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The Leo Solar Eclipse: Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Americans have a truly special event to look forward to in about a week – on August 21st there will be a Total Solar Eclipse taking place in Leo and clear skies permitting, everyone will get to enjoy a spectacular celestial show! Carve out some space in your day to observe if you can, because the next one won’t take place over U.S. soil until 2024 so this is something pretty special indeed. I’ve been tweeting about this event off and on for months and have written about it extensively elsewhere but have thus far avoided blogging about it so as not to be too repetitious. However, I realize some of my regular blog readers might appreciate a piece on the Leo Solar Eclipse so today I am excerpting a little teaser on the subject from my newsletter – this is a sample of what you’re missing out on if you’re not currently subbed to my monthly newsletter:

 

But these aren’t the only features of this magnificent Solar Eclipse – there’s more. When we bring Fixed Stars into this equation we find this Leo eclipse very near royal Regulus – The Heart of the Lion – which is why I have referred to this eclipse as a “Total Eclipse of the Heart“. Because of this association, I feel there is a strong link to Anahata; the 4th chakra perhaps more commonly referred to as the “Heart Center”. Anahata is the seat of Love and this eclipse in effect serves as a celestial invitation to connect with this chakra and crack it open to let Love in to heal; whether that’s love for ourselves, for someone else, or on a more transpersonal level regarding our fellow man. There has been so much collective hurt and wounding to Anahata in recent years due the current global geopolitical climate that it’s as if we’re being begged by The Cosmos to attend to these injuries – I don’t think it is a coincidence this eclipse is taking place over American soil, as perhaps it may be one of the places in the world most in need of this kind of healing right now. Anahata itself is a beautiful word that means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten” and this Leo eclipse is like a spiritual call-to-arms asking us to be lion-hearted in facing and remediating the ways in which this chakra may have been damaged, both individually and collectively.

As the middle chakra, Anahata unites the physical and spiritual, the Upper and Lower worlds, so there is an intermediary feel to this energy center. Not surprisingly we see this theme echoed in the Leo Eclipse by virtue of its contact to shamanic asteroid Chiron – the Chiron represents both the wound and the healing, and with the inconjunct it makes to this Eclipse the Journey from one to the other is likely to be uncomfortable. But we’ve gotten to the point where we can no longer ignore the (individual and ergo collective) pain – we’re at the point where our Heart Chakra is crying out for attention and it will continue to do so until we compassionately address the source(s) of the chronic distress.

Though we have been discussing the 4th chakra exclusively up until now, I do feel that because this is a Solar Eclipse and we’re dealing with Solar (Leo) Energy, there is merit to also examining the potential for imbalance within the Solar Plexus chakra as well. The 3rd chakra, Manipura, has ties to pride and arrogance among other things – on a macro level, with this eclipse being referred to as “The Great American Eclipse” I can’t help but sense a connection to the appeal of the slogan “Make America Great Again”. For the USA, the wound in need of healing may relate to a loss of confidence replaced by a false sense of hubris. We all want a nation we can be proud of – we can choose to allow this to be a source of agony or we can choose to Journey back to the Heart Center instead and respond to this from a place of compassion. Not all are Awake, nor is it our place to exert our power over those who sleep or who pretend to be sleeping – we can only transcend this by pain healing our own hearts and following its dictates to the best of our ability, trusting this process will help to heal the wounds of the Collective Unconscious.

I’ve focused so much on the theme of healing that it almost feels redundant to mention Fixed Star Regulus (which you will recall is quite near this Eclipse) also has association with Archangel Raphael. But if we are concentrating on channeling the energies of the Leo Solar Eclipse, I feel this is an important correlation to mention for the sake of those who might also wish to make a connection to the angelic realms. Whether we are praying for individual or collective, physical or meta-physical “healing” of some type, I can’t think of a much better ally to have onside for these purposes! If we are so inclined, erecting a small meditation altar or prayer nook with a statuette or picture of Archangel Raphael or even more broadly involving angelic imagery in general would be a lovely way to honor the energy of this eclipse and make our intentions and/or prayers heard. Archangel Raphael has other facets to his patronage as well – bringing this back full circle to the Heart Center once again, he is the patron saint of marriage, happy meetings, and lovers, so we see him connected to the greater theme of Love. As such, this eclipse presents a wonderful opportunity to open our hearts up again – remember: New Moon, new beginnings! Incidentally, I should mention he is also a patron of the blind, so we must be sure to view this Solar Eclipse only with the aid of specialty viewing equipment lest we have need of his assistance for real!”

 

This is just touching upon select facets of next Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse in Leo, but hopefully it will provide my readers with fertile material for further contemplation.  If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly newsletter, you can subscribe via the link on the right sidebar above.            ————————>   Or,  you can request a copy of the full issue where this article was excerpted from from by leaving a comment below – blessings!

08/14/2017

Sure Signs That Jupiter Is In Leo…!

….Your “Intro to Ballroom” dance class is full to capacity and then some! The enthusiasm and encouragement of your ballroom Guru is positively contagious, creating a warm and festive atmosphere that fills up the room to the point of overflowing. Your heart rate is elevated; the dew in your mane collecting at the nape of your neck and causing stray wisps of hair to spring into buoyant curls. The upbeat tempo of swing and joy of just having fun has you bubbling over with exuberance and laughter.

From the Robin Wood Tarot.  Doesn't our King just look like he's extending an arm to his lady and asking her to tango? Grab that hand - it's time to dance!

From the Robin Wood Tarot. Doesn’t our King just look like he’s extending an arm to his lady and asking her to tango? Grab that hand – it’s time to dance!

Everybody has a King/Queen of Wands somewhere within them – these archetypal monarchs have joie-de-vivre in spades and absolutely lust for life! Venus has just entered Leo and will eventually augment Jupiter, so don’t be a wallflower because this is a time to put yourself on display! Leo is a consummate performer and entertainer, so why not give ‘em a show? We have expanded access to these fiery archetypes within our personas now and can easily connect to our vivacity, creativity, confidence, and belief in ourselves as talented individuals, so show the world how YOU shine!  All the world is your stage – embrace the close-up!

06/06/2015

Jupiter In Leo: A Perspective On Drama

More words *NOT* to live by with Jupiter in Leo – unless of course you’re in the Performing Arts field, LOL…

Everybody’s got drama at times – me, you, him, her, them. It’s something that – at one point or another – is universal to the human experience, so this isn’t about judgment because we all experience the natural ebb-and-flow of the Comedy & Tragedy known as “life”. But there is a distinct difference between this being “situational” vs. “habitual” in nature, and as the Leo Moon joins with Jupiter in Leo, I want to talk specifically about the latter variety of drama. Jupiter is a planet that excels at providing us with perspective when resonating in Hi-Fi – when something is too “first-person” for us to see, it allows us to back up and get a bigger-picture view on things as if we were looking it from high above. Now the Moon is a creature of habit; it shows where we do things instinctively on auto-pilot because we are in our “comfort zones”, for good or ill. The Leo Moon can be habituated to drama when expressed in Lo-Fi, where it derives some measure of satisfaction off there being some sort of “scene” for it to star in. When resonating with this end of the vibrational spectrum, the Moon in Leo may indeed be fed off a “big production” in one respect or another in some (or multiple) area(s) of life, and it’s precisely this craving that can lead Lo-Fi Leo to create more of the same. Allow me to explain and provide some perspective….

Leo/Solar energy is primarily one of display, where we’re apt to “put on a show” or “make a spectacle” for better or worse – putting it more succinctly, this often translates to “drama” in one form or another. Now sometimes this characteristic is used for entertainment value or comedic effect where this “performing” energy can be channeled beneficially, because here we are sharing our “light” with others – reference famous Leo entertainers Lucille Ball, Steve Martin, Tom Green, Steve Carell, and Denis Leary just to name a few examples. Indeed, one facet of Jupiter in Leo’s energy entails looking at positive avenues of self-expression, because Jupiter has been classically referred to as The Great Benefic and Leo is the sign of creative self-expression. This can entail comedy, dance, and of course, the Performing (or Visual) Arts.

But, as we know, each planetary vibration also has the capacity to be done in Lo-Fi. Jupiter’s Lo-Fi manifestation can signify excess, where there’s “too much” of a given thing. In the sign of Leo, this can be drama as well as self-centeredness, as the dark side of Leo/Solar energy can be that it expects the world to revolve entirely around it. Thus this energetic combination does have the capacity to create what I’ll (half-humorously) refer to as “Drama-Llamas” – you know, the types of people who habitually seem to have an over-abundance of it in their life (usually the self-created kind) and so it becomes all about *them* and *their show*? It’s no longer about sharing one’s light and giving of oneself; it concerns having an audience, and it seems as though their whole raison d’etre may be to get the world to stop and revolve around them. I generally correlate this sort of behavior to there being a lack of positive attention in childhood, because Leo is the sign of children and Jupiter can have an overcompensatory vibe. In such instances, the individual may subscribe to the (conscious or unconscious) belief that any attention is good attention if it gets people to notice them, and – more specifically – if it gets people to notice their needs if the Moon is involved (say in Leo, the 5th House, or wired to the Sun).

DramaTruthNow I don’t know about you, but when I encounter this sort of thing, I’m personally inclined to change the channel. This kind of schtick is only entertaining in comedy clubs, soap operas, or on late-night TV – I really don’t want it in a close personal relationship of any kind, because how could there possibly be space for reciprocity – that all-important relationship maker or breaker – if someone’s too busy making it all about their own made-for-primetime telenovela? There is no room for co-stars, no; this Demanding Diva energy says there is only ONE. But with Saturn in Scorpio currently engaged in a loose but ongoing square to Jupiter in Leo, looking at the angle of how an excess of drama (Jupiter in Leo) can be a real time & energy sink (Saturn in Scorpio) is a wise thing to do. Drama-Llamas often fail to see just how self-centered (again, we’re talking about Lo-Fi Leo here) and taxing (Saturn in Scorp) this behavior can be, because this would require them to step outside of the first-person, which they’re not usually accustomed to doing by default.  But Jupiter reminds us to put the repercussions of this kind of behavior into perspective as well, as Saturn is an energy that signifies consequences.  Because when one habitually creates drama, this vicariously spills out onto close associations (Significant Other, family, friends, etc. ). Bystanders are then forced to watch “The Drama-Llama Show”, as such behavior leaves said Llama unavailable to be present for others’ trials, successes, tribulations, etc. since they’re too wrapped up in starring in their own production. That is, of course, unless we change the channel or turn it off….

 

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09/19/2014

Astro-News Flash: Jupiter Has Entered Leo

Stock image courtesy Kevin Pluck

Stock image courtesy Kevin Pluck

Globe-trekking, beneficent Jupiter has entered fiery Leo, where it will remain for an entire year!

So what can we expect out of this year-long transit? Well, for one it’s a very beneficial energy for creative types – this can be art, sculpture, writing…any medium used for self-expression at all, really – because it expands creative mojo. Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) in particular are really going to be juiced by this energy, but Sadge and Leo Suns will feel it in spades. Jupiter is also known as The Promotor – he blows us up and makes us larger-than-life so that our reach is expanded and we’re more visible to a wider (hopefully global) audience. As such, this astro-influence is bound to be a boon for artists & other creative types looking to get their creations “out there” and seen because this is such a conspicuous, high-profile energy.

While we’re on the topic of the pro-creativity vibe, I should also mention this can extend on a biological level as well since Leo is the sign of children. Want more kids or A kid? It’s possible you may get some astrological help in this department because child-related matters are indeed emphasized with Jupiter in Leo. Now by no means does this mean you *will* have a child, it just means that  …Read More…

Dreaming Of Lions…..

I awoke from a dream this morning, hazily recalling that my sleeping hours had been spent in a house filled with loads and LOADS of lions!

Amusingly, the Sun enters Leo today…and when it does it will be greeted by the Lord of Abundance, Jupiter, who just entered Leo for a year-long stay. A plethora of lions indeed….!

Needless to say, the Leo vibe is getting super juiced up, and it only grows stronger as we approach the weekend. A Leo-infused New Moon takes place on Saturday right next to Jupiter – be on the lookout for lions crossing….

 

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07/22/2014

Lilith In Leo Shows Her Claws!

In this viral video clip, superstar heroine feline Tara comes to the aid of her “boy” when he’s viciously attacked by a neighbor’s dog that was on the loose.  She springs into action and trounces the marauding canine, sending it packing and giving chase before swiftly turning on her heel to make sure the little boy was OK.

Now what’s the astrology of this event, you ask? Well, both children and kitties are Leo’s domain, and that’s where Black Moon Lilith is right now.  BML is a dark feminine energy, and a real force of nature when provoked. Seeing a “cub” under attack would certainly elicit this kind of fierceness, because when she gets juiced up by Mars (as she is now), she has no qualms about throwing on the war paint and going into battle – it’s on like Donkey Kong!  Mars sometimes gets a bad rap for being aggressive, but at its very best it represents hero energy.  This little kitty was very brave – she had no idea she wasn’t “supposed” to attack a dog that was larger than her.  She simply took split-second action when she saw one of her pride under attack.

Double astro-bonus points? Lion goddess Sekhmet, protector of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, (asteroid #5381) was also joined with Black Moon Lilith at the time of this event.  Maybe this feline was only doing what had been hardwired in her DNA to do on a primal level since ye olden times – protect the young pharaoh!

Tara the housecat is a perfect (or is that purr-fect, LOL?) example of this astro-energy in action – may she long bask in the glory of her newfound Leonine rock star status!

The other thing I like about this event is it can help spur a needed re-balance in the ages old cats-vs-dogs debate.  This isn’t to imply that one is better than the other; however it’s possible a story like this can help level the playing field so people see them more as equals, because there’s nothing BML dislikes more than being considered a lesser/subordinate.  Since Black Moon Lilith represents the outcast (in Leo, it can represent the exiled/disowned feline), perhaps those who have previously counted themselves as cat detractors will start to come around to equalize their position a bit in the wake of this kitty’s daring, defiant actions!  At the very least, I’m sure this event will prove to be a boon for all the shelter cats looking for good homes!

05/15/2014