Soft Eclipse?

The recent Solar Eclipse on the 15th Januaray 2010 is an interesting one from an astrological perspective. Usually during eclipse periods there are world events and natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake. I think during the last eclipse in July 2009 we saw a tsunami on the island of Samoa. Last weeks eclipse involved the conjunction with Venus.


Is this destruction a Venus component in the Eclipse?

While looking at some recent pictures and videos of the earthquake devastation in Haiti I am overcome with grief and helplessness from my safe and distant location. This is a massive natural disaster.

The Eclipse

During the Eclipse Venus and the other planets in Capricorn are all “ruled” by a stationary retrograde Saturn. Saturn is in Libra. Because Venus and Saturn are in mutual reception by rulership the two planets have a kind of interchangeability from their respective signs. One could say that Venus would have a good influence on the eclipse, however under the facade there is a heavier influence occurring in Saturn.

The recent eclipse has an interesting but confusing feature if one looks closely. Before the eclipse (Moon and Sun) become fully activated the Sun “moves on” one degree leaving the Moon at the 24th degree of Capricorn. The Sun briefly conjoins Venus in the 25th degree of Capricorn before the Eclipse “actuates”.

The Sun “escapes” the partile conjunction with the Moon and touches Venus before the Eclipse is perfected.  See Video of above here

The term refranation is used in Horary astrology where two planets seem to be “perfecting” the matter asked about however before that happens one of the planets aspects a third planet defeating the matter. In the case of the Solar Eclipse in January 2010 the new moon become partile in the 24th degree however the Sun “escapes” the Eclipse factor by aspecting Venus in the next degree instead. The Moon then eclipses with the Sun at 25 degrees of Capricorn. You might say that I am being micro pedantic and that “there is only a fraction of a degree in it Kingsley”!

In my view these subtle planetary moves are all important to delineating astrology charts.

Maurice McCann an Irish Horary Astrologer developed the concept of refranation further for natal charts. His concept is based on whether an aspect would actually come to pass in real time after the birth. He proposed that if a planet was  say “under the  sun’s beams” and heading for “combustion” but the planet aspects another planet before perfecting then the nature of the combust planet diminishes.

In my view if we take McCann’s theory into context and pay attention to how these small planetary nuances work then we have greater ability for astrological detail. One needs to observe the nature of the planetary behaviour closely.

In the case of this recent eclipse the details present us with a “degree” of confusion. Both Venus and Saturn become “interchangeable” in their dual rulership role while the Sun translates its “energy” to Venus only minutes prior the eclipse.

One could call the Solar Eclipse of January 2010 an “enigmatic” one.

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4 Responses to “Soft Eclipse?”

  1. 1 nray January 18, 2010 at 21:54

    I like this: One could call the Solar Eclipse of January 2010 an “enigmatic” one.

  2. 2 kingsley January 19, 2010 at 07:44

    Hi Nray, yes enigmatic is a great term here. Although I understand what the word means its interesting to read some of the definitions on the internet.

    1. Acting in a manner that suggests an enigma.
    2. Behaving mysteriously or strangely.
    3. Functioning in a way that is unexplainable.

    # puzzling (not clear to the understanding) “I didn’t grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later”; “prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries”

    # oracular (resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought) “the oracular sayings of Victorian poets”; “so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it”; “an enigmatic smile”


  3. 3 Funkstar January 21, 2010 at 23:12

    Hi again Kingsley, Venus does have a nasty side. The Sumerians called her Inanna, goddess of war, and her handmaiden was Lilith. On the positive side though, we have nominated you for a Kreative Blogger Award.

  4. 4 kingsley January 22, 2010 at 07:30

    Hi Funkstar, thank you very much for the nomination. Best Kingsley

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