Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 5 July 2020

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:

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The chart below, cast for London, shows the event:

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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):

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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.

 

Annular Solar Eclipse 21 June 2020

On 21 June, at 06:40UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 00*21′ Cancer.

The annular phase of this eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia; south of Pakistan and northern India. It will also be visible in China. Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse will be South/East Europe, Much of Asia, Northern parts of Australia, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean.

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The eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 137, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 70 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 25, 1389. The 21 June 2020 solar eclipse was preceded by the solar eclipse of 10 June 2002 and will be followed by the solar eclipse of 2 July 2038.

The chart below, cast for London, shows the eclipse:solar eclipse 2020

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 Cancer, the sign wherein the eclipsed Sun 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  Africa, Algiers, Amsterdam, Bithynia (Asia Minor), Burgundy, Cadiz, Carthage, Constantinople (Turkey), Genoa, Granada, Holland, Lubeck, Magdeburg (Germany), Milan (Italy), Pisa (Italy), Prussia, Scotland, Tunis, Venice, Wittenberg, York and Zealand are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Cancer.

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

map eclipse 2020With the eclipse point close to the MC in India, China, Russia and Kazakhstan, we should take note that eclipse themed events could take place there in the next 6 months.

The chart below shows the eclipse cast for New Delhi. We note that eclipse chart Mars is on the DC, square the eclipse point on the Midheaven. This also means that the Lesser Malefic opposes the Ascendant, in Virgo. (N.B. Mercury, Lord of the Ascendant is also in Cancer, located in the 10th house). In mundane astrology, the first house signifies the general condition poverty/prosperity or illness/health of the country in question. There is also the link to the 10th house via retrograde Mercury – again, in mundane astrology the 10th house signifies national reputation, employment rate, etc.

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To get into more detail, the eclipse point is in the first Decanate of Cancer, which is ruled by Venus, therefore we have to look at her and the Moon as eclipse ruler. In mundane astrology, the Moon signifies the common people, but as well the matter these people are focusing on. Venus in mundane charts signifies social factors connected to marriage and children but also issues of peace and diplomatic resolutions.

Broadly speaking, eclipses in Cancer signify, according to William Lilly:

“… a rottenness or corruption in the fruit when its gathered, occasioning surfets, and sicknesses unto such as eat them, Sea fights, long and dangerous Navigations.”.

William Lilly also writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a solar eclipse in the first Decanate of Cancer:

“… disturbs the ayr, and stirs up strange weather, and variety of it, inclines men to Arms, and to violate National Leagues, deceitfully under the species of Religion.”

We also have to add to the picture that Sun and Moon are conjunct fixed star Menkalinan, causing ruin, disgrace, and frequently violent death. [Robson, p175f]. Venus, who is co-ruler of the eclipse is conjunct Prima Hyadum, in Gemini, the leading star of the Hyades cluster in the constellation of Taurus, that brings sudden events, reversals, tears and sometimes violence. 

All in all it seems that this eclipse will add to the already volatile situation occurring world wide. People who are obvioiusly (and rightly) expecting strong leadership may feel disappointed, left confused and without clear guidance. This may also spill over into themes of a religious nature, whereby certain religious stock phrases or views may be used to peddle doubtful ideologies. The world economy will most likely see a continued downturn, with all its resulting negative effects for communities as well s individuals.

The angularity chart shows that the effects of this eclipse will be affecting us during at least the next six months, whereby Asia will be highlighted. All of this may be a prelude to the upcoming Great Conjunction (Saturn/Jupiter conjunction December 2020), which will take place in Aquarius. This conjunction highlights the mundane astrological shift of emphasis from Earth (Taurus) towards Air (Aquarius) which points towards Asia beginning to play a much more of a dominant role.

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It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in Cancer was in June 2001. It may be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 2001. 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 00* Cancer
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 00* Capricorn (opposition)
  • 00* Cancer is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 00* Cancer 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.

 

Appulse Lunar Eclipse 5 June 2020

There will be a partial lunar eclipse on 5 June 2020. Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse will be most of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

The Moon will start to enter Earth’s shadow at 17:45UT and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 19:25UT. The entire eclipse will last for about 3 hours 18 minutes, ending at 21:03UT. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

The chart below, cast for London, shows the event:

Before we are going to 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 Sagittarius, 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 astrological source material, we find that Greece (and there particularly Attica), Arabia, France (particularly Avignon), Hungary (particularly Budapest), Germany (particularly Cologne, Meissen, Judenburg, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (particularly Colonia, Volterra), Yugoslavia (particularly Dalmatia, Modena), Croatia, Gascovia in the Basque region, Czechoslovakia (particularly Moravia), Sclavonia (around Bulgaria), and Spain (particularly Toledo) may be affected.

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

From the above, it is noticeable that Spain, France and Germany are not only falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, but that they are also on the path of this lunar eclipse. This makes it more likely that some eclipse related events may occur. Also, with the eclipsed Moon located close to the Ascendant, it is likely that any eclipse related event will occur very soon after the actual date of the eclipse.

According to Ptolemy, this eclipse, being in a four-footed, common, fire sign, close to the Ascendant, suggests an effect on four-footed dumb animals, humans, kings, but also crops, youth, and foundations. The Moon is placed in Sagittarius’ first decanate, which is also ruled by the Moon. According to William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, an eclipsed Moon in the first decanate of Sagittarius indicates:

“Dieseases rage against and amongst Horses, Mules &c. The Seas troubled with Pyrats”

With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, we can also look to William Lilly, who wrote about Jupiter being eclipse ruler:

“When Jupiter alone has the chiefest Dominion in an Eclips, generally he products an increase of all things. […]

This is well and good but the problem, as far as I can see it, is that Jupiter is in his fall in Capricorn. This greatly debilitates him and also puts him under the rulership of Saturn, the Greater Malefic. Also, we notice that Jupiter is conjunct fixed star Terebellum. Robson writes in his Fixed Stars and Constellations about Terebellum that:

“It gives a fortune but with regret and disgrace, cunning, a mercenary nature and repulsiveness.”

There is also a tight square between both eclipse points and Mars, the Lesser Malefic. Furthermore Mars is in mixed reception with Jupiter, being his exaltation ruler in Pisces, in the 3rd house. Together with what has been said above, this could be interpreted in the way that matters are generally improving but also that care has to be taken not to get too overexcited.

In mundane astrology, the Moon signifies the common people, whereas the Sun, due to the eclipse being in opposition to the Moon, represents the Prime Minister and all people in authority. Mars, who signifies strikes, conflicts and opposition forces, is squaring both the eclipsed Moon and the Sun, which makes the resulting scenario self-explanatory.

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 15 Sagittarius
  • Moon is in or around 15 Gemini (opposition)
  • 15 Gemini is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 15 Gemini 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.

On The Great Conjunction – The Development of an Idea

Great Conjunction 2020

With the next Great Conjunction looming ever closer, I am republishing an article first published in The Tradition Magazine, back in 2008.

 

On The Great Conjunction

Or 

The Development of an Idea

The idea of ever-repeating cycles and the concept of the eternal return must have fascinated mankind since the dawn of history. In the following article I want to shed light on one of these cycles, namely the conjunction between the two highest planets Jupiter and Saturn. I will try to show how the idea of the interpretation of a conjunction for the prediction of events on a mundane level developed through history. The conjunctions between Jupiter and Saturn, or great conjunctions as they are called, are moving in a particular pattern across the Zodiac, forming an 800 year cycle that can be divided into sub-cycles. Let us have a closer look at this intriguing cycle which has fascinated astrologers for at least 1200 years.

Jupiter’s annual motion is about 30˚ and Saturn’s position moves about 12˚ per year. Leaving a difference of approximately 18˚ per year, Jupiter is conjunct Saturn every 20 years. After 20 years, the occurring conjunction will take place 240˚, or eight signs, further along the zodiac. Were these figures to be exact, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions would always take place in one of the three signs of the same element.

But this is not the case. The exact duration between two conjunctions is 19.8 years, which means that, over time, the place of conjunction moves backwards through each sign. Therefore after about 200 years one cycle of conjunctions in the signs of one particular element comes to an end and another cycle of conjunctions in signs of the following element begins. Again after about 800 years the conjunctions have taken place in the signs of all four elements and another, new, 800 year cycle begins.

Only when a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is placed opposite the Sun does the rare phenomenon of a triple conjunction take place. Saturn overtakes Jupiter, making the first conjunction; after that both planets become retrograde and Jupiter is overtaking Saturn again. After this, the second conjunction, both planets are turning direct again and are eventually forming the third conjunction. These triple conjunctions move slowly through the signs of the four elements and after approximately 970 years a new cycle begins. This cycle has, to my knowledge, not been investigated in modern times, and could lead to exciting new insights. 

About 1200 years ago astrologers discovered that Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions can be used to predict mundane events like natural catastrophes, wars or other remarkable changes in human history. The philosopher Plato was one of the early writers to mention a cyclical return of planetary patterns. He wrote in his Timaeus about the Great Year, a period of time after which the planets would return to their original positions.(1) He talked as well about the “dance of the stars” and their oppositions and conjunctions which would cause panic and fear of times to come.(2) But it was not until the 8th century that the astrologer Masha’allah specifically wrote about the great conjunction . Masha’allah was born c.740 AD in Basra. David Pingree says that:

“one strongly suspects that it [his astrology] is based on the peculiar doctrines of Harran, to which al-Kindi and Abu Ma’shar were also attracted. In fact, Masha’allah’s works are often echoed in Abu Mashar’s.” (3)

Today Harran is a ruin located in Turkey’s desert land close to the Syrian border. During the early middle ages it became home to a sect that did not have anything to do with the beliefs of Christianity or Islam. The teachings its inhabitants followed were drawn exclusively from Platonic and Hermetic traditions. Nowadays scholars believe that Harran became the refuge of the Neo-Platonist academy of Athens.

It is said that Masha’allah wrote at least twenty-eight books on astrology and in his On the Roots of Revolutions he writes about conjunctions.(4) He distinguishes between three main conjunctions: the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction which he calls the greater conjunction; the one between Mars and Saturn, called the middle conjunction; the one between Jupiter and Mars, the lesser conjunction. He states that if Jupiter is stronger than Saturn, it will signify good, but if Saturn rules, it will signify detriment. He then goes into more detail, writing that if the conjunction takes place in a fire or an air sign, dryness, sterility of the earth and severity of the cold will follow. If the conjunction takes place in an earth sign it stands for the destruction of seeds and famine. In watery signs it will indicate excessive rain and pestilence. If the conjunction is near an angle or even better near the MC it signifies the appearance of a king or prophet from the direction of that sign.

Another astrologer, al-Kindi, a native of Baghdad, was born c.801 AD and is generally known as the first Arab philosopher. He was mainly influenced by Plato and Aristotle but drew as well on Proclus, the Stoics and the Corpus Hermeticum.(5)

He was the teacher of Abu Ma’shar, who would become one of the most famous astrologers of his time. Abu Ma’shar was born in or near Balkh in Khurasan in 787. After a quarrel with al-Kindi, he realized that it would be necessary to study mathematics, that is, arithmetic, geometry, music, astronomy and astrology, in order to understand philosophical arguments. From that point on he devoted his time to the study of the philosophical and historical justifications of astrology and drew upon sources like Dorotheus, Valens, Ptolemy and the books of the Harranians.(6) His work includes an astrological interpretation of history which was of Zoroastrian origin and had reached him through the works of Masha’allah, al-Tabari and al-Kindi.(7)

After Masha’allah and al-Kindi had successfully laid the foundations of this great idea, Abu Ma’shar was the first astrologer to fully develop and formulate the theory of a correlation between the great conjunctions and the occurrence of historic events. In contrast to Masha’allah, Abu Ma’shar distinguishes between three Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions, namely a great, a greater and a greatest one. A great conjunction occurs every 20 years in a sign of one elemental triplicity. These conjunctions can indicate the elevation of kings and the rise of prophets. After 240 years, when the conjunction takes place in another element for the first time, a greater conjunction occurs. This indicates reference to a sect and to its change in certain regions. After about 960 years the conjunctions have moved through all four elements and a new cycle begins. The first conjunction of the new cycle in Aries is called the greatest one. It has reference to changes in empires and kingdoms, floods and earthquakes.

We can see here that Abu Ma’shar states that the length of one great cycle would be 960 years. This is of course technically wrong, but until the middle ages astrologers used this figure as a basis for their calculations. From the 12th century onwards Abu Ma’shar’s teachings had a decisive influence on the West. His work The great introduction to the science of astrology was translated twice into Latin by John of Seville and by Hermann of Carinthia. De magnis conjunctionibus, translated by John of Seville in the 12th century, was published in 1489 in Augsburg and in 1515 in Venice. The English philosopher Roger Bacon took on Abu Ma’shar’s teachings concerning the conjunctions and published them more or less unchanged in his famous work Opus Majus in 1267 in Latin.

In the 15th and 16th centuries the teachings about the great conjunction had already become common knowledge amongst astrologers. The ‘conjunctionists’, as the people who followed this idea were commonly known, were engaged in heated debates with their opponents. The point of discussion expressed by astrologers through the concept of the great conjunction was a central one. The stars were causes and not signs and all events, even major ones like the birth of Christ, were determined by the stars.

This was of course a great problem for the followers of the humanist movement that was flourishing at the time. The humanists argued that if the astrologers’ theories were correct, any attempts by mankind to cause some change, or even have free will, would fail and were therefore unnecessary.     

Apart from these very philosophical questions, there was another, more mundane problem that concerned the conjunctionists in the years before 1583. Many European astrologers believed that with the last great conjunction in a Water sign, the great cycle had come to an end and terrible things were to follow.

In 1564 in Bohemia the astrologer Cyprian Leowitz published a title called De Conjunctionis magnis insignioribus superiorum planetarum, Solis defectionibus, & Cometis, in quarta Monarchia, cum eorundem effectum historica expositione.

Tycho de Brahe, who had already made allowances for the precession of the equinoxes and adjusted the length of the great cycle to 800 years, added to Leowitz’ recognition and so his work became well known to English readers. In De Conjunctionis Leowitz stresses that great changes are to be expected as the fiery trigon is imminent. New worlds would follow; violent changes were to be expected. 

Sheltco á Geveren wrote Of the ende of this world, and the second coming of Christ in 1577, quoting Leowitz’s work:

“… for this great conjunction is of all the last, which shall happen  in the ende of the waterie Trigon, and watry Trigon shall perish, and be turned into fire. … but because about the end of waterie Trigon this Monarchie shall begin, it is likely, that the same also in the end of the same Trigon shall have an end, sith the sonne of God himselfe Iesus Christ our Lorde even in the ende of waterie Trigon tooke upon him the nature of man.” (8)

Another astrologer, Richard Harvey, wrote in his Astrological Discourse upon the great and notable Conjunction published in early 1583, that

“… it is the last conjunction that ever shal happen in the end of waterie Trigone, … we are most likely to have a new world, by some sodaine, violent & wonderful strange alteration …” (9)

He was giving details of what was likely to happen, namely extraordinary winds, floods, cold weather, unusual troubles, envy, hatred, contention, strife, violent oppression, poverty and hunger, persecution of ecclesiastical persons, ruin to many great men, dearth, shipwrecks and burnings. It would all be crowned by the final dissolution of the world and the second coming of the son of man. (10)

When William Lilly wrote his England’s Propheticall Merline in 1644, he dealt retrospectively with the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of 1603, which was of course a greatest one, being located in Sagittarius, renewing the great cycle. He wrote:

“All men know that in this year1603. James the sixth, came to be King of England.: Could a more memorable thing bee in this world, then for a Scottish King to become Monarch of the English, … Was not this in effect a new Monarchy, yea, and a great one to be King of England, Scotland and Ireland?

… And had we not in 1603. a great plague in London, and during his raigne, many years of great scarcity?” (11)

 In Propheticall Merline Lilly writes extensively about the conjunctions. He explains the mathematics, the terminology and the history and creates a textbook for astrologers of future generations.

On January 1st, 1981 the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn took place in Libra. This may be seen as a greater conjunction, leading us into a 200 year cycle of great conjunctions in Air signs.

I want to end this article with a quote from Lilly’s Propheticall Merline, where he writes about the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the Air triplicity:

“If the first convention of Saturn and Jupiter be in Libra, Divines then living, handle matters with great profundity and learning, and their works remain famous to succeeding Ages: Divinity is now handled like Divinity, saving that sometimes they strain too high a point. Magick is earnestly sought after, which this foolish age condemns. … Under this Conjunction so beginning, great actions are done in the world. The Merchant thriving by Sea and by Land. If a Monarchy, an Heresie, or Order of Friers, or a Common-wealth begin now, it endures very long.” (12)

After a short return into an Earth sign in the year 2000, the next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will take place in 00˚ 29’ Aquarius on the 21st of December 2020.

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Endnotes:

(1) Plato: Timaeus, 39-d. Some sources state that Plato mentioned that the length of one Great Year would be between 10,000 and 36,000 years and that, after the return of all the planets to their original position, a catastrophe would occur. Thomas Taylor denies both points. For a full discussion see: Taylor, Thomas: Proclus’ Commentary on the Timaeus of Plato, The Prometheus Trust, 1998, p.805ff, and Cornford, F. M.: Plato’s Cosmology, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1948, p.116f.

(2) Plato: Timaeus, 40-c. See as well comments in Taylor (p.855, 860) and Cornford (p.135f).

(3) Pingree, David: Masha’allah, in Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. 9, Detroit 2008, p.159-162.

(4) Dykes, Benjamin (trans.): On the Roots of Revolutions in Works of Sahl and Masha’allah, Cazimi Press, Minnesota, 2008, p.306ff.

(5) Jolivet, J. and Rashed, R.: al-Kindi in Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol.15, Detroit 2008, p.261-267.

 (6) Pingree, David: Abu Ma’shar in Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol.1, Detroit 2008, p.33.

(7) ibid. p.34

(8) Geveren, Sheltco á: Of the ende of this world, London 1577, fol. 19.

(9) Harvey, Richard: An Astrological Discourse upon the great and notable Conjunction of the two superior Planets Saturne & Jupiter, which shall happen the 28. day of April, 1583, London 1583, p.38f

(10) ibid. p.8,16f 

(11) Lilly, William: England’s Propheticall Merline, London 1644, p.24

(12) ibid. p.62f

© 2008 Peter Stockinger

 

Sun conjunct Mercury, 11th November 2019, an Astronomical Conjunction

On the 11th of November 2019, a transit of Mercury across the Sun will take place between 12:30 and 18:00UT. At this time, Mercury will be visible against the solar disc by obscuring a tiny part of it. After the 2019 event no further astronomical transit of Mercury will take place until December 2032.

Although this is true for the astronomical event, astrologically speaking, the symbolic conjunctions between Mercury and the Sun are by no means rare events.  Nevertheless it might be of interest to take the opportunity and have a look at this particular conjunction.

The exact astrological conjunction will take place on the 11th of November 2019 at 15:22. The chart below, cast for London, shows the event.

 

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The conjunction is placed in 18*55 Scorpio; Sun and Mercury are in a separating sextile to Saturn. With the greater malefic involved, it may be expected that this event will be of some significance.

Let us now have a closer look at Mercury. What immediately springs to mind is the fact that he is retrograde. To understand the significance of this, we may have a look at what traditional astrologers have to say about this.

Abu Ma’shar informs us in his Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology in the chapter on The Impotence of the Stars

“…  but the worst [is] the retrogradation of Venus and Mercury, particularly if they are hidden by the Sun; or [planets are] found [under the rays of the Sun or] in dark degrees.” (Dykes, Introductions to Traditional Astrology, p220).

This immediately cuts to the heart of the matter of our investigation about Mercury conjunct Sun. When applying to the conjunct with the Sun, Mercury will not only be retrograde, he will as well be under the sunbeams and later on combust. That is exactly the worst-case scenario, highlighted by Abu Ma’shar in the quote above.

To understand what this means, we have to look at the definitions of these two terms.

  • Firstly, a Planet is said to be combust when it is between 17.5 minutes and 8.5 degrees of the Sun.
  • Secondly, under the Sunbeams is a harmful area, extending from the end of combustion until a Planet is 17.5 degrees apart from the Sun.

William Lilly informs us in his Christian Astrology, that Mercury

“is cold and dry, and therefore Melancholy; with the good he is good, with the evil Planets ill; … he is author of subtlety, tricks, deceives, perjury, &c.” (CA, p77)

And Mercury will be very much afflicted on the 11th of November. We have established so far that he will be retrograde, under the sunbeams and later on, closer to perfecting the conjunction, combust. Apart from that he will be aspecting Saturn, the greater malefic.

If we put all this information together, we come to the following conclusion.

Due to his natural and also his debilitated state during the conjunction to the Sun, Mercury will not affect us in a positive, measured manner but he will rather test some of us to a high degree. There can even be some level of fanaticism expected. It is also very likely  that things will go wrong on an epic scale. Particularly electronic devices may unexpectedly malfunction, or the odd communication breakdown may occur. It is also not advisable to sign any kind of contract or agree to any binding arrangements during this transit.

Sun and Mercury are also conjunct fixed star Zubenelshamali. This is the determinant star of lunar mansion 14, al Zubana: Robson knows that this:

“hinders journeys and marriage, harvest and merchandise, favorable for redemption of captives.” [Robson, Fixed Stars and Constellations, p.72.]

It is likely that people who have Scorpio rising in their nativity or have their natal Sun or Mercury at or around 18* Scorpio will experience some of the effects of this conjunction.

The only time when the negative influence of the Sun will be turned into a more positive one is the time Mercury spends in the heart of the Sun, otherwise known as cazimi. This beneficial span of time, which is only very short, will be on 11th of November between 12:28UT and 18:16UT.

 

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 26 February 2017

On 26 February 2017, at 14:58UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in its totality in southern South America, across the Atlantic, and into southern Africa. The partial eclipse will be visible in southern South America, and south-west Africa. This eclipse is one of Saros Series 140. It has a duration of 5 hours and 26 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

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The astrological chart, cast for Washington , 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 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 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  Egypt with Alexandria in particular, Italy, with emphasis on Sicily, Calabria, Spain with Compostela and Seville, Asia Minor (Turkey and Armenia), France, with emphasis on the Normandy and Rheims, Portugal, and Germany, with emphasis on Ratisbone, are the locations that could be most affected by this solar eclipse.

Due to the angularity, Canada, Brazil and the United States of America (particularly Washington State) may be affected also.

Jupiter is the planet ruling this eclipse. At the time of the eclipse, he will be located in Libra. He is retrograde, which adds a certain degree of debilitation. It is also noteworthy that he is conjunct fixed star Spica. Robson knows that when Spica is with Jupiter we may expect:

“Popular, social success, wealth, ecclesiastical honor and preferment”.*

Spica is also the determinant star of the 14th manzil, Al Simak, The Unarmed. This Lunar Mansion causes marital love, cures the sick, helps sailors but hinders journeys by land.

We also find that this eclipse, located in the first decanate of Pisces, is ruled by Saturn, indicating that:

“it drains the Rivers of their waters, unfortunates the Sea coast, and drives fishes far from shore.”

as William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous. The additional eclipse rulership of Saturn,  together with Spica resonates with Diana Rosenberg’s conclusions. She writes that:

” […] the bright stars of the peace-loving virgin […] illuminate dark places in the soul of humanity [like] disasters caused by recklessness, carelessness, confusion and/or weather conditions”. **

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It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in 8* Pisces 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 8 Pisces
Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Virgo (opposition)

Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
8 Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
8 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.

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

**Diana K. Rosenberg, Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Ancient Skies Press, NY 2012

Lunar Eclipse 11 February 2017

On 11 February 2017, at 00:32UT, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from Europe, most of Asia, Africa and most of North America. . It is number 59 in the Saros Series 114, and the duration of this eclipse will be 4 hours and 19 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

visibility_lunar_eclipse_2017-02-11The astrological chart, cast for Washington, also shows the event:

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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 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 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 Moon is placed in the last decanate of Leo, which is ruled by Mars. Traditionally, the lights were not interpreted as as eclipse rulers, therefore we have to look at Mars as eclipse ruler and also at Leo, the sign the eclipsed Moon 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 lunar eclipse in the last decant of Leo:

“… swells and animates the dispositions both of the people and souldiery, so that they run after Novelties, desiring new Lawes, and new Governours.”

About Mars, 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”. 

There is also the possibility of damage through lightning, hurricanes, drought or destructive winds. It is also likely that impetuous storms and violent shipwrecks may occur at sea.

Mars is not only in a fiery sign, he is also conjunct Algenib a fixed star on the wing of Pegasus, the Winged Horse. Robson writes about this conjunction that it suggests

“Quick mind and body, lying or theft, danger of accidents”.*

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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 22 Leo
Moon is in or around 22 Aquarius (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 22 Scorpio or 22 Taurus (square)
22 Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
22 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.

*Vivian Robson, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

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.

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