Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday before dawn in the east, the waning Crescent Moon joins Venus for the 5th divestment. This is a moment of more greatly owning and living our creative force, even as we hand over our third chakra ring of power. This may be good preparation for the particular themes of the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st.
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Earth and Sun. In some cultures, this is referred to as a serpent or dragon swallowing the Sun, and such peoples yell and make loud banging noises to scare the dragon away so the Sun returns. When the alignment is very close we get a total solar eclipse, where the body of the Moon blocks the entire Sun from our view for a couple of minutes.
Astrologically, the eclipse is happening at 24-29 degrees Leo (North Node at 24 and the Sun and Moon at 28, nearly 29, degrees Leo), making a very close trine to Uranus in Aries (28 degrees) and pretty close trine to Saturn in Sagittarius (21 degrees) as well. This constitutes a Grand Fire Trine, and connects all of these energies in a flowing way, making it a major fire activation moment! This aspect pattern extends the major Leo reset around self-love and creativity into revolutionary action taking and dedicated seeking that involves cultures, lands, and ideas beyond our own and familiar. The effects tend to play out over many months, and even years. Seems like this is exactly what’s needed at this moment, of course!
As I’ve said before, there are divided opinions on whether viewing an eclipse is a good idea or not. Visible eclipses do tend to have very strange and powerful vibes, so some of you might want to stay out of the way of the energies as much as you can. Personally, I want to see the brightest stars and planets during the day and sun rise/set colors all around the horizon! And, this seems like a good time to say hello to Moon and Sun and Cosmos directly and with great respect.
While much of the US will see a partial eclipse, there is a very specific 70 mile wide Pathway of Totality. Totally!! The closer you are to the centerline of that path, the longer the totality. We’re talking up to around two minutes or so of the Sun being totally eclipsed by the Moon! You need to be exactly in the right place, there’s no sort of totality. Here’s some info (just Google for more, there’s tons!).
You need eclipse glasses (not sunglasses) to be able to view the process of the eclipse (as the Moon is moving in front of the Sun). Staring directly at the Sun is not generally a good idea! Just sayin’.
While the Sun is totally eclipsed, look around the entire horizon to see the sun set/rise colors. Also, the planets and brightest stars will be able to be seen, during the day!! This is truly an opportunity to be reminded that the stars are “out” all the time, we just can’t see them when our star is shining…
This eclipse is happening RIGHT by the star Regulus, which is the Heart of the Lion (in the sphinx position). It’s happening so close I’m not even sure we’ll be able to see Regulus, but we’ll find out. The eclipse-darkened Sun is on the shoulder of the Lion.
Mars will be a little to the west of the eclipsed Sun, Mercury to the east, both nearby.
Venus will be further west. Jupiter will be further east (but not yet arisen for those on the west coast, and might just be rising for those in mountain time). They’re both super bright.
Even further west you’ll likely be able to see the brightest stars of the Sacred Hoop, like the Dog Star, and some stars in Orion, maybe even Capella the Goat Star. Toward the east you may even see Arcturus. We will see what we see!
Hear more on these times in my (free) extended Moon 1 & New Year Audio Calendar Podcast. (The Moon 2 audio will probably be a few days late due to eclipse travels.)
Upcoming Stargazing Opportunities:
Sebastopol All Night Stargazing – September 23rd
An Evening of Stargazing (kids welcome) – October 14th
Recommended Essence Elixir (though we’re gone for a week eclipsing):
Starlight Lounge ~ The essence of the hot wind from a Dragon’s exhale, having swallowed and released the Sun, blowing through a starlit field and the lingering storytellers and rememberers, echoed whispers of the emergence of culture.