The Sun entering Leo today begins the process of two eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. The first takes place Friday: a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius, conjunct retrograde Mars — followed by a partial solar eclipse in Leo itself.
We’re also approaching the peak of the summer season, with the Sun in its sign of rulership; and one of the cross-quarter days, Lughnasadh (pronounced lunessa), celebrated by neo-Pagans the first week of August, as the Sun nears the Leo midpoint.
Apart from the eclipses, the standout aspect of the week is retrograde Mars opposite Pallas, with both conjunct the nodes.
Pallas is the goddess of protection, law and diplomacy, placed on the cutting-edge North Node of the Moon. This shows a potential direction we might head in: trying to work things out. That might require letting go some of the “strong ego” quality for which Leo is famous.
Mars retrograde in Aquarius describes either a group dynamic, or one person expressing their individuality, pitted against a group of some kind. So we have two dynamics set up against one another, amplified by the nodes. The setup is more a question than an answer. Which dynamic rules? How does the group treat the individual? What is the relationship between the one and the many?
Dear Friend and Reader:
It’s been a banner week for insanity here on the planet. The whole Russia crucible came to a boil, over and over again, as Trump stood side-by-side with a man who will go down in history as the greatest KGB agent ever. While that is not your team, one should give credit when due. He knows how to get things done.
Partial solar eclipse on Nov. 3, 2013. Next week’s total lunar eclipse will be followed by another partial solar eclipse. Photo by er Guiri.
The issue of potential Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm election is so vital because that is really the only political potential for any justice or correction of our current situation, slim though it may be.
Our federal legislature is just amazingly lame at the moment; and while a Democratic sweep is no guarantee of anything, it would at least represent some movement away from the stranglehold of one political party controlling all three branches of government, and both houses of the legislature.
When will it be time to heed the words of James Madison: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”