The science of eclipses

They’re one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights and in ancient times, the temporary darkening of the Sun, just like today, fascinated the viewing audience.

The Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians could not predict the time and place of an eclipse but, as astute observers of celestial phenomena, they did develop stories and myths to explain their mystery.

Fear and superstition colored these myths and more recently Aztec and Mayan astrologers observed a relation between eclipses and disasters.

But in the Age of Aquarius the fear, superstition and supposition have to be eradicated by scientific astrological research that seeks to discover the facts about eclipses.

Eclipses explained

An eclipse involves the Sun-Moon and Earth.

It’s all a matter of alignment which astronomers explain as a fortuitous coincidence.

The Moon just happens to be about 400 times smaller than the Sun and the Sun just happens to be about 400 times further from the Earth than the Moon. 

So the apparent disk size of the Moon is almost exactly the same as the apparent disk size of the Sun and the Moon’s diameter and distance from Earth make its relative size just big enough to cover the Sun.

So every now and then as the Earth orbits the Sun and the Moon orbits the Earth the Moon will move between the Earth and Sun and eclipse the Sun.

Astronomers will also tell you that in a billion years or so, the Moon will have drifted so far from the Earth that solar eclipses will no longer occur but that prediction awaits scientific verification!

There are 3 kinds of solar eclipses: total, partial and annular.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and, as viewed from the Earth, the entire disk of the Sun is covered by the Moon.

The path of totality is a narrow belt about 100 miles (160km) wide and 10,000miles (16,000 km) long.

So, regions outside this path experience a partial eclipse of the Sun.

A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Earth, occurs when the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon appears smaller than the Sun as it passes across the solar disk and a bright ring, or annulus, of sunlight remains visible during the eclipse.

Each year there are between 2 and 5 solar eclipses.

There is also a rare hybrid that is a combination of an annular and a total eclipse.

It’s also known as an annular-total eclipse because it changes from an annular to a total solar eclipse, and/or vice versa, along its path.

Scientific astrological research and eclipses

The original Brotherhood of Light research into eclipses was conducted between 1928 and 1937. Here’s what the research concluded:

‘We have… checked the influence of every solar eclipse since… 1884… that was visible in a fairly well populated part of the world.

The result of this survey led to quite positive results, which over many years we have successfully used in predicting.

The definite rule is that, if a solar eclipse occurs in a region where there is considerable population, within a few months before, or much more likely within a few months after the eclipse, there is a disaster in the region where the eclipse is visible.

While the disaster tends to be near the central path of the eclipse, it may be anywhere in which it is even partially visible.

It seems likely that the exact place of the disaster is determined by the progressed aspects in the birth charts of cities and regions, and the progressed aspects in the cycle charts affecting those places.

As the birth charts of cities within the area of visibility of a solar eclipse are unknown they can’t be consulted to determine the place or places most likely to experience a disaster, but the New Moon chart for a major city in the region affected by an eclipse often reveals its nature.’

In 1937 Elbert Benjamine wrote: ‘It seems likely that a great amount of nonsense has been written about eclipses.

The Brotherhood of Light astrological research department, for instance, has collected a large number of instances in which either a solar eclipse or a lunar eclipse took place in the same zodiacal degree occupied by the Sun or other planets in people’s birth charts.

In none of these, so far as we have been able to discern, has the eclipse coincided with events not clearly and fully accounted for by the progressed aspects at the time.’

Don’t be misled by false assumptions

But this evidenced-based science hasn’t stopped the fortune-tellers peddling the false idea that eclipses have a personal influence simply because they haven’t taken the time to test the presumption and they don’t understand the science of progressed aspects.

So we repeat that an eclipse falling in the same degree as the Sun or some other planet in your chart will not coincide with a major event that can be attributed to an eclipse.

The personal experience of anyone directly involved in a disaster-event mapped by an eclipse will be clearly explained by the progressed aspects operating in their charts at the time of the disaster.

There’s also a doctrine that the power of an eclipse persists over a period of years but this is untested and awaits scientific investigation.

What we don’t know

At this stage there are a number of things we don’t know about eclipses.

We don’t know which chart – a chart constructed for the time of the eclipse or the new Moon chart for a specified place – provides a more reliable forecast map of the disaster-event.

We don’t know the role played by the harmonious and discordant aspects to the Sun-Moon conjunction in the eclipse or new Moon chart at the time of the disaster-event.

We don’t know precisely where or when the disaster-event will occur.

We don’t know if the type of eclipse – whether total, partial or annular – influences the magnitude of the disaster.

And we don’t know if an eclipse can sign for many different disasters affecting cities or regions within its path or if one significant disaster stands out.

What we do know

We know that an eclipse, particularly an eclipse of the Sun, indicates some disaster in the region where it is visible; that the place where the shadow of a solar eclipse falls is apt to be a region visited by catastrophe – natural or man-made; and that the eclipse and/or new Moon chart does indicate the nature of the disaster-event but does not forecast a precise event to occur at a specified time and place.

We know that astrologers in the past observed eclipses in the sky and linked their occurrence with a disaster on the Earth – as above, so below – but they did not have access to the major cycle charts that are now used to forecast important events and developments around the globe. And they did not have access to the birth charts of countries or cities.

We know that Mars is the planet of disasters and that aspects formed by Mars in the Mars cycle chart regularly sign for man-made disasters.

And we know that Saturn is the planet of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, and that aspects formed by Saturn in the Saturn cycle regularly sign for natural disasters.

So does an eclipse work in conjunction with the Mars and Saturn cycle charts or the chart of a country or city or does it play a lead or support role in what eventuates?

And we know that in the Age of 24/7 news streaming disaster-events get breaking news coverage so you’re sure to hear or read about the eclipse disaster.

But, the random, indiscriminate choosing of any disaster-event must be avoided.

The event on Earth must bear the characteristics of its parent in the sky as indicated by the eclipse-chart.

Eclipses have a colorful past and some Hollywood movies tell stories of eclipses saving the good guys from certain disaster just in the nick of time.

But your life, and the life of every human soul, involves conflict with destructive forces and these harsh experiences tend to develop cruel and selfish instincts that shut out the light of goodness.

And symbolically an eclipse represents the soul or spirit being devoured and destroyed by the powers of darkness associated with the struggle with harsh environmental conditions.

It symbolizes the Sun’s spiritual light being eclipsed or obscured by material interests or destructive environmental forces.

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