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A Playground Brawl: August 2017’s Solar Eclipse

By January 17, 2018September 16th, 2021Eclipse posts

The Sun and the Moon will meet in the sign of Leo and will form a trine with Uranus in the sign of Aries and another with Juno in Capricorn during this month’s Solar Eclipse. The eclipse also forms a quincunx to Chiron.

A Grand Trine is permissive in its nature, so any expression on the part of one of the Trine’s members is easily supported and upheld by the others–whether that expression is positive or negative. Expressed well, this eclipse could signal innovation, liberation and prosocial behavior–but most likely born in a crucible of fire. Expressed badly, this eclipse could signal explosive disaster, in the archaic sense. The word “disaster” means “bad stars.” It may ultimately prove to be a good thing that Chiron quincunxes this eclipse, sabotaging its excessively fiery and excitable nature.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: August 21, 2017
Time of eclipse: 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Southern Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Northeast Georgia and The Carolinas.
At: 28 Leo
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Sun conjunct North Node creates an Initiating (not Releasing), nodal orientation
Shadow Agents:  Uranus in Aries, Juno in Capricorn.

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
August 16-26
October 17-27
January 13-23
May 14-24
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. When you open it, the Sun and Moon in Leo walk into your living room. The Sun is wearing a suit with a red power tie, and a nametag that says Donnie. The Moon is dressed in a black shirt with Mandarin collar, and a nametag that says King Jong Moon.  The two are fighting with each other–screaming and pulling each other’s hair. Before you are even able to greet them, the North Node comes from behind them, dressed as a schoolteacher.
North Node: Children, children! Please stop fighting, we are in this lovely woman’s living room.
The Sun and Moon begin fighting even more furiously, with each screaming that the other had started it. The North Node clucks her tongue and waves her magic wand. Your living room fills with a magical mist. When the mist clears, your living room is gone and you are now in a gradeschool play yard. The Sun and Moon briefly stop fighting for a moment and dumbfoundedly look around their new environment.
North Node: See? If you are going to act like children, then this is where you belong.
The Sun and Moon now both look about 8 years old. The Sun is a chunky kid who is dressed in very expensive clothes, because he comes from a wealthy family. The Moon, however, is dressed in tattered, patched clothes. Other kids gather around them in the playground.
Moon: I’m sick of being bullied by you Sun! You can’t scare me anymore. I’ve got bombs now, and I’m not afraid to use them. Who else of you kids wants to join my side?
Several of the children stand behind the Sun, but the Moon has a few allies on his side too. Most of the kids stand off to the side and huddle together, scared of what might come from this conflict. Some of the Sun’s allies try to talk sense into him, but he waves them off. The Moon is lighting a cherry bomb and lobs it over right next to the Sun.
Moon: Ha–take that!
The firework explodes, causing the Sun and his friends to jump.
Sun: That was too close!
Uranus in Aries sidles up to the Sun and whispers into his ear.
Uranus: Don’t let him mess with you! You’re the most powerful kid on this playground. You know you’re stronger than he is. Time for a show of force!
Uranus opens a large box of assorted fireworks, including a large stockpile of cherry bombs.
Uranus (with an expression of gleeful mania): Get a load of these babies!
Juno sidles up to the Sun also and whispers in his other ear.
Juno: You are not looking very authoritative right now. You’d better get some respect from that Moon guy.
Uranus: How about martial law? This is a war situation! Everybody has to obey you under martial law.
Juno: Yes, that sounds great and that could make you look really heroic.
The Sun is rummaging around in the box of fireworks, looking for the biggest ones.
Moon: I’ve had it! I may not have as many cherry bombs as you, but I’ve got something better. I will ECLIPSE you!
The Moon flings himself at the Sun. Everyone in the schoolyard sees this happening in slow motion–the Sun’s glow is gradually blotted out by the shadow of the Moon. The whole schoolyard begins going dark. The school nurse, Chiron in Pisces, rushes out from her nurse’s office and into the fray.
Chiron: Children! This is no way to behave. Have understanding and compassion for each other! She turns to the Moon.
Moon, I know you come from a very difficult upbringing because I’ve dressed your wounds before. But your dysfunctional home must not be allowed to infect the culture of the whole schoolyard. And Sun, you have things so much easier, but you are so insecure that you end up being your own worst enemy. And even though your values are more functional than the Moon’s, that doesn’t mean make it right to impose them by force and threat.
Uranus and Juno rally the other kids and the violence explodes across the schoolyard. As the Moon continues to eclipse the Sun, and the shadow grows longer and longer across the schoolyard, Chiron raises her voice in one last plea.
Chiron (turning to the Sun): You can end this and it doesn’t have to end in disaster. Right now, you have a choice between your ego and your life. What are you going to choose? (She turns to the Moon.) Any harm you do to each other will only come back to hurt yourselves and your families. What are you going to choose? An eclipse lasts for minutes, but history is forever. What will your descendants think of what you do today? And will you have descendants?
And now, Gentle Reader, we will draw a curtain across this scene, in hopes that the Sun and Moon can work something out before this becomes a real “disaster.”

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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