Eclipse Cycles Run On Time
Eclipse cycles run on time, far more than trains or periods. For an astro-phenom that evokes so much apprehension, they’re predictable. You can time them down to the minute, at least you can if you want to geek out over the NASA Eclipse database. They’re super-exact and they even explain the perennial Nine-year cycle in numerology.
Historically, it was so difficult to predict them that you could make an epic career for yourself as an Eclipse Broker. Nobody called themselves that; they were advisors, astrologers, engineers, priestesses, poets, and ambitious third cousins of unpopular Empresses.
Think about it: anyone able to time the crescendo of their speech to the people with the moment of an actual Eclipse had a stunning advantage. “And behold as I denounce the usurper, the sky shall darken…” you’d say, gesticulating across the sky as if you conducted the elements. When the birds fell silent and the sky darkened, you were in with the people, who would see you as some sort of Olympian insider.
Numerologists Are Referencing Eclipses
You can’t buy that sort of dramatic backdrop, although it would be annoying if you had to repeat yourself ten times because someone miscalculated. The first exactly timed Solar Eclipse on record was on October 22, 2134 BC and we know this because two Ancient Chinese astrologers were apparently executed for getting the date wrong.
Of course, the sky-darkening and ‘hark unto me’ special effects only occur if your location is in the path of the Eclipse. But more relevantly, Eclipses repeat and echo in precise cycles of 9 years and 5.5. days + 18 years, 11 days, and nine hours. The longer Eclipse Return links with the Moon’s Nodes and is exactly 222 Moon cycles. The so-called Saros sequence is ancient, the very name is from a Mesopotamian measure of time – 3600 years, apparently.
The half-Saros – 111 Moon months or nine years + five days as above – underpins the big-in-numerology nine-year cycle.
How does this affect you?
Know Your Personal Nine Year
In the classic version of the numerological ‘this is a nine year’ or whichever year it is, they’re adding the year as – say 2021 = 2 + 0 + 2 + 1 = 5. And then you are supposed to add your birth month and day onto that to arrive at your current numerology year: Nines are ending years, two are pair-bonding-ish, and a whole array of other meanings that I don’t personally ascribe to.
But when you put the Eclipse Cycle in, nine-year cycles are super resonant. If you were born in October 1977, for instance, you were born near a Solar Eclipse that is part of Saros 143, repeating in 1995 and 2013.
It’s linked to a Lunar Eclipse series that occurred in 1986, 2004, and – soon – next year – 2022. So it’s a nine-year cycle of alternating Lunar and Solar Eclipses.
Every nine years you experience an Eclipse that pings off your birth energy and – in ancient metrics – your destiny and sovereign potential. The closer you were born to an Eclipse, the more potent it is. This means the ages of nine, 18, 27 (shout out to Saturn Return at the same time), 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90, and 99 are primed for extra awareness and intensity.
This goes for anyone, no matter when they were born: those are your natal Eclipse years.
Be Your Own Eclipse Broker
Using the 1977 example, you can also see how the numerology is kind of cool: it adds up to Six – 1 + 9 + 7 +& = 24 = 2 + 4 = 6. They all do. This could be the origin of Feng Shui’s Flying Stars as well. Every nine years the number of the year adds up the same number. You can see why some people think numbers are magic.
Some people specialize in eclipses – they would be so sorted if they could time-travel back a millennium and wow the despotic one-percenters of the era – and see different Saros series as having various characteristics.
But for you personally, rather than thinking ‘oh fuq another Eclipse season’ – assess the mood of the related cycles. They’re extra meaningful New or Full Moons and what matters most is the connections you make to them.
Personalize it: your last multiple-of-nine birthday was your Nine year – dramatic rebirths and realizations and the one following a ‘One’ year and so on.
I’m updating Power Moons to be super-Eclipse intensive and feeding some of the Power Moons content (that people, like I think,) into the Daily Personal Horoscopes.