In my January 26 2020 article The Coronavirus and Astrology, Part 1 I looked at the 2019 Boxing day eclipse and called it the Coronavirus Eclipse because its appearance echoes the coronavirus and it occurred just as the world was waking up to what was to become a pandemic.
I described an annular solar eclipse as “…when the Moon is further away from the earth than normal and does not completely cover the Sun’s disk. The result is a corona on the outside rim of the Sun’s disk. The main feature of an annular eclipse is the corona, the ‘rim of fire’, that surrounds the blackened disk of the Moon.”
On June 21 2020 we have another annular eclipse , this time opposite (within 3 degrees) the same place in the zodiac as the 2019 Boxing Day eclipse.
This eclipse begins in the Congo, passes through Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan , Northern India, China, directly through Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and is also visible in Wuhan and Beijing. Eclipses are considered to be most potent in areas of visibility. The path of this annular eclipse passes through and is visible (cloud permitting) in a number of areas associated with conflict, crisis and tension, including Yemen, Kashmir, Tibet, Wuhan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
In this article I will focus on China and look at America and Australia in a separate article.
Shown here are the 2019 and 2020 annular solar eclipse charts, set for Wuhan in China. When set for Beijing there are only minor differences and the Ascendant sign does not change.
- The Ascendant axes are reversed
- The Suns oppose each other, which is to be expected for charts 6 months apart.
- The Moons oppose each other
- In both charts the eclipse is in the ninth house
- Mars trine Mars
- Mars sextiles Pluto in both charts.
- Saturn is angular in both charts, conjunct the MC/IC axis, in mundane opposition.
- In both charts the Ascendant ruler is either in the eighth house or within 5 degrees of the cusp.
There is so much to talk about here so I will just focus on a few basics.
The eclipse of the Sun
In both charts it is the Sun which is eclipsed, and we need to ask what does the Sun represent?
In the 2019 chart the Sun rules the fifth house of fun and pleasure. With the state imposed lockdowns entertainment and associated enjoyments were minimised. In the 2020 chart the Sun rules the tenth house and represents the country’s leaders and administration which are eclipsed, challenged, in some type of crisis.
One important difference between the 2 charts is that in the 2019 chart the leaders are in absolute control, represented by Saturn in rulership conjunct the Midheaven. In the second chart the Sun rules the tenth house and therefore it the leadership that is eclipsed. What this means in practical terms is difficult to say. Power plays within Chinese leadership are renowned for being opaque and Xi Jinping appears to be in complete control. The eclipse may simply mean a new approach to taken to questions of international relations, or some about-turn, perhaps an important adjustment to counter new realities. Unlike the Moon in the 2019 chart, the 2020 Moon in Cancer is very powerful, and perhaps China will dare to flex its muscles on the international stage.
The ninth house in both charts shows a focus on international relationships. In the 2019 horoscope the ninth house is ruled by Jupiter in its fall and China has been embroiled in difficult confrontations. In this 2019 chart the debilitated Moon applies directly to Jupiter, amplifying the difficulties. In the 2020 chart the ninth house ruler Mercury is retrograde. However it is the powerful Cancer Moon which takes control, ruling both Mercury and the Sun.
Ascendant axis reversal
The Ascendant ruler of the 2019 chart is Mars powerfully placed in Scorpio conjunct the eighth cusp, revealing a focus on death and loss. In the 2020 the Ascendant ruler is Venus, ruled by ninth house Mercury, the planet which rules money and exchange. Venus in the eighth again shows issues with death and loss. In this 2020 chart Mars rules the second house of finances and aspects its ruler Jupiter. Unfortunately Jupiter is ill-disposed in the sign of Capricorn. Economic challenges demand attention.
Saturn in Aquarius on the IC
While Saturn on the MC in the 2019 chart showed the iron fist of authority in complete control during the pandemic emergency, in the 2020 Saturn is placed in the opposite position on the IC. Here it is very strong in the warm moist air sign of Aquarius. The fourth house represents land property and its produce and Saturn represents borders. This placement may indicate the imposition of borders within China, to quarantine various regional areas against a second wave of the coronavirus, and on the outside to build a tariff wall against foreigners.
Aquarius has often been called a ‘humane’ sign, and Saturn here suggests some kind of social contract with the people. It is however a powerful symbol of authority and the enforcement of law will leave no one in doubt about who is in charge.
US and Australia
On my return from a trip to the Highlands next week I will look at the 2020 annular solar eclipse chart in relation to the US and Australia.