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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
There are two solar eclipses in 2005 and the second, an annular eclipse, mirrors the first, being in Libra at the New Moon on October 3, 2005, just after Mars turns retrograde in opposition to Venus – and at the focus of a powerful yod, or "Finger of Fate" aspect. This annular eclipse is confined to the Eastern Hemisphere, crossing the Iberian Peninsula and stretching across the African continent. Europe, Western Asia, the Middle East, India and most of Africa will fall beneath the Moon's shadow.
The eclipse path begins in the North Atlantic at 08:41 UT where the Moon's antumbral shadow meets Earth and forms a 222 kilometre wide corridor. Rushing southeast, the antumbra quickly reaches the coast of Spain and Portugal (08:51 UT). Porto, Portugal lies just outside the southern limit of the central track and will witness a partial eclipse. The eclipse twilight engulfs Madrid (08:56 UT) which lies near the central line, with 90% of the Sun's surface being obscured by the Moon. Along the Spanish Mediterranean coast, the city of Valencia will also darken.
Isla de Ibiza straddles the northern path limit as the shadow crosses the Western Mediterranean. Upon reaching the African continent, Algiers lies within the shadow's trajectory (09:05 UT) and next the antumbra passes through southern Tunisia and central Libya where the Moon's umbral shadow will return six months later during the total eclipse of 2006 Mar 29. After briefly skirting through northern Chad, the antumbra sweeps across central Sudan where greatest eclipse occurs at 10:31:42 UT, the Sun high above the desolate desert landscape.
The central track runs along the southern Sudanese-Ethiopian border before entering northern Kenya where it engulfs much of Lake Rudolf (11:10 UT). Southernmost Somalia is the final landfall (11:30 UT) before it heads across the Indian Ocean where the path ends at local sunset (12:22 UT). During its 3 hour 41 minute flight across our planet, the Moon's shadow travels about 14,100 kilometres and covers 0.57% of the Earth's surface.
This eclipse is at 10°19' Libra conjunct Mercury and Jupiter, so communication about political and legal matters is likely to come to the fore. Karmic pressure is high, as the eclipse is also conjunct the Dragon's Tail, the Moon's south node. Karmic debts will have to be paid. Saturn in Leo signifies the fall of kings and the solar eclipse is just the event to push them over the edge! [Check out what Richard Giles wrote last year in his brief annual forecast for 2005 for more on this.] The eclipse is sextile Saturn in Leo and trine Neptune in Aquarius, so some fortunate if subliminal events might just save the Great and Good from their own mistakes, or those of their ministers, who may fall on their swords instead (note that "kings" here also implies presidents, business leaders and the like). The influence of the Moon and Saturn suggests that the voice of the common people will be heard. The April solar eclipse opposed a retrograde Jupiter, so this one releases the blocks set up at that time to intellectual, political, religious and cultural communication. A good thing too, as Mars has just turned retrograde in opposition to Venus, so the battle of the sexes is truly hotting up, especially over the ensuing fortnight leading up to the Lunar Eclipse in Aries on the 17th.
In the meantime, if you have worked and planned for something, you may be given the chance to move things along. Take advantage of any situation to put your hard work or expertise to good use. If you are in a business or profession, it can mean new clients or invitations to be a consultant or guest lecturer. It is a good time to advertise your availability. If you have not been a meticulous planner and organizer, or worked hard in the past, this is the time to begin. It represents a chance to gain the wisdom, maturity or experience that ultimately leads to success and productivity. Under this influence you can find more creative ways to accomplish mundane responsibilities.
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.
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. This is not to say that women are not political animals, nor that men are distinct from the family, but that the private, nurturing side is more affected than the public, social and media driven arena, which even in the 21st Century is still primarily dominated by males, or at least by what might be described as masculine energies.
The partial lunar eclipse on October 17, 2005 occurs at the Full Moon in Aries, the riotous sign of the Ram. It will particularly affect people with cardinal signs strong in their charts (the cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn).
This eclipse inclines us to have an unduly independent outlook on life, though it stimulates strong imaginative faculties and self-reliance. Highly emotional, even passionate relationships and experiences must express themselves – or there will be trouble, as people will be aggressive and lack forethought. Avoid changes of occupation and position through hasty decisions, or you're likely to regret them. Trouble through women is characteristic and the atmosphere is generally restless, irritable and impatient. Sexual relations under this lunation tend to be brief, intense encounters.
People with cardinal 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.
Cosmic Coincidence?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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