July/August 1999 Astrology Forecast
August 11, 1999 Total Eclipse of the Sun
Catalyst for Global and Personal Transformation
by Mark Dodich
Get ready to crank up the energies of transformation as we head into
the last Total Solar Eclipse of the 1900's. The path cut by major total
eclipses has been associated with civil wars and changes in political
leadership. Eclipses mark a time when both the world and you can shift
into a more enlightened reality.
A solar eclipse occurs when the new moon passes between the earth and
the sun at an angle that temporarily blocks out the rays of the sun.
The August 11th eclipse path ranges from Nova Scotia to its highest
peak of totality over Romania, and ends over the Bay of Bengal, India.
Countries under the eclipse path are typically in the news at least
six months before and after the eclipse.
On an energetic level, a solar eclipse may manifest as an interruption
in your life. You could say that the busyness of your daily life is
interrupted by the inner calling of your soul. Some people experience
mild depression in the three months prior and after a major eclipse.
This is not because the Universe is out to get you. It is because you
have allowed the events of the transitory outer world to cast a shadow
over your true soul desire. False beliefs about what you have to do
vs. what you really want to do rise to the surface of your consciousness.
At the eclipse, all of those core desires come out of the shadows and
call for attention. Make an increased effort to meditate, pray, play,
and process fears this summer. This empowers you to release thoughts
and activities that are draining you. Give yourself the opportunity
to direct energy into some project that secretly calls to you, even
if it isn't logical. Because this eclipse is in Leo, it is important
to avoid excessive and stubborn pride. Leading your global tribe to
a better way of life is the opportunity and responsibility at this time.
To personalize the effects of the August eclipse, you will want to
look at the part of your natal astrology chart containing the signs
Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio. If you don't know your astrology
chart, don't worry. Odds are excellent that you have at least one of
the ten planets astrologers' use in these signs. Endurance, stability,
and perseverance in the face of obstacles are all traits of these signs.
However, they also need to learn to let go of outdated values, stubbornness,
and excessively fixed thinking.
As an example, Bill Clinton is a Leo. Both the August 1998 and 1999
solar eclipses landed in proud and dramatic Leo. At last year's eclipse,
the highly graphic Starr report was made public. President Clinton could
no longer hide from his "fixed" statements regarding his relationship
with Monica Lewinsky. His Leo self-identity went through a soul-searching
process of transformation. The 1999 eclipse will show us what he learned.
You can also see the effects of an eclipse on a global level. Eclipses
occur in cycles, so it is helpful to go back to the "parent" of the
August 11th eclipse. In the year 1639, a Prince in the Balkans set himself
up to be emperor, the Ottoman (Turkish) Sultan took Baghdad away from
Persia (Iran), and Japan closed its borders to outsiders. In 1999, there
is another "emperor" in the Balkans. The Mid-East situation is far from
resolved, and there are economic trade barrier and Chinese embassy bombing
issues with Asia. As you can see, life moves in cycles on both global
and personal levels.
To get a better understanding of action zones, astrologers calculate
planetary power zones. Many people know these location lines under the
names EARTHLINEST or AstroCartoGraphy®. "Hot Zones" include Pakistan
and Afghanistan. The region is under the heavy influence of Pluto (power
struggles, death, Plutonium) for the eclipse. The Iran-Iraq border is
under the restrictive power of Saturn. This could intensify border disputes
in the Kurdish rebel area. Italy is under the influence of communicative
Mercury and spiritual Neptune. Topics can range from deceptive conversations
regarding the Balkans, to chemical weapons, to the best solution - enlightened
Interestingly, the Pacific NW is also under the influence of Mercury
and Neptune. On the weather front, we could have rain and wind near
the August eclipse. We could also talk about protecting the ocean from
future oil spills. Compromises relating to use of the Columbia River
may be in the news.
In summary, the summer of 1999 is an opportunity to transform yourself
and the world. It is time to release outdated values, old hurts, and
uncompromising attitudes. The August 1999 eclipse is challenging you
to move on to a better way - a way that reflects the Divine Nature of
your soul. Leo is the sign of leadership. You are being called to lead
a new path for the benefit of humanity. Won't you answer that call?
Mark Dodich has been an astrologer and intuitive spiritual counselor
since 1980. For a complimentary copy of his quarterly astrology forecast
newsletter, ASTROMARK, contact him at (503) 252-1558 or email@example.com,