Eclipses and the Natal Chart

Eclipse, solar and lunar, can be included in the natal chart just like any other event. If you notice that an eclipse occurs on a house cusp or planetary configuration in a natal chart, it is an indication of something important happening around that time.
But, like everything else, the interpretation of the eclipse depends on the natal aspects to the planet where it falls, as well as the transitory aspects.
Let’s take an example.
A solar eclipse occurs on the natal Sun of the chart, at 8 degrees of Cancer.
Note that an eclipse has a close orb as other major planetary bodies since it is composed of the Sun and Moon. So allow about 4-5 degree in either direction. In this case, a degree of 4 or 12 Cancer would still be in orb.
Look at the planet which is in major aspect to the degree of the eclipse. This could be in conjunction, opposition or trine. This planet is the Lord of Eclipse and lends the eclipse its “flavour”. There may be more than one, with a major opposition occurring.
Now take into account the sign of the eclipse, the house, and the sign and house of the Lord of the Eclipse.
For example, a solar eclipse occurs on the natal Sun at 8 degrees Cancer in the 10th house. The natal Sun has Neptune in close square aspect from the 1st house.
The Lord of the Eclipse is Venus in conjunction with the Sun, opposed by Uranus in Capricorn in the 4th house. This eclipse occurred in a natal chart in 1992.
Since an eclipse is the provocateur of sudden change, we can see just from these few planets, that the change will affect relationships, the home and path in life, and will be disruptive.
The eclipse and Venus in the 10th house puts the focus on close relationships in a public manner. Uranus in the 4th house adds the disruptive factor.
Eclipses are dramatic and have dramatic effects. In this case, we also need to look at other factors in the chart, such as the effect other transiting planets are having on other natal planets.
A cycle of solar eclipses occurring on a particular degree of a sign is called A Saros Series. The Saros Cycle eclipses occur every 18.11 years around the same point.
Bernadette Brady’s book The Eagle and the Lark is one of the best sources of information on the eclipses of the Saros Cycle. It is available from
An eclipse can occur on any point of your chart, ie, The Sun, Venus, North Node etc.
For example:
Eclipse on the North Node 19 Gemini, 9th House, the same chart, which occurred on June 10 2002. The Lord of the eclipse is Saturn, in opposition with Pluto in Sagittarius. You can use keywords for interpretation:
Keywords of Gemini: Communication, brothers and sisters, travel
Keywords of Ninth House: Study, travel, religion.
Keywords of the North Node: meetings, connections
Include any other planets that strongly aspect the eclipse, both by transit and in the natal chart.
Saturn: restriction, limitation, responsibility
Pluto: transformation, regeneration.
While eclipses are provoking and bring matters to a head, it is always best to wait at least three weeks until,the effects of the eclipse are past before making any long term decisions. Eclipses will show up areas that need attention, but the drama that surrounds them can cloud the judgement. Especially, as in the case above, when Neptune is already confusing the issue!


~ by Heather Blakey on March 24, 2007.

One Response to “Eclipses and the Natal Chart”

  1. Fascinating really!!

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