The Great American Solar Eclipse

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Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

by Nikki Davenport, Astrological Consultant

“The power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.  The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is like a ball, and so are the stars.  The wind, in its greatest power, whirls; birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.  The sun and moon, both round, come forth and go down again in a circle.  Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were.  The life of a person is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”                                                                     Lakota Chief Black Elk

On Monday, August 21, 2017, we will be gifted by our cosmic planetary system with the magic of a Total Solar Eclipse that will cross the contiguous United States and, for the first time, the shadow track, known as the “path of totality,” will sweep over the United States and no other country.

The path of totality will be 70 miles wide and will plunge us into darkness as it moves from the western edge of Oregon to the eastern tip of South Carolina.  The shadow track also crosses Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the corner of Georgia.  These are the states where totality (complete darkness) will be visible.

Total Solar Eclipses are a beautiful example of the sacred geometry of nature.  The sun’s 864,000-mile diameter is 400 times larger than our moon, which is 2,160 miles.  The moon also happens to be about 400 times closer to the earth than the sun and as a result, the new moon can appear to completely blot out the disk of the sun during a Total Solar Eclipse.

In St. Louis, the first moon-sun contact will be at 11:50 AM CDT, total eclipse begins 1:18 PM CDT, and last contact will be 2:45 PM CDT.  In St Louis, the northern edge of totality runs close to the Hi-Pointe and Forest Park South neighborhoods.  Totality will last longest in Patch, the southern tip of the Carondelet neighborhood, with duration of 2 minutes, 40 seconds.

At the “brink of totality” the sun narrows to a filament of light and suddenly disintegrates into irregular dots and points of light called “Baily’s Beads,” as the last rays of sunlight stream through.

Be careful not to look directly at the sun during any part of the eclipse as it can be very damaging to our eyes.  Be sure to obtain certified eye protection before eclipse time.

Eclipses have appeared in mythology in all different cultures, usually causing fear.  The word eclipse is a Greek word meaning “abandonment.”  An eclipse, in ancient times, was seen as the sun “abandoning” the earth.  An eclipse symbol is the dragon eating the sun as the light dims.  The Incas tried to intimidate the creatures who were eating the Sun.  The ancient Chinese made lots of noise to scare the dragon.  The people in India got into water to help the sun fight off the menacing dragon form.

In other legends, the Vietnam culture sees the frog that swallows the sun, the Vikings recount a pair of sky wolves in pursuit of the sun and moon, Venus is seen as a snake with the sun in her mouth by the Maya, and the Native American Navajo tribe knew that the eclipse was a normal time to reflect on the universe.

Eclipses, from an astrological viewpoint in our current times, are thought to be the harbinger of great change.  The Solar Eclipse at New Moon is “external,” affecting our circumstances and often unexpected events happen out in the world and in our private experiences days before and after eclipse time.

  • Eclipses can “shake up our thinking” and bring a feeling of fated events. They can bring a change of direction.  We feel disoriented or “out of sorts” during eclipse periods.
  • Eclipses can shine a light of truth in our lives and at the same time create mystery and hidden secrets.
  • We may feel more emotional than usual.
  • We have the chance to be more enlightened than usual.
  • When we take action at an eclipse, the end result is usually not exactly what we expected.
  • This solar eclipse, so strongly aligned with the United States, so close to where we live, correlates with the possibility of major changes of all kinds in our connection to our government, leaders, individual communities, and our personal lives.

The astrology of the sun and moon zodiacal position at 28 degrees LEO brings to the eclipse energy an archetype of the majestic lion, leadership, kingly presence, performers, shining ones, and the glamor and opulence of nobility.  As the sun and moon meet there is the flavor of star-power, charisma, heart driven will-power, and creativity.

A look at the spiritual energies around this rare eclipse through the LEO prism include an opening universal light, special and unique understandings in the scheme of the New Moon beginnings, and in-depth perception with intellectual and emotional clarity.  In Leo, we discover the power of the will, a dynamic force of spirit and the knowing that love is the ability to bring bliss to another.

The Leo eclipse is also associated with Anahata, the Heart Chakra which rules love, breath, balance, relationships, and unity.  It governs romance, friendship, and heart connections.  The heart chakra’s force is equilibrium, and calmness.  Anahata’s spiritual energy is compassion. The eclipse gateway will open the Divine Child in each of us.

Finally, as we remember, the sun and moon meet every month at New Moon to refresh our perspective and renew our energies.  In August the meeting will be intensely powerful. The sun brings growth, self-expression, positive energy, and celestial power to help us shine.  The moon awakens our emotions, intuition, and our connection to the natural world to help us look within.

On August 21, 2017 the American Total Solar Eclipse will have us looking up, our physical worlds will be unpredictably askew, our spiritual energies will be awakening in the magic darkness, and our lives will change!

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