As shown by this eclipse, we are in challenging times that call for innovation and creative activity, and to courageously forge ahead in new directions.
The solar eclipse, at 2 degrees Sagittarius, came on 11/25 at 6:21 AM, GMT. The shadow of the eclipse falling over the far southern hemisphere from the region below Africa to Australia down to the edges of Antarctica, will cause the eclipse to register for most of the inhabited world more like a strong new moon; it gives a strong accent to the unfolding world events of the fall quarter.
Sagittarius, the sign in which we find the eclipse, resonates with all international affairs, international trade, shipping, long distance travel, airlines, and the like. It also corresponds to the Arab countries, Australia, Spain, Southern France, South America, and Hungary. In these areas the eclipse will register in various ways. A strong lunation marks the beginning of new activity, whether good or bad.
The eclipse is exactly in conjunction with Pakistan's natal Saturn in the 8th house of that country's natal chart. This brings out some long standing, serious matters in Pakistan's international financial and banking relations, and casts a dark cloud over the country's leadership, as Saturn rules the 10th house of that chart, the 10th house being the house of the head of state. There may be a notible death in the highest circle of the Government, and/or of a notible elder figure in the country.
The eclipse is exactly in conjunction with Romania's natal Mars in the 8th house of Romania's natal chart. Mars, in that chart, rules the Ascendent, the the house of the people and the country's outlook. Being in the 8th house, ruled by Scorpio in that chart, Mars points to a rise in suicides, and sudden deaths, by fire, accidents, and crime. Financial conditions in Romania are bad. The eclipse on that country's Mars is very unfortunate.
The aspects cast by this solar eclipse are as follows. The eclipse is trine Uranus at 0 degrees Aries. This galvanizes innovative developments that are sure to come up in the coming months. We should look for some scientific breakthroughs, and possibly very interesting UFO activity.
The eclipse also forms a T-square with Mars and Neptune, Mars being at 6 degrees in Virgo and Neptune at 28 degrees in Aquarius. This T-square points to unsettling possibilities. Neptune rules oil. Bahrain's natal Moon is at 3 degrees Gemini. United Arab Emirate's Saturn is at 2 degrees Gemini, Iran's natal moon is at 6 degrees Gemini, and Syria's natal Mars and Uranus are both at 5 degrees Gemini opposite the eclipse and square the eclipse chart position of Mars. The natal chart of Israel has Mars at 28 degrees Leo, exactly opposite the eclipse chart position of Neptune, Neptune being involved in the T-square with Mars and the solar eclipse. The situation in the middle east region continues to be very tense and is potentially explosive.
The eclipse, being in Sagittarius, is ruled by Jupiter. In the chart we find Jupiter in mutual reception with Venus. There is a spirit of conciliation in this. It is hopeful sign, and tells us that international forces in conflict can, and may agree to avoid the worst.
The eclipse came at the same time that Mercury turned retrograde. Mercury is at 20 degrees Sagittarius. The effects of Mercury retrograde at the eclipse will complicate matters. International agreements are not dependable, and will not hold. People will change their minds, change alignments, and back out of agreements, only to make other agreements later. This will work for and against progress. In the middle east situation, this is particularly troubling. Another effect of the Mercury retrograde is that international trade relations are shifty and questionable.
The eclipse chart interacts with the fall equinox chart of 9/23. We find that today's solar eclipse is exactly trine the fall equinox position of Mars. This strongly favors people in the world taking bold, positive steps now. At the fall equinox, Uranus was approaching opposition to the Sun. Now, at the solar eclipse, that opposition is exact. This means that the tensions in the world that we could see developing from the fall equinox are now critical. It points to the world crisis. Uranus favors innovation. The negative face of this opposition is tyranny. Innovation must happen in face of tyranny. The oppositions in the world are at crisis point.
The eclipse chart for the UK shows the eclipse in the 1st house. This shows a new development coming up amongst the people. Jupiter is in the 6th house. It focuses on labor. Venus is in the 2nd house, tying it to money. Mars and Neptune are in the 9th and 3rd houses, respectively. There is a lot of arguing, and concern over international trade, as well as trade with neighbors. British trade with Ireland is suggested.
The chart for Berlin has the eclipse, the north lunar node, Mercury, and Venus rising in the 1st house. The voice of the people is going to grow louder. Jupiter is in the 5th house. The voice of the people will influence diplomatic relations in the EU. Jupiter in the 5th house also promisses a good time coming for creative expression, especially through the arts in Germany. Mars and Neptune are in the 9th and 3rd houses, showing lots of arguing, and relations with neighboring countries coming under question. This is a very intense time for Europe that will bring out strong creative thinking. The affects of this eclipse will hold past the time when Neptune enters Pisces in February. The last time Neptune entered Pisces was 1848. That was a tremendously creative time for Europe, and it marked the 1848 revolutions in France and Germany.
The eclipse at Sydney, Australia was in the 8th house along with the north lunar node, Mercury and Venus, giving great emphasis to international financial matters. New taxes are likely to come. Neptune is in the 10th house and Mars is in the 4th. There appears to be angry opposition to a rather confused Government, likely to be voted out before much longer. Jupiter is on the Ascendent in Taurus. The country is blessed with protection at this time. The people in general are better off than they realize although Saturn in the 6th house would like to gainsay that; issues of labor and public services must seriously be addressed. Saturn is trine Neptune in the 10th house. It quite literally is bringing naval activity to Australia from the US, and the Government is favoring it.
The chart for Washington, DC has the eclipse in the 3rd house. Mars is in the 12th house and Neptune is in the 6th. Be careful of criminal violence on the streets. Police are fast becoming insane. Jobs is a critical issue that must, and will, be addressed. The health of the country is not good. The media is abusing its role. We will see plenty of insane mud slinging, bald faced lying and embarrassing gibberish on tv and radio. A lot of misinformation will be spread on the internet. People will be whipped up to fear and rage. Jupiter in the 8th house and Venus in the 4th say help may be on the way for people in debt; they may be able to save their homes. On the other hand, however, that aspect between Jupiter and Venus also suggests that foreign money is coming to buy up more American land and property. Mars is in the 12th house, and Saturn is in the 2nd. It's "trouble behind, trouble ahead," as Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead used to sing.
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