Lunarium Newsletter #10
The Coming Eclipses
We are in an eclipse seazon now, and I am fresh from Bernadette Brady’s master class on eclipses.
The closest is a full lunar eclipse which will take place at 7:47am on the 15th of April in the 26th degree of Libra. That will be 8:47am in the UK, 3:47 in New York, 12:47am in San Francisco, 5:47pm in Sydney.
The eclipse will be visible everywhere where it will fall on the night time. You can find all the details at the NASA Eclipse Web Site.
According to Bernadette Brady, eclipses bring into our lives some events which were not forseen or planned. How prominent those events are going to be depends on where exactly the eclips falls in one’s natal chart, and whether it touches any important points of the chart.
The events associated with an eclipse are not necesarily bad. In fact, the energy brought into people’s lives by an eclipse depends strongly on the Saros Series to which that eclipse belongs. The energy of the coming lunar eclipse was described by Bernadette Brady as “A forced change through circumstances. Intense mental work, arguments. Motivated to do hard mental work”. So it looks like many of us are going to work hard in the next couple of weeks.
Then an annular solar eclipse will come on the 29th of April at 6:05am GMT (7:05am UK time, 2:05am New York time, 11:05pm on the 28th of April San Francisco time, 3:05pm Sydney time). Very few people will have a chance to observe this eclipse as the area of its best visibility will be somewhere in the eastern Antarctica. Again, you can find all the details at the NASA Eclipse Web Site.
The eclipse will take place in the 9th degree of Taurus, and it has a potential to strongly influence the lives of those in whose natal chart it will touch an important point. The general type of energy of the Saros series to which this eclipse belongs is described by Bernadette Brady in her book “The Eagle and the Lark” as follows:
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.
It looks like after two weeks of hard work provoked by the lunar eclipse, we should change our gear, preferably to neutral, and stop wasting our energy.
As a historical curiosity, I can offer the judgements offered for the same eclipses by Alan Leo in his book “The Complete Dictionary of Astrology”. My guess is that these descriptions were taken from an old astrology book, so they are full of doom and gloom.
Here is what Leo offers for the coming lunar eclipse: “In the 3rd [decanate], abortive births, incommodities, and such like dangers to women”.
The prospects of the coming solar eclipse aren’t overly optimistic either: “An eclipse of the Sun, happening in the first Decanate of Taurus, afflicts negotiators, agents and solicitors, destroys businesses, and the corn upon the earth”.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer Bernadette Brady’s interpretations.
We are now in the middle of retrograde motion of Mars which started on the 1st of March and will continue until the 20th of May. In line with what I’ve written in my article About Retrograde Planets, the period of retrograde Mars is the period of changing stereotypes in the areas of life related to Mars.
One obvious area of this type is work, as this is where most of us spend most of our energy. When Mars is retrograde, many people start questioning whether they are doing the right thing, whether they are spending their energy with the best possible result. They might get an idea of a better job, or they might even get an alternative job offer.
The important thing to remember is that it is not advised to do important changes in an area of your life while a planet responsible for that area is retrograde. The reason is that you don’t really have a clear idea of what you want or need. You just feel that you want to change something. So if you create something new during a retrograde period, chances are it will become irrelevant very soon. There is no reliable stereotype to lean upon.
On the other hand, this is a great time for exploring alternative opportunities because you are open to them, you are not limited or pre-conditioned by any stereotype. Feel free to try something new, just don’t commit yourself to it - as yet.
Sports people might find periods of retrograde Mars challenging - just because their life is so strongly linked to the symbolism of Mars, to spending energy for achieving something. For them, it is important to avoid any major decisions while Mars is retrograde.
War is strongly associated with Mars too, and it was noticed that whoever started a war during a retrograde period of Mars, had little chances to win that war.
In terms of health, Mars is associated with inflammations, and some old inflammatory processes can become aggravated when Mars goes retrograde. It is believed that a major surgery shouldn’t be performed when Mars is retrograde, especially in the area of sexual organs.
Think about any other areas of your life that might be related to Mars. The general rule is to explore and experiment, but not to commit yourself to anything at this time.
My work on the Mercury Calculator goes very slowly as I am overloaded with many different things. Still, I was able to write brief interpretations for all the 12 signs. The idea is that your Mercury Sign shows your preferred way of consuming information, you type of intellect.
This knowledge can be especially useful when deciding on an approach to teaching a child, or trying to figure out what can keep him or her interested.
Also, that little table at the bottom, Progressed Stations of Mercury, will show you when major changes can be expected in the person’s interests and general attitude to the world.
I promise that by the next newsletter I’ll add more explanations and descriptions to the Mercury Calculator.