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

Solar Eclipse 1 September 2016

On 1 September 2016, at 09:07UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from Madagascar and locations in Central Africa. The Moon’s shadow will also cross parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
For most viewers in Africa, the eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse.

This eclipse is one of Saros Series 135. It has a duration of 3 minutes and 5 seconds. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

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

SE Sept 16 Brasilia

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 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 locations in Central Africa.

With Sun and Moon in the first decanate of Virgo, we note that eclipse rulers are Mercury and the Sun. Lilly writes about this in his Annus Tenebrous of 1652, that:

“it argues the lamentable death, or pitiful end of some certain Prince or Nobleman, and a general ruine or slaughter of man, scarcity of corn and all manner of sustenance fit for man.”

Lilly also advises us to look at what he calls the “Asterisme” or constellation in which the eclipse is located. In this case it is the constellation of Leo, the Lion.

SE Sept 16 Leo

A closer inspection reveals that the eclipse point is conjunct fixed star Zosma, located on the back of the Lion. Robson writes about the Lion that:

” It is said that the stars in the neck, back and wing all bring trouble, disgrace and sickness affecting the part of the body ruled by the sign, especially if they happen to be in conjunction with the Moon.” (Robson: Fixed Stars and Constellations, 1923, p48)

About Zosma, he knew that:

“it causes benefit by disgrace, selfishness, egotism, immorality, meanness, melancholy, unhappiness of mind and fear of poison, and gives an unreasonable, shameless and egotistical nature.” (ibid, p219)

We have already seen that Lilly predicted a ‘lamentable death’ to occur during this solar eclipse. Diana Rosenberg reminds us that a high number of assassinations took place during the transit of Zosma and other stars in the Lion. Here we find the assassinations of Trotsky, Cicero, Vitellius, Aquino, Nicholas II, Alexis and Indira Gandhi. She also lists Julius Caesar, Archduke Ferdinand and  the assassination of John F Kennedy. Rosenberg also points out that these stars square Aldebaran and Antares, which may add to the general volatility.

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On a personal level, this eclipse could indicate that the native may encounter trouble, sickness or disgrace. Conjunct the malefics Saturn and Mars, danger by poison and disease of the intestinal tract are indicated, as Elsbeth Ebertin writes in Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne. There is also the possibility that natural disaster or catastrophe, possibly a hurricane or devastating storms and their consequences may take place.

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 9 Virgo
Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Pisces (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
9 Virgo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
9 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.

2016 An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2016. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. For details about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, inception charts as well as natal charts of people in charge of the countries in question will also have to be taken into consideration. For events affecting the native on a personal level, natal-, solar return and other charts will have to be consulted. This should achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde motion of the planets

Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits

Other noteworthy phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

Solar and lunar eclipses

Solar ingress charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published throughout the year. You may also follow my daily updates on twitter, via @StarsAndStones. For personal requests, please see my list of astrological services. I can also be contacted via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2016.

Mercury Rx

will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements.

Mercury will be retrograde in  Aquarius/Capricorn between  6 January and 25 January, in Taurus between 29 April and 22 May, in Virgo between  31 August and 22 September, and in Capricorn/Sagittarius between 20 December and 8 January 2017.

Mars Rx

will bring a reduction of energy levels and new plans or projects will most likely be put on the back burner. Accidents and health problems are likely to affect natives who have Mars Rx transits to prominent planetary placements in the appropriate house of their birth chart.

Mars will be retrograde in Sagittarius/Scorpio between 18 April and 29 June.

Jupiter Rx

will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion.

Jupiter will be retrograde in Virgo between 9 January and 9 May. Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo brings a sober note to our search for inner truth. In this introspective time, we may realise that vanity, negligence and suppression of our emotional life are not helpful if we want to find our true self.

Saturn Rx

in Sagittarius will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close.

Saturn will be retrograde between 26 March and 13 August.

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Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Libra on 9 September

Jupiter Rx will square Saturn on 23 March

Jupiter will square Saturn on 26 May

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (4:30UT)

Summer Solstice: 20 June (22:34UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (14:21UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (10:44UT)

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Super Moons

There will be 3 Full Moons which are Super Moons during 2016:

16 October in 23* Aries

14 November in 23* Taurus

14 December in 23* Gemini

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipse on 9 March in 18* 56’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

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 19* Pisces
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Virgo (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Gemini or Sagittarius (square)
  • 19* Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 19* 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.

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Annular solar eclipse on 1 September in 9*21’ Virgo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Brasil. Russia, Turkey, Irak and Saudi Arabia are likely to be affected at a later date. With Mercury being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

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 9* Virgo
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 9* Pisces (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 9* Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
  • 9* Virgo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 9* Virgo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Lunar Eclipses

Appulse lunar eclipse on 23 March, Moon in 3*17’ Libra, Sun in 3*17’ Aries. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Russia and China. With Venus being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Libra or Aries rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. 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.

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Appulse lunar eclipse on 16 September, Moon in 24*20’ Virgo, Sun in 24*20’ Pisces. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Senegal, Mauritania and the Canary Islands. Russia, Kazakhstan, India and Pakistan may be affected at a later date. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Virgo or Pisces rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point.

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Ingress Charts

2016 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom


Aries Ingress London 2016

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2016. From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be the Lord of the Year. He is Lord of the 9th house,  and is prominently positioned near the 10th house cusp (MC). Main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning conflicts. Bonatti writes that Mars in the 10th house:

“… signifies wars and contentions over matters which do not belong to those who seek them, nor pertain to them” (BoA p951)

A detailed analysis of the Aries ingress chart will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2016 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

Aries Ingress Wash 2016

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With a common sign rising, this chart is valid for six months. The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter. During this year, much attention will be paid to the election campaign which will result in the US Presidential Elections, held on 8 November. From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be Lord of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what is to come.  Bonatti writes about Mars being Lord of the Revolution in the 1st house, that:

“… it signifies something horrible (and sorrow and fears, and contrarieties and contentions) is going to come to men …” (BoA p948)

A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States, including a prediction regarding the next US president, will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2016 Solar Ingress for Syria

Aries Ingress Damascus 2016

 

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Damascus, which is representative for Syria. With a cardinal sign rising, this chart is valid for 3 months only, which already indicates the unstable situation in this country. Therefore the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into consideration, too. The Moon is Lady of the Revolution, highlighting the fact that the focus is on the common people of Syria. All other planets are in the problematic houses 6, 8 and 12, telling a tale of enemies, illness and death.

For personalised 12 months forecasts, see my Annual Prediction Reading

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Solar Eclipse and Paris Terror Attacks

With the shocking news of yesterday’s Paris terror attacks dominating the headlines, all our thoughts an prayers are with the victims and their relatives. Trying to understand the mundane astrological underpinning of this tragedy,  we should cast our eyes back to the recent solar eclipse.

In my blog post about the 13 September Solar Eclipse, posted on 20 August, I wrote that, according to astrologer William Lilly, this eclipse “produces murder and banishment”. I also predicted that one of the locations most likely to be affected could be “France, especially Paris”. Sadly, this turned out to be the case.

The graphic below shows a bi-wheel, comprising the chart of the solar eclipse and the chart cast for the moment the terror attacks began. Both charts are cast for the location of Paris:

Paris Attack

(Inner Wheel:Solar Eclipse/Outer Wheel: Terror Attack)

What immediately springs to mind is the fact that transiting Mars, planet of war, who is in his detriment in Libra, is on the Ascendant of the solar eclipse chart and also tightly conjunct the North Lunar Node, triggering the event.

Transiting MC is tightly conjunct the Lunar South Node of the solar eclipse chart. Furthermore, the nodal axes of both charts are conjunct. In his highly recommended book The Cryptic Cycle*, astrologer Murray Beauchamp writes about the significance of the nodes:

“By themselves, the Nodes of the Moon can indicate some powerful forces at work if found in close aspect between charts.”

Here, they are also activated by transiting Mars. MC and South Lunar Node are conjunct fixed star Scheat, another trigger for the events that were unfolding. Robson** wrote that fixed star Scheat causes “extreme misfortune and murder”.

*Beauchamp, Murray: The Cryptic Cycle – Astrology and the Lunar Saros, Madding Crowd Publishing, Melbourne, 2008

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

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:

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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.

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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

Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015

On 20 March 2015, at 09:29UT, there will be a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in Svalbard, the Faroe Islands, Europe, northern and eastern Asia, and northern and western Africa. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

Solar Eclipse March 2015 visibility

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

Solar Eclipse March 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 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 France and Germany, Italy, Spain and Egypt are the locations that will most likely be affected by this solar eclipse.

The eclipse point is conjunct fixed star Scheat, one of the four stars of the Great Square of Pegasus. This star has always been associated with accidents, and particularly with drowning. Conjunct the Sun, it indicates danger through water and engines. Conjunct the Moon, it suggests worry, loss and gain of friends through criticism, danger of accidents and by water, according to Robson’s Fixed Stars and Constellations. Scheat was conjunct the Moon when the Titanic sank after she hit an iceberg in 1912.

Scheat’s nature is that of Mars, which ties in with the fact that, due to its location in the third decanate of Pisces, the eclipse is also ruled by Mars.

We find that that this “presages sedition, cruelty, bitterness of spirits, and the inhumanity of souldiers, as also much Controversy amongst Divines and Lawyers”, as William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrosus.

WIth Jupiter being the rulers of this eclipse, we can, according to William Lilly, expect to experience a good and peaceful time. But, as explained above, Mars is also eclipse ruler, which Lilly interprets in the way that we may see divers principal men suddenly arraigned, condemned and beheaded, impetuous storms, sudden and violent shipwrecks, and kings and princes inclined to tyranny.

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On a personal level, this eclipse could indicate that the native may lose their life in catastrophes, such as floods, shipwreck, mining accidents, airplane accidents, or maybe suicide. On the other hand, it is possible for a positive influence to emanate from Scheat, but only for some people. It can have a positive effect on their mental creativity, if these people are ready to receive such inflow, as Elsbeth Ebertin writes in Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne. This positive inflow is mainly shown by conjunctions between Scheat and Jupiter or Mercury. Pisces is Jupiter’s sign of rulership, but in the eclipse chart, Jupiter doesn’t aspect the Sun or Moon. The only saving grace could be that the Sun and Jupiter are in mutual reception by sign rulership.

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 29 Pisces
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Virgo (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Gemini or Sagittarius (square)
  • 29 Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 29 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.

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UPDATE: Airbus Planecrash in the French Alps, as predicted.

New Update: Correlation between eclipse chart and co-pilot’s chart here

2015 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2015. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. If there is doubt about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, the individual birth chart has to be consulted. This will achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this overview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde motion of the planets

Out of Bounds phases

Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits

Other noteworthy phenomena

Solar and lunar eclipses

Solar ingress charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published during the year to come. You may also follow my daily updates on twitter, @StarsAndStones. For personal requests, please see my list of astrological services. I can also be contacted via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2015.

Mercury Rx

will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements. Mercury will be retrograde in Aquarius between 22 January and 12 February, in Gemini between 20 May and 11 June, in Libra between 18 September and 10 October.

Venus Rx

in Virgo retrograde Venus will test our faithfulness and will also highlight problems first encountered in past relationships. Later on, in Leo, retrograde Venus will increase the urge of those who have been unfaithful, hedonistic or squandering to go return to their old ways. Venus will be retrograde between 1 August and 7 September.

Jupiter Rx

will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion. Jupiter will remain retrograde in Leo until 9 April. Retrograde Jupiter in Leo brings a sober note to our search for inner truth. In this introspective time, we may realise that vanity, negligence and suppression of our emotional life are not helpful if we want to find our true self.

Saturn Rx

in Sagittarius and Scorpio will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close. Saturn will be retrograde in Scorpio between 15 March until 3 August.

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Out of Bounds

When Planets exceed the 23°27’ area of the Sun’s max declination, north or south, they are called “Out of Bounds.” During these times, the OOB Planets will be out of the Sun’s control; therefore a heightened activity of all themes corresponding with the appropriate planets can be expected.

Mercury will be OOB between: 3 May and 19 May 28 November and 25 December

Venus will be OOB between: 18 April and 1 June

Mars will be OOB between: 6 June and 17 July

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Sign Ingress

Jupiter will move into Virgo on 11 August Saturn Rx will move back into Scorpio on 15 June and, once moving direct again, will return into Sagittarius on 18 September. The North Lunar Node will move into Virgo on 12 November

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Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will square Saturn again on 3 August. Saturn will be sextile North Lunar Node and trine South Lunar Node on 30 September.

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Venus trine Jupiter On 4 March Venus conjunct Jupiter On 25 October, the two bright planets will be visible within 1 degree of each other in the early morning sky. Venus conjunct Mars On 22 February, 1 September and 3 November

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipse on 20 March in 29* 27’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to  Brazil. Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia may also be affected at a later date.

Partial solar eclipse on 13 September in 20*10’ Virgo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to the Canary Islands, Mauritania and Guinea. India and parts of Russia may also be affected at a later date.

Lunar Eclipses

Total lunar eclipse on 4 April, Moon in 14*24’ Libra, Sun in 14*24’ Aries. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to The USA and Canada.

Total lunar eclipse on 28 September, Moon in 4*40’ Aries, Sun in 4*40’ Libra This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Canada.

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Ingress Charts

2015 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom

Aries Ingress 2015 London Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2015. From the chart above, we can see that Mercury will be the Lord of the Year. Being Lord of the 10th house, he is prominently positioned near the 4th house cusp. He is also debilitated by detriment and fall and square Saturn, the greater malefic. Main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning communal finances and business in general. The ingress chart shows that debilitated Mercury is squaring Saturn in the 1st house. This indicates more financial restrictions and continued economic hardship for most of the population. A detailed analysis of the Aries ingress chart will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2015 Solar Ingress for the European Union

Aries Ingress 2015 Brux The Aries ingress chart cast for Brussels and therefore representative for the European Union does not significantly differ from the ingress chart for the United Kingdom. With fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2015.

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2015 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

Aries Ingress 2015 Washington Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With a common sign rising, this chart is valid for six months. The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter. From the chart above, we can see that  the Sun will be Lord of the Revolution. Bonatti writes about the Sun being Lord of the Revolution in the 7th house, that:

“it signifies contrariety which will happen to the vulgar from noble or great men or kings”. (Bonatti, Book of Astronomy, p960)

A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States will be posted on my web log in due course. –