Solar Eclipse and New Moon (1)

We might ask ourselves why solar and lunar eclipses are given such weight in mundane astrology and to a lesser extent in natal astrology where the pre- and postnatal eclipse might be of significance. In order to understand the influence of a solar eclipse it might be helpful to look at the New Moon first.

How does the New Moon present itself to us? First of all she can be “seen” at night, but indirectly, namely by her notable absence. The New Moon is invisible. She has reached the stage of her monthly cycle where she completely lacks light. But this stage also marks the beginning of a new cycle of gaining in fullness of light. At New Moon she has the most potential. Potential being understood here as a condition between two different states. Between growth/waxing and decay/waning.

The New Moon is cazimi, in the heart of the Sun. This is like a lover’s embrace from which she becomes pregnant with the light of the Sun. The “Sol and Luna” poem, first published in 1550 in the “Rosarium philosophorum” describes this quite nicely (I present first the original German text and then an English translation):

“O Luna, durch meyn umbgeben
und süsse mynne,
Wirstu schön starck
und gewaltig als ich bin.

O Sol, du bist über all liecht zu erkennen.
So bedarfftu doch mein
als der han der hennen.”

“Oh Luna, enfolded by me
and sweet Minne (love)
you will become as strong
and powerful as I am.

Oh, Sol you are above all lights
the greatest known
But you need me/mine
as the rooster the hen.”

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