The November 8 Lunar Eclipse
Published November 5, 2003
(Note: Titles in maroon
and underlined are hyperlinks to
previous Forecasts and articles)
The fall total eclipse of the (full) Moon will occur
this Saturday, November 8. The table below, courtesy of NASA Science
News, shows the eclipse schedule for all US times zones. For the
full article, go to http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2003/04nov_lunareclipse2.htm?list975546
is reliable; if you see reports showing somewhat
different times, disregard them. Lunar eclipses are breathtaking
astronomical events. Witnessing one is a natural meditation, and we
don't always have the good fortune this eclipse offers to enjoy it.
printed in light
denote events that happen before local moonrise, which
on Nov. 8th will be between 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for most
observers. So, e.g.,
almost none of the eclipse will be visible from Hawaii; all of it
will be visible from the
Eastern time zone.
The Harmonic Concordance
eclipse coincides exactly with the Harmonic Concordance, a Western Astrology
conceived event of trines and sextiles (angles between planets) that combine
to form a six-pointed star. The config- uration is given additional
credence by being a theme in the novel, The DaVinci Code. However, coin-
cidence can be mistaken for a causal connection.
Sedona's Four Corners Magazine reports
that, "This energy pattern creates a subtle but powerful vortex, and the
vortex in turn opens a portal." Since the concurrently occurring
lunar eclipse effects would be ascribed to the Concordance, it is impossible
to know whether the Concordance carries any effects by itself. Further,
Concordance advocates point to the lunar eclipse as amplifying its
energy. Yet, multitudes of people praying and meditating during the
lunar eclipse can only bring positive results for humanity.
The Vedic Lunar Nakshatra
Vedic Astrology does not recognize the Harmonic
Concordance but does give great weight to lunar eclipses. The
eclipsed Moon will be in the active constellation (sign) of Aries at 22:42
degrees, and if you have a planet in your birthchart close by, you may
experience an intense eclipse (blocking) effect upon that planet and the signs
it rules in your chart.
If you do not have your Vedic chart, please forward
me your birth information, and I will e-mail it to you at no charge.
The more profound meanings of the lunar eclipse are
found in the lunar "house" (Nakshatra in Sanskrit) where the Moon is
placed in its 27 day orbit around the Earth. Each day, the Moon travels
through one Nakshatra, and these 27 Nakshatras refer to individual stars or
star groups. As stars exist far beyond our solar system, the Nakshatras
carry information from deep within the universe. This lunar eclipse is
in the Lunar Nakshatra of Bharani (pronounced "Barny"), and below is
a synopsis of its symbolism:
BharaniRuled by Venus
symbolized by the vulva, and its deity is Yama, the god of death and
of Dharma, or life purpose. Venus rules this
Nakshatra. Bharani is successful in work, capable, truthful and free
of diseases and grief.
womb symbolism indicates changes that occur within, that mature
gradually and then suddenly manifest. These personal
breakthroughs are pre- ceded by struggle, and they must be supported
and nourished by self-control and willpower. The womb thereby
indicates the struggle and triumph of birth. Ideal- ism, moralistic
change and social transformations are indicated, as is the ultimate
expression of purity through saintliness or a utopian social order.
cycle’s self-purification is the metaphor here. Perseverance
assures success over great odds, but jealousy, by Bharani or others,
can interfere, and forgiveness is an issue.
As the womb
signifies early dependence and after birth, independence, Bharani
indicates subordinates or those in power. The birth symbol
witnesses maternal love, food and hospitality and governs growth and
increase. The womb combined with the god of death makes every
birth a death, and every death a birth. When these complement,
gentle progressive change results; but when they are at odds, discord
and frictions occur before success is gained.
described, this is a rather tempestuous Nakshatra. Although ruled by receptive-energy Venus, the sign location is projective-energy Mars' ruled
Aries. Passionate discord is indicated. That this is an
intensifying Rahu (head of a snake in Hindu mythology) eclipse, suggests
further emotional tension. (If this were a Ketu, tail of the dragon
eclipse, it would be less tangible and more subtle but weird in its effects.)
Last Spring's Lunar Eclipse
The Moon signifies the creation
and growth of life through the reflected light of the Sun, and it is thereby
Vedic Astrology's primary planet. In symbolizing both perception and the
benefits in life, the full Moon can set off major events, which unfold during
the lunar cycle. The Iraq invasion began on the March 18 full Moon and
played out through the May 15 partial lunar eclipse in secretive and
destructive Scorpio. This was described in the Forecast entitled, May
30 Annular Solar Eclipse:
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 US, 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
father's a decade ago.
The almost fully
eclipsed May 15
Moon about to swallow a star -- to its left.
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.
More On The Lunar Eclipse
As with all eclipses, both lunar and solar, the
blocking of one of the luminaries stimulates unease, but as an eclipse darkens
the sky to unveil the stars, contemplation can yield insights from the
universe. Eclipses are not good for initiating worldly activities; they
make actions taken both less lunar-sensible and less vigorous, impeding
Consider where the word "loony" comes from,
how crimes and other emotionally intense actions peak at the full Moon, and
the impact of a total lunar eclipse (which by definition occurs at the full
Moon) can be better understood. Further, after an eclipse, the Moon
begins to wane, decreasing energy. A waning Moon is for ending a task,
not beginning one. This suggests that lunar eclipse insights often
stimulate finishing something, or even abandoning it but that one should not concurrently launch a new endeavor. A key attribute of eclipses is that
their effects begin about 2 weeks before the astronomical event and continue
for a week afterward.
As explained above, a lunar eclipse, and the
accompanying lunar cycle to new and then to full again, often signifies an
important event and how that event proceeds, like last spring's Iraq
invasion. This can be confusing, for the other planets continue to
influence, both on mundane level and within individual charts. If
one can understand the Moon as a dominant worldly influence for life, and that
its eclipse is spiritual through teaching lessons promoting growth, then it
becomes easier to grasp its eclipse.
may be seen to relate directly to the eclipse and the following waning and
waxing lunar cycle:
1. This lunar eclipse marks President Bush's
final of 4 hotspots, and it's influence on his 10th house of career and status
have been predicted to be definitive in his disgrace. We have already seen precursors
here in the October 23 hypocritical criticism of the Malaysian Prime Minister
and the November 2 helicopter crash killing 15 American soldiers.
2. The beginning of Arnold Schwarzenegger's troubles may be found in the
California wildfires, adding another $2 billion to the state's debt.
Perhaps Cruz Bustamante truly was the lucky candidate in that election after
3. The 3rd quarter (July - September) 7.2% economic growth will be seen
as a blip. Saturn's retrograde, that began on October 26, allowed expansive
Jupiter to regain subjective optimism, but this unburdening effect also
overweighed objective realism. Also, Mars' continuing influence upon
Jupiter wastes wealth. The stock markets remain too high in relation to
the current and future economy.
4. The September 30, A
Technological Breakthrough predicted
such an advance early in 2004, and increasing technology interest and
advancements encourage that finding.
5. Eclipse effects will reveal the impacts of last week's 2 tremendous
6. The eclipse is close to Dick Cheney's Jupiter and
Saturn, indicating he may
make more paranoid and untruthful statements that will further discredit him.
7. The October 19 Trouble
For President Bush Forecast stated that, "...it is important to
understand that Bush's successes with the UN resolution, and Congress's
agreement to pass the $87 billion military budget bill, may be just
pyrrhic victories. Last week, Alternet.org made the same
statement, and yesterday's Washington Post quoted Senator Robert Byrd
about the Iraq spending bill, "...and the policy which is supports,
unfortunately may prove to be a Pyrrhic victory for the Bush
Administration." The lunar eclipse is revealing the true
nature of Bush's apparent victories, and I wonder who is leaking my
predictions to these folks?
8. The October 28 Bush
Traveled Into Hypocrisy Forecast
criticized all sectarian governments for mixing religion with government
and noted that following this chastisement at the Sedona Library, the
combatants, "...immediately resumed their religiously dominated
partisan positions...." Subscribers from both sides
admonished me for criticizing their positions, completely missing my
point that church and state must be separated as a precondition for
peace. The lunar eclipse is revealing that this is indeed the
The November 23 Total Solar
This fall solar eclipse will begin at 3:46 PM EST and will be
located at 7:15 degrees in Scorpio. While this eclipse will be discussed
in later Forecast efforts, it is notable in Arnold Schwarzenegger's chart for
being on top of his 7:25 degree Ketu in his 6th house of the daily job and
enemies -- suggesting problems in these areas.