A Total Solar Eclipse like the one we have on August 21st happens about every 18 months. Its effects last for 30 days until the next New Moon, but the themes of the Eclipse will continue for the next 18 months, when we will have the next Total Solar Eclipse, on July 2nd 2019.
To find out how the Solar Eclipse is going to affect you, check in which house in your natal chart in takes place to see which area of your life will be influenced:
– 1st house: Your health, your appearance
– 2nd house: Your income and the ways you earn it, your possessions, your values
– 3rd house: Your siblings, colleagues, your short trips, your creative projects
– 4th house: Home and properties, mother or mother figures
– 5th house: Children, artistic expressions, fun, romance and love
– 6th house: Health, diet, daily routine and workplace
– 7th house: Relationships, partnerships
– 8th house: Intimacy, support from others, unearned money
– 9th house: Law, mentors, teachers, long-term travel, relationships with the public
– 10th house: Career, father and father figures
– 11th house: Friends, communities, groups, the internet and social media
– 12th house: Spirituality, places of retreat (hospitals, ashrams, etc.)
For more guidance, check out my article about the Solar Eclipse in Leo here
On August 21st, we will experience one of the most significant Solar Eclipses of the century. The Eclipse takes place at 28° Leo and is a Total Solar Eclipse, which means the Moon will cover the Sun, the sky will become dark and the Day will turn into Night.
Eclipses have always been a source of fear, fascination, and excitement. A Total Solar Eclipse is indeed a dramatic event. The Sun disappears from the sky, turning our source of life and energy off in the middle of the day.
I experienced this extraordinary event myself in Europe in 1999. A Total Eclipse of the Sun is indeed breathtaking – animals, birds, insects go crazy just before the Moon covers the light of the Sun. Time and space go into another dimension. It’s almost as the world ends by the time everything becomes dark.
But as soon as the first dim of light crosses the dark sky, everything goes back to normal. Animals stop running around and the world comes back to life, as if nothing had happened.
A Solar Eclipse is like a power outage. The light suddenly goes off – some people freak out and don’t know what to do. Others indulge themselves into darkness and tune into the mystery of the night.
When the light goes off, your priorities change. A Total Solar Eclipse is about the imminence of change.
A Total Solar Eclipse is also a Cosmic Reboot.
Think of a computer – any computer needs to be turned off from time to time to work properly. If you don’t turn your computer off, it will start to slow down. You need to clean your PC’s random-access memory from time to time if you want it to work at a decent speed. And to do this, you have to reboot your computer, by completely disconnecting it from the power source.
In the same way, when the sky gets overheated, we need a celestial blackout, we need to shut down the power source. We need to “turn off” the Sun. When we “turn on” the Sun again, the Universe starts afresh. A new beginning. This is what a Total Solar Eclipse is about.
And We Have the Nodes
An Eclipse happens when the Sun or the Moon conjunct one of the Nodes of the Moon. Eclipses take place in pairs approximately every half year. The Nodes of the Moon are the Head of the dragon, pointing towards our Future (The North Node) and the Tail of the dragon, pointing towards our past (the South Node).
The North Node and the South Node always come in pairs, and they are always opposite each other. It is in their nature to work together, you cannot have one without the other.
The past and the future permanently adjust to each other. Our actions in the past can influence the future.
Let’s say your parents raised money so you can go to college. They sent you to the best schools and teachers. You going to the college is a promise from the Past into the Future.
However, your soul has another plan. While in college, you meet a mentor and decide college is not what your soul needs, and you decide to embrace a spiritual path instead. Or you are too entrepreneurial and the college bores you to death. You decide you are better off if you start your own business.
Let’s say in the 2nd year of college, there is a Solar Eclipse which hits your Sun. You suddenly drop out of college, and your family is outraged.
What happened? The Eclipse came to realign you with your life purpose.
Because the college (the legacy from the past) was on the way of you manifesting your purpose (the North Node) something had to happen. You had to renounce (South Node) the college in order to move forward.
This is how the Nodes work together. That’s why Eclipses are a Karmic reset, a cosmic readjustment so that you can actualize your mission in this life.
There is nothing to fear about Eclipses. Eclipses are fundamentally positive astrological events which point you to the right path.
Eclipses can be experienced though in a myriad of ways. If you’ve been resisting your soul’s mission (let’s say you did not listen to your inner guidance and chose to stay in college) then the Eclipse can be experienced like a dramatic and unexpected event. Maybe you go bankrupt and you have to drop out of college. Or you fail your exams. Or you go to jail (yuk). If you resist your path, something will happen anyway so you don’t do what you are not supposed to be doing.
When we resist the Eclipses, we can experience them as a negative, stressful event, or “bad luck”.
However, if you are already on the path of your Purpose, the Eclipse will not affect you in a negative way, but will open instead the door to the “next level” on your path. Therefore, for some of us Eclipses can be extraordinary positive events and can bring incredible advancements and progress.
Irrespective of how you are going to experience this Solar Eclipse, try to keep in mind that everything comes to you precisely at the time you need it. The universe always works in your favor.
What is the Solar Eclipse in Leo All About
The Solar Eclipse in Leo is closely trine Uranus, now at 28° Aries, and is also conjunct Mars at 24° Leo.
If you know Bonny Tyler’s song “Total Eclipse of the heart” then this pretty much sums up this Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse is in Leo, the sign of the heart. This means that the light that guides you when life gets dark will stop flashing. But only for a while.
In the darkness, you will get a flash of insight from Uranus, a divine message of what you need to do, while Mars, your drive, will channel this flash of divine insight into action. Indeed, exactly at the time of the Eclipse, in the darkness, Mars, currently invisible due to its proximity to the Sun, will become visible and shine very bright. The dormant warrior will awaken.
In the dark of night, you don’t need to open your eyes to see. Let the Moon take the center stage for a while. Let the intuition guide you. Let the divine message come from above. The time when the divine masculine (the Sun) merges with the divine Feminine (the Moon) and they cast a spell on the Earth, in that divine moment of new beginnings, you can start again, brighter and stronger.
But it’s Not About Them… it’s About You
The United States will experience a complete blackout or total eclipse. Its path of totality will cross right across the United States. The last time the US experienced a coast-to-coast Total Solar Eclipse was in 1918.
And while everyone talks about Donald Trump in a pure South Node in Aquarius manner, this Eclipse is not about “them” … it’s about you.
With a North Node in Leo it is time to look inwards, at what makes US (not U.S. 😉 happy, of what gives us a sense of purpose. It is you first, and “them” second.
The North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius will ask you to focus on yourself, to find your own light. It can be comfortable to look outside and blame the neighbours, the company we work for, our friends that nag us all the time, the government, Donald Trump, the world order for what’s wrong in our lives.
And although it is true that the world can definitely be a better place and there are quite some nasty people out there whose decisions affect all of us, the Solar Eclipse in Leo is here to teach you that this time is about you. It is about what you can change to make this world a better place.
It’s All About Surprises
No doubt the Sun, the Moon and the North Node play the central role in this Solar Eclipse. But it’s Uranus, the planet of Surprises that applies the closest aspect to the Solar Eclipse. The Eclipse will bring big surprises. Nothing that you think will happen, will actually happen. Allow yourself to embrace the new.
The element of surprise is also highlighted by the retrograde motion of Mercury which is already close to the Sun and getting closer. Some sort of disclosures, cover-ups, secrets will come to surface at the time of the Eclipse, but also around September 4th when Mercury turns direct, exactly at the degree of the Eclipse (28° Leo).
The energy is very much focused on the individual – Leo is the King of the Jungle and Aries, where Uranus resides, is the “me first” sign. Mars is also in Leo so we have a lot of fire, a lot of action, and a lot of unpredictability.
Keep your antennas up to intercept the flashes of intuitive insights from Uranus. They will come to you at the right moment and with the right message. Trust the divine guidance and act upon it. Love affairs, pregnancies, young people, parties and celebrations are possible fields where things can happen.
How the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo is Going to Affect You
Solar Eclipses can give you a glimpse into your “shadow self”. We all want to think of ourselves as decent people. As we need society’s approval to survive, we chose to focus only on that part of ourselves which is socially acceptable. But our light is only half of us. We are both light and shadow.
The Solar Eclipse is that time when the “other half” of ourselves comes to the surface.
Even if what you will find out will disturb you or even shock you, it will give you the opportunity to embrace the whole truth of who you are, will allow you to see yourself and the world from a completely different perspective.
The Solar Eclipse in Leo is an invitation to leave behind the fears about what others may think of you, and instead bring your inner light to the world freely, without concern.
To find out how you are going to be personally affected by the Eclipse, check out my Etsy reports, more information here
The New Moon in Leo on July 23rdis going to be dramatic, surprising and unexpected. Sizzling with passion, the New Moon is a wake up call to roar like a lion, strike a lightning, and cut though any B$ and lies you’ve been telling yourself.
The desire to break free from ‘concrete maze’ we’ve built around ourselves is now so consuming, that we cannot ignore it any longer. To say that the energy of this New Moon is intense is an understatement. Remember the electricity in the air before a thunderstorm? The restlessness, the anticipation, the impatience it brings? This is what the energy of the New Moon in Leo will feel like.
What makes your heart spark? What is the difference between what you’ve been told you are supposed to be and what your soul truly wants? What makes you feel fully alive, vibrant, aligned with your heart’s desires? The New Moon is an invitation to light the fire of our soul and shine.
This powerful New Moon will be the teaser and a stage-setter for the coming Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21st.
The July 2017 New Moon will take place in the very beginning of the sign of Leo (0° to be exact!). Then, next month, on August 21st, we will have the 2nd New Moon in Leo which is also the Solar Eclipse we are all waiting for.
The New Moon on July 23rdis tightly conjunct hot-blooded Mars and squares unpredictable Uranus at 28° Aries. The Solar Eclipse on August 21st is also in Leo, is also conjunct Mars, what is different is that the Eclipse is trining Uranus. Every time we have two New Moons in the same sign, the Universe wants to make sure we “get” the energy of that specific sign, that’s why is giving us two chances to master this energy.
To make sure you harvest what the Solar Eclipse in August has to offer you have to firstly deal with this New Moon. Your strength, your will are being tested right now. The New Moon on July 23rd will ask you to break something so you can move forward.
The New Moon in Leo is the official start of the Eclipse season. It is time for MAJOR new beginnings. New Moons in general are great times for new beginnings, but this New Moon is the definition of new beginnings because it occurs at the 0°, which is the degree of new beginnings.
And is also conjunct Mars, the most brave, action oriented, assertive planet in our solar system. What else do you need? We have absolutely no excuses not to act now.
At 0° Leo and in conjunction with Mars, the planet of action and initiation, and square Uranus, the planet of the authentic self, this lunar cycle will ask you to get out of your comfort zone. Sun, Moon and Mars are square Uranus! You have to “make it” or “break it”, now or never.
With two New Moons in Leo, with the North Node in Leo, we all need to learn how to be like a lion, how to shine, how to be the king of our castle.
If you’re trying to get something started, this is your New Moon – is boiling with initiative and confidence.
Look at the Sun! The Sun is inevitable. We can always count on it to rise each morning – even after the darkest night the Sun is a promise that this too shall pass. The Sun is the promise of the Universe that we can – and we should – shine our true nature without fear.
And the question the New Moon in Leo is raising is: “Are you truly living in harmony with your inner sun?”. The New Moon is an invitation to get in touch with your inner child, an invitation to open up to the endless and infinite possibilities of who you are.
But maybe the most important message of this New Moon has to do with understanding and embracing our masculine side, our animus, our yang.
With Sun and Mars, the most masculine planets in our solar system joining in the first degrees of Leo, we are all being asked to “be a man” and “act like a man” irrespective of our gender. Women or men, we all have masculine energy.
The New Moon is going to ask every single one of us the dreaded question “Are you a real man?”. And because Uranus is squaring the New Moon we will have to cut through any B$ and get real. Those who have been faking it will get a big slap in the face. Uranus wants us to wake up to the reality of who we really are.
If you need external proofs to feel worthy, if you think you need a great job title, a sport car, a trophy partner, you are not expressing your real, authentic masculine qualities, irrespective of your gender. You are dependent on external validations, trying to be in a certain way because you think that’s the only way people will accept you.
You are a real man when you stop trying to “prove yourself”. When you don’t measure your self-worth by how much money you have in the bank, if you have “manager” in your job title, if you fly business class. When what matters is whether the voice you are listening to is the voice of your inner Truth.
Being a man does not mean you should do what you want and stop caring about others. You are a real man when you are able not only to take care of others, but also deal with failure and embrace criticism. This is what it means to be brave and courageous like a lion. This is when every battle you lose will get you one step closer to victory. This is what the leonine courage and pride is about.
The New Moon in Leo will teach all of us to passionately roar the truth of who we are, loudly and proudly. Without fear. The time has come to put yourself out there and shine your true light. Somewhere deep within, you know what you have to free yourself from. Sun and Mars will help you tap into your fearless side so you can shine your truth with pride and dignity.
Uranus will bring a sense of urgency in the process, pushing you to move forward with courage and authenticity. You cannot compromise who you are any longer. Let your inner light shine brightly, cutting though the bull$hit, melting any resistance, blinding the eyes from illusion, blinding any fear or doubt that is left. There is no shadow within this light.
Growth and self-fulfillment are rarely found within your comfort zone. And to truly live, you must be one with your inner sun. If you chose not to, you are wasting your life. The New Moon in Leo is the much needed wake up call to say “I had enough” and make the necessary changes so you can live a life of pride and dignity.
The New Moon is also supported by a beautiful Grand Fire Trine with Mercury and North Node in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. The only aspect that clouds the fiery sky is Venus opposite Saturn across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis, signifying a crisis of faith.
Some beliefs need to go if you want to build your life on a new foundation. Embracing the new-found knowledge openly and with awareness can allow you to effectively move into the new direction.
“Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.”
The New Moon will affect you greatly if you have planets or angles around 0° in Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio or if you have Leo ascendant.
Look in which house you have 0° Leo to understand which area of your life needs to be reclaimed.
North Node in Leo: The North Node moves into Leo and the South Node moves into Aquarius on May 10 2018. No more “do your duty” or “suffer the consequences” polarity of Virgo/ Pisces. We are about to explore a new theme until December of 2018 – the theme of creative self-expression against the group-think.
We have 18 months to release ourselves from the control our mind (South Node in Aquarius) and learn instead how to live from the heart (North Node in Leo).
Many people know that the Lunar Nodes have “something to do” with the eclipses. The Nodes are abstract points reflecting where the moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic. Eclipses happen only near the Lunar Nodes, when the Moon moves directly and precisely in front of the Sun. The Nodes blend the subtle energies of the Moon and the Sun, of the feminine and the masculine, of the Yin and the Yang that make life as we know it.
That’s why the Nodes are always somehow linked to our destiny. Transits to the North Node tend to show in the most important moments of our life: when we move from one phase of our life to the next, at the birth of a child, when a family member passes away, when we meet a soul mate. The Nodes represent our “spiritual compass”, the “essence” of our purpose in life.
The Nodes come in pairs of opposite zodiacal signs – the North Node represents the unfolding destiny, and the South Node, the karmic past. The North Node is literally our “North star” and represents fresh new learning and the qualities we need to embrace to move forward, while the South Node is the repetitive patterns and old lessons. The past (South Node) is the foundation of the future (North Node), the “old” on which we build “the new”.
Our heart’s longing
Leo is ruled by the Sun, the life-giving, generous and radiant star that gives us light, warmth and energy. The Sun is the “engine” of our solar system, without it we won’t exist. Leo rules our heart. The heart is the “Sun” of our body, the little engine in our chest that pumps life. The beating heart is the promise of life. Our heart is the core of who we are, our center of gravity, the place where we feel fully alive.
When we live from our center, everything is the way it should be. As children (Leo also rules children) we knew how to get in touch with the innocence of our existence, but as we grew up we learned to follow rules, listen to our parents and be what the society is expecting us to be.
But we have never really forgotten that place of joy, radiance and innocence. The deepest longing in life is the longing to be one with the center, to get connected with that place of love and truth. This evolutionary calling is usually experienced when the North Node touches a point in our chart. When you have a North Node transit, the Universe is asking you to get out of the cage – even if it is challenging and painful. This longing is the homesickness of the heart, the yearning to return back to your divine nature.
This spiritual crisis comes in different ways. Sometimes, it comes with a clear and strong yearning and desire to express more and to be more – to give your uniquely creative gifts to something bigger than yourself.
Other times, it comes with hopelessness and frustration because you’re unsure about who you are and how you fit into the world.
And other times – and this one is the most daunting – it comes with a vague dissatisfaction. You may tell yourself “I have everything, I have a great job, I have money, I have a relationship, but still there is something missing from my life”.
During the transit of the North Node in Leo, you will be thought how to embrace the longing of your heart and how to activate your evolutionary purpose from that place of truth.
You are now given the chance to identify the part you are meant to play (North Node in Leo) in the larger context of reality (South Node in Aquarius) so that your gifts and talents can be actualized to their fullest potential.
“Evolution is calling you to participate in creating a world equal to your potential”
The only way to come “home” is to (re)discovering the true nature of yourself. For this, you need to detach yourself from the global (TV, imposed cultural models, internet, social media) and focus on our own creative genius.
Your unique talents, your individual aspirations, our dreams ARE important. The North Node in Leo is an invitation to straighten your crown and stop worrying about what other people think.
Follow your heart’s longing with courage even if this goes against the approval of your friends, community or society.
The South Node in Aquarius is the release point. In the process of embracing your heart’s longing, you may find you need to let go of some friendships. Remember, real friends want the best for you, want you to express yourself, to be you. Resist the temptation to go back to the old ways if some “friends” find your new ways unacceptable. Let them go if they threaten to leave. See who stays. These are your real friends.
Of course, I am not encouraging you to be selfish, but is nothing selfish in allowing the real you to emerge. Be the sculptor of your life and allow the everlasting Universe express itself through you in your unique way.
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo
The world Needs you – and it is your duty to let yourself shine – this is ultimately the message of the North Node in Leo.
What does it mean for you
We will be all affected by the Nodal sift. Last time we had the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius was from September 1998 to April 2000. Go back to 1999, 1980, 1962, years when we had the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius to get a feeling about what to expect in the next 1 year and a half.
Also, if you have your Nodes on the Leo/Aquarius axis, you will be especially in focus because you will experience your Nodal Return. The nodes return to the same zodiacal signs once every 18,5 years. Therefore, if you are 19 years of age, 37, 56, 75 and so on you will experience a “karmic reset” to balance your inner polarity and bring you “back on track” in case you’ve lost your compass.
Look in which houses you have Leo and Aquarius in your chart for more details. For example, if you have the North Node in Leo in the 1st house and the South Node in Aquarius in the 7th house, you need to let the others hear you roar, and no longer depend on group approval.
If you have the North Node in Leo in the 2nd house and the South Node in Aquarius in the 8th house, during this transit you need to start treating yourself like a queen or king, become more generous with money, and pay more attention to your own value system as opposed to other people’s value systems. And so on…
Also, if you have personal planets in Leo/Aquarius the Nodes will bring into awareness that area of your life symbolized by the respective planet or angle.
February 10th brings us a spectacular lunar eclipse at 22° Leo. Supported by a mystic rectangle and a grand Fire Trine, the lunar eclipse in Leo is a wonderful way to kickstart the brand new Eclipse cycle on the Leo Aquarius axis.
Yes, with the first Lunar Eclipse in Leo we say goodbye to the Virgo lessons and start embracing the new fresh (and hot) leonine lunar energy.
A lunar eclipse is a Full Moon on steroids, heightening the effects of a Full Moon, bringing the necessary endings and the feared beginnings, catalyzing forward movement and change, giving us all the clarity we need, and revealing the new avenues and directions of our destiny.
The Eclipse will be visible form most parts of the world, however because it is a penumbral eclipse it is rather subtle – but if you chose to moongaze on Friday night you will notice the Full Moon will look slightly dimmer than usual.
In Native American traditions the February Full Moon was knows as the Snow Moon, a time to hide from the rough nature and spend more time inside the home with the tribe.
Coming back to astrology, this lunar eclipse is truly special, because it is supported by a mystic rectangle. The tension of the two oppositions (Sun/Moon and Jupiter/Uranus) is harmoniously channeled by the supporting sextiles and trines. Jupiter (23° Libra) trines the Sun (22° Aquarius) and makes a sextile to the Moon (22° Leo), while Uranus (21° Aries) trines the Moon and makes a sextile to the Sun. This is just wonderful! …especially if you have planets around 21°-23° in Fire or Air signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius).
Saturn is also around, beautifully positioned in a Fire grand trine together with the Moon and Uranus, making sure that all this positive energy is turned into something meaningful and durable. The trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries will bring the best from (the otherwise extremely different energies) from the legendary father and son, as Uranus creates change where is needed and Saturn provides the maturity and the self-awareness to make smart and educated decisions.
Leos (especially those born between 13 and 17 of August) are especially favored because this Lunar Eclipse is all about them (and they love that! All about THEM (haha). This Full Moon will bring into focus all the Leo themes: self-expression, creativity, fun, romance, children and a bit of drama. If you want to launch something and get some spotlight, this is great time to do so!
Jupiter opposite Uranus will bring unexpected turns of events and all kind of surprises. You should definitely plan for some social event of Friday night – you are going to have a great time! Leo is afterwards the most playful, enthusiastic and fun sign.
The moon shining in Leo is like a lioness roaring so get ready to get out of your comfort zone and draw attention on yourself. The world wants to know more about you!
Venusian charm is combined with Mercury’s emphasis on communication in the sign of Self Expression (Leo). The result?
The mind and the heart are fully in tune, our communication is harmonious and we feel confident and optimistic in expressing ourselves. The transit promotes great conversations and intelligent as well as exciting relationships. Even the shy ones of us will find it easier to speak up. It’s easier to be confident and articulate when you speak from your heart. This is the message of this transit.
In the photo we have Michael Jackson and Slash-> they both have the Mercury Venus conjunction in Leo in their natal chart.
The duo collaborated on “Black and white” and “Give into me”. Both songs capture the essence of the Mercury Venus in Leo magic: self-expression, authenticity and the need to be loved for what one is.