What Do Eclipses Mean in Astrology?

An eclipse in astrology is simple to understand. It obscures what would normally be seen. Situations are in shadow. There may be a cover-up. Details may be hidden. For this reason, astrologers have always warned their readers and clients to avoid the eclipse period (allow one day before, and one day later, for world time zones to catch up) for decision making or action plans.

Here’s a famous example. Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on Wednesday 29th July 1981. The wedding was sandwiched between two eclipses. It was too late for Diana to call things off. Her face was on the tea-towels. The first eclipse took place on Friday 17th July. The second one occurred on Friday 31st July. Somewhere  between the wedding cake icing and the honeymoon, everything was hidden. Cancerians (people born with the Sun in Cancer) are strongly affected by eclipses because they are ruled by the Moon. Princess Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles were both Cancerians.

Princess Diana died near an eclipse. She passed on 31st August 1997 and the Solar Eclipse took place on 2nd September, two days later. It is typical of eclipses that months or even years later, there is always mystery, lack of information, lack of insight or lack of detail surrounding an event. An eclipse does what it says on the label. It blots out what would normally be seen.





On July 20th, 1963 America went eclipse crazy. Even Peanuts mentioned it. The man who allegedly assassinated President John F. Kennedy was fired from his job the day before the eclipse took place.

Lee Harvey Oswald’s next job would be at the Texas School Book Depository, near where JFK would die. Polls show that most Americans do not accept the official verdict on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, even today.



When Lee Harvey Oswald was fired from his last job, at the Reily Coffee Company in New Orleans, before ultimately going to Texas, the total eclipse the following day saw the Sun and Moon at 27 Cancer.  Oswald lost his job on July 19th 1963 and America went dark on July 20th, one day later.

President John F. Kennedy was born on 29th May 1917 at 3.00pm in Brookline, Massachusetts with Saturn at 27 Cancer. Right on the eclipse point. Saturn is the toughest chart factor of all. An eclipse on your Saturn is not a good time to do anything dramatic, because you will not see what you need to see. You will not know, what you need to know. You will have a blind spot!

An eclipse is not necessarily negative. It may hit your Jupiter, which is the planet of problem-solving. However, you have to ask yourself if you want to proceed with any plan, event, decision or important discussion when things will be obscured from view. This image from The Daily Express in 1999 describes the famous eclipse over Britain that year. I saw it at Glastonbury when I was interviewed by Channel Four about its astrological meaning. Or rather – I didn’t see it. The whole sky went dark.

You can track the exact degrees of the eclipses to see if they hit your chart in your 2017 Moon Calendar if you are a Premium Member. Make sure you’ve downloaded it. You can print it, or keep it on your desktop.


Express co uk 1999 eclipse




2017 February 11th, February 26th, August 7th, August 21st.
2018 January 31st, February 15th, July 13th, July 27th, August 11th.
2019 January 6th, January 21st, July 2nd, July 16th, December 26th.
2020 January 10th, June 5th, June 21st, July 5th, November 30th, December 14th.



During a Solar Eclipse, we on earth are in the Moon’s shadow. During a Lunar Eclipse, our Moon is in shadow. The word ‘eclipse’ comes from an ancient Greek word for ‘darken’. We are left in the dark on an eclipse. We can’t see.  There may be a deliberate cover-up taking place.  The facts may be shadowy at best.

On a New Moon Eclipse – check for the area of your life (house) affected by each eclipse, which is a simple matter of looking at the sign. I use the Natural House system for the personal birth chart you have as a Premium Member. Accurate, nice and easy.

This is personal information based on your personal chart so only you really know the story here! It’s intensely private. If you don’t have your birth chart from me, please keep reading further to find out how eclipses affect your regular Sun Sign or ‘public’ astrology chart. All systems work. What you read below shows the inner you. Further down, you’ll see how an eclipse affects the public, or outer you.

An Eclipse in Aries – Image, Brand, Reputation, Name, Label, Personal Appearance, Profile
An Eclipse in Taurus – Money, Business, Corporations, Economy, Taxation, Houses, Apartments, Charity
An Eclipse in Gemini – The Internet, Emails, Hacking, Telephones, Faxes, Computers, Multimedia
An Eclipse in Cancer – Property, House, Family, Apartment, Home Town, Household, Homeland
An Eclipse in Leo – Children, Babies, Courtship, Royal Bedchamber, Heirs, Godchildren, Nieces, Nephews, Youth
An Eclipse in Virgo  – Body, Job, Lifestyle, Workload, Duty, Service, Fitness, Drugs, Food, Drink, Doctors
An Eclipse in Libra – Partners, Former Partners, Potential Partners, Enemies, Opponents, Rivals
An Eclipse in Scorpio – Finance, Property, Business, Wills, Testaments, Mortgages, Banks, Investments
An Eclipse in Sagittarius – Travel, Foreigners, Export, Publishing, Worldwide Web, Religion, Academia
An Eclipse in Capricorn – Corporations, Business, Government, Ambition. Success, Achievement
An Eclipse in Aquarius – Clubs, Teams, Societies, Associations, Guilds, Friends, Unions, Freemasons
An Eclipse in Pisces – Secrets, Classified Information, Confidential Concerns, Life Behind The Scenes

On a Full Moon, the Sun will be in one sign, and the Moon in another. Both will show you areas of life where there may be a lack of clarity, vision or murkiness to deal with. Look up both signs to see the areas of your life affected, as each eclipse comes around. If you’re a Premium Member, you’ll have your 2017 Moon Calendar from me which shows you every single eclipse.

An eclipse is neither positive nor negative. It’s just missing information, concealed facts, blind spots, and the simple business of not knowing/not seeing. The rest of your personal chart will tell you if it happens to be a problem or not. People often aren’t telling you things on an eclipse, or there may be a ‘to be continued…’ element to what goes down. An eclipse event will happen almost as soon as the Moon moves into the sign where there will be an eclipse and it’s usually easy to spot.




How do we make predictions with eclipses? It’s simple. Some eclipses are more important than others. If they take place in zodiac signs where we are also seeing major planetary alignments, the story becomes bigger.

On Monday 21st August 2017, we will see an eclipse falling with the Sun and Moon both at 28 Leo, which is a hotspot. Why? Because in May 2017, just three months before, the True North Node also passes 28 Leo. What does Leo rule? Children. Specifically, the children and younger people in any royal family. Why? Leo is the Royal sign.

Leo also describes the President in countries where there is no King or Queen. Prediction – The world’s karma (the True North Node) surrounding the younger members of families attached to Buckingham Palace and the White House (Leo) in May 2017, will be directly connected to a cover-up, or mystery, on 21st August (the eclipse). The new beginning then (the New Moon) involving these younger faces attached to the Queen or the President (Leo) will be unusual (an eclipse is rare). It will not show us what we need to see. (Eclipses conceal, they never reveal) It will hide from the world, what would normally be visible.

This is how astrologers make predictions. We take the whole astrological ‘sentence’ apart and decode it.

We can expand that prediction. Why? Because the eclipse falls at 28 Leo. Is there anything else at 28 degrees in August 2017? Yes. Chiron is at 28 Pisces and Uranus is at 28 Aries. From a global point of view, this is big. 

When people talk about ‘shadowy’ events or something ‘casting a shadow’ they are speaking the language of an eclipse. This is an old illustration of such a Moon Shadow, falling over England centuries ago. History and astrology teach us about eclipses.


Halley Eclipse




I’ve mentioned the story of Princess Diana in my notes on eclipses, but as you might expect, we also find them playing a major part in the 9/11 attacks and Watergate. We had a Lunar Eclipse on July 15th 1973 and on July 28th 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered the White House taping system to be disconnected.

We also saw a Total Lunar Eclipse across 20th and 21st January 2000. The first 9/11 hijackers secretly arrived in California in January 2000.



Your Sun Sign chart, or Solar Chart, shows the headlines of your life. It was created for the media, by the media, as a special technique. It works really well in revealing what is obvious to other people, about yourself and your world. Your personal birth chart (which you will have if you are a Premium Member) will tell you if you have anything at 28 degrees, which is where the August 21st, 2017 eclipse falls.

Your regular chart, based just on your sign, is just as important because it shows you what is easily understood by you and the people around you. So where will events be ‘in shadow’ and where will they be obscured? What area of life will blot out what you need to see and know? Please don’t be paranoid about this. Scaremongering astrology is just as stupid as happy hippy astrology (which is when you read about how an eclipse will be the best thing since Nag Champa incense).

All you need to know is this. Across August 20th, 21st, 22nd 2017 we have a New Moon, or new beginning, in the sign of Leo. Normally it would be straightforward, but this new beginning involves a cover-up, a blind spot, or low visibility. The area of your life affected (below) is thus where you need to put off choosing, acting, deciding until things become clearer. Simple.





Eclipses tend to give us a ‘bump’ a few weeks or months later. Sometimes it can be years as we realise what we did not know, or could not see at the time.

On a world scale, it may be some weeks or months before we feel the classic ‘bump’ of the Leo Moon eclipse in August 2017 and it will involve the younger members of the Royal family and probably, also, the younger faces surrounding the White House. At that point we should all go back, back, back to May and August 2017 to look for answers, because there will be a mystery or missing links. Leo is the royal sign which always rules the First Family or Royal Family. This dramatic cover-up is about the White House and Buckingham Palace.

What about your own life? What about your ‘heirs to the throne’ if you have Leo factors? Because the eclipse occurs at 28 Leo, for those of you old enough to remember, there may be a direct link with the events of October, November 1998 when we also saw the True North Node at 28 Leo. Can you think back that far? There is karma here, in the area of life you are about to discover below. It may be a children’s charity. It may be your children. It may be your godchild.

ARIES – Lovers. Babies. Children. Heirs to your throne. Courtship. Millennials. Youth. The royal bedchamber. Offspring.
TAURUS – House. Apartment. Family. Home Town. Homeland. Property investment. Tenants. Landlords. Builders.
GEMINI – The Worldwide Web. Your telephone. Your emails. The media. Multimedia. Education. Communication. Writing.
CANCER – Your money. Your house. Your business. Your apartment. Your charity Commitment. Your possessions.
LEO – Your image. Your reputation. Your title. Your Name. Your appearance. Your profile. Your portrait. Your cameo.
VIRGO – Your classified information. Your secrets. Your confidential concerns. The role you play behind the scenes.
LIBRA – Your friends. The group. Your private members’ club. Your team. Your band. Your political party. Your committee.
SCORPIO – Your job. Your career as a whole. Your university degree. Your unpaid work. Your vocation or higher calling.
SAGITTARIUS – Foreigners. Foreign religion. Regional differences. Academia. Education. Publishing. The Worldwide Web.
CAPRICORN – Finances. Business. Charity. Property. Your last will and testament. Mortgages. Banks. Company finances.
AQUARIUS – Your former, current or potential partner. Your arch enemy, rival or opponent. The person opposite.
PISCES – Your job. Your unpaid work. Your body. Your daily routine. Your housework. Your service and duty to others.


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I had just changed my job and was settling in with my new responsibilities coworkers etc in 1998. Is there a change coming in my career sector with this eclipse . 1998 1999 were happy years for me, busy but happy. Can you shed some light on how the eclipse would impact me. Thank you


Hey Jessica . . . Love your articles! I have 28 Leo at Uranus and Panacea – what does this mean for me? Thanks!

Jessica my comments are not showing . Any problem . Kindly let me know .

Hi Jessica,
What’s in store for me based on my Leo factors?

Thx NP

Hi Jessica,

How interesting, today here in London there is discussion about the murder of Jill Dando on 26th April 1999, on that day the North Node was at 19 Leo, 18 years ago. Today a hitman has come forward to say that he knows who committed this crime.
How great is Astrology, will the truth come out now ?

Hi Jessica, Another great article! I stumbled across your website a few months ago when in my horror over the politics in the USA I was looking for answers in the stars, and found your story (no longer up) on the predictions for the country. I quickly became a fan of all of your work and premium member. I have not been this excited over astrology in a long time, thank you! You are truly gifted and the time and effort you put into your work here is seen and felt. After reading my February horoscope, I was hoping you… Read more »

Hi Jessica,

I have Saturn at 28 degrees leo. I am a little worried about this eclipse. Will this trigger anything else in my chart.

Best regards

I have Panacea 28 in Leo . How it will affect me? Thx.

Hi Jessica,

I am a Leo and I note the eclipses/new moons are all happening in Leo! What does this mean for me in 2017. Sounds likes it going to be a landmark year!

Hi Jessica , brilliant article . I have Vulcans and aesculapia both at 29 Leo , so what can I expect in August . Also with 11 February eclipse I have north node at 22 Scorpio . How will this affect me now ?

Hi Jessica. I am new here :-)
A friend who swears by you gifted me a Premium membership:-)
I have 26 Leo in my chart. Does that count for anything?

Hi Jessica – Morning from NZ, thank you for the Blog, how will this affect my chart? Many thanks K

Dear Jessica,

Most interesting. I do remember the 1988 autumn as the time when I learned something that devastated me at the time, but later greatly influenced my life in a positive way. I have Pluto at 29 Leo and Diana at 28 Aquarius. What will this summer bring?
As for this week’s eclipse, I have Chiron at 22 Aq., and the one on the 26th is a degree away from my Mars in Pisces.
Thank you for any thought. And my best wishes to you.

Good morning jessica and it is the most amazing morning sittin in the park lookin over the ocean in burleigh heads qlds. Thank you for the opportunity to ask the question about my moon in leo which conjunct the eclipes …..how will this moment expand my life ….cheers deb

Dear Jessica,
Would you have any advice as to if/how this will affect my chart please? Trying to figure it out but an utter novice here!
Many thanks.

Hi Jessica. Fabulous article, as always. Would you say there would be something big happening for me at this eclipse on the 11th of Feb? Incidentally, I am anxiously awaiting if an employment contract will materialize with a group with which I have a complicated long story (and to make things more complicated, within the group there is a person that could be called serious lover potential with whom I also share a complicated year-long story). My jaw dropped when I saw this eclipse is happening at 22 Leo. But not sure what to make of it.

Yikes! Despite reassurance I do feel a bit of trepidation re eclipse 21/08/17. I am usually quite melancholic round this time. Nothing at 28 degrees but leo 27 sun, pluto virgo 28 and Minerva libra 29. My interpretation is be wise re former/ potential partners, I will feel it in my bones and I won’t see the full picture….this north node in aquarius has me intrigued….and I must admit to getting obsessional with this horoscope stuff….!

Hi Jessica! I have a question for you regarding this upcoming eclipse. I don’t have any planets at that degree so I don’t think it will directly impact me, however I know that sometimes effects of eclipses 6 months ago show up at the 6 month full moon (I totally may be wrong haha). On the august 2016 eclipse, this man I have had an on again off again relationship with for years asked me to have a baby with him and revealed that he already had a daughter (who he doesn’t have a relationship with) that I didn’t know… Read more »
Dear Jessica Following your predictions given at the beginning of the year regarding the influence of 1999 on many people around the world ,mostly Aquarians (but not exclusively), I have been reading my husbands’ diary for that year. What a year it was. There were many natural disasters around the world including 40,000 people killed by 1 earthquake in Turkey, mudslides, avalanches etc it never stopped all year. There were plenty of plane crashes and an oil tanker disaster off France. Jill Dando was murdered on her doorstep, the war in Serbia and Kosovo was raging at its ‘ worst,… Read more »

Well in Leo I have Psyche at 29 deg, Apollo at 26 deg and Aesculapia at 17 deg.
The only thing I have at 28 deg is Ceres in Libra
What does this mean for me please?
Can’t really see a correlation back in ’98, ’99. I was only 12 and 13 years old then!

HI Jessica,
Looks like I am going to get some more whammies. The Aquarius match with the penumbral eclipse on the 11th of Feb, May, and August with Leo at 6. The Mercury retrograde usually helps slam me too. Any recommendations? Thank you!

Hi Jessica,
Great article. I was wondering how this might affect my birth chart with regards to my Leo factors? Thanks

Hi Jessica

My North Node and Fortuna are 29 Leo and my Sun in 8 Pisces. Should I be worried about eclipses this year?

Hi Jessica, I am pregnant atm and the baby is due the end of June, is this eclipse going to effect me anyhow?

Dear Jessica,

as for solar eclipse in August 2017 , I have Moon 28 deg in Pisces. Can you tell me please in which way I could be affected?
And I would like to ask you, if it is possible, how the Lunar eclipse on February 11th is going to affect me while I have Diana in 22 Aquarius, Jupiter in 22 Aries and Mercury in 22 Libra.

Thank you for your explanation and help.

Dear Jess, I really appreciate your advice. How am I affected by this eclipse? My DOB15/10/74 12.01 pm Nuremberg Germany. I am still in a mess with my job… I am hopeless. Thanks in advance.

Hello Jessica,

For this Saturday’s Eclipse at 22 Leo it aspects my 22 Libra Vesta and my 22 Aquarius Vulcano. Will any significant happenings occur? I don’t know much about Vulcano, but with it opposing the Leo Eclipse Moon is it anything to be concerned or cautious about? I have a Cancer Ascendant and usually sense the Eclipse. I will also be affected by this August Eclipse having Venus 29 Leo. I’m actually looking forward to that Eclipse.

Hi Jessica,

I have Leo south node, and aquarius north node (also Mars and MC are aquarius)…how will this eclipse affect me,


I was finishing university in 1998 and was experiencing terrible love problems, cheating partner, end of unwanted pregnancy… would be nice to know things will be better this time…

Thank you Jessica this is really interesting and I have tried to interpret – this certainly does seem a big year for Leo’s (me) I have Leo at 25dg so I am thinking most of this will pass me by, with only Saturn at 28dg Pisces – I am thinking its going to be mostly about what i keep secret? and how I wish I had a diary to look back on for any idea of what I should have learnt all those years ago and probably didn’t as seem to make same or similar mistakes, and would like to… Read more »

Thank you for the article.

Could you tell me what the eclipses might mean for me?

My ascendant is at 28 degrees Leo opposite Saturn at 28 degrees Saturn. I would really appreciate your thoughts on what the August eclipse might mean for me.

With huge thanks for a fantastic astrology website.

Ah…Very Interesting! But this August 2017 eclipse relates to yesterday’s eclipse (Feb. 10, 2017 Leo) right? I’ve been anticipating this Feb 10 one for a while now and wondering what will result (I had a potential band-creation business meeting with a singer this past week – I am a musician, who has been sideline by massive health issues & always hoping that things will finally turn around & get myself back on the road to healing/playing again!)…. I have *alot* of Virgo factors *I’m told* (3 is alot?? lol = Merc., Mars., Pluto, but I have Leo Moon @11 deg.… Read more »

Hi Jessica, Enjoy the blog and the tweet.

My birthday is Feb. 28 and is very close to the eclipse this year. Also, I’ve got Sun and Jupiter in Pisces as well as Uranus/Pluto in opposition in Virgo. Anything I need to watch out for during this coming eclipse?

Thank you!

Hi Jessica, The eclipses seem to trigger a number of points in my chart. Just this weekend I have seen the former job I was retrenched from go online. I was told I could apply for it last year when that happened, but my feeling is that I’ve been jerked around there and l’m done. At the same time I also find that last idea ( I’m done !) as hard to accept, as my mind says jobs in my field are hard to come by I need the money etc. At the same time last year as I was… Read more »

Posting again with hopes that you’ll be freer to comment. Thanks!

Hi, Jessica. What does this say about my personal and partnership upheaval? I’ve read elsewhere that this eclipse is significant for those who have signs at 22. I have Sag in first house at 22 and psyche at 22. My husband has Panacea in Scorpio at 22 and is a Leo with the first house at 7. Judging from this and my chart, would you kindly shed some light regarding this and 2017 eclipses? It’s been tough! Thank you!

Reposting :)

Hi Jessica

As you can see from my charts 28 factors IC and MC – Gemini and Sagittarius. Seems to largely be a communication issue? So would this mean holding off on launching a website or blog for example ?


Hi Jessica
I have Venus making a t square with Fortuna and Aesculapia near 28, can you tell me how the eclipse may have an effect to this challenge.

Hi Jessica, I am reposting this as I am really keen to hear what you have to say in this area, although I completely understand that there was a lot of interest in this blog and you are inundated with questions. I seem to have a both a Leo and an Aquarian stellium, but much more Leo. Reading the comments above the Leo referred to a past, present, or potential partner. The person who fitted all of these three catagories for me passed unexpectedly late last year so I am not quite sure what to make of it all. If… Read more »
Hi Jessica, Thanks for all of your interesting articles. So if on the 7th of August at the partial eclipse the Sun 15 Leo op Moon 15 Aquarius, and I have sun at 15 Leo, what should I be thinking about? i would be really grateful if you could put to bed all of the dodgy things that I have read about sun 15 Leo for a start. Then at the total solar eclipse on 21st of August, Sun 28 Leo conjunct Moon 28 Leo, and I have Uranus at 29 Leo, what does this mean? Just looking through the… Read more »

Hi again, reposting this as well, thanks!

Hi Jessica,
From my chart I have IC and MC in Scorpio at 27 degrees and Pallas in Taurus at 28 degrees and Mercury in Taurus at 27 degrees. Will the Aug eclipse trigger my chart in a major way?

Thanks for your insight

Dear Jessica,

My Vesta is in 26 degree Leo. What can you tell me from my chart in my relationship area.

Thanks in advance,

Hi Jessica, is having my south node at Pisces 8 going to have a lot of effect on me during the feb 26 eclipse? I also have quite a few other planets at 8 degrees, does this affect those as well or only Pisces? I have heard from an employee of a company that I have been trying to get hired on with for some time that they are considering me, would this eclipse touch on that at all? In December 2015 this company offered me a job to replace a man who was retiring, however right after they offered… Read more »

Dearest Jessica, I have Minerva 27Leo50, but also Sun and Ops in Aries at degrees close to 28. My Diana is at 28 Capricorn, and have Moon 29 Pisces. This seems important, but please give me a closer insight about the meaning this August eclipse for me.
All the best!

Hi Jessica

In 1998 was a tough year for me and my son (then 1yr old ) as my husband passed away. By October/November of that year I was a bit of a mess – grieving (but trying to be strong), being a single parent, trying to find work and so on. I had wonderful family and friends who helped me through. What this might mean for me come eclipse time this year. Capricorn sun/ Pisces moon.

Hi Jessica,
I am wondering how Venus 8 Pisces and Mercury 8 Aquarius will effect me on the February 26th eclipse? Thanks so much for all your amazing insights!

Hi Jessica,
Just had some bad news about my health. So close to this eclipse is it possible it’s not accurate?

Hi Jessica,
Gee how right were you about the Academy Awards Eclipse strangeness prediction! That best picture La La Land and Moonlight blunder that just happened was a classic. Even the word Moonlight is very Eclipse-like. Cheers

Hello Jessica, I am so glad that I chose to be a member on your site. I have factors in Leo what that does mean for me? Can you please also give me a hint about the eclipses on my chart.
Thank you very much Jessica

Hello Jessica, I just read your response to my health question. Many thanks, I was beginning to think there was nothing I could do to change the result. But I can at least try. I have checked out Hygeia and will now follow some coincidental info that could be helpful and am more optimistic that it will help. Thanks for the encouragement

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