Solar Eclipse, August 11th 2018 ~ Battle of Ideas
Solar Eclipse, August 11th 2018 ~ Battle of Ideas
New Moon August 2018 at 18 degrees Leo is a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse August 2018 astrology is mainly influenced by a conjunction to Mercury retrograde. The major themes of this eclipse will be thinking, contemplation, deliberation, discussion and debate.
The August 2018 solar eclipse with challenging aspects to Jupiter and Pluto suggests disagreements and arguments about ideas and beliefs about power and control issues between people, groups of people and nations. Asteroid Pallas conjunct the eclipse will focus debate on feminism and politics.
Solar Eclipse Meaning
A solar eclipse is just like a regular new moon where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However, a solar eclipse is more powerful because the Moon darkens the Sun. Solar Eclipse August 2018 is a partial solar eclipse so most of the Sun will still be visible. The new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new cycle.
The strongest and most important aspect in astrology is Sun conjunct Moon. It means all possibilities are on the table and you can rightly put yourself in the forefront of new plans for the future. It is time to question your old habits and behaviors as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.
New Moon August 2018 the ideal time to make a fresh start, so write your new goals down on a sheet of paper. The best time for making a new start is from the solar eclipse to the August 26 Full Moon. A new moon influence lasts for four weeks but a solar eclipse usually lasts about six months. The August 11 solar eclipse supersedes the July 12 solar eclipse. It combines with the July 27 Lunar Eclipse to form an eclipse phase that last until the January 2019 solar eclipse.
Solar Eclipse August 2018 Astrology
The August 11 solar eclipse is complex and difficult to decipher because of the number of planetary aspects involved. The list below also shows the solar eclipse sits between and asteroid and fixed star. I will talk about these conjunctions first and then about the planetary aspects. Close conjunctions always have the strongest influence in any horoscope.
- 1353 – Fixed star Acubens
- 1441 – Mercury retrograde
- 1526 – Fixed star Dubhe
- 1706 – Asteroid Pallas
- 1841 – Solar Eclipse
- 1941 – Fixed star Merak
Fixed star Merak on the Side of the Great Bear gives a love of command and domination.  With a solar eclipse it especially increases your power to get on in life. But in mundane astrology, the Bear “is particularly injurious as regards to the affairs of nations and kings.” 
Asteroid Pallas signifies wisdom, courage, just warfare, strategy and skill. She rules creative intelligence, political nous, pattern recognition and the relationship between father and daughter. Like Wonder Woman her father was Zeus. She is “a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman. As beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Hermes.”  Pallas deliberates to find the truth before passing judgement and taking action. She is defensive by nature and will use her creative and strategic intelligence to avoid violence, but when all else fails she will take action.
New Moon August 2018 Mercury
Mercury conjunct the solar eclipse reinforces the creative strategic intelligence of asteroid Pallas. It means this eclipse will make you think and question, discuss and deliberate. Mercury retrograde complicates all negotiations and decision. It can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked.
Mercury retrograde can make you feel nervous and anxious. So take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. You may find yourself dwelling on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meeting up with people from your past. Negotiations and business matters will be in a state of flux. Some important details will not yet be available, or other people won’t be reliable or honest.
The star Acubens with Mercury gives activity, malevolence, poison, lying and crime. It can make you feel unbalanced, jumpy, unsettled mentality and helpless.  Dr. Morse says that one significance of Acubens is the enforced use of applied intelligence when finding oneself in combat at someone else’s behest. But a generally more positive quality to read from Acubens is that of a sharp intellect and ease of coming to grips with problems, for which one might earn high public renown. But, again, there is the note of doing this under pressure of others demanding ‘from behind’. 
Solar Eclipse August 2018 Jupiter
Solar eclipse square Jupiter is like a double-edged sword. It can make you feel extremely confident, proud, lucky and optimistic. The manner in which you express your exuberance is critical in determining the result, which can range from good fortune and success, to loss and embarrassment. The best way to handle this solar eclipse is to show respect, moderation and discipline. Don’t take on too many projects as this would end up wasting your energy and getting you nowhere in a hurry. Focus your energy on one or just a couple of projects.
Be conservative with your finances because of a tendency to accumulate things you don’t really need. There is also a tendency to over eat or overindulge in drugs and alcohol or other addictive demons like gambling. You can make you own luck by doing your homework and working hard. It is best to use moderation in all areas of life, with your behavior and your morals. This solar eclipse may spark your generous side but even then, make sure you do not leave yourself short. Have fun but don’t party too hard.
Mercury square Jupiter is the strongest aspect in the eclipse chart besides the eclipse itself, with an orb of only 0°06′. It makes this eclipse a battle of idea and beliefs. It will reignite the debate about false news and the battle between Donald Trump and the media.
This aspect gives an optimistic and broad outlook but a tendency to exaggerate and overestimate. Remember to focus on the smaller details. A lack of concentration, or inability to focus, may lead to some errors of judgement or mistakes. Mercury retrograde square Jupiter, means you must be careful with your words and your attitude. Overconfidence could make you seem arrogant, opinionated or even bigoted. Don’t promise too much or overestimate your abilities when making plans for the future.
New Moon August 2018 Pluto
Solar eclipse quincunx Pluto makes this solar eclipse a turning point in life that may be felt as a mini crisis or threat. However, it is not as intense as the previous solar eclipse on July 12 which was opposite Pluto. This means you can make adjustments and compromises to relieve the pressure and intensity of that earlier solar eclipse. It links the two solar eclipses and suggests and ongoing theme related to power and control issues or obsessive and destructive behavior.
An event or person may trigger this tipping point by taking away your personal power. In relationships you could react by trying to control and manipulate the other person which would result in conflict and bruised egos. Any crisis, turning point or serious decision is best viewed as self-improvement exercise. You can transform your life for the better and have a positive effect on someone or humanity in general.
This aspect also points to the power imbalance in relation to feminism. It suggests increasing tension that leads to dramatic events like accusations sexual misconduct or other abuses of power. Secrets will be exposed and reputations destroyed. Pluto rules large political movements and multinational corporations. So there will be political and social changes that increase tensions for some but make things better for others. There will also be a shift in the power balance between political parties, nations and within the feminist movement.
Solar Eclipse August 2018 Summary
The August 11 solar eclipse joins a star of command and domination that increases your power to get on in life. Asteroid Pallas gives courage and fighting spirit, but also the creative intelligence and wisdom to deliberate to find the truth before passing judgement and taking action.
The solar eclipse is also joined by Mercury retrograde which really is the strongest influence on the eclipse. Altogether this means a lot of thinking, discussion and arguments about power and control issues in relationships. At the social level these deliberations will be about feminism, the Me Too Movement and politics (Donald Trump). There will be provocative statements and insults from both sides of the debate about power imbalances and the abuse of power by men in positions of authority.
Mercury retrograde suggests it would be better to carefully listen and think about your own ideas and attitudes before giving your opinion. The exaggerating influence of Jupiter means boastfulness and pride could lead to embarrassment and loss. Jupiter rules philosophy so this solar eclipse will promote a battle of ideas and beliefs. The difficult aspect to Pluto complicates debate with lies and propaganda, conspiracy theories, investigations and espionage.
Pallas conjunct solar eclipse new moon August 2018 may focus your thoughts on the relationship between father and daughter. The tense aspect to Pluto will highlight power and control issues in such relationships. And for women, how that has influenced your beliefs and attitudes about men in general. So it will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out in the continuing battle between the feminist movement and the national father figure Donald Trump.
If the Solar Eclipse New Moon August 2018 astrology chart directly affects your Sign you can read about it in your free Weekly Horoscope and Monthly Horoscope. For more details about how it affects your natal chart see Sun Transits.
Solar Eclipse August 2018 Map
The solar eclipse of August 11, 2018 will be a partial solar eclipse which will be visible on the north of North America, in Greenland, in Northern Europe and north-eastern Asia.
Solar Eclipse New Moon August 2018 Times and Dates
- Los Angeles, August 11 at 2:57 am
- New York, August 11 at 5:57 am
- London, August 11 at 10:57 am
- Delhi, August 11 at 3:27 pm
- Sydney, August 11 at 7:57 pm
New Moon August 2018 References
- Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.43.
- Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.7.
- Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Amazonian Mystique, Jacob M. Held, 2017.
- The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.50.
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