The Partial Solar Eclipse at 19 degrees Leo is exact at 2:58am on Saturday August 11th--Friday night we'll feel it most, although the effects of eclipses are for months. They pertain to larger stories unfolding. This eclipse signals another chapter in a story that began in the winter of 2017 and will conclude next winter (2019).
As the Moon interrupts the light of the Sun, in Leo, the energy represented by this point in the sky, in our charts, is reset. Leo represents creative self expression; the creativity within all of us, that flows spontaneously. Unless it's blocked. Perhaps by ambition or shame or self-doubt or the desire to please, or any other number of preoccupations which keep us from being who we really are.
Creativity is vast. It is how we move, speak, make, cook, love, laugh, dance, play, everything. Creativity is making art, when we see our lives as art. It's is the free flow of Self, and that Self holds within it the desire to express in so many ways.
Leo is ruled by the Sun, that lights our solar system and fuels life and its creations. Leo is warmth, joy, generosity, play, and heart. When distorted, Leo energy can become egotistical. Both self aggrandizement as well as self-doubt and deprecation are forms of an unhealthy ego. A healthy ego sees all as equal and expresses itself without concern for what others think and yet with great concern for others.
The eclipse is conjunct Mercury, bringing the mind to the heart. Mercury, enveloped in the light of the Sun, can’t always think clearly. August 8th was Mercury's inferior conjunction to the Sun, the midpoint in its retrograde. Nevertheless, the Sun and Moon are working on the mind in ways we may not yet grasp, planting seeds of the new cycle, which will become more clear after Mercury stations direct on the 18th.
With so many planets retrograde right now (Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron), the effects of this eclipse are most potent on an internal level, working alchemically to transform our relation to ego and creativity. External manifestations are more likely to emerge after both Mercury and Mars are moving forward again by the end of August.
The eclipse is also conjunct the asteroid Pallas Athene, which represents creative vision and social activism as contained in a holistic practice. “She teaches the wisdom that the mind’s eye contains the seed of manifested form,” (George, Demetra, 1986, p 32) and so governs the mysterious process of creation, from idea to physical form to social consequence.
The eclipse is inconjunct both Pluto and Neptune, making an aspect formation called a Yod. This pattern suggests the eclipse point holds a key, but that some subtle shifts are required in order to turn it.
With Neptune we may see symbolically, find meaning, and envision what we wish to create. Neptune reminds us that we are always already at one with the cosmos whether we remember it or not.
Pluto says manipulation and control are the seeds of tyranny. Turn within, seek your own inner source of power: the remembrance that your soul is indestructible and that you have all the power of the cosmos in your hands.
Your Eclipse Polarity
For each of us, this eclipse series (winter 2017 - winter 2019), has been playing on a particular polarity, two areas of life that may seem opposed but that can be integrated. For each sign, I list the two areas of life this series is affecting.
If you know your rising sign, use that. If you don’t know your rising sign, and you know your birth time, you can learn how to find your rising sign here. Otherwise, using your sun sign is the next best option.
Aries and Libra:
5th House of Creative Self Expression
Creativity. Recreation. Fun. Play. Romance. Pleasure. Children. Games, hobbies. Creative self-expression: our unique way of expressing ourselves that feels natural and true to the self.
11th House of Friendships and Networks
Friends and acquaintances. Groups and organizations. Networks. Community. Hopes and wishes for the future. Social media. Belonging and exclusion. Humanitarianism. Group mind.
Taurus and Scorpio:
4th House of Home and Family
Actual and metaphorical home. Family, including chosen family. Those we’re closest to, and those we live with. Ancestry. Roots. Our primary caregiver and relationship to them. The caretaker of the household. Early childhood. How we were shaped by the first 4 years of life.
10th House of Career
Our public role. Career, vocation, or calling. The work we are meant to do in the world. Meaningful work that we may or may not be paid for. Status. Ambition. Authority. Societal structure. Our place in society.
Gemini and Sag:
3rd House of Communications
Communication: speaking, writing, visual communication, sending and receiving messages, phone calls, packages, etc. Immediate environment. The neighbourhood. Short-distance travel and transportation. Siblings. Logical, linear mind. Early childhood education.
9th House of Philosophy
Beliefs. Personal philosophy and worldview. Intuition. Spirituality. Mind expansion. Long distance travel. Other cultures. Higher education. Religion. The hidden assumptions that shape our thought processes.
Cancer and Capricorn:
2nd House of Value
Values. Self-worth. Material security. Resources, including energy, time, attention, things, money, etc. The body. Income. Money we earn from work we do. Belongings. What we value and invest in.
8th House of Transformation
Transformation. Intimacy. Shared resources (time, space, energy, things, finances, etc.). Sexual relationships. Money that isn't income from work (inheritance, loans, grants, taxes, etc.). The occult. Regeneration.
Leo and Aquarius:
1st House of Self
Interface into the world. How we approach the world and the world approaches us. Persona. How others see us. Physical appearance. Other's first impressions of us. Outlook into the world. Beginnings.
7th House of Partnerships
One-on-one relationships. Romantic, marriage, and business partners. Close friends. Known enemies or rivals. The way in which we relate. What attracts us to others. How we see others.
Virgo and Pisces:
6th House of Health, Service and Daily Routine
Work. Service. Health. Day-to-day schedule. Jobs and employment (work that pays the bills). Daily routines. Skills and training. Being of service. Pets.
12th House of the Unconscious
The unconscious mind. What we can’t see. Aspects of ourselves that are hidden from ourselves. Self-undoing or self-sabotage. Spirituality. Transcendence. Unity consciousness. The collective unconscious. Dreams, the imagination, symbolism. Institutions: hospitals, monasteries, prisons etc.