The symbolism of the August 21, solar eclipse is amazing, powerful , extraordinary, epic or whatever superlative you care to use, each certainly applies. I use the verb ‘is’ because although the actual eclipse is over, its psychological impact and physical affects will be sustained for a long time. I want to share with you how I interpret the symbolism of the eclipse and also Hurricane Harvey, both events I believe are associated with the eclipse.
The most obvious signature of the eclipse is its path across the American continent. The total eclipse phase began near Government Camp, Oregon at 10:16:55 AM PDT, August 21, and terminated near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:49 AM EDT. The total eclipse thus perfectly bracketed the continental United States. Can you imagine, conceive of anything, anything at all, that could announce more clearly: “America this one is made especially for you, Wake Up!”
The path of the eclipse almost exactly bisected the continent, which symbolically depicts how divided the country is politically, economically and socially. Carbondale, IL, the point of the greatest duration of the eclipse while not the geographic center of the continent nevertheless is a good representative of ‘heart of the country’.
As the eclipse moved eastward from Carbondale it crossed the infamous latitude 36°30′ at the Tennessee, Kentucky border east of Nashville. This was, you may remember, the latitude established by the Missouri Compromise of 1820 as the northern limit of slavery in the United States.
Then as the eclipse crossed the South Carolina coastline near Charleston, and old Fort Sumter, the total phase ended, terminated, and became a partial solar eclipse. That the total eclipse ended just as it crossed near the old Fort Sumter, and the nature of the eclipse path itself suggests to me a connection between the eclipse and the Civil War.
If, it is true, as astrologers believe, and others that are ‘attuned’ to a connection between celestial phenomena and terrestrial life, then this powerful eclipse is a clear signal from the divine that humanity, particularly Americans, must rise above this current state of divisiveness and come together, and work together for the ‘greater good, the ‘common good’.
We do not have to create a role model to guide us in this critical endeavor, we have the teaching of Jesus Christ: “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Charleston, Terminus of the Total Solar Eclipse Chart
I have not illustrated it here with charts that, as the eclipse moved across the continent, the location of the eclipse in the houses of the horoscopes also shifted. What this means is the chart cast for the beginning of the total phase of the eclipse in Oregon places the sun and moon in the 11th House and a chart cast for Carbondale, IL, has the eclipse in the 10th house and as you see in this chart for Charleston, the eclipse has moved to the 9th House. So, in the three charts, the place placements of the eclipse moves progressively from the 11, to the 10 and into the 9th Houses.
What does this suggest? According to the principles of ‘mundane astrology’ ( a rather quaint word which might be replaced by such words as: political , terrestrial, economic, etc.) the 11th House represents the legislative branch of government, the 10th House represents the Executive branch,( or king, dictator, despot, president, etc.), while the 9th House is traditionally the place of the Judicial Branch of government.
Okay, next let’s factor into this equation the fact that the eclipse takes place in the sign of Leo, which is of course symbolized by the Lion, and is related to all things of leadership, Kings and Cabbages and so forth. Then, adding a third factor in the equation, we note that the star Regulus is directly, exactly, the point in the sky where the eclipse occurs. Regulus and Leo could be twins in their nature. So, a kind of double-whammy of the Kingly thing.
Well, it all adds up, without argument that all branches of our government will be tested by events related to this eclipse. As I watch what is happening on the Gulf Coast, Houston and the area around it, this hurricane will be a major test of the U.S. government and all the people of this nation. The Charlottesville riot by itself does not of course threaten the life of the nation like the hurricane but does reveal a much more insidious threat, like a worm eating away at the spiritual fabric, of the nation, of the people: eventually it will destroy as certainly as a hurricane if it is not stopped by conscious action by all the people of goodwill.
In the chart Saturn is rising in the 1st House and square to the MC 20 Virgo 35. Here is another indicator of the present challenge to our viability government. The Sabian Symbol of the 21st degree of Virgo is: A girl’s basketball team. What does a bunch of girls, or guys, of a team have to do to be successful? They have to play together. A team is a cooperative activity, the desire to ‘showboat’, ‘grandstand ‘or ‘do your own thing”, can not be allowed to happen. Unfortunately our Leader-in Chief, does not understand this basic thing about teams or democratic governance.
Another configuration I find interesting in this chart is the exact semi-square of Neptune to Uranus, and the exact trine of it with the eclipse. Neptune is opposing Mercury from the 4th House. This semi-square of Uranus and Neptune is what could be described as the “opening salvo”, the initial crisis of what was “seeded” at the epochal conjunction of the two planets that occurred in Capricorn. The conjunction was in one degree orb at 19 -21 Capricorn from April 1992 to January 1994. The Uranus, Neptune cycle is approximately 172years.
Richard Tarnas writes in Cosmos and Psyche about the nature of Uranus and Neptune. He writes that this cycle correlates with the emergence of utopian social visions and movements …that connects Uranus’s Promethean impulse towards creative experiment and innovation freedom and rebellion against the status quo with Neptune’s idealism, hope, spiritual inspiration, “the dissolving of conventional boundaries and structures and the imagination of a perfect harmony and unity to be realized in the human community.”
This passage by Mr. Tarnas may have put the finger directly on the root of the social distress today. People are seeking, desire a better world, a better life, but there is no consensus as to what that world should look like or how to get there. Mr. Trump, is the expression, shall I say a negative expression, of this Uranus impulse for freedom and rebellion. He is, I believe karmically placed here and now as a catalyst for change. He, I don’t think is at all conscious of his role. He is an actor reading a script written by someone else, playing his part in the drama.
Two Bi-Wheel Charts to think about………
Bi Wheel with Fort Sumter, inner, and the Solar Eclipse, outer
I won’t go into detail about this chart, you can do that at your leisure. There are many connections among the planets as you can see. One feature that really stands out ot me is the exact conjunction of Pluto with the North Node of the Fort Sumter chart. The North Node is the most dynamic point in a chart, it most certainly symbolizes the ”point of destiny’, or one could say “the reason for it all”. Pluto is the archetype of ‘power’ in the chart, hence we see here an intersection of “destiny with power” occurring at this time and place.
Also we see Uranus opposing Jupiter of the eclipse chart conjunct the Fort Sumter sun, forming a T Cross with Pluto, NNode. The eclipse itself falls in the 6th House, conjunct the Fort Sumter Saturn. This highlights the 6th, the place of illness and maladjustment, the place of work, and service. What can we take from this? Perhaps it means that now is the time to get busy with “working on the illness that caused the Civil War”. It means that that illness of racism has only been somewhat dormant, in partial remission, now it is re-emerging.
A Bi-Wheel of the USA, and Eclipse
Here again in this b-wheel we see plenty of aspect connections between the planets of the two charts. Saturn, as it rises is triggering the Mars square Neptune in the USA chart, and the eclipse Neptune is conjunct the 4th House applying to an opposition with the USA Neptune. I think this could be interpreted as a signature of Hurricane Harvey, as the 4th House represents the “real estate” of the nation and “the people” as a whole, are “under water” of Neptune.
I close with a prayer for all the people and living beings in the Gulf Coast area that are so terribly impacted by the hurricane; may they all be sustained and survive this disaster. The only ray of light I see in this is that it, like every national disaster, is an opportunity for people to come together, put aside their differences, to help and work, and care for each other, together.