The symbolism for the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse is amazing, powerful , extraordinary, epic or whatever superlative you care to use, as each can apply.   I have used ‘is’ because although the actual eclipse is over, its psychological impact and physical effects are felt for a while — well until the next eclipse at the Chinese New Year in 2018.   I want to share how I interpret the eclipse symbolism and that of Hurricane Harvey, as I believe both are associated.

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The most obvious signature of the eclipse is its path across the American continent. The total eclipse phase began near  Government Camp, Oregon at 10:16:55 AM PDT, August 21, and ended near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:49 AM EDT.  The total eclipse perfectly bracketed the continental United States.  Can you  imagine, conceive of anything, anything at all, that could announce more clearly:  “America they made especially this one for you, Wake Up!”

Solar Eclipse 8-21-17


The path of the eclipse bisected the continent, symbolically depicting how divided the country is politically, economically and socially.  Carbondale, Illinois, the point of the greatest duration of the eclipse while not the geographic center of the continent represents ‘heart of the country’ in the Land of Lincoln. As the eclipse moved eastward, it crossed the infamous 36°30′  latitude east of Nashville, where coincidentally General Andrew Jackson had his famous duel with Charles Dickinson, but also the latitude established by the Missouri Compromise of 1820 as the northern limit of black subjugation in the United States (see below).


Still going east, the eclipse crossed the South Carolina coastline near Charleston, grazing right by Fort Sumter,  the start of Civil War hostilities, and then total phase ended, kapoof!  and a partial eclipse begins.


The maximum point of the eclipse was Hopkinsville, Kentucky right about the 36’30 mark

As NASA explains it , a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between Earth and the sun, blocking our view of the sun. The sun’s corona, its upper atmosphere, is  still visible, and that created the “halo” effect that we see. The event can take up to three hours from beginning to end, while the exact moment that the moon covers the sun lasts around two minutes and 40 seconds.  The states in the path of totality are (from west to east) Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

A partial eclipse OTOH, is when the moon never completely covers the sun.


Astrologers believe, that there is a connection between celestial phenomena and terrestrial life, the famous esoteric dictum “as above so below” making this powerful eclipse a clear signal from the divine that humanity,  in particular Americans, must rise above this current state of divisiveness and come together, and work together for the ‘greater good’ i.e. the ‘common good’.

We do not have to create a role model to guide us in this critical endeavor, because we have the teaching of Jesus Christ who tells in Mark 12:29-34

One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the greatest of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The greatest is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

31 The second is like this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 The scribe said to him, “Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he, 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” No one dared ask him any question after that.  World English Bible.

Great Eclipse Terminus

The Great Eclipse terminus at Charleston, SC.  Note that Neptune is semisquare Uranus in the fifth house where it is accidentally in detriment.

As the eclipse moves across the continent, the location it in the zodiacal houses also shifts.  In Oregon the Sun and Moon are in third and fourth houses — communications, brotherhood and home.  When the eclipse hits Carbondale they are conjunct in the seventh house of opportunities and partnership and at Hopkinsville, the latitude crossing, things have not yet changed, but at Fort Sumter while still conjunct, the luminaries at in the ninth house of higher self and education.

This suggests that it starts off with the people in the fourth, goes to the seventh and the Judicial and ends with the legislative branch of Congress.  Of course the star Regulus is  exactly aspected, showing the Executive Branch, but the key is that the people are starting the eclipse  and they want the power and voice to make the changes not have it dictated to them from on high.

                                                  Richard Tarnas on Uranus & Neptune

Richard Tarnas writes in Cosmos and Psyche about the nature of Uranus and Neptune from an archetype point of view stating that this  cycle correlates with the emergence of utopian social visions and movements …a connection to  Uranus’s Promethean impulse towards  creative experiment and innovation united with  Neptune’s idealism, hope, spiritual inspiration, “dissolving of conventional boundaries and structures and the imagination of a perfect harmony and unity to be realized  in the human community.”

In the Terminus chart,  Neptune is exactly semi-square to Uranus in the fifth house, and  square the eclipse ascendant.  Neptune also opposes a retrograde Mercury on the tenth house cusp from the 4th House.  This semi-square though is the delusion of  what was “seeded” at the epochal conjunction back in April 1992 when the Los Angeles Riots began (the LA white officers were let off from bullying the black Terry White with excessive force).

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Professor Tarnas writes that while people are seeking, desire a better world there is no consensus as to what that world should look like or how to get there.  Mr. Trump, is the expression, shall I say a negative expression, of this Uranus impulse for freedom and rebellion.  I believe karmically that DJ Trump is a catalyst for change.

Two Bi-Wheel Charts to think about………

FortSumter Solar Eclipse

     Bi Wheel with Fort Sumter, inner, and the Solar Eclipse, outer

One feature that really stands out ot me is the exact conjunction of Pluto with the North Node of the Fort Sumter chart.  The North Node is the most dynamic point in a chart, as it symbolizes the  “the reason for it all”.  Pluto is the archetype of ‘power’ in the chart, hence we see here an intersection of “destiny and power” occurring at this time and place.

Uranus opposing Jupiter of the eclipse chart conjunct the Fort Sumter sun, forming a T Cross with Pluto, North Node.   The eclipse falls in the 6th House, conjunct the Fort Sumter Saturn.  This highlights the sixth house, that is a place of illness and maladjustment,  but also labour & and service highlighting that  that now is the time to get busy with “working on the illness that caused the Civil War” i.e. the divisive tactics and philosophies that lead to a war of racism and hatred.   It means, stop making the immigrants a tool of politics!



                             A Bi-Wheel of the USA, and Eclipse

In this bi-wheel  Saturn, as it rises is triggers  the Mars square Neptune in the USA chart, and the eclipse Neptune is conjunct the fourth House applying to an opposition with the USA Neptune.  Being a Texan, I am flooded with reports of what is happening in Houston and to me, this is the  signature of Hurricane Harvey.  The fourth house represents the “real estate” of the nation and “the people” are “under water” from the floods of Neptune particularly as Harvey hit the poorer sections of Houston and in particular the refugee camps as they wait for reassignment into America.

I close with a prayer for all the people and living beings in the Gulf Coast area that are so terribly impacted by the hurricane;  may they all be sustained and survive this disaster.

The only ray of light I see in this is that it, like every national disaster, is an opportunity for people to come together, put aside their differences, to help,work, and care for each other,  together as caring and loving human beings.

We constantly vet our essays for accuracy.  This one was updated on June 26 2018.


My adventure in astrology began several decades ago while browsing in a bookstore ( a favorite pastime) where I picked up a book by the astrologer Ronald Davidson, and I was hooked. Encounters with the work of several others astrologers followed in time, among them Dane Rudhyar and Marc Edmund Jones. I was a member of the Sabian Assembly for many years and studied Marc's Sabian Astrology system. Most recently I completed Chris Brennen's Hellenistic Astrology course. It was very enlightening to discover the roots, the beginnings, of horoscopic astrology in the Hellenistic course. I feel that it enabled me to fully "round out" my understanding and practice of astrology. I would describe my approach to astrology as "eclectic", I get excited when I discover some teaching or technique that seems to work and sheds light on an area of astrology that previously has not been well understood or totally obscure. Psychological astrology is and has been an area that I have spent significant time doing, , however these days I find that the mundane/political.economic areas have attracted more of my time and attention. I enjoy writing for this blog and welcome any comments from you our readers, you are the reason for doing this.

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