Total Solar Eclipse August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse
August 2017

It will be four hours of pageantry as the most watched Solar Eclipse crosses the USA on August 21. Everyone from Astronauts to astrologers will be watching and discussing what it means.

The total eclipse will last just 1 1/2 hours beginning about 1:15pm EDT and ending about 2:49pm. This is the first total eclipse to cross coast to coast in 99 years, and the first total eclipse to pass through any part of the Lower 48 states in 38 years.

So what does it mean astrologically? To find out we asked several astrologers trained at the Temple of Kriya Yoga to give us their interpretations.

“A solar eclipse is basically a new moon, but the strength and power of the eclipse is much more intense than a regular new moon,” says Deb Bell, “Ancients believed that eclipses actually had less effect on individuals than on cities and countries and rulers.”

According to Diana Mazzone, “A solar eclipse is a New Moon, Sun/Moon conjunction that converts into a solar eclipse. A lunar eclipse is a Full Moon that converts into a lunar eclipse. Obviously the New and Full Moons occur monthly, but eclipses are far less frequent.”

In either case, new moons always represent a “new beginning”. The actualization of that new beginning energy will depend on where the eclipse falls in an individual’s chart, as well as the chart of a country, city, or ruler.

Are you familiar with those squiggly lines on the chart called “Nodes”. They look like this in your chart:

The deciding factor that converts a New or Full Moon into an eclipse are the Nodes. The eclipse will fall on the nodes. There are two eclipse seasons every year, one on the South Node and one on the North Node.

So what does all this mean to the individual?

Kriyananda taught that Eclipses are triggering mechanisms, which work to activate other symbols. He said, though, that “it is not nearly as important what happens to you, as how you react to the events of your life.”

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“In this respect, I would examine my own chart and watch for the house placement of this solar eclipse,” Deb says, “and examine any planetary aspects that are formed, especially conjunctions, squares and oppositions. Since we as individuals have more control of self than we have of larger entities such as countries, i will consciously try to make choices that could minimize any negative consequences of adverse aspects … likewise, if the energy is positive from house placement and aspects, I will consciously try to make choices to maximize any potential good.”

To Diana the eclipse indicates where in a person’s life unexpected events or issues will be positive or negative. “The eclipses occur in a house polarity,” she says, “for example, 1st/7th or 2nd/8th. An eclipse is like a spotlight illuminating an area of your life.”

Continue to part 2, where we get into more details of the chart as affected by the eclipse.

**Swami Pujananda has taught Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Astrology and Sanskrit chanting. He is the author of the astrology series “Meanderings”, a long running discussion of mystical topics as seen through the astrologer’s eyes.

**Diana Mazzone, is a Canadian Astrologer who has graduated from several of the Temple’s Astrology courses and worked with Goswami Kriyananda for many years to learn the techniques. A graduate of the Kriya Yoga Seminary, she is involved in Hospice in the Toronto area.

**Marcia Sacks, Swami K. Adinadananda) is an astrologer and astrology teacher in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. She is a graduate of the Kriya Yoga Seminary and the Temple’s Professional Astrology Program. Her articles on astrology and on spiritual living have been published in The Monthly Aspectarian and The Mountain Astrologer.

** Deb Bell is a Chicago Businesswoman who began studying astrology with Goswami Kriyananda at the Temple in 1973. She has continued to study and practice astrology since 1973, while working in IT for 30 years.