giving our sensitive, feeling nature privacy to reflect on what has passed and what lies ahead.

The energy of the Women’s March of last winter appears in both eclipses in the form of four asteroid goddesses, all in earth signs, calling on the power of the feminine in all people. They remind us that our bodies, our earth, and our society need heart-centered care.

Their mission supports Leo’s which helps us open our hearts and act from its instinctive kindness. The lion lends us courage to dare the risk of showing up as the Light itself. Our hearts know what is right and true and good and we ignore those truths at our peril. When we live from our generous hearts, we are equipped to join in discussions concerning society’s enlightened future (Aquarian).

Acting from false egos, we are unable to see how to care for ourselves, our fellow humans, and our earth. We are “en-deadened” and act out in ugly, unconscious group behavior. Perhaps this is the current fascination with zombies.

In mundane astrology, the moon represents the masses and the sun stands for the king, chief, or president. The people’s moon in the U.S. chart is in Aquarius! Therefore we, the people, demand doctrines and policies of inclusivity that align with Aquarian principles.

With the moon (the people) unable to reflect the sun (president), the question of this moon’s eclipse is: How fast can you find your Light and offer it to the betterment of people and earth?


Aug. 7–21

Leo, a new two-year Mars cycle brings action and energy to your interconnection with the world. Add in the Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycles in the area of dear relationships and you are knee deep in learning how to be you IN relationships and letting them be equally as radiant.

Virgo, time in deep silence helps in many ways. Balancing the quiet within with activity at work and in daily routines is a major lesson from the Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle. Progressive ideas on how to nurture yourself everyday abound! Mercury retrogrades starts Aug. 13. Relax. Review. Rethink.

Libra, good heavens, you know everybody! Find the ones who are fun, creative, expressive and fired up. Go play with them. Try something new and different. Suddenly, you are seen as the great nurturer. Give of your heart and listen to their needs. Your circle expands.

Scorpio, consider yourself discovered. You need time at home to balance the multitudes who are applauding what ALL you have to offer. Applause is grand but remember to seek and pursue that which is YOUR passion and desire. It’s the start of a new two-year cycle. Don’t waste it on … whatever!

Sagittarius, the closer you get to your goal, the more important each step is. What have you accomplished the last two years? What needs to be done to meet your goal? Remember the six-degrees of Kevin Bacon? Who knows who can help you get to your endgame. Keep network expanding.

Capricorn, you have behind the scene power. Use it wisely. Remember there is a power and great value in receptivity, kindness and including everyone in the game of life. You are a power player but your transformation is learning a new value system: everyone counts. Teach other leaders this.

Aquarius, here’s an interesting point: other people are interested in the betterment of people, too and you, yes, you, don’t have to carry the banner alone. In fact, you must include everyone as a point of demonstration. Reach higher, feel more, include others — even those with power.

Pisces, while you are strutting your stuff at work (and, boy, is work fired up!), you need quieter times to stay in touch with more progressive messages. The masses carry weight and no sacrifice is needed, just every hand on the wheel turning the wheel of life. It feels radical when you put down the burden.

Aries, if born mid-April on, you’re singing from the roof tops, and mountain tops — “I gotta be me.” All Aries are starting a new Mars cycle, plus with the eclipse cycle, your fire is lit and blazing. You will be you or explode in the attempt! Why? Love of self, others and planet, AND it’s fun!

Taurus, work can’t be impersonal, detached and intellectual 24/7 or you will lose your fan base at home. Activate your affection and caring and clean up any messes you’ve made. Bring your fun self home, play with the kids, the dog, the wife, for no reason whatsoever. Invest at home.

Gemini, go see the Total Eclipse of the Sun, talk to everyone else standing around waiting for the point of totality. This is what you are made for: an event with lots of people and no reason to be quiet. Shine your light on them and watch them light up. Fun! (Oh, Mercury retrograde on the 10th.)

Cancer, the moon, there she is. Oops, she’s gone. Take a break from your feelings and see what being detached feels like. Radical, eh? Finances, wills, insurance, and loans need a certain detachment but can increase security. Counselors who share your values can help. Let them.