Lunar Eclipse 8 October 2014

On 8 October 2014 at 10:50UT, there will be a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse is the 42nd of Saros series number 127, which is composed of 72 eclipses. The duration of this lunar eclipse will be 58 minutes.

The eclipse will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions.

Lunar Eclipse 8 Oct 2014

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

8 Oct 2014 Lunar Eclipse Singapore

In all lunar eclipses, we have to take into consideration two sensitive points, namely the placement of the Moon and that of the Sun, which are opposing each other. In this case the eclipsed Moon is located in Aries, and a look at the table of Essential Dignities and Debilities shows us that she is peregrine (that is, not essentially dignified).

The Sun is in the sign of Libra, wherein he is essentially debilitated, being in his fall. This basic information already provides us with important insights into the nature of the upcoming eclipse. We are able to predict that the energy of the eclipse will most likely be rather negative.

Mars is the dispositor of the eclipsed Moon in Aries. He is peregrine here. The Sun, ruler of the second decanate of Aries, is essentially debilitated, as already mentioned above. 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 more about the possible general 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 second decanate of Aries:

“… a Pestilence, and fatality in most disease, few falling sick that escape.” 

8 Oct Lunar Eclipse world map

The next step is to determine where the effects of the eclipse will be felt strongly and immediately. The general rule here is that the smaller the distance between the Sun or Moon and any of the angles, the stronger the effects of the eclipse will be. Furthermore, we can say that there is a correlation between the Ascendant, Medium Coeli or Descendant, and the time of the onset of the eclipse’s effect. If the eclipsed Moon is near the Ascendant, the effects will become noticeable after one, two, three or four months. If the eclipse is near the Medium Coeli, we will notice the effects after five, six, seven or eight months. Should the eclipse be near the Descendant, we can expect effects to occur after nine, then eleven or even twelve months. Thus, being interested in the strong and immediate effects of the eclipse, we want to find out where in the world the Moon will be close to the Ascendant during the eclipse. Looking at the world map, we see that the line of angularity for this particular lunar eclipse runs through Asia. Taking Singapore to be representative (see chart above), we can see that Luna is conjunct the Ascendant and we can therefore conclude that the expected effects will take place immediately after the eclipse. Also immediately affected could be Russia, China, Thailand or Laos.

8 Oct 2014 Lunar eclipse map 2

We are also interested in the duration of the eclipse, and we find it to be 58 minutes. Lilly claims that the key to establishing the duration of a lunar eclipse’s effect is “one month for every hour”. Therefore we can conclude that this eclipse will initially affect people for just under one month. Having said that, this doesn’t give an insight into the possibility of long lasting consequences.

To give a summary of what we have established, we can conclude that the upcoming lunar eclipse will be rather a dangerous one, as it could herald the onset of some kind of disease, affecting many people in Asia. With the Sun in fall being heavily involved through his opposition to the Moon and through decanate rulership, and Mars, the lesser malefic, being the dispositor of the eclipsed Moon, this could be the trigger for a larger scale epidemic. We also note that Mars is conjunct fixed star Graffias in Scorpio, associated with malice and cruelty. William Lilly explains that, if Mars would be eclipse ruler:

“… he portends Tertaian Fevers, acute diseases, corruption of blood, or infirmities by breaking or stretching the veins, violence, injuries and injustice. … In the ayr he stirs up extraordinary sultry blasts and great heat, hot pestilent winds, pestiferous and infectious, thunder, lightning, whirl-winds, immeasurable droughts.”

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

“… 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 Aries or Libra rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2014, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore it should be noted if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point and it should be investigated if the Sun or Mars are particularly afflicted or located in houses six, eight, or twelve, as this might be of significance, too. 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.


5 comments on “Lunar Eclipse 8 October 2014

  1. Artis says:

    Most of us dont have UT clocks.
    After reading all of this is till dont know at what time should i be on the mountain in Chengdu oh Honkong

    • Dear Artis

      Universal Time or UT is the precise measure of time used as the basis for all civil time-keeping.

      You can download a Time Zone map, for example from here:

      Once you have established the difference between the time in your time zone and UT time, you will only need to subtract your time (Standard Time) from the Universal Time (UT). This is quite simple and means that everybody throughout the world can use my tables equally.

  2. patricia says:

    Dear Peter,
    Last October’s eclipses were traumatic for me. The past two years have been
    extremely trying. Your comments relative to the last event were highly accurate and
    now I am worried about preparing myself for this latest round. Any quick advice.
    12:49 pm

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