The ‘Great American’ Total Solar Eclipse, 21 August 2017, Including a Case Study

On 21 August 2017, at 18:30 UT, there will be a total solar eclipse. This eclipse, already known as the ‘Great American Eclipse‘, will be visible in its totality all across the USA from the East Coast to the West Coast. In the surrounding areas, people will see a partial solar eclipse. The partial eclipse will also be visible in Western Europe, North-East Asia, North-West Africa, much of South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic. This eclipse is one of Saros Series 145. Its totality has a duration of  2 minutes and 40 seconds. 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 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 Leo, the sign wherein the eclipse Sun resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. In this case we are expecting the USA to be greatly affected.

Looking through traditional source material, we find that the Alps, Austria (especially Linz), Belgium (especially Ghent),Italy (especially Rome, Sicily, Puglia and Ravenna), Bohemia, Czech Republic(especially Prague), Germany (especially Koblenz), England (especially Bristol), Turkey, and Syria (especially Damascus) are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Leo.

The Sun is placed in the last decanate of Leo, which is ruled by Mars. Traditionally, the lights were not interpreted as eclipse rulers, therefore we have to look at Mars as eclipse ruler and also at Leo, the sign the eclipsed Sun is in. Generally speaking, eclipses in Leo signify:

“death or misfortune for royalty, nobility and ‘persons of quality’; the ruination and destruction of ancient buildings, palaces and churches; division amongst the clergy, the besieging of towns, and a scarcity of horses and grain”.

William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a solar eclipse in the last decant of Leo:

“… presages Captivity, besieging of Towns, Plunderings, Profanation of holy places, a scarcity of Horses, or a destructive Murrain amongst them.”

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It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in 29* Leo 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 29 Leo
Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Aquarius (opposition)

Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Taurus or Scorpio (square)
29 Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
29 Leo 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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For the first time on this web log, I am publishing the Solar Eclipse Case Study of a person who is likely to be affected by the upcoming solar eclipse:

(Inner Wheel: Solar Eclipse/Outer Wheel: nativity)

From the bi-wheel above, we can see that the eclipse point is very close to the natal Ascendant and to natal Mars, which indicates that the native is likely to experience the effects of this solar eclipse in a strong and immediate fashion.

(Inner Wheel: Nativity/Outer Wheel: Solar Return 2017)

We have already described the general effects of this eclipse, but to find out in detail how this could manifest on a personal level, we have to look at other indicators. Using the native’s solar return chart for 2017, we find that solar return Saturn is conjunct the native’s Moon. According to William Lilly, this indicates:

“Danger of Death, full of ill Humours, Melancholy, …” (CA, p738)*

We can also see that his solar return Mars is conjunct natal Mercury. Lilly writes that this aspect:

“Inclines to lying, to speak ill of men, and [he] shall be in danger for words” (CA, p739)

(Primary Direction: Ascendant square Venus)

During August, the native may also feel the effect of primary directed Ascendant square Venus. Lilly knows that, in some cases,:

“It signifies some infirmness in the Body, obtained by a Surfeit, or too frequent use of venery … he is slighted by the virtuous, the dishonest have no Bridle …” (CA, p662)

This point is very close to the fixed stars pi Scorpius and Dschubba (delta Scorpius) on the right claw and the forehead of the Scorpion. Robson knows that Dschubba is:

“of the nature of Mars and Saturn. … It causes sudden assaults, malevolence, immorality and shamelessness.” (Fixed Stars and Constellations, p172)**

(Inner Wheel: Nativity/Outer Wheel: Solar Eclipse)

Returning to the bi-wheel of the nativity and the solar eclipse, we can also see that eclipse Saturn is conjunct natal Moon and natal Dragon’s Tail. This is a sign of depression. People who are living through this transit often report that they aren’t able to cope with everyday life any longer.

These conjunctions are close to the MC of the Sun’s Aries Ingress chart 2017, cast for Washington. This means that eclipse Saturn and the native’s Moon/South Node are in the 10th house of the Aries Ingress 2017 for the USA. In mundane astrology, the 10th house represents the ruler, president or government of the country the chart is cast for.

Ingress Saturn and Moon are also in the 10th house, whereby Saturn indicates the possibility of public sorrow and disappointment, even state funerals. The Moon in mundane astrology represents the common people and shows where the public’s attention will fall.

From the above, it can clearly be seen that this native’s fate is intrinsically linked with the fate of the whole nation. This is not surprising, as I can reveal now that this case study is based on the birth chart of Donald Trump, the current President of the United States of America.

*Lilly, William, Christian Astrology, facsimile edition, Regulus, London, 1985

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

Lunar Eclipse 23 March 2016

On 23 March 2016, at 12:00 UT, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from east Asia, Australia and most of North America . It is number 18 in the Saros Series 142, and the duration of this eclipse will be 4 hours and 15 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

Visibility_Lunar_Eclipse_2016-03-23

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

Lunar Eclipse March 2016

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, 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 Libra, 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 Arabia, Antwerp, Argentina, Austria (Vienna), Bactriana (Persian Asia), Canada, Caspia, Egypt (Thebes), Ethiopia, France, with Dauphine and Laudam, Germany, with Heilbronn, Landshut, Frankfurt, Freiburg and Freising in particular, Italy, Jamaica, Portugal, Sweden (Hull), and Thebes are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Libra. The Moon is placed in the first decanate of Libra, which is ruled by the Moon. Therefore we have to look at Venus as main eclipse ruler. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a lunar eclipse in the first decant of Libra signifies:

“hail storms, ill weather, turbulent winds, violent tempests, very harmful”.

He also writes that Venus, as main eclipse ruler, ‘gives honour, cheerfulness, delightful marriages, firm friendship’, and so forth. ‘In the air, she stirs up temperate blasts’, which reiterates what has been stated above. We also have to take into account that in the eclipse chart, Venus is very much essentially dignified, which somewhat softens the statements about the severity of any potential storm. She is exalted in Pisces, and benefits from her triplicity rulership. Furthermore, she is in mutual reception by term and face with Jupiter. Therefore, we can but hope that this will turn out to be a benign eclipse with maybe only some localised problems, due to bad weather.

Lilly comes to the overall conclusion that an eclipse ruled by Venus is :

“… in general, the fore-runner of a quiet, peaceable time upon earth, I mean in those countries where the eclipse is visible.”

 

Angularity lines Lunar Eclipse March 2016

The map above shows the  paths of angularity for Sun (black) and Moon (white).

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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 3 Libra, Sun is in or around 3 Aries
Moon is in or around 3 Aries (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 3 Cancer or 3 Capricorn (square)
3 Libra is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
3 Libra 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.

Lunar Eclipse 28 September 2015

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:

Visibility_Lunar_Eclipse_2015-09-28The astrological chart, cast for London, also shows the event:

Lunar Eclipse Sept 2015Before 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.

Lunar eclipse September 2105 angularityThe 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.

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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.

Solar Eclipse 13 September 2015

On 13 September 2015, at 06:41UT, there will be a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in South Africa, Atlantic and Indian Ocean and Antarctica.The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

Solar Eclipse Sep 2015 visibility J

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

Solar Eclipse Sept 2015 J

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 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 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 South Africa.

The eclipse point is conjunct fixed star Denebola. This star has always been associated with despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness, turning to anger. Conjunct the Sun, it indicates honour and preferment with danger, public disgrace and finally ruin, disease, fevers and acute ailments. Conjunct the Moon, it suggests honour and preferment among the vulgar but final disgrace and ruin, violent disease of vital organs, blindness and injuries to the eyes, accidents, losses through servants, domestic quarrels, and temporary separation from a marriage partner, according to Robson’s Fixed Stars and Constellations.

Fixed star Denebola is also the determinant of the 10th Lunar Mansion, al-Sarfa, indicating a change in the weather. Therefore we can expect storms or extreme barometric lows, and possibly ships getting wrecked as a result.

Solar Eclipse Sept 2015 zodiac J

We also find that that this eclipse “powres down vengeance on poor Poets, Painters, or Limners, and man Mercuriall, who flourish with excellent under- standings, nothing thrives with them, nor are their Purses full, it produces Murthers, Banishment, &c. it imposeth on the vulgar Writers of those times, harsh conceptions and no esteem of their rude Poems”, as William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrosus.

With Mercury being the sole rulers of this eclipse, we can, according to William Lilly, expect to experience sudden tempests, thunder and lightning or earth-quakes, destructive to man and beast.

Below is a map, showing the eclipse’s and Mercury’s lines of angularity (ASC and MC):

Solar Eclipse 13 Sept 2015With the eclipse point close to the MC in New Delhi, we should also take note that Mercury themed events could take place in India in about 6 months time.

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On a personal level, this eclipse could indicate that the native may be injured or lose their life in catastrophes connected with severe weather, such as floods or shipwrecks, but they could also be harmed through personal- or revenge attacks. There is also danger to one’s eyesight. In connection with this eclipse, it should also be noted that it can have a very detrimental effect on a person’s mental health, if the fixed star Denebola is conjunct a debilitated Mercury in the radix, as Elsbeth Ebertin writes in Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne.

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 20 Virgo
Sun or Moon are in or around 20 Pisces (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 20 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
20 Virgo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
20 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.

Also see my latest article: Solar Eclipse and Paris Terror Attacks

Update: Traditional Astrologer Resti Santi on the solar eclipse and its possible effect on the Philippines:

http://astro-medieval.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/the-eclipsed-month-of-september.html

Lunar Eclipse 4 April 2015

On 4 April 2015, at 12:06UT, there will be a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible over western North America, the Pacific, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It is of the Saros Series 132 and the duration of the eclipse will be 4 minutes and 43 seconds. The map below shows the path of the eclipse:

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 map

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

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 chart

 

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 Libra, 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 Arabia, Argentina, Bactriana (Persian Asia), Canada, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Thebes are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Libra.

The Moon is placed in the second decanate of Libra, ruled by Saturn. Therefore we have to look at Venus and Saturn as eclipse rulers. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that this placement signifies: “…a rott amongst Pettyfoggers, Informers, and such like Cattle, they whipt and stript to purpose”. Venus is essentially dignified by sign rulership and triplicity, which can be seen as a positive sign. The eclipse Moon is sextile Saturn and conjunct fixed star Auva. This is the determinant star of the 13th Lunar Mansion, al-Auwa, also known as the Barker. This lunar Mansion is generally seen as a sign of benevolence and kindness and exerts a good influence on travel. It is also known that Libra and especially fixed star Auva denote issues of war and peace. William Lilly wrote that Venus as eclipse ruler generally indicates peace and harmony, stating that “…it is the fore-runner of a quiet, peaceable time upon earth … in those Countrys where the Eclipse is visible.” Time will tell though, how much the influence of peregrine Saturn will diminish those effects.

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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 14 Libra, Sun is in or around 14 Aries
  • Moon is in or around 14 Aries (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 14 Cancer or Capricorn (square)
  • 14 Libra is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 14 Libra 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.

Back in 1977 and 1958, the spring lunar eclipse was in 14 degrees Libra. Those born in 1958 or 1977 may experience a stronger resonance. The next time a lunar eclipse will be in 14 degrees Libra will be in 2037.

 

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Solar Eclipse 23 October 2014

On 23 October 2014, at 21:56UT, there will be a partial solar eclipse. The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 00*24′ Scorpio.

Although only a partial eclipse, this event is of importance, as it will be widely visible from Canada and the USA. The penumbral shadow will first be visible near the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia. Later on, much of North America will be treated to a partial eclipse. The greatest visible eclipse occurs at 21:44UT in Canada, near the Prince of Wales Island, and a sunset eclipse will be visible from the eastern half of the USA and Canada (except for the far northeast).

This eclipse is part of Saros cycle 153, being the 9th eclipse of 70. The series began on 28 July 1870 with a string of 13 partial eclipses.

The map below shows visibility of the eclipse:

2014 October Solar Eclipse vis map

The astrological chart, cast for Manila, shows the event:

Solar Eclipse 23 Oct 2014 Manila

In his Annus Tenebrosus, or the Dark Year, the famous 17th century astrologer William Lilly presents a method of eclipse delineation, including an interpretation of the effects of solar and lunar eclipses, occurring in each decanate of the Zodiac. As this solar eclipse takes place in the first decanate of Scorpio, Lilly’s aphorism is as follows:

“… it moves and raises warlick tumults, murthers, dissentions, captivities, and cherishes underhand practices, or plots of Treason.”

If we have a look at the eclipse’s path of angularity, we can see the following:

2014 October Solar Eclipse ASC DC map

The map above shows that the solar eclipse will be of quite immediate importance for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and North Korea. Parts of China and Russia may also be affected. The eclipse point will be in the first decanate of Scorpio, suggesting Mars to be the eclipse ruler. Although usually seen as the Lesser Malefic, Mars is essentially dignified by Term rulership, which may lessen his negative impact to a degree. He is also conjunct fixed star Etanin. Lilly calls this “the cloudy star in the eye of the Dragon” and connects it with the danger of “wounds, contentions, or bruisings in the head. He also knows to beware of Guns, Pikes, slings, the kicks of Bulls or Horses, and the deceit of enemies”.

William Lilly also tells us about Mars being Lord of the Eclipse:

“… her generally is the cause of corruption in regard of his too much dryness, and this especially when he is in a fiery Sign. […] he stirs up Wars, Seditions, intestine risings, and tumults, imprisonment, banishment, besieging and taking towns and cities. […] men suddenly arraigned, condemned and beheaded”

In connection with illnesses, he writes to expect:

” … Tertian Fevers, acute diseases, corruption of blood, […] violent, untimely, and the sudden death of young men.”

With the recent flurry of beheadings in connection with the so called new Islamic Caliphate, this could indicate bad news indeed, as we have to take into consideration that this solar eclipse will not only have an immediate effect on the population of the places mentioned above, but could also affect the USA and Canada in a few months’ time.

What also needs to be looked at is the fact that Venus is conjunct the eclipse point. She is essentially debilitated by detriment, peregrine and combust. Being the natural significator of women, I think that we will have to extend Lilly’s prediction, in the way that women may be at a high risk, too.

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

“… 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 thereof, 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 Solar eclipse that means that people with Scorpio rising or culminating, either in their birth chart or in their solar return chart for 2014/15, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore it should be noted if Sun or Moon are closely conjunct the Ascendant or Midheaven. Should it 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.

Update (27 September 2014):

Kim Jong-un ‘may be suffering with gout’ as state confirms North Korean leader is ill : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jongun-may-be-suffering-with-gout-as-state-confirms-north-korean-leader-is-ill-9758571.html

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.