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Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo: Recovery

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This partial solar eclipse is at 18.41 Leo on August 11 at 5:57 am

It's the second-to-last eclipse in our Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle. The last one will be a total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 21, 2019. Normally, I would say that the new moon is a time for setting intentions that you can act on once the moon begins waxing. This one is a little different, though, because the solar eclipse happens to be next to Mercury retrograde in Leo at a time when nearly everything else is retrograde, too. The moon and Mercury Rx are also squaring Jupiter in Scorpio.

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Since October 2017, Jupiter in Scorpio has been solving mysteries and uncovering long-buried secrets. We've all been in a collective process of recovery: uncovering "open secrets" about patterns of sexual harassment and abuse, recovering from abuses of power, and resisting the secrecy of those who want to bury the truth. In your own private life you may be recovering hidden memories and truths, or undergoing a kind of initiation by Jupiter into knowledge of the mysterious. This solar eclipse is very much about this kind of recovery: a recovery of self.

The Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle has been about allowing yourself and others to shine individually while creating a collective vision for the future. All of the axes of signs are described with a set of balanced or paradoxical archetypes. The two signs complement each other. Leo and Aquarius are along the axis of individual and community. When an individual dares to be different, shining brightly, he or she will almost always create a community of people who appreciate that individuality, and together they develop a shared vision. Having the courage to stand alone, paradoxically, brings us together.

With Mercury retrograde in Leo squaring Jupiter right now, you are uncovering something important about yourself. It may be some special weirdness that you've hidden from the rest of the world in an act of self-preservation, or a latent talent you almost forgot that you had. You might decide to free yourself from a secret that you're tired of keeping to protect someone else's reputation. You might remember something that was once repressed, or find something you once lost. This eclipse has an element of memoir to it. You are declaring ownership of your story and re-telling it in your own words.

I find it metaphorically resonant that this eclipse happened at dawn, just as the sun was coming up over the horizon. Discovery can happen like daybreak: a shadow passes over and the light returns, and nothing is ever the same again. Internally, you are reflecting on the changes that have occurred throughout this eclipse cycle since February 2017. You have recovered something about yourself, and you're getting ready to share that with the people who recognize your true belonging.

Image Credit: 20,000 Leagues under th thingy by Pete Amachree

Happy birthday, Leo! Your horoscope for July 22 - 28.

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Happy birthday! Your season officially starts on Sunday evening. Usually, it’s all about sunshine and summertime barbecues, but I’m afraid it might be a little too hot even for you this week, astrologically speaking. Instead of taking your usual place as the life of the party, you’re sitting in the cool shade with Mercury retrograde, contemplating who you are. Get to know yourself better this Leo season. Get comfortable with your truth. If you have lost touch with your inner strength, now is the time to go inward and recover your courage and pride. Eclipse season promises changes in relationships, in yourself, and in your direction. We’re nearing the end of an era for you. Release something that can’t come along for the ride. A ritual that involves literally burning old emotional baggage, photos, or clothes could be cleansing this weekend. Oh, and a word about your precious mane? Avoid getting it cut or colored until after August 19th if you can. The internal search for yourself is enough for now. You’ll show off the results later.

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