by Robert Wilkinson
This Solar Eclipse will have a huge impact on everyone for almost 4 years. All eclipses shut something down, taking away elements of our lives no longer true for us.
Sagittarius is the sign of adventure, broad views, and higher awareness, as well as truth, philosophy, "distant travel" (literal and figurative), law, and the Higher Mind. It is how Gemini, the sign of learning and discovery of new information and perspectives externalizes. So parts of our "distant vision" and life adventure will end, with the void sure to attract new forms of these.
Because this Eclipse lasts 3 hours and 54 minutes from start to finish, and it's of a very high magnitude, it will have a major impact on everyone for about 3 years 11 months. As it opposes the degree of the June Solar Eclipse in Gemini, we'll see effects directly related to that one.
So as with the themes of the June 2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipses, this one will help us end old mental leftovers, with the void sure to attract new forms of Sagittarian energies. Look to the house where this Lunation falls to see what area of your life will be impacted, just as the house where the June 1, 2011 Solar Eclipse fell has already been shutting down obsolete patterns since then.
This Partial Solar Eclipse happens at 10:10 pm PST November 24, 2011, 1:10 am EST, 6:10 am Greenwich November 25. The Lunation finds 17 Leo rising in Santa Monica, 20 Leo in Vancouver, 25 Virgo in Montreal, 22 Virgo in Washington DC, 1 Scorpio in Rio, 17 Scorpio in London, 20 Scorpio in Amsterdam, 26 Scorpio in Berlin, 27 Scorpio in Tallinn, 10 Sagittarius in Sofia, 24 Sagittarius in Cairo, and 15 Capricorn in Johannesburg.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants are 4 Aquarius in Abbottabad, 12 Aquarius in New Delhi, 19 Aquarius in Trivandrum, 14 Pisces in Bangkok, 1 Aries in Hong Kong, 10 Taurus in Tokyo, 2 Aries in Perth, 26 Aries in Melbourne, 5 Taurus in Brisbane, 18 Taurus in Wellington, and 9 Cancer rising on Maui (November 24).
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The moon blocks the light from the Sun and casts a shadow on Earth. In eclipse lore, where the Eclipse is visible will be where the greatest effects can be expected, lasting the number of years that the eclipse is long in hours.
The 2009 Solar Eclipse at 30 Cancer was one of the longest of the 21st century, so its effects will be powerful through 2012 and beyond. The Solar Eclipses of 2010 will also be powerful for a number of years. There's more in the archives, so please take a new look. The Solar Eclipse of January 2011 lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes, which also makes it a player in the events of 2012-2013, since it'll be active for 4 years and 4 months. As noted, the June 2011 Gemini Eclipse was very long, bright, and powerful, while the July 2011 Cancer Eclipse was short and weak, and its influence will last only through the end of 2012.
As I've mentioned in previous articles, we're experiencing 4 Solar Eclipses this year, which is a very rare occurrence. The January 2011 Eclipse was visible in Europe and the major cities of the Middle East. Perhaps that Eclipse had some correlations with the "Arab Spring" revolutions spreading throughout that region.The June 2011 Eclipse was visible in Northern Canada, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway. The July 2011 Eclipse was visible only in a small area between Antarctica and South Africa, so was seen by no one.
This partial solar eclipse will be visible in South Africa, Antarctica, and New Zealand. From the NASA bulletin (where you can find more than you could ever want to know about Solar Eclipses!)
The fourth and final solar eclipse of the year occurs at the Moon's ascending node in western Scorpius. The event is visible from high latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere and includes southern South Africa, Antarctica, Tasmania and most of New Zealand.
At the instant of greatest eclipse (06:20:17 UT) the eclipse magnitude is 0.905, making it the largest partial eclipse of the year. At that time, the lunar shadow axis will pass just 330 km above Earth's surface near the coast of Antarctica.
Besides the factor of where the shadow falls, in Astrology Eclipses are said to be most powerful when they conjunct the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven of a birth chart. When this happens it always brings endings related to the planets and sectors involved, but these can be of great benefit in clearing away old life factors that have no place in our future. As it was once sung, "something's lost and something's gained in living every day..."
On a somewhat related note relative to where this Eclipse occurs, on a line from London through Amsterdam, Berlin, and Tallinn, the Eclipse is rising, since the last half of Scorpio is on the Ascendant. The Eclipse falls near the Midheaven in Pakistan and India, and it sets in the zone from Tokyo through Brisbane to Wellington where Taurus is on the Descendant. It's on the Nadir (IC) in Montreal and Washington DC. These places will all see developments related to this Eclipse over the next 4 years.
This is a powerful Eclipse due to its duration and magnitude that will trigger effects from other recent Eclipses due to several factors. This Eclipse Mars at 7 Virgo is exactly conjunct the Saturn of the February 2008 18 Aquarius Eclipse, thus triggering what Saturn taught us through that one in a big way!
This Eclipse also has several transpersonal planet connections to past Solar Eclipses. Uranus, Neptune, and Chiron in this one are the identical degrees as they occupied in the July 2010 Eclipse at 20 Cancer, and as could be expected, Pluto in this one is the same degree as Pluto in the June and July 2011 Solar Eclipses. The Neptune in this one is the same degree as Chiron in the June and July 2011 Eclipses. Students may want to go back and check out what I said about all these named Eclipses to get a better understanding of what this one will trigger of those energies.
Of course, besides these past echoes and the usual general effects, the Eclipse will also bring losses and endings where it falls in our individual birth charts. In an example of how a loss can work to great benefit, if it conjuncts the Saturn in a birth chart, it can indicate the ending of old, lesser responsibilities, limitations, or fears, and open the being to a greater sense of purpose. If it conjuncts Jupiter, then it could show the ending of an old philosophy or belief system and open the gates to something far greater.
Given a Solar Eclipse is a New Moon, then like all lunations that work their influence over time, it's triggered by subsequent transits to those points. Thus we can assume we will see developments related to this Eclipse when Mercury goes stationary direct on Dec 13-14 one degree away from this Eclipse degree. As noted in a current Mercury retrograde article, we will also be getting echoes from 2007 when Jupiter was in Sagittarius, given the number of planets in Sag in this Eclipse chart.
Other times we'll see developments related to this Eclipse will be when Mercury transits the Mercury and Venus in this chart during the first week of January 2012. Other Eclipse effects will be triggered during the entire second half of January 2012, the first week of March and around the Vernal Equinox 2012, the third week of April and the second week of May 2012, and especially the second week of October, late October, the first two weeks of November 2012, and mid-December 2012. Of course, remember that since this Eclipse will be in full force during all of 2012-2015, we can expect significant related developments when Jupiter makes significant aspects to any or all of the planets in this chart, since it rules the Eclipse.
In the next part of the series, we'll explore how this Eclipse will manifest and its astrological components, including which signs will be most affected over the next 4 years.
To learn more about the recent June 2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipses and their influences, here's Important Cosmic Influences Happening in late June and July 2011. The January eclipses can be found in the corresponding archives.
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson