The Solar Eclipse August 21 2017 falls at 28º Leo decan 3. This is the big one, the Solar Eclipse on one of the royal stars of Persia, Regulus. The famous fixed star in the heart of Leo the Lion. The Sun in mundane astrology signifies the ruler of the country. Eclipses used to be feared as being an omen for the death of a King as the Moon blots out the Sun’s glorious rays. In this case, the Moon will cast a shadow over Donald Trump’s yellow mane because he happens to have Regulus rising in his birthchart, and it is conjunct his Mars too! The Solar Eclipse August 2017 is very important for the American people, as not only does it directly impact their leader, but it will be visible across the whole of the United States. (For the first time since 1979.)
More than 90% of the Sun will be covered in Washington DC, the throne of world power. Like it or not, decisions made in the White House have a huge effect on the rest of the world. (Even if the President himself is limited in the scope of his own power) “The Royal Stars… were also believed to govern events in the world. Major disasters, breakthroughs, and historical phenomenons were seen as caused by the stars… When the stars were aligned accordingly, favourable conditions followed, and when they were negatively aligned, disaster was predicted. Because Regulus was the most influential of the Royal Stars, events that took place while Regulus was in dominance were amplified and grave, foreshadowing destruction.”
In the case of the Solar Eclipse August 2017 I would say the alignment is quite positive, however, you could say that a Solar Eclipse in of itself is ‘negatively aligned’ due to the Moon blocking the Sun’s power. Therefore this Solar Eclipse could have a malefic effect on leaders or elites who connect with it, as Trump does. It will be interesting to test out this eclipses effect as it plays out over the following 6 months.
Solar Eclipse August 2017 ~ Leo Decan 3
Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Eva Peron and Gandhi are great examples of the Moon in this decan. Therefore this Solar Eclipse August will bring formidable commanders to the fore in times of war, when life or death decisions need to be made quickly. The Moon adds a nurturing touch to the decan in general, but we still get tough-love. That means any leaders will have to risk making short-term, austerity measures or unpopular decisions for the sake of the long term prosperity.
A Leo decan 3 Solar Eclipse will not sugar-coat for the sake of popularity. In a sign that seems so ego-driven, it is surprising perhaps that this Solar Eclipse energy is actually more about helping others than itself (Especially now with Regulus in Virgo which is more about service to others). Much depends on the souls evolution of those touched by this eclipse. Harsh aspects from their own chart could twist the energy into a ruthless drive with tyrannical tendencies. Mostly the moon here is admired for generating great courage. Heads of nations, companies or family, become trail blazers and will do whatever it takes to protect those in their care.
The roaring lioness who protects her cubs is the most obvious symbol of this solar Eclipse. At the mundane level this is the great patriot willing to die for their country. It is certainly best to keep these natives as your friend and not an enemy! Loyalty is their number one demand, so woe betide you if you betray them. (especially those with Moon close to fixed star Alfard!) At worst, those touched by this powerful solar eclipse will suffer greatly if they stoop to revenge, and they won’t care who else they bring down with them.
Solar Eclipse August 2017 ~ Aspect & Star
Moon Trine Uranus brings out an abundance of radical and innovative energy. Rebels won’t give a fig about conforming to the status quo. This aspect should bring to fruition personal freedom, revolution and electric genius. For those touched by the Uranus transit the more outlandish they behave, the more the public seems to lap it up. This is an artistic aspect that supports original and eccentric minds. This Solar Eclipse favours innovators and inventors that think outside the box. There could be activism relating to improving the conditions of those living in squalor. Creating futuristic, space-age housing that uses high-tech methods of heating or lighting is emphasized at this time.
Moon conjunct Mars is passionate about protecting family and those they love, but it is not so obvious on the outside. Revealing how much they care weakens their position. Everything is about strategy, instincts are extra-sensitive and there is a super-fast reaction to any outside threat. Moon/Mars can be a very physical aspect. It is the most useful in competitive sports like tennis or fencing, when one has to anticipate the moves of one’s opponent. Those touched by this aspect during this eclipse will be excellent in an emergency situation. A good example is a nurse out on the battle field, who needs to remain calm while sensing quickly who to treat first.
Fixed Star Regulus Astrology
Robson gives the following interpretations of Regulus with the Sun and Moon.
With Sun: Power, authority, great influence over friends, honor and riches, but violence, trouble and ultimate disgrace and ruin, sickness, fevers, benefits seldom last. 
With Moon: Occult interests, powerful friends, danger from enemies and false friends, gain by speculation, public prominence, great power, honor, wealth, benefits seldom last, violence, trouble and sickness. Make women high spirited and independent. 
Regulus has now moved into Virgo, but its wide orb stretches back to 28º Leo still. This will be the first eclipse on Regulus since its ingress into Virgo. In the Regulus post I go into detail what this shift might mean. The August Solar Eclipse may well give us a taste of the long term influence of Regulus in Virgo. “Could Regulus crossing this symbolic sphinx cusp, Leo to Virgo, herald the age of Aquarius? Many astrologers speculate that Virgo will teach Leo to put aside ego, dispense personal glory, become more humanitarian and have respect for mother Earth itself.
Other ‘star seed’ type commentators describe a switch from service-to-self (Leo) towards service-to-others. (Virgo=Service, Aquarius=Others). Now all this assumes that Leo’s ego is somehow a bad thing! Conversely however, those with a weak sense of self are also those that suffer from narcissistic personality disorders (And other related Dark triad traits. See Ceres post.) Without a strong sovereignty, service-to-others can become co-dependancy and pathological altruism! Does this mean Regulus into Virgo leaves us with a feminised, impotent neuter cat? Certainly not! A positive transition of Regulus into Virgo should hopefully give us a Hieros Gamos, the inner marriage within ourselves.” Maybe we shall learn the secret of the sphinx.
There is also a Minor grand trine at 20º fire/Air which is a great gift of courage and should bring out the positive qualities of Regulus. Mars is conjunct the North Node in the fiercely protective great bear Ursa Major. This is also a very strong mother/Queen archetype. It is also interesting that Ceres is opposite Pluto. I looked at these two in aspect in the past (2010) and found that “The confrontation and compromising of these two dwarf planets are a necessary re-balancing of nature, making sure humanity honours and respects the importance of both God (scientific, linear progress.) and Goddess (Natural cycles and conservation).”
Solar Eclipse August 2017 ~ Summary
This is the time for being as brave as Regulus and reveal those plans (or person) that you have been hiding from the world. If any of your personal planets are aspect to the Solar Eclipse August 2017 then the time is ripe for showing off those great new ideas. You should generate much interest and have people fawning all over you. Like Regulus you could feel quite the star. However, beware of dropping old loyal friends in favour of arse-licking sycophants. For these kinds of people will drop you like a hot potato as soon as you are not top dog anymore. This is as true for business as it is for love. You might get flattered into dropping your regular partner for a cute, young gold-digger. This is the warning that comes with Regulus and why they say that this star can bring a fall from grace. But this only happens if you become so up your own behind that you start to believe you actually are divine, like the Roman Emperor Caligula.
Otherwise, if the brave Lion is honorable in his intentions, the Solar Eclipse August 2017 could be a great opportunity to honestly air ones grievances and confront long overdue issues that have been festering for a while. A Regulus Moon is not sneaky or underhand, for its huge shining ego is in your face and has no shame. Those who have strong connections to this Solar Eclipse should front out their enemies and just be themselves. But avoid vengeance at all costs!! The biggest weakness of Regulus is the temptation to go for the jugular if someone knocks their crown off. If you find something that you are so attuned to that it fulfils your soul, something that gives you happiness from head to toe, then you are not likely to let any personal attacks knock you off centre. You will need less approval from others if your heart is motivated by the sheer pleasure of doing what you love. Regulus types could learn at this time that they will not fall from grace if they find the thing they love to do.
Regulus has a big heart, it is the heart of the Lion after all. As long as that heart is kept happy, allowed to love and create without worrying what people think of his creations, then all is well. But the moment he tries too hard to be popular is when he can start to get into a pickle. When you are shining that brightly you don’t need to push it, you will only give your audience sunburn! So for this golden Solar Eclipse it will be very hard to keep anything in the dark. We will need to be brave enough to be totally, even brutally honest. We will be forced to come clean about any secrets. In love, faint heart never won no fair maiden, so be prepared to wear your heart on our sleeve. Skulking cowards will not do well under this Solar Eclipse, there will be nowhere to hide.