“What will the eclipses mean?”

Posted & filed under Eclipses, Learning Astrology.

I write about eclipses a lot. They’re an astrological passion of mine, because I’ve seen their dramatic cycles play out in my life, the lives of those close to me, and the lives of my clients. I’ve delineated eclipses moving through the houses of the horoscope, eclipses in aspect to natal planets, and written about how to work with eclipse cycles.

But I rarely write about eclipses in signs, other than as part of my monthly essays. It’s not that I think signs are unimportant. In fact, watch the news in the next couple of weeks and I’m confident you’ll see important stories that relate to the general symbolism of Leo (performance, self-expression, ego, children, games/gambling, recreation in general, the arts) and Aquarius (collective creativity, activism, future goals, social networks, technology). Eclipses mean change is coming, that these matters have reached a tipping point and will, over the next couple of years, bring resolution closer.

It’s interesting to watch this play out in society. But I find it a lot more interesting to watch it play out for individuals. And this is where houses, planets, and your personal relationship with a sign come into play.

“What will the eclipse mean, what will it mean?” we cry. And the answer is that it will mean something a little different for each of us. Much in the same way humans are built from the same essential biological building blocks, we all contain the same astrological symbols as well. It’s how they’re arranged that makes us unique.

So while it would be handy for an astrologer to be able to tell you precisely what an eclipse, a transit, or a progression will mean for you, it would be a fool’s errand to try, because these things never mean exactly the same thing for everyone. For astrology to be most helpful, you have to be willing to do some of the work. You have to be curious and creative enough to adapt astrology’s symbolism to what you know about yourself and your life.

What is your relationship with the February eclipses? Look at the degrees of the eclipses:

  • Aug. 7, 2017  – Lunar eclipse at 15.25 Aquarius
  • Aug. 21, 2017 – Solar eclipse at 28.53 Leo

Which houses do these eclipses occupy in your birth chart? Does either of them make hard aspects to your natal planets? And most interestingly, what happened the last time an eclipse fell at those degrees (for instance, the Aug. 6, 2009 lunar eclipse at 13.43 Aquarius, and the Aug. 22, 1998 solar eclipse at 28.48 Leo)?

Not every eclipse brings big change to you personally. But taken together, these two – part of a Leo/Aquarius eclipse series that plays out through Jan. 2019-  mark an important change of focus toward ferocious engagement with your creative spirit, and fierce collaboration with a like-minded community. There’s a little something to get your imagination started. Have fun putting together creative eclipse connections!

For more eclipse articles and offerings, see my eclipse page.

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4 Responses to ““What will the eclipses mean?””

  1. Les

    This one happens 2-3 days after my solar return, so though it conjuncts my Sun within a couple of degrees I’m hoping it will be less dramatic than in 2007 (conjunct my SR IC – my mom died 10 days later). In this SR chart, the Moon and Sun are still in different signs and almost 30 degrees apart, although both in SR 4th house (by Koch).

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  2. Maria

    September 11, 2007 came just before one of the most painful periods of my life, and it had to do with my pets (Virgo, eclipse conjunct my natal Pluto). Definitely a time when I gave up too much for another person (then, my ex).

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  3. Nina

    I was born in time of total eclipse. Could you (somethimes in future write something abaot people like me)?
    This one in Pisces will be on my Ascendent (18 Pisces) and in trine with my Moon(20 Cancer) and Sun (19 Cancer). I feel changes allready. My life became magical this year. Something important happens, i can feel it.

    Sending You Love!!!!

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  4. David

    It’s near my part of fortune but it’s exactly conjunct my son’s sun….the next solar eclipse on September 1st will be conjunct mine :-/

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