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A Couple Ways of Looking at Solar and Lunar Eclipse Charts

by Milky Way Maid

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Hello, astrology students! Today’s lesson is about how to look at Eclipse charts. Actually I will talk about a way of looking at a Solar Eclipse, and a way of looking at a Lunar Eclipse.

The history of astrology tells us that the first recorded observation of a Solar Eclipse was in China, in 2154 BC. In fact, there was an eclipse that year on Oct. 12, but unfortunately the official astrologers were asleep at the wheel, so to speak. We quote:

At that time Hi and Ho corrupted their principles and abandoned themselves to wine. They neglected their offices, forsook their posts, began to confuse the celestial laws, and ignored their faculty. Consequently, when in the third month of autumn . . . the people ran afoot in general consternation. Hi and Ho were dead to their duties of office, not having known or heard of it, and were stupidly perplexed as to the celestial signs, so that they committed a crime which former rulers proscribed against. The regulations in regard to eclipses say: being before the time, the astronomers are to be killed without respite, and being behind time, they are to be slain without reprieve (Sepharial, p. 32-33).”

First, the Solar Eclipse. This method is SOLELY for Solar Eclipses. The proponent of this method is Dave Roell of AstroAmerica aka Astrology Center of America. You can look for a more detailed explanation of his method in the June 11 issue of his newsletter at his website, AstroAmerica dot com.

The first step is to cast a chart for the Solar Eclipse set for your locality – or where you will be at the time of the Solar Eclipse. Take care to convert the time, which is probably given as Eastern Time or Pacific Time, to your own time zone. Note carefully where both the Sun-Moon and the Nodes fall.

Dave notes that Judith Hill notes that solar eclipses are polarized along the lines of the node. I might add that total eclipses occur when the node is 5 degrees or less away from the sun, and partial eclipses occur when the node is more than 5 degrees from the sun. As a general rule, anyway. So, in other words, says Dave, eclipses are really more like hyper nodes – maybe I should capitalize that like this: Hyper Nodes.

Dave simplifies his key to solar eclipses like this: FIRST, note the HOUSE that the eclipse falls in; this will clue you in to the SETTING of whatever event is triggered by the eclipse. SECOND, “convert the SIGN of the eclipse to the house on the “natural” or Aries rising wheel.” The sign will clue you in to the kind of EVENT is triggered by the eclipse. If the sun and the node fall in different houses, the node is preferred – BUT you will have to look at both and make a judgment on which is more active.

Also bear in mind which node the eclipse occurs near, because this will clue you in to whether to expect gains or losses. A North Node eclipse will tend to bring you things or bring a new beginning, and while a South Node eclipse will tend to take something away, or end a situation.

A good example is the eclipse before the Wall Street meltdown of 2008. There was a solar eclipse on Aug. 8, 2008 at 6:14 am; set the chart for New York City. The South Node is in the first house, affecting the whole world. It is in Leo, and Leo (in a natural, Aries-rising chart) is ruler of the fifth house of speculation, in other words things like the stock market – which duly crashed that fall.

I do have a little trouble applying it to the Aurora, CO Batman shooting, tho. The shooting occurred in a movie theatre on July 20, 2012 at 12:38 am to 12:45 am MDT. The Solar Eclipse prior to the shooting was on May 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm MDT. I have cast a chart for the eclipse, so have a look.

Batman-pre-shootg-eclipse JFK-pre-asas-Eclipse

The lights are in the eighth house, as one might expect. The eighth house indicates death only sometimes, but here it is literal. Other possibilities would have included beginnings and endings, intense situations, absolute decisions (meaning ones that cannot be taken back), money given to others to manage, a spouse’s money, pooled funds of all kinds.

It occurred in the sign of Gemini, which falls in the third house in an Aries-rising chart. The third house rules daily life, errands, siblings, etc. Well that does not seem to fit. However, it would rule malls, I think, since basic shopping for necessities is part of one’s daily life. Also, look at what is actually IN the third house in this eclipse chart: bad boy Pluto. And it so happens that Pluto trined Mars on May 16, an ominous transiting aspect if ever there was one. Mars is in the eleventh house of groups of people, so I would probably have avoided hanging around crowds.

Let’s move on to looking at some lunar eclipses. I feel that lunar eclipses are more personal than solar eclipses. We can get some idea of what the eclipse will mean to us personally by looking at the chart. At the same time, one has to bear in mind that many times the effects of an eclipse can be so subtle, and be so gradual, that we may never link the eclipse to a growing interest in photography or music, for example, or to meeting someone who later proves significant in the course one’s life takes.

I would like to look at the eclipses before the assassination of President Kennedy. Rose Lineman kindly provides both solar and lunar eclipse charts, set for both Washington, DC and for Dallas. The node is in the eighth house in all four. It hardly seems like Pres. Kennedy would have been any safer at home! For the record, Jupiter’s placement usually indicates where one is safe. In the case of JFK, Jove is in the fifth house in the eclipse charts, which would suggest that he might have been safe in an amusement park, on Wall Street, in a casino, somewhere with children or artwork.


Yet one must note that the eclipses set for Washington have Sagittarius on the ascendants, while the ones set for Dallas have Scorpio on the ascendants. This alone indicates a more intense cast to the events of the Dallas trip. Also some aspects tie in more sharply to the angles, and volatile planets are much closer to the Midheaven – which is itself a critical degree – in the Dallas charts.

For example, chart rulers Mars and Pluto occupy the tenth house. Rose Lineman notes that Uranus at 2 degrees Virgo is not only nearly atop the Midheaven but is also conjunct the fixed star Regulus, representing “worldly position and power”; that Uranus is almost atop both MC and Regulus does seem to signify the sudden change in who holds the reins of power in Washington.

One cannot isolate an eclipse chart from the natal or progressed charts of the principals involved. For example, Lineman notes that Kennedy suffered from the fact that progressed Moon, progressed Mars, and progressed Jupiter were all in the natal eighth house at the time of his death, AND since they were in Gemini, they squared the lunar eclipse Uranus, Pluto and Mars (in that order) in Virgo.

So you see there are layers upon layers of connections between the events, the eclipses, and all the natal and progressed charts of the principal players involved. I encourage you to play with the chart data given below to make whatever combination charts occur to you. Try making triple- and quadruple-ringed charts.


Lineman, Rose, Eclipses: Astrological Guideposts, 1984, AFA.

March, Marion and McEvers, Joan, The Only Way to Learn About Tomorrow, 1988, ACS Publications, Lesson 9. .

Roell, Dave, Dave’s Method of Reading Eclipses, June 11, 2013, AstroAmerica newsletter,

Sepharial, Eclipses in Theory and Practice, 1991, Sun Books.

(Mention is also made of a Jan Spiller book on eclipses, which Dave says is excellent, but I do not have the title of that book.)


John F Kennedy, May 29, 1917, 3:15 pm Boston MA.

Lee Harvey Oswald, Oct. 18, 1939, (unknown time) New Orleans LA.

Assassination of JFK, Nov. 22, 1963, about 12:30 pm, Dallas TX.

Pre-Assassination Lunar Eclipse, set for Dallas, July 6, 1963, 3:55 pm.

Pre-Assassination Solar Eclipse, set for Dallas, July 20, 1963, 2:43 pm.

Batman movie shooting — July 20, 2012 in Aurora, CO at 12:38 am to 12:45 am MDT

SOLAR ECLIPSE prior to shooting was on May 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm MDT.

Good news: couple marries one year later:


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Your Milky Way Horoscope April 21-27, 2013

By Milky Way Maid

Everything was Aries last week. This week, the Taurus and Scorpio axis dominates.
Venus at 8 degrees Taurus opposes Saturn in Scorpio at 3:43 am Monday – note that 8 degrees is a critical degree for fixed signs, so this may have more effect than usual on people with planets in fixed signs. (This point will be reiterated when the Sun opposes Saturn on April 28, at the same degree.) Venus-Saturn oppositions can be problematic we are divided between work (Saturn) and play or enjoyment (Venus), so maybe we call in sick to work, but then it rains at the beach anyway so we go home and wind up cleaning out the junk drawer. There is also the chance of money restrictions, such as the cash machines not working, or you are given a very tight budget to work with for, say, a play’s props, forcing you to improvise, and very creatively I might add.
Mercury at 16 degree Aries sextiles Jupiter in Gemini at 11:25 pm Tuesday. Mercury and Jupiter are both mental planets, with one governing practical and manual skills, and the other ruling theoretical principles. A sextile is good for studying any academic subject, taking tests and quizzes, and particularly for oral exams. Cooperative business dealings go well. Even taking short trips is favored. Children benefit from tutors, profs find eager students, and in general the teacher-student relationship is productive.
A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse hits on 5 degrees, 46′ Scorpio at 3:57 pm Thursday. Mars and the Sun loosely oppose Moon and Saturn, with a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, hmmm. Sounds like a good time to shoot yourself in the foot, you know what I mean? An irresistible force (Mars) meets an immoveable object (Saturn) and somebody could get hurt (Neptune). Try luring the “object” away from its immoveable position with a sunny smile and an invite to neutral ground, possibly a place with a water feature like a waterfall or pool.
Mars at 4 degrees Taurus sextiles Neptune in Pisces at 9:47 pm Friday. Mars-Neptune aspects are never very good for ordinary robust athleticism, however if one trains oneself in fields that modulate one’s energies, with rhythm or done to music, then one can perform very well, and with stamina. Examples are dance, tai chi, swimming, yoga, etc. Also good for poetry, ideals, and artistic skills in general.

Continue Reading April 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 3-9, 2012

By Milky Way Maid

Hey, in case you still haven’t heard, Venus will make one of her rare crossings of the Sun on June 5-6, 2012. The site will have live video of her trek on, the site is overloaded with visitors, but there is a whole website devoted to the topic at Is that amazing or what? Astrologically, the Sun is conjunct Venus at 15 degrees Gemini at 9:09 pm Tuesday. On a personal level, this may merely mean more small talk with loved ones, being polite, dealing with money and/or possessions, being a salesperson.
Neptune goes retrograde on Monday at 5:03 pm, at 3 degrees, 9′ of Pisces. Neptune direct tends to swell things, things like the prices of stocks, hopes, water balloons. I fear that Neptune retrograde will let the air out of some balloons, literally and metaphorically.
This is the same day as the Lunar Eclipse at 14 degrees, 8′ Sag, at 7:03 am Eastern Time. The Moon also opposes Venus, which in turn squares Mars. Relationships begun under a Venus-Mars square can have an intense physical attraction, which unfortunately does not usually last very long. Mars does trine Vesta at 15 degrees Taurus, so lets hope that a sane, practical approach will solve money and relationship problems. ALSO, since this eclipse is followed shortly by the Venus crossing, that should give an extra oomph to breakthroughs or new inventions in communications.
Mercury enters Cancer at 7:16 am Thursday. Mercury in Cancer has strong intuitive ability – you just KNOW something without slogging thru a deductive process. If well-aspected, this Mercury has a great memory especially for facts and figures, dates and names. Their weakness is that their mental processes can be clouded by too much emotion; their strength is their empathetic sensitivity to others and ability to connect on an emotional level. Famous people with Mercury in Cancer include Thomas Mann, Prince Philip, Van Cliburn, Paul Anka and David Rockefeller.

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Continue Reading June 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 12-18, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Saturn goes direct at 11:51 pm Sunday, June 12, at 10 degrees, 27′ of Libra. Saturn is widely square Pluto at 6 degrees of Capricorn; restriction plus the masses kinda sounds like rationing, but that can’t be because we are not on an official war footing like in World War Two. Pluto is also the power behind the thrones, so it could be that the monied people will to squeeze the working folks for every penny that they can. But what else is new?
The Sun is conjunct Mercury at 20 degrees Gemini at 7:44 pm Sunday; this is the last of the series with the ones at 7 degrees Pisces on Feb. 25, and at 19 degrees Aries (with a retrograde Mercury) on April 9. These conjunctions are important markers of the economic cycle, so keep an eye on what the stock market does on Monday, and on any economic reports that come out.
On an active day, Venus sextiles Uranus at 4 degrees Aries at 10:36 pm Sunday. This is a very pleasant aspect for romantic meetups of all kinds; schedule a date for sure.
We have a total Lunar Eclipse at 4:14 pm Wednesday, at 24 degrees, 23 minutes of Sag. The Sun in Gemini is closely semi-sexile Mars in Taurus, and square Ceres in Pisces. Ceres’ presence in a T-square would suggest that the production of crops could suffer this year, possibly under the effects of more of the severe weather we have been having in recent years. Air and water signs suggest alternating drought and floods that alternately parch and rot the crops. That’s my forecast but I will be glad if I’m wrong.
After re-reading the book on eclipses, I can offer a method of determining more accurately what an eclipse offers you. Make a chart for the time of the eclipse, but set in your own locality. (It is at 4:14 pm Eastern Daylight Time, so adjust for your own time zone.) Take the ruler of whatever house concerns you and check what aspects it makes. For instance, say the ruler of the fourth house is square Mars, threatening some kind of accident, fight, or dispute. If it is threatening enough, you might elect to spend the summer at a second home in another state. Or say the ruler of the ninth house (long trips) is trine Jupiter, so you might schedule a nice long dream vacation in Europe or cruise.
Mercury enters the sign Cancer at 3:09 pm Thursday. It immediately trines Neptune in Pisces overnight. The Mercury-Neptune positive aspect can work wonders for absorbing lots of information like a sponge. And Cancer has an excellent memory. So you might try memorizing a chart or photograph, or some other visual (Neptune) aid to memorization.
Mercury in Cancer sextiles Jupiter at 2 degrees Taurus at 8:35 pm Friday. This is quite bullish for the stock market and for sales in general. Mercury is deemed the lower octave of Jupiter in terms of education and mental growth. Mercury rules the practical, how-to or local classes, while Jupiter is higher education and larger questions of philosophy. Cancer has a great memory, so if you are in a course of study, your powers of memorization can help you get through the class.
Venus in Gemini trines Saturn in Libra at 10 degrees Libra at 12:31 am Saturday. Good Venus-Saturn aspects are actually very positive for formalizing relationships with an engagement or wedding. And then of course there’s the other tradition of the May-December romance, nicely symbolized by Venus (May and Taurus) and Saturn (December and Capricorn).

Continue Reading June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope Aug. 2-8, 2009

The Sun in Leo opposes the Moon in another Full Moon lunar eclipse on Wed., July 5, at 8:55 pm Eastern Time. This occurs at 13 degrees 43 minutes of Aquarius, so check your natal planet placements. This lunar eclipse emphasizes learning to be part of a team effort, not just hogging the spotlight for oneself. Make a point of giving credit to others who have contributed to a project. Aquarius also frees you from doing things the way have always been done, and this means detaching from belief systems that limited you. These beliefs may have come from religious, societal, or family traditions, but honor the past even as you sift through to find what is worth keeping.
Aquarius is also the humanitarian, so you might start your own fund-raising effort or choose vendors who contribute to causes you believe are important. Donate whatever time you can to volunteering at the local food bank or shelter (either human or animal).
The downside of Aquarius is group-think. Allow others the freedom to seek the truth as they see it.

Mercury enters Virgo, one of the signs it rules, on Sunday evening at 7:07 pm Eastern time. Its first aspect is a trine to Pluto in Capricorn on Monday morning, when you can work on releasing mental blocks. Pluto rules self-empowerment, among other things; when reversed or poorly aspected it can mean giving your power away. The downsides of Mercury in Virgo are perfectionism and self-criticism. Give yourself credit for making progress!
I am fascinated by Yods, and one forms on Wednesday with the Moon in Aquarius inconjunct both Mercury in Virgo on one side, and Venus in Cancer on the other side. This sounds very positive and artistic for writers in particular. Venus can denote the subject of the writing project, but that could cover anything from a cookbook (especially desserts) to romance to poetry to song lyrics. Of course there is always the chance that this aspect brings a meeting with a soon-to-be Significant Other; wear your better duds.
The Moon in Pisces squares Mars and opposes Saturn on Saturday. This can make you feel more downhearted than is warranted by the circumstances. Moon square Mars is often the ‘house afire’ syndrome, where you start off fast and burn out, or you rush into some task and wind up doing it over because something doesn’t fit. Saturn is finality, so you may wind up having to trash your wasted efforts. Trust me, pop some movies into the DVD player instead.

Continue Reading July 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope July 5-11, 2009

Venus enters flirty Gemini early Sunday morning at 4:23 am Eastern Time. Perhaps a new nail color appeals to you, or you get a manicure on impulse. At any rate, pay attention to your hands and nails and buff them up; hands are one of the first things noticed upon meeting, so you want to give a good first impression. On a deeper level, try to communicate love and acceptance to those you deal with. It takes only a few seconds to uplift others.

Mars in Taurus squares Neptune in Aquarius on Monday morning. Physically, this can be a weakening or even a debilitating phase for Taureans in particular but applies to most natives of the fixed signs. Rhythmic movement, especially to music, can be very helpful. Get out your tai chi and yoga tapes, or dance a few cha-chas or rhumbas. This square challenges one to overcome discouragement; hang on to your courage. Those with natal planets at 25-26 degrees of fixed and earth signs will be especially affected by this square.

A Lunar Eclipse occurs Tuesday at 5:21 am Eastern at 15 degrees 24 minutes of Capricorn/Cancer. The Moon in Capricorn trines Saturn in Virgo that morning also. Self-discipline rules the day. An eclipse in Capricorn hammers home the lesson that reputation is your biggest asset. We have seen too many headlines where politicians and financiers have learned the hard way how fragile the public trust is. Capricorn is very ambitious, and there’s nothing wrong with ambition when paired with responsibility.

Continue Reading July 2, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope Aug. 10-16

A Lunar Eclipse occurs at 2:23 pm EDT Sat. the 16th at 24 degrees Aquarius. It is closely conjunct Neptune and the North Node. This is probably a good time for a film to open, so make a note of which films do so. Aquarius is a techie sign, so there may be some announcement or rollout of more innovations. This is especially true if the said gadget or software breaks down barriers between people in far-flung area of the world. With Neptune there, I would still take any claims made for the gadget with a large grain of salt, as the company may be sugar-coating any bad news. Another possibility is a breakthrough in understanding diabetes (Neptune), with hopes for better control and even a reversal of the condition. Readers with a natal planet within five degrees of 24 degrees Aquarius should clearly feel a boost from this eclipse.

Continue Reading August 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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