Stop. Start. Stop. Start. That seems to be the trajectory of the summer for so many of us with the pressured and insistent tone of three eclipses in one summer; coupled with the fact that as of August 7, 2018, six planets are retrograde and asking us to step back and reflect.
It is very contradictory energy, where the Eclipses are inducing huge life changing shifts for people, and so much abrupt change in a short time. Yet, with so many planets retrograde, one can feel devitalized and exhausted. Projects can have glitches and delays. It can be hard to get the energy to move forward and to be in sync with so many other factors in unpredictable and delayed motion.
This past Lunar Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27, 2018 was by the far the most difficult of the three eclipses. Keep in mind again that we normally only experience two eclipses every six months; therefore, three eclipses is a huge shift of energy for anyone. To have so many planets retrograde during Eclipse time makes it all the more chaotic, revealing, tricky, karmic, psychic, intuitive, and unpredictable.
The Lunar Eclipse on July 27, 2018 had Mars, the traditional malefic conjunct the South Node of karma and in challenging square to Uranus, the planet of chaos, disruption, and enlightenment. Mars was conjunct the Moon and opposite the Sun, and that is very combative energy. Uranus also squared the Nodes of fate, the sun, and the moon; this brought things up to a whole other level of chaos and surprise.
Uranus stations retrograde on August 7, 2018. With the second hit of Mars and Uranus during the Uranus station, there have been terrible earthquakes in Indonesia. Uranus rules earthquakes and volcanoes among other things, and it is so prevalent in the Eclipse energy — both by squaring the Nodes of fate, which deal with our karmic path; and by being the ruler of the South Node of Destiny, which is currently in Aquarius. Not to mention a recent Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus and was one of the most potent and karmic Lunar Eclipses for some time to come. Uranus is very volatile and unpredictable, and so is Mars.
Each of needs to find ways to get out of fixed patterns, and this past Lunar Eclipse was very much about being fixed and breaking free from patterns, which are karmic, stuck, entrenched, and suffocating. This is time to break free, innovate, and follow the North Node of Destiny, which is currently in Leo and will be until November 8, 2018.
There is a Solar Eclipse on August 11, 2018 at 5:58 AM EDT at 18 degrees and 44 minutes of Leo. The Sun is in its dignity and rulership with Leo Ascendant to the Eclipse chart emphasizing even further that we need to express ourselves, speak from the heart, follow our passion and creativity, and learn, communicate, and connect through love. Mercury is retrograde in Leo in the 12th house, which gives a very intuitive edge, as the twelfth house is the Piscean house in Astrology and deals with dreams and intuitions.
It is a very psychic placement of Mercury. With Mercury retrograde and so many other planets retrograde, this can emphasize the psychic and intuitive messages that you receive during this Solar Eclipse so keep a notepad nearby to write down your thoughts and dreams when you wake up these next few days.
The Solar Eclipse is an excellent time to manifest, write down your intentions, and to do a ritual to honor what you want to begin in your life.
Wherever you have 18 degrees of Leo in your chart is where you are experiencing new beginnings. If you do not know where this falls and know your time of birth, go a free site like Astro.com or astrologycafe.com and see where 18 degrees of Leo falls. This is where you are experiencing new beginnings and should try to initiate positive new routines in this area of your life.
Perhaps, it is good to to be humbled at times and reminded of your human side, and that there is always more grounding that could be done. It does not mean that you have not done good work on yourself and on your issues. It does not meant that you are not moving forward. Mars and the South Node are working together to purge and release painful memories and triggers through the end of September, so keep doing the work and know that this is a temporary process.
Mercury, the planet of information, stations retrograde on July 26, 2018 at 23 degrees of Leo and sets of the degree at which Jupiter stationed retrograde on March 8, 2018 — 23 degrees of the fixed water sign of Scorpio. Mercury is retrograde through August 19, 2018 when it stations direct at 11 degrees of Aquarius. That mean that Mercury is retrograde for the next two eclipses and requires a lot more introspection and reflection. It can also makes things a lot more confusing and raise the unpredictable level a few notches.The Mercury/Jupiter connection of 23 of the fixed signs is to enlighten us on how to open our minds and our consciousness — particularly the day before a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus, the planet of higher consciousness.
If you have planets between 15 and 21 degrees of the fixed signs, you will feel this energy the most and will likely be very busy. The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. No matter what, we are are all feeling this huge shift of energy and change that is palpable and in so many areas of our own lives and in the world right now.
The Solar Eclipse is an extremely powerful day to do the Law of Abundance. This new moon Eclipse is optimistic and positive in any ways including the fact that the North Node of Destiny, which is where where we are all meant to go, is in the fixed fire sign of Leo where it has been since May 9, 2017 and where it will be until November 8, 2018. The collective destiny is that we each take this time to see life through the lens of the heart and follow our passion. Follow your heart’s path.
The Sun and Moon are conjunct in the confident and happy placement of the fixed fire sign of Leo, where we are all meant to shine. The Solar Eclipse occurs on August 11, 2018 at 5:57 AM EDT 18 degrees and 41 minutes of Leo. The chart for the Solar Eclipse has Leo Ascendant; therefore, it is triple Leo with the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant all in Leo. Mercury is retrograde in Leo, and The North Node of Destiny is also in Leo.
The Sun is in its dignity in Leo and loves being in this sign. Take this opportunity to write down your dreams and feel the emotions it feels to have it. Take a blank check and date it for August 11, 2018. Print out your name where it says, “Pay to the order of,” and then leave the small numeric box blank. Print on the next line, “PAID IN FULL.” At the bottom where you normally sign your name, print “THE LAW OF ABUNDANCE. ” I wish you much luck and happiness.