Solar Eclipse 1 September 2016

On 1 September 2016, at 09:07UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from Madagascar and locations in Central Africa. The Moon’s shadow will also cross parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
For most viewers in Africa, the eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse.

This eclipse is one of Saros Series 135. It has a duration of 3 minutes and 5 seconds. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

SE September 2016

The astrological chart, cast for Brasilia, also shows the event:

SE Sept 16 Brasilia

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, we should have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we have to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to find out which countries or cities fall under the rulership of Virgo, the sign wherein the conjunction between Sun and Moon takes place. 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 Greece with emphasis on Athens, Switzerland with emphasis on Basil, Bratislava, Brindisi, Germany with Worms, Erfurt and places along the Rhine, France, especially Paris, Jerusalem, and Italy with emphasis on Milan are the locations that could be affected by this solar eclipse.

William Lilly also mentions Africa, which is of particular interest here, as the eclipse will be visible from locations in Central Africa.

With Sun and Moon in the first decanate of Virgo, we note that eclipse rulers are Mercury and the Sun. Lilly writes about this in his Annus Tenebrous of 1652, that:

“it argues the lamentable death, or pitiful end of some certain Prince or Nobleman, and a general ruine or slaughter of man, scarcity of corn and all manner of sustenance fit for man.”

Lilly also advises us to look at what he calls the “Asterisme” or constellation in which the eclipse is located. In this case it is the constellation of Leo, the Lion.

SE Sept 16 Leo

A closer inspection reveals that the eclipse point is conjunct fixed star Zosma, located on the back of the Lion. Robson writes about the Lion that:

” It is said that the stars in the neck, back and wing all bring trouble, disgrace and sickness affecting the part of the body ruled by the sign, especially if they happen to be in conjunction with the Moon.” (Robson: Fixed Stars and Constellations, 1923, p48)

About Zosma, he knew that:

“it causes benefit by disgrace, selfishness, egotism, immorality, meanness, melancholy, unhappiness of mind and fear of poison, and gives an unreasonable, shameless and egotistical nature.” (ibid, p219)

We have already seen that Lilly predicted a ‘lamentable death’ to occur during this solar eclipse. Diana Rosenberg reminds us that a high number of assassinations took place during the transit of Zosma and other stars in the Lion. Here we find the assassinations of Trotsky, Cicero, Vitellius, Aquino, Nicholas II, Alexis and Indira Gandhi. She also lists Julius Caesar, Archduke Ferdinand and  the assassination of John F Kennedy. Rosenberg also points out that these stars square Aldebaran and Antares, which may add to the general volatility.


On a personal level, this eclipse could indicate that the native may encounter trouble, sickness or disgrace. Conjunct the malefics Saturn and Mars, danger by poison and disease of the intestinal tract are indicated, as Elsbeth Ebertin writes in Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne. There is also the possibility that natural disaster or catastrophe, possibly a hurricane or devastating storms and their consequences may take place.

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:

Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Virgo
Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Pisces (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
9 Virgo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
9 Virgo 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.


59 thoughts on “Solar Eclipse 1 September 2016

  1. Hello,

    I am born on March 30, Aries sun 9 degrees.
    Could you please let me know how the eclipse is going to impact me? It’s in Virgo, my sixth house.

    Thank you.

  2. Thanks Peter. What degree orb would you give for this in respect of a personal chart ? I have a natal Pluto, Mercury, Venus (R) stellium at 4/5 degrees of Virgo with my sun at 15 degrees of Virgo, all in the 11th.
    I planned to be travelling to Zurich on the 5th September…

  3. Hi Peter,

    nice piece of traditional work! Zosma is on MC in Switzerland chart – financal crash to come as some say..? Death of notable person … TRUMP… Erdogan…possibly …?

    As i worked out you are austrian originally…??
    So greets, from Germany:-))

  4. Great summary Peter. Thank you.
    A quick question: my partner’s Asc is 9Pi, with Des on 9Vi, so exact conjunction. It looks ominous to me. I plan to travel on 1st September by air. Should I be worried?

      • Danni, you can send it here. If you are worried about privacy, just let me know and I will not approve of your comment, which means nobody will be able to read it, except me!

      • Danni, I had a look at his chart and you were right in that the eclipse point is very close to his DC. That means he is likely to be more affected than most other people.

        With this placement, any effect will not take place immediately (i.e. on 1 September) but about 12 months later. Looking at the potential problems, I would say that there could be changes in the relationship status, and in his home life to a rather life changing degree.

        The eclipse point is squaring his natal Sun (again pointing towards relationship) and also note eclipse ruler Mercury conjunct natal Jupiter and Saturn (not entirely negative in itself, but indicating change).

        I note that he will have his Jupiter return this September (happens every 12 years), which also indicates change. Usually, during the Jupiter return, people take stock and plan how they will change things over the next 12 years.

        I hope this helps,

      • Thank you Peter! Much appreciated. Yes, I could see change. We maybe moving country this September, but your prediction sounds ominous. Any way I can contact you for more details?

  5. I always studied the fixed stars too, and loved Rosenberg’s blog prior to her death. She was one of the earlier ones in these more modern days as was I who insisted they need to be studied and watched more keenly, so I’m glad you’ve picked up the same theme from your own perspective. Nice work. We’ll be watching the Eclipse play out.

  6. Dear Peter –

    Thank you for the article. My d.o.b. is January 26, 1962 @6:58 pm NYC. My Pluto is @ 9Virgo but since it’s an outer planet, I would think it would be a minor influence since it’s generational. OTOH, it’s in my “natal” 1H.



  7. Oh boy. I’ve got moon in Pisces in 8th at 8degrees. Already very concerned about the Saturn mars conjunction on Aug 24th as I have a natal Saturn mars conj in sag in 4th at 8 degrees. Very worried about something big about to go off in the world. I’d better stay home? I think there might be a huge gas attack as Neptune is involved or poisons. What do you think?

  8. I read somewhere that this eclipse happened also on August 22, 1998. My husband passed away on August 18, 1998. My info is as follows: 10/02/45…..1:47 pm…..Fayetteville, TN USA. It appears to be affecting my chart in somewhat the same manner. I have not remarried……no worry there. However, I have scheduled a hip replacement on 9/07/16 any worries about surgery on this date? Thanks so much!!

    • Andrea, actually the 1998 solar eclipse had the eclipse point in 8 Virgo, so it was close but not exact. The next solar eclipse in 9 Virgo will be in 2035.

      As for your query, I wouldn’t worry too much. The eclipse point is in your 8th house, which means that it is too far away from the angle to be of great effect or concern. Also, you would expect any effects of it only to take place about 10 months after the eclipse date (July 2017), so there is no worry for your surgery from this point of view.

      Wishing you all the best with your pending hip replacement,

      Best wishes

  9. Hi I am starting to get really anxious about the coming eclipes I would love you to look at my chart. 23/09/1978 11.30am Brentwood, Essex, Uk. My MC is 8.27 virgo. I will be in Spain on the 1st. When I look at my solar return I will be in Malta and that also is worrying me.

    I have just looked at a close friends chart and the eclipes is happening close to his ascendant, 6/1/1958 Greenwich, UK 9.10pm

    I would usually chat to him about my fears but I can’t as I don’t want to concern him.
    I would love to hear what you think
    Best wishes

    • Claire, looking at your chart in connection with the eclipse chart, it is true that the eclipse point is close to your MC. The good news is that the orb is about 1 degree, which diminishes the effect a bit. You should feel any effect about 6 months after the date of the eclipse, bringing it to March 2017. Sun and Moon are conjunct your natal Saturn, who is Lord of the 3rd house. I would expect that somebody could spread rumours about you, or, if appliccable, there could be issues with relatives or siblings.

      • Thank you Peter I really appricate your response, I will try and stay aware of this next year. Can I ask how do you work out six months? Does that mean the eclipse on 1st September nothing should happen on that date? Thank you again

      • Claire, 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, …”
        We can deduct from it that it will be about 6 months before any effect will take place if the eclipse point is on the MC, and about 12 month if it is on the DC. Hope this helps….

  10. I have already tried writing once but it hadn’t gone through. Sorry if you get a double message from me. I was hoping you can look at my chart. I am very anxious about the coming eclipes as it is sitting on my MC. My DOB 23/09/1978 11.30am Brentwood, Essex, UK. I will be in Spain at the time with my family. Also when I look at my solar return it doesn’t seem any better. I will be in Malta for that.

    A close friend also seems to be effected by the eclipes as it is close to his Asc 6/1/1958 Greenwich, UK 9.10pm

    e feel easy. I would usually chat to my friend about things like this but am afraid of what I see and do not want to worry him. I would love to hear about it if possible
    Best wI don’t know enough about astrology to feel confident with what I see, but I know its not making mishes

    • For some reason the words jumbled up on me there. Sorry about the typos
      I don’t know enough about astrology to feel confident with what I see, but I know its not making me feel easy.
      Best wishes Claire

  11. Hi Peter, wonderful article! Thank you for the information. Would this eclipse have an affect on the other angles in the chart? My MC/IC is 9 Sag / 9 Gemini. (ASC/DC is in AQ/Leo) Also, my Venus is 7 Virgo (7th House). 2 degree orb. All the best.

  12. Hello,

    Thankyou for your blogpost. This eclipse is conjunct my midheaven at 9 degrees virgo. I am a little worried! Is this a negative thing? Thankyou for your help.

    • Dear Stargazer, looking at your chart I can confirm that you are amongst the few people who are likely to be affected by this eclipse. It seems that your Venus will take a hit. Investigating a bit further, I think that this may affect your hopes and wishes or your ambitions, possibly in a work related way. It could also be that your friendship with somebody will be tested. You can expect the effect to take place about six months after the eclipse date.

      • Hi Peter,

        Thankyou again for your reply. Yes when I read your post about the eclipse and you mentioned zosma I thought of my venus which is conjunct zosma natally. I will wait and see what happens, esp in the area of friendships. May I ask, can an eclipse on the mc also affect changes to the ic? Hoping for eventual resolution to an ongoing home situation.

      • You’re most welcome, Stargazer! As for your question – having looked at your chart again, I don’t think that in your case there is any connection between the eclipse and your home situation.

  13. Zosma is conjunct my natal sun and moon, sits on my sun/ moon midpoint squaring Mars in Gemini and Neptune in Sagittarius. Would any effects of the eclipse be felt for a long time before/ after? Many thanks

  14. As always, excellent article, Peter. Thank you.
    I wanted to ask you for permission to translate and publish this article on my website I would appreciate it very much.
    Best regards!

  15. Great article, Peter. I must admit this has me worried. I am 11deg Virgo, Mercury 5 Virgo, Vesta 8 Virgo. IC 1 deg Virgo. Is there a way to channel positivity from the eclipse?
    Thank you.

  16. Hello
    I think you could help me out better than my mother can. She has been reading my future son’s chart and is worried. I am having a baby boy and he is scheduled to be born Sept. 1st 2016 at around 7 pm by c section… Neptune on his ascendent and the solar eclipse is freaking her out a bit. She says if I need to I can reschedule my c section for a different day because she doesn’t quite know how this complete solar eclipse will affect his Sun. Can you help me?

    • Due to the reltively wide window of possible birth time, it is impossible to predict what will happen or how the nativity will turn out to be. If you are worried, which you obviously are, change the date of the c section for peace of mind.

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