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- Written by Apologetic One - 21 Jan 2004
What is a prenatal eclipse?
A prenatal eclipse is the last eclipse of the Sun to have occurred before birth. t is
considered by !ar"ic astrologers such as the late #ose $ine"an to be the pri"ary
signification of the !ar"ic path of the individual% indicating all past life !ar"a &debts
and assets ali!e' that is relevant to the current lifeti"e( the !inds of relationships and
perple)ing situations in the present incarnation re*uired for !ar"ic progress( the
"eans of resolving !ar"ic proble"s( a path to spiritual understanding( and certain
facets of evolutionary progress. +on-believers in reincarnation and !ar"a ,ill find
the theories outlined in this article tenuous. -hey are presented here nonetheless for
.clipses occur in groups of bet,een four and si) spread over about a year. .ach group
is !no,n as belonging to a particular Saros series% the full cycle of nineteen of ,hich
recurs once every appro)i"ately 1/ years. .clipses al,ays occur at the lunar nodes%
since they are ,here the 0oon1s orbit of .arth intersects the ecliptic% or plane through
,hich the .arth orbits the Sun% thereby providing a necessary condition of geo"etric
align"ent for an eclipse to occur. .ach Saros series "anifests as at least t,o +orth
+ode eclipses% "ar!ed + in the prenatal eclipse table lin!ed belo,% and at least t,o
South +ode eclipses% "ar!ed S.
Finding the prenatal eclipse
2se the acco"panying table here for births bet,een 1340 and 1333. -he last solar
eclipse in the table belo, to have begun before your "o"ent of birth is your prenatal
eclipse &4.'. -he acco"panying lunar eclipse&s' &$.'% as defined belo,% are valid
,hether they occur before or after birth.
Prenatal eclipse interpretation
n natal interpretation% the prenatal eclipse &"ar!ed 4. on a figure' is considered
together ,ith the initial eclipse of its series &"ar!ed .'% as sho,n in the table belo,(
and ,ith any lunar eclipses that occur a couple of ,ee!s before or after the prenatal
eclipse (there is always at least one, and occasionally two)% ,hich al,ays occur at the
opposite lunar node fro" the prenatal eclipse% and are !no,n as accompanying lunar
eclipses &"ar!ed $.'. Also considered is the key planet% as e)plained belo,.
-he 4. is interpreted in the nativity ,ith reference to its sign and house place"ent%
and aspects% using the sa"e orbs as are used for any planet for the type of aspect
concerned. ts sign place"ent sho,s the co""on interests and causes of the 4.
generation( and the gift of a,areness that the generation is responsible for sharing
,ith the collective. 5ut on a personal level it ,ill be "ore strongly e)pressed ,here
there is found an angle or a strong planet or "ultiple planets in the sa"e sign( and the
positive and negative sign potentials ,ill be brought out by har"onious and
inhar"onious aspects to the 4. in the figure. 6-he do"icile rulers of the decan and
dwad sign colorations further colour the sign influence.7 ts sign element sho,s
characteristics of personality that have been insufficiently developed &or "isused' in
previous incarnations% and therefore re*uire personal focus in the current life( and also
indicates a suitable "anner for the resolution of !ar"ic proble"s% but this ,ill re*uire
ad8ust"ent if it conflicts ,ith the overall ele"ental balance of the nativity. ts house
place"ent describes activities and relationships that teach !ar"ic lessons% produce
!ar"ic progress% and can be used to ,or! out !ar"ic situations and resolve !ar"ic
debts. ts aspects lin! the general potentials of the 4. as indicated by its sign and
house place"ent to proble"s &sho,n by inhar"onious aspects' and resolutions
&sho,n by har"onious ones'% ta!ing into consideration the general nature and
place"ent of each aspected planet. 9ar"onious aspects act as channels to spiritual
gro,th% ,hile inhar"onious ones tend to inhibit it% re*uiring effort for this bloc!age
to be overco"e.
n !ar"ic astrology% *uincun)es are considered to *ualify as "a8or aspects% and are
accorded special significance as indicators of a disposition to repeat !ar"ic errors% the
resolution of ,hich inclination re*uires individual effort.
-he Dispositor of the 4. (the almuten of its sign and degree placement) sheds further
light% by its sign and house position in the figure% upon the !ar"ic resources and
situations that ,ill "anifest in the life.
Where t,o prenatal solar eclipses occurred since the last lunar eclipse before birth%
the individual &and his : her 4. generation' has the responsibility to share t,o lessons
n predictive astrology% aspects thro,n by transiting or progressed planets to the natal
4. activate the release of the latent potentials of the 4.% ta!ing into account the aspect
type as ,ell as the general nature and place"ent of the aspecting planet. ;on8unctions
and inhar"onious aspects by transit and progression trigger events% ,hereas
har"onious aspects produce conditions or circu"stances that aid the individual to
van*uish !ar"ic bloc!ages.
n synastry% aspects fro" the prenatal eclipse of one individual to planets in the
nativity of the other indicate certain !ar"ic functions of the relationship.
Types of prenatal eclipse
Total solar eclipses sho, a need for initiative and hard ,or! in order to utilise the
potential of the 4.. Annular solar eclipses bring an innate consciousness that assists
in the realisation of ho, to "a!e the "ost of !ar"ic assets% although not directly
opening the ,ay to the". Partial solar eclipses bring not only a,areness of but also
easy access to the situations and relationships in life that serve as !ar"ic assets.
orth ode solar eclipses indicate an evolutionary state characterised by relative
ease of access to spiritual enlighten"ent% and freedo" fro" negative preconceptions
that "ay have prevented !ar"ic progress in previous incarnations. South ode solar
eclipses indicate the inheritance fro" previous incarnations of deeply ingrained
negative biases that inhibit spiritual develop"ent% ,hich% until the individually
consciously overco"es the"% ,ill be inclined to prevent the resolution of !ar"ic
Finding the Initial Eclipse
n the table belo, are listed the initial eclipses for the +orth +ode &+' and South
+ode &S' "anifestations of each series. Series "ar!ed 1-=1 are the earlier version of
t,o concurrent versions of the sa"e series.
Ser!"! ode Ser!"!South ode Ser!!"
1...>.1<? ;ap....>.23? $eo - 0? @ir>
2...>.2A? Be"ini.>..2? -aurus......>
<...>.22? $ibra..>.2C? $eo.........>
4...>.11? Be"ini.>.2C? Aries.......>
D...>.13? $ibra..>.22? ;ancer......>
A...>.2/? -aurus.>.22? 4isces......>
C...>.1C? $ibra..>..C? ;ancer......>
/...>..A? Be"ini.>.11? Aries.......>
3-..>.1C? $eo....>..D? ;ancer......>
3...>.2/? $eo....>.2A? ;ancer......>
10..>.10? -aurus.>.2A? 4isces......>
11..>.1A? $eo....>.23? Be" - 0? ;an>
12..>.2/? -aurus.>.2<? A*uarius....>
1<..>.21? $eo....>..A? Be"ini......>
14..>.1D? -aurus.>.10? @irgo.......>
1D..>.2C? ;ancer.>.24? Be"ini......>
1A..>..A? 4isces.>.2/? @irgo.......>
1C..>..D? $eo....>.11? Be"ini......>
1/..>.21? A*u....>..<? @irgo.......>
13..>.21? ;ancer.>.&+ot Eno,n'.....>
Initial Eclipse Interpretation
-he . acts si"ilarly to the Fispositor of the 4.% in lin!ing the 4.1s scope for
"anifestation to another area of the figure. n interpretation% its sign place"ent acts as
a subtle filter through ,hich the sign place"ent of the 4. "ust function% ,hile its
house place"ent lin!s the affairs of the house concerned to those of the house
tenanted by the 4.% sho,ing issues au)iliary and supple"entary to those of the 4.
house. Where the 4. and . occupy signs of the sa"e ele"ent or are related by
li!enesses in the do"icile rulership of the secondary and tertiary sign influences
conferred by each of their decan and d,ad place"ents% the sign place"ent of the .
,ill support and strengthen that of the 4..
Aspects fro" the .% the consideration of ,hich is restricted to a 2? orb and to "a8or
aspect types only% describe innate attitudes that "ay help or hinder character
develop"ent and spiritual gro,th% in accordance ,ith the aspect type% and the general
nature and sign and house place"ent of the aspected planet or angle. 9ar"onious
aspects indicate positive attributes inherited fro" previous incarnations% ,hile
inhar"onious ones ,arn serve as ,arnings against the negative potentials of the
house place"ent of the aspected planet or point in connection ,ith the sign place"ent
of the ..
Any natal aspect fro" the . to the 4. is of particular i"portance% elevating the
significance of the . in interpretation to al"ost e*ual ran!ing ,ith the 4..
Aspects by transit or progression to the . activate the latent potentials of the 4..
The Accompanying #unar Eclipse
-he $. sho,s instinctual responses to the !ar"ic situations connected ,ith the 4.%
and unconscious attributes of the inner self inherited fro" previous incarnations. ts
sign place"ent indicates the "anner of instinctive response to !ar"ic situations and
events( ,hile its house place"ent sho,s situations and relationships that bring
spiritual support to the individual and activities that constructively release inner
Aspects to the $. are considered only by "a8or aspect types and restricted to a 2? orb.
9ar"onious ones sho, appropriate instinctive reactions ,hich the individual should
endeavour to develop and put to use. nhar"onious ones sho, inappropriate reactions
,hich the individual should try to control% since they i"pede positive spiritual
A total lunar eclipse sho,s the "ost deeply entrenched habits of instinctive reaction%
and brings the capability for auto"atic utilisation of positive inner response
tendencies but restricts the recognition of negative ones and the develop"ent of "ore
constructive responses in their place. -hose habits indicated by a partial lunar eclipse
are relatively "ildly set% and those sho,n by an annular lunar eclipse still "ore lightly
-he 4. and $. ,ill al,ays be in either opposition or *uincun) relation to each other%
by sign and house place"ent ¬ counting degrees'. 5y sign place"ent% relation by
opposition sho,s a perfect co"ple"ent bet,een the individual1s "anner of inner
e)pression &indicated by the $.' and "anner of outer e)pression &indicated by the
4.' in response to !ar"ic situations. #elation by *uincun) sho,s a re*uire"ent for
inner ad8ust"ent as a precondition to the opti"al utilisation of lunar energies in
addressing the !ar"ic situations and issues indicated by the place"ent of the 4.. 5y
house place"ent% relation by opposition lends to the affairs of the house tenanted by
the $. a supportive influence upon the !ar"ically relevant activities of the house
tenanted by the 4.. #elation by *uincun) brings a distressful disparity bet,een the
instinctive response to !ar"ic situations and the nature of those situations.
Where the $. occurs before the 4.% the response to the conditions sho,n by the 4. is
relatively passive% reflecting the ,aning &decreasing in light' of the 0oon in the
interi" period. Where the 4. succeeds the $.% the response to the conditions sho,n
by the 4. is active and characterised by initiative and reactions co"patible ,ith the
condition of the 0oon in the nativity% reflecting the ,a)ing &increasing in light' of the
0oon in the period bet,een the solar and lunar eclipses.
f there are t,o $.s% one before and one after the 4.% both re*uire interpretation
separately% by their place"ent in the figure and their relation to the 4..
Prenatal #unar Eclipse
Earen 0c;oy and Jan Spiller separately interpret the last lunar eclipse before birth%
regardless of any series connection to the prenatal solar eclipse% as an indicator of
*ualities the individual needs to ta!e on% and lessons the soul desires to learn% in the
current incarnation. -hey stipulate that ,here t,o prenatal lunar eclipses occurred
since the prenatal solar eclipse% the individual has a dual destiny ,ith t,o lessons to
learn and issues to address. -hese authors also theorise that "edical proble"s related
to the sign place"ents of either solar or lunar prenatal eclipses arise ,hen the life
lessons indicated by the eclipse concerned are poorly psychologically integrated.
-he planet or lu"inary i""ediately after the prenatal eclipse in the natal figure &as
counted for,ard through the signs% anti-cloc!,ise in the figure' is ter"ed the key
planet and is said to indicate facets of the i""ediately preceding incarnation that
bear !ar"ically upon the present one.
-he !ey planet is also considered by aspects% especially those to the 4.% $. and .%
and by its distance fro" the 4.. Aspects to any planets in the figure sho, connections
bet,een the current and previous incarnations. nhar"onious aspects are said to
indicate !ar"ic proble"s ,hose resolution in the previous incarnation ,as
inco"plete and ineffective% calling thus for rene,ed and "ore effectual attention in
the present lifeti"e.
-he separation bet,een the !ey planet and 4. in degrees arc is said to indicate the
a"ount of ti"e that elapsed bet,een the previous decease and the birth% at the rate of
one year per degree% or si) days and t,o hours per "inute. t is speculated that a very
rapid reincarnation is testi"ony to the ill-preparedness of the individual for death
,hen it struc!% so"eti"es indicating accidental or violent death.
-he sign and house place"ent of the !ey planet hold clues to the cause of death at the
close of the previous life. Afflictions to the !ey planet fro" "alefic that are either
posited in or $ord of the .ighth 9ouse can indicate sudden death &if 2ranus is
involved' or death "ediated through accident &if 0ars'% suicide &if +eptune'% or
cri"inal violence &if 4luto'. 9ar"onious aspects fro" the !ey planet to planets that
are posited in or $ord of the .ighth 9ouse indicate a relatively peaceful death for
,hich the individual ,as ,ell-prepared.
-he se) of the !ey planet &,ith 0oon% @enus% +eptune and 4luto considered fe"ale(
Sun% 0ars% Jupiter% Saturn and 2ranus "ale( and 0ercury the gender of the sign in
,hich it is placed' has been suggested to indicate the individual1s gender in the
previous incarnation% although on statistical analysis this doesn1t ,or! out too ,ell
since the balance of babies born is not ,eighted so strongly in "asculine favour as the
distribution of "ale and fe"ale planets suggests.
-he !ey planet% by its general nature and sign and house place"ent and aspects% is
also a signification of the personality and position in the previous incarnation.