Two great poets of our time, Lennon and McCartney, wrote:
“Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy— All you need is love”
At no time in our human history has the miracle of a total solar eclipse been so perfectly situated in the cosmos than now! And just when you thought things were completely out of control in our frenetic, unimaginable American social, economic and political reality, we have before us in the USA on Monday, August 21, 2017, an event of immense importance. The darkness of the solar eclipse will sweep across the US, starting at Government Point in Oregon, passing across the middle of our nation and exiting in the historic coastal town of Charleston, SC, on the east coast. One does not have to be an aficionado of astrology to note the significance of this event. But wait, there’s more!
Rick Levine in his recent Tarot.com Facebook session brilliantly details aspects of this heavenly event worthy of our attention. To best describe these aspects, it’s important to ground ourselves in a few points of astrological learning. This solar eclipse will occur at 29 degrees in the sign of Leo. Leo, from the Latin word, Lion, signifies that which emanates from the Sun, from the heart center. Leo, in the northern hemisphere, brings the summer warmth that provides nourishment for our plants to grow, infuses heat into our ocean waters eventually bringing rain to the planet and ultimately the food that allows human beings and animals to thrive.
In addition, as Levine aptly illustrates with his incredible versatility and knowledge, there are other factors making this eclipse even more dramatic. In ancient Persian astrology, there are four fixed Royal Stars, or King Stars, that act as guardians of the sky: Aldebaran, Antares, Fomalhaut and Regulus. For this upcoming event, the guardian star, Regulus, is aligned with the eclipse point. What does this signify, you ask? Regulus is the watcher star of the North and the dominant star in the Leo constellation. All four Royal Stars possess both light and dark potentialities. On the light side, Regulus, powered by the heart of the Lion, brings bravery, courage and strength to the cosmos. Its shadow side or downfall occurs when ‘revenge’ becomes the driving force. So we have a total eclipse moving across the US in the sign of Leo with Regulus aligned as its guardian.
Adding gasoline to an already enflamed national dysfunction, Donald Trump, was born during a lunar eclipse with his ascendant (the place in the Zodiac sign on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth) at 29 degrees in Leo. Coincidence? Then there’s the warring red planet Mars, which in Trump’s horoscope was at 26 degrees of Leo at the time of his birth, close enough to have direct impact. Where is Mars in our sky presently? The fiery planet is currently in Leo, moving ever so close to the eclipse point, not exact until the end of August, but in the mix!
What does this all mean for you and me? Pause for a second to reflect on current events and you can see how the Trump administration, with its maddening display of almost hourly foibles and miscues, has opened Pandora’s box of dark energy. The undercurrent of distain for the government and its players permeates a huge slice of the American public, particularly those who feel left behind and unable to navigate the system. Trump feels compelled at every turn to challenge anyone who disagrees with him, harshly criticizing the press as fake news, tweeting hurtful and vengeful personal attacks and clearly fueling hate groups as evidenced by the rally in Charlottesville, VA.
When the planets align as they are for this rare event, the potential for bringing what is held in darkness into the light is amplified greatly. Levine, in his Facebook reading, reminds us that we cannot go on like this as a human family. He’s absolutely correct. Rick guides us through the intricacies of how we can use this miraculous time to show up and uncover that which we hold in the deep recesses of our plutonian darkness. In ancient times, a total solar eclipse ushered in the death of the King. What does this portend for Donald Trump? It remains to be seen, yet with the eclipse point at 29 degrees of Leo, the exact spot of Trump’s ascendant, and Mars dancing in the same room, aligned and guarded by Regulus who harkens downfall with acts of revenge, one must consider the possibility of some Presidential calamity. And more importantly for us in the US, this is a time of great change as a society and individually.
Do not underestimate the powerful healing and shift being offered by the heavens at this crucial juncture of our shared lives on planet Earth. Here are three actions to consider for ourselves as we encounter this miraculous event and its aftermath.
1. Prepare to reset your internal guideposts- Are you feeling the accelerated energy? Do you have a sense of tension infiltrating your inner psyche? This time period between the lunar eclipse of August 7th and the total solar eclipse of August 21st has shepherded in the need to look within ourselves to examine that which is hidden in the dark corners of our unconscious- a cosmic push to make needed changes in our lives. What are your beliefs? Do they serve you? Now is the time to reflect, contemplate and bring forward non-functioning and limiting constructs. Be prepared to step away from fears, shortcomings and false ego-driven structures.
2. Build Community- The recent horrifying event in Charlottesville, along with the almost weekly shootings in the US and the escalating wars across the planet can be viewed as external to us. After all, I am not a racist, a war-enthusiast or a radical 2nd Amendment agitator. Yet, in truth, I contribute to the low vibrational collective every time I choose to remain silent, apathetic, disengaged, staying enclosed in my own safe haven or extricating myself from the greater community. When the sunlight is veiled by the moon, make a conscious choice to release separateness, difference and limiting beliefs. This is the opportunity to move towards a new reality, one of concert, understanding, compassion and love for all. We are in this together as a global community. Anything less than this ultimately means the destruction of our world as we know it.
3. Commit to Love- With the warring planet of Mars making its way into the eclipse point at the end of August, there is a tendency to feel angry, tense, impatient and confrontational. This temptation, not unlike the seductive nature of the Dark Side in the Star Wars epic, must be transmuted, released and held in check. Use the energetic portal of this solar eclipse to affirm and commit to living a more authentic life, one that allows for vulnerability, flexibility and a higher vibration of loving. Extend this love and forgiveness to yourself and those around you, to your family, the community and the greater planetary kingdom. We are not separate on this journey.
This is the time. This is the opportunity. This is our chance to change the course of history!
Thank you to Rick Levine for illuminating that which is hidden in each of us. As he so fittingly quoted from Paul McCartney……
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