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The King vs. the People: August 2017’s Lunar Eclipse

By August 9, 2017September 27th, 2021Eclipse posts

The Lunar Eclipse on August 7 features the Moon in Aquarius, with Mars in Leo bringing up anger, irritability and a tendency to impulsive, possibly warlike, actions and also a dominating feel. Kind of like an overgrown toddler wielding power while in a tantrum! Lunar eclipses tend to manifest emotionally or in “inner world” ways, so beware of explosive feelings and the actions they might lead you to take. Fortunately, Jupiter is harmoniously trined the Moon, which may soften the feel of this eclipse and bring a resolution to the dilemma of centralized versus dispersed power that Leo and Aquarius are caught up in.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: August 7, 2017
Time of eclipse: 11:11 AM Pacific Time
Type: partial (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Australia, Antarctica, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe.
At: 15º Aquarius
Nodal Orientation:
Shadow Agents: Mars in Leo, Pallas Athene in Taurus, Jupiter in Libra.

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
August 2 to 13
November 2 to 12
January 30 to February 5
April 30 to May 10

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door. Before you even answer it, you can hear shouting. There stand the Sun, Moon and Mars, all engaged in a fierce argument. The Sun sweeps into your living room first, pushing the Moon aside as he comes. The Sun in Leo is wearing a massive golden crown, which is cocked on his head at a jaunty angle, as well as fine, brocade robes which would suit the palace of Versailles. He stops and checks out his image in every reflective surface, and becomes irritable when people don’t notice him. Mars in Leo is pulled along in the Sun’s wake. Mars has his chest puffed out and his numerous medals of honor are clanking into each other, sounding like a large ring of keys. The Moon in Aquarius, who is being outshouted, persists in bringing her agenda, a huge scroll she is carrying and reading aloud from. The Moon is dressed in a plain gown unlike the finery of the Sun and Mars. Pallas Athene is bespectacled and dressed in a professional pantsuit. She trails behind Mars, but elbows in ahead of the Moon.
Moon: I’m here to represent the people and I’m far more concerned with making their voices heard than I am with looking fancy. You’ve got to understand that the people have rights too! I’ve even heard them called “inalienable rights–to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” You can’t just have things the way you want them. And you can’t just benefit yourself!
Sun: I am the FATHER of these people! Of course I know what’s best for them.
Mars: I’m behind you, sir, backing you up all the way. (He rattles his sabre)
Pallas Athene: Are you guys aware that there are serious outside threats to our nation and our way of life?
Mars: Lemme at ‘em!
Sun: What do you mean? Is it an opportunity for me to look good?
Pallas Athene: Yes, but only if you are serious about doing what’s right for your country.
Moon: Fat chance!
Pallas Athene: (to Moon) Yes, but you are only interested in giving the people what they need, but you probably DO NOT want to rule them! Are you aware that leadership is difficult?
The Moon gapes at this idea
Moon: No, I suppose I wasn’t considering that. I mostly just like to read, and enjoy one of my eccentric hobbies, such as bunny collecting.
The Sun and Mars both hip-bump the Moon out of their way. Mars’ medals clank loudly.
Sun: There! It’s settled. I shall continue to rule!
Mars: Yeah, him!
Pallas Athene (clears her throat):
Ahem! I was actually hired as an outside consultant to help SOLVE this issue, once and for all. Now can I get you two to sign here, here, and here?
She shoves over two clipboards in the respective directions of Sun and Moon.
Mars: To hell with paperwork! My king shall be the only one to rule!
Mars slices the two clipboards with his sabre.
Moon: Oh I’ll make sure this is the bloodiest revolution to date!
The Moon pulls out a powdered wig from under her tunic and places it on her head, a la Robespierre. She begins winding up her fist to strike Mars.
Pallas Athene: Children, children…now Moon, don’t do anything that you’ll regret…
Pallas Athene begins to look overwhelmed. Moon’s fist lands on Mars’ mouth. Chaos ensues in your living room. The Sun jumps into the rumble, wielding his sceptre and swinging it blindly. All four are lost in a cloud of confusion, elbows and kicks.
Suddenly, the doorbell rings. You sidle around the brawl to your front door and open it. Jupiter in Libra marches inside, wearing a three piece suit, and ambassador’s badge. His car, parked outside, has diplomat’s plates.
You: Thank goodness you’re here!
Jupiter: I have just the solution for your political crisis!
Mars: Hey it’s the big man on campus! Who do you think you are?
Moon: Yeah, who invited you to the party? We have enough people fighting, we don’t need one more dissenting voice!
Pallas Athene: Yes, please leave. As you can see, I have this completely under control.
The Sun’s elbow comes out from the melee and socks Pallas Athene in the jaw. She goes goggle-eyed and falls over.
Jupiter: Uhh…yes, I can see that. Maybe I can show you guys this!
Jupiter pulls out a document from the breast pocket of his enviously smart suit. Everyone stops and looks in his direction.
Jupiter: This document can be your new constitutional democracy! Now you can rule, Sun in Leo, but you must do so according to the needs of the people, as represented by Moon in Aquarius. And Mars, you can help protect both!
Mars: I know I can do it! And then some! Just give me a battle to win!
Jupiter: Moon, you’re going to have to uphold your end of the bargain. The people must show up for voting and must stand up for what they believe in.
Moon: Ok, it’s high time we did that anyway.
Jupiter: And Sun, you’ve got to rule wisely and stop grabbing all the attention and glory for yourself. Do you think you can do that?
Sun: Does that mean I get to keep on being king?
Moon and Pallas Athene: Yes!
Sun: Then I’ll try. But you need to follow my lead!
Everyone: We will.
You: Whew!
Jupiter (herds the whole crew ou the door and whispers to you as he goes): We’ll see how long this lasts.

Read about 2017’s eclipses here.

If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above
contact Jamie for a reading.


Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.

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