August 2017: Two Eclipses, Mercury Retrograde, Lions, Tigers and Birds….(oh my)

by Lady Deane

AUG 7, 2017   Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Aquarius/Leo

Sabian Symbol: “Two love birds sitting on a fence and singing happily.”

The Sabian Symbol for an eclipse is always read for the position of the Moon (15 Aquarius). The upside of this degree is happy, as it celebrates togetherness, friendship and joyful reunions. Affectionate chattering, true togetherness, friendship, and the sharing of lives are all favored now.

Or, does the twittering noise simply mask what’s really going on under the surface? Does it create a common bond between people or does it build a wall between them? When one is “sitting on a fence” it can also mean having to pick a side…and committing to it. Fences, borders, walls, barriers and complaining about what’s wrong without knowing how to fix it may be part of the possible down side. In relationships, too much meaningless chatter can drown out the important stuff and leave one feeling stuck.

I see the possible polarity here. Many will have something wonderful to celebrate now and they will rejoice with those whom they feel a sense of camaraderie and fellowship. They will move ahead in life with the support of their community. But the egocentric, narcissistic types cannot be happy for others and they will see nothing to celebrate. From them we can expect nothing but noise.

AUG 21, 2017   New Moon TOTAL Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo

Sabian Symbol: “Many little birds chirping on the limb of a large tree.”

This is a particularly important one this year because it is a TOTAL solar eclipse (not all eclipses are total), and also because it’s visible through a fairly wide portion of the USA. So it’s important nationally as well as individually, and our country will continue to develop these eclipse themes over the next 9-18 months. This can run the gamut from political changes to major changes in weather patterns, with the tendency for everything to become a bit more intense. It’s kind of like watching storm clouds gather right before the skies open up and drench the earth with life giving water (and a few thunder bolts for good measure). Some things will be washed (or burned) away in the process, as eclipses in fire signs tend to move quickly and clear a path. Hopefully it’s so something better can move into the void that’s being created. And lets not forget who’s creating the “something better”…we are.

If you look at the symbolism of the chattering birds, it’s like they’re forming a committee. This can go in many directions. People can fritter away their energies on gossip or they can choose to gather together for a cause. Whether it’s big government or your local library, people are looking for others of like-mind now to share ideas with. And any form of communication may be highlighted: the internet, chat groups, twitter, books, tapes, CDs, publishing, etc. People will seek out ways to pass information along. Some of the negatives associated with this degree include: feeling invisible or “lost” in the crowd, not being able to get a word in edgewise, everyone talking/no one listening, useless chatter/gossip, a cacophony of sound, NOISE.

Remember, chatter can be happy like friends at a quilt guild or book club, or it can descend into chaos with too many points of view like at a political town hall meeting. We have to remember to listen as well as talk. Communication is supposed to be a 2-way street.

Individually, many people will be developing their own personal style, creativity and projects now. Of course, Leo the Lion wouldn’t have it any other way. And we’ll need to decide where we fit within the fabric of society­—and, on a more local level—within our families and circles of friends. Have you outgrown your friends? Here’s a chance to either make new ones, or branch out on your own for a change. Be open to new friendship and affiliation, but support your inner “Diva” or soloist as well. Every group is made up of individuals, after all.

In addition to the eclipses, Mercury will retrograde from August 12th thru September 4th. It retraces its steps back through Virgo and into the last degrees of Leo. What’s interesting is that it will end its retrograde journey at 28 degrees of Leo, which means it will reactivate the August 21st eclipse degree. This lends support to the eclipse themes for that time. As far as Mercury retrograde in Virgo goes, you know the drill by now. Virgo is all about the details. So get your house/affairs in order and don’t sign long-range important contracts now without carefully reading the fine print first. And purchasing communication equipment (phones, computers, etc.) is inviting trouble. Although, repairing existing communication systems may prove worthwhile.

Well now let’s see…where is this all headed? It’s the Year of the Rooster and 3 of the 4 eclipses this year feature Birds in their Sabian Symbols. Coincidence? I think not. Squawk all you want, but there’s an avian theme a-foot (or a-claw) and methinks that perhaps someone’s chickens are about to “come home to roost.” (and you over-tweeters know who you are, too).

Back in February I told people that from a historical perspective, Rooster years tend to produce larger than normal earthquakes and storms, as well as influenza-type outbreaks.  So, you know. Mind the weather, get your flu shot, stay off twitter.

Remember if we all keep on dancing everything will be just fine. Really. It’s all going to be ok. Keep Calm, Dance On (then look up and thank your lucky stars!).     : 0 )