Here it comes…the Great American Solar Eclipse, ready to cut a path of darkness across the continent on Monday, August 21st. Unless you’ve been living in a cave without Wifi, you’ve heard all about it: it’s the first eclipse to be seen all across America in 100 years. People will be throwing parties, NASA is selling T-shirts, special viewing glasses are going like hotcakes and there are even eclipse cocktail recipes on the web.
But what does this mean from an astrological viewpoint? First of all, everyone on the planet will be affected by the eclipse whether they can view it or not. So if you live, say, in India or Australia (where it’s not visible), the effects of the eclipse will still be felt. Solar eclipses are super-powerful new moons. The job of an eclipse is to rapidly pull us out of our comfort zone to a different, higher level—whether we’re ready or not!
And as regular new moons are considered to be the best time for initiating projects or relationships, an eclipse is even a more auspicious time for kicking off new ventures: starting a business, conceiving a baby, beginning married life, going to college or night school, buckling down and starting a diet and exercise regimen, you name it.
A standard issue new moon has a period of influence that is strongest for two weeks after it occurs. If you take action during that time period, you can often see results within the six-month period afterward. But eclipses are game changers, in part because of the high octane energy that sweeps away the past before the future can begin.
In a way, they’re like hurricanes: powerful, energetic, fast-moving and tossing things around in their wake. For example, let’s say that you’ve been thinking about getting a new job. Maybe for a long time. You’ve dawdled, casually looked up job openings online, and griped about your boss to your pals over cocktails. When a regular new moon occurs (which happens 12-13 times a year), you start sending out your resume, and in the following six months you can land a new gig.
But with a solar eclipse, timetables change and conditions get crazier. Like: Your boss gets caught in an intimate position with a married co-worker on top of the copying machine after hours. He gets canned and a massive reshuffling of jobs ensues—with you being offered a fantastic new position, one that probably never would have happened if he had kept his pants zipped up.
Or a competitor contacts you out of the blue, saying that they want to bring you on board—but you have to make a decision now, which is difficult because your wedding is in three weeks. Or you’ve been routinely sending out resumes with little success, only to get a phone call at 5:00 on a Friday afternoon that a company wants to interview you—Monday morning at 7 am. Or you wake up and suddenly realize that you’ve been heading in the wrong direction with your career and it’s time to make a life-altering decision.
Also, eclipses can be rough or terrific, depending upon what’s going on with the other planets at the time. In the previous job-hunting example, with a difficult eclipse, you could be unceremoniously let go from a job, something that shocks and frightens you. But the purpose was to get you out of a soul-sucking situation so that you can move onto a much more rewarding place, which can also happen quickly.
Fortunately for all 7+ billion of us humans on the planet, the eclipse on the 21st is surrounded by happy planets. As a result, the fast changes and new beginnings on tap should put a smile on our faces, even if we’re temporarily taken aback at the speed of the rapidly changing landscape.
This lunation occurs in the fierce sign of Leo, literally hours before the Sun moves into Virgo. What makes this solar eclipse even more powerful is that megawatt Mars happens to be right next to the Sun. Can you spell “ambition”? Holy Moly, Batman, this is like putting jet fuel in the Batmobile.
Those brave souls who want to take the energy of this eclipse and run with it will be unstoppable. As Mr. T used to say, “I pity the fool who gets in their way.” Mercury is retrograde in Virgo at eclipse time, but all that means is that you need to pay close attention to the details of your plans to dominate the world. Keep an eye on the nitty gritty and the big stuff will fall into place.
Here are the sign-by-sign Cliff Notes about what areas of your life can be affected, and what you should work on:
Aries: Your creativity and innate talents can soar, so don’t be afraid to showcase them. Taking classes or attending seminars to polish up your skills is a super idea. New love (or a fresh chapter in an existing relationship) is well aspected, so dump the flakes, commitment-phobes, and losers. Uhh, make sure you have a birth control method on hand, though, as this eclipse can bring about conception pretty easily. Which is good news for those of you looking to conceive!
Taurus: Move on! Residentially, that is. This is an excellent time to find new digs, whether you own or rent. On the romance front, you may move in with your lover, exchange keys or meet the parents. Conception is likely for your sign too. On an emotional level, you can release a lot of old mental baggage that has been weighing you down, especially the mommy-daddy kind from a dysfunctional family upbringing (and aren’t they all dysfunctional?).
Gemini: Can we talk? Hell yeah—it’s a Gemini specialty! If there was ever a time to toot your own horn, crush it on social media or dazzle others with your brilliant ideas, it’s now. Hit the lecture circuit, post-Youtube videos, get your teaching license, unleash the mother of all sales and marketing campaigns or write that screenplay. Shameless self-promotion is what it’s all about in love and business. The best place to find new love is locally rather than online.
Cancer: Green is good. No, I’m not talking about the environment. I’m talking about the kind of green you can stack and fold neatly in your wallet. The eclipse occurs in your income sector, so of all the signs you are the most likely to find a higher-paying gig, get promoted, or add a new revenue stream to your business if you’re self-employed. You’ll also be done with players and broke wanna-be lovers, demanding security (and answers!) from romantic partners. If a relationship is on shaky ground you may move on and get away to an “earthquake-free” zone.
Leo: Please, b***h! This celestial extravaganza has your friggin’ name all over it! You’re like Aladdin rubbing the lamp and the genie appears, telling you that you can make all the damn wishes you want. Haters gonna hate you, but that’s their problem. You can use the energy of this eclipse for manifesting anything your great big leonine heart desires. But just so you don’t get too big for your britches, know that nothing will happen unless you’re willing to put in the effort. (That goes for all 12 signs by the way. The cosmos is not Santa Claus or Mother Teresa.)
Virgo: Entering fantasy land isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it comes to the boudoir! The eclipse opens up one heck of a sexy time when couples can bond and singles can find a soulmate. The next six months are auspicious for healing too, on all levels—physically, emotionally and spiritually. Best time all year to kick bad habits and anything toxic, which includes people. And it’s super for working below the radar, so keep matters confidential.
Libra: A highly social time opens up, in which whom you know really counts! Friends and colleagues are the key to finding new love, clients or a job. Team up with a mentor or mastermind group to push your career forward. Any kind of tech venture is highly favored, so launch away: an app, website, social media campaign, Etsy store, blog or online shop. Reviewing your values and plans is highly likely, making sure they’re in sync with the people closest to you.
Scorpio: Who’s the boss? You are! The eclipse falls in your tenth house of career, ambition, and goals. The next six months are fabulous for garnering kudos for your work and landing a dream job. You’ll be stepping into your own power not only at the office but in your personal life, which means that your days of being a doormat are over. Looking for love? Only mature, well-established suitors may apply, thank you. No flings in your future. And couples should plan some posh vacations and date nights.
Sagittarius: You’re the sign most likely to quit the day job and open up a tiki bar on a Caribbean island. Or code the next million dollar app. Or write the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It’s all about adventure, which is your middle name to begin with. Naturally, this applies to love, which means that your lusty little heart will be willing to take a chance on a new type of person—or (ahem) a new kind of position. Just sayin’.
Capricorn: You’re going to be one busy goat, considering that the eclipse occurs in your house of sex and intimacy AND your net worth. (Funny how the ancients put both of those in the same sector!) A highly libidinous period begins for couples, but singles will be on the hunt for a soulmate—whom they could meet before February. Super time to increase your financial foundation through smart investments, joint ventures, and passive income (aka “mailbox money”).
Aquarius: Collaborations are the name of the game with the eclipse occurring in your partnership sector—which includes marriage, dontcha know. Don’t be surprised if people want to team up with you in the business realm too. Consider retaining the services of an expert, like a booking agent or stylist, to advance your career. Unhappy in love? You may decide to 86 the union and move on. But if you’re content, a sweet new chapter begins.
Pisces: OK, if you fell off the New Year’s Eve diet and fitness bandwagon, now’s the time to get back on. The eclipse helps you kick off a personal vitality program that will get you into top notch shape, and quickly at that. The motivation will carry over into your personal and business life as you get organized, streamlined and catch up on old tasks. This leads to recognition at the job, so a promotion may not be far off. By the way, the can-do attitude will give you a sexy confidence, so you could have quite a “physical” time ahead! Singles, the best place to meet someone is at the gym or on the jogging path.
And that’s a wrap! Just so you know, this Leo eclipse is the second one in a series that will last until 2019 (the first one was a lunar event back in February). Each one of these eclipses will advance the situations listed above, taking you to the next level. As mentioned, eclipses have a six-month area of influence, so if you don’t see changes immediately, you could in the near term future. Sometimes eclipses deliver their news exactly one month from the day they occur, which in this case would be the equinox on September 21st.
Check out your monthly horoscope here on My Stars! Horoscopes for more detailed information as to what to expect from the eclipse. The weeklies are posted on Saturday night at 8 pm EST, so they’ll contain info about the event and how it will affect you, along with the dailies for Monday, August 21st.
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