Planetary Alchemy: Astrology News by Sarolta


NOW is the time to let go … to clear your soul and your mind for the magic of the Solar Eclipse in Leo. 

The next new moon is a SOLAR ECLIPSE on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 18 deg 42’ Leo.

This is especially significant, since this is the final solar eclipse in this cycle of eclipses on the Aquarius / Leo Axis that has been in effect for the last two years.

Eclipses in Aquarius / Leo won’t be prominent again for another 9 years or so … HOW DOES THIS ECLIPSE AFFECT YOU AND YOUR CHART? This is especially significant if you have either Aquarius or Leo highlighted in your birth chart.

The moon is NOW in its waning phase after the intensity of the full moon, signifying a time of release, renewal, and reflection. 

The waning moon phase is a time of release and reassessment, when we ponder the house placement of the next NEW MOON. Each astrological house represents a particular domain … what astrological house does the next NEW MOON bring to life?

This particular eclipse is especially significant, since it is the FINAL solar eclipse in Leo of this particular series of eclipses on the Aquarius/Leo axis, and will be significant in determining the focus in the next several months.

How do you prepare for this eclipse?
Since the waning moon signifies RELEASE, it is helpful to let go of any “dead wood” and clear your field of any thoughts, behaviors, attachments or activities that no longer serve your highest good or ultimate goal. That way you have more psychic space to actually focus on what is truly important and giving mental space to allow change to happen.

This ritual is designed to help release the stressors of our day-to-day lives, as we prepare for a “fresh start” at the NEW MOON.

You will need:
1 white candle
1 black candle
1 pink candle
salt or epsom salt
incense - sandalwood, sage, frankincense
  - or an aromatherapy diffuser

many small pieces of paper and a pen
flameproof/heatproof dish

Ritual Bath: 
Add epsom salt —or just plain salt— to water; tie any of these herbs in a cloth and run under water: lavender, rosemary or sage. You can also add these essential oils to your bath when you add the epsom salts.

As you sit in your bath and inhale the steaming herbs, visualize the steam breaking up any tension in your body or your thinking, and … exhale. Ask your body, mind, and spirit to release any thoughts that are not aligned to your highest potential, and be willing to look at where you may be harboring self-doubt or fear.

With each inhale
Affirm that you are breathing in the universal life force, the source of all creation, and acknowledge that you are ONE WITH THE ESSENCE OF THE UNIVERSAL SOUL.

With each exhale: 
Affirm that the outgrown thoughts and beliefs are transformed into NEW energy that can be redirected … since energy is neutral, it’s up to us to decide to redirect it into a more appropriate form for our present circumstances.

Light your white candle and incense.
They symbolize peace, truth, and protection. Meditate for a few minutes on what that means to you now: is there anything in your life that is not in sync with your highest truth?

Light the black candle.
The color black is an absence of color, and symbolically it absorbs … the black candle will represent the absorbing / transforming power of the dark waning moon, and … as we work with it … imagine any pain, anger, or disillusionment getting pulled out of you, and absorbed / transformed by the energy symbolized by the black candle.

As you meditate on releasing …
Take one of the small pieces of paper, and —with as much emotion as you can muster— write down one thing you’d like to release / transform.

Light one corner of the paper, and immediately drop it into your heatproof dish. (A large ashtray or ceramic pot with some sand or soil in it would be ideal.)

REPEAT with any and all emotions, thoughts, fears, resentments, gripes, angers, excuses, obligations, etc. etc etc etc etc …! UNTIL YOU FEEL CLEAR! If you still feel bad … KEEP GOING!!!

When you’ve cried, griped, bitched, cursed, and moaned as long as you can stand … put out the black candle.


Take a moment and feel the clarity and space of release … it feels good, right?

If you STILL don’t feel clear, go back to writing and releasing.

When you actually feel clear …

Light the pink candle.
Put on your favorite music, something that makes you feel energized, happy, and motivated! Now focus on filling up the spaces left where the old pain was … by writing affirmations.

Write affirmations.
What are affirmations? Phrases of INTENT on what you want your truth to be in the real world. Always write affirmations in the present tense: “My creativity energizes me and empowers others.” “I am aligned to my highest good now and always.” “I resonate with the universal power and I am an agent for change in the world.” etc etc

Always write affirmations in the present tense … not “I will” … Keep repeating them over and over until YOU FEEL IT  and breathe in your NEW TRUTH. 

If you still don’t feel it … ask yourself: is there something in my affirmation I don’r really believe? THEN … maybe go back to releasing?

When you are finished, put out the pink candle.

You can do this ritual for three days prior to the new moon, allowing the candles to burn all the way down on the third day.

OR … you can do this ritual only once, allowing the candles to burn all the way down on the first day.

c. 2018. Sarolta Gabriella DeFaltay.
All Rights Reserved.


Sarolta is a certified astrologer, experienced tarot card reader, and ordained priestess with over 25 years of experience. She has read thousands of charts and has worked with hundreds of clients from around the world. 

She coaches clients to articulate their life's purpose, in order to embrace their path with confidence, to clarify the essence of who they are and what they want, to then help them create a plan of action that brings tangible results. 

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