Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Latin for lion, Leo is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a predatory animal, or ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion, described by Ezra as embodying a scorching and deconstructive heat. Leo synthesizes with the human body’s fifth division via motion, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives Aries’ initiatory blaze. Harmoniously laboring with the Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively forged by the Lion.

At 0°51′ Leo, the total lunar eclipse occurs near the ascending Lunar Node in Cancer, in Jupiter’s bound, and under the Saturn-ruled, first decanate of Leo. While the eclipse is exact at 12:14 AM EST, lasting one hour, one minute, and 59 seconds, the Moon will also be perigee at 2:59 PM EST. Following the initiatory, solar eclipse in Capricorn, this lunation culminates a 2.5 year cycle (including the foreboding Full Moon at 25°52′ Aquarius of 8/18/16), of eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. Unsurprisingly, both Saturn-ruled luminaries chisel an opposition, the Time Keeper’s signature configuration. Via superior, sign-based trine, Mars overcomes the Moon, further punctuating the elemental fire-air composition of this eclipse. As Saturn overcomes Mars via sign-based, superior square, the applying Mars-Saturn configuration is nearly exact via degree. When Mars’ swift severance is halted by Saturn, the primal drive is consistently oppressed by apprehension. Both malefics, Mars and Saturn, are poised in their diurnal and nocturnal domiciles, respectively.

In the background, the applying Venus-Jupiter conjunction narrows, further bonding the affirming grace of both benefics. While a trine is forged as both benefics grace the red planet, the final Lunar eclipse still encompasses the densely dramatic captivity of light. While it’s proximity to the ascending lunar node in Cancer further amplifies cascading emotive heights, reciprocal nurture, and instinctively maternal inclinations, the presence of the Dragon’s Head or Rahu cautions against egoism and the potentially deconstructive heat of the Leonine eclipse.

Leo Decan I: The Feline’s Ferocity

Often, discordance with malefics spawns from the displeasure imparted by their subjectively cruel lessons. Habitually, Mars does not operate lovingly, it opposes Venus. Naturally, Saturn does not function emotively, it opposes the Moon. Yet it is often the most excruciating trials that obligate life-transmuting perspectives. The final eclipse in Leo surveys the first decanate of the Gatekeeper, a stoic and cautionary presage against the Lion’s illimitable and annihilating blaze.

The excessive unrestraint of the ascending Lunar Node and its proximity to the first decanate of Leo is fittingly illustrated by Agrippa as “… a man riding on a Lion; it signifieth boldness, violence, cruelty, wickedness, lust and labours to be sustained.” The seemingly minimal imagery of a man riding a predatory wildcat emphasizes the inexhaustible primal will, a theme sternly punctuated in this final lunar eclipse. When in “the face of strength, liberality, and victory”, one’s primal core truly unsheathes. Accentuated triumphs often dismantle the true character beneath thinly-veiled veneers. Considering the ‘heroic’ and seemingly victorious undertones of this decanate, this final lunar (and solar) eclipse in the Leo-Aquarius axis can consummate with boundless engorgement.

Al-Jabhah, The Lion’s Brow

The total lunar eclipse in Leo falls under the Al-Jabhah, the tenth lunar mansion, originally posited in the Leo constellation along with Regulus (the royal fixed star now in Virgo). Know as “The Brow”, Al-Jabhah is claimed to assist in recovery and bestow fortitude. However, a total lunar eclipse near the ascending Lunar Node still accentuates both the captivity of light and excessive voracity.

Giraftagi: The Light’s Captivity

During a total lunar eclipse, earth’s penumbra veils the Moon. Al-Biruni calculated that the ratio between the size of the earth’s penumbra cloaking the moon’s facade and the size of the moon was 2 3/5 to 1, corresponding with the results obtained by Ptolemy and Al-Battani. The subtle sunlight that absconds through earth’s atmosphere is refracted on the Moon, casting a transfixed, tenebrous tint. From Luna’s perspective, a blackened sphere barricades the Sun, carving a circular glow upon earth’s silhouette. Known as giraftagi, this captive light results from earth’s obstruction. Thus, during a lunar eclipse, the earth’s spherical glint plunges before the Moon.

“And in whatsoever countries or cities we discover a familiarity of this kind, we must suppose that some event will occur which applies, generally speaking, to all of them, particularly to those which bear a relation to the actual zodiacal sign of the eclipse…”

As the total lunar eclipse is exact, North America, South America, parts of Western Europe, and Africa will witness the eclipse’s complete visible spectrum. Apart from Madagascar, all of Africa will see a partial eclipse, as will the Middle East and Afghanistan. In Asia, the eclipse’s visual impact will be omitted, as the event occurs during daylight hours, and is void of lunar visibility.

Of fixed modality, the final lunar eclipse in Leo reaches a critical stage of culmination, suggesting long-term, finalizing results in both intimate and global settings. Legislation, leadership, public groups and political arenas are some possible arenas of manifestation.

The total lunar eclipse in Leo is exact on 1/21/19, at 12:14 AM EST.


References:

Raza, S. Jabir. “Al-Biruni on Eclipses.” Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, vol. 56, 1995, pp. 293–300., http://www.jstor.org/stable/44158632.

Agrippa, Henry C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon


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Roaring Umbra: Partial Solar Eclipse at 18°41’ Leo

In moments of personal victory, is one’s energy guided by the blaze of creative wisdom, or is it, instead, scorched by e-motive annihilation? When “in the grip of the lion’s paw”, the process prior to triumph not only defines strength of character, but is equally symbolic of moral courage and self-restraint.

Leo, Latin for lion, is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion. [Carey, p.130] Leo synthesizes with the fifth division of the human body via motion, energy manifesting in action, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives from the inner sun in Aries the ‘divine fire’ [Carey, p.131] in order to generate both tangible and invisible activities. Therefore, in order to harmoniously labor with The Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively wielded by The Lion.


At 18°41’ Leo, lavished via Jupitarian rulership, ample triumph spawns in The Lion’s second face. In the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa notes “…a man on whose head is a Crown; he hath the appearance of an angry man, and one that threatneth, having in his right hand a Sword drawn out…” It emphasizes “hidden contentions, unknown victories, base men… quarrels and battels [battles]” Furthermore, multiple figures adorned with laurels emerge violently victorious, illustrated by Ezra as a man wearing “…a crown of white myrtle, and a bow in hand [who] is fierce like a lion in his anger.” This imagery is echoed in (both the Arabic and Latin) Picatrix, alongside Birhat Jakata, whose “man… with white garlands [is] fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand…” Noted is the annihilatory nature of The Lion, now lacking harmony with the inner Sun or divine spark of Aries, and, as a result, unable to constructively wield the embers of motion (versus e-motion) and creative action.

As Luna’s penumbra pierces Augustus’ solar rays, this year’s final eclipse conjoins Pallas Athena and Mercury retrograde (at 17°06’ and 14°41’ Leo, respectively). Its potent focus, propelled by the wayward waltz of Hermes’ inferior conjunction (retrograde), finalizes this year’s ecliptic impetus in the axis of The Lion and Water Bearer (until 1/20/19). In essence, the partial solar eclipse merges the necessity of mental agility in alignment with purity of creative (life-bestowing) intent.

The heightened potential of Mercury’s fiery flight through Leo’s lunar umbrage blazes thought, opinion, and events which not only digress from the main current, but merge the above and below (i.e., the conscious and unconscious/ rational and irrational vigour of the mind). This cerebral voyage molds an interface between the establishment and the more progressive social factions, while merging the spiritual and soulful modes of consciousness. The unification of this mental excursion offers cultural diversity through new options and previously unimagined perspectives. However, these benefits request mental magnification, fortitude and cerebral flexibility beyond The Greater Benefic’s (Jupiter) currently opaque lens, in order to adjust and reform antiquated views. Mercury’s square to Jupiter, the most potent aspect apart from the actual eclipse, offers a macro-perspective, encompassing broad themes, structures, and abstract thought. However, its idealism and overt generalization can dismiss important details that significantly impede the fruition of visionary goals. Fortunately, Pallas Athena (Jupiter’s parthenogenetic daughter) in Leo, functioning as one’s capacity for realization and accomplishment, invokes the wisdom of creative spontaneity that spawns new modes of unique visionary expression. Conjoining the eclipse, Pallas Athena coalesces the mental-creative principle with the emotive realm in lucidity of the feminine expression.

While Jupiter challenges our levels of realism throughout this eclipse, its harmony with Neptune bestows much-needed humanitarian and empathic qualities. Participation in altruistic work is both likely and beneficial. The Jupiter-Neptune dialogue, stimulating the esoteric realm of our personalities, potentially ushers professors, mentors, or suitable guides that foster progress in spiritual endeavors or other meaningful journies.

At 19°41’ Leo, fixed Star Merak, a pale-green star in the flank of the Great Bear, conjoins the eclipse, and is said to bestow “a love of command and domination”. According to Ebertin, it fortifies perseverance and is influenced by the potency of Mars. [Ebertin, p.49] Additionally, the eclipse finds fixed stars Acubens and Dubhe conjunct Mercury. Of Mercury-Saturn influence, Acubens is stationed on the southern claw of The Crab near the head of the Hydra constellation. Popularly termed “the sheltering of hiding place,” fixed star Acubens is said to beget “activity, malevolence and poison, making its natives liars and criminals.’ [Robson, p.116] According to Dr. Morse, Acuben’s more positive quality stems from a “sharp intellect” and seamless problem-solving capabilities, “for which one might earn public renown.” However, Dr. Morse notes the latter as resulting from covert influence of external factors. [Dr. Eric Morse, p.50] Additionally, fixed star Dubhe, a yellow star perched on the back of the Great Bear (via Ptolemy’s location) is associated with the destructive nature of Mars [Ebertin, p.43]. However, it is likewise concerned with insight, persistence, and passive strength [Brady, p. 160] Dubhe’s constructive fortitude involves the ability to apply time to problem-solving strategies, alongside its faith in life’s rhythmic patterns.

Leo’s second face is attributed to the Six of Wands, yet another affluent emblem of victory (as per the RWS tarot), mirroring the optimism of its Jupitarian rulership, and paralleling the images of conquest previously excavated (in Leo’s second decanate). A young man on a white horse, adorned by a crowning wreath (on both the head and wand), proudly greets a jovial crowd in regal triumph. The traditional meaning of this card denotes victory following prolonged perseverance, labor, and the tenacity echoed by the The Lion’s strength.

In the Epinomis and Chaldean Oracles, Leo’s second face corresponds to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of protection and magical prowess. Isis, Egyptian Aset or Eset, is considered one of the most prominent goddesses of ancient Egypt. In resonance with the regal prestige of Leo II, her name is the Greek form of an ancient Egyptian word for ‘throne’. However, in the second face of Leo, she emerges as a merciful expression invoking the potency of creative, life-bestowing action and progress.

 Eclipse Visibility 

The maximal phase of the partial eclipse will be recorded in the East Siberian Sea, near the Wrangel Island.

The Partial Solar eclipse, whose maximal phase will register in the east Siberian Sea near the Wrangel Island, retains visibility in Canada, Greenland, Scotland, most of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Estonia, Latvia, Russia (excluding southwest of Pskov), Moscow, Penza, eastern points of the Far East, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. During sunset, the eclipse is observable in North and South Korea.

Possible Social Effects

Solar eclipses in Leo are generally intense, as its fixed mode denotes lasting duration. However, because this is a partial eclipse, it can, to a lesser extent, influence matters related to governments, rulerships, management, nuclear power, expenditure, gold, vacation and recreation industries. Leaders may either rise or fall to power, and the economy can be impacted via banking (resulting from the influence of fellow fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio). Stocks may erratically oscillate within a period of 30 days to a year of this eclipse. Finally, broad events including political demonstrations upon groups and their governments/ leaders can be expected. Again, please note that because this is a partial eclipse, these effects are both lessened and relative to the visibility in one’s location (see eclipse visibility).

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* The eclipse is exact on the day of Saturn, August 11th, at 5:57 AM ET.

July 27 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse: Toil and Triumph


How do we best endure crisis? When change’s certainty looms unannounced, we are often forced to confront the unknown with voiceless humility and grace. Beyond the relinquishment of preconceived existence, truth’s immeasurable beauty emerges, heralding uncharted experience.

At 4° 44’ Aquarius, the lengthiest total lunar eclipse of this century (occurring near apogee at 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds) is barricaded between the South Node and Mars retrograde (at 5° 53′ and 3° 58′ Aquarius, respectively). Its potent focus, largely fueled by the ferocity of Mars, portends to the ultimate pulverization of the past’s antiquated patterns. Herein is the precipice of willful exodus: the first face of Aquarius heralds the abandonment of oppression in favor of spiritual transcendence. Crystallized belief structures supressing progress potentially surge and shatter, if we laboriously wield the fixed (Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, Taurus) and retrograde (Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron) energy emphasized in this eclipse’s chart.

Paralleling Saturnian perseverance, Aquarius’ first decanate evokes imagery of independent labor and thought. While The Timekeeper’s presence surveys Aquarius (via traditional rulership and triplicity), in decan I, his stoicism is pronounced as “a prudent man and the form of a woman spinning”. Here, the impression of steady, incessant work services a broader intent. According to Agrippa, significance denotes “thinking and working for gain in poverty, and for usefulness.” While scarcity and toil “in poverty and baseness” are emblematic of Saturn, allusion to Venus is disclosed by Ezra as “a man skilled in copper”. Derived from the word Kyprus, copper signals the island of Cyprus, regarded as Aphrodite’s birthplace. Again, in Picatrix (both Arabic and Latin correspondences), Venus emerges as “a man (holding) a peacock”. Although the first face of Aquarius is enshrouded in laborious imagery, its Venusian correspondence unveils the pleasure of personal independence.

Out-of-bounds Mars (7/7-9/24/18) conjoins Luna on the South Node, accentuating a prominent shift within its retrograde phase (6/26-8/27/18) that re-evaluates our collective contribution while reclaiming individuality and freedom. Particular receptivity stems from dismantling that which stagnates motivation, inspiration, and impedes individual growth. Out-of-bounds Mars correlates with cataclysmic manifestations of the yang’s penumbra. While socially erupting via war, violence, and dominion, collective recognition and con-structive action toward imperative change is Mars’ higher potential, and its masculine energy is best wielded past the archaic structures of societal paradigms.

The total lunar eclipse (along with Mars) conjoins fixed stars Giedi, Dabih, Oculus, and Bos, all within the Capricornus Constellation (in the head of the Sea-Goat). At 4° 1′ Aquarius, Giedi’s nature, simultaneously Venusian and Martian (according to Ptolemy), is “associated with piety and self-sacrifice.” [Larousse’s Encyclopedia of Astrology] At 4° 18′ Aquarius, fixed star Dabih denotes an “influential position but scarcely realizes ambitions, (along with) trouble through (the) opposite sex, deserved criticism and censure. [Robson, p.157.] At a mere 28′ distance, Oculus and Bos (at 4° 58′ and 5° 25′ Aquarius, respectively) being Venusian and Saturnian in nature, influence conservatism and a lack of progressiveness in crisis. [Morse, p.101] Overall, the Capricornus constellation bestows potent influence over human affairs, directing shifts in areas regarding climate and political customs.

In the Epinomis and Chaldean Oracles, Aquarius’ first face corresponds to Dikē, Greek goddess of enforced moral justice. Under Saturnian rulership and in alliance with this decan’s emblem of willful exodus, Dikē’s sword severs partnerships incongruent with the moral compass of Lady Justice. As her indiscriminate cleave cuts past all hindrances of freedom and liberation, Aquarius’ first facade toils to pulverize the barricades of injustice.

Uranus, squares the Sun, Luna, Mars, and the nodal axis, magnifying the impetus and prophetical potency of this lunation. Unprecedented events saturated by Uranian unpredictability via erratic swerves and transformative severing from the past are probable themes. This seeming whirlwind of chaotic disarray is somewhat anchored as Uranus trines Saturn, however, supporting rigorous integration of this lunation’s forthcoming shifts. As Uranus’ current harmonizes with The GateKeeper, the strive for change is patiently labored through strategic efforts. While this eclipse pierces the emotive core, Luna’s semi-sextile to Saturn brings necessary equilibrium between obligations and emotional needs. Although the amplification of Mars grapples repressed and subconscious anger, Luna and Saturn work to prevent otherwise lamentable actions. Lastly, the Venus-Pluto trine unravels the depths of relationship dynamics, offering profound assertion through psychological insights. In essence, this intensification is the psyche’s own power, now seeking expression through the physical vessel.

Eclipse Visibility

At the exactitude of the 21st century’s greatest eclipse, Luna lies near the zenith from a point in the Indian Ocean that is east of Madagascar. This lunation is visibly posited for Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. While a portion of South America will view fragments of its final stages (as Luna rises), this eclipse’s visibility will not extend to North America.

Possible Environmental Effects

The Aquarian lunar eclipse, as a fixed air mode, influences the air, trees, birds, human communications (particularly as this lunation is ushered by Mercury retrograde), transit, transportation, electricity, hurricanes, tornadoes, winds, polluted air, airborne disease, radiation, wind energy, computer technology, postal systems, communication networks, and space discoveries. Magnifying the fixed mode, this eclipse suggests long-term, finalizing results.

On the day of Venus, the July 27th Total Lunar Eclipse is exact at 4:41 PM ET.

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Castor and the Phoenix: Partial Solar Eclipse at 20° 41′ Cancer

What is luxury? As defined by the third decanate of The Mother archetype, it is ‘having more than we need’ [Coppock]. At 20° 41′, The Crab’s third face grapples the dynamics of earthly excess and scarcity in earnest inquiry, as this decanate juxtaposes the advantage and precariousness of both extremes.

In the Rider Waite’s Four of Cups, the tarot card coalesced with this decan, a levitating hand offers a cup to a man perched beneath a tree (already in possession of three cups). The adept’s crossed arms imply the refusal to claim more than he requires, and this card’s ascetic interpretation echoes the ethics of Victorian esotericists accountable for its creation.

Paralleling this decan’s Jupitarian rulership (via triplicity/ parasara), multiple images unravel excursion in search for affluence. In Ibn Ezra, Cancer III depicts “a man… (who) intends to go to sea and bring gold and silver to make rings for his wives.” Not only is this search pertinent to luxurious commodities (in the form of gold and silver), but the concept of excess extends to partner multiplicity. Again, in the Birhat Jakarta, we encounter “a man with serpents… crossing the ocean in search of wife’s jewels.” Both men navigate the sea (Pisces/ Neptune in modern rulership) in search of abundance (Jupiter).

At 20° 14′, fixed star Castor, in the head of the Northern Twin, precisely conjoins the Sun and Luna. Castor, illuminated beside its counterpart Pollux, is a binary star associated with “skill in taming and managing horses.” [Robson p.154] In the Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology, Castor is associated with “guile and duplicity.” According to Brady, Castor conjunct Luna fosters therapeutic use of humor and the involvement in education. In paran with the Sun, Castor promotes “skilled language and professions linked with writing and communication”. [Brady p.146]

Luna-ruled Cancer, beyond its correspondence to the foundational roots of physical home and family (including the maternal womb), refers to the body as habitat for spirit. Therefore, the physical vessel must be honored in the pursuit of earthly work. As the interminable escapade for security unfurls through this decan’s imagery (summoning visions of jewels, luxuries, and excess), we realize that the only authentic source of security stems from within.

Favorably, an earthy grand trine between Capricornian Saturn, Taurean Uranus and Juno, and Virgoan Venus and Ceres fosters the solidity necessary to ground our higher self in the physical sphere. Further support is offered by the continuing Jupiter-Neptune trine, activating all three water signs via eclipse energy, and harnessing the fortitude of our imaginations and sense of initiative.

As eclipses become potent accelerators of transformation and growth via endings and renewals, the Cancerian lunation emotively dismantles, albeit uncomfortably, facets of our lives that neither nurture nor support our core progression. Despite this lunation’s tenebrous facade, eclipse energy illuminates the obscured stagnancy that, under Cancerian influence, beckons intuitive and emotive release.

The exact solar and lunar opposition to Pluto intensifies the transformative potency of this lunation. Pluto stirs an impenetrable force that incessantly functions within the depths of our unconsciousness, as its energies govern both our undercurrents and elevation. Arriving as inconspicuously as a new day’s dawn, its energy transforms from a core, visceral foundation, and alters the self with impervious permanence. As a vehicle for transformative transcendence, Pluto molds the self as a silhouette salvaged from the depths of putridity. In evolutionary essence, its planetary vestige is one of grace and regeneration.

*Note: In our charts, the house near 20 degrees Cancer is the focal point for potential rebirth. Prominent planets on or in close proximity to the eclipse’s degree will manifest change more rapidly. As always, for further insight, we refer to the previous two eclipses (namely, the 1/31/18 Leo lunar eclipse and the 2/15/18 Aquarius solar eclipse, respectively).

The New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse occurs on July 12, 2018, at 10:47 PM EDT.

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