Partial Solar Eclipse of August 11, 2018

The last eclipse of 2018 is a partial solar eclipse starting August 11 at 3:00am (CST) and concluding at 6:30am (CST). This eclipse season has been a pattern of endings and release, letting go and moving on--and Pluto has been a primary planetary influence at each eclipse. This pattern reached its apex with the total lunar eclipse, a potency that tomorrow's eclipse cannot rival. In that sense, tomorrow's eclipse is bringing resolution and completion to all that has been stirred in the past two eclipses. 

This partial eclipse is a North node eclipse (Rahu) in Saros Series 155. Brady Bernadette writes of this eclipse family: 

"If this family of eclipses affects a chart, the person will experience the sudden collapse of plans or life-styles. Confusion may reign but the long-term effects are those of rebuilding and transformation. After the dust has settled, the rebuilding starts and the consequences of this reshaping will have far-reaching effects. This eclipse family changes a person's direction through the sudden collapse of an existing structure."

As I've done with the last two eclipses, I will look at the overall pattern of the eclipse by examining the first eclipse in the series. The first eclipse of Saros 155 was on June 17, 1928 at 20:41. The birth card is a King of Clubs. King cards are ruled by Pluto, so we see the Plutonian pattern immediately. In the birth spread for Saros 155, the Pluto card is an Ace of Clubs, the birth card for the total lunar eclipse. We can see that tomorrow's eclipse is an evolute of what preceded it. The last eclipse was a Ketu eclipse, a stirring of the unconscious, of past patterns, of all that has been repressed and suppressed. Tomorrow's eclipse is a Rahu eclipse, calling us to assimilate what has been brought to the surface. It is the resolution of the lunar eclipse. 

Bernadette has aptly observed that this eclipse family brings about "sudden collapse of an existing structure". Ketu is initially our security with the familiar, our comfort in karmic merit, but over time, Ketu disillusions us with all of those things and we find the things of Ketu slipping through our fingers. This is when we arrive at Rahu, the great exposer of Ketu, who leads us to the unfamiliar, confronting, but necessary territories of evolutionary potential. 

The eclipse is happening in the sign of Leo and nakshatra of Aslesha. Aslesha is symbolized by a serpent coiled at the base of the spine, an illustration of the Kundalini Shakti, the evolutionary energy that is latent in man. Aslesha, therefore, is a nakshatra of energetic awakening and transformation. It is described as having a "poisonous" energy, just as Rahu and Ketu are described as poisonous serpents. Eclipses, in general, are described as a "poisonous" time. We should understand that the serpent's bite is venomous to the ego, but is ambrosial for transformation. 

Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde. Mars and Ketu are conjunct, Pluto and Saturn are conjunct, and Mercury is joining the eclipse. It can be challenging to utilize such intense energies, which is why it can be wise to lay low during the eclipse and the days after. This is not the moment to articulate a big communication or to make something happen. It is a time of allowing the shift to take place and discovering new direction. Retrograde planets are not anything to fear--their energy is just stronger. Mars and Ketu is a difficult conjunction, as is Saturn and Pluto, so its not a time to push the limits of will and stamina. Mercury with Rahu especially shadows communication, so this is really a time to think twice before you speak. People with significant planets in the Leo/Aquarius axis may also be experiencing intense and even violent dreams right now. We have to humble ourselves in the face of such powerful energies, rather than think we have it all together and go about life as usual. This is why, traditionally, eclipses were seen as powerful omens, and a time to drop out from the ordinary patterns of life at an internal level. 

Rahu and Ketu have been transiting the Leo/Aquarius axis for a year and a half, so people with significant planets in Leo or Aquarius have been feeling these eclipses a lot. The past year has likely been a full spectrum experience for such people. Some relief is on the way as Rahu and Ketu will change signs on November 15, moving into Cancer and Capricorn respectively. This will be an intense time, however, for people with significant planets in Capricorn because Pluto and Saturn are still there. Pluto in Capricorn makes this eclipse significant for people with important planets in Capricorn, even if they are not affected by the Leo/Aquarius axis. The reason is because this eclipse season has been a Plutonian event, and whoever Pluto is affecting right now will experience that magnification. But it will be more or less of the same for them, whereas for others, it has felt more like a sudden and dramatic shift. 

We should take this time to release and resolve, to become more conscious of our purpose and direction in life. Eclipses are a great time to re-assess things. It can be disconcerting to re-assess the big things in life, but deeply fruitful if we can appreciate that what exists outside of our comfort zone is among the most creative and catalyzing of potentials. Life is not fatalistic, but creative, and eclipses are a transformational window wherein we can realize another level of freedom and energy. In the words of my Guru, Adi Da Samraj: 

"From the Spiritual point of view, the future is a creative potential, not a predetermined destiny. Very often, a mysterious indication will arise--the intuitive awareness of a tendency that is operating or a possibility that is presenting itself. But True Sadhana is not determined by tendencies or premonitions. True sadhana always involves creative participation in the conditions of born existence. True Sadhana allows the Graceful transformation of time and space into the Conscious Spiritual Event. There may be intuitive indications of tendencies, of possibilities, of things that might occur--but all of this arises in relation to the Living Divine Heart, and (therefore) none of it is absolutely predetermined."