Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius: Solar Eclipse Aug 2017

Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius: Solar Eclipse Aug 2017

Article Window: Aug 21 to Sept 19
• New Moon Solar Eclipse is Monday, Aug 21, 11:30 AM PST
• Sun is 29° Leo, Moon is 29° Leo
• Next Full Moon: Sept 6
• Current Solar Eclipse Theme (Aug 21 – Sept 19): Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

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Astrology Article: Rebirth into the Age of Aquarius

The total Solar Eclipse of 2017 happens during the Leo New Moon. In addition to the normal effects of the New Moon and the launch of a new Lunar cycle of change, the darkening of our Sun produces a shadow that affects our consciousness in a significant way. This article explains the unique nature of our total Solar eclipse and how you can access its unique eclipse signature to awaken to the new energies coming to our Earth.

The Sun and Moon are continuously working together to make personal growth and consciousness both meaningful and successful.  They each have a specific and complementary role to play in supporting our life on earth.  The Sun is a universal, impersonal, source of energy, life, and love. The Sun does not discriminate and gives the light of life and consciousness equally to all.  The Moon has a more intimate, personal, relationship to each of us. The Moon’s role is to release and deliver Solar energy over time in order to govern all forms and rhythms of growth on Earth. This includes all processes of personal growth for each of us, including our intuitive connection to the rhythms of time and change.

A Solar eclipse interrupts the normal relationship between Sun and Moon, and activates unusual potentials for all of life on Earth.

The Shadow Effect

When the Moon eclipses the Sun it produces a shadow. The very fact that a shadow is produced during a Solar eclipse is extremely significant, because it’s this shadow that marks the opportunity for change within our consciousness. In order to understand the higher potentials of this unique event, it’s important to understand exactly how we can recognize and access the energies of the eclipse shadow in our personal lives.

On the most practical level, when we speak of “the shadow” we are referring to what remains hidden beneath the surface, including the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to claim. The eclipse activation, including the shadow created by the actual eclipse event, gives each of us the opportunity to recognize and claim our personal shadow in new ways.

An object possesses a shadow because it has form. The shadow that is created during a total eclipse is not only physical, It’s also spiritual.  This eclipse shadow across the Sun signifies a very real and personalizing potential for conscious change. In addition to the physical darkening of the Sun, the eclipse also produces a spiritual type of shadow, a shadow within our consciousness. This energetic shadow puts our soul in relief, meaning that it gives our soul a form with which we can more consciously connect.

Through the spiritual effect of the solar eclipse shadow, our connection to our soul becomes more personal, accessible, and unique and gives us the opportunity to more fully experience the reality of our individual soul quality. In this way the eclipse allows each individual to consciously connect to the “Bigger Picture” of life through a more direct connection to Soul and higher personal purpose.

Return to a Golden Age of Aquarius

There is a bigger story at play with this eclipse. This story involves our emergence into the consciousness of the new Age of Aquarius, which is a golden age represented by universal cooperation and abundance. (Read more about the Aquarian Age in the recent Full Moon Lunar Eclipse article.) The last time we resided in an Aquarian age was 26,000 years ago. I personally believe that we are returning now to a Golden Age that existed at that time. Because we as a collective hold the memory of that earlier era, there is a kind of familiarity to this current transition.

As a collective, we don’t one day just wake up and suddenly reside in a “Golden Age.” This emergence into the new age is a process. The events in our world, including the conflict and challenge, indicate an acceleration within this larger cycle of change. We are all moving into something greater that holds far-reaching potentials.

To put the eclipse into larger context, let’s begin with May of this year and the Gemini New Moon. May’s New Moon theme was “to reach farther and beyond,” allowing us to expand our vision of what we thought was possible. During June’s Cancer New Moon the theme was “leadership in a new territory,” which introduced a new power of self-leadership. The month of July and the Leo New Moon prepared us to “react to a bigger picture,” with a new power and ability to respond to energies of something larger in our lives.  Finally, the recent Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius focused specifically on “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”

It is easy to see the ongoing pattern of universal growth suggesting that all of us are merging into something greater. A key point is that each cycle has offered new tools and abilities that enable each of us to experience our own personal participation within this expansion.

One of the indicators of the shift into new consciousness is the progressive splitting of energies, and the dismantling of aspects of culture that no longer serve our world. The splitting of energies includes activations of alternate time-lines and trajectories into the future. This is evidenced all around us by the pervasive increase of contrast and opposing perceptions and views of reality.

Astrology Pattern

Solar Eclipse ChartThe greater potential of what’s happening during this eclipse is expressed astrologically by the dramatic Kite pattern within the New Moon chart. Before we break down the significant elements of this unique pattern, an understanding of the general signature of the Kite can help you participate more consciously in our eclipse event.

Fate and the Significance of the Kite. In general, an astrology Kite is a highly organized and stable pattern. It’s so organized in fact, that a Kite pattern is sometimes referenced as “fated,” as if it holds a predetermined outcome. This isn’t actually true; what we call a fate is simply a strong pattern. There are no predetermined outcomes. It is true, however, that the energies within a Kite are so organized, harmonized, and stable that life events can seem to just fall into place, as IF the outcome were scripted or fated.

Because of the planets involved in the current eclipse Kite, this traditional fated aspect takes on a very specific meaning.  The fated aspect of this kite pattern indicates the continued activation of two contrasting trajectories or timelines. One timeline expands into the consciousness of the new age while the other continues to be entrenched in conflict and separation.

In order to understand how to access the energy of this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse, let’s next look at each corner of the Kite. (In the astrology chart that accompanies this article you’ll see the four main planetary corners circled.) It is worth noting that both Saturn and Uranus are retrograde, meaning that it will be necessary to work with the internalizing elements of these two planets. There is also an additional element of unpredictability related to the tail of the kite, formed by the planet Uranus.

New Moon Solar Eclipse (Sun/Moon Conjunction). The key signature here indicates a new direction and new energies that are stabilized by your conscious participation and capacity for internal change. This eclipse is meant to be felt. Your own shadow is your proof that you exist. You’re real and relevant. As you feel and expand, including through patterns of resistance, you will have access to new insights provided by the planet Uranus.

Jupiter.  Jupiter supports our ability to expand and organize ourselves into something greater. The exact signature of 21° Libra suggests that these energies are huge and expansive, and that they must be felt in order to consciously work with them. Jupiter is supporting our expansion into a new time-line, or fate, by enabling us to personally feel and experience the Solar shadow and the reality of our soul.  It’s helping us make a new connection between our personal self and experience of our soul, and in this way participate more intentionally in our own expansion.

Saturn Retrograde. Within the eclipse Kite pattern, the significance of Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius is twofold. On the one hand it is an internal experience, representing the activation of our own patterns of resistance to the internal changes we must make in order to adapt to what is coming into form. On the other hand, Saturn also represents our experience of the external contrast within two juxtaposed trajectories occurring in the world around us. The juxtaposition of these contrasting trajectories show the opposing directions in which the world is currently heading.

When confronted with this contrast, as we are daily, mental flexibility and humor are the antidote to being able to see the New Age coming into form amidst what is also being dismantled. This can help us more fully to participate and distinguish the role our personal shadows plays within the larger trajectories of the world around us.

Uranus Retrograde. Throughout much of our history Uranus has operated beyond the conscious awareness of the mind. This unconscious relationship of the collective to Uranus is dramatically changing.  For many who experience this eclipse, this may be the very first time they are able to consciously connect to their intuitive powers. This intuitive connection happens through the activations of the planet Uranus.

More and more individuals are waking up to the transforming aspect of Uranus and the real possibility that their intuition is real. This is an essential aspect of the process of waking up, since it is Uranian intuition itself that most directly connects us to the transformation occurring within our consciousness. It is this direct level of transformation that makes Uranus highly unpredictable. It requires us to show up and release the forms that hold us back (Saturn).

In the current configuration, Uranus is located in the tail position of the eclipse Kite and signifies the importance of our internalized connection to intuition. In this formation Uranus supports each of us expanding to see the bigger picture and understand how we are transitioning into the New Age of Aquarius.  Uranus brings the Kite into full focus through this internal intuitive process of “seeing” our own shadow, providing the evidence of our participation in something greater than ourselves.

The eclipse shadow and personal activation of solar illumination, supported by the influence of Uranus, together become the catalyst that jump starts our connection to the personal potentials of the eclipse.

Accessing the Shadow

More than anything else, this eclipse is supporting your emergence into the new age through an experiential feeling of your own spiritual shadow (soul connection) as something real and something greater than yourself. This includes the release of the limited perceptions of yourself that you have previously known.

It is through the focusing of your will power (Saturn) that you are able to shatter whatever is standing in the way between your personal identity and the deeper truth of who you are. If you are available and willing, the eclipse illumination can literally shatter anything buried within your personality that prevents you from connecting with the transcendent aspect and brilliance of your inner truth. This includes connecting with all the parts of you that are larger and more expansive that your smaller personality currently experiences.

The Shadow of the eclipse creates the opportunity to see your own internal changes. Your ability to transcend and create a new fate moving forward, represented by the activation of the kite formation, is entirely dependent on intuitively perceiving the changing time-lines in a new world. These new potentials are our new fate, our new territory as we enter the new age of Aquarius.  The alternate fate activated by the eclipse shadow is to reject the opportunity for change and continue the momentum of existing patterns, ruled largely by the unconscious.

These new perceptions and Uranian “great ideas” can come suddenly, like light bulb insights. It’s as if you’re in a dark room where it’s difficult to distinguish details, when suddenly the light bulb goes on and everything emerges into view. Uranian intuition is not a subtle spacey feeling, groggy or sleepy. A sleepiness or floaty feeling can, however, precede the adrenaline-like rush of sudden alertness that signifies the Uranian flash of new insights and perceptions. At times, experiences of fogginess can also be the indicator of resistance to a Uranian activation.

In general, Uranus intuition has a quickness and suddenness. Insights may come in the form of transcendent holograms and fully formed understandings and illuminated insights into the nature of reality and your place in the larger order of things.

Summary

This eclipse marks a new beginning, or new threshold, in our personal and collective process of expansion.  In my opinion, we are now directly experiencing the dawn of the Aquarian Age. I’ve been systematically following the Lunar cycles for the past nine years. In that time, and through all of the significant events that have occurred, this eclipse marks the clearest potential for a shift in the collective consciousness of humanity.

New levels of harmony and expansion indicated by the kite formation, in combination with the power of the eclipse activation, will come from the choices we are collectively making together.

On the personal level, the “shadow effect” within this Leo solar eclipse creates the opportunity for your rebirth into a new alignment with your soul and a new ability to feel your own “Being-ness.” Any actions you take now, especially with the intention of connecting with the eclipse event, have the potential to change your life trajectory in a meaningful way.

During the day of the eclipse and moving forward, pay special attention to your experiences and insights. Notice activations of the shadow, as well as those experiences that feel harmonious. All of these are indicators of new awareness and new connections to your soul’s highest calling. My personal plan during the eclipse itself is to spend time in meditation, with the intention to consciously shift my thinking and personal trajectory into a more peaceful and abundant world.

Peace to All and a Happy New Moon.

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius: Eclipse Astrology Aug 2017

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius: Eclipse Astrology Aug 2017

Article Window:  Aug 7 to Aug 21
• Full Moon is Monday, Aug 7, 11:11 AM PDT
• Lunar Eclipse Event & Portal
• Sun is 16° Leo, Moon is 16° Aquarius
• Next New Moon: Total Solar Eclipse, Aug 21
• Current New Moon Theme (July 23 – Aug 21): Responding to New Territory

Current Lunar Cycle

Each Lunar Eclipse opens a brief cosmic doorway resulting in a new awareness, ability, or insight to be used for inspired action. This beneficial pattern is delivered through an energetic portal that opens in the zodiac at the exact moment of the eclipse.

The Eclipse portal remains open and active until the Moon returns to this location in the zodiac during its next lunar cycle. In the coming days, while the portal is open, look for new ways to express yourself while taking inspired action, especially through whatever you have embraced or experienced during our current Lunar cycle. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of this natural time of expansion.

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Eclipse Astrology Article: The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Written by Steven Shroyer
Co-author, Elizabeth Schermer

The upcoming Aquarius Lunar Eclipse holds a spectacular signature that has attracted a lot of astrological attention. My personal excitement around the event is centered on a new ability that the eclipse is introducing to everyone on the planet.

At the precise moment of each Lunar Eclipse, when the Moon briefly loses contact with the Sun, a cosmic doorway opens in the zodiac. Through this portal we receive a new awareness, ability, and insight to be used for inspired action. This new ability transcends the normal experiences of space/time reality and enables us to take quantum leaps forward, both personally and as a cultural collective.  The current eclipse portal will remain open and active for the coming 27 days, until September 3 when the Moon returns to this location in the zodiac during the next lunar cycle.

As we dive into the details of what we can expect to experience in the coming days, let’s first look at the signature of the eclipse portal itself and then put that signature into the larger context of the overall astrology pattern.

The Signature of the Aquarian Portal

The specific Aquarian signature of this Lunar Eclipse is introducing an improved management ability. This new ability will lead to insights that enable each of us to consciously work with the new level of momentum we are experiencing as we enter new territory in our lives. This new territory of experience is part of the overall pattern of expansion that’s been unfolding for the past several months. This new territory can be the result of new perspectives within existing circumstances or entirely new experiences of reality. (See recent New Moon article for a more thorough description.)

The management signature of this Aquarian portal is associated with acquiring a more sophisticated approach to working with the energies of life itself.  In very real ways in the coming days you will be exploring and learning how to engage and respond to the new territory into which you have stepped.

The overall pattern of this eclipse, within the larger New Moon theme of “Responding to New Territory,” points to the very real potential for positive change in your life. There are several signatures indicating this positive shift, including the Aquarian Moon itself, as well as the ways that both Jupiter and Mars are supporting personal expansion and playing a significant role in helping all of us integrate the eclipse effect into our personal situations.

Managing Aquarian Energies and Moving into the Aquarian Age

Within the overall pattern of the astrology chart, this Aquarius eclipse brings the meaning of the “Dawning of the Age of Aquarius” into clear focus. The importance of this big picture Aquarian signature is paramount in understanding exactly what needs to be managed through the portal activation and how to successfully meet whatever challenges you will face in the coming days.

Each astrological age lasts over 2000 years and introduces a new theme into the development of consciousness. We are currently leaving the age of Pisces and moving into the age of Aquarius, which centers around our expansion into a golden age of consciousness and cooperation between the individual and the larger cultural collective.

This Aquarian expansion can only happen when the creative brilliance of all individuality is honored and supported by society. From this perspective, breakdowns in society will occur when those who are in charge use their authority to limit freedom, control resources and promote fear. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius is forcing us to examine the necessary breakdowns within society in which the individual has been reduced to a secondary position of service to larger systems of corrupt control.

Moving back to the energies of the current eclipse, the Moon in Aquarius represents the creation of larger social systems that ensure individual freedoms and creative cooperation. The Sun in Leo is opposite to Aquarius, and represents the needs of the individual, especially the need to fully express one’s personal creativity and power.

Uranus, as the ruler of Aquarius, is also indirectly contributing to these Aquarian energies of creation and breakdown. Uranus has a duel role. It functions as an expansive creative force that we can access through our intuition, and also functions to break apart that which needs to crumble so the new can begin to build.

For many people Uranus functions largely at the unconscious level of breakdown. When harnessed consciously, however, Uranian intuition pierces the veil of current reality, enabling you to see beyond the 3-D world. Uranus taps you directly into the bigger picture of the new Aquarian age we are now entering.

Accessing Uranian intuition requires that we live with a higher level of personal freedom and individuality, in order to transcend the cultural limitations we experience while living in a strictly material world. We can’t move into the new age with a power structure that doesn’t honor individual freedom, creativity and independence. Uranus helps us step into personal freedom by seeing beyond the veil.

In the Aquarian Age, the role of the collective is to fully support the individual, and not the other way around. Moving forward into new territory, what we create needs to work for the individual as well as the collective. Our new Age of Aquarius must be rooted in personal freedom in order for collective brilliance to fully emerge.

The energy signature within this eclipse directly relates to the significance of the Age of Aquarius and the world we are entering. The portal’s theme of “Management” is a necessary step in our expansion, for in order for expansion to succeed it must be successfully managed. When personal freedom and individual expression are repressed, as they are in many ways in our world, the drive for creativity revolts against those who oppose.

Astrology Pattern

This overall eclipse pattern is transmitting an increased ability to manage all of the changes needed for co-creating a positive and beneficial world for everyone.  As we move into the Aquarian Age, these new capacities for creation include processes of breakdown and the ability to let go of what no longer works.

To be clear, this eclipse portal is NOT about creating chaos and revolution. Rather, the signature of management is about understanding the forces of change. When we understand how to manage the necessary changes, we can also access new level of personal freedom. Each individual who connects with these larger energies helps our transition. Together as a collective we will make the necessary changes to create a society that fully supports the individual, without the need for suppression and corruption that’s associated with some of our current structures.

Mars and Jupiter are working together In harmony with the Full Moon to play an important role in the overall astrology pattern, supporting expansion as well as integration of the eclipse energies.

Jupiter is in a last-quarter sextile position with the Sun/Mars conjunction, signifying that it’s time to change our perspective about what expansion will mean and what it will look like. Jupiter’s specific location is also highly significant. It’s incredible that Jupiter was also at 18° Libra on Apr 10th of this year, conjunct the Libra Full Moon. This Full Moon brought into focus the real possibility of creating a new level of abundance and cooperation in the world, on a personal level as well as collectively and in the culture-at-large.

Jupiter’s return to this location signals an anchoring of those signatures within the larger portal activation. With our current eclipse, the prior focus of possibility has now progressed into an actual skill to be explored and used. At the earlier Libra Moon, creating a new level of abundance was only a possibility. Now, with the eclipse, the energies can be accessed as a skill to be managed, enjoyed, and even celebrated.

Jupiter is all about expansion, however this is an expansion that is managed and organized through organic (organized) growth. This signature of management is furthered emphasized by the fact that Jupiter is highly aspected throughout the chart, connected with nearly all of the remaining planets. The management signature includes Jupiter’s trine to the Moon which supports the bigger picture, representing the individual moving into the Age of Aquarius.

Mars is conjunct the Sun in a new-phase relationship, meaning the Sun has already passed over Mars and is beginning to pull away. This new-phase position is providing a tremendous amount of momentum within the eclipse pattern.

Understanding the relationship of Mars with the Sun is a key to success with this eclipse signature. The Mars contribution of enjoyment and momentum is an important part of this eclipse energy. Feeling the portal effect — catching the wave of new potential — can be accelerated by recharging your own internal processes. The best way to harness the Mars energy of the eclipse is by channeling its momentum through relaxation, enjoyment, and celebrating the positive momentum in your own life.  The specific actions you choose will be an individualized expression. For some the activity might be hosting a party, for others it will be inspired and creative work. Although there is potential intensity associated with this eclipse, the overall signature of momentum is quite positive.

Ultimately, success now is about managing your own energies. The way you do this is entirely dependent on individual circumstances. For some people success in the coming weeks will be expressed as a type of revolution. This can happen on many levels. For example, the revolution could simply be your own response to your personal patterns of stress. Ultimately, the energy of expansion is leading each of us to celebrate our new momentum and revolt against any aspects within the cultural collective that don’t support the individual, especially individual freedom and creativity.

Summary

The Lunar eclipse brings with it an enhanced ability to manage new Aquarian-type energies that support both the personal and the big picture dawning of the Aquarian Age.  As humanity has shifted into this new territory of expanded awareness, the energy of transition itself needs to be managed at a higher level.

The signature of the Age of Aquarius is precisely this transition of consciousness, including the transformation of the culture, whether through personal or collective revolt. What’s unique about this Aquarian revolt is that this is a sophisticated rebellion. In keeping with the Aquarian Age, there’s nothing haphazard or chaotic with our Lunar Eclipse. It’s a managed transition into new territory focused on the benefit of all.

The Lunar eclipse portal will be active for the next 27 days. During this time you can use your new skills of energy management to recharge. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of this natural time of expansion. Use new momentum to imagine ways to manage the shift in energies for yourself as well as the larger picture involving the cultural collective.

We each have a part to play.  It is our opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the collective shift and help move humanity gracefully into the golden Age of Aquarius.

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