Eclipses In The Ancient Times

Now that the Eclipse season is on (with a Lunar Eclipse on the 10th of February and a Solar Eclipse on the 25th of February) let’s have a look at how Lunar and Solar eclipses were regarded by the great ancient civilizations.
As you can imagine, the interpretations of the ancient astrologers were pretty fatalistic, focusing on physical events and tragedies.

Illustration of Ancient Peruvians Worshipping the Eclipse

But we as a human species have evolved through time and with evolution comes the free will.

It is believed that nowadays the enlightened individual is in almost complete control of their fate (…so if you have a challenging chart, with lots of squares or Saturn or Pluto, there is hope! just work on becoming the best version of yourself, and the more you will become it, the less the planets will influence you).

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Meaning of the Solar Eclipses in the Ancient Times:

In January it indicates great prosperity and increase of rains and fruits.  Contentions will increase, and perfidy among people.

The February  solar eclipse it indicates wars, and death of sheep and plentifulness of olives. Rains will increase, and the melons and the olive oil will rot.

In March it indicates goodness of the year, excessive rains. Some of the crops will rot and the oil will be scanty. The year will be a peaceful one.

If the eclipse falls in April it indicates wars and discords. dearness and mortality.

In May it indicates sickness and violent contention and journeys.

In June it indicates mortality among cattle and increase of hostility.

The July eclipse indicates mortality and wars  and dissensions on the plains. Ships will sink in the sea and the soldiers will be mobilized.

In August it indicates scarcity of rains and increase of robbers and corruption.

The September solar eclipse indicates oppression in every place and appearance of locusts. Corruption will increase, and rain will be diminished at the beginning of the year and increased at its end. Contentions will increase among people.

In October it indicates excess of rains and cold, and wars will become violent. There will be plague among horses and goats.

In November, if there occur an eclipse of the sun, it indicates disease in the end of the year, and cold and snow.

The December eclipse indicates increase of rains and snows and fertility of crops and peace among people.

 

Meaning of the Lunar Eclipses in the Ancient Times:

The January lunar eclipse indicates cheapness in the year and justice; the will be good and the affairs of merchants prosperous.

In February it indicates plentiful rains and overflowing of the rivers, winds and earthquakes, and in summer great heat.

In March, an eclipse of the moon indicates terrible colds and snows. The year will be good in crops and wine and olive oil. There will be contentions between the kings the word of quarrels will arise.

In April a lunar eclipse indicates snows and strong winds. Corruption and contentions will increase in the land.

In May it indicates journeys and sickness, mortality of cattle, corruption of vetches, overflowing of springs. The year will be plentiful with its produce.

In June it indicates peace for the poor and trouble for the great, and famine in the west, and justice appears.

The July eclipse indicates immoral conduct in the world; plentiful rains. In autumn diseases will increase and there will be shortage of crops.

In August it indicates much bloodshed; there will be shortage of crops and a king will die.

If the Eclipse is in September, rivers will expand, and there will be various pains among infants in autumn.

In October it indicates security in the year and fertility of the earth, and plentiful rains. There will be thunderbolts and thunder, and some of the grain will rot.

In November the moon eclipse indicates weather calamities, cold and much frost. Famine in the plains. Locusts will appear.

In December it indicates rain and snow, and terrible cold. The olives will be be good with the fruit.

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Of course nowadays astrology is much less fatalistic and much more psychological, and eclipses today generate rather fascination than fear – but having a look at where we came from can teach us a great deal about both the limitations of our human nature and the mightiness of the Universe…and will hopefully make us appreciate every little moment of our short but amazing life.

 

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New Moon, New Beginnings

At 0:11 UTC, October 1st 2016, the Moon will conjunct the Sun at 8 degrees Libra.

At certain key moments in our life, we’ve all experienced the magical feeling of a new beginning – the spark, the excitement, the flow of emotions, the appeal of the unknown, the magnetic pull that makes us want to get out of the old skin to become a beautiful butterfly. The New Moon on 1st of October is all about new beginnings. In Libra, the sign of the “other”, expect new beginnings with new people, or exciting new directions with existing connections.

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This New Moon in Libra is the best New Moon we had in a while. Just to give you few reasons.

This is the first New Moon after the eclipse season In September. Eclipses, also called the “renewal season”, are the necessary “cosmic adjustment” he have approximately twice a year. When things get off track, the Eclipses kick-in and bang, we get back in sync with the Source. Eclipses are the cosmic “Reset button”. And now that we are done with the Eclipses – after anything that was no longer needed is gone, it is time for the “new” to emerge. And this is the New Moon magic. When the eternal feminine (the Moon) connects with the eternal masculine (the Sun) this is when creation happens and when things get started. The Nodes of the Moon square Saturn, the planet of Karma, further heightening the “fated” feeling of a new beginning, of something that HAS to happen.

The New Moon is conjunct the great benefit Jupiter. There is nothing more auspicious than a New Moon AND Jupiter aligned in the sky. Moreover, Jupiter just changed signs. Jupiter changes signs once a year. The energy of a planet is activated when we have the first New Moon after the sign change. Do I need to mention again how lucky we are to have Jupiter shining bright next to the New Moon? We will feel like we have just won the celestial lottery!

This New Moon is in Libra and therefore ruled by Venus, which right now is in perfect sync with the planet of higher love, Neptune. Venus and Neptune are in Water signs, so the feelings can reach such a pitch of intensity that will feel sacred.

The theme: Because Libra is the sign of partnerships, we will suddenly become more aware of “the other”.  We will just find it easier to put ourselves into the other people’s shoes, and cooperate with others in a healthy way. This is an excellent time to form partnerships – both romantic and business –  to make agreements, to negotiate and to employ diplomacy in our communication.

The timing: The seeds we plant now we will bear fruits during the upcoming Libra Full Moon on April 10-11, 2017, six months down the line.

What do to: New Moons represent the end of a cycle and the beginning of another. The day of the New Moon and the day after are the window of opportunity to seed new ideas related to Libran themes.Start a new activities with your partner, work in a team, (re)decorate your home, or go shopping for good quality items.

Make a wish list! Set intentions aiming to bring more balance and harmony in your relationships. Write them down.

Make plans together with your partner or with your team. As much as you want to make pans on your own, try experimenting co-creating with others. Experience what it feels like to be an equal, even in your authority’s area.

Meditate together with your partner or a close friend – gaze into each other’s eyes. Try to keep the gaze for at least one minute (you can smile, wink, or even cry, but keep you gaze on).

Don’t overdo it with intentions and lists. In pure Libran style, remember that the best things come when we find that balance between knowing where we are aiming at, and in the same time trusting that Universe will bring us exactly where we need to be.

To recap: the New Moon in Libra is all about new beginnings, especially in the areas of partnerships. This New Moon is extremely auspicious and – with Jupiter’s helping hand –  can help you manifest your wildest dreams. Whether or not you’ve been looking to change something in your life, the New Moon will give you a planetary push in the direction of your soul’s purpose.

Sun Enters Libra

No matter where you live on earth, today the day is equal to the night. The Sun is equal to the Moon. The nature achieves the perfect equilibrium between day and night, male and female, high and low.

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And this is the perfect metaphor for the sign of Libra. Libra’s mission in the Zodiac is to strive to find the balance between opposite factors. Libra feels compelled to act when one side of the scale starts to tip. Libra is the only sign on the Zodiac NOT represented by a living being, and this is because Libra is the sign of pure reason and judgement. I am sure you all know many Libras who are anything but fair or reasonable (that’s because no human being can have all planets in the same sign) but in its pure essence, Libra is all about unbiased reason, about equality and fair chances.

During this transit our negotiation will become easier and more productive, and our decision making will improve too (some say Libras have a hard time making decisions, but this is only because Libras only make good decisions, and some decisions indeed need extended time and research 😉

We will find easier to put ourselves into other people’s shoes and see things from a different perspective.
The coming 30 days are a good time for relationships in general and for social activities, so make sure your calendar is full with meetings, events and parties