Aug 20, 2017

The Great American Eclipse

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

The last total eclipse of the sun to be visible in the United States was in 1979. Above is a little nostalgia viewing on the eclipse that was. Walter Cronkite's reassuring voice is sorely missed. But it was a calmer time, a time when all we had to worry about was the Cold War and the looming threat of a nuclear holocaust. They seem like halcyon days to me now.

For Americans, this eclipse may be more relevant than any we've seen in nearly a hundred years, because this one will cross the entire continental United States. Astrologers are predicting massive change and upheaval. In particular, there are warning signs for the Trump presidency and for the man himself. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an astrologer, so I cannot vouch for their accuracy.

According to astrologer Donna Woodwell, in the most comprehensive analysis I've seen, the eclipse means "massive changes for the U.S."

First, the location from which an eclipse is visible indicates the areas of the world ripe for changes in society, cultures or leadership.

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Of course, the “Great American Eclipse” puts the U.S. in the crosshairs of change.

It’s the first total solar eclipse to be visible coast-to-coast across the U.S. in nearly 100 years; the last time was in June 1918. Another pivotal year in U.S. history, 1918 saw a dramatic increase in the size of the U.S. government and armed forces, as the nation sent the first major deployment of troops overseas in the nation’s history.

The Aug. 21 eclipse is also the first total solar eclipse to be visible in totality only from the U.S. since the nation was founded in 1776.

Woodwell further explains that Donald Trump is directly in the crosshairs because an eclipse conjunct Regulus portends the fall of a king, and because of the way this eclipse hits Trump's natal chart.

It's a very thorough write-up and I highly recommend it. If her math is accurate, we are in for some very big changes. And if the past week is any indication of where Trump's presidency is headed, I'd say we're right on course.

Newsweek also interviewed a number of astrologers and got their take on what this eclipse might mean for the US and the Trump presidency.

The effects of the coming eclipse could take time to show up, according to astrologers’ claims. [Wade] Caves believes the impact will appear over the next two years because the eclipse will take around two hours to cross the continent (for a solar eclipse, astrologers interpret each hour as a year). The result could be “a loss of a leader in some sense,” he says, whether literal or symbolic. “It seems to me very possible that by this time next year, we’re looking at the reality of Trump not being in office.”

In February, [Debra] DeLeo-Moolenaar wrote on her blog Archetypal Assets that she finds it significant how the eclipse will involve Uranus, according to astrological charts. That planet, she wrote, “disrupts everything that it touches. It is a lightning bolt from the blue. Serious change in any direction and on a major scale.” And because Uranus “will make close aspects to Mr. Trump’s natal Mars,” she wrote, “this will be a power surge—provoking a crisis of some sort. Whether for good or evil, we can’t know in advance.”

Marjorie Orr, another astrologer, pointed out last November, just four days after the election, that the August eclipse is part of what space scientists know as the Saros series, which has included eclipses in 1909, 1927, 1945, 1963, 1981 and 1999. Orr noted the major political events in those years: the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a period of unrest in Chicago that involved bombings and an attempted assassination of President William Taft. “Usually this series places strains on personal relationships, induces hasty decisions on the basis of false information and is associated with tiredness or health problems,” she wrote. “Certainly this eclipse presages violence in one form or another.”

On a more optimistic note, The Fountain of Life forecasts this eclipse as a gateway of the divine feminine.

We are about to experience a Solar Eclipse that is a portal to a paradigm shift.

On the waves of lunar consciousness, come the rise of the Mermaids, the feminine water bearers of wisdom, and the awakening of the fiery heart of the Lion into his passion.

The total Solar Eclipse in Leo, on August 21st, 2017 is an extremely potent astrological event that heralds the return of mystical feminine consciousness and the rebirth of the ancient Mermaid priestesses. In every sense, the Moon is about to eclipse the Sun.

The burning heat of the hyper-masculine paradigm is about to be tamed by love.

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The Sabian astrological symbol for this 29’ Leo eclipse is, “A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form,” revealing that spirit of the mermaid priestesses is embodying and returning to the planet after a long and difficult absence. Women are remembering their power, and their feminine divinity. Above all, this eclipse is a gateway of feminine activation, transmitting the energetic codes that will help women awaken to the mystical power of their wombs, and rebirth the ancient priestess arts.

There will be some global mediations scheduled. I'm going to post links to a couple that I've found: here and here. If you know of others, please post them in the comments.

If you're in or near the path of totality and intend to view the eclipse, please take the necessary precautions and protect your eyes. If you were not able to get protective glasses – and many experts say there's really no such thing – you can make your own viewing equipment using cardboard, foil, and paper. Here are few links with instructions for different methods: here, here, and here.

NASA will also be providing live video of the event, for those who are nowhere near the path of totality.

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