Lunar Eclipse 16 September 2016

On 16 September 2016, at  19:05UT, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from Europe, parts of Asia, Australia, and eastern Africa. It is number 9 in the Saros Series 147, and the duration of this eclipse will be 3 hours and 59 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:


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

Lunar Eclipse Sept 16

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 Pisces, 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 Egypt (particularly Alexandria), Italy, with Calabria, Compostella, and Sicily; Spain (particularly Seville), France (Normandy and Rheims), Portugal and Germany (particularly Ratisbone and Worms) are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Pisces. The Moon is placed in the last decanate of Pisces, which is ruled by Mars. Therefore we have to look at Jupiter and Mars as eclipse rulers. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a lunar eclipse in the last decant of Pisces signifies:

“robberies equally committed both at Sea, and on dry Land.”

Lilly says about Jupiter being eclipse ruler, that he would “produce the increase of all things”. Unfortunately at this lunar eclipse, the Sun/Moon axis is tightly squared by Mars in Sagittarius, who is also eclipse-ruler. Lilly writes in no uncertain terms that “hee [Mars] generally is the cause of corruption in regard of his too much dryness, and this especially when he is in a fiery Sign”. Mars is not only in a fiery sign, he is also conjunct Ras Alhague, a fixed star on the head of Ophiuchus, the Snake Charmer. Robson writes about this conjunction that it suggests Trouble through writings, public censure in connection with religion, science or philosophy”*, and Elsbeth Ebertin writes that “there is danger of insect bites, snake bites or assault from infuriated animals or rabies smitten dogs”**.


Lunar Eclipse Sept 16 angularity

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


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 24 Pisces
Moon is in or around 24 Virgo (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 24 Gemini or 24 Sagittarius (square)
24 Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
24 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.

*Vivian Robson, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

**Elsbeth Ebertin, Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne.