- Written by Philip Graves - 21 Jan 2004
What is a prenatal eclipse?
is the last eclipse of the Sun to have occurred before birth. It isconsidered by karmic astrologers such as the late Rose Lineman to be the primarysignificator of the karmic path of the individual, indicating all past life karma (debts andassets alike) that is relevant to the current lifetime; the kinds of relationships andperplexing situations in the present incarnation required for karmic progress; the meansof resolving karmic problems; a path to spiritual understanding; and certain facets of evolutionary progress. Non-believers in reincarnation and karma will find the theoriesoutlined in this article tenuous. They are presented here nonetheless for informationpurposes.Eclipses occur in groups of between four and six spread over about a year. Each group isknown as belonging to a particular
, the full cycle of nineteen of whichrecurs once every approximately 18 years. Eclipses always occur at the lunar nodes,since they are where the Moon's orbit of Earth intersects the ecliptic, or plane throughwhich the Earth orbits the Sun, thereby providing a necessary condition of geometricalignment for an eclipse to occur. Each Saros series manifests as at least two North Nodeeclipses, marked N in the prenatal eclipse table linked below, and at least two SouthNode eclipses, marked S.
Finding the prenatal eclipse
Use the accompanying table
for births between 1940 and 1999. The last solareclipse in the table below to have begun before your moment of birth is your
(PE). The accompanying lunar eclipse(s) (LE), as defined below, are validwhether they occur before or after birth.
Prenatal eclipse interpretation
In natal interpretation, the prenatal eclipse (marked PE on a figure) is consideredtogether with the
of its series (marked IE), as shown in the table below;and with any lunar eclipses that occur a couple of weeks before or after the prenataleclipse
(there is always at least one, and occasionally two)
, which always occur at theopposite lunar node from the prenatal eclipse, and are known as
(marked LE). Also considered is the
, as explained below.The PE is interpreted in the nativity with reference to its sign and house placement, andaspects, using the same orbs as are used for any planet for the type of aspect concerned.Its
placement shows the common interests and causes of the PE generation; andthe gift of awareness that the generation is responsible for sharing with the collective.But on a personal level it will be more strongly expressed where there is found an angleor a strong planet or multiple planets in the same sign; and the positive and negativesign potentials will be brought out by harmonious and inharmonious aspects to the PE inthe figure. [The domicile rulers of the
sign colorations further colourthe sign influence.] Its sign
shows characteristics of personality that have beeninsufficiently developed (or misused) in previous incarnations, and therefore requirepersonal focus in the current life; and also indicates a suitable manner for the resolutionof karmic problems, but this will require adjustment if it conflicts with the overallelemental balance of the nativity. Its
placement describes activities and