Perspectives from the Sky: Astrological Forecast for August 2017
Total Solar Eclipse Erupts into Our Lives
by Leo Knighton Tallarico
The month of August 2017 and the coming Total Solar Eclipse bring a very important turning point for our world and our personal lives. It should be obvious to anyone that we are now in a whole new chapter of human life on Planet Earth.
Old rules are being broken. Our feelings of status quo familiar security are leaving us.
In the USA the executive branch of government, headed by Trump, is attempting to dominate our lives.
America is no longer respected as the greatest country in the world. Slowly but surely America is losing its power and becoming a more equal member of the world community.
Often people will tell me they had a horrible family upbringing, yet they see it ultimately as a great catalyst for the person they have become, a person they now like.
So now we can say the same. The Trump administration, as horrible as it is, is helping the USA to grow and evolve and become a more equal member of the world body, a condition that would be aligned with the Age of Aquarius.
The Age of Aquarius demands equality and Diversity within Unity. A Superpower or world policeman does not fit that paradigm.
Thus, the old paradigm is breaking down now, and the breakup will open the way for a better world. At least, after the darker times pass.
August promises, with two important eclipses, to be a turning point for change in a much bigger way. And it will also accelerate the process of making a new world, one that better fits an Age of Aquarius.
FIRST, A LUNAR ECLIPSE
The Leo New Moon of July 23rd was the first of two Leo New Moons in a row (a relatively rare occurrence). It brings in the Eclipse Season with big personality and a big ego blast.
The sign Leo, which at its worst is dominating, egocentric, and even narcissistic, brought us a New Moon that showed us Anthony Scaramucci, the new communication director of the White House.
This “twin” of Gemini Donald Trump is now the Enforcer of Trump’s needs and wants.
This is a clear sign that Trump does not intend to change his ways. Instead, he will fight even more to keep his reign ever more powerful than before.
The first eclipse of August, the first of two in a row, on August 7th at 2:11 PM EDT, is not at a time when the Moon and its eclipse will be seen in the USA.
This will be by far the less intense eclipse of the two. The more important one will be the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st.
The Lunar Eclipse on August 7th, however, will still be important. It will show us the conflict between Leo, where the Sun is, and Aquarius which is where the Moon will reside.
Leo brings personal power, while Aquarius shows us group or community power.
So, in the USA there is a battle between the Executive branch (Leo strength) and the Legislature (Aquarius power of the group).
Egos everywhere will try to dominate the needs of the collective during this Eclipse time period.
In your own life, there may be a conflict between you or someone’s needs to express their individual truth, and you or someone else expressing for social consciousness.
On August 2nd to the 3rd, Uranus will be changing directions and going Retrograde. Its energy and meaning will thus be accentuated.
Uranus is the “ruling” planet of Aquarius. As such, being different and being free to make one’s own statement for equality, freedom and social consciousness will “fill the air.”
Uranus helps us to break away from the status quo in our lives and liberate us from old worn out ways of thinking or being. It also helps us to awaken to new ways or thinking, and going outside the usual boxes of options.
We should then already be feeling the August 7th Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Aquarius. World issues should intensify, as well as our personal issues.
MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE
Mercury going Retrograde will fog up our lenses for seeing straight. Everything may start to feel more strange and out of focus. Decisions made from a linear left-brain place should be avoided. And as a general rule all decisions or big project startups should be put on hold till after Mercury goes back Direct.
THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
Then on August 21st at 2:30 PM EDT the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo at 29 degrees Leo erupts into our lives. If we have not been taken off our usual balance by now, after this Solar Eclipse we are more likely to be that way.
This Solar Eclipse in Leo is conjunct Trump’s Mars in Leo at 27 degrees – from his natal chart. It is also conjunct his rising sign in Leo.
This Solar Eclipse will also be almost exactly conjunct Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Mars in Leo at 29 degrees Leo from his natal chart. And that Mars in Leo is also almost exactly conjunct the State of Israel’s natal chart Mars in Leo from its birth on May 14, 1948. Again at 29 degrees.
And quite amazing is that both Netanyahu and Trump were born on the day of an Eclipse – Trump at a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Gemini/Sagittarius, and Netanyahu at a Solar Eclipse New Moon in Libra.
Additionally, North Korea has its Saturn (gravity and necessity) almost exactly conjunct 29 degrees Leo, at this Total Solar Eclipse. This is from its founding on September 5, 1948.
And Syria will have its South Node (default position) 29 degrees Leo – almost exactly conjunct this Solar Eclipse as well.
It should therefore be quite obvious that this Solar Eclipse will likely show us intensified conflict or even war in the Middle East and/or Western Asia. Nothing is written in stone. Yet the chances of major conflict soon are much higher than usual.
If events have not already been shown to ignite intense conflict or war by the time the Solar Eclipse occurs on August 21st, it will likely show itself not long after that event, within weeks or a few months. The door has been opened at the Solar Eclipse.
This is the first Total Solar Eclipse to form across the whole of the USA since June 1918, as World War I was raging across much of the world, though it did end in November of that year.
This Eclipse’s totality can be seen on a diagonal line that stretches from Oregon down to South Carolina. In Maine, we will see around 60% of the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon.
On August 25th Saturn, representative of Father Time, goes Direct to let us know we cannot put things off much longer. It is time. And Saturn goes direct in opposition to the USA Natal Mars, from its birth on July 4, 1776.
It is time.
This month of August shows the USA a big turning point in its transformation into an Age of Aquarius. Hopefully it does not augur a time of much violence and devastation as well.
An astrological and spiritual guide and counselor, Leo’s specialty is counseling for those in the process of change, transformation, transition, and crisis. He also specializes in couples’ counseling for any and all kinds of relationship. He has been a fulltime professional for 30 years.
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