The Leo Aquarius Eclipse Season
No Man Is An Island
Since ancient times, eclipses have been held to be portents of critical events in human experience. Even in modern times, the two-week period between the lunar and solar eclipse has opened a psychic portal in which famous people have been born, notably Charles Prince of Wales, Louis XV of France, Mark Zuckerberg, and Donald Trump. It is also a timeframe where people leave the planet, notably Princess Diana.
Astronomically, a lunar eclipse is simply a full moon and a solar eclipse is a new moon, however they have import because they occur within 18° degrees of the lunar nodes. Astrologically the lunar axis correlates to the evolutionary path from what has come before to the array of probable futures that lie ahead, anchored in the present by the Moon itself.
The current eclipse season that will open on Monday, August 7th, 2017 with a lunar eclipse at 15° Aquarius and culminate on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 29° Leo actually began when the lunar nodes entered the zodiacal signs of Leo and Aquarius in March 2017.
The archetypes of Leo and Aquarius form a polarity of self-actualization and individuation. Leo expresses as the fixed energy of the Fire triplicity. Astrologically the Fire element correlates to Life Force, Chi, and Prana, depending on your perspective. It correlates to the instinctual desire “to be”. In the archetype of Leo the egocentric structure that is realized in the preceding sign of Cancer is projected outward as persona and life purpose. It is associated with creativity and self-expression on a personal level. Leo is Self. Ruled by the Sun, Leos perceive themselves as the center of their own solar system. Even if we do not have any planets in Leo, we all have the Sun in our natal charts, as well as the 5th House, which is natively ruled by the sign of Leo. Even if there are no planets in that house, there is a sign on the cusp. We are all self-actualizing according to these parameters. In its shadow Leo expresses as narcissism, self-centeredness, and blind selfishness.
The archetype of Aquarius correlates to community and the collective body. If Leo is Self then Aquarius is Everybody Else. In this wider field of experience the persona finds a “higher octave” of individuality and creativity with the collective as a whole. Ruled by the planet Uranus only “recently” discovered, after ~6000 years of known celestial objects, curing the time of the American and French Revolutions. Uranus correlates to the principle of liberation and individuation. Aquarius and Uranus correlate to the deconditioning from the crystallization of beliefs and ideas that occur in the preceding sign of Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, whose cardinal Earth energy initiates shape and form.
Most often, a lunar eclipse occurs first, and then the solar eclipse 2 weeks later. The Moon correlates to the emotional body. We receive information first through our emotions. As we are receptive (or not) these emotional impulses, we begin to process and experience what is happening. The solar eclipse that follows, as an actualizing energy will plant the seed/activate the circumstances of the eclipse.
What makes this eclipse season exceptionally powerful are the psychic energies generated by two celestial configurations. The first is the Fire Grand Trine formed by Saturn in Sagittarius retrograde, Uranus in Aries retrograde, and the Lunar North Node. Saturn is the structure of our consciousness. It is how we "shape" ourselves, how we are unfolding into a new form of who we are. Uranus is our individuality, our uniqueness, originality, and creativity and how that uniqueness is expressed as part of our collective society. The Lunar North Node facilitates our way forward towards the probable future(s) that lie ahead. Trines are not like squares and oppositions that compel us to action. Unless we engage with them proactively they can pass unnoticed. The current Saturn Uranus cycle began in Tienanmen Square. Do you remember the single individual who stood alone facing a battle tank? That is the nature of the self-determined energy that is available to all of us right now. The New Moon Solar Eclipse forms a partile (same degree) trine to Uranus in Aries, activating this powerful Fire energy and incorporating it into the lunation.
At the same time Jupiter in Libra, the ruler of Sagittarius and the third component of the Fire triplicity, perfects to a partile square to Pluto in Capricorn, also retrograde, at the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and will persist at the solar eclipse. Pluto is the engine that drives evolution itself--evolution is not a theory, it is a fact. We are all moving forward whether we realize it or not. We can go kicking and screaming, or we can go proactively. Marianne Williamson said, “Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it.” Jupiter is the growth factor. It expands whatever it touches. This power combination is driving us forward with compelling momentum.
Look to what is happening to you on an emotional level to understand how this eclipse season is impacting you. Solar eclipses occur in 18-year intervals called Saros cycles. This solar eclipse is Saros cycle 145, and the last occurred in 1999. Ask yourself what was happening in your life at that time. The circumstance will be different, but the process will be the same.
It is important to note that the lunar nodes will transit the Leo-Aquarius polarity through the end of December 2018. There will be two more eclipse seasons in this archetypal environment. How are you synthesizing what you desire for your self with what is needed for the good of all people everywhere? Is your ego aligned with your Soul intentions? No man is an island.