by Robert Wilkinson
This Solar Eclipse will have a huge impact on everyone for 3+ years. All eclipses shut something down, taking away elements of our lives no longer true for us. Over the next 40 months many will go through endings while finding a higher, deeper, more formal way of relating to and communicating with others.
Scorpio is the sign of elimination, purification, and regeneration of power. It is how Taurus, the sign of values, resources, and capturing concrete forms of things, externalizes. So parts of our magnetism and how we attract things, as well as our ability to hold on to things and people will end, with the void sure to attract new forms of these.
Because this Eclipse lasts 3 hours and 22 minutes from start to finish, and it's of a relatively high magnitude, it will have a major impact on everyone for about 3 years 4+ months. As with the themes of the November 2012 and May 2013 Solar Eclipses, this one will help us end old mental leftovers, old truths, old perceptions and interpretations, and old ideas about our future, with the void sure to attract new forms of Scorpio energies.
Look to the house where this Lunation falls to see what area of your life will be impacted, just as the houses where past Solar Eclipses fell have already been shutting down obsolete patterns since then. This one will take something away, leaving a void that will attract something appropriate to who you are becoming.
This Hybrid Solar Eclipse happens on November 3, 2013, at 4:50 am PST, 7:50 am EST, and 12:50 pm Greenwich (November 4 in New Zealand). This stabilizing, intense, structuring, and deepening Solar Eclipse finds 23 Libra rising in Santa Monica, 17 Libra in Vancouver, 21 Scorpio in Toronto, 24 Scorpio in Montreal, and 25 Scorpio in Washington DC. That means the span of Ascendants across North America is between mid-Libra and late Scorpio.
Continuing eastward, we find rising signs of 21 Capricorn in Rio, 27 Capricorn in Lisbon, 25 Capricorn in London, 13 Aquarius in Berlin, 10 Pisces in Sofia, 25 Pisces in Johannesburg, and 10 Aries in Moscow. That means the span of Ascendants across the Atlantic into Europe and Africa is between late Capricorn and early Aries.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 25 Taurus in Abbottabad, 26 Taurus in New Delhi, 18 Taurus in Trivandrum, 17 Gemini in Phnom Penh, 12 Gemini in Jakarta, 30 Gemini in Hong Kong, 29 Cancer in Tokyo, 9 Gemini in Perth, 1 Cancer in Melbourne, 15 Cancer in Brisbane, 30 Cancer in Wellington (Nov 4), and 20 Virgo rising on Maui (Nov 3).
So you can construct a rough chart for where you are in the world, I’ll give you the rounded up degree for each planet. Use the Ascendants given above to get a rough sense of what’s on the eastern horizon where you are, and using an Equal House system, you can see what’s going on in your part of the world for the next 4 weeks.
In this New Moon Solar Eclipse at 12 Scorpio, Mercury is 8 Scorpio retrograde, Venus is 29 Sagittarius, Mars is 12 Virgo, Jupiter is 21 Cancer, Saturn is 14 Scorpio, Uranus is 10 Aries retrograde, Neptune is 3 Pisces retrograde, Pluto is 10 Capricorn, TransPluto is 1 Virgo, Chiron is 10 Pisces retrograde, and the NN is 8 Scorpio.
When a Lunation is on one of the angles of a chart, it is said to be particularly powerful. Among the cities covered in this column, this month the Lunation is culminating in Rio to Berlin, and setting in Pakistan and India. The Eclipse is on the nadir in east Oz and NeZ, and rising in North America.
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 have been powerful through 2012 into 2013. 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.
As I've mentioned in previous articles, we had 4 Solar Eclipses in 2011, 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 Solar Eclipse of January 2011 lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes, which also makes it a player in the events of 2012-2013-2014, 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 only lasted through the end of 2012.
The November 2011 Sagittarius Eclipse was very bright, and will be in effect for almost 4 years. So besides the usual transits and Lunations, planetary stations and conjunctions to the outer transformational planets, we also have Eclipses as long wave influences still be in play years after the event!
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. The November 2011 Eclipse was visible in South Africa, Antarctica, and New Zealand.
The May 2012 Eclipse was visible from S. China and Japan through the Northern Pacific and Aleutian Islands down to S. Oregon and N. California, central Nevada, southern Utah, northern Arizona, New Mexico (Albuquerque!), and the Texas Panhandle. The November 2012 Total Solar Eclipse was partial across a large area of the South Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand), southern South America, and part of Antarctica. The only place it was total was on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.
The May 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse at 20 Taurus will be in effect for 3 years and 9 months. That one was visible in Australia, Indonesia, Oceania and much of the central the Pacific Ocean.
From the NASA Solar Eclipse site (where you can find more than you could ever want to know about Solar Eclipses!)
The final event of 2013 is the most interesting eclipse of the year. It is one of the rare hybrid or annular/total eclipses in which some sections of the path are annular while other parts are total. The duality comes about when the vertex of the Moon's umbral shadow pierces Earth's surface at some locations, but falls short of the planet along other sections of the path. The unusual geometry is due to the curvature of Earth's surface that brings some geographic locations into the umbra while other positions are more distant and enter the antumbral rather than umbral shadow.
In most cases, the central path begins annular, changes to total for the middle portion of the track, and reverts back to annular towards the end of the path. However, November 3 eclipse is even more unique because the central path to begins annular and ends total. Because hybrid eclipses occur near the vertex of the Moon's umbral/antumbral shadows, the central path is typically quite narrow.
The hybrid eclipse of 2013 is visible from within a thin corridor, which traverses the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes eastern North America, northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The path of the Moon's shadow begins in the North Atlantic approximately 1000 km due east of Jacksonville, FL. From the central line, a 4 second annular eclipse is visible at sunrise (11:05 UT). As the shadow races forward, the narrow 4 km wide path rapidly shrinks to zero and the eclipse changes from annular to total. This all transpires within the first 15 seconds of the shadow's trajectory. For the remainder of the track, the eclipse remains total.
Continuing on a southeast course, the vertex of the umbral shadow passes progressively deeper into Earth as the planet's curvature brings the path along the surface closer to the Moon…. The greatest eclipse occurs in the Atlantic at 12:47:36 UT, approximately 330 kilometres southwest of Liberia. At this instant, the axis of the Moon's shadow passes closest to Earth's centre. The maximum duration of totality is 1 minute 39 seconds, the Sun's altitude is 71°, and the path width is 57 kilometres.
Slowly curving to the east, the track just misses Sao Tome and Principe and intercepts the coast of Gabon north of Port-Gentil in the Wonga Wongue Reserve (13:51 UT) where the central line duration is 1 minute 7 seconds and the Sun's altitude is 46°. The Moon's shadow crosses Gabon in 9 minutes and sweeps over the Congo in 7 more. Entering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the path width is 36 kilometres and the duration is 48 seconds.
The track begins curving to the northeast as it narrows and the duration of totality decreases. By the time the umbra reaches the western border of Uganda, totality drops to 23 seconds with the Sun at 18° (14:22 UT). Sweeping over northern Kenya, the path crosses Lake Turkana where the central line duration is 14 seconds at 14:25 UT.
In its final 2 1/2 minutes, the lunar shadow races across southern Ethiopia before leaving Earth's surface in Somalia where a 1 second total eclipse occurs at sunset.
This is the 23rd eclipse of Saros 143. The series began on 1617 Mar 07 with a string of 10 partial eclipses. The first of 12 total eclipses occurred on 1797 Jun 24. The 2013 event is the first of 4 hybrids of the series before transitioning to pure annular eclipses beginning 2085 Dec 16. The series ends with a set of 20 partial eclipses the last of which occurs on 2897 Apr 23.
In all, Saros 143 produces 72 eclipses in the sequence of 10 partial, 12 total, 4 hybrid, 26 annular, and 20 partial eclipses.
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..."
All Solar Eclipses are New Moons. When a Lunation is on one of the angles of a chart, it is said to be particularly powerful. As I noted earlier, it will be rising in North America, and on or near the Midheaven between Rio and Berlin. It will set in Pakistan and India, and be on the nadir in Australia and New Zealand. These places will all see developments related to this Eclipse over the next 3+ years.
This is a powerful Eclipse due to its duration and magnitude that will trigger effects from other recent Eclipses due to several factors. In tomorrow’s article on the Inferior Conjunction, I offer many different periods when some planet in Scorpio going stationary retrograde or direct have direct influences on the Conjunction. You may also assume those Scorpio “hot spots” also have some relationship to this Eclipse, as well as the Scorpio Solar Eclipse of November 2012 and the Taurus Solar Eclipse of May 2013. Enjoy finding the correlations between past, present, and future!
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 this Eclipse will set developments into motion related to all of 2013, since Saturn went retrograde on that exact degree early this year.
We also should get major signs and signals related to this Eclipse when Mercury moves across the degree in direct motion on Nov 21-22. There will also be some dramatic initiatives activating these Eclipse effects when Mars transits this degree during the third week of August 2014. That’s when the real heavy lifting related to this Eclipse will be front and center. And of course, each time the Moon transits 12 Scorpio we should catch forms of what this Eclipse is taking away and/or regenerating.
Those transits of the Moon, Mercury, and Mars hold the keys to effective abilities to respond to what’s coming for everyone in 2014 and beyond. This Eclipse and these transits are opportunities to understand magnetism better, whether our own, others, or situations. This can give us insights into why we had to give something or someone up, or why we could not hold on to something or someone, and why cleaning out our inner and outer life from time to time creates space that will be filled with new things, people, ideas, feelings, and actions.
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 3 + years.
For more on this one: Astrology in November 2013 - On The Threshold of A Hybrid Solar Eclipse at 12 Scorpio
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson
ps - I suppose I should wish you all a Happy Diwali, "the festival of lights" in India. This is an important holiday dedicated to Lakshmi (if you don't know who this manifestation of Divine Mother is, look her up!!) Interesting that this year the Jewish "Festival of Lights" closely corresponds with the Indian "Festival of Lights!"
From Wiki: "For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. Arya Samajists, celebrate this day as Death Anniversary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. They also celebrate this day as Shardiya Nav-Shasyeshti."
So it seems hundreds of millions are celebrating this time as one of victory of good over evil, when we can set the intention for all good things to come our way via Divine Mother. By all means, go for it!!