Welcome to August 2017, where just about every day for at least the next forty days feels more like an episode from the Twilight Zone than any previously known reality. We’re under the influence of a double-eclipse effect—there’s a lunar eclipse on August 7 and a solar eclipse on August 21—and because eclipses tend to blur the boundaries of time and space, daily life and its regular routines are regular no more. What’s more, as reliable time signatures dissolve and the dimensions of past, present and future melt away, a super-charged emotional atmosphere is likely to become the standard fare. The entire month is a wild ride…yes…wilder than it’s already been. And the best way to cope with distortions, real or imagined, is to aim your awareness at the highest ground possible and then do whatever it takes to anchor that view.
Unfortunately, taking the high road won’t be easy. In the midst of this wonky eclipse effect there are also two powerful retrogrades: (1) Uranus begins its retrograde on August 3, and (2) Mercury Retrograde begins on August 13. As many already know, retrogrades also always distort time, thus the combined effect of this entire astral bundle is certain to produce more than the ‘normal’ amount of frustration. So as you are attempting to hold the highest view, you will also need to breathe deeply as often as possible. Consider the next several weeks an aerobic workout for your heart as well as your soul.
Both eclipses occur along the Leo/Aquarius axis. The lunar eclipse is at 15 degrees 25 minutes Aquarius and the solar eclipse is at 28 degrees 53 minutes Leo. The lunar eclipse occurs at the midpoint; the solar eclipse, at the very end. What’s interesting about this astrological axis is the interplay between personal creativity and individual self-expression, symbolized by Leo, and collective creativity and the aggregation of individual expression, which is best understood as the zeitgeist.
The shadow of this solar eclipse began in May when the lunar node transited the eclipse sensitive point, or the point at which the full eclipse occurs. Generally, astrologers tend to define the shadow of any eclipse as six weeks before or after the actual event. But this eclipse is different, perhaps because it directly affects the most visible point in Mr. Trump’s chart—his Ascendant—as well as his Mars, and because he’s the symbol for his country, his administration seems to be deeply affected by this double eclipse effect. This became glaringly apparent in May when, as regular readers of this column know, Mr. Comey, then head of the FBI, was fired—the first tug of the continuing unraveling of the Trump regime and its connections to Putin. Today as I am writing this, Putin has just ordered over 750 people at the US Embassy in Russia to leave. That, coupled with all the people at the US State Department who were dismissed immediately at the start of the Trump regime, leaves this country with a deficit of diplomatic experience and intelligence—an worrisome state of affairs for informed international relations.
During a lunar eclipse, when the Moon is obscured, practical matters tend to obscure more esoteric concerns. During a solar eclipse, when the bright light of consciousness is obscured, the veils around the unconscious become increasingly thin, allowing Psyche to voice her concerns. Eclipses are also considered to be points in time when hidden information is revealed. Frankly, there’s so much hidden information being revealed daily, that it’s hard to imagine more might emerge—yet we are only at the beginning of the month. It’s also hard to imagine that in the midst of the solar eclipse shadow, the practical matters emphasized by the lunar eclipse will carry enough weight to counter what seems to be a constantly leaking effect of the solar eclipse.
But that’s not all—Uranus begins its five-month retrograde review on August 3, turning the next many weeks into an ongoing déjà vuof déjà vu, as Uranus retraces its path, it throws lightning bolts at all sorts of stagnant situations that just won’t move. From a personal perspective, this has everything to do with frustration that ‘things’ aren’t moving fast enough, especially if you feel like you’re backtracking or backpedaling on certain plans and projects. From a collective perspective, it’s important to note that this Uranus Retrograde is the next to last Uranus Retrograde of its seven-year transit through Aries. So while its retrograde is certain to focus on the recent past, it’s also likely to revisit situations from 2011—and that goes for personal as well as collective situations.
Most of us know the Mercury Retrograde drill, so I won’t go into it in great detail this week. But for those who don’t…because Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication and travel, during its retrograde cycle, all things within that vast domain tend to go awry. Combine this with a Uranus Retrograde—a phase that challenges technology—and snafus of every type are probable, so get out those patience pills and make sure you have as many as necessary to get through the next several of weeks.
Actually, many weeks of intense disturbances lie ahead, which means you’ll have to do your best to keep from attaching to the chaos as it unfolds around you. I’m not advising passivity, but I am just suggesting that the best way through this eclipse effect is to hold the broadest view possible and then do whatever is necessary to maintain that perspective. Also, despite a trillion distractions, remember that everyone is reacting to these intense signatures, so do your best to be understanding and kind, especially with children, who feel these energies but can’t necessarily express their discomfort.