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Then, when Mars gets free of the Sun, it is similar to a sharp and infallible blade and the wound caused by it is incurable.
(Abu Ma'shar)
The great american eclipse, 2017

Notes From the Watchtower

A guide to interpreting the great American eclipse

So much ink has been spilt over the last 12 months by astrologers and media pundits alike on the American presidential race of 2016, the nominees involved, and finally the eventual inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Having been inaugurated, Trump's presidency has been hit with accusations, scandals and a highly divided and volatile America, with people either loving or loathing Trump and his presidency. Astrologers around the world have examined the presidency, both throughout the election cycle, as well as since his inauguration. Astrologers of different political perference, and indeed astrological persuasion, have not failed to take into account the solar eclipse of August 2017.

Eclipse path over north america

In this article, 'A guide to interpreting the great American eclipse', astrologer and researcher Wade Caves takes us on a fascinating and detailed journey through the many charts and cycles which this eclipse symbolises and triggers, offering us compelling and highly detailed correspondance linking a diverse range of analyses from the Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction cycle, the 2016 nomination race and the Aries Ingresses of the last two years.

Wade weaves together a compelling guide that is compulsary reading for any American astrogical pundit or student of astrology. But also in many ways this is important reading for all of us, whether American or not, as the effects of this cycle are far reaching and highly impactful on the world stage. Wade presents us with a guide to aid our own interpretation, only hinting toward his own conclusions, encouraging us instead to follow along, and follow the astrological evidence to where it leads.

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Judith Hill Wade Caves, based in San Francisco, USA, is an astrological consultant, speaker and educator specializing in horary, electional and classical astrological technique. Wade was certified with honors from the Mayo School of Astrology in London, and is well versed in both traditional and modern psychological methods of chart delineation. Wade's passion and focus is not only in understanding the historical and philosophical origins of astrological symbolism, but finding new and reliable ways to put this information to good practical use in a consultation setting. He is the editor and annotator of the 300th anniversary edition of William Lilly's History of His Life & Times (Rubedo Press, 2015).

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The article made available for download is copyrighted to Wade Caves and is offered here, with his permission, for private and non-commercial use only. It may not be reproduced further without his specific agreement. Published online and edited by Paul Kiernan, July 2017.