Musings on the Great American Eclipse

for an article about the astrology of the eclipse, follow this link.

This week like so many others Rich and I took a trip (with our NASA authorized glasses) to a location in South Carolina where the path of the eclipse would exhibit maximum totality.  The most incredible part of the eclipse experience was witnessing the explosion of light after the shadow of the Moon covered the Sun.  As an astrologer I tend to focus more on the inner landscape of planetary events and less on the astronomical, but it was still a miracle to witness such an amazing display of nature’s majesty.

One thing I don’t like about my job is that other’s people fears create business opportunities.  The hype around the effect of this eclipse was so immense that I had clients calling me afraid to travel during the eclipse.  One was afraid to start a new job.  One thought her marriage would end.  One thought she would probably die because the eclipse was on her ascendant, but our reading actually occurred when the lunar eclipse was on her Pluto!  And of course she was just fine.

To be fair, most of the doomsayers were religious fanatics rather than astrologers, and in the midst of my first total eclipse I understood why ancient humans were so afraid of eclipses.  The world suddenly goes dark as the Moon eats the Sun, birds and insects go quiet, and the light fades in a particularly eerie fashion as darkness drains the color from the world and replaces it with blackness.

Eclipses are important astrologically because they occur when the lunar nodes are conjunct (aligned with) the Sun and Moon.  Because the lunar nodes symbolize our destiny, from the past at the south node to the future at the north node, eclipses do tend to illuminate a doorway or portal into our future.  They can be magnificent times when the heart opens and the false ego falls away.  They can be times of awakening, when a great realization can occur that changes our lives forever.

What they don’t tend to do is cause the world to end.

This particular eclipse fell right on the ascendant (the persona) in the chart of Donald J. Trump, and very near his Mars (the warrior).  It’s that Mars/ascendant combination that gives him the forceful personality for which he is known.  During the week leading up to the eclipse there were indeed a number of events that strongly affected his presidency and likely changes his fate:  the disaster in Charlottesville, the resignation/firing of Steve Bannon.  But Trump has had a lot of bad weeks before – a Google search for “Donald Trump’s bad week” turned up quite a few such weeks.  But this past was the worst yet.  In fact, and details why this past week before the eclipse was the worst one yet.

The effect of a solar eclipse tends to begin about a week before the event and begins to wane for a week after the event.

I’d love to hear your experiences of the eclipse!  Please share them in the comments.

By | 2017-08-23T07:04:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Events|10 Comments


  1. Valerie Baker-Easley August 23, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for this fine article, Lynn. This eclipse took place 50 years after Woodstock, another seminal event that drew unprecedented numbers of people together. This time, the focus was a celestial event, which I take to be a very good thing.

    I did not realize (like many others) the difference between totality and anything less. Even the 96% occlusion we had in Colorado barely dimmed the sun’s magnificence. The livestreams from around the US shared with the rest of us the profound magic of the totality experience. Next round in April 2024, I plan to make the trek with my granddaughter and be there!.

    • September 10, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Valerie – I didn’t understand what a difference totality would make. Fortunately my husband pressured me to go to the 100% areas so that I was able to have this experience. 🙂

  2. Dr. Deb August 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    During this magical moment, my friends and I (in 90% eclipse) felt weird before, during, and for several hours afterward. My chiropractor said everyone he has seen have all had the same or similar physical changes. This was magical for many, for me I feel a greater sense of peace.

    Like Valerie above, watching the videos of the total eclipse was awesome and we plan to make the trip in 2024 also. Additionally is was a wonderful event to bring us all together in unity.

    I look forward to the continuing changes that will happen and hope many others will use this wonderful universal power for love, betterment, and unity.
    As you said : “They can be magnificent times when the heart opens and the false ego falls away. They can be times of awakening, when a great realization can occur that changes our lives forever.”

    Continuing to send Love, Joy, and Harmony.

  3. Cynthea August 24, 2017 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I too live in NC and traveled to a favorite cafe in Greenville, SC to experience 2 min, 10 sec of totality. My natal Pluto is at 28 degrees of Leo in my 8th house. During the eclipse my meditation focused on giving up what might be blocking desired beneficial change. The experience for me was most profound and I anticipate reflecting back on this event for the remainder of my life. In my opinion, there is no way to explain what it’s like…. you must be in the totality to know. Bright Blessings to All.

    • September 10, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      We were in Greenville too, Cynthea. Thank you for sharing your experience – it was quite profound for me as well.

  4. Dr. Deb August 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    The news had a fisherman on that said “after the peak, the fish were Top Water (coming to the top), which is normal for the morning not afternoon.” Last night the kitties were full of energy. My Chiropractor said the tidal waves and EMF changed. This could be equivalent to a super duper full moon.

    I will continue to tap into this movement from those that experienced totality.
    It’s so EXCITING to be alive today.

    “Your earthly existence provides you with ample opportunity to explore your purpose and use your gifts.”

    – Madisyn Taylor

    “There’s never been any other time in the entire history of your little blue planet when there’s been so much to be happy about or as much to look forward to as right now.”

    Excuse me, while I kiss the sky –

    The Universe

  5. Lisa Simpson September 2, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

    This eclipse was trine to my husband’s Venus. No we did not win the lotto. But after 15 years of a commissioned job, he was moved into an operational position and was given a fixed hourly rate and will be paid overtime and holiday pay. He is happy to be out of the chasing mode and into stability. I attribute this to the Eclipse falling on the Virgo cusp.

    • September 10, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

      That trine was a nice little grace card, Lisa.

  6. Dr. Deb September 7, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Hi Lynn,

    I was reading that there will be 4 eclipses in 2018.

    Is it normal to have that many in 1 year?

    • September 10, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Hi Deb, yes – there are between four and six eclipses every year, varying in degrees of totality.

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