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Solar Eclipse by Jean-Paul Avisse
Go to TopThe Eclipse of the Sun

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.

Go to TopUpcoming Solar Eclipse

The final eclipse of 2006 is an annular eclipse of the Sun, on September 22, just before the Equinox. This will have considerably less impact on us than the March eclipse, because it has little visibility in populated areas (though this is seen somewhat differently by Malvin Artley, who assigns the current eclipse to the Zero Aries point, which when combined with the 15° midpoint character of the Lunar Eclipse points to stronger influence).

The track of the Moon's shadow begins in northern South America and crosses the South Atlantic with no further landfall. A partial eclipse will be seen from a much larger region including South America, the eastern Caribbean, western Africa, and Antarctica. The path of the annular eclipse begins in Guyana at 09:48 UT when the Moon's antumbral shadow meets Earth and forms a 323 kilometre wide corridor. Guyana's capital city Georgetown lies just a few kilometres outside the path's northern limit. Here, a magnitude 0.920 partial eclipse will be seen at sunrise. On the central line 160 kilometres south, the duration of annularity is 5 minutes 31 seconds.

Rushing east, the antumbra quickly enters Surinam, where its capital city Paramaribo lies deep within the antumbral path. Maximum eclipse in Paramaribo occurs at 09:51 UT, the Sun's altitude is 5° and the duration of annularity is 5 minutes 1 seconds. Continuing into French Guiana, the capital city Cayenne stands just 10 kilometres south of the central line. Maximum eclipse occurs at 09:53 UT as the Sun stands 8° above the eastern horizon during an annular phase lasting 5 minutes 42 seconds.

The southern edge of the antumbra briefly clips the north coast of Brazil before spending the next three and a half hours sweeping across the South Atlantic. Greatest eclipse occurs at 11:40:11 UT. The annular duration is 7 minutes 9 seconds, the path width is 261 kilometres and the Sun is 66° above the featureless horizon of the open ocean. The central track runs south of the African continent and nearly reaches Kerguelen Island before ending at local sunset (13:31 UT). During its 3 hour 40 minute flight across our planet, the Moon's antumbra travels about 13,800 kilometres and covers 0.83% of Earth's surface area. For more on the science of eclipses, see Fred Espenak's NASA Eclipse Home Page.

Go to TopEclipse in Virgo

This eclipse at 29°20' Virgo, the sign of the Virgin occurs a little before the Equinox, but there are no particularly important aspects being tightly stimulated, save that it is in the Anaretic Degree (degree of fate). As mentioned, Malvin Artley gives more weight to this eclipse than I do, though I can't deny the deathdealing influences of the past few days! The path of the eclipse is mainly over the Atlantic Ocean, not over a heavily populated area. For this reason, it is likely to have little more than a neglible effect, except in the parts mentioned in South America, though transiting Jupiter squares Israel's natal Saturn, so this should see the culmination of political intrigue and karma highlighted at the preceding Lunar Eclipse on the 7th.

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). Due to the conjunction of the Eclipse with the Moon's South Node, some element of karma, or destiny is likely to emerge – and as the eclipse is in the mid-heaven, political and public affairs will be thrown into prominence. Chemistry, nutrition and dietetics, and the military are likely to feature in some way. An inability to see the broader picture, combined with selfishness, narrow-mindedness, trouble in employment or with employees is likely. Intellectual preoccupations ahead of emotional display are the order of the day. My colleague, Ian Thurnwald, points out that Solar Eclipses also seem to either trigger, or amplify, natural events in the regions they affect (e.g., severe weather, earthquakes). Whether this effect is an astrological one or not, is a moot point. The eclipse is in the last degree of Virgo, so people with mutable signs (Virgo; Pisces; Gemini; Sagittarius) featured in their birthcharts are more likely to be affected. The next eclipse of the Sun will be on March 19, 2007.

Lunar Eclipse by Mickie Mueller
Go to TopThe Eclipse of the Moon

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 second lunar eclipse of the year is a rather small partial eclipse on September 7th, at 15°00' Pisces, conjunct the favourable Fixed Star Achernar (sudden success in public office, religious benefits, access to another realm). At the same time, the Sun at 15°00' of Virgo is conjunct the Fixed Star Mizar, threatening fires of a catastrophic extent and mass calamities. This is because the Sun and Moon are opposed at a lunar eclipse.

The penumbral phase begins at 16:42 UT, but most observers will not be able to detect the faint shadow until about 17:30 UT. The eclipse is shallow (the Moon's northern limb dips just 6.3 arc-minutes into Earth's dark umbral shadow), but the partial phase still lasts over 1 1/2 hours. At the instant of greatest eclipse at 18:51 UT (Universal Time, commonly known as GMT, Greenwich Mean Time), the Moon will stand near the zenith for observers in the central Indian Ocean. The event is best seen from Africa, Asia, Australia and Eastern Europe, as it is not visible in the Americas. The Moon's path through Earth's shadows as well as Fred Espenak's map illustrating worldwide visibility is shown here.

Go to TopEmotional Stress: Fiery Dramas?

This eclipse creates quite a bit of emotional stress. The Moon in Pisces (sensitivity; self-sacrifice) makes the mind receptive and the imagination fertile, but does produce a disposition to indolence and self-pity, especially as the Sun in critical Virgo adopts a picky approach to relationships. Don't let vacillation and faintheartedness lead to sorrow and self-undoing. Control any tendency to be irresolute, inert, downhearted or easily discouraged. Words will flow and it's a good time for a gathering, especially with live music, which will produce extraordinary inspiration and feeling. Matters of the heart, however, are apt to get you into trouble. Adopt a philosophical approach to life, should emotional hurt arise. Make the effort to avoid overindulgence, especially in alcohol and drugs. It could be a time for healing, but you will need to separate the emotional truths from the intellectual confusion that is indicated.

Due to the Fixed Stars being activated, some contradictory emotions are likely to arise, though this does depend on where it falls in your own chart. This eclipse does not in itself precisely activate the Grand Cross of 1999, but it should be noted that the current opposition of Saturn (restriction; sorrow; karma) and Neptune (delusion; deception) does, with Saturn at 18° Leo (ego; drama) being right on the eclipse degree of that fateful time, with retro Neptune in opposition in Aquarius (emotional detachment; obsession) and Jupiter (expansion; over-confidence) at 14° Scorpio (right on the 99 eclipse ascendant), speeding toward the square at 18° Scorpio (secrets; psychological motivation; sexuality), which it reaches at the end of the month, just after the Solar Eclipse on the 22nd. Incidentally, 14° Scorpio is the degree of Israel's South Node, so we can expect fateful political karma to be expressed, as Jupiter awakens Israel's natal T-square between the nodes and Saturn, thrown recently into prominence in their war with Hezbollah in Lebanon last month (as transiting Saturn awakened this aspect).

The degree of the current eclipse being in the middle of the sign ramps up the tension, as the midpoint of the sign is always a point of stress. This said, the Sun is acting in terms of Venus and the Moon in terms of Jupiter, so we can expect any problems to be mitigated by surrounding circumstances, probably making the outcome more beneficial than it appears at first. Issues will come to a head at the Solar Eclipse on the 22nd, just before the Equinox.

People with mutable 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. A tug-of-war exists between desires and emotional needs and practical ambitions. Appreciate whatever positive circumstances you encounter, and don’t be misguided enough to believe you can easily overcome any negative ones.

Go to TopHow do Eclipses Happen?
In ancient times, priests and astrologers discovered how to predict eclipses, having realised their significance. Using observation and mathematics, they prepared reliable tables utilising their knowledge of the movement of the 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 generally 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 (emotions; habit patterns; the public) reaches the exact alignment with the Sun (character; rationality; rulers).
Go to TopCosmic 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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