There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse on 5 July 2020. It will be visible from some parts of North America during moonrise, South and North America, the extreme part of Namaqua Land in South Africa and Western Africa (completely visible), and in southwestern Europe New Zealand, some parts of the Pacific Ocean, Central-, East Africa (except Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and a strip of North Eastern Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia) and some parts of North Africa and some parts of the Indian Ocean during moonset.
The Moon will start to enter Earth’s shadow at 03:07 UT and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 04:30 UT. The entire eclipse will last for around two hours forty-five minutes, ending at 05:52 UT. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:
The chart below, cast for London, 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 Capricorn, 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.
The map above shows the paths of angularity for Sun (red) and Moon (black):
Looking through traditional source material, we find that Albania, Austria (particularly Styria), Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France (particularly Gaunt at Somme), Germany (particularly Brandenburg, Constance, Juliers, Saxony, and Thuringia), Greece, Iran (Ariana), Italy (particularly Toronta and Derthona), Lithuania, Macedonia, UK (particularly Orkney Islands and Oxford), are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Capricorn.
From the above, it is noticeable that North America, South America, Africa and Spain are on the path of this lunar eclipse. This makes it possible that some eclipse related events may occur. Also, with the eclipsed Moon located close to the Ascendant in North America, it is likely that any eclipse related event will occur very soon after the actual date of the eclipse.
The Moon is placed in the second decanate of Capricorn, which is ruled by Mars. According to William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, an eclipsed Moon in the second decanate of Capricorn indicates:
“uprores very frequent on the Souldiery, often incursions into neighbour-Countries, Captivities, Plunderings.”
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic, which shows that things are likely to get problematic. Again we can look to William Lilly, who wrote about Saturn being eclipse ruler:
“He is generally the cause of corruptions by reason of cold, more properly he declares continued diseases in the bodyes of men, as wasting of the body, or a consumption which hath its originall from some reflux of Reume, her denotes Disturbance of radicall Humours, Fluxes, Quartane Agues, Banishments, Poverty, Miserie, Lamentation, vain fears, mortality of old men especially […]”
There are also some important conjunctions between the Lunar North Node and fixed stars Betelgeuse and Polaris, and the Lunar South Node and fixed stars Acumen and Eltanin, which will add to the scope of this eclipse:
The North Lunar Node is conjunct Betelgeuse, which is of the nature of Mars and Mercury, can be associated with injuries through fire or explosive substances.
The North Lunar Node is also conjunct Polaris, which has a reputation for loss and trouble or sickness.
The Lunar South Node is conjunct Acumen, in Scorpius, associated with danger to the eyes, especially in association with the Sun and Moon.
Finally, a conjunction between the Lunar South Node and Eltanin, in Draco, which can be a proneness to fluctuating and volatile conditions in life.
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 13* Capricorn
- Moon is in or around 13* Cancer (opposition)
- 13* Capricorn is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
- 13* Capricorn 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.