Total Solar Eclipse in a Mercury Retrograde

There is much talk about the upcoming eclipse Monday, August 21st. This is a rare second Leo new moon reflecting an eclipse 19 years ago. What happened then? Solar eclipses inform humanity something essential has come to an end. Making room for something newer and more vital to manifest. In a total solar eclipse, the moon (matter) is blocking the essential light of the Sun. Therefore, “as above in the heavens, so below on Earth”, something essential within our lives becomes hidden and then it simply falls away.

It is good to ask ourselves (in our personal lives, towns, cities, communities with friends & family) what is changing, disappearing and falling away? As we assess this phenomenon, and adapt to it, we also acknowledge our gratitude.

Monday’s new moon/solar eclipse occurs at (28.53) 29 degrees Leo – a crucial ending degree. Truly something has completed itself, its work complete. To apply this practically, for those with astrology charts, we locate 29 degrees Leo in our charts. This is the area of life where something ends. And matters, quietly existing in shadows, appear! Eclipses show us where we will expand and grow.

Along with this new moon eclipse, Sun is trine (harmony) Uranus (change). Sun illuminates, Uranus (in Aries) “brings forth all things new”. Quickly!

The trine says, “Everything is in harmony.” Sun/Uranus supports the eclipse changes.

The shadow of the eclipse streams across the U.S. It is the first eclipse in 99 years across the continental U.S. Leo is the Light of the Soul. This eclipse, with Regulus (the Law Giver), calls forth the Soul of the United States, summoning our country to stand with courage, leadership assuming its spiritual task – to “stand in the Light & lead humanity within & towards the Light.” Lighting the Way for all of humanity. (read more at


ARIES: You need enjoyment and playfulness as this eclipse Mercury retrograde time affects your life of pleasure, creativity, spontaneity, the arts, children and, above all, having parties. The last you must do! It’s important to feel joyful. You also need an adventure that’s not too risky. Questions. What/who is your muse? What is your creativity? What do you enjoy? And remember to share, always, from the heart.

TAURUS: It’s time to create the type of home you hope for, envision and actually need. The old ways and means at home are no longer working. Perhaps there’s need for greater security, comfort or beauty. Perhaps a new couch or uncovering buried treasure. Perhaps family relationships need emotional support, more loving kindness. Notice a gathering of past life gifts. To be used in this lifetime to serve humanity.

GEMINI: Have you considered what your communication needs are, your intellectual needs, even the needs you have about your neighborhood? What are you learning these days, how do you see our country? New ways of thinking may be needed. You are responsible for instructing humanity about the world at large. What do you know about the world? Are you offering information that displays tolerance and loving kindness?

CANCER: It’s important during this eclipse & mercury retrograde time to review what your values are and what you are confident about. It is a time to assess finances, spirituality, religion, children, communication, security and things psychological. It’s important too, to be generous in all ways. Giving allows us to have a sense of pride that we have helped others. Tithing and giving. All that is given is returned ten-fold.

LEO: Leo is always about the self, the “I am”, and see what I have created! Now a deeper level of the self is germinating, about to be revealed. A richer sense of self-recognition, self-esteem and a realization that one truly has strength and courage. Self-knowledge, self-confidence, creative self-expression, too. All of these are coming forth. You are to know yourself as essentially perfect. A new being emerging in the world. Independent and free.

VIRGO: Changes within will be recognized and seen later in the year. A deep psychological development is taking place. A spiritual impact can be felt when in nature, deep in forests, on walks, in warm waters, during early mornings and at sunset. Something secret reveals itself and one’s deepest desires come forth. Expect revelations, dreams and voices in the wind. Offering direction.

LIBRA: You consider what future goals are yet to be achieved. Hopes, wishes and dreams come into focus and they include friends, intimates, and social groups who recognize your inner beauty and authenticity. You feel a great love given by others washing away any perceived wounds from early childhood. Life heals you and becomes your playground.

SCORPIO: Career, public image, vocation, ambition – all are highlighted at the eclipse retrograde time. You attempt to bring the Soul into your professional life. Because you need work that is meaningful, having a special place in the world. The eclipse touches and illuminates your essence. You begin to express yourself differently. Unmasked, this is the person you truly are. Don’t fret. You’re still protected.

SAGITTARIUS: There’s a leap forward in learning, an expansion beyond what you’ve known before. Beliefs are changing as new information, like revelations, appear in your mind. Everything becomes a surprise when you step outside of the known. Your mind is shaken up, your perceptions shift. A new world appears. It will take three months to be integrated. You will travel.

CAPRICORN: Things, people, you –all seem to be in a state of transformation. Intimacy becomes important in daily life in order to reconnect. Looking at people you’re able to understand their deep hidden psychological levels. You speak words that create in them safety, security and calmness in their world. Little deaths occur. Not physical, but little endings of things. You understand and are grateful.

AQUARIUS: You think about marriage, partnerships, friendships. You attempt to express yourself in a new way in the world in order to reconcile differences and allow for understanding to occur. You empower others to feel good about themselves. They in turn love you more. Refrain from projecting any shadows upon others. Allow everyone to be free.

PISCES: Tending to health is most important. Perhaps a warm pool of water somewhere. Call it forth, mention it daily. Visualize it. Soon it will gradually appear. One must keep body, emotions, mind and Soul in complete alignment, poised, quiet and calm. This physical, spiritual and psychological order will allow Pisces to meet the many continuing demands on their time. The world needs saving. Pisces is the savior.

Risa – writer, teacher, counselor, mentor, astrologer, esotericst

Founder/Director – Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute

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