Eclipses, Retrogrades, Aspects, and Fixed Stars: Current Celestial Synopsis


Homann Heirs, 1748, Hand-colored copperplate engraving, Eclipse of the Moon.

The current celestial energies are intensely intricate and precarious in their interplay, not unlike a lilting gossamer oscillating in a ferocious whirlwind. The massive energetic momentum began, of course, with the lunar eclipse on Monday, August 7, 2017. While its ebullience was already active prior to the formal eclipse, the actual lunar eclipse was located at 15 degrees Aquarius (decan 2) and its energy remains active until January 31, 2018. Aside from the classic Sun square Moon, the most prominent aspect is that of Jupiter square Moon, which does remain influentially active following the formal eclipse.

With the Sun square Moon, there is tension between Will and the emotions, indicating psychological challenges until resolution stemming from proper (logical, deductive) decision-making is employed and channelled from an altruistic source. Subconscious patterns need tempering, in association with the harsh implementation of the Will. Jupiter square Pluto, the main aspect aside from the classic Sun square Moon, also denotes the Will’s urgency. Favorable levels of critical ability are not without degrees of deviousness. The Destruction versus Construction dilemma and further polarity between the impetus to recreate one’s personal world whilst simultaneously relinquishing it is a prominent theme. Jupiter square Pluto usually employs energy that involves distribution of affluence, currency, or monetary resources. This seemingly generous (Jupiter) energy becomes manipulative (Pluto) when one chooses to use and/ or distribute resources as a means of acquiring personal power.

Aside from the recent lunar eclipse in Aquarius, we now have (on August 12, 2017) approached Mercury retrograde in Virgo, which serves as a precautionary tale: scattered energies and projects should now be funneled and dissected with precision, calculation, and, if necessary, the dissemination of excessive and/ or extraneous information should be ameliorated. As with eclipses, full moons, fixed stars, aspects, degrees, and any other planetary energy, retrogrades affect each individual differently (considering it can be someone’s chart ruler, or in a natal retrograde in of itself). It’s deleterious to summarize and generalize a retrograde when its specific effects depend on each individual’s corresponding placement of not only Mercury, but its aspects, house placement, degrees, sign, and a plethora of other possibilities. Ideally, this is a time for preparation, organization, and perfecting one’s craft while avoiding the dissemination of projects.

Furthermore, we are approaching the much anticipated and grandiose solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, located at precisely 28 degrees Leo (decan 3), emphasizing the fixed star Regulus, Watcher of the North and one of the Royal Stars of Persia. In the past, this blog has discussed Regulus in connection to the planetary energies and nodes. As a Heliacal rising star, Regulus indicates conviction of personal position and path. The motivation for success, however, must be coupled with the resistance of revenge and cruelty. As a Heliacal setting star, innate talent is found as well as success in the face of envy and adversary. Regulus’s physiological correspondence is, like its constellation, the heart and vascular system.
In connection with the Sun, Regulus signals cautionary success without the force of vengeance. With the Moon, one sees a natural leader that elucidates with devotion as opposed to power and authority. Additionally, Mercury in relation to Regulus is humanitarian and inspirational. Regulus in paran with Venus signifies creativity and the search for perfectionism, rising above jealousy. In Mars, Regulus is a a team leader who retains faith in one’s abilities. Jupiter in connection with Regulus shows a noble hero that acts with a sense of confidence. Furthermore, Regulus with Saturn displays success through hard work and the talent to manifest one’s vision. Uranus indicates community leadership, Neptune is the successful artisan, and Pluto represents leadership during crisis.  With either Node, Regulus is decisive and associated with swift thinking.
Much political discussion and connections made to the solar eclipse has been actualized via Hermetic astrology, and a myriad of other current articles. While the solar eclipse is, in aspect, positively aligned (via Moon trine Uranus and Moon conjunct Mars), by default, a Solar eclipse entails the Moon’s restriction of the Sun’s strength. Discussion is currently projected towards world leaders, specifically Trump, since his natal chart is in direct correlation with the eclipse’s energy.

Moreover, the incoming energy of the solar eclipse is one of innovation and inventiveness (Moon trine Uranus) coupled with protection and strategic excellence (Moon conjunct Mars).
Ultimately, Regulus functions best when one’s energy is of grace and pure intent. If one’s natal chart has hard, ego-driven aspects, it is strongly encouraged to resolve patterns stemming from subconscious conflicts. Contrastingly, if one is on the receiving end of said energies, remaining detached from competitive and/ or ego-driven behavior is paramount to effectively managing the current interplay of celestial energies.

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