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.


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.

Solar Eclipse woodcut

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

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