The March 9th Solar Eclipse 2016

by Agent 72 – Bill Meridian

The March 2016 Solar Eclipse

By Bill Meridian

The eclipse is on March 8th at 8:54 pm EST. There are several different ways to analyze eclipses in mundane astrology. This eclipse will have a strong effect in the Middle East. This analysis will use the Saros Cycle approach.

Solar Eclipse March 98 2016

A Saros cycle consists of 69 to 82 eclipses. The average is 72.1, and the most common number is 71. A lunar series ranges from 70 to 84, averaging 73.8. In time, solar Saros cycles vary. Because the interval between eclipses of the same series is 18.03 years, a 71-eclipse series spans 1262 years. About 82 series run concurrently. The area of the Earth struck and the shape of the shadow are dependent upon the position of the eclipse within the cycle.

The first solar eclipse in a series can strike the planet either at the south or north pole. If the eclipse occurs at the descending lunar Node, then it hits Earth at the south pole. The reverse is true of an eclipse at the ascending Node. The series beginning at that south pole will then slowly work its way north every 18.03 years. The series will expire with the last eclipse striking the north pole. The eclipses at the extremes are the peripheral eclipses which tend to be weak. They are partial because only the penumbra is brushing the Earth. Also, they darken uninhabited areas. As the tracks move north or south, the umbra darkens the planet, and the annular or total eclipses begin. The center eclipse is determined by a quantity called ‘gamma.’ This is the distance, expressed in Earth radii, of the axis of the lunar shadow from the center of the Earth. A negative value means that the center of the shadow is south of the Earth’s center; positive values are north. One eclipse in a Saros series will have the smallest absolute value of gamma- this is the center eclipse in the series. Such eclipses tend to be very powerful in effect. Note that the center eclipses in any given series (those with relatively low gamma) tend to be total. Also, they tend to hit the planet’s center, enabling them to hit more areas. The July 11, 1991 solar eclipse of Saros 136 was such an eclipse and occurred a month before the Soviet coup attempt.

Eclipses that are members of a given Saros cycle carry the same theme forward. The March solar eclipse is a member of Saros cycle 130. The last two in this cycle occurred on February 26, 1998 and on February 16, 1980. Both the 1980 and 1998 eclipses relate to current areas of conflict.

In 1980:

          • President Carter was at odds with the USSR over their invasion of Afghanistan
          • The USA broke diplomatic relations with Iran and tried to rescue American hostages, and the deposed Shah died
          • Iraq invaded Iran
          • There was a failed assassination attempt against Syria’s Assad. This eclipse does oppose the current Syrian President’s Sun (September 11, 1965), a sign of a fall from power.

In 1998:

          • The 2016 eclipse path shadows Indonesia, and on February 26, 1998, there were anti-Chinese riots in Indonesia
          • Two US embassies in Africa were bombed. The attacks were linked to Bin Laden and Sudan was attacked by missiles in retaliation
          • Pakistan tested its first nuclear bomb.

We can see the connections to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The eclipses suggest ongoing instability in these areas. Indonesia is the one area on earth that is most crisscrossed by eclipse shadows in the coming years. I think that we can expect unrest in Indonesia.

Charles Jayne and later, Bernadette Brady, both wrote that the first eclipse in a Saros cycle may very well set the tone for the entire cycle. Jayne did work in this area to prove the point. This certainly appears to be the case with this cycle. Saros Cycle 130 began in the year 1096. In that year, Christian Europeans launched a series of holy wars aimed at gaining control of Jerusalem from the Muslim Arabs and Seljuk Muslims. The residents considered the Crusades to be an invasion by European outsiders. The Christian sacking of Jerusalem and the massacre of its Muslim and Jewish residents during the first Crusade are recalled as tragedies. On October 21st, 1096, Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeated these crusaders. This first eclipse certainly explains the historical connection to the shadowed lands. Projecting this theme into this year, we are likely to see Europe pushing back against migrants and terrorist bases in the Middle East. Already, British PM Cameron has raised the possibility of sending ground troops to foreign countries.


Within a Saros Cycle, the eclipse shadow slips westward by 120 degrees from one eclipse to the next. Eclipses that occur every 54 years are more important because the shadow is visible from the same area. Turning to the eclipse sequence, we look back 3 Saros cycle repetitions within the same Saros Cycle which takes us to 1962, the year that France granted independence to Algeria after a long war. Some French radicals opposed the act, and there was an assassination attempt against President DeGaulle.

Here is some confirmation from another method. Looking at an ACG map, we see that Mars and Saturn are on the MC of a chart set for the March Aries ingress running through Algeria. We also see that the lunar eclipse is on the MC in Algeria for the March 23rd lunar eclipse. If we take the path of the March 9th solar eclipse and extend its eastern end at about 32 north latitude, the extension line cuts through Algeria. The likely result will be a change of leadership in Algiers. The connection in France may develop in the following way. There may be a terrorist attack in France that somehow connects to the North African nation. I first wrote these words in May of 2015 before the Paris attack on November 13, 2015 when Mars opposed the March 2015 eclipse degree. My May comments were aimed at 2016, but it is likely that the November attack is the beginning of a series of events that will culminate in 2016. As I was writing these words, Bloomberg News reported that terrorists have threatened the French president and French business leaders.

Mars will trigger the sensitive degrees in these time periods: the April 17th Mars station, early June, late July, and in December.

The next eclipse in series 130 promises to be most important because it falls on March 20, 2034. This places the eclipse at zero Aries, a world point. Such eclipses are important for the world in general as were the June 2001 (0 Cancer) and March 2015 eclipses (0 Aries). The chart will have the violent combination of Mars square Pluto in hard angles to the eclipse degree. This will be a most volatile time period.


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