Lunarium Newsletter #7

October 2013

On the Coming Eclipse

We are now in the middle of an eclipse season. Such eclipse seasons happen twice a year and continue for about 38 days. There is usually a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse during each of these seasons, but sometimes there can be two lunar eclipses instead of one.

There will be a total solar eclipse on the 3rd of November 2013, visible across Central Africa. Here is a map showing the path of the eclipse:

The 3rd of November 2013 Solar Eclipse

Eclipses are a fascinating subject in astrology, but unfortunately this area isn't well-researched yet. Traditionally, they are considered as a powerful omen, solar eclipses often predicting some kind of trouble for the central power in the countries under the path of the eclipse.

It so happens that I am quite ignorant in politics, but I do remember seeing on the news some unusual political activity in Australia over the past year or so. Interestingly, the paths of two recent solar eclipses, on the 13th of November 2012 and on the 10th of May 2013 passed over Australia, so that could be an illustration for the traditional significance of eclipses.

I was looking for an eclipse that could be associated with the ongoing violence in the Northern Africa and the Near East, and I believe the partial solar eclipse on the 4th of January 2011 can be relevant here. It happened right before the outset of the Libyan civil war, and although the eclipse was only partially visible, it swiped the whole region:

The pre-Libyan civil war eclipse

We might wonder why a partial eclipse can be associated with such a prolonged and violent development, and my explanation is that at the moment of the eclipse, there was a stellium of planets in Capricorn, with Pluto, a major factor of political instability, being a part of that stellium. Since then Pluto is slowly moving across the area covered by the eclipse stellium, and so the disturbing energy of that eclipse is still active. Pluto will come very close to the exact degree of that eclipse in the middle of April 2014, and then cross that degree in January 2015. I do hope that that won't be associated with any further increase in violence.

We should bear in mind that not necessarily all the eclipses, and not necessarily for all the countries, will be associated with violent upheavals or even anything negative at all. An eclipse can be seen as just a trigger for any underlying processes, and it might provoke a surfacing of something that was boiling inside for many years, while at the same time have very little effect on a stable society.

Also, according to the research of Bernadette Brady, a prominent astrologer who did perhaps the most important input into our understanding of eclipses, eclipses belonging to different Saros series bring with them totally different energies, and some of those series can be quite positive. I will return to this idea in a later section.

As for the coming 3rd of November eclipse, its stellium is in Scorpio, and it is quite favourably aspected, so I don't expect it to be associated with any significant political trouble.

According to Bernadette Brady's Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark book, the 3rd of November eclipse belongs to "a gentle family of eclipses which brings a sense of inspiration or the illumination of ideas". So from this point of view, as well, there shouldn't be much trouble associated with it.

Eclipses and Health

I remember reading in a book about a tree that was planted at the moment of an eclipse, as an experiment. That tree isn't doing well and isn't developing properly.

Any eclipse is a shock for life on Earth. We usually warn against over-exerting oneself and being careful about one's health around the time of a New Moon or a Full Moon, especially if you are not feeling well, as those are the critical points of a lunar month. A solar eclipse is a special case of a New Moon, and a lunar eclipse is a special case of a Full Moon, so they are also critical points for everyone, but much-much more powerful than ordinary lunations.

So please be careful with your health during eclipse seasons, and avoid any surgeries at that time if possible at all, especially if they are on the area of the body associated with the sign of the eclipse (like sexual organs and Scorpio).

It would be also wise to wait with conceiving a child until the eclipse season is over.

You will find a list of coming eclipse seasons in the end of this section.

Eclipses in Personal Life

No matter whether you see an eclipse in the sky or not, it can be important for you personally if it touches something important in your birth chart. That "something" can be your Sun, Moon or any other planet, as well as an angle of the chart, and if you are not familiar with horoscopic astrology (the basics of which are being covered on my What Is Astrology website) then the only way to figure out whether an eclipse touches you or not is to ask an astrologer for help.

There is, however, a way to figure out whether the coming eclipse touches one of the most important factors of your chart, the Sun. If you were born a few days before or after the date of the eclipse (either solar or lunar), without considering the year, then you are touched by that eclipse, and it can influence your life in a significant way. The closer is your date of birth to the date of the eclipse, the stronger is the influence.

For example, the date of the coming eclipse is, once again, the 3rd of November. So everyone born, approximately, from the 28th of October to the 9th of November, any year, will be influenced by this eclipse through their Sun, and the closer they were born to the 3rd of November, the stronger will be the influence.

The next question to answer will then be: what kind of influence should we expect? Is it positive, creative, inspiring - or difficult, problematic? To know that, we need, according to Bernadette Brady, first to figure out to which Saros series the eclipse belongs, then find an interpretation for that series. At the moment, both tasks can be done with the help of the above referenced The Eagle and the Lark book, and I am not aware of any alternative source of such information.

The coming eclipse looks quite positive, here again an interpretation for its Saros series:

"A gentle family of eclipses which brings a sense of inspiration or the illumination of ideas."

For a few coming eclipses, I will provide the information in the next section.

The Coming Eclipse Seasons

To figure out the boundaries of a coming eclipse season, you need to know the date of the coming solar eclipse. One of the sources of such information is the home page of my Lunarium website. There is a section there showing a few recent and coming eclipses. I should probably expand that section and show more of the coming eclipses.

As soon as you know the date of the solar eclipse, take 19 days before it and 19 days after it, and those will be the boundaries of the eclipse season. Be careful on those days, remember that your mind might be somewhat... eclipsed. There will be at least one lunar eclipse during each of the eclipse seasons.

The next coming solar eclipse will be on the 29th of April 2014 at 6:05am GMT. The eclipse season will continue from the 10th of April to the 18th of May, and the accompanying lunar eclipse will be on the 15th of April at 7:47am GMT. The solar eclipse belongs to the 16 South Saros series, and Bernadette Brady's interpretation for it is: "Under the influence of this family of eclipses, individuals will find themselves dealing with issues of wasted energy or misdirected motivation, particularly when dealing with groups. There can be sudden inspiration but this is potentially unfulfilling. No real action should be taken".

After that, the next solar eclipse will take place on the 23rd of October 2014 at 9:46pm GMT, and the lunar eclipse will be on the 8th of October at 10:56am GMT. The solar eclipse belongs to the 17 North Saros series, and Bernadette Brady's interpretation for it is "This Series brings an impulsive energy to events. Socializing becomes hectic and issues emerge that motivate the individual. This motivation may be concerned with financial projects or relationship issues. Whatever the motivation, it is impulsive, passionate and exciting. Have fun, enjoy it".

I am planning to keep you updated on the coming eclipses and their peculiarities.

Alan Leo on Eclipses

In Alan Leo's The Complete Dictionary of Astrology, there is an article that gives brief predictions for eclipses based on the decanate of the sign in which they occur. I believe those predictions might occasionally give a glimpse of the eclipse's energy. Here is, for example, what the book says about the eclipse that preceded the Libyan civil war: "soldiers are excited and animated against their commanders and superiors, and it frustrates all their devices".

About the coming the 3rd of November eclipse it says: "mischief to some king, whose mind is averse to war".

For the 29th of April 2014 solar eclipse the prediction is: "afflicts negotiators, agents and solicitors, destroys businesses, and the corn upon the earth".

And here is the prediction for the solar eclipse on the 23rd of October 2014: "moves and stirs up wars and tumults, slaughter, hatred, captivities, plots and treacheries".

The Paper Version of the Moon Sign Book is Available

It is so convenient to keep all your library on your iPad or Kindle - and still, I prefer to read books - at least some books - on paper, whenever possible. It shouldn't be a surprise then that I made sure that my latest book, the Moon Sign Book, is available on paper too.

I even made sure that the book is printed on a cream coloured paper which at least slightly resembles the colour of the moonlight!

[The paper version of the Moon Sign Book is available on Amazon]().

If however you prefer an electronic version, the necessary links can be found here.

If however you prefer some kind of an ebook, here is a link to the page that should help you.

Don't Forget About Retrograde Mercury

We are in the middle of a retrograde Mercury period that lasts from the 21st of October to the 10th of November 2013. If you don't remember what this is about, here is an article: About Retrograde Planets.

You might also find it useful to review what I've written about the retrograde Mercury in one of the previous issues of this newsletter.

There were times when I though that the periods of retrograde Mercury are annoying as they prevent me from doing things I want to do. These days, I think they are marvellous as they bring me so many wonderful ideas!

The Demise of iGoogle

Quite a few years ago, as an experiment, I created a couple of iGoole gadgets. I didn't really pay much attention to them but gradually many thousands of people installed the gadgets on their iGoogle pages. I discovered that when, after one of Google's unannounced and undocumented changes to the platform, the gadgets became broken. I then received a number of highly emotionally charged emails blaming me (quite rightfully) for the neglect of the gadgets.

Now, it was announced that the whole iGoogle thing will be retired on the 1st of November, and I already received an email asking what will happen to the gadgets then.

Given the interest, I am ready to invest some time and effort to recreate the gadgets, and perhaps create a few new ones, for some different platform.

I believe that if you are reading this newsletter, you belong to the most active users of Lunarium. If you care about the gadgets, could you please send me an email with answers to the following questions:

  1. Are you using or planning to use any of the existing iGoogle alternatives?
  2. Do you know anything about Chrome apps? Would you like the idea of having the gadgets as Chrome apps?
  3. Do you know any other ways of free sharing of a web content, similar to gadgets?
  4. Are there any kinds of content, currently offered by Lunarium, which you'd like to see as gadgets or similar thingies?

See you in the next issue of the newsletter!

Alexander Kolesnikov


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