Throughout time, eclipses have captured humanity’s attention and were mostly feared until we became accustomed to their cyclic repetition at full or new moons, generally every six months.
Yet the ancient sense of fate associated with eclipses still lingers. Is this a hangover from the past or is there something to it?
Fortune or Misfortune?
Eclipses throughout history have been associated with both high and low turning points and can coincide with peak success moments. Beethoven was a struggling musician until 1809 when an eclipse supported his horoscope and three patrons supplied him with a life income. The famous artist Van Gogh was inspired into his five most prolific years when an eclipse featured in his chart in 1885.
But when an eclipse hit Nelson Mandela’s chart in June 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, and Princess Diana’s death coincided with a solar eclipse to her chart in September 1997.
Predestination or Personal Creation?
What then can you expect for yourself when an eclipse makes an alignment to your chart? If you know an eclipse is on its way and your intuition is picking something up, it’s a good time to check out your astrology. An eclipse creates a high energy moment where life’s greater mysteries are at work. Astrology can help pinpoint patterns you’ve been creating over the previous six months to help guide you with eclipse energies.
Spooky or Spectacular?
During an eclipse, when the sun blots out the moon, or the moon the sun, physical light dims, silence takes over and the energy feels ‘in-between’, even spooky. Eventually light, sound and warmth return and the mysterious hush passes. Research suggests that more than just an external atmospheric change happens during an eclipse and that our internal body fluids also experience a shift. In the mid-20th century, studies on plant saps during eclipses recorded radical pattern shifts, even when done in locations where the eclipses were not visible.
Even an ordinary full moon heightens positive or negative excitation, and records show that police stations and hospitals often roster on extra staff under full moons. Eclipses can bring even more heightened behaviour, stimulating subliminal needs that might provoke stress or greater insight.
Willpower or Go Within?
To encourage breakthroughs not stress-outs around eclipse time, it pays to connect with your inner urges. Spiritual teachers advise going within. When we meet the inner silence found in stillness, meditation or contemplation, we discover more about the subliminal self and our own inner resources. When we apply what we learn to our external worldly lives, we participate with life’s greater mysteries in creating fresh fate scripts.
We like to think willpower and effort are the key factors influencing our destinies, and certainly they are important, but the soul and its moods and desires are also at play, not to mention the rhythms of life itself.
Legacy or Lasting Bonus?
Remarkably, even after death, a person’s horoscope cycles with eclipse seasons. The diary of Beatrix Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit series, was published in 1966 when an eclipse powerfully aligned with her chart twenty-three years after her death, bringing her and her life’s contribution once again into the public eye.