Solar Eclipse 26 February 2017

On 26 February 2017, at 14:58UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in its totality in southern South America, across the Atlantic, and into southern Africa. The partial eclipse will be visible in southern South America, and south-west Africa. This eclipse is one of Saros Series 140. It has a duration of 5 hours and 26 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):


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


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 Pisces, 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  Egypt with Alexandria in particular, Italy, with emphasis on Sicily, Calabria, Spain with Compostela and Seville, Asia Minor (Turkey and Armenia), France, with emphasis on the Normandy and Rheims, Portugal, and Germany, with emphasis on Ratisbone, are the locations that could be most affected by this solar eclipse.

Due to the angularity, Canada, Brazil and the United States of America (particularly Washington State) may be affected also.

Jupiter is the planet ruling this eclipse. At the time of the eclipse, he will be located in Libra. He is retrograde, which adds a certain degree of debilitation. It is also noteworthy that he is conjunct fixed star Spica. Robson knows that when Spica is with Jupiter we may expect:

“Popular, social success, wealth, ecclesiastical honor and preferment”.*

Spica is also the determinant star of the 14th manzil, Al Simak, The Unarmed. This Lunar Mansion causes marital love, cures the sick, helps sailors but hinders journeys by land.

We also find that this eclipse, located in the first decanate of Pisces, is ruled by Saturn, indicating that:

“it drains the Rivers of their waters, unfortunates the Sea coast, and drives fishes far from shore.”

as William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous. The additional eclipse rulership of Saturn,  together with Spica resonates with Diana Rosenberg’s conclusions. She writes that:

” […] the bright stars of the peace-loving virgin […] illuminate dark places in the soul of humanity [like] disasters caused by recklessness, carelessness, confusion and/or weather conditions”. **


It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in 8* Pisces was in 1998. It may be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred  back in 1998.  Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try to remember if any problems occurred during this year. If so, but also to generally establish the possibility of any effect that could take place, the birth chart should be scrutinised for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Pisces
Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Virgo (opposition)

Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
8 Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
8 Pisces 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.

* Robson, Vivian, The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology, Astrology Classics, 2005

**Diana K. Rosenberg, Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Ancient Skies Press, NY 2012


26 thoughts on “Solar Eclipse 26 February 2017

  1. Pingback: #Solar #Eclipse #February26 2017 — Peter Stockinger’s Traditional #Astrology Weblog – Ola Queen Bee of Astrology

  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful information! I am 100% new to astrology and have been looking around for cool blogs regarding more traditional forms of astrology. Although right now I have no clue if I want to go the more modern route or traditional. Nonetheless I love to read posts on both forms and how different astrologers give their interpretations to different charts etc. I have a weird question LOL, what program do you use to create the charts in your posts? I find the colors so pretty and visually appealing. Thank you and looking forward to your next post! 🙂

    • You’re most welcome, Amanda. To answer your question, the astrological software is called Phasis, a wonderful program. Unfortunately, it isn’t available anymore and the license restricted it to run one one machine only. Therefore once my Mac dies, I will no longer be able to use it.
      I wish you all the best with your astrological studies. Should you have any questions reagrding traditional astrology, please feel free to write again.

      • Aw man :/. Too bad the program is not available anymore. Keeping my fingers crossed that your Mac doesn’t die on you! Although I am sure you have many other programs to substitute it with. Thank you so much for your good wishes and your offer to help with any questions I might have! I appreciate it :). Although I am a bit overwhelmed with all of the potential things I have to learn (regardless of whether I go traditional or modern) I am excited about this new journey and all of the great information Astrology has to offer us.

      • Dear Peter,
        It sounds very nice that this eclipse will not affect me. i have had enough while Saturn transited Scorpio and 1st decan of Saggitarius opposing my large stellum of planets and planetoids from 11 Taurus to 5 Gemini🙂

  3. Dear Peter,

    My moon is at 8 degrees Pisces in the 11th house and is trine my natal Sun and Saturn at 12 degrees Scorpio in my 6th house. Because of this configuration I imagine this solar eclipse could have a significant impact. I am at a major transition in my life right now as I am about to retire from my career in a few months. Would this eclipse also signify major endings/new beginnings?


  4. Hi my natal moon is 6 degrees Pisces in the 7th house loosely opposing Pluto rising at 28 Leo. In 1998 I went through a very traumatic divorce which resulted in a breakdown. Still not fully recovered. Not feeling too good right now. I’m a Capricorn 25 degrees 5th house. Should I be concerned? I feel exhausted and not sleeping. Thank you.

  5. The coming solar eclipse will be exactly conjunct my ascendant at 8 degrees Pisces! Sounds intense, any ideas what this means? I assume you need more information about my chart for a more elaborate answer, but what can you say at first glance?

  6. Should the eclipse occur within a couple of degrees of the natal sun, is there a general sort of effect the eclipse might have without considering the whole chart? (Natal Sun is in the 10th, lord of the 3rd, in opposition to jupiter and mars, trine the ascendant if it helps).

  7. my sun is at 7 degrees sag in 6 house and my MC line is in pisces 7 degrees……..i know squares are usually challenging, possibly health related i guess? but dont know much about the MC line and as you mentioned it as a possible effectant at that degree could you share maore about what a conjunt midheaven with this eclipse points to? many thanks!

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