May 30 Annular Solar Eclipse
Published May 25, 2003
The challenging May 15 full Moon eclipse in Scorpio brought turmoil as
predicted, from the beginning of the month until a week following the
eclipse, or May 22.
The May 12 quadruple terrorism in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 5 sets of
suicide bombers in Israel May 16 and 17 and the quadruple Casablanca
terrorism May 17 are highlights of the intense emotional reactions this
eclipse brought. The first blocked the Israeli/Palestine
"road map" to peace and the latter two revealed growing
polarization between Arab governments and Islam.
Additionally, Iraq was increasingly revealed to be in
economic chaos and political fragmentation. These events signal
Arab instability instigated by the Iraq war and thereby failure of
Bush's aggressive policies.
In the U S, the Senate passed a completely muddled tax cut
bill during the eclipse event, and while some herald this as a
Republican victory, it's less than half Bush's demands and is
a poison pill that can only harm the economy. Thus on a
domestic level too, Bush suffers loss, and his high approval
rating is just as vulnerable and ephemeral as his fathers' a
There were other eclipse events of more personal importance.
Forecast subscribers suffered accidents, family illness,
romantic drama and friendship breaks.
Even the world of NBA Basketball was eclipsed. Just 15 minutes
into the eclipse, the world champion Los Angeles Lakers deflated,
falling behind the San Antonio Spurs 20 points in less than 5 minutes to
lose the playoff series. Watching that ballgame with an eye on the
clock for the eclipse, was a truly amazing experience.
These events point toward the value of paying attention to these
astrological events to both minimize effects and also recognize their
consequences as advancing personal growth, albeit sometimes painfully.
May 31 Annular Solar Eclipse
Saturday's Solar Eclipse at 15 degrees Taurus is annular, meaning the
Moon is too far from the earth for its shadow to cover the Sun's sphere
completely. The eclipse will begin at 8:45 pm Eastern Daylight
Time and end at 1:30 am. It will not crank up tensions as the
Lunar Eclipse did, for the Sun's position is not difficult, as the
Moon's definitely was. Still confidence issues and material greed
may combine to stimulate fear-based reactions.
The map below shows the eclipse path, which crosses the Mideast and
East, suggesting eclipse inspired blocks and unveilings in that region.
Iran's eastern border with Afghanistan is sensitive.
all eclipses, this one of the Sun is time of quiet and contemplation.
Anyone with planets close to the 15 degree Taurus eclipse point
should use care to avoid accidents and conflict. The eclipse
effect will dissipate in a week, about June 7.
2003 Major Transits
drafted is a Forecast
discussing economic and diplomatic challenges for the second half of
2003 and thereby the future of the Bush administration. Although a
summary analysis of Bush's karmic influences is included there, a
detailed analysis will follow. Look for these Forecasts in the
next week or so.
There is inevitable continued concern about conflicts and economic
recession in the world, as led by the U S - for better or for worse.
That these Forecasts have focused upon Bush's fated presidency as a
necessary cleansing of intolerance and excessive U S pride, is
unavoidable. That is the unfolding of the planetary influences.
It would be wonderful to predict a return in 2003 to economic prosperity
and policy dedicated to peaceful multi-culturalism. However, this
growth of consciousness, of equanimity, it appears, must be preceded by
loss stimulating U S democracy to correct itself.
This astrologer has no association with any spiritual group, to avoid
polluting these Forecasts with a religious agenda. Yet, Eknath
Easwaran, who has published many authentic translations of Hindu texts
and heads the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, offers reassuring
words in his current newsletter, excepted here:
can map the effects an angry person has as he goes through the
day. We know mental fields, too, by the effects we can
experience. You must have seen how easily one person's
depression is picked up by the others. We bring it home
and pass it around until everyone on the family falls asleep in
it. Whenever we are discourteous, unkind, inconsiderate,
selfish, there is a forced released, even if we do not express
it in words or action. ...Similarly, when you are
kind to somebody, a little force of kindness is released in the
field of consciousness. When you go on being kind, the
force becomes stronger. .... Just as wind gathers the
scent of flowers, the mind takes on the scent of the moods
around us. ...Any decision or action taken under the
influence of fear, anger or greed, the Gita says, has to be
disastrous. That is why most international policies are
not successful: because they are taken under the influence of
fear and anger.... Fortunately, the mystics say unanimously, negative
states of mind are transient. However strong they
appear, they come and go. What is positive in
consciousness is permanent, unchanging. At the center of
consciousness in every human being is a core of goodness
that is part of our very nature. ...The mind is not just a
receiver. It is also a repeater, broadcasting what it
receives. Most of us have only a few watts: someone
like Gandhi can broadcast his message around the world.
But, each of us is on the air. We broadcast what we are,
and others pick it up. When Gandhi said "my life is
my message," he was speaking for us all