Sun Shrouds Over Empire: The American Eclipse of 2017

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Path of the Aug 21 2017 Eclipse

The path of the Aug 21 2017 Eclipse as it crosses the United States. Image courtesy of NASA.

Astrology is predicated on the idea that there is an intrinsic link between the orbital cycles of celestial bodies and the cycles of human consciousness. Everything is made of the same essential matter sprung from the same atomic well, forged and re-forged in stellar furnaces since the beginning of time, so it is reasonable to presume that the outer clock of planetary orbits and the inner clock of human experience follow a singular timetable.

Eclipses mark important moments on that celestial clock. Like clock hands joining at the stroke of midnight, the Sun, Moon and Earth all line up to sound the toll of a cosmic bell that signifies the time has come to begin a new hour of being. A substantial cycle is ending as a new cycle begins.

The North and South Nodes of the Moon represent the points at which the Moon crosses the ecliptic (the apparent path of the Sun). This means that whenever we have a lunar or solar eclipse, both the Sun and Moon conjunct the North and/or South Nodes. If you could see the Nodes as points in the sky, during a total solar eclipse you would see either the North or South Node right next to the solar corona.

In astrology, the North Node represents the future while the South Node represents the past. The Moon, it can be said, represents the present moment tension between the two, the emotional conditioning that has got us to where we are now combined with the desire for a future that supports where we want to go. We cannot be free or truly secure if we cling to our past nor can we completely abandon it. We are locked in the middle, ever unfolding in the present moment.

The Sun represents our force of will that drives us towards a better future by becoming aware of our emotional conditioning and adjusting appropriately to lead us to ever greater expressions of self realization. The Sun in correct operation with the Moon and its Nodes leads us to the joy of a fulfilled life.

When the Moon blocks out the Sun during a total solar eclipse, it is as if our force of will is temporarily blinded by the dramatic drawing forward of our deeper emotional nature. Something that has conditioned us for years, perhaps eons, is being brought starkly to our attention before it is forcibly dissolved in the imminent revealing fire of solar will. When the eclipse is conjunct the North Node, what is being dissolved is in direct service to our future. You might say the future is reaching back to pluck from our life a block to its unfoldment.

Eclipse Over America

On August 21st we will experience a powerful solar eclipse at 28º Leo conjunct the North Node. In your own natal chart, the house that this degree falls within will indicate the area of your life where you will likely experience an end to something and the initiation of a new expression of that energy. If you happen to have a strong natal point between 26º-29º of Leo or Aquarius (Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, etc) then this eclipse will be experienced quite strongly relative to the planet and house combination in question.

Please note that the effects of eclipses are necessary, healthy and good. Eclipses operate like cosmic cleansers, purifying what can no longer be sustained, clearing the path for a better life. They are not always difficult, but even when they are, we can have faith that what lies beyond it is a future better suited to who we are becoming. Also, eclipses do not necessarily manifest immediately. The energy is released at the moment of eclipse and takes time to disperse. It can take up to a year before the effect is clearly seen.

This eclipse is of particular importance to America. Its path cuts directly across the continental United States, while astrologically it opposes the United States Moon and hits a very sensitive point in the chart of Donald Trump. This has indeed been quite a significant year for the US and the eclipse suggests there's a potential for a major national event that would reflect a purging of unresolved collective emotional issues, brought about by an unprecedented power grab by either the President or some other executive force.

The eclipse falls at conjunction to Donald Trump's Ascendant and Mars. He is feeling the strains and yearnings for greater power and still believes he can command more of it. Meanwhile, with Mars on the heels of the eclipse, there is a potential for some form of military involvement, and with Saturn precisely conjunct Trump's Moon, he is feeling acutely the pressures of his station, which could be driving his Leo need for ever greater self aggrandizement. He wants it his way, and his way only, and the only question is whether he will crash and burn or find the right sacrificial scapegoats to keep going (for now).

I do not believe the Trump presidency is a tragic mishap. Trump is an archetype representing unresolved aspects of our national character, the stunted emotional development of our culture that needs to be heard and seen before it can be dealt with. A child does not grow when her emotional cries are put down. The best development occurs when her tantrum is allowed to express, to be witnessed and safely released. The inner child of the United States is holding on to a great deal of pain. We cannot heal it unless we see it, and only then can we respond to it.

During this eclipse, spend some time quietly looking within and ask what must be released for your future to unfold. What is your best contribution to the collective healing process? Whatever life calls you to do, approach it with compassion, faith and fierce devotion to higher good. The best choices are not always clear, but if our intention to good is clear and we take the time to observe ourselves truthfully, we will make the necessary strides. Whatever this eclipse brings, we will weather it and rise wiser, stronger and healthier for it, as humankind has done countless times before.

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5 Responses to Sun Shrouds Over Empire: The American Eclipse of 2017

  1. prashanti Stepanek says:

    A really good read. So many interesting things to know. Thanks for putting it straight to the heart of matters Brian. Also Thx. for my reading the other day. Have been digesting it well. I’ve also seen some suttle shifts in myself as a result. Have a super Wednesday!! Prashanti

  2. John S. Wallis says:

    Nice job on your website. Astrology is a great FIRST STEP in one’s spiritual development. 40 years ago astrology started me toward my spiritual path. One important thing to realize is that astrology is ONLY a first step. At the tender age of 76 the above realization is very clear. “Old Age” brings with it spiritual maturity and clearly. At 76 one realizes that TIME is running out on this level and that the physical level is a school only. Again, thanks for your beautiful website

  3. John S. Wallis says:

    I love your statements about PRESIDENT TRUMP. He has a very SPIRITUAL mission. The tragedy is that so many astrologers are blinded to that truth by their personal fears and psychological challenges. Developing personal responsibility is never easy. Many people spend their lifetime avoiding growing up. They want their neighbors to financially take care of them. How many people have the courage to admit even to themselves the truth when they screw up. The Earth is a tough school for the souls here to learn needed lessons

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