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The eclipse of the Sun has traditionally been viewed with dread over the ages, as the great giver of life seems inexplicably to disappear from the sky. Birds prepare for bed; the sky darkens in the middle of the day. It seems as though something dreadful is about to happen. Over the years, experience has shown us that old things come to an end (or are overthrown!) under a solar eclipse and a new beginning can be made.
Astrologically, solar eclipses signify the fall of the mighty (or at least, they're in big trouble!). Depending where in the zodiac the eclipse occurs, stress is always placed on the matters governed by that sign, or sector of the zodiac. A powerful Solar Eclipse can create massive havoc, in accordance with other aspects in the heavens at the time, as can be clearly seen by the trail of earthquakes and other disasters associated with the Solar Eclipse and Grand Cross of August 1999.
Upcoming Solar Eclipse
The next eclipse, a so-called "hybrid" solar eclipse on April 8, 2005, occurs in Aries, the sign of the Ram This will particularly affect people with cardinal signs strong in their charts (the cardinal signs are Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn). According to Fred Espenak, a hybrid eclipse is a unique type of central eclipse where parts of the path are annular while other parts are total.
The eclipse will be visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses the far Southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's shadow begins southeast of New Zealand and stretches across the Pacific Ocean to Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. A partial eclipse will be seen within a much broader path, which includes New Zealand, much of the South Pacific, South and North America.
Solar eclipses don't often pass over populated areas, but when they do, they appear to have significant disruptive effects on the people and nations concerned (e.g., economic or political crises, civil unrest). Solar eclipses, especially total solar eclipses, also seem to either trigger, or amplify, natural events in the regions they affect (e.g., severe weather, earthquakes). The next total eclipse of the Sun will be on March 29, 2006. For more on the science of eclipses, see Fred Espenak's NASA Eclipse Home Page.
This eclipse occurs in conjunction with Venus, which is good for enjoyment of pleasures, entertainment and romance, but do not go overboard with food, drink or sexual encounters, or unpleasant consequences are likely. The eclipse opposes a retrograde Jupiter, suggesting that intellectual efforts or projects will be blocked by circumstances, or resentment. Situations and people under this influence may be pompous, all show and no substance, especially in the political arena. There is no productive way to expand your mental horizons or increase your personal status in this atmosphere. It is an unfavorable time for publishing, religious or political activities, advertising, long-distance travel, and court decisions. The most constructive thing to do is to stay put in your own sphere of influence and attend to routine business.
The eclipse of the Moon has traditionally been viewed as a bad omen, for it can awaken irrational responses. Since the Moon governs domestic matters, the public and the emotional personality, rather than leadership, it tends to have a more personal effect than the solar eclipse, which plays a more outward, even political, role. As a rule, women and family are generally more affected by the lunar cycle, whereas men and politics are signified by the solar.
The annular lunar eclipse on April 24, 2005 occurs in Scorpio, the secretive sign of the Scorpion. It will particularly affect people with fixed signs strong in their charts (the fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). The year's first lunar eclipse is a deep penumbral event visible from most of the Western Hemisphere.
This eclipse inclines us to be more courageous and energetic, but primarily led by our emotions. Tempers wil be short and speech is likely to be abrasive. Arguments can lead to violence, especially in the home, so keep a lid on those seething emotions! This lunation asks us to control a tendency to self-indulgence and gratification of the senses. Scorpio Moon is subject to amorous behavior and disease from shall we say promiscuous habits and the potential is awakened for possessiveness, jealousy and revenge.
People with fixed signs prominent in their charts will have a hard time separating their egos from their emotions, failing to recognise that something (or someone) they want may simply represent ego involvement, instead of emotional commitment. What we are called upon (or driven) to do may often interfere with what gives us emotional satisfaction, or we chase after our desires, while we waste or fail to develop our talents and skills.Moon's Nodes that have hardly been surpassed for accuracy until the recent advent of the computer. For more on the science of eclipses, click here. Remember when looking at this astronomical material that they are using the sidereal zodiac, whilst we are using the tropical zodiac, so sign placements may seem out of whack with those mentioned here. This is due to the cosmic phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes, which makes the tropical zodiac of the seasons, as used on this site, seem out of sync with the constellations. This factor however has no effect on the predictive power of astrology.
The Moon's light is reflected from the Sun, as the Moon does not shine of her own accord. Each month the Moon in her orbit travels completely around the Earth and the New and Full Moons happen as the Sun aligns with the Moon, either in conjunction or opposition. These powerful periods are called lunations. Among other effects on the world, they generate the tides.
At a Full Moon, when the Earth, Sun and Moon are closely aligned so that the Earth is located precisely between the Sun and the Moon, the shadow of the Earth covers the face of the Moon generating a Lunar Eclipse, where the light of the Moon is darkened temporarily. When similarly aligned at a New Moon, the body of the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, producing a Solar Eclipse by hiding the face of the Sun. Remember that eclipses of the Sun should never be viewed directly with the naked eye, because the potential for eye damage is high.
When lunations are also eclipses, their effect is even more powerful — although solar eclipses are more strongly felt than lunar eclipses. Eclipses usually occur in pairs, with either a lunar eclipse (Full Moon) heralding a solar eclipse (New Moon) about two weeks later, or vice versa. The energy of any lunation is always most strongly felt a day or so before the Moon reaches the exact alignment with the Sun.
Although the actual size of the Moon is much smaller than the size of the Sun, one of the most remarkable facts about our universe is that, when viewed from the Earth during a total eclipse, the Moon's disc exactly covers the disc of the Sun. The odds against such a striking coincidence happening in the one known area of the Universe where intelligent beings can experience it are, in a word, astronomical! This is one more in a long list of phenomena that inclines this writer to believe that our world is much more like a mind than a thing. See Is Astrology Scientific, for more on this approach.
Astrology shows that the stars and planets are a map to our personalities and a guide to our place in the world. It also explains how the world is regular and predictable (up to a point!). An astrological forecast will place these trends into a context, with regard to our own personal destinies.
Enlightened Astrology does not teach a fatalistic view of the world. Within the environment indicated by the stars, we have considerable freedom to move and make decisions, according to our character and circumstances. See Nexus of Probability.
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