It's eclipse time! The second set of eclipses for 2017 occur in August, and up first is a lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th at 2:11PM. The Aquarius lunar eclipse gets us focused on the world at large, the bigger issues, and wants us to find a wider perspective, especially with the things we've been too subjective about. Take a step back and see how it all fits together and where each step takes us into the future. We need to think long-term and be concerned with our impact. This eclipse can be great for charitable ventures and humanitarianism.
Aquarius rules groups, and we can see a group come to the forefront, under the spotlight, or on shaky ground. Aquarius rules friendships, and we may want to reach out more, connect with our peers, and come together.
Change is also the domain of Aquarius, so we may see some sort of change, some sort of sudden development occurring with this eclipse. We need to make sure we're being smart about it and not rushing into it, but that may be a little difficult with the eclipse opposite transit (moving) Mars. This brings some impulsive, impatient energy into the mix, and we're going to need to be careful we're not letting our emotions get the better of us and push us to do things we shouldn't do. Let's be clear and thoughtful.
The Mars opposition may bring about some accident energy though, as well as more violent energy, so we may see some sort of big accident or more violence/warfare.
The eclipse does trine (positive aspect) Jupiter in Libra, so there is some beneficial energy here, and we can be optimistic and think big.
The lunar eclipse occurs at 15 degrees 25 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Aquarius
Semisextile: 13 degrees 25 minutes - 17 degrees 25 minutes Capricorn or Pisces
Sextile: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Gemini or Libra
Quincunx: 13 degrees 25 minutes - 17 degrees 25 minutes Cancer or Virgo
Opposition: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Leo
The solar eclipse occurs on August 21st at 2:29PM in Leo. This is the second new moon in a row in Leo (solar eclipses occur with new moons), and we may see some tie-in to the previous new moon in July. Leo is a sign that is positive and enthusiastic, and we can feel extra positive and enthusiastic. We can focus on what we enjoy most in life, on the people we love and the things we love to do, and we can get in touch with our hearts.
Leo rules romance and dating, and we can be more playful and bring sparks back into relationships. Leo also rules children, and we can give them more attention, or get in touch with our inner child.
We do need to watch for being overly dramatic - something Leo loves, the sign of drama. Avoid the theatrics and try to have fun instead. Creative energy can be high, and we may want to take some vacations and get some breaks.
The solar eclipse is trine transit Uranus is Aries, and Uranus is ruler of Aquarius, so some of the lunar eclipse energy ties in with the solar eclipse, and we can be much more open to change this month, and work to see the bigger picture.
One hink with this eclipse is that Mercury retrograde ends a couple weeks later on September 5th at about the same location, triggering this eclipse and bringing in some of that wonky retrograde energy. The best thing to do? Take a second chance or do something over again. The solar eclipse gives you beneficial energy and retrogrades love a do-over.
There is some troubling energy with this eclipse, unfortunately, aside of the Mercury retrograde. I don't normally use much fixed stars, but this eclipse occurs conjunct Regulus, which rules violence, warfare, and destruction, along with troubling fixed stars Adhafera and Al Jabbah. I'm not normally into fixed stars since the Sun transits them at the same time every year but we don't see the same developments every year on the same days, BUT since this is a solar eclipse, this can be something to focus on. (To watch: North Korea - Saturn @ 28 degrees Leo; President Trump: natal Mars @ 29 degrees Leo)
The solar eclipse occurs at 28 degrees 53 minutes Leo. The aspects to the eclipse are:
Conjunction: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Leo; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Virgo
Semisextile: 26 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer or Virgo; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 0 degrees 53 minutes Leo or Libra
Sextile: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Gemini or Libra; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Taurus or Scorpio; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aries or Sagittarius; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Quincunx: 26 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Capricorn or Pisces; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 0 degrees 53 minutes Aries or Aquarius
Opposition: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aquarius; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Pisces
(Note: Because the solar eclipse is so late in sign, aspects can be felt out-of-sign; ordinarily, out-of-sign aspects aren't as strong and may not be felt much, but with Mercury retrograde triggering this eclipse and hitting those points in Virgo, they may feel strong in the month of August)
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations