Eclipses: Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation
While I was fascinated by eclipses for years, it was in late 2000 that I became very curious about them in regard to world events. By early 2001 I was doing a study on the history of the United States, aiming to see if there was a correlation between eclipses and major events. It didn’t take long to make some amazing connections! The introduction tells where I was in my research at the time of the September 11 events and how I had this date marked off on my calendar as a dangerous period for the U.S. based on a transit to a preceding eclipse. I was hardly prepared for what happened though and was immobilized for a time by the horror of what occurred. That event is what compelled me to finish my research and write this book. It took a long time. My first manuscript was submitted in 2003 but it was too big and I was asked to cut 17,500 words! That’s a lot! The editing did make for a better book; a concise and practical reference on eclipses, whether using them to predict world events or personal transformation.
Learn about the power eclipses have to shape events in the world and in your personal life in this easy to read reference that will take you on an exciting journey.
In Part One, each facet of an eclipse is discussed, beginning with the different influences of the Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail.
The sign and element of an eclipse furnishes information about the message an eclipse brings for the world and identifies those people who will be most impacted. You’ll learn how to identify the planetary Lord of an eclipse and the special condition that requires a new Lord assignment.That planet reigns.
You’ll find an easy way for figuring the life span of an eclipse and you’ll come to understand what occurs during its secret life, with information and tables that will help you accurately time events.
You’ll learn how to easily figure the power potential of any eclipse. To get you started, this is already done for each eclipse up until 2012 and those eclipse charts are included in the appendix with informative annotations.
Part Two explores world events, past, present and future, as they are foreshadowed by eclipses.
Part Three is all about how to interpret your personal eclipses, with descriptions of what it means to have an eclipse fall on a natal planet or angle, and much more! Appendixes furnish all you need to track eclipses for yourself, a loved one, for your business, or around the world for the next decade and beyond!
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February 15, 2006 by Brad Eden, Univ. of Nevada Libs., Las Vegas
Lunar and solar eclipses have always been monumental historical events, and those that were recorded in ancient and medieval times often assist modern-day historians in dating historical documents and events. This book, the third in Llewellyn’s new “Special Topics in Astrology” series, examines how eclipses can help predict world events of the next decade and beyond.
Teal (Predicting Events with Astrology) draws on more than 30 years of astrological experience to explain how eclipses are linked to earth elements, how recent eclipses have affected world events, and how future eclipses through 2015 will affect the world. She then discusses the role of eclipses in personal development and transformation and provides a number of real-life examples. While not a reference source, Eclipses would fit in well in a public library or subject-specific library with New Age materials.
Patrons interested in horoscopes, current and future events, and how eclipses can assist in personal development would find it an interesting read.
The Mountain Astrologer Magazine
Published in the August/September 2006 issue of the Mountain Astrologer; Reviewer: Mary Plumb
This book offers the author’s extensive, carefully observed research on eclipses in both the mundane and personal spheres. Although the book is warmly accessible in style, it could function as a complete textbook on the subject; it is rich in history and understanding of eclipses, as well as being eminently practical in suggesting how to assess their personal and global impact. Teal begins with “The Mysterious Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail,” then discusses the element and the “lord of an eclipse”. This section also presents the author’s method for determining the power and duration of an eclipse. (She has found that a lunar eclipses has the same staying power or length of influence that Ptolemy clearly states regarding solar eclipses; The effects of an eclipse last as long in years as the eclipse itself lasts in hours.)
Part Two is a fascinating exploration of “Eclipses & World Events,” which looks at their impact on the past, present, and future. Part Three “Your Personal Cosmic Telegrams,” is about implications of eclipses for the individual; it covers the prenatal eclipse (both lunar and solar), as well as eclipses hitting angles and planets in the horoscope. There are sketches of life stories that spotlight how certain eclipses have affected the lives of various people.
The Appendices comprise fully half of the book; the tables and charts therein are remarkable in their breadth and usefulness – a veritable treasure trove for researchers. For example, Table 1, Master Eclipse and Planetary Transits, is exceptionally helpful; it lists eclipses from 2000 to 2012 and gives the dates, (through 2015) when transiting planets (the Sun and Mars through the outer planets) are within 3° of conjunction or opposition to the eclipse point (the first square as well in the case of the Sun). The Catalog of Annotated Eclipse Charts for 1999 – 2012 shows chart wheels for each eclipse, set for Washington, D.C., along with Teal’s notes on their essential points (derived from house and sign placements and aspects) and locations throughout the world where the eclipse is emphasized (determined by degrees in the respective country’s horoscope). Another extensive section in the Appendices is the Annotated Catalog of National Figures. Here are charts for countries (e.g. Afghanistan, Cuba, China); U.S. cities (Los Angeles, Manhattan, Phoenix, etc.); and other entities (such as the New York Stock Exchange, the United Nations, and Vatican City) that are significant for world events. These pages contain essays on each of the charts and a list of the eclipses (2000 – 2011) that are emphasized (either by planet, Dragon’s Head, Dragon’s Tail, angle, or Chiron) in each location. For further refinement the reader may consult Table 4, Planetary Keys, a list of things and people represented by the planets (for example, “The Sun: King, Supreme Authority, President, Head Executive, Noble Characters, Central Figures…”)
This book has countless highlights that inform in their own right and provide a resource for further study. When the research supports it, Teal refers to earlier writers, and she offers original ideas, including her provocative view that “the prenatal eclipse is the mechanism that seals off our prior memories.”
I am sure that readers can get a sense of how valuable this book is for people who are interested in studying and understanding eclipses, both in mundane and personal horoscopes. In a phone conversation, Celeste Teal mentioned that part of her motivation for writing this book was to make the information available so more astrologers could study the subject; she has admirably succeeded in that goal. (276 pp. ) (ISBN 0-7387-0771-6). Published 2006 by Llewellyn Worldwide. Link to The Mountain Astrologer.
Published in the August 2006 issue of Horoscope Guide; Reviewer Kenneth Irving
If regular readers of this magazine have paid attention, they will have noticed that we have regular material on eclipses, especially as part of the annual forecasts for each sign. It makes sense, of course, as if the monthly Moon phases are important in and of themselves (as most astrologers will tell you they are), then eclipses should be that much more so. Moon phases are just plain old astrological aspects, based on zodiacal longitude (a single dimension), but eclipses are based on both longitude and latitude. When the Sun and Moon (in the case of a solar eclipse), or the Sun, Moon, and Earth (in the case of a lunar eclipse) are very close in both those dimensions, then from our Earthly vantage point, either the Sun or the Moon gets a bit taken out of in in a partial eclipse, or is obscured entirely in the case of a total eclipse. If you’ve never actually witnessed a total eclipse, then this writer sends his condolences for the past and his hopes for the future. On the other hand, if you have seen a total eclipse, then you’ve got some idea of why people will travel thousands of miles to witness one, and why there is a common feeling extending from the distant past to the present day that these events are momentous not only in a visual sense. It’s easy enough to feel that they must have implications that are both personal and worldwide.
And, in fact, most astrologers, when doing a workup for a client, will look to see where eclipses for the period in question happen to fall. If they make strong aspects to one planet or another, the fact is noted, but even if not, most astrologers will at least take a look at the personal house in the chart touched by the eclipses, and say something about what such contacts might mean. So eclipses definitely are a factor in personal work, just as they are in a popular magazine like Horoscope Guide.
There is quite a bit of decent writing on eclipses, whether in articles or books, but if there’s a common failing in works on this subject, it is that what astrologers say about eclipses tends to be either too technical or too simple. The technicality comes from the fact that the mechanics of eclipses and their cycles have been well cataloged and well-understood for a long time, both by astronomers and astrologers. It is very easy, in fact, to fill a good part of a book with page after page of data about eclipses from the past, present and future. Where cycles are concerned, even though they can be related to individual lives, they tend to be more useful when considering political events. Overall, it is very easy to turn a treatment of eclipses on a personal level into a cookbook, with lists of what this or that type of eclipse means in relation to this or that planet or this or that house.
Celeste Teal’s book manages to strike a good balance, tackling the subject of eclipses in a way that gives you the technical and historical background without overwhelming the nontechnical reader, and giving a wealth of information about the personal side of eclipses without falling into a dreary cookbook style. Along with the basic information about the way in which eclipses work, quite a bit of useful reference material is included that you won’t find anywhere else. Teal is not only a good writer, but also highly knowledgeable and very good at organizing complex material like this in a way that is both informative and entertaining.
After a brief introduction discussing the astronomical and historical facts behind eclipses, the book goes on to cover the subject based on three main themes. The fist of these introduces the reader to the basics, including fundamental terminology, the way planets work with eclipses, and how to determine the power of an individual eclipse. The second part covers the worldwide effect of eclipses, both on political and the financial markets. The third part gets down to the personal level, discussing, among other things, the use of eclipses as life’s milestones, a means of organizing the view of a person’s life into meaningful segments. And there is of course, the all-important rendering of the meaning of eclipses as they touch the important planets in peoples birth charts. In order to make this more meaningful, there is an interesting section giving real-life examples of people coping with these important transits.
Finally, there is a detailed appendix with useful information about eclipses from 2000 through 2012. More interestingly, in this same appendix, nearly 50 pages are devoted to a comparison of past and future eclipses with the charts of 27 countries, organizations, and even two buildings, the White House and the World Trade Center. That second one is not around now, but something will soon go up in its place of course.
Along with all this information, as well as a useful bibliography, the author includes two things most often missing from astrology books: a glossary and an index. It may seem a bit trivial to single those out, but as myself and other reviewers will tell you, important reference points like these are often afterthoughts in modern book publishing, if they are thoughts at all. So they are worth mentioning when present.
Celeste Teal has done a fine job of illuminating a challenging subject, and the work she has produced will be useful to people at all levels of interest for astrology. If you know a little bit about your chart and your personal planets, reading the introduction, Part One and Part Three of the book will tell you a great deal. If you’re a student of mundane astrology, Part Two plus the material in the appendix will give you insights you might not find elsewhere. If you are a professional astrologer, Eclipses will give you a new perspective on how to integrate these cosmic patterns into your client work.
Is there anyone I’ve left out? If you belong to a category not covered by my remarks, take a look at this book anyway, as it is highly readable, highly informative, and a very useful tool for getting a good grounding on the subject of eclipses.
Dell Horoscope Magazine
Published in the June 2006 issue of Dell Horoscope; Reviewer Chris Lorenz
Known since ancient times as harbingers of spectacular events, eclipses became notable for their association with war, the death of the king, famine, and disease. Sometimes eclipses brought more favorable gifts, like sudden prosperity or the defeat of one’s enemies. Deciphering the significance of eclipses is one of the astrologer’s most important tasks, and to this day it remains a pressing or urgent concern of clients. While many traditional texts discuss eclipses, modern texts are woefully devoid of any relevant or even helpful material.
Celeste Teal fills this void with her comprehensive examination of solar and lunar eclipses in Eclipses, Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation. Not all eclipses are the same, and each one carries with it a specific potential for calamity or sudden success. Readers learn the significance of the Lord of the Eclipse and whether the eclipse takes place on the Dragon’s Head or Dragon’s Tail. Eclipses have a range of specific meanings depending on their element, so that eclipses in fire signs are more likely to bring war, while eclipses in water signs might bring floods.
Eclipses are generally correlated to world events more than individual transitions. As the poet said, “When beggars die, there are no eclipses seen.” Predicting what an eclipse might bring is clarified through the use of a national horoscope, since, if the eclipse lands on a planet or angle, this will have and powerful and foreseeable effects. Over the course of several chapters, Teal shows how the most important eclipses of the last decade have correlated with major political events in the United States. In later chapters, she describes a pattern of eclipses that allows one to predict stock-market crashes. The author follows this with her own predictions for the eclipses that lie ahead of us through 2020.
While eclipses – and especially solar eclipses – are readily linked to geopolitical events, ordinary citizens are also affected, but generally not in such a drastic manner. The last few chapters explore what happens when eclipse land on planets or angles in your personal horoscope and how they can lead to personal empowerment, or, if it’s time to clear out the negative influences, then personal upheaval. The relevance of the pre-natal eclipse is described and again the difference between an eclipse on the Dragon’s Head or Tail is critical. A rich resource of eclipse tables, national horoscopes, keywords for the planets, and a catalog f eclipse charts covering 1999 to 2012 can be found in the back of the book. Deeply engaging and well-organized, Teal’s Eclipses would make a top-notch addition to any astrologer’s library. Link to Dell Horoscope web site.