Stardate, September 2017

Stardate, September 2017

This month, I’m focusing on the recent eclipse, which occurred on August 21st. Much has been written about it, online and off. Why am I talking about it now?

1. We feel the effects of an eclipse from about a month before until about a month after the day of the eclipse.
2. An eclipse’s effects are most felt along its path of totality, which in this case swept across the United States from approximately Bend, OR, to Charleston, SC.
3. The eclipse was at least partially visible throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the northern portion of South America, and parts of northern or western Europe.

4. To illustrate #3, see the map above, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and NASA.
A. The narrow area between the two very dark blue lines crossing the U.S. is the path of totality.
B. Look at the lighter blue lines crossing the U.S. above and below the path of totality. See the number .80 labeling those lines? They’re the lines along which the eclipse was 80%, or .80, total.
c. The area between the 80% totality line and the full totality path ranged from 99% total closest to the full totality path, down to 81% total closest to the 80% totality line.
D. You can use this logic to find the 60% line, the 40% line, etc., and to “eyeball” between lines to guesstimate where the eclipse was, say, 70% total.
5. However, an eclipse is felt on the entire Earth, not just in the regions within the eclipse’s total or partial path.

What do eclipses mean? First, explore this fascinating website about solar eclipse myths from around the world!
In the meantime, here’s a quote from that site:

"If you do a worldwide survey of eclipse lore, the theme that constantly appears, with few exceptions, is it's always a disruption of the established order," said E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. That's true of both solar and lunar eclipses.

Last month’s eclipse occurred at 28 degrees and 53 minutes of the sign Leo, conjunct (very close to) the fixed star Regulus. What are fixed stars? For the long version, please see the work of Bernadette Brady and Diana Rosenberg. Here’s the short version:  First, remember that the word “planet” means “wanderer?” The ancients called them wanderers because planets change their position against the backdrop of the stars and constellations. They “wander” through the zodiac, in other words.

In contrast, during a human lifetime, the stars appear to be fixed in place and not to wander. (They do move, but only very, very slowly. Why? Because the Earth’s axis takes 26,000 years to wobble in a circle, during which the axis points to one sign of the zodiac after another. That circular motion very gradually appears to change the backdrop of the stars in relation to the Earth. It also changes the North Star: Before it was Polaris as it is today, for example, the North Star was Thuban. By the way, the axis points at each of the twelve signs for  2,167 years, which astrologers call an “Age:” an Age of Pisces, an Age of Aquarius, etc.)

Back to the fixed stars. For millennia, in an attempt to interpret the meanings of the stars lined up with different degrees of the zodiac, astrologers have made notes of events or traits that seemed to be associated with a particular star. As astrologer Jeff Green says, astrology evolved from a process of observations and correlations.

What’s associated with Regulus, then? It’s said to be of the nature of both Jupiter (hope, faith, benevolence, our belief system, abundance, “luck,” or an inflated ego and a sense of entitlement) and Mars (the “inner warrior,” courage, our fright, flight or freeze mechanism, boundaries, assertiveness, or fear, aggression, rage and belligerence). It’s said to be a “royal” star, and if it’s prominent in someone’s chart, that person often seems to have more than his or her share of good fortune. Sometimes it’s said to bring honor, riches, military power—and sometimes if excess pride is involved, it’s also said to bring a fall, typically a big one. Jupiter does nothing in a small way.

Why would we care that the eclipse conjoined Regulus? Because Regulus is conjunct Donald Trump’s natal Ascendant, his persona, his external self, how he presents himself. It’s therefore opposed to his Descendant: how he interacts with others, particularly but not only with his intimates. The Descendant refers to The Other, to That Which Is Not The Self.

It’s interesting that the rambling, defensive speech that Trump made on August 22, in which he attacked the media and the senators from AZ and defended his “perfect” responses to the Charlottesville, VA, demonstration, in which the alt-right waved Nazi flags, chanted anti-Semitic slogans, and deliberately rammed a car into counter-protestors and killed one of them, happened the day after the eclipse. It’s also interesting that on the following day, Trump pardoned a sheriff convicted of racial profiling, which consisted in part of stopping anyone he thought might be an illegal immigrant, without any evidence, despite our Constitutional protection against unreasonable search or seizure.

We’ve certainly been seeing “disruptions of the established order” for some time, but they can come to a head around an eclipse. Prominent Republicans, and the heads of all the branches of the armed services, are distancing themselves from Trump and speaking out against his views. We’ll see what happens next.

What if you have a natal planet conjunct Regulus? Well, you’d be wise not to get conceited about whatever’s ruled by that planet. (For everyone, it’s wise not to become egotistical about what’s ruled by the house in your chart that contains the late degrees of the sign Leo.) You might want to examine that planet’s and/or house’s role in your life. Does it need changing? What’s been disrupted there? What perhaps should be “disrupted”?

All food for thought, this September.