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.

Lilith in Gemini: Mercurial Maelstrom of Revelation


Still life photography by Saturn & the Sun Astrology.

Lilith’s astrological significance, as channeled through the stimulus of Gemini, is a whirlwind of cerebral sagaciousness that pulverizes the circumscribed scope of societal misinformation. Its function in society, (as Lilith’s astrological energy maneuvers the masses) is to make knowledge available to all forms of humanity in a manner that is accessible, lucidly understood, and ultimately, used to provide revolutional awareness. In a natal chart, the house placement of Lilith in Gemini, along with its aspects, indicate the availability of this energy within the individual. When implemented in a detached and genuinely altruistic manner, as Lilith indicates the necessary dissolution of ego-driven desires, Lilith in Gemini provides the individual with an interminable supply of knowledge, ingenuity, and the necessary faculties to effectively translate information so that it is understood and used as a tool for continual expansion.

Lilith in Gemini’s mental magnification propels the mind to such lucidity that it holds the ability to navigate back and forth between experiences or conversations as a means of extending the imagination. The visionary powers of the mind are strong and logical, extending their abilities to promote creative thought or literary talent. Additionally, there is the capacity to remain slightly above the emotional spectrum of relationships, in order to liberate mental navigation and promote its graceful movement in any direction. It is rare to be significantly influenced by others with Lilith in Gemini, since these individuals naturally accept their undeniable right to think as they wish, while respecting this in others as well. Their openness to sensible suggestion is leisurely scrutinized by the mind’s eye while, simultaneously, enriching the limitless faculties of imaginative exploration. Ultimately, the genius factor of this placement may be focused into brilliance.

The physical manifestation of Lilith in Gemini resides in the unique quality of he hands, including fingers, double-jointed fingers, and/ or heavily veined hands. Additionally, there may be prominent sensitivity, considerable strength, or healing capacity, all within the hands. Psychometric talent is also indicative of Lilith in Gemini, particularly if Lilith is in the third house and water placements are significant.

The position of Lilith in Gemini is excellent for prompting objectivity, since both the sign and planet indicate reasoning processes. Those with this placement are capable of brilliant recitations, are natural readers, and hold strong logical powers in the imagination. Ultimately, transcendence for Gemini Lilith resides precisely in the proclivity towards emotional detachment. The emotional objectivity capable of reaching with this placement eventually liberates the individual from the programmed conditioning of ideas impressed during childhood. Ultimately, a strong position of Gemini Lilith holds the potential extrication from a the confines of a conditioned fourth saturated with emotional trauma. This, in essence, is the potency of astrological Lilith: detached objectivity as a form liberation.

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Transcendent Evolution: Parallels Between Saturn and Lilith

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Saturn as depicted by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn and Lilith are astrological catalysts: whirlwinds of depersonalized change, often at the expense of one’s perceived level of emotional or ego-driven suffering. To be blunt, Saturn and Lilith do not care about one’s feelings. They demand radical alteration of antiquated belief systems, depletion and suppression of the ego in favor of transcendence, and the enormity of dawdling and harrowing metamorphosis. Ultimately, they will proceed to distort (Lilith) and restrict (Saturn) one’s quotidian customs until, by any means necessary, one’s respective lessons are mastered. For Lilith and Saturn, it is insufficient to simply learn: one must thoroughly master karmic tests, lest one forgets.

Lilith’s urgency to experience depersonalized commitment as a means to serve humanity is a profound theme in her astrological work. A myriad of key movement leaders are depicted with a strong Lilith in the natal chart (e.g. Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Mohandas Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, John F. Kennedy, etc.) Once the ego-driven need for self-recognition and personal honor is pulverized, Lilith propels the individual, using whatever aspect, sign and house position she falls under, to bring forth revolutionary change. When immersed in its full-force and channeled appropriately, Lilith’s energy is unyielding: an all-consuming and full-fledged eruption of uncensored power, aiming its spear at worldly injustices and their explosive disintegration.

Lilith and Saturn in Astrology

Burney Relief, Babylon (1800-1750 BCE).

In parallel, Saturn’s impetus for change stems from karmic lessons. Repetitive patterns that inhibit growth often go unnoticed until Saturn begins to unfurl its compressing, frictional grip onto the bewildered native. Then, caught in the ceaseless clutch of unrelenting suffering, one slowly and distressingly awakens to the truths buried beneath Saturn’s impenetrable cloak. The seemingly sluggish yet steady path of awakened psychic consciousness, and ultimately, like Lilith, transcendental awareness begins to originate. Saturn is forcefully slow: its lessons must first be learned and ultimately, mastered. Otherwise, Saturn remains uncompromising slow, perpetually inflicting peril if it is necessary to reach transcendental evolution.

Saturn and Lilith are not unlike each other. Both astrological energies perform best in logical, courageous, and persistent sign /house placements. Harsh aspects to both Lilith and Saturn will ultimately transform the individual, however seemingly unbearable the odyssey unfolds. There is little to no concern for the emotions during the course of entirely revolutionary change that necessitates manifestation. This, in essence, denotes the astounding agenda of  Lilith and Saturn.

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Beyond Lunar Limits: Lilith as a Conduit for Impersonal Transcendence

The usual discourse on Lilith begins with its discovery, followed by the emphasis on raw  feminine energy, coupled with empowering exertion. As a result of the growing interest in Lilith, both mythologically and as an astrological point, this post intends to forego the above and instead, focus on Lilith as means of attaining personal transcendence through the implementation of detached consciousness.

Representing an imperceptibly lunar penumbra, Lilith denotes the scope of human consciousness that, compared to the Moon, remains far less investigated and acknowledged, due to both lack of comparative popularity and insufficient research. While the Moon resides over the emotional soul, Lilith governs a desire that is more creatively sophisticated in nature. Comparatively, Lilith is a mode of transmission for the discovery and detached influence of Uranus as well as Pluto’s transformative ray. Therefore, as a surge of both Uranus and Pluto, Lilith creates sudden compulsive shifts, an effect dependent on one’s ability to successfully depersonalize. As the Moon personalizes, Lilith depersonalizes, resulting in a degree of sophisticated awareness.

Lilith’s exertion in one’s life emphasizes an impersonal approach occupying the mental, artistic, socially productive, and vocational fields. In natal charts, this is demonstrative as Lilith’s positive modus operandi. However, emotional immaturity in the house of Lilith represents denial as a form of discipline. Additionally, while the Moon supports subjective motivation, any impetus less than impersonal /social leads to a lack of Lilith’s level of manifestation. When activated in accordance with realistic and impersonal approaches, there is a dynamic release of intellectual, creative, or aesthetic energy.

In contrast to our Moon, Lilith appears non-reflective to our mundane awareness and is more psychological in action. Lilith’s inclinations involve one’s social orientation, one’s universal concerns, and one’s vocation, comparatively objective in nature as opposed to the subjective Moon. Once unleashed, Lilith’s energy, like that of Pluto, tends to be either positive or negative in its extremities. When the motivational factor is egotistical, Lilith manifests as frustration, shock, seemingly cruel experiences, and insurmountable acts of rebellion. Regarding selfish desire, Lilith produces unreasonable fears, since the intellectual/ creative soul is disassociated from sentiment. Lilith is anathema to subjective devotion. Its positive fruition is noted in depersonalized orientation, creative detachment, and intellectual awareness.

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Sources:

Jay, Delphine, Interpreting Lilith

Hurwitz, Siegmund, Lilith – The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Perspectives of the Dark Feminine