On 28 September 2015, at 02:50UT, there will be a lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from most of North America, South America, Europe, west Asia and parts of Africa. It is of the Saros Series 137 and the duration of the eclipse will be 1 hour and 12 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:
Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual person, we have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Aries, the sign wherein the eclipse Moon resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. Looking through traditional source material, we find that Denmark, England, France (and especially Marseilles), Germany, Italy (and especially Padua), Poland (and especially Krakow), Sweden and Syria are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Aries.
The Moon is placed in the first decanate of Aries, ruled by Mars.Therefore we have to look at Mars as main eclipse ruler. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that this placement signifies:
“…that Fevers shall bee frequent, many houses fired, woods destroyed or cut down and burned, as nerall driness of ayr, many Cater-pillars and destructive vermine appear ”.
Mars is peregrine and applying to a conjunction to Jupiter, which can be seen as a marginally positive sign, limiting the destructive effects to some extent. With Mars being main eclipse ruler, tyranny, violence, injuries and injustice may still take place, according to Lilly. There is also the possibility of that men’s minds will be excited to great rashness and fool-hardiness, which could lead to all kinds of evils, thefts and murders.
The eclipse Moon and Sun are applying to oppose and respectively conjunct retrograde and already combust Merury. What also springs to mind is the fact that at the time of the eclipse, Mars will be angular in the United Kingdom and France as well as parts of Africa, which added to the visibility and the sign rulership, mentioned above, makes these places prime targets for the events noted by Lilly, to take place.The map above shows Mars path of angularity (Mars conjunct Ascendant at the time of the eclipse), drawn in red.
An eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:
- Moon is in or around 4 Aries, Sun is in or around 4 Libra
- Moon is in or around 4 Libra (opposition)
- Sun or Moon are in or around 4 Cancer or Capricorn (square)
- 4 Aries is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
- 4 Aries is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)
Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.