Total Solar Eclipse August 2017, by Dadhichi Toth
Eclipses, for the most part, have become an intellectual exercise for scientists, astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists with millions of everyday people standing on the sidelines enjoying the entertainment as well, even if they don’t exactly understand the technicalities behind a celestial event such as this. The media love it too. But the truth is that eclipses, particularly total eclipses such as the one we’re about to experience on August 21, have far-reaching effects for the countries in which the eclipse is visible and also for those countries and cities which are ruled by the signs of the zodiac through which the eclipse happens to be transiting at the time.
This time the United States is one of the perhaps not-so-lucky recipients to receive a stroke in the form of the solar eclipse shadow. Maybe even a caning. Karma has a reputation of dishing out some pretty heavy what-goes-round-comes-round. Perhaps it’s time for the US to hurry up for its date with destiny.
Solar eclipses are seen to have an impact, particularly on the head of state of those countries, the governments, ministers; also top personalities and celebrities. The influence of an eclipse may not be felt immediately, however, if a solar eclipse, the ramifications can last for as many years as is equivalent to the hours of the duration of the eclipse. The actual effect of the eclipse is best studied from subsequent lunations and transits of the faster moving inner planets to sensitive points which can be determined through the horoscope drawn for the precise time of the eclipse. Or any event for that matter.
Early founding astrologers made the following observations in terms of when those events can be expected-
Eclipses falling near the eastern horizon manifest within 4 months
Eclipses falling at the Midheaven or apex of the horoscope ie directly above the locality should give their affects between six and eight months after the eclipse and
If the eclipse happens to fall near the western horizon the effects will not be felt until from anywhere between 8 to 12 months after the eclipse.
As the eclipse is taking place midway between the descendant and midheaven, it’s likely to happen between 7 to 9 months after the event ie March or April 2018. In actual experience, some events can happen almost precisely around the time of the eclipse.
It’s not an easy thing to determine the eclipse effects because for too long astrologers have generalised that an eclipse is a foreboding omen without taking into consideration the aspects, fixed stars and other celestial factors that modulate the energies and frequencies of an eclipse. More research is necessary to study the very influences of the eclipses but one thing is for certain-historically at least it seems that these solar eclipses do tend to have an impact not just on the general public but on individuals as well. This, of course, has to be verified by more diligent study across larger samples of data.
In the case of the great American eclipse which takes place on August 21, 2017, note several striking and essential facts. The eclipse shadow will diagonally ‘cut’ the US in two as it were, and will first be seen in Madras Oregon, beginning at around 9:06 AM and ending around 10:21 AM. The shadow will be approximately 70 miles wide and will ultimately conclude in Columbia, South Carolina at around 2:44 PM on the same day. This is a powerful eclipse, according to astrology. There is no doubt about it.
There’s talk that there hasn’t been a total solar eclipse visible in the US for over 70 years. But that, in fact, isn’t true. There was a total eclipse on March 7, 1970, which covered the US states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, along with Virginia and Nantucket. There were other total solar eclipses as well: in February 1979, July 11 1991, (only visible on Hawaii) and so it appears that even within the astrological fraternity eclipses that don’t necessarily have major global ramifications are conveniently sidestepped and left out of the picture.
There are some eclipses we’ve seen in the past, such as those around 1918 and the lunar eclipses leading up to that which were forewarnings of war, disease, pestilence and other notable tragedies. But again, we must stress that cherry picking these eclipses to suit one’s own agenda should be seriously avoided.
The horoscope of the United States
How will the eclipse affect the US?
There are many varying horoscopes which have been drawn for the United States. So is it any wonder making even reasonable calculations becomes so much more complicated? After some research, it will be found that the most likely and verifiable horoscope for the United States is that one drawn for July 4, 1776, at 5:10 PM in Philadelphia, United States. This horoscope places Sagittarius on the ascendant. I have seen other horoscopes with Gemini, Scorpio and Libra ascendants. However, research proves the veracity of the Sagittarius ascendant and fits very well with the US signature.
With Sagittarius Ascendant in the natal chart, we see the warring planets, Mars and Uranus in wide orb in the seventh house indicating the conflict orientated nation historically. Four planets in the eighth house include Venus, Jupiter, Sun and Mercury. Saturn is in the 11th house, the Moon in the third house and dominant Pluto in the second house of material values. Neptune in the 10th house is in trine aspect to Pluto which indicates ideals and also the deep level of corruption endemic throughout history in US politics.
It must also be remembered that the ninth house has to do with higher educational institutions and, therefore, there could be violence or at least increasing dissension amongst the student masses around or following the eclipse. There is a real danger of some sort of attempt on the life of the president as well, but going back to the benign influence of Jupiter, could it be perhaps a Reganesque attempt where Trump narrowly escapes? Let’s see.
At this time, with Saturn transiting the first house of the US horoscope smaller to medium businesses will struggle and poverty will be on the increase. The rule of the mob and street violence will also increase exponentially especially now that Saturn is retrograde. Those who belong to the labouring classes will rise up and it’s quite likely that at least in select areas some form of martial law may be implemented.
Because Mars is associated with this eclipse in a reasonably close conjunction, the Foreign Ministry may be in jeopardy and diplomats belonging to the US Embassy in different parts of the world may also be attacked and prone to death. The ninth house has a strong link to transport so shipping and airlines will be subjected to these adverse Mars transits. Fortunately, we see the benign sextile aspect of Jupiter from the 11th house, a formidable position for Jove and this to a large extent may offset some of these gloomier predictions. They may not be as intense due to this friendly aspect.
This is what I alluded to earlier when I said astrologers need to be careful not to be too dire in their forecasts. In this case, although Mars and the eclipse in the ninth house could, without any favourable aspects cause deaths and calamities, we can possibly downgrade this to tension or diplomatic wrangles between foreign ministries.
Which other countries are likely to be affected by the eclipse?
To narrow things down let’s only take those critical degrees which are one degree in orb for countries having the key planets or sensitive points on this specific eclipse degree, that is 28°. Some of the countries which may be impacted by this eclipse include the following-
South Africa, Iceland, South Vietnam, Israel, Maldives, Sudan, Vatican, Arab Republic, Qatar, Palestine, Italy, Ghana and Kuwait.
If trying to decipher what’s going to happen to a country under an eclipse is a difficult exercise, it’s made all the more difficult by virtue of the fact that is imperative to look at the horoscope of the leader of the country, namely Donald Trump. Let’s take a look at his horoscope to see how that may also reflect some of the elements in the above horoscope.
Individual and spiritual actions under the eclipse.
Astrologers, those in the esoteric game, are of the opinion that lunations, which include the solar and lunar eclipses have a quickening effect on your spiritual development and if you happen to be receptive to the subtleties of the eclipse you’ll be able to utilise those energies for their own spiritual growth. Under the eclipse, it’s advised to stay indoors, especially in those areas where the shadow is visible. The reasons for that are as above – diseases, bacteria and other pathogens which are latent spring to life and may affect the populace. Because meditation and spiritual discipline under the eclipse accelerate the evolutionary process by a thousand fold, it appears the guru’s giving you a fast track to Nirvana.
Doing your yoga, meditation or prayer under the eclipse is a powerful way to connect with your inner self and higher consciousness. Some astrologers are of the opinion that to accentuate the benefits even further you should do your prayers or mantras while sitting in a bath or a pool of water. This purifies and accentuates the electromagnetic energies coming from this amazing celestial spectacle.
Dadhichi Toth is the founder and CEO of astrology.com.au and has a 35-year history of writing books, delivering lectures and consulting astrologically to thousands of people internationally. He can be contacted at [email protected]