Image: The star-shaped astrocytes (shown as green) in our brains are geared up to open doorways of perception during this eclipse.

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by Kelley Hunter

FYI: this newsletter has a playful heart and a small dose of brain science.

TOTAL ECLIPSE of the SUN!! On August 1. In the dramatic and heart-centered sign of Leo, with Mercury and Venus in attendance, this eclipse will be visible in a narrow corridor across half the Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia and—significantly in view of the 08/08/08 Olympics— China.
You can see a live webcast of this eclipse from China! NASA gives a link: What a prelude to the world games. The eclipse will be seen as partial in northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia. It’s at 6:22 am EDT, 11:22 am GMD.

August 1-2 is one of the holy days of the eight-season year, called Lammas. That a total eclipse takes place on this day is very meaningful. Perhaps this event will reverberate through the holyday season, on Fall Equinox, Samhain (Halloween) and Winter Solstice.

There was a very powerful related eclipse on August 11, 1999. Does that date ring a bell? Some issues might be coming back around. During an eclipse, it appears that the light is turned off and turned on again. As in Heaven, so on Earth. Something in your life is turned off and relit. What is that for you? The next Full Moon on August 16 will be a partial lunar eclipse.

With the party in Leo, let’s not forget to look at the leading edge of this eclipse, with the North Node of the Moon in Aquarius. The Node aligns closely with Chiron, the Shaman, and Neptune, the Dreamtime planet.
We are asked to come into a new energetic alignment with each other and the cosmos. Aquarius is an electrically-charged sign. In our physiology, the electrical nervous system, influenced by brain neurons, is effected by the changing electro-magnetic fields of our solar system. (Observed changes are occurring throughout our solar system.)

It is common knowledge, right?, that we only use 10% of our brains. We tend to bat that fact around to account for humanity’s state of being even as we aspire to heighten consciousness and expand our brain function—both right and left sides. This popular myth followed from the discovery in the late 19th century that the brain consists of 10 percent neurons to 90 percent glial cells. Glial cells are a kind of good brain glue that support, feed and help in SIGNAL TRANSMISSION. They are IMPORTANT. About half of the glial cells are the type called astrocytes. The name perks up an astrologer’s ear. They are star-shaped and are starting to gain more respect—as are astrologers (As above, so below. As inside, so outside.)

In An Alchemy of the Mind, Diane Ackerman calls glial cells the HANDLERS of neurons, describing them as:

manipulative cells that can converse among themselves, listen to neurons, voice their concerns, and ultimately influence what neurons say. They may prompt neurons to create more synapses, rouse sleepy neurons and put them to work, and order neurons to strengthen or weaken their best contacts. They may be vital to memory and learning. Glias with many faces and jobs touch neurons, profoundly altering their fate.

These astrocytes are very alive and happening. My imagination, possibly through the inspiration of my own astrocyte-excited neurons, is considering the potential of ASTRO-SIGHT among the astrocytes. Meaning that they are sparked by cosmic influence, by the interstellar communication medium that subtly weaves through the universe. Astrocytes are probably, I think, related to consciousness shift.

There are so-called brain cells in the HEART. That’s Leo’s kind of wiring. I haven’t read anywhere that there are astrocytes in the heart, but I can’t see why not. I feel my heart is full of stars. In any case, astrocytes do have something to do with blood flow. One of our major tasks in these times, with a huge window of opportunity at this New Moon Eclipse, is to connect the Heart with the Head. Let’s use this Eclipse to align our systems and upgrade our love stream and welcoming reception to cosmic currents.

P.S. Have you heard about the Honey Street Goddess? This is a very recent crop circle that is a classic goddess figure. She is holding up a disk—the Sun or Moon—and the whole figure is outlined in a circle. I think we can confidently say that this image relates to the eclipse.
Check it out at:

[Thanks to Goddess scholar and banner artist Lydia Ruyle (who I had the pleasure of meeting in Denver last year) for this special news.]

I will be giving a FREE on-line TALK about LILITH on
Monday, September 15 at 8:00 pm EDT, with the Alphee Astrology School,
to be soon followed by a workshop or class.
Find out more at
I am developing a series of classes. Do you have topics that I should put on this list?

In VERMONT: AUGUST 7-13. I have a growing list of persons wanting astrology consultations. To be on that list, email me! I’ll be in Barre and in Calais.

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