Now, anyone reading the news understands that President Trump enjoys being at the center of attention. Well, the “Great American Eclipse” is certainly part of the script to “Make America Great,” and Trump may have been the man destined to make it happen. For starters, the Aug. 21 eclipse occurs conjunct the fixed star Regulus. As the lion’s heart of the constellation Leo, Regulus since ancient times has been associated with kings and kingship. A solar eclipse conjunct Regulus would have been an omen for the fall of the king. (And most certainly not news a court astrologer would want to have to deliver to his royal patron.) And, if that weren’t enough, the Great American Eclipse falls directly on the point that was rising over the horizon at the moment of President Trump’s birth (assuming the birth certificate released by the campaign is accurate).
The Sun is one of two luminaries in the natal chart, though for ease of reference we generally refer to it as one of the 10 planets. Thanks to print media, Sun signs became a significant part of pop culture in the 1960’s, a phenomenon that does not appear to be experiencing any decline and, as a result, most people tend to know their own Sun sign. In the horoscope, the Sun is the central figure representing one’s life force, the conscious mind and one’s creative energy. Simply put, it is our ego, our basic identity, and how we want to shine in the world. The Sun is what makes each of us unique, reflecting our potential and our spirit, as well as our purpose in life. It is the vehicle for our “doing” self, reflecting the energy that gets us where we want to go.
This Leo/Aquarius full moon is inviting us to show up as our most radiant selves. With the Sun ruling Leo, we are given the opportunity to breath into and receive the warmth and healing powers of this sign. What gifts does Leo bring? The power of strong leadership. The self-discipline required to stand strong in our own sovereignty and the ability to look deeply within to find the Light that is always there.
The sun moves into the sign of Leo on July 22nd. Leo is a fire sign and when we add the fiery energy of Mars, which will be sitting right next to the Leo sun, we have a potent combination.The July 23rd New Moon takes place at 0 degrees of Leo, announcing the Leo season. New moons always herald new beginnings and this one has all the potential to be a hot one. How does the energy of fire sit in your body? Does it burn you up or energize you? With this Leo/Mars combination there is the possibility of a wide range of expressions. Mars wants action, wants to initiate something. Leo is only too willing to step on the stage and create something new as long as he is the star of the show.
This month we meet the energy of Leo whose ruling planet is the Sun, our life force. Because there is more life force energy available to us right now we are invited to move outward, to express, to illumine. These are all Leo qualities. Leo is a great teaching sign so we take our creative gifts and bring them out into the world. We need to invoke Aquarius to help us here. Aquarius is the sign opposite Leo at the time of the full moon. Aquarius is all about distribution, integration and group consciousness as opposed to the Leo personality who is self- conscious, (focused only on himself).
This new moon in the sign of Leo focuses on the themes of creativity, Light, Love, and trusting our inner guidance. Leo was born to create, to bring the light within out into the world and shine. With the Sun as it’s ruler, Leo can be a brilliant force of light and love in the world.
Leo the Lion, the fifth sign of the zodiac,finds us exactly in the middle of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. During this time, it is natural for our thoughts of the Sun (Leo’s ruler) and its bold presence in our lives to be most active. Many of Leo’s traits can be easily identified when we consider how we view the Sun, particularly its elemental quality of Fire.