Annular Solar eclipse: October 14, 2023

For thousands of years people have watched day to turn to night as the Moon eclipses the Sun’s light. It’s a spectacular celestial event that once stoked fear and panic but now there’s great anticipation, excitement and booming tourism.

Tradition links a solar eclipse with a natural disaster in the region experiencing the eclipsing of the Sun but recent research associates the in-sky phenomenon with various types of calamitous events. The event can occur within a few months before or after the eclipse.   

On March 7, 1970 a total solar eclipse occurred that was visible across most of North and Central America.

The eclipse chart for Washington

Chart data is March 7, 1970 at 5.42pm EST (77W01; 38N53)

The Moon-Sun eclipse in house 9 (universities) was semisquare Mars (planet of guns and violence) and opposition Pluto (planet of crowds and drastic events).

On May 4, 1970 (2 months after the eclipse) members of the Ohio National Guard fired (Mars) into a crowd (Pluto) of Kent State University demonstrators (house 9-Uranus) killing four and wounding nine Kent State students (Mercury). The event triggered a nationwide student strike (Pluto) that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close.

In America’s chart progressed Sun in house 9 was opposition birth chart Mercury and sesquisquare birth chart Uranus; and progressed Mars was square birth chart Sun.

On August 21, 2017 America again witnessed a total solar eclipse. Some 20 million people, within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, saw the Moon eclipse the Sun’s light and hundreds of millions more saw a partial solar eclipse.

The Moon-Sun eclipse was conjunction Mercury (wind); conjunction Mars (destruction), trine Saturn (flooding rain), trine Uranus (electricity and disruption); and sesquisquare Pluto (a drastic event affecting a large number of people).

On August 25, 2017 (four days after the eclipse) Hurricane Harvey, with wind gusts up to 149 mph, made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. It was the biggest rainstorm (Saturn) in the history of the continental United States. Rainfall accumulations exceeded 60 inches. It killed 103 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.

Annular solar eclipse: October 14, 2023

On October 14, 2023 America will experience a solar blackout when the Moon eclipses the Sun’s light but it isn’t a total solar eclipse. It’s an annular solar eclipse that will turn the Sun into a ‘ring of fire.’ With cloud free skies the viewing audience will experience the celestial spectacle with annularity lasting from 2 to 5 minutes.

The Moon will begin to move in front of the Sun on the coast of Oregon at 8.04am local time. The ‘ring of fire’ will be visible across parts of Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. It will also be visible in parts of the Yucatán peninsula in southwestern Mexico and Belize, Honduras, Panama, central Colombia and northern Brazil. The eclipse ends in the Atlantic Ocean just off Natal, Brazil. 

The eclipse chart for Washington

Chart data is October 14, 2023 at 1.55 pm DST (77W01; 38N53)

The Moon-Sun eclipse is conjunction Mars (planet of hate, guns and violence) and square Pluto (planet of crowds, mobs and drastic events). The chart forecasts an act of violence involving a group of people.

In the six weeks following the eclipse high-discord in-sky aspects provide back-up.

Mars is square Pluto (October 9); Mars is parallel Saturn (October 18 > start date is October 14 – end date is October 23); Mars is opposition Uranus (November 12) and Mars is square Saturn (November 25). Saturn is the planet of storms and flooding rain.

America is in a bad place. Dreadful events involving guns, violence, groups and death – hate crimes – regularly occur but the Mars-Pluto event scripted by the eclipse will stand out.

The eclipse and you

Eclipses have a mundane influence so don’t believe the fortune-tellers who tell you otherwise. The eclipse (at 21 degrees Libra) falling in the same degree as the Sun or some other planet in your chart will not coincide with an event that you can attribute to the eclipse. It’s a false assumption.

The personal experience of anyone directly involved in the eclipse event will be clearly explained by the progressed aspects operating in their chart at the time of the event.

Author: DW Sutton

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