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Partial Solar Eclipse – 11 August 2018

The partial solar eclipse of 11 August 2018 takes place at 18° Leo 41′ and says that it will be “visible from northern and eastern Europe, northern parts of North America, and some northern and western locations in Asia”.

All dates Central Standard Time (CST)

Solar eclipses occur on New Moons. New Moons are traditionally a time for sowing seeds and are a good time for breaking old habits and taking up new routines.

A solar eclipse amplifies the power of the New Moon and may bring sudden change, or bring a situation to light. Solar eclipses tend to be associated with beginnings and with external events happening to you.

Unless you have natal or secondary progressed planets at zodiac degrees in close aspect to the eclipse degree (18° Leo 41′), you are unlikely to feel the impact of this eclipse too much, if at all.

August 11 2018 partial solar eclipse chart
August 11 2018 partial solar eclipse chart


Sabian Symbol

The Sabian Symbol for the eclipse degree is 19° Leo – A houseboat party crowded with revelers; the water reflects its lights

Another interpretation – A houseboat party.

Links to past Eclipses

This is the same position/Sabian symbol as the August 11, 1999, solar eclipse. That solar eclipse was part of Saros Series 1 North, as was the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Therefore, there may be a linking of what is happening at this time to August 11, 1999, and August 21, 2017.

This eclipse is part of Saros Series 2 New North and the dates shown below may also factor into events happening at the time of this eclipse. The previous solar eclipse in Saros Series 2 New North was July 31, 2000.

Saros Series 

This solar eclipse belongs to Saros Series 2 New North and is also known as Saros 155. This series started in 1928 and will run until 3190.

Bernadette Brady in her book Predictive Astrology – The Eagle and the Lark says that this Saros Series tends to have the effect of causing the “sudden collapse of plans or lifestyles”. While this can be quite devastating at the time, this gives the chance to rebuild and reshape the situation going forward. The outcome of this rebuilding can have “far-reaching effects” and cause a change of direction. It all sounds very Plutonic to me.

Some Eclipses in 2 New North include:

1928 – June 17 – 26° Gemini 21′ – A young gypsy, emerging from the woods, gazes at far cities.

1946 – June 29 – 6° Cancer 48′ – Two fairies dancing on a moonlit night. 

1964 – July 9 – 17° Cancer 15′-  A hen is scratching for her chicks. 

1982 – July 20 – 27° Cancer 43′ – An Indian girl introduces her college boyfriend to her assembled tribe. 

2000 – July 31 –  8° Leo 11′ – Glass blowers shape beautiful forms with their controlled breathing. 

2018 – August 11 – 18° Leo 52′ – A houseboat party crowded with revelers; the water reflects its lights

2036 – August 21 – 29° Leo 14′ – An unsealed letter has vital and confidential information. 

Landscape Surrounding the Eclipse

This is the last of three solar eclipses this year. Every year has at least two, and sometimes up to four solar eclipses. This is the last solar eclipse in Leo until 2026. This season of Leo eclipses started with a lunar eclipse on 10 February 2017 and will end with a lunar eclipse on 21 January 2019.

 Feb 10, 2017 — 22 Leo 28
  Aug 21, 2017 — 28 Leo 53 – 1 North – Saros 145
  Jan 31, 2018 — 11 Leo 37
  Aug 11, 2018 —18 Leo 42 – 2 New North – Saros 155
  Jan 21, 2019 — 0 Leo 52

The Sun/Moon conjunction (New Moon/Eclipse)  is in a quincunx aspect to Pluto. Quincunxes often ask us to make some sort of adjustment. As eclipses are often harbingers of change, these changes may be powerful and perhaps even scary.

Pluto has a fearsome reputation for making us go way down deep to expose the darkest parts before rebuilding and this matches up with the description quoted in the Saros series section above.

Retrograde Mercury is widely conjunct the Sun and Moon conjunction (New Moon) at the time of the eclipse but with 4° between the Sun/Moon and Mercury though, this may not be felt too strongly.

Retrograde Mercury is very close to an exact square to Jupiter. With Jupiter’s tendency to go way over the top at times, mixed with the retrograde nature of Mercury at the moment, there may be a tendency for disinformation and a lot of hyperbole.

Mercury is also in a close quincunx aspect to Neptune. Neptune’s influence can make things, slippery, elusive, and sometimes even deceptive. Added to the Jupiter square, I would not be taking anything at face value, and not believe everything you hear. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Sensitive Zodiac Degrees for this eclipse 

Those that have natal or secondary progressed planets at 17° to 19° of Leo and Aquarius are likely to feel the effects of this eclipse more than others as they conjunct and oppose the eclipse degree.

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at 17° to 19° of Taurus and Scorpio may feel the impact quite significantly too.  These positions will be squaring the eclipse degree.

Conjunctions, squares, and oppositions are often thought to be difficult aspects, and as Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, and Scorpio are fixed signs, any change may be quite upsetting. If the natal or secondary progressed planets being squared are Venus or Jupiter, the changes or what comes to light may be more positive, although may not have a long life-span. Difficult aspects to Mars and Saturn may tend more towards disgrace or ruin.

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at  17° to 19° of Aries, LibraSagittarius, and Gemini may feel some impact of the eclipse, as these positions are sextile and trine the eclipse degree. Sextiles and trines are helpful and easy aspects so potentially any changes will be easier to cope with.

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at  17° to 19° of Pisces and Capricorn may find that they feel some impact of the eclipse. These positions are quincunx the eclipse degree and quincunxes often ask us to make adjustments of some kind.

Dates that may trigger information or events

News or events related to the eclipse effect may reach you in the week leading up to or after the eclipse date (4 to 18 August 2018). One month before or after the eclipse date may also give some indication of the eclipses intentions (11 July or 11 September 2018).

If you had a natal planet at 17°  to 19° of any sign, the times that that planet crosses over your angles (Ascendant, Descendant, IC or MidHeaven) may bring significant news or events.

Transiting Mars dates 

Mars conjuncts exact eclipse degree  on 31 July 2019 (at 18° from July 30 to 31, 2019)

Mars opposite exact eclipse degree on 27 October 2018 (at 18° from October 26 to 27, 2018)

Transiting Saturn dates

Saturn conjunct exact eclipse degree on  5 November 2035 (at 18° from October 24 to November 13, 2035).

Saturn opposite exact eclipse degree on 27 February 2022 (at 18° from February 21 to March 2, 2018)
Saturn will also retrograde over the degree on 11 October 2022 and later go directly over the exact degree again on 2 November 2022.

Transiting Node dates 

North Node opposed exact eclipse degree on 8 April 2027 in retrograde motion (North Node at 18° from April 6 to 18, 2027)

North Node conjunct exact eclipse degree on 9 June 2036 (North Node at 18° from June 8 to 23, 2036 )

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Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, I have had a fascination with astrology since I was a child. I hold the STA’s Practitioners Level Certification in Horary and am currently studying Hellenistic Astrology.