Solar Eclipse

A total Solar eclipse will occur on Sunday, 11th July 2010. The chart shown below has been cast for the time of the eclipse in the UK:

William Lilly writes about eclipses in his work Annus Tenebrosus, published in 1652:

[A Solar eclipse occurring in Cancer, in the 2nd decanate]

“it dryes up Rivers and fountaines and intends much incontinency in man and women, and petulency, or ill offices amongst mortal man, viz. one cunningly thrusting another one out of his place”

In his Merlinus Anglicus of 1676, Lilly gave his opinion about Solar and Lunar eclipses:

“The Ancients do enjoyn us seriously to consider of present Solar and Lunar eclipses, and there is something therein to be considered; but in reality I declare, That nothing of that powerful efficacy ever apperared unto me as they have delivered and given caution of, I mean Eclipses operate not with that violence or so terribly as the Ancients have recorded and left in their Writings to Posterity, however they are with moderation to be handled; and the very truth is, they do rather work generally than particularly.”


A transcription of Lilly’s Choice Astrological Aphorisms from his Merlinus Anglicus 1676, by Sue Ward and a transcript of the meaning of eclipses and faces, from Annus Tenebrosus, by Luis Ribeiro, can be found at the Tradition Library

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