The New Moon in Leo on August 21, 2017, is a Total Eclipse of the Sun that will be visible in the USA in a 100-mile wide band, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. Because it is extremely rare for the entire path of totality to be contained within the continental United States, this eclipse is being called "The Great American Eclipse." Historically, eclipses have been linked to transitions of power at the level of kings and queens. Much will be written by others about this eclipse and its potential impact on American politics. Instead, we will address the impact the eclipse may have on individuals, whether or not they experience it visually from within the narrow band of totality.
Solar Eclipses may appear disruptive as they break up blockages in our lives. If we think about the obstacles we face, we can work with the cosmic energy to facilitate change. Since this eclipse occurs in dramatic Leo, we might need to step onto the stage -- or up on a soapbox -- to give the performance of our lives. Fortunately, we can inspire others with our brilliance, because this eclipse forms a harmonious trine with ingenious Uranus. Nevertheless, an awkward aspect from the eclipsed Sun to wounded Chiron pushes us to the edges of personal discomfort as we try to avoid familiar traps. A fateful connection to propitious Jupiter indicates that help could arrive from unexpected quarters.
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Learn more about the effects of this once-in-a-lifetime event with your sign's Solar Eclipse Horoscope below:
Aries Horoscope (March 21 - April 19)
You Aries are known to be risk-takers, but relying on your survival skills is usually better than putting yourself in dangerous situations. Sometimes though, you overcompensate and retreat from initiating action by convincing yourself that the status quo isn't so bad. Your days of waiting are over as this brilliant Leo Solar Eclipse invigorates your 5th House of Self-Expression, prompting you to make the changes you dream about. It takes courage to let go of the familiar and embrace the new. Fortunately, you are up for the challenge.
Taurus Horoscope (April 20 - May 20)
Demonstrating your commitment to home and family is vitally important to your happiness, especially if someone is doubting your integrity. But you're not interested in suffering fools now. Other people's judgments may be based on their own fears rather than your intentions. Nevertheless, you have an opportunity to clear the air of uncertainty by addressing the most basic assumptions of your relationships while the expressive Leo Solar Eclipse activates your 4th House of Foundations. Getting back to the basics always feels right to you; however, now it's imperative. There is beauty in simplicity.
Gemini Horoscope May 21 - June 20)
There's no time like the present to change up your daily routine. Perhaps the pace of your life has increased so much that it has reached a critical point. Fortunately, you can employ the transformational energy of the Leo Solar Eclipse as it rattles your 3rd House of Distractions. Take a long, hard look at how you spend your time on a day-to-day basis and eliminate non-essential activities. Once you cut away the excess noise, you can always add back a few things that bring you enjoyment without overloading your schedule. Richard Branson said, "Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated."
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 - July 22)
It's tempting to accumulate many possessions as you move through life. In fact, the Crab tends to cling on to objects it likes, especially when they have sentimental value. However, there are times when a good housecleaning is in order. Thankfully, the resolute Leo Solar Eclipse falls in your 2nd House of Personal Resources, revealing a new relationship between you and your material world. Ultimately, you will feel less encumbered and lighter on your feet when you get rid of the excess weight you are carrying forward. Erykah Badu said, "Time to eliminate things that no longer evolve me."
Leo Horoscope (July 23 - Aug. 22)
The brilliance of your show must stop long enough for you to see it in a new light. Reflection and analysis are your top priorities while this Solar Eclipse shakes up the fixed energy of your 1st House of Self. Consider where your progress is blocked. Delve into your fears. Ruthlessly examine what is working in your life and what is not. Only when you see yourself as you are -- not as you wish to be -- can you begin the make the necessary changes. Author Paulo Coelho wrote, "When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too."
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Sometimes the most significant transformations occur out of sight. This polarizing Solar Eclipse triggers your 12th House of Spiritual Mystery, luring you into the realms of dreams, fantasies, and visions. Although you are normally in tune with the pragmatic considerations of the material world, there is an opportunity to gain great wisdom from the metaphysical side of life. The real action is occurring within the privacy of your inner awareness. George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Relationships that are out of balance may suddenly be the focus of your life near this Solar Eclipse. But rather than obsessing over stressful group dynamics, you have a chance to do something positive about it. The generous Leo Eclipse mobilizes the forces within your 11th House of Friends and Associates, encouraging you to realign your social alliances to promote mutual support.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Although establishing daily routines makes life more manageable at times, they can also cause you to run on automatic. Rethinking your life's direction may be necessary if habitual patterns are impeding your efficiency or constraining your growth. However, the creative Leo Solar Eclipse energizes your 10th House of Career, empowering you to widen your horizons while thinking about the road ahead. Setting the stage now for possible future changes is wiser than waiting for a better time that may never come. Greek historian Herodotus wrote, "People who have decided to act, usually are lucky in comparison to those who hesitate."
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
This continues to be a critical time for you Archers as you aim your arrows of intention toward an unknown future. You have been tested by karmic Saturn moving through your sign, and probably already made some important decisions. However, this courageous Leo Solar Eclipse accentuates your 9th House of Distant Horizons, enabling you to blast through the heaviness of current events and cut directly to the core of the matter. Seeing the possibilities ahead from a new perspective gives you a renewed lease on life. Author Jim Rohn wrote, "Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value."
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
You're not willing to accept someone's actions as a true reflection of what they're feeling. Intuitively, you know that more is going on than reaches the surface. You are committed to getting to the bottom of this mystery as the relentless Leo Solar Eclipse excites your 8th House of Deep Sharing. Oddly enough, you're eager to initiate the same conversation that you might have recently avoided, because you know that shining the light of awareness into the shadows will produce positive change and make a good relationship even better. Old ways won't open new doors.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
A colleague or companion may catch you off guard with their actions or words, sending you into a temporary free fall. Thankfully, your recovery will be swift once you can put the bigger pieces into place and realize that you're in a better position now to achieve the happiness you seek. The magnanimous Leo Solar Eclipse jangles your 7th House of Relationships, drawing your attention like a lightning rod to a previously hidden problem. Although the shift might seem uncomfortably sudden at first, the atmosphere is more relaxed once the truth is out in the open. Hard times will always reveal true friends.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 - March 20)
You probably work more than people think in order to meet your obligations. However, sometimes you can slack off a bit while still keeping up the show of being responsible. The willful Leo Solar Eclipse jolts your 6th House of Logistics, reminding you that your good intentions are not sufficient to carry you through a demanding schedule if you are spread too thin. No matter what you want to do, you still must deliver on your promises. You can't just kick back and assume everything will take care of itself out of habit. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, "Commitment is an act, not a word."
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