It’s a red-hot chart for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 with seven planets placed in fire. The element of fire inspires, ignites, and excites; it exudes passion, excitement, and a desire for the quest. It’s electrical, intense energy that confers sparks of creativity and emotion.
While the chart is fabulous, presenting many, harmonious trines and aspects with Uranus (new age, sudden change, awakening), there is a passive quality imbued by six planets in retrograde and the New Moon phase. (The New Moon acts as a void. In the physical world, everything lies dormant during this time. The same is true with retrogrades.)
Any eclipse is like throwing a circuit breaker; the energy goes off and on. But it’s more intense with a solar eclipse, and this one is definitely a big event. It contains some of the best aspects and energies in months, but it’s important to meditate and focus on dreams and desires that relate to the inner self. (It’s definitely not about everything moving into a higher form—all at once. It’s about finding our inner light and using it to shape life.)
Sun and Moon are conjunct on Leo 29, symbolized by “A Mermaid Waiting for a Prince to Bring Her Immortality”. In fairy tales and myth, the prince/princess symbolizes the union of the two sides of the self—the physical and spiritual. Obviously, this is our quest. Additionally, it’s denoted by the conjunction (close to) of Sun, Moon, and Mars to the North Node, which represents our spiritual purpose.
Sun (life), Moon (inner self, emotions), and Mars (action, masculine) trine Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius and Uranus (awakening, sudden change) in Aries. They are Grand Trines, which make it easier to create desires in physical form. The challenge lies in discerning the desires that align with the inner self as opposed to simply creating the opportunities that we think we want.
It’s likely that meditation can bring realizations, insights, and intuitions about the path of integration, but it will take time to unravel the information. Mercury (communications, mind) is retrograde in Virgo, which can help in a surprising sense by opening the right brain and encouraging healing and creativity. (Mercury can represent the Trickster or the Higher Mind, which is accessed through the heart.)
Venus (love, material abundance, feminine) in Cancer exaggerates emotion in a “charged” chart. It can amplify sensitivity and emotional energy. Venus square Jupiter can undermine motivation and interest in money and wealth. Venus opposes Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), which can bring passion and intensity or jealous and obsessiveness.
Mars (action, masculine) in Leo brings a desire for creative, passionate action, but it’s best to wait and reflect. Mars trine Uranus brings wonderful, innovative ideas, but the energy is uncertain and a bit erratic for putting ideas into form. (While waiting for a better time, create a beautiful notebook with fabulous ideas along with a schedule for bringing them into form. Send light to it each day.) With Mars in Leo, the caution always lies with the explosive quality of emotion and drama. (The opposite state involves remaining centered and calm.)
Jupiter in Libra increases the desire for beauty, balance, and justice. An opposition with Uranus can intensify feelings of boredom and bring a desire for sudden change. Jupiter squares Pluto, indicating a tendency to stretch too much into possibility and opportunity. It’s wise to stay practical and align with the energy by taking small, focused steps.
Retrograde and Outer Planets
The Solar Eclipse/New Moon Chart presents a number of aspects. Many planets including Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron are in retrograde position. When many planets are in retrograde, it is a time to review, rest, and dream.
Sun, Moon and Mars in Leo trine Saturn in Sagittarius, amplifying the ability to use spiritual and physical lessons in the past to create a more orderly, aligned life. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Saturn also trine Uranus, opens our mind to greater concepts of awakening and possibility.
Sun, Moon, and Mars conjunct the North Node (spiritual aspiration and direction), and Saturn and Uranus trine the North Node. In many ways, the chart is culmination of viewing life from the heart—and with courage—as we work together to combine the old and new worlds as a creation of love and light.
- It’s important to think about the power of manifestation—and the possibility of larger, better creations in the light. We may want to learn how to send light instead of reacting—or see a different outcome in place of a difficult one.
- Light comes from inner work. We find it in meditation and reflection. Six planets in retrograde support the need for reflection and introspection.
- With many planets in fire, there is a desire for action. But it’s not the right time. Use visualization, call angels and guides, and know the right time is coming. Wait.
- We’re receiving a great deal of information about change and integration of time (Saturn) and awakening (Uranus). The eclipse will deliver new energies, but it will probably take time to translate them into clear thoughts, concepts, and forms.
- Watch emotions and work to stay centered. It’s not the time for dramatic outbursts. Stay focused on work and routines. Build a better version of the self in the physical world.
Sabian Symbols based on Lynda Hill’s interpretations
Sabian symbols give an additional interpretation for the degree of each planet.
Sun and Moon are on Leo 29, “A Mermaid Has Climbed to the Rocky Shore of a Bleak Coast; She Awaits the Prince Who Will Bring Her Immortality.” The mermaid represents the water element–a deeper understanding of unconditional love and emotion, which results from spiritual work. The Prince represents the inner self, the relationships developed and deepened from intuitional work.
Immortality—or life without duality—is a result of understanding spiritual law. It is also the conscious expression of the “true” self in physical life that results from change, sacrificing aspects of the outer self, and shaping reality into new forms.
Mercury retrograde is placed on Virgo 9, “An Expressionist Painter Making a Futuristic Drawing.” A painter creates a representation of what s/he sees and experiences in the physical world. A futurist painter uses creativity to represent his/her perception of the future.
The symbol can relate to the need to project thoughts, images, and ideas into the future for possible manifestation. Rather than simple reviewing ideas, it’s important to align the imagery with a structure, which contains the possibility of realization—and to take action to put them into form.
Venus sits on Cancer 25, “A Leader of Men Wrapped in an Invisible Cloak of Power.” The Invisible Cloak refers to the power of good, which includes inner beauty and strength. All power involves the “test” of right use.
We must find the appropriate way of sharing our power of light, which involves love, healing, and help—without enabling the weak or helping those who may misuse it. There’s also a responsibility to develop our gifts and share them accordingly. On a higher level, individuals, who are aligned with light, have a cloak of power and protection known as the universal force.
NOTE: Aspects with Venus are difficult this week, and it’s important to know the “cloak” of power is there—even when we don’t feel it.
Mars is placed on Leo 21, “Intoxicated Chickens Dizzily Flap Their Wings Trying to Fly.” The symbol refers to intoxication of some kind through food or water. The substance has caused the chickens to forget their limitations. (While chickens can fly—if their wings are not clipped—the symbol refers to overriding our abilities and forgetting to see our limitations.)
Mars is action, and it refers to our work in the physical world. It’s important to mentally review projects on a practical level before taking action. With Mercury retrograde, it’s particularly important.
Jupiter is placed on Libra 21, “A Crowd upon a Beach”. The symbol depicts many people in a lovely location, enjoying the sun and water. A beach is typically a place for relaxation and connection with nature. (Mingling with a crowd can feel wonderful or lonely, but the enjoyment of nature is a wonderful aspect of life.) NOTE: Many of us will meet in nature while watching the eclipse!
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.