On Monday January 21 2019 there is a total eclipse of the Moon. It’s a Full Moon where the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are in a straight line, with the Earth blocking the Sun’s light. This means that the Full Moon becomes like a pale, red shadow. While total eclipses are not in themselves unusual, the one on January 21 has some noteworthy and perhaps disturbing features.
It occurs at the same time as a 90-degree aspect between Mars in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn. Mars and Saturn are two malefic planets, that are traditionally associated with death and destruction.
On a more positive note, the two benefics, Venus and Jupiter, are making a close conjunction, in Sagittarius.
The eclipse itself is making a 90-degree aspect to Uranus in Aries. This indicates sudden and unexpected events, which could have dramatic consequences.
Finally, the eclipse takes place with the Moon at 0 degrees 52 Leo and the Sun at 0 degrees 52 Aquarius. In just under two years, on December 21 2020, there will be a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction at 0 degrees 29 Aquarius. At some level, the eclipse will start a process which will culminate with this conjunction.
One part of the world that the eclipse could have a big impact on is Western Europe. At the time of the eclipse, Mars is on the lower meridian in Dublin, and Uranus is on the lower meridian in Eastern France. The midpoint between these two points – in other words where the meridian is on the Mars-Uranus midpoint – is London. Alfred Witte says of this combination, in his Rules for Interpreting Planetary Pictures, “To be very violent. To suffer violence from others. Personal acts of violence”. Reinhold Ebertin is more specific in his description: “An inflexible character, the desire for independence, a person… putting the pistol to someone’s head… The execution of drastic and violent measures…”. A nice description of the Battle for Brexit.
If we set the eclipse chart for New York or Washington DC we get a different picture. The Full Moon falls right across the meridian, with the Moon on the MC and the Sun on the IC. Uranus, which squares both the Sun and the Moon, is exactly on the Descendant. America’s overseas dealings could be erratic and unstable, and at the same time there could be acts of violence, where the country is both perpetrator and victim. Foreign affairs aside, the eclipse ushers in a new period of instability, where something has to give.
While overall the eclipse is dangerous, there’s no doubt that some people can benefit from it. After all, Venus is making a conjunction to Jupiter in Sagittarius. Where there’s chaos and fear there’s opportunity. You might lose everything, but alternatively you might get rich.