Every year we experience 2 eclipse seasons,6 months apart,when the transiting Sun conjuncts the transiting North Node, and when the Sun conjuncts the South Node. This year there is a Solar Eclipse on July 12th, a Lunar Eclipse on July 27th and a bonus Solar Eclipse on August 11th – 3 eclipses instead of the usual 2 per season.
Eclipse families begin at the North or South poles and appear at ~18 year intervals. After ~500 years of partial eclipses, each family expresses an eclipse of maximum totality near the equator before spiraling another ~500 years toward the opposite pole, decreasing in totality until they disappear. Meanwhile new eclipse families are being created with some overlap so that these eclipses holds the same number, one being called “Old” and the other “New”.
The 18+ year period between eclipses of the same family is called a Saros Cycle,bearingan astrological eclipse numbering system from 1 to 19, either North or South, depending on the pole of origin. (NASA uses a different numbering system.) This July 12thwe won’t see the “2 Old North” Eclipse because it occursclose to Antarctica, about “to die”. Nor will we see the Lunar Eclipse on July 27th in the USA, centered near Iran and Russia. Then on August 11th there will be the 2nd Solar Eclipse of this eclipse season called “2 New North”, just beginning to form in the Arctic, also invisible to us.
Even though we may not see any of the 3 upcoming eclipses, many of us will be affected. Thanks to the research of Bernadette Brady, who spent her lifetime studying the Saros Cycle of Eclipses, we now have a reference1 that lists the key aspects for each Solar Eclipse family and analyzes its original “birth” eclipse. Each eclipse family carries the original frequency as well as that of the current eclipse. Thus, by comparing the eclipse Sun/Moon degree with the natal chart of their clients, Astrologers can predict whether potential impacts are likely (or not) for their clients.
For those born between the 8th to 15th of July, October, January or April (born in Cardinal signs), your natal Sun will be impacted, so watch for the following: The July 12th Solar Eclipse at 21 degrees Cancer belongs to a difficult family (“2 Old North”) and brings “unfortunate news concerning friendships and relationships,” such as separations or breakups. However, “fast action can bring good results” according to Brady.
Prince William, future King of England, was born on June 21, 1982 during a “2 Old North Eclipse”. This eclipse family will end in the year 2036 when King William will be 54 years old. Bernadette Brady postulates that since the 2 Old North Eclipse family is about separations of unions, she believes he will be the one to preside over the dissolution of the British monarchy, possible in 2036 when that Saros family dissolves into the South Pole.
The July 27th Lunar Eclipse at 5 degrees Leo/Aquarius will impact people born near the end of those same months noted above (but born under fixed signs). Here unrealistic romantic notions may leave you disappointed. Feelings of love may be intense but compulsive. Emotional power struggles and selfish manipulations can yield unexpected consequences. (This eclipse conjuncts Trump’s 12th house Pluto, so he may experience some inner trauma.) Use discretion because deception is possible. However exploring the inner depths of your soul can be insightful.
Trump’s Birth Eclipse
President Trump was born on a total blood moon Lunar Eclipse day belonging to the same eclipse family as this July 27th eclipse, 4 Saros Cycles after his birth! It signifies a uniquely erratic and unpredictable life’s path (Sun conjunct Uranus in 1946 and Uranus square the eclipse Sun and Moon in 2018). What’s interesting about both Trump’s birth eclipse and this July 27th eclipse is that the path of totality covers countries he favors: China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and UAE but excludes the Americas – Canada, Mexico, Central and South American countries he distains – including the USA (he prefers autocracies, despite claims of MAGA). The Korean Peninsula experiences a partial eclipse during both the 1946 and 2018 Lunar Eclipses.
The 3rd Eclipse
The Solar Eclipse of August 11th at 19 degrees Leo (“2 New North”) will inconjunct transiting Pluto exactly, impacting people born around the 8th -14th of August, November, February or May. For those affected, a “sudden collapse of plans or lifestyles may occur” (think immigrants separated at the border, or homes lost to lava in Hawaii). Confusion will reign for awhile, but the long-term results are those of rebuilding and transformation. This reshaping will have far-reaching effects. It changes a person’s direction through the sudden collapse of an existing structure.
Eclipses often impact and reshape the personal and political tone of events for the 6 months leading up to the next eclipse season – in January 2019.
1. Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark by Bernadette Brady