Solar Eclipse (Saros Series 143, Number 23) at 11 Scorpio on the 3rd November 2013
by Agent EI – Andrew Smith
One of the amazing facts about the our solar system that despite the Sun physical size being 400 times larger than the Moon, the Earth is 400 times as far away from the Sun. This creates the illusion that the Sun and the Moon look like they are the same size to us here on Earth. When the Moon passes either fully or partially in front of the Sun, occulting, or blocking out the light of the Sun, a shadow falls on the Earth as the Moon appears to exactly cover the sun’s disc. This shadow is called a solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse can happen only at New Moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth, also known as a syzygy. During a total eclipse the disk of the Sun is fully concealed by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses only part of the Sun is covered. The reason why we do not have a total solar eclipse every single month at the New Moon is because the Moon’s orbit is neither a perfect circular orbit nor in the same orbital plane as the Earth. The Moon’s orbit is tilted at more than 5 degrees to Earth’s orbit (called the ecliptic) around the Sun, so its shadow at most New Moons usually misses the Earth. For an eclipse to occur, the Moon’s orbit must cross the Earth’s orbit, at a point called the Nodes (figure 2). Whilst this can happen between two and five times a year, there are, however, never more than two potential total eclipses in any given solar year (figure 3).
Figure 3 – http://crab0.astr.nthu.edu.tw/~hchang/ga1/ch03-02.htm
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Total solar eclipses are rare at any particular location because the totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface traced by the Moon’s shadow. This is because the Moon’s orbit is elliptical often taking the Moon far enough away from the Earth that its’ apparent size is not large enough to totally block out the Sun. This can either result in an annular eclipse or a partial eclipse, named so because the Sun is only partially occulted. The eclipse on the 3rd November 2013 will be a TOTAL ANNULAR eclipse, so called because the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the dark disk of the Moon. If you live in within the band of the Northern Atlantic Ocean, between 4 degree North and 30 degree North, the total eclipse will be visible from the northern Atlantic Ocean (east of Florida) to Africa (Gabon, Republic of Congo, Uganda), with the maximum of 1 minutes 39 seconds visible from the Atlantic Ocean south of the Ivory Coast and Ghana. You will not ‘see’ the eclipse in Ireland, but will see a partial eclipse from Spain, Portugal and Malta. For the rest of us, we will ‘feel’ it but not see it!
|First location to see partial eclipse begin
||3 Nov, 10:05
|First location to see full Eclipse begin
||3 Nov, 11:06
||3 Nov, 12:49
|Last location to see full Eclipse end
||3 Nov, 14:28
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end
||3 Nov, 15:28
See figure 4. The eclipse path will be visible in the areas that are shaded red. The lighter the red shading, the less the Sun will appear to be covered. The dark strip in the centre indicates the best locations for viewing the eclipse. Here the moon will appear in the centre of the sun’s disk.
What does an Eclipse Mean?
But let us move away from the physical explanation for this stellar-lunar phenomenon as this is not astrology. Astrology is the search for meaning within cosmos, not the understanding of the physics of the cosmos!
In our present times eclipses are wondrous astronomical events, captivating the hearts and imaginations of astronomers, photographers and everyday folk’s alike. However, if you scan across websites and blogs that seek to interpret the human impact of an eclipse, you get a different picture. It is also one of doom, fear and negativity. Okay, so there are more earthquakes and earth tremors recorded around the time of an eclipse (particularly lunar eclipses) and those events can be very impactful on the communities that experience the Earth shaking. And yes there are other significant physical changes on the earth during an eclipse such as crescent shadows being cast from the light filtering through leaves on trees; plant sap rising significantly; and local temperatures can drop up to 20 degrees or more near a total eclipse of the Sun. But the mistake of correlating physical with psycho-spiritual has resulted in turbulence through which eclipses are interpreted, not lest if you consider the prevailing consciousness within whom those medieval philosophers were writing their predictions.
I believe this stems from the intentional suppression of wisdom during the violent medieval evangelical Christian period in Europe, when any information that prompted self-knowledge was vigorously destroyed. Without the knowledge of our interconnectedness, our dream-like existence on the earth realm, our understanding of the cycles of nature, it is perfectly understandable to feel the End is Nigh, or the God is angry, when the sky inexplicably blackening, the birds stopped singing and the stars could be viewed during the day. It is easy to see how the Church could interpret the darkening of the day as a time when there is a weakening of human nature, an increase of avarice and stupidity and a proliferation of both good and bad demons over the face of the Earth. Indeed, the ancient Chinese believed that solar eclipses occur when a celestial dragon devours the Sun, as the term for eclipse was “chih” which also means “to eat”. That coupled with the higher concentration of natural earth phenomena has added fuel to an un-necessary artificial fire.
The projection of patriarchal moral values onto a feminine approach to life (which astrology was part of) has left a deep impact on those that seek to interpret meaning from celestial phenomena. Those cultures that did not base themselves on hierarchical, patriarchal, fear and control based ideologies saw an eclipse as a time wherein a portal was opened allowing them to more freely pass between the multitudes of realms that exist within consciousness. It is a time when we were able to talk directly and with clarity to a higher power since the eclipse marked an intensification of the unification of the Lights of the Earth. So the symbolic power that lies behind an eclipse lies with the notion that a passageway leading to the gOd realm is opened and we have a more immediate ability to communicate with the Source than usual.
The process of stepping away from the busyness of life and to take time to reflect and start afresh is given a greater emphasis at the time of a solar eclipse since the radiance of our Source energy is obscured and the focus is upon any unresolved needs that are given a portal of light through which to escape from their imprisonment within the dark of your unconscious, resurfacing so as to be released and better understood in the light of your current awareness and consciousness.
A Family of Portals
All eclipses are members of families, each with their own family constellations and dynamics. There can be up to 70 members to each family (or cycle), each connection to the parent being established over 12 to 15 centuries occurring at intervals every 18 years. The forth coming eclipse is member 23 from a family of 72 eclipses within the Saros Series number 143, which began on the 7th March 1617 CE and ending on the 23rd April 2897 CE.
The energetics of this current series stems from an emotionally fluid, radically charged parent, whose potential promoted an openness to seek truth, to strongly encourage humanistic ideals, to break free from traditional thinking and to open a portal in consciousness to allow inspired dreams and ideals to circulate free through the Earth Plane. The time of birth of this ‘Daddy’ eclipse (it is a YIN eclipse) is imbued with a consciousness that seeks to freely circulate amongst the dreamscape, freely connecting in with ideals, aspirations and fledgling thought forms that carry with them the potential to destabilise our experience of our everyday thoughts. That this eclipse’s potential is extant this coming November, adds to the already decreased veil between our world and the world beyond our physical senses. I would therefore expect to hear heightened stories of lucid dreaming experiences, innovations and insights on one hand and disturbances of the nervous system, lack of clarity and heightened nervousness and scattiness on the other hand. That this eclipse is really only seen over Africa, we can expect that our mundane focus will be on our primal mind that originates from Lucy’s (supposedly the first humanoid) community (more on Elizabeth Hathway’s blog – http://astrologieblog.nl/2013/10/19/astrology-some-thoughts-on-novembers-solar-hybrid-eclipse/).
With such benefic origins, the offspring eclipses carry within them the seed of the ability to generate enormous emotional ideals within this realm of feeling, enabling us to access greater levels of compassion, forgiveness and awareness in our own emotional interactions with those closest to us. That this parent eclipse flows into the Scorpionic eclipse means that there is an opportunity to heal on a global level, the hurt, vindictiveness, prejudice, racism, misunderstanding and fear that has been generated towards the African continent and Equatorial African’s in particular. However, since an eclipse is not dependent upon visual factors, those conditions are there for anyone to interweave into their own lives, as the trinal connection between the eclipses opens a pathway of healing and release, as those feelings of openness and compassion, insight and awareness flow into our deeply rigid, emotionally charged thought forms (Sun and Moon in Pisces, trining Uranus in Cancer, trining the current Scorpionic stellium).
Since we are integrating two water eclipses, an adaptable parent with its more stoic offspring, means that waves are being created on the surface of the swimming pool. This metaphor implies that there is some movement to the contained feelings that are rigidly defining our world, allowing the depth of emotion circulate more freely as those currents create a ripple effect within the deep waters of the pool. That another Grand Trine in Water is being formed implies that the consensus reality in which we reside is being highlighted.
Water is our life giver. We cannot survive without her. She is instinct. She is feeling. She is shapeless, fluid and malleable. Her fixity shaped and sculpted the earth during the Ice Age; her cardinality continues to shape our land and give us energy in the form of waves; and her mutability pours her life giving elixir on us in the form of rain clouds. Ours is the blue planet, so named because of this element. We have built our cities on the landscape she has shaped – riverbeds, alluvial planes, coastlines. She can extinguish even the hottest known fire, lava; flood or fertilise our earth; and cool our air. She nourishes and activates life.
In terms of consciousness, water is simply energy in motion – e-motion. Emotion is what fuels us. According to esoteric teachings our manifest reality begins with an idea. However a thought by itself has no momentum until it is charged. Once fuelled by passion (emotion) a thought becomes very, very powerful indeed. You can use the strength of your Heart to transform any restrictive emotions, or transmute negative emotions to their opposite positive emotions. But this requires you to always remain fully aware of your feelings and emotions at all times. This is alchemy in action.
The formation of this geometric pyramidal structure, or Grand Trine, effectively opens up an energetic gateway that enables us to consciously access and integrate the wisdom extant within the three realms of consciousness – Experience, Aspiration and Divinity. Its presence affords us a very powerful opportunity for cleansing and connection at a divine level, since water is the source of cleansing, purification and regeneration. The emotional shifts possible at this time are HUGE as the depth of feeling, intuitive wisdom and compassion accessed will help you experience profound healing as hidden truths easily emerge soothed and healed, easing any Soul, family or relationship related pain and suffering that you carry. The effect is similar to the Sacred Grand Water Trine of July, which can be re-read at https://db.tt/4VtFOyBc.
Additionally I would like to draw your attention to the fact that Uranus in the Parent Saros eclipse is directly tied into the current Pluto-Uranus square, as the current position of tropical Pluto is about to oppose this degree (10 Cancer). Therefore we have another timing indictor to activate the highly charged feeling state that is associated with the desire to birth our new conditions of being, the central thesis of the Pluto-Uranus quadrature. If you look around at the myriad examples of social revolt as a reaction to the rise in fascist authoritarianism that is akin to that which was experienced during the last quadrature in the 1930s, it is clear that the on-going activation of the cosmic weather really needs us to rise above the old behavioural reactions that have kept us enslaved within the current paradigm. The parent Saros eclipse embodies the potentiality of finding such a solution as demonstrated by the T-square involving Mercury, Neptune and Uranus, which the latter is trining the eclipse degree in Pisces. Yes, we can read numerous potentialities into those patterns, but for me it simply reflects an ability to tap into vast collective desire to awaken and reconnect with something vaster than our materialistic desires; the emergence of a powerful new awareness of the Soul of the World and to overcome separation consciousness and dualistic, linear, patriarchal thinking. Since an eclipse acts as a super portal, channelling a specific consciousness into being straight from source consciousness, you are afforded an opportunity to liberate your conscious minds from the emotional thought forms that keep you entrapped within your existing way of being, opening your consciousness through the elimination of your waking mind and the emphasis on the development of gnosis, or inner illumination. Needless to say that if we are to experience a New Earth, it really starts with finding that place of peace within ourselves. That those enemies of the mind are being forced into the light during the current Mercury Retrograde period, this eclipse period nicely offers you a chance to awaken and liberate your mind from the throes of outworn, culturally influenced, thought forms. Since thought is at the root of all action, the energetics of the interaction between the parent eclipse and the current eclipse offer you a chance to rewire the default settings of your mind and offer you a chance to experience the New Dawn.
So as the collective light is partially dimmed, we are afforded the opportunity to focus within on our soul’s light and to reconnect with our inner light. We can really fire up the light within us, since the Scorpion archetype is really all about anchoring a feeling within the physical matrix of humanity, something discuss on the Scorpio New Moon, which can be read at or listen to at https://db.tt/vRtSPJld. To fully understand the psycho-spiritual implications of what an eclipse means for you all you need to remember is that an eclipse accentuates a region of your life through a process of removing the egoic light and reactions within an arena of your life, so that you can heal and gain personal insight. You can read about applying this eclipse at the following link – https://db.tt/sViotC06
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All rights reserved. Agent EI (Andrew Smith), 18:59 BST, 20th October 2013
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