How will the powerful new moon solar eclipse affect you?

It was festive Tuesday night on the plaza in Santa Fe, as half way around the world the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century got underway. We were dancing to the blues of Guitar Shorty, and then the right as the sun was being blotted out in India and China, the sky darkened and it began to storm. I scurried home, and soon after the power went out in my East side neighborhood. I felt uncharacteristically knocked out myself, even though I’d drunk a double cappuccino, and went to bed. I can understand the ancient peoples’ take on eclipses: Stay inside, lay low, and don’t try to interact with the forces of nature.
This morning I got up early, curious to see the headlines, look at the videos, and suss out the vibes. Was it going to feel like just another day? Unfortunately, it did not—it felt kind of grim and lawless. I remembered that eclipses are traditionally associated with natural disasters and the death of leaders. (However, there are many positive and significant signs around this eclipse: no more millions for F22 bomber jets, less carbon emissions, moving closer to health care reform, ultimately more significant of our future, but “heavy energy” is easier to feel and read, so the propensity for instability and violence looms larger.)
Time to switch channels! As Scoop Nisker famously said, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own!” I decided to consult the Speaking Stones and see what kind of inspiration they could give to the different astrological signs. How will we as individuals be affected by the powerful energies of the eclipse? Here are the messages I got:

Fire Signs: (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius): You can reassemble the way in which you present yourself; the eclipse can signify a successful change of mediums if you are a creative type. You find ways to free your energy and be more creative. Like a bird with a new song, its new clarity delights you and others. Marketing improves. Success is dependent upon being clear with others and knowing what’s right for you.

Water Signs: (Cancer Scorpio Pisces): It really matters what seeds you sow at this time. Things can grow so easily now, and also can get blown up. You of all the elements have the greatest chance to have the past collapse, and to right yourself , or reassemble in a quite different and better place. Delicate balancing acts that are teetering in your life tend to collapse for the good. You deeply affect your balance by what it is that you are imagining. Take care with your imagination! Illusions are revealed now, all for the good.

Air Signs: (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius): The eclipse coincides with creating more secure circumstances for yourself, and being able to put the past behind you except as fodder for creativity. Now it’s favorable to get further education, go ahead with a project, and attract helpful influences. This is not a time to dwell on what is hidden and personal, but on what you can attract and what you can implement. If your tendency is to exaggerate your difficulties and not your strengths, this will be high anxiety cycle. Stay guided by your light, airy, leader-like self!

Earth Signs: (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn): At around the time of the eclipse, you stand back and examine your connections to people and things. There is an opening for you to walk through, and it is by being your creative self, and putting your energy in this direction, and letting any sort of discord find its way into place with the least amount of interaction with you. Focus on what you can make and the fact that you’d rather be creative than conflicted.