There will be a total lunar eclipse on 26 May 2021. It will be visible in areas of southeast Asia, all of Australia, all of Oceania, most of Alaska and Canada, all of the lower 48 states, all of Hawaii, all of Mexico and Central America, and most of South America.
The full eclipse begins at 11:11UT and lasts until 11:26UT. Maximum eclipse (Moon opposing Sun) takes place at 11:18:42.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours 2 minutes and the duration of the full eclipse is 14 minutes.
The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:
The chart below, cast for London, shows the event in astrological terms:
What is exciting about this lunar eclipse is the fact that eclipse ruler Jupiter has just moved into Pisces. This, of course, gives him a boost in essential dignity, increasing his beneficial powers.
Let us remind ourselves of the qualities attributed to Jupiter. Abu Ma’shar writes this about Jupiter in his Great Introduction:
“And he indicates the soul which nourishes, … sincerity, truth, religion, worship, modesty, piety, reverence, … insight into religion, uprightness,
And he indicates prosperity, success, defeat for all who resist him, dignity, leadership, authority, kings, the nobles and the mighty, the greatness of one‘s good luck, comfort and delight, …”
There is also mutual reception between Jupiter and the eclipse Moon, which adds an intense potential for fulfilment.
Thirdly, highly beneficial Jupiter squares the Sun/Moon eclipse-axis, adding tension that needs to be released. All in all, this is an eclipse that will delight the spiritually inclined person. The seekers of spiritual truth, the occultists, the mystics and magicians, the philosophers and the religiously devoted should benefit from this eclipse!
With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, we can also look to William Lilly, who wrote:
“When Jupiter alone has the chiefest Dominion in an Eclips, generally he products an increase of all things.“
I have to point it out though, that on a personal level, 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 5 Sagittarius
- Moon is in or around 5 Gemini (opposition)
- 5 Gemini is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
- 5 Gemini 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.
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We should also 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 Sagittarius, 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 astrological source material, we find that Greece (and there particularly Attica), Arabia, France (particularly Avignon), Hungary (particularly Budapest), Germany (particularly Cologne, Meissen, Judenburg, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (particularly Colonia, Volterra), Yugoslavia (particularly Dalmatia, Modena), Croatia, Gascovia in the Basque region, Czechoslovakia (particularly Moravia), Sclavonia (around Bulgaria), and Spain (particularly Toledo) may be affected.
The map above shows the paths of angularity for Sun (red) and Moon (black)
From the above, it is noticeable that Germany and Italy are not only falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, but that they are also on the path of this lunar eclipse. This makes it more likely that some eclipse related events may occur. Also, with the eclipsed Moon located close to the Midheaven, it is likely that any eclipse related event will occur about three months after the actual date of the eclipse.