Lunar Eclipse 25 April 2013

On 25 April 2013 at 19:57UT, there will be a partial lunar eclipse. This eclipse belongs to Saros series nr. 112, which was born on 20 May 1859 and will last until 12 July 2139.

The graphic below shows the visibility of this lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipse April 2013 visibility

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Astrologically speaking, the Moon will be in 05° 45’ Scorpio, opposing the Sun in 05° 45’ Taurus. The eclipsed Moon will be conjunct Saturn and the Sun will be conjunct Mars. Furthermore Mars will be conjunct fixed star Sheratan and the Ascendant will be conjunct fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, the Southern Claw of the Scorpion.

The chart below, cast for the location of London, shows the event:

Lunar Eclipse April 2013

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William Lilly tells us in his pamphlet on the judgment of the effects of solar and lunar eclipses:

“For when the place Eclipsed, or Eclipse itself, shall be in the Ascendant, the effects shall then begin in the 1, 2, 3, and 4. moneth next after the appearance of the Eclips, …”

To find out about the possible effects of this eclipse, we can turn to William Lilly again. He writes in his Annus Tenebrosus, or The Dark Year about a lunar eclipse with the Moon in the first Decanate of Scorpio, ruled by Mars:

“terrible Thunders, fearful Lightnings, many times Earthquakes, aboundance of destructive creatures in the waters.”.

Regular readers of my web log may also remember that I wrote in my article about the 2013 Aries ingress that, according to Bonatti, during the months after the Sun enters Aries,we could see “an abundance of waters or rains, and the increase of rivers and streams, and their flooding; the increase of cold.”

For more on the 2013 Aries Ingress, read my web log entry, here:

2013 Aries Ingress

A look at the map, showing the eclipse’s path of angularity, reveals that the Moon is close to the Ascendant during the eclipse in the region of the United Kingdom.

Lunar Eclipse April 2013 map(click on image to enlarge)

Mars is ruler of the first Decanate of Scorpio, who is also Ascendant ruler, and also tightly opposing the eclipsed Moon. He is therefore of major importance, playing a key role at the time of the lunar eclipse. We can as well see that retrograde Saturn is conjunct the Moon, which highlights that both, greater and lesser malefic, are involved in this lunar eclipse.

Lilly says about Mars being the governor of an eclipse:

“[h]ee generally is the cause of corruption … he stirs up Wars, Seditions, intestine risings and tumults, imprisonment, banishment, … popular tumults, … moreover he portends Tertian Feavers, acute diseases, corruption of blood … In the ayr he stirs up extraordinary soultry blasts and great heat, … thunder, lightning, whirl-winds, immeasurable droughts. … Usually he excites mens minds to great rashness and fool-hardiness.”

I have already mentioned that the Ascendant will be conjunct fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, the Southern Claw of the Scorpion. This is a malevolent star of the nature of Saturn and Mars and it is associated with misfortune, treachery and sickness.

Also Mars will be conjunct fixed star Sheratan, in the “left Horn of the Ram.” In keeping with the nature of Mars and Saturn, it is associated with violence. Danger can come to those who act in a reckless, impetuous or careless manner.

Diana Rosenberg writes in her excellent Secrets of the ancient Skies about the Arabic Manzil al-Sharatain and the fixed star Sheratan, which is this lunar mansion’s determinant:

“Al-Sharatain was said to produce “whirlwinds” (tornadoes?); these stars were transited … in 1991 when several twisters, … reamed “Tornado Alley” from Wichita, KS to Red Rock, OK; in 1935 when a Category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Keys, [and] in 1996: the Mt Everest disaster: climbers descending from the summit were caught in a storm.” (SAS vol1, p144)

To find out about the duration of the effects the Lunar eclipse may have, we can turn to Lilly once more:

[i]n an Eclipse of the Moon, so many hours as she is defective or suffers an Eclipse, so many moneths the Events thereby signified shall continue.”

In this case the lunar eclipse will last just over four hours and therefore we can expect the effects to last until the end of August 2013.


For readers, interested in the personal implications of this eclipse, it might be of interest what William Lilly has to say:

“… Eclipse is more dangerous or pernitious which shall be in the Horoscope or Ascendant of the birth; or which shall be in the degree Ascending in an Annuall Revolution: it portends unto the Native some ominous and mischievous action as unto his body and also in his vital substance.”

And further on:

“… who had in the Radix of his Nativity either the Sun or the Moon in that degree, or in the degree opposite … or in the like degrees … which signs are in Quadrate aspects to the former, or if the degree Culminating in any man’s Nativity was either [the degree of the eclipse or its opposite or square] or within one degree therof, the native did suffer more or less by the influence of this Eclips; according to the signification of the House of Heaven, wherein the Sun or the Moon was in at the Birth, and was either well fortified or aspected of the benevolent Planets, or ill aspected, or afflicted of the Malevolents.”

For this particular lunar eclipse that means that people with Scorpio or Taurus rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar return chart for 2013, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore it should be noted if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

UPDATE: My colleague Helen Beers writes about her experiences regarding the eclipse here:

The Alchemical Crow and the Lunar Eclipse 25th April 2013


21 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse 25 April 2013

  1. On my birthday! Day after my solar return but Saturn has been opposing my Sun and Mars all year (Mars at 10 Tau). I’m expecting redundancy this summer but it has been very slow in coming. 2nd house cusp is 11 Tau. Although I want the redundancy as early retirement, as a shop steward I am battling 100 redundancies for my colleagues.

  2. OMG….this Lunar Eclipse is effecting me big time….I have Saturn in my 4th house AND in my SR I have Taurus Rising….not good…could someone please help me….take a look at my charts further….because it’s possible that we may loose our land that our home sits on….it is a very unique situation….Please help….anyone that can read the solor return and the natal together….Thank you

  3. Dear Peter
    Please can you look at the full moon lunar eclipse of 10 January 2020. It has Pluto Saturn conjunct Sun opposing the moon. Looks terrible. Also is on my birthdate.

    • Sally, the 2020 lunar ecliupse will be an eclipse of the Saros cycle 144, with the Moon in 20* Cancer. This means that you can basically expect a repeat performance of what happened back in 1983 and in 2001.

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  5. I have 3 planets in scorpio and Mars is at 12* while the moon and neptune or at 21* this is in my 10th house. if the eclipse is conjunct my natal mars, will i still have a job?

  6. Oh Wow. This eclipse is conjunct my Saturn, which is one leg of a boomerang Yod.
    The same Yod that is being activated by Uranus and Pluto. My Yod is Saturn Scropio 3rd Sextile Mars in Cap 4th, both inconjunct mercury in Gemini on MC with Moon in Sag on IC.

  7. Pls. help and look at my birthday nov. 19 1957. my son was born june 9 1993, my dauther was born 24 august 1991. She just lost her love one. He killed himself on april 13 2013. All of my family are still shocking by this even. especially my dauther. pls. thank you. her lover was born
    april 17. he died at age 39. 4 days before his birth day.

    • Dear Kim,

      firstly, you haven’t provided your PLACE of birth, so a proper birth chart cannot be erected, and secondly, I am not quite sure what it is you would like to know. Please enlighten me ….

  8. This is conjunct my natal Uranus and it’s in my 10th but making awesome aspects to everything else. Born Lancaster NH 15 Aug 1977 at 1704hrs. I was thinking it made such great aspects as to receive a promotion but nothing yet. What would your interpretation be, Peter? Any ideas?

    • Oh, to better help the context of things for a great interpretation…I am a contract employee who has been highly commended over the past several months, saved up lots of money quickly to buy a new house that we just closed on today, am rebuilding our savings now, back in college, plenty of new house renovations to do now, daughter just beginning dance lessons, just had a miscarriage, son is graduating from high school and joining Navy in end of May…my current contract was extended in the end of March 2013 to last through December 10th 2013 but contracts can end without notice. Work has been much less busy lately but new phase of work expected to pick things up in May 2013 some time. So, if that helps you out, what I’m looking for is the career and finance aspect.

      I read my own chart pretty darn well usually and with mars conjunct the sun at this particular eclipse, I expected something quick at work. But it seems to have pointed more towards quick movement on the homefront with our move and purchase and all. Although, I still have this eclipse conjunct my midheaven within 5* and trining my Jupiter within 6* as well as trining my natal Venus within 10*. It’s sextiling my moon within 1* which is in my 8th house and my boyfriend’s earned income has doubled just as of two days ago. So that’s pretty sweet. I hate to ask, but what about me? LOL. I am writing a book and thinking of self-publishing but no where near done yet but it is REALLY on my mind and my ideas are brimming like wildfire. (Trine to neptune which rules my 3rd?)

      I just wanted to give you some ideas so you could have better insight as to what I have going on that way we can come to a more likely conclusion with your interpretation. I am so eager to hear what you think?

    • Gina, you are correct in your interpretation. what you have to take into account is the fact that the eclipses Moon is on the MC and therefore you will have to wait at least until August before you will notice the effects of the eclipse. You are also correct that eclipse Moon is sextile natal Moon and she is Lady of the 7th house. That promises the boost in your relationship or what is coming from your partner’ side, as mentioned by you. I think all will turn out well (also noticed Moon sextile ASC) just be patient 🙂

  9. with the Oct. 2013 lunar eclipse conjunct my daughter’s moon and my north node, (which are conjunct) — I’m kinda not looking forward to his one…Her moon is in the fifth house (so could be the end of a love affair, but she already broke up with her BF a month ago….or an ending involving me, her Mom. My north node is in the tenth house, I’m kinda stumped about this and wondering what you think Peter?

    • Val, with a conjunction between eclipsed Moon and natal Moon in a diurnal chart and the Moon being located in a succedent house, I would not worry too much. Traditionally, the eclipsed Moon has to be close to ASC, MC or DC to show a strong effect. We would also have to investigate the natal Moon’s essential dignity (or debility) and rulership to find out more about any possible. As for your own chart, I think I would like to see the whole nativity before making any comment.

      • Thank you Peter! Her moon is in Aries, with Mars in the fifth house as well…so a strong moon; if not dignified.

        I have cancer rising (22 degrees) and a load of planets including the sun mercury and mars in aquarius near the cusp of 7 and eight. My north node in aries (10th house) at the same point as daughter’s moon is widely opposed to neptune at the I.C. in Libra.

        Thanks again!

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