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Planetary News August 2017 from Komilla Sutton

Major Planetary Turbulence – The Great American Eclipse, Rahu in Gandanta, Mars Rahu and more...

August is a complex month and all of us must be prepared for its stormy atmosphere. Planets ratchet up the pressure with Mercury retrograde on 12 August, the great American Eclipse on 21 August, Mars Rahu conjunction on 24 August, Rahu Ketu changing signs in gandanta on 17 Aug and Saturn turns direct on 25 August. We all must act responsibly during this transit so that we do not aggravate already volatile situations. Hopefully our leaders pay heed this also – the month is like a tinderbox – a small spark can light up a major turmoil. USA is facing the greatest challenges as coast to coast total Solar eclipse churns up the country.

Dates to watch

All month – Rahu in Gandanta first in Leo and retrogrades back to Cancer
All month to 26 August – Mars is debilitated
12 August - Mercury retrograde
16 August – Sun crosses Gandanta and Sun Rahu conjunction in Leo Gandanta
17 August - Rahu Ketu changing signs from Leo Aquarius to Cancer Capricorn while Rahu is in gandanta
20 August – Moon Mars followed immediately by Moon Rahu conjunction
21 August - the Great American Eclipse – Total Solar eclipse
24 August - Mars Rahu conjunction on
25 August - Saturn turns direct in Scorpio

The Great American Eclipse | 21 August 2017

This is a rare eclipse that is visible coast to coast USA. Solar eclipses happen twice a year and they promise transformation and change especially at the path of the eclipse. The rarity of this eclipse is that a total solar eclipse will be observed Coast to Coast USA. The last one of was in 1918 – 99 years ago. As Astrologers, we are study its influence on the world and on individuals.

The impact of the eclipse can be global, political, and personal. Solar eclipses promise change. The change can be positive or negative, it is usually unexpected. It impacts all of us emotionally and we can feel fearful and anxious as the planets that give us light (Sun and Moon) are engulfed in shadows. The energy around us is disturbed and we can all feel it one way or the other.

The eclipse is at 4º46 Leo, Magha nakshatra, if you have planets (especially Ascendant, Sun or Moon) placed near this degree, then also you can expect of experience change. If you are born around 21 August then expect to be affected by this eclipse – how much depends on your personal chart and many other factors. You may already be feeling its turbulence as eclipse energy does not necessarily brings its impact on the day of the eclipse but either side of it. It carries on its agenda of change for years after the event. How you cope with the impact also depends on your chart plus your own ability to handle the energies. You can take simple steps – keeping life simple, not over burdening yourself, avoid people or news that worries you.

Info about Eclipse from NASA

The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East. The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.
NASA

Rahu in Gandanta and Conjuction with Mars

To add to the volatility of the eclipse is Rahu’s transit over gandanta degree and its conjunction with Mars at end of Cancer can release lots of toxic energy if we are not careful. All month Rahu remains in gandanta. In Leo to 17 August and then in Cancer. The problem with Rahu is that it comes into the deep end first as it moves into a sign at 30º and then moves backward to 0º. As 30º Cancer is in gandanta, it does not have the knowledge or experience of how to deal with the negativity that it can churn up. This is our collective challenge – not to rush into things of which we do not have experience or knowledge of the outcome. Let the dust settle down before making the decisions.

On the positive level Rahu can break old patterns and allow us to let go of issues we were stuck with and allow our thinking to change. However even when Rahu is being positive, we can still feel the release of these energies which appear shadowy at first and therefore must wait till September at least before we can truly see the results of this transit.

Mars Rahu conjunction is on 24 August at gandanta degree – this is very challenging. Often Mars Rahu can spark terrorism or wars – so this is a time when Countries and their leaders must be careful with the choices they make. Defense rather than offence is the key. Best to keep safe. Aries Scorpio will be most affected by this transit. However, immediately after this Mars goes into Leo and you find your strength. Patience and Calmness would be your best companions.

To Watch in September 2017

Jupiter in Libra – Time for Pushkaram. The Relaxing of the turbulence.

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