Total Solar Eclipse
New Moon in Leo
August 21, 2017
By Maharani Rutan©
The gates of the past and present are now open as our energy enters the door into the abyss, but all that we can see is darkness. Wherever there was once sunlight is now darkness. Nevertheless, the energy is so powerful and yet so sublime that it brings chills and subtle calmness in the air. The sky will be in total darkness over 15 to 16 states in the U.S. and the black moon, and the total solar eclipse, will bring spectators from all regions.
On August 21, 2017, similar to August 22, 1998, the total solar eclipse will begin its motion where the sun and the moon will be in be aligned so that the moon will cover the sun for a few minutes. The brilliance will begin at 12:05 EST and 9:05am PST. The first U.S. State to be able to view this will be Oregon. As the eclipse moves east, the greater the totally; taking a maximum of 90 minutes for the journey across the country. By the time the eclipse reaches the Southeast near South Carolina, the moon will begin to turn totally black moving into 28 degrees in Leo by 2:31 EST and 11:30am PST. By this time the maximum eclipse will occur; the total eclipse will begin and end near the Carolina’s at 2:48pm.
Unlike other writings, blogs, and articles, I will not go into details of how total solar eclipses are formed. Nor will I elaborate on how full moons are formed; however, I feel compelled to focus more on the timing of the eclipse and as well as the moon placement, as this will impact the transformational journey into the changes that are about occur for all visible cities as you will read later in this blog.
It is imperative that we all understand the VPAT (Vedic Philosophical Ayurvedic Theory) prospective on the importance of this eclipse and how it will impact the characters of each and every person and their environment. I am certain there are plenty of articles of how marvelous and how dramatic this eclipse is in Western and Vedic Astrology, NASA sites, and other sites throughout the web. Therefore, the information which I bring to you will be more of a mundane philosophical prospective of historical phenomenon in the past and present, and how we will re-create the future as I had stated in my predictive blog in December 2016.
All eyes from those in the United States and many others have long waited for this event; some call it the Great Eclipse of the Century. This may be due to the pure perfection of the Total Solar Eclipse which hasn’t occurred in almost 30+ years in the North America, and the fact that the entire eclipse will be visible. But Mother Nature and the Divine are not done dancing with us as they bring to us the second spectacular event – a Black Moon.
A black moon occurs when there are two new moons in one calendar month. If you recall on July 21, 2017 I wrote in my blog, welcome the first Leo new moon and the second is yet to come (read about it here). Another black moon will not occur until next year.
One by one each astrological characteristic will be going through a metamorphosis which will be so profound that by the time the next eclipse in spring of 2018 arrives we will not be the same people. Aquarius will end their eclipse cycle in February, Leo in August. And here we go again, Capricorn/Cancer series will begin as it did in 2009. In one month, Virgo will give the torch of Jupiter to Libra, and in two months Scorpio will break each and every shackle of Saturn, destroy it, put it back together, and give it to Sagittarius for their lessons in karma.
Just as the Lunar Eclipse on August 7/8, 2017 is a recreation of past events, strangely, this eclipse is itself unique. The total solar eclipse is at 28 degrees in Leo on the 21st of August and is exactly the same degree as it was in 1998. Basically, this means that it will touch on events of 1998. Additionally, it also touches on events from August, 2009. However, the universe is not done with Leo at this degree as the questioning will remain open for discussion until 2028.
Ancient Vedic text, as well as VPAT, has always considered that any areas where the eclipse can be visible are the areas which will be impacted the most. Therefore, not only is the eclipse individually based, but it is also country and regional based. For example, during the Lunar Eclipse, I have predicted that there would be plenty of water issues, i.e. rain, flooding, snow, tornadoes, and other things that involve water in the United States or the northern regions for the next six months.
Since the Lunar eclipse can only be viewed by Europe and certain parts of Asia, my predictions are that it would not be surprising to me if there is news about new illnesses, shortages in food due to crop damage, or there even could be issues of wind and strange weather patterns. I additionally stated in my blog, of the lunar eclipse in Leo in the spring, “Eclipse in a fire sign usually brings forth, to those countries where the eclipses are visible, things such as dissatisfaction of its people about the ruler, people becoming ill due to infections or unknown or incurable diseases, even death of an important person to that country. However, this is an axis taking into account two polarities” (Read more here), and at that time the eclipse could be seen in Asia and America.
The Total Solar eclipse will be seen by almost all of the United States and the same theory applies. Every eclipse is a 6 to12-month transit; sometimes lasting as long as 18 months. This is especially true when eclipses are in fixed sign (Scorpio, Leo, Taurus and Aquarius) as they are at their strongest; therefore, expect the impact of this eclipse’s effects to last even longer. The conflict with the east and west may continue for some time. Issues of security and family may be issues of talks and revisions for some time as well.
During the Solar Eclipse, I believe that it may be either a warm winter, or extremely cold, but one thing is certain, we need to be careful with fruits and vegetables as harvests may be affected by weather or pests. Additionally, Leo represents leaders which means there may be lots of activity within the military, and morals of the people may not be high. There also could be ongoing issues of leadership in America i.e. wrongdoings or secrets becoming uncovered.
Nevertheless, the new black moon like is no other, not only will it be all void but it will almost turn a hazy black at 2:20 EST , 11:20 PST while moving into 28 degrees in Leo. The eclipse and new moon will affect all late born Leos and fire signs, including ascendant or any one with Leo in their chart. This does not exclude fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) by domain. Once again, please remember this is based on VPAT which has no relation to Astrology besides the characteristics of certain elements.
In the Vedic culture, any kind of eclipse has been known to be an omen, and in many other cultures as well. Many theorists as well as astrologers believe negatives do occur in the eclipse times. However, few VPAT teachers and learners feel that eclipse is a time of change and embrace. With every negative comes a positive. Surely, eclipse brings difficulties for humanity as humans cannot handle change quickly; therefore, spirituality and reality must merge to give humanity equilibrium.
What does this mean for people on a personal front? One thing is certain, whether you have Leo in your chart or not, almost every one of us has a fire sign (Leo, Aries, Sagittarius) or fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) somewhere in our chart, therefore whether by domain or by association this eclipse will affect each and every one of us. Leo is a sign of family and leadership. Since Mercury is retrograding in Leo and moving into Virgo this will cause communication issues, whereas what we want to say is not what is coming out (read more here).
Our emotions impact what we say and how we say it, thus they also influence the person receiving the message. According to VPAT calculation, Mars, the ruler of men, or as VPAT sees those of leadership and authority, is currently in the placement of Cancer. This could cause many leaders to take things out of context, being overly melodramatic or defensive, and could even have shortage of self-control and ethical reliability. Additionally, Venus is also in Cancer therefore, when the stronger of the two elements is fragile, subtle dialogues, movements, and patience is often enabled. Therefore, every relationship whether family, co-worker, or friendship could become very melodramatic for a month, possibly becoming volatile, and as we gradually moving away from Cancer energy it will magnify the characteristic of the energy it is in.
Many people will be infatuated with doing things their way just to fulfill their self-satisfaction even if it hurts others, and thins will be all about winning and overcoming others. Appearing almost as if it is a game of who is going to come out the best, the reality is that there is no challenge. This will be a completion of a phase or a momentous modification in course of matters concentrating on home, family, and health. It may be that a relationship ends or there is a completely new beginning.
Whether a new beginning or an end, Saturn, a planet of past life karma and teacher of difficult lessons, was in Sagittarius for a little, while according to VPAT. As of August 21, 2017, it moves back into Scorpio for their final lesson; making sure Scorpio has learned all they need to learn so that they don’t repeat the same mistakes again. Scorpio and all those that have any houses in Scorpio, including their domains i.e Fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius), will be affected until October 28, 2017. So, if you see some people being a bit quiet, leave them alone and be kind to them. Many people who have Scorpio in their chart and being questioned by the universal energies about their past actions are frightened. They will be feeling the taskmaster more so than ever before. Read about the 7-year transit (this is only the 5th year so far) as the last two years are graduate school. While releasing Saturn and this eclipse is knocking on our door, suspicion, worrying, and emotional or over-reactive communication will be a possibility from now until end of October or possibly the beginning of November.
This eclipse is predominantly objective and persistently concerned with the need to control any tendency of misery and depression, or agonize or manifest our own fatalities. Do not act on compulsion or it may blow up in your face and do not offer money to anyone. It’s time to intensely reflect on influences in the world, and the full manifestation of humanity. This 6 to 18-month period is a time to concentrate on public/societies, making contacts, teaching/instructing, and fostering compassion to siblings and friends.
This specific eclipse places a colossal universal prominence in one area of the Zodiac. We may deeply consider our feelings and needs within the context of the house, sign, and planetary aspects affected. To fully appreciate the potential the eclipse, we must explore both houses and signs that are brought into play. Where the Moon sits, we can provoke our demons, old behaviors and doubts, and where the Sun is we may find the means to hold or discharge from all that oppression we experience in life through our creative efforts. In any event, there are prospects for deeper understanding and finding a balance in our lives.
It is often noted that things which happen, good or bad, focusing around the eclipse do not happen on the day of the eclipse, but could reasonably happen months later as triggers of other events or planetary changes interacting with changes.
The Moon in Leo symbolizes a time of desires and charm. Ruled by the Sun, Leo creates an inspiration of cordiality, passion, and pleasure. There may be an aura of creativity, dignity, and generosity. It is a good time to pursue romance, be social, and to help others. Like the Lion that symbolizes Leo, many maybe self-confident, craving extreme gratefulness and acknowledgment.
The Leo energy can sometimes cause people to be more narrow-minded, obstinate, full of pride, annoyed, arrogant, self-centered, and patronizing. It’s also harder (but not impossible) to make fluctuations or be supple. It has not been easy for Leo’s and fixed signs for the past 2.5 to 3 years as Rahu has been causing problems. Rahu is a planet that causes calamities, catastrophes, and unexpected or unforeseen events in one’s life. Now it is entering Cancer. This does not mean it will be bad; it can be good as well. Personally, my son who is a Leo has had many good aspects of Rahu. This is because he chose the path of being honest and took the spiritual path during the last two years; therefore, unexpected resources, scholarships, and other things came to him unexpectedly. Whereas, I know some Leo’s that have experienced the reverse because of the choices they have made.
Leo’s cherish family, especially their mothers as they are majestic, studied, or significant people in their lives. Often people with Leo in their chart look for individuality, friendliness, and power in that relationship. Even with the beautiful energy it may be a bit problematic to stay consistent without pulling your hair out at least once or twice between now and the first two weeks in September, as the mixture of 5 planets, including Mangal (Mars), Rahu, Buddha (Mercury), Surya (Sun), and Chandra (Moon) are within few degrees of Ketu. Then it will join forces at Ketu. This means that all fixed signs (Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio) and Cardinal signs (Cancer, Aries, Libra and Capricorn) will be affected and their domains; all fire signs (Sagittarius included), air (Gemini), and water (Pisces). This covers nearly everyone.
As I elaborated earlier, VPAT considers every eclipse not good or bad, but just as change. What I am about to bring to you is not astrology or numerology. It is not premised on Western ideological astrological or Vedic astrological premises, rather a VPAT (Vedic Philosophical Ayurvedic Theory) based upon mathematical prediction. Astrological signs are mere place holders of characters of within a group of inferences.
If you are interested in speaking to a western astrologer you may reach out to Lee Stillwaters, Leslie Hale, or Xtrology for your Tropical or Mixture astrology for the remainder of this year or next. For Vedic or Sidereal Astrology please get in touch with me and I can recommend websites or other connections which can assist you. However, I do not have phone connections, only those that you may mail your information and wait for predictions to be mailed back to you.
My predictions below will begin with the characteristics of placeholders that will be most impacted by the solar eclipse. Please note these predictions must be combined with the lunar eclipse earlier this month to get an overall picture of what you can expect for the next 6 months to a year.
Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus
Leo’s, this is not your last eclipse. As matter a fact your transformation began on February 10, 2017 (read about it here) and will continue until January, 2019. But at least Rahu is out of the picture. On the other hand, when Saturn leaves Scorpio, this is something Scorpio will be thankful for (read more about it here) and moves in to Sagittarius for long haul (read more here), there will be be many changes you may have to get used to. Aquarius, you and Leo’s are holding hands through these transits. Although you prematurely began your transit in 2016 (read about it here), your difficult transformation are over next summer. On the positive side, when Virgo hands the torch of Jupiter to Libra, by domain you may feel some added bonus. Taurus, you will be happy to know that besides minor planets, I don’t really foresee too much going on for a little while so sit back and enjoy this time out.
Leo: The next couple of years are a part of your transformation. You have had 2 years of building a foundation when Jupiter was in your sign. Now difficult transformations make you strong. Anxieties, fear, restless feelings, and physical, mental and emotional tension. This may all have to do with Rahu finally leaving and now you are ready to change your physical and personality aspects. This can be a difficult change as approval, self-initiative, and motivation may be needed. Additionally, when Saturn is touching family issues it is not helping, even though you may be doing ok with your finances or soon will get a good occupation or a job, it seems that many debts may have to be paid up by the end of the year.
Aquarius: This journey may be difficult but it is indeed spiritual. Partnership and commitments are important to you, however, you will be considering and reconsidering your relationships of all kinds. If you are in a solid, cordial relationship, then you will be playing a psychologist to your spouse or partner. If your relationship is lacking in something, or you are holding on for some reason, I would not be surprised if there are chances of quarrels between you and your spouse or partner. At the same time, there may be possible misunderstandings with those in business relationships with you. However, whether you are a man or a woman, there will be constant conflicts with women in general.
Scorpio: Through the Saturn transit one of the negative concepts will be your health. If you do not watch it, I would not be surprised if you get ill. But if you take care of yourself then the fruits of your labor will bloom like no other. New income, business, or career will give a sense of pleasure and peace. This is the time the universe will give you motivation and you will finally be recognized for your hard work. I would also not be surprised if you brush shoulders with prominent people.
Taurus: You can now breathe easy. Jupiter has blessed you. The only thing that could jeopardize anything would be Pluto, but it would be at a distance. Because of many things ending and transits completing, so are many things leaving your life. This means there may be empty nests, you may have moved away from your family or friends, or just experiencing a bit of emptiness. On one hand you’re happy that it is finally finished, however, on the other hand you may feel discontented with your life and there may be difficulties with family members, especially motherly figures, either through communication or health, but there will definitely be deep soul searching about your life.
Sagittarius, Aries and Leo (listed above)
Sagittarius, though many will say that Saturn has moved on, according to VPAT as of October 28, 2017, your journey has just begun (read about it here). Please note that Saturn does not have to be bad as Saturn’s journey can be a beautiful gift of wonderful delight. Both you and your brother Aries should be quite happy that Rahu has moved away from you but Saturn and the eclipse will impact on your both. Uranus continues to be placed in Aries so you may continue to feel the unexpected for some time but remember, it’s all in how you handle things.
Sagittarius: Some may call you workaholics when you don’t have company around. But often this is not good when it affects your health. Minor frustrations may arise and if you decide to take a long-distance trip, give yourself plenty of time as glitches and fatigue may occur. It may also be difficult for you to be recognized and you could have some unrest. This is because you are learning a lot about who you are and the world you live in; you may dive into different cultures, norms, and philosophies. But watch out for that crazy M&M (Mercury Man) at the end of the year, he is coming to bite you.
Aries: So many unexpected things have occurred in your life; actually, this has been going on for about 7 years and I believe many of you may be saying “enough already”. The time is almost here I promise you. Saturn, Uranus, and the eclipse bring many changes for you, but nothing you cannot handle. If you recall, something big happened in February of this year – something ended. This time, that same thing is opening; it may have to do with a commitment, children, home, spouse, or other relationship. Or it could be heavy responsibilities. Now you really need to watch yourself and how you carry yourself as there is a high probability of verbal abuse, disrespect, and difference of opinions with family members, including partners and children. Health concerns, confusion, lack of focus, misinterpretation, and bad investments can occur. I would really suggest not taking anything personally at this time and it’s best to say nothing.
Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries (See above)
Cardinal signs will move through mixed emotions for the next 6 months. However, Cancers will be going through a very deep transformation of Rahu as they dive deeply into Rahu transit for the next 2 years. As things happen unexpectedly for them, they occur to basically prepare them for their eclipse cycle in 2018. I spoke lightly about this transit in my lunar eclipse blog (read more about it here). Libra should be happy as they will be handed the torch of abundance from Virgo who has been holding on to it for the past 1.5 years. But they need to be careful as Jupiter can cause weight gain and an inflated ego. Unfortunately, things may seem dark for some time for Capricorn and the ongoing soul search of death and rebirth will continue for them at least until 2025. Perhaps other positive aspects will assist them with getting out of gloominess. Aries, you too have a long journey of transformation which has been described above.
Cancer: You have grown so much, however, now you are slowly approaching what I call a hibernation mode. Rahu may cause some ruckus in your life. Again, this does not have to be bad, but it can be; when you are not paying attention, accidents can happen. There may be unnecessary arguments with your family or partner/spouse. As you know, when that happens it affects your health. But this is because your temper is getting the best of you and your lips are talking way too much which will get you in deep trouble. Instead, you should be taking this energy, looking at your budget, and looking at ways of earning more money.
Libra: Things should not have been too bad for you for the past 6 months besides minor glitches. As the old saying goes, to pave the road, one has to break the old. Little by little you have done just that. Now you will be looking at your hopes, wishes, friends, love, luck, and future. But most of all, mighty Jupiter is dangling the carrot of resourceful advances, public respect, and accomplishment. Your heart will be blessed with the pitter- patter of delight in get-together with friends, family, and other events.
Capricorn: Most certainly, deep thinking has been there for you. Hence the universe will not let you be sad forever without a transformation of your own. Think back to 2009, it’s time to fix it. If you have done well, or if you can take the change, well you can be happy. However, this is one of those deep transformations; naturally it is about your individual transformation on a higher plane. With our power and control, who are you will be the question. If you worry too much it will affect your well-being, including your finances and self-esteem. Only you can choose your path.
Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius (See above)
Pisces: About the only thing that may disturb you is Neptune and Mercury retrograde. But that is not really bad. Mercury may slow you down and Neptune puts you in a dream world which won’t clear up any time soon, so enjoy the ride. The problem with this eclipse will be a double-edged sword. You do like to work hard and make lots of money. But if you do not take care of yourself and continue to do things for yourself while continuing to be at service to others, then you may not feel well at all. This could cause you life-threatening difficulties. However, diligence will give you dominance over many situations and you will have virtuous outcomes with victory and gratification. Thus, you must choose your health or your success. Choose between balance, or an all-or-nothing approach.
Gemini: Every three to four months you are like the Linda Blair project with M&M by your side. But you always seem to find a way out. Now the universe is blessing you finally, and telling you to get ready to learn. Hence the learning won’t be difficult but it will be different. The way you are communicating and acting towards others is just not working, it’s time to change. You will be given positive increases and advancements if you are mindful in how you interact with everyone. Additionally, how mindful you are about your rational processes and philosophies you share will be important. Through collective involvement your individual power will escalate. You will also be able to get assistance from people you never thought you could and you will travel.
Virgo: You now have less than a month to plant your seed. You may have gained some weight through Jupiter and now you may be considering weight loss or some sort of a health regime. Stress and uneasiness may cause many Virgos to take time away from their partners/spouses or family for meditation, spirituality, weight-loss, or retreats. Mindfulness is necessary in regards to resources and money. Too much stress and an inability to pay attention with wandering minds could cause minor accidents which could lead Virgos to think about death/rebirth. It could also be that they hear about the death of someone which could cause them to think about their life and how they must begin the laying down of arms and give themselves to their higher power. But most of all, practice selflessness to bring peace of mind.
The information above is VPAT trends not to be mistaken for astrology. For Western astrology charts and predictions please make an appointment with one of my recommended advisers Lee Stillwaters, Leslie Hale or Xtrology.
Numerous articles have horrified me as there have been immeasurable statements of chaos, war etc. Eclipses often carry progresses in one’s life or support personal accounts to make advances toward steadiness. It is a time for growth, out of breath truth, securing evidence of the spiritual world, and getting practical facts from people. Exhale, the meaning of sustainability and permanency will be present. If what you do for a living was done with all your effort, then heaven will be support you. If not, you will be given signs where your shortcomings were.
As this eclipse is the exact replica of the August 22, 1998 eclipse, I was curious to see what the parallels are with the present day. I remember my husband and I were having a conversation when the President was elected and I said to him “If our president causes a war or a threat of a war by August 2017, then he has repeated history.” Perhaps at that time it did not make sense or no one thought of that. But, as I sit here today and listen to the news, how close are we to a war with North Korea?
On August 07, 1998 and August 22, 1998, there was an Aquarius / Leo axis of eclipses, just as it is right now. At that time the lunar eclipse was visible in Africa and Americas, and the solar eclipse was visible in Europe and Asia. Therefore, the lunar eclipse directly impacted the United States as the bombings occurred in Africa killing 225 people and injuring 4,500 people. In retaliation (Leo power), two days before the eclipse (as I have said the energy can be felt 7 days before or after) August 22, 1998 the U.S. launched a missile in Afghanistan and Sudan (Asia). Therefore, whichever the country is able to view the eclipse is impacted by the eclipse.
Thus, the August 07/08, 2017 eclipse was viewed by Europe and Asia similar to 1998 eclipse (read about it here). In the same aspect, the August 21, 2017 eclipse will be viewed by the United States. If Mercury was not present would it have been identical? We know Mercury retrograde brings things from the past back and brings things to view again. Only time can tell what the fate will be of the nation through the energy of the Divine as the energy will be captured for the next 6 months. But I can say that 1998 was also a time when President Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. Is there any similar chaos going on right now?
I also want to elaborate that in my lunar eclipse blog (read about it here) I spoke about winds. In 1998 some of the most intense hurricane and tornadoes destroyed crops in the United States. Could this happen to Asia this time or the United States?
The new moon conveys concerns of message, exactness, spreading the word, and reaching out. Facts are dynamic to decision making, and all the facts we have and need will now be available to us! With these most important aspects ending, we’ve learned the lessons of not collaborating, and refusing to incorporate new data with our experiences from the past. It is also a time to celebrate and have fun. Release stress through walking, playing, contacting brothers and sisters, and embracing the child within!
The moon in Leo is Spirited, Valiant, Intense, Supervisory, and Structured, AND SHORT-TEMPERED. It is my suggestion that you purchase orange and white candles and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with lemon oil or orange oil and chant the Psalm 65.
You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until the next moon cycle. Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the desired result is dependent upon the quality of intention. When it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be. This year I have chosen to make available 1 easy mantra and 2 difficult mantras for the both the solar eclipse and the new moon.
The Solar Eclipse Mantra
Aum hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah
(aauuum Hraaam Hreem Hraaaum Saaah Suuureeeyaaya Naaamaha)
Om Adityaaya Vidmahe divaakaraaya dheemahi, tannah suryah prachodayaat
Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
For the New moon in Leo
Om Hreeng Shreeng Sauh
Oooom Hriiing Shriing Sauuuh
Aum namah suryay shantaya sarva rog vinashane Ayuh arogyam aishwarya dehi deva jagatpate… japa kusum sankash kashyapeyam mahadhytim dhvantari sarva paapdhanam pranatotsim divakara
Nagendraharaya trilacanaya bhasmanga ragaya mahesvaraya nityaya suddhaya digambaraya tasme na karaya nama: shivaya… Mandakini salila candana carcitaya nandisvara pramathanatha mahesvaraya mandarapuspa bahupuspa supujitaya tasme ma karaya namah shivaya
The objective of this mantra is to have balance through obscurity and blurred energy as well as bringing closer and opening new doors for fire and fixed signs. With every moon cycle, remember to cross out the old declaration, even if there is only the slightest change, and create new ones. The perfect number for aspirations is 10.
From August 22, 2017 through September 1, 2017, I will be offering my last 6-month in-depth readings of the year, focusing specifically on self-readings and short-term relationship readings. Wishing you the best of this eclipse and may the transformation you have in the new year come to be more auspicious and spiritual than the year before.
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