Move On, Step Up

Posted by Len Wallick


This coming weekend will represent a significant chance for you to move on and up to orient your life with the sky as well as with the days, nights and seasons of life on Earth. As Len Wallick explains it, you can take the next several days to become a more active participant in the solar system.

From one day to the next, you move on. You move on to take care of your needs, follow up on your plans, keep your schedule and to deal with what life brings you. You might say the same for the Sun, Moon and planets. Perhaps most of all the celestial objects, the Sun moves with you, marking the passage of time.


That’s because the Sun brings day and light with its presence in the sky. Also, calendars and clocks are synchronized with the Sun because of how the Sun’s height in the sky corresponds to the seasons.

The Sun is additionally a primary point of reference for navigational purposes. Especially on the ocean, where no landmarks are to be found, sailors have long looked to the Sun first to figure out where on Earth they are.

The Sun’s role in astrology is similar to its practical role in your life. For astrologers, the Sun is astrology’s central organizing principle. It is true that the Moon is an indispensable complement to the Sun. So it is that the Sun and Moon are in an astrological class of their own: luminaries. It’s also true that the planets combine with the luminaries to delineate specifics and expand perspective so as to make astrology capable of correlating with life’s complexities.

Nonetheless, it is important to constantly refer back to the Sun and include it so astrology can keep up with life. Now (as we enter Labor Day weekend in the U.S.), is an especially good time to orient yourself astrologically by using the Sun.

You might first use the Sun as both a marker of time and an orienting reference to consider where you are as regards to the eclipses we are in the midst of. Specifically, instead of taking the word of somebody else, you can now evaluate for yourself whether the Sun in opposition to the Aquarius Full Moon back on Aug. 18 constituted a lunar eclipse for you.

Because the Full Moon of Aug. 18 spent less than half an hour just barely inside Earth’s shadow, the darkening of the Moon was not readily perceptible. For that reason (and in spite of the fact that the eclipse was assigned a number by astronomers) some say it did not happen. Now that you have the perspective of having been through yesterday’s Virgo conjunction of the Sun and New Moon for a solar eclipse, you can use the guidelines Eric published on Aug. 18 to decide on your own authority whether your life entered the ‘zone’ between eclipses back then or only yesterday.

Based on his erudition and experience as an astrologer, Eric noted four ‘properties’ that your life tends to take on between eclipses. First, there is what he described as a “concentration of experience.” In other words, more events packed into the same amount of time — in this case, the two-week period between a Full and New Moon (or vice-versa).

Next, those concentrated events also seem to be karmic or even predestined in some way. Third, there is a perception of discontinuity that goes with being in the eclipse zone, in that endings and beginnings are more prevalent than usual. Finally, it is more likely that the discontinuity will correspond with your facing critical transitions and decisions to a greater than normal extent.


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Hopefully, you will have some discretionary time available to you over the next several days. If that is the case for you, consider the benefit of taking some of that time to, in essence, be your own astrologer. After all, it is not all that often the Sun affords such a clearly distinguished opportunity.

If you see fit to take advantage of such a rare opportunity, simply take some time away from your weekend activities to reflect on your life since Aug. 18. Did the properties of being in an eclipse zone start showing up in your life last month, or only since yesterday?

This is not a meaningless exercise. Neither is it a test. Think of it as a chance to validate and affirm your role as an active participant in the system we have named after the Sun — the solar system. Believe your perceptions, and locate yourself accordingly.

Once you have a fix on your location in relation to the Sun and Moon in eclipse, you will have taken a great step — a step up. You will have, in essence, left the ground where your life was marked by days, nights and seasons. You will have elevated your life to include the sky. That is no small thing.

In addition, you will have attained a perspective you can build on. Next week the Sun moves on to locate you in relation to a distant but demonstrably significant object that has a lot in common with the controversial Full Moon of Aug. 18 . That object would be Pluto. Even as you move on yourself, it might be to your advantage to stay tuned.

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Len Wallick

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Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

5 thoughts on “Move On, Step Up

  1. Barbara Koehler

    Thanks Len, don’t think I saw or felt any signs of an eclipse during the last 2 weeks although the Louisiana flood victims might disagree. Transiting Sedna in Taurus was T-square the Full Aquarian Moon opposite the Leo Sun which might account for some of Mother Nature’s wrath.

    It would seem that back before sophisticated weather and sky-watching equipment, when people could actually see with their own eyes a Sun or Moon eclipse, the effects were what history has provided us as eclipse results. If they weren’t seen they weren’t experienced. If there was an eclipse on August 18, 2016, it was just for a very few places on the planet to observe or experience its after effects.

    Now yesterday’s eclipse is a whole ‘nuther matter. I bet there will be repercussions and reverberations regarding the Trump visit to Mexico for some time to come. Transiting Hidalgo was at 0+ Aquarius and retrograde at the time. O+ Aquarius is where Jupiter and Saturn will start their new cycle in 2020, and that’s only 3 degrees past the U.S. Sibly natal Pluto. Not that anyone in the astrology community is questioning the validity of yesterday’s eclipse, but my feeling is what Hidalgo starts, somebody else will finish at a later date.

  2. Len WallickLen Wallick Post author

    Barbara: Thank you so very much for adding your insights as regards to the eclipses we are in the midst of. I respect your opinion as much as any astrologer in the entre world. I understand the point of “seeing with your own eyes”, yet please consider that Pluto and other distant objects of proven astrological weight are not seen with the unaided eye. Please also consider (as Eric mentioned in a long ago column) that Chiron in Pisces made its presence felt in the 1960’s even though it had not been discovered yet. As you point out (with the example of the tragic flooding in Louisiana,), correlations with the unseen may not be quite as universal as with the classical planets visible to the unaided eye, but for some if not many, the vibe does get through upon occasion. Thank you for staying with me during my own personal struggles in the “eclipse zone”.

  3. aWord

    Len, this eclipse seems to have left enough Sun available, and enough Sun not-visible, to gain a little smidgen of perspective. It may not be a ring-of-fire, but even an ember from that eclipse-zone can count for something. Thank you, as always.

  4. beleclaire

    Thanks Len for the nudge to review the first eclipse till now. I have to say ‘yes’ it has been mighty intense for me from 1st to 2nd, and I anticipate more from 2nd to 3rd.
    Whatever eclipses bring I often have the feeling of being truly alive during these periods, not that it is always pleasant though.

    On a related point, I have been really appreciating the dances of Astrea and Hygeia through Libra and Juno and BML through Scorpio. I experience them as supporting all the Virgo work.

  5. Len WallickLen Wallick Post author

    beleclaire: now that we are nearing midway between the 2nd and 3rd eclipses I do hope that your sensation of feeling truly alive is tipped towards the pleasant. Thank you for bringing up some of the lesser known players in the big picture. Juno and BML have been especially interesting to watch, especially as the Moon recently swept through to conjoin them.

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