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Eclipses – the big stuff

June 13, 2012

The Sun and Moon are especially important in selecting a day and time for a wedding (astro-bulletin 10), so what happens when one of the luminaries blocks the other’s light, as happens in a solar or lunar eclipse?

Ideally, we would try to schedule the wedding so as to avoid the day of an eclipse anywhere in the world, as well as the day before and after. But, as always, there is no need to get anxious. We are just following the principle that in a marriage we want to keep the Sun and Moon in balance, and an eclipse would represent one dominating the other.

The main use of eclipses by astrologers is to predict events on a big scale: the lives of nations and royalty, and natural disasters. The more prominent the individual or event, the more relevant is an eclipse in prediction.

If the indunas and generals of the Zulu or British armies had asked an astrologer for the outcome of a battle that they would fight on January 22, 1879, the astrologer would have found a decisive indicator in the eclipse that would darken the battlefield that afternoon. The battle of Isandlwana would be a resounding defeat for the army of the empire on whom the Sun never sets.

The Sun is a symbol of kingship, and both nations were led by kings, so in this case a solar eclipse is not enough evidence on its own to conclude the Zulus would win. (If the contest had been between royalists and republicans – the people, signified by the Moon – then a quicker decision is justified.)

The careful predictor would look deeper and refer to the books of William Lilly, the most important astrologer England has produced. Lilly gives a particular prediction for the position in the sky in which the eclipse takes place. The 1879 eclipse over Africa was in the first 10 degrees of Aquarius, and this is what Lilly says characterises an eclipse in that position: “It affords matter of publike sorrow and mourning unto Gentlemen, but comfort to the Country-man.”

That would have convinced the astrologer to predict in favour of the Zulu forces.

The comfort for King Cetshwayo and his people was not long-lasting, but in this case the eclipse is being used to predict the outcome of an event, not the future of nations.

A contest of a less bloody kind was the final of the Soccer World Cup in Joburg on July 11, 2010. Spain, on paper the better side, were pitched against the Dutch team, who had tremendous popular support. There was an eclipse that day, and it happened to take place in the same degree as the Ascendant of Netherlands (the nation). Astrologers who were predicting the outcome of the game knew the Dutch would be disappointed.

Keep your light shining

Margie

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Margie King is a writer and student astrologer. She is studying with Rod Suskin and hopes to have her diploma at the end of this year, which will allow her to practise professionally. In the meantime she emails a free astrological bulletin every second Monday to anyone who’s interested. It’s short. It’s useful. It’s easy to read. To receive an astro-bulletin, contact Margie on margie2300@gmail.com or call her on 084-285-1552.

 

 

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