Solar Eclipse in Leo 2018

A Solar Eclipse occurs in Leo today which will push personal empowerment issues to the forefront of your consciousness. If you’ve kept yourself on the sidelines of life in some way, this energy will undoubtedly trigger within you a strong desire to get into the game of life more confidently.

This will require you to look at your current limitations  and honestly evaluate how you could serve yourself and your needs in a much better way than you have previously. Therefore, if you’re typically a harsh critic of yourself, that must (and will) change or else you’ll never really grow as an individual. You are now learning to believe and love yourself in a much deeper manner.

With all of the retrograde energy that is currently occurring (6 out of the 10 heavenly bodies are retrograde), don’t let the hardships of your life discourage you. You can be sure that there is a growing self-awareness that will ultimately serve as fertilizer to help you to bloom into the person you’re meant to become.

With this in mind, embrace the issues and problems within yourself and your external world with a courageous and determined mindset. You must realize the essential truth that the sky is the limit to your ultimate success and happiness once you truly learn to stop beating yourself and instead fall in love yourself and your potential.

Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius - July 2018

On July 27th, a lunar eclipse in Aquarius will occur. This will be a Blood Moon which simply indicates that the Earth is completely blocking out the light of the sun (making it a total lunar eclipse) on the moon. This gives the moon a reddish color which is why the ancients referred to it as a “Blood Moon.” In addition, this lunar eclipse will be the longest that we will experience in the 21st century. It will last for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes making it incredibly powerful.

This particular lunar eclipse will make a couple of challenging aspects. It will make a conjunction to Mars and a square aspect to Uranus. This is a potentially explosive combination that will require you to summon all of your willpower to not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Impulsive words and/or decisions made in the heat of the moment can ultimately come back to haunt you.

This is made even more precarious due to the fact that Mercury went retrograde in Leo on July 25th. Unfortunately, it’s way too easy to misunderstand the words and/or motivations of others now. There’s also a tendency to only see your side of things.

Luckily, Saturn is making a gentle semi-sextile aspect to the Moon/Mars conjunction. This indicates that if you can become aware of the need for caution, you should be able to reign in your intense emotions.

Ultimately, a lunar eclipse in Aquarius is about speaking your truth and making a stand for your independence or perhaps speaking up and defending loved ones. This energy is quite dynamic and it indicates a need to clear the air of pent up anger and frustration. This is especially true if you tend to repress your thoughts and feelings. If so, you may find yourself being like the proverbial bull in the china shop.

My best advice for you is to not run from your anger and frustrations. Take some time to process your thoughts and feelings. Feel their intensity and listen to the universe telling you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Then take several deep breathes and calm and center yourself. Be here now.

Think about the area of your life where you’re feeling this emotional intensity and address it as soon as you can. Don’t let yourself be a victim now. This can feel like a righteous anger and perhaps it is if you’ve just shut up and suffered in silence in the past.

What’s your plan? Figure out your path to freedom. If confrontation is needed, as you can probably guess from the above information, you must be calm and let cooler heads prevail now. Lay your cards on the table and be honest. However, you must do your absolute best to walk a mile in the other’s shoes so that you can be sure that you’re being fair.

Please keep in mind that sometimes this energy can simply indicate a powerful conflict within yourself that must be resolved. Therefore, this eclipse can be more of an internal process than an outer one.

Ultimately this energy is about purging and cleansing yourself of old energy that needs to be released. A new you is in the process of being born, but not until you’ve processed, released, and forgiven others as well as yourself for past mistakes.

This energy is especially potent for those with planets or angles in their birth chart around 3 degrees Aquarius. People with Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius planets will feel most challenged by this event. Those people with Libra and Gemini planets will have the easiest time with this energy.

Mercury Retrograde in Leo

Unfortunately, it's that time again. Mercury goes retrograde in Leo from July 26th until August 19th. This period usually causes more premature gray hairs than usual from misunderstandings, technology failures, bad decisions, and plans falling apart.

What can you do about it? To be honest, there's really not much you can do except to be prepared to be more flexible and more patient. Perhaps this is when the universe teaches us to let go and surrender more than we feel comfortable doing. Ultimately, new ideas and solutions can come from us being forced to rethink things. As the old proverb goes, "necessity is the mother of invention."

Mercury in Leo typically symbolizes a period that is ideal for speaking your truth and being more out front, open, and authentic. It's a time where you shouldn't stress over the details so much.

However, the retrograde phase can indicate quite the opposite. You must stand guard against being too open and opinionated and resist telling the unvarnished truth. In other words, you may feel quite passionate about your perspective and feel that you're right and they're wrong.

Needless to say, if you take this too far, you can alienate people and you may find yourself doing damage control after you've come to your senses when Mercury finally goes direct. With this in mind, do your best to consider your audience and think before you speak. Doing so can save you from needless misunderstandings and conflicts.

All Mercury retrograde periods are ideal for hitting the brakes and slowing down a bit. Making time for solitude and quiet contemplation will do wonders for the soul by blessing you with more clarity and inner peace.

The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017

The eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017 was a solar eclipse in Leo that has been dubbed the “Great American Eclipse” due to the fact that the shadow of the eclipse (known as the “path of totality”) is falling exclusively upon the United States.

A solar eclipse is basically a ‘turbocharged’ New Moon. Since a New Moon symbolizes the seed of a new beginning, a solar eclipse indicates that a powerful change is either occurring within yourself and/or in the external circumstances of your life. Therefore, it presents a great opportunity for you to improve the quality of your life if you apply yourself.

This particular solar eclipse occurred in the royal sign of Leo signifying that a greater sense of personal empowerment in your life is awakening in some manner over the next 6 months. To make the most of this unique energy, it’s imperative to embrace the idea that you truly are a powerful individual that has unlimited potential.

Even if you have your doubts about this, that’s okay. Just be determined to change yourself for your own greater good. Make the time to delve deeply within yourself to strive to clearly see how you have allowed your progress in life to be limited in some manner.

This historic solar eclipse is beckoning you to be a light unto the world in your own unique way. Before that is even possible, however, you must learn to consistently be a beacon of light to yourself. A very useful exercise is to consistently visualize your own inner flame burning so brightly that it burns through the fear, self-doubt, and unworthiness that have eroded your faith in yourself.

See yourself in your mind’s eye truly thriving with your goals and growing to the point to where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the planet. Just remember that life is all too short so do yourself a favor and let go of the 'what if' fears in your life and instead focus upon the amazing possibilities that the future holds for you.

The house location of the eclipse and the aspects it makes to your astrology chart highlights the areas of your life where you will see new growth. If you would like me to dive into your astrology chart and give you more specific guidance on how this is affecting you personally, I would be happy to take a look. I am offering a personalized eclipse reading for $25 for 15-20 minutes.

You can email at astrologererichughes@gmail.com or you can call me at 303-482-1769. I look forward to working with you!