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Chapter 10
Precise Predicting: Eclipses
RECISE PREDICTING of the time and nature of events affecting cities,
nations and the world follows the same general procedure as that employed
in the precise predicting of the time and nature of events affecting an
individual. In natal astrology the truly important events in an individual's life are all
indicated by major progressions, which at the time the events take place, are within
one degree of the perfect aspect. And in mundane astrology, other than those events
indicated by major conjunctions, other aspects in the sky, comets, new stars and
eclipses, the truly important events are all indicated by progressed aspects in the
Cycle charts of the heavier planets, which at the time the event takes place are within
one degree of the perfect aspect.
In other words, new stars, comets, major conjunctions and other aspects in the sky,
eclipses, and the progressed aspects which form in the Cycle charts of Pluto,
Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, perform the same function in mundane
astrology performed by major progressions of the M.C., Ascendant and planets other
than the Moon in natal astrology. And when the influence is from the planets, the
nature of the event will partake of the characteristics of the planets making the aspect;
and the departments of municipal or national life chiefly affected are indicated by the
houses ruled by the aspecting Planets.
But in addition to those events in an individual's life which he long afterwards
remembers as important, and in addition to the relatively important events recorded
in the history of a city or a nation, there are other events that have considerable
significance at the time even though they are short lived in their memory. These
happenings, far from trivial at the time, in natal astrology we call Sub-Major Events.
In the individual's life they are attracted through the major progressed aspects of the
Moon. In mundane astrology, events of comparable significance in the life of a city
or a nation are attracted by the progressed aspects made by the Sun in the Sun Cycle
chart.
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Still other events have a significance over a period of a day or two, or at most over a
period of a few weeks. These Minor Events are attracted to the individual by Minor
progressed aspects and by the heavier transits, and occur during the time the aspect is
within one degree of perfect. And in a similar manner the Minor Events which are
attracted to a municipality or a nation are indicated by the progressed aspects made
by the Moon to the place of the planets in the New Moon chart, and they occur within
24 hours of the time the aspect is complete.
Major trends in world and national affairs are indicated by the signs occupied by the
planets, the aspects the planets make in the sky, new stars, and comets. The Major
Events within these trends are indicated and timed by the progressed aspects formed
in the cycles of the six Major planets. And even as events indicated in natal astrology
by Major progressed aspects, need no assistance from Minor progressions and
Transits, these events will come to pass regardless of whether or not within the
designated time limit there is assistance from progressed aspects in the Cycles of the
Sun and Moon. Nevertheless, either to the individual or to a nation, the bringing of an
event to pass requires the expenditure of energy by thought-cells or groups of minds,
working from the inner plane, of sufficient volume and intensity to overcome the
environmental resistance that may be present. When a Major trend favors a given
event, it requires much less additional planetary energy, in either case, to bring it to
pass.
Furthermore, the more planetary energy of a given type is brought to bear upon
thought-cells or groups of minds, the more power these have then to work.
Consequently, when there is a progressed aspect in the Sun Cycle or in the New
Moon Cycle, to the same planet which by progressed aspect in its Cycle Chart
indicates a Major Event, while this progressed aspect is within one degree of perfect,
the accumulation of energy of a given type on that day usually gives the unconscious
minds of people sufficient impetus that the event happens on that particular day.
In addition to accumulations of energy of a given planetary type, which attract events
characteristic of that planet's influence, either progressed aspects in the Sun Cycle or
in the New Moon Cycle may add planetary energy to the same department of life, that
is, to the same house of the chart, as that relating to a Major Event indicated by a
progressed aspect within one degree of perfect in one of the heavier cycles. The event
is far more likely to occur on the day when there is such an accumulation of planetary
energy relative to the department of life affected.
Thus in addition to indicating and timing Sub-Major Events, the progressed aspects
in the Sun Cycle often also time to the day the Major Events indicated by progressed
aspects in the heavier cycles. And in addition to indicating and timing Minor Events,
the progressed aspects in the New Moon Cycle often also lend force to certain of the
Sub-Major Events indicated by progressed aspects in the Sun Cycle, and time to the
day the Major Events indicated by progressed aspects in the heavier cycles.
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This method of employing Cycles and the progressed aspects which form in them is
used by Will P. Benjamine in, AROUND THE WORLD, TOMORROW'S
NEWS--TODAY! which commencing with the March, 1937, issue, has appeared in
each issue of American Astrology Magazine. It was employed by Maria Major in,
COMING EVENTS FOR THE MONTH, A DAY BY DAY FORECAST, which
appeared in each of the nine issues of International Astrology Magazine (1937)
which were published, and it is now being employed by her (1938) in, COMING
EVENTS FOR THE MONTH, in each issue of The Rising Star Magazine. It is the
method employed by Elbert Benjamine in, MUNDANE EVENTS FOR THE
MONTH, in which the exact day on which a number of important events will take
place each month is stated, which commencing with the February, 1936, issue, has
appeared in each issue of Student Astrologer Magazine.
These magazine articles are mentioned not merely because they have attracted wide
and favorable comment, but because as such articles must be in the hands of
magazine publishers at least two months before the date of publication, they afford
anyone desiring to check the accuracy of the method an easy way of determining
what is actually being done with it.
Significance of New Stars.--As the findings of THE BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT
ASTROLOGICAL RESEARCH DEPARTMENT in reference to New Stars was
published in the September, 1935 issue of THE CHURCH OF LIGHT
QUARTERLY, I shall here reproduce that article without change:
Although scientific records are lacking, it is believed that the star which led the wise
men from the east to a manger in Bethlehem, nineteen hundred and thirty-five years
ago, was of the same type as the New Star which flashed into brilliancy last
December in the constellation Hercules, and which still chains the interest of
astronomers because of its erratic behavior.
That earlier star marked the beginning of the Christian era. And if Nova Herculis
1934--as astronomers call this latest startling stellar appearance--has a significance
which can be revealed by the same rules that the wise men of the east employed in
determining the meaning of the Star of Bethtehem and allied celestial phenomena, it
portends the commencement of the New Dispensation of Labor.
The wise men of the east looked to the heavens to apprise them of important events to
come. Unusual phenomena in the sky, to them, portended unusual events which
would happen on the earth. According to the rules they left, the appearance of a new
star signified the commencement of a new condition in the world, which would have
far reaching effects upon the affairs of men.
The phase of human activity thus affected, in which a turning point had been reached,
and henceforth a new condition would manifest, was indicated by the constellation in
which the new star appeared. As both the pictures of the constellations which they
used, and the stories about them which preserved their meaning, are still accessible,
they can yet be employed precisely as these ancients used them in their work.
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Some centuries before the Star of Bethlehem appeared, the Greeks had contacted the
wise men of the east and had adopted the 48 pictured constellations which they used
in their predictions. They also attached to each of the constellated figures its precise
significance as handed down through the Chaldeans, and wove mythological stories
about them which should serve as commentaries on their meaning.
The purport of any influence found in the region of the sky pictured by one of the
various heroic figures was always interpreted, according to still older precedent, by
considering the pictured constellation as a universal symbol, more details about
which could be learned from its mythological story.
Applying these same rules, which remain unchanged since long before the Christian
era, any unusual occurrence in the constellation Hercules signifies some
extraordinary occurrences affecting labor; for the outstanding story that has come
down to us regarding Hercules is that of his twelve great works. And as the present
phenomenon is a New Star, according to these same olden rules, it signifies that
Labor is entering upon a New Dispensation. This latest celestial token of events to
come, as pointed out in the March QUARTERLY, shows on photographic plates of
November 14 as a star of the fourteenth magnitude; so small as to be invisible except
to the most powerful telescopes. Yet by December 13 it had grown to third
magnitude, and on December 22 when it reached its maximum as a star of the first
magnitude, it had increased more than 150,000 times in brightness.
Since that time, instead of steadily fading to invisibility within a few weeks or
months, as well behaved novae are supposed to do, to the amazement of astronomers
it has been performing strange antics fluctuating in brightness, dimming somewhat
and then flaming up again. And we can be confident, applying the ancient rules, that
the nation's work situation will parallel the strange performance of this remarkable
star.
Hercules, as pictured in the sky, is represented on one knee, while with his other foot
he crushes the head of a dragon which winds its slimy coils of graft and corruption
around the northern axis of the world. He holds aloft the fruits of his toil. Other
objects no less significant also are in his hands; but according to the ancient rules,
because the New Star is in the vicinity of the dragon-crushing foot, the stamping out
of unfair dealing is the most striking feature of that which is thus foreshown.
But before applying these rules, which have come down to us from the wise men of
the east, to the latest celestial manifestation, it would seem the part of wisdom first to
investigate how perfectly these same rules have been borne out by world occurrences
which immediately followed similar phenomena which have been recorded in the
past.
These novae are not really new stars, but probably old stars which have exploded.
Nor are they rare if all those at distances which enable them to be seen by the giant
present-day telescopes are included. But the ancients considered only such as were of
noticeable brilliance to have significance in world events.
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Under favorable circumstances it is possible to see stars of the sixth magnitude with
the unaided eye. But a star of less brilliance than the third magnitude, of which there
are about 180, would attract attention only of a careful observer.
Astronomers estimate that during the past 2,000 years there have been about 30 new
stars of sufficient brightness to be seen without a telescope. Only 12 of them,
however, in addition to the Star of Bethlehem, the location of which is unrecorded,
have been of third magnitude or brighter. It is not a difficult task, therefore, to apply
the ancient rules to all the conspicuous novae that have been recorded since before
the birth of Christ.
The mythology woven about the constellation Scorpio gives it two distinct
meanings. Pictured as a scorpion it is related to treachery and to death. Pictured as an
eagle, as it sometimes is, it signifies the soaring aloft of spirit and the conquest of
limitations. The first new star of which we now possess records was observed in this
constellation, and important events immediately followed which express both sides
of the constellation's nature.
Rome, in that day, was supreme in the world. There were certain laws which related
to the distribution of the land, called agrarian laws; but for some 200 years the
wealthier families had continued to extend their possessions greatly beyond the
limits thus prescribed, and as a result, although the empire had vastly extended its
territory through conquest and confiscation, small proprietors had practically
disappeared.
In 134 B.C. a new star of brilliancy appeared in the constellation Scorpio.
Simultaneous with its appearance Tiberius Gracchus, one of the landed proprietors,
proposed and carried a modification of the existing agrarian laws; which had for its
object the restoration of land to the poorer people, whose poverty and number were
rapidly increasing. The following year, however, before his policy could be carried
into effect, death laid its hand upon him Later, his brother Caius endeavored to put
the same relief measure through; but he was slain. Thus did death, the eighth house
significance of the constellation, defeat a reform measure that might have at least
delayed the dissolution of an empire.
On the eagle side of the constellation's significance, the appearance of the new star
so impressed Hipparchus that he set about making a precise catalogue of 1080 of the
brighter stars, so that later observers might be able to recognize new stars or other
alterations in the appearance of the sky at future dates. This is recognized as the
commencement of scientific astronomy.
1572 was the year in which the Huguenots in France were having a terrible time.
August 24 of that year, with the sanction of the king, there occurred the Massacre of
Bartholomew. Then, on November 11, a new star suddenly appeared which for
several days rivaled Venus in luster.
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It was in the constellation Cassiopeia, which according to its modern key-word, was
anciently considered to signify Vicissitudes, and to picture the last ten degrees of the
zodiac before the Vernal Equinox, over which the sun each year passed from the
bondage of winter darkness into summer freedom.
To the Huguenots, who had taken up arms, this new star seemed a messenger of hope
from heaven. True to this belief, the following year they made a successful defense of
La Rochelle and were granted new toleration. It proved to be the commencement of a
new dispensation to them; for two years later Henry of Navarre escaped from Paris
and became their leader.
Each year the ancients saw the geese and swans, after the sun turned back from its
southern sojourn, wing their way northward at the approach of spring. In their flight
to a new land of promise there was no helter-skelter movement, as with smaller birds,
but each group had its recognized leader, which it followed in the well-known
V-formation. Thus, when they pictured a swan in the sky, they had in mind not only
travel to new parts, but, as the modern keyword indicates, Organization.
Four of the new stars have appeared in Cygnus, the constellation pictured by the
Swan, and thus relate to some new undertaking of importance in the world's affairs in
which movement to a new field and organization both play an important part.
The year 1600 saw the appearance of a new star of third magnitude in Cygnus; and
the same year the English East India Company was formed, an organization whose
trading activities and political influence later led to the addition of India to the British
Empire.
Another new star of the third magnitude appeared in the same constellation in 1670;
and in that year Hudson's Bay Company was chartered by the British Crown. This
organization was largely responsible for the development of the Dominion of
Canada.
Still another new star of third magnitude appeared in Cygnus in the year 1876,
coincident with the invention of the telephone by Graham Bell and the founding of
the electric industry. The vast holdings of the telephone and power organizations
attest to the importance of the field of activity then entered.
The latest new star in this constellation of the Swan was brighter than any of the
others, being of second magnitude. It made its appearance in 1920, along with the
first meeting of the Council of the League of Nations, to be followed before the year
was out by the plan for a World Court, and the next year by Disarmament
Conferences at Washington. The extent of the influence of the League of Nations in
world affairs is yet for the future to reveal.
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Ophiuchus is pictured in the sky as a man engaging in a titanic struggle with a
monster serpent. In 1604 a magnificent new star, often called Kepler's star because
that famous astronomer studied it, suddenly blazed in this constellation. Strangely
enough, at the time, England was the scene of a violent struggle between the
government and certain religions. A convocation of clergy met, the acts of which
were so oppressive to Puritans that 300 of them left their livings rather than conform
to their dictates.
Furthermore, James ordered the judges to enforce the statutes against Catholics. This
resulted the following year in the famous Gunpowder Plot to destroy the King,
Lords, and Commons in revenge for the penal laws against Catholics. Guy Fawkes,
the agent of the conspirators, was seized as he was about to fire barrels of gunpowder
which had been placed under the House of Lords.
Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, is a constellation depicting tribulations by
means of twelve iron spikes. A new star of second magnitude was to be seen in this
constellation in 1866. That year there were seven weeks of war in Europe, which the
following year enabled Prussia to become the dominant power in Europe, and gave
Bismarck the idea that a war with France was necessary to the firm unification of
Germany. The difficulties then started have not yet subsided.
The chief significance of the stories relating to Perseus may be summed up in the
key-word, Propaganda. In 1901 a very brilliant new star was seen in the constellation
picturing this ancient hero. The two outstanding events of the year were dependent
upon propaganda. The Pan-American Exposition was held at Buffalo; and there was
a panic in Wall Street over control of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the stock of
which reached 1,000.
June, 1918, witnessed an exceptionally brilliant new star in the constellation Aquila.
This eagle among the stars is attached by legend to victory, and by its key-word to
Exploration. Its appearance, therefore, was heralded by many as forecasting the end
of the World War; and in fulfillment of this hope American troops, fighting on
foreign soil, soon were able to turn the tide of battle and bring peace.
Way to the south is a big constellation picturing a ship which mythology and its
key-word relate to Research. In 1925 a new star of first magnitude appeared just
ahead of the bow of this stellar ship in a group unrecognized by the ancients but by
moderns called Pictor. In various lands the freedom to express convictions based on
research were sternly curtailed. In Italy and in Russia matters of belief came in for
strict regulation by the government; and during that year, at Dayton, Tennessee, John
Thomas Scopes was arrested, tried, and found guilty of teaching evolution in the
public schools.
Of the twelve outstanding new stars which have been recorded during 2,000 years,
history thus indicates that in eleven instances they were coincident with a turn in
world affairs in which there was the commencement of a new condition, the nature of
which was quite correctly indicated by the rules laid down by the ancients in
reference to the significance of the constellation in which the phenomenon appeared.
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If the twelfth outstanding new star be judged by the same system which fits so well
when applied to the other eleven, the commencement of a new condition of
far-reaching import in world affairs already is at hand. Nothing, I believe, in the
stories relating to Hercules can be construed as relating to communism. But they do
relate to the power and rewards of labor.
The club which as pictured he holds in one hand may signify collective bargaining. In
the other hand he holds not merely the fruit which signifies his reward for labor, but
also the guardian Cerberus. Law makers, this seems to indicate, will more willingly
listen to his demands; for with the foot of better understanding, above which the
latest new star appears he crushes the head of graft and special privilege.
Nova Herculis 1934, according to the rules left by the wise men of the east, signifies
that already in 1935, we have entered, where its power and importance are
concerned, upon Labor's New Dispensation.
In reference to the significance of Nova Herculis as implied in the article above
reproduced in full, it may now (1938) be pointed out that since that article was
published, Spain became dominated by a Popular Front government, resulting in a
civil war; the laboring class in Mexico has seized not only the natural resources
belonging to Mexico, but also the vast oil holdings of British and American oil
companies; France is dominated by a Popular Front government in which labor's
demands are supreme; and within the United States the Committee for Industrial
Organization has come into existence, and now disputes power with the American
Federation of Labor, and these two labor organizations are exerting a tremendous
influence over the political and business life of the nation.
Significance of Comets
It seems to be quite well established that comets, when they enter the zodiac, bring
with them new conditions affecting the affairs of men. The appearance of the more
important ones in the past have always coincided with unusual events upon the earth.
The old rule was that the influence would be felt chiefly in the country ruled by the
sign in which the comet was first visible. Thus just preceding the great debacle of the
Russian armies in the World War, and the revolution that followed, a comet, which
later developed to important size, was discovered by means of a telescope in the sign
Aquarius, ruling Russia. Astrologers the world over began to predict that startling
things would happen in that country; predictions that were fully verified.
As comets actually belong to our solar system, which New Stars do not, I believe
comets should be referred not to their place among the constellations, but to their
place in relation to the zodiac. Perhaps, also, now that they may be discovered by
telescopes long before they enter the zodiac, the signs in which they appear after thus
entering the zodiac indicate more precisely the regions of earth affected. Thus
Peltier's Comet, on August 3, 1936, entered the zodiac at about 28 degrees Aquarius,
to leave again August 6, 1936, at about 14° degrees Aquarius. The following year
and a half witnessed blood purges in Russia, which Aquarius rules, in which most of
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the important men who assisted in establishing the Soviet Union were executed on
charges of trying to overthrow the government. Comets vary in size, in shape, in
brilliancy, and even in color. Some of them, it is true, are periodic. But even these do
not have the same appearance on successive returns; and may go so far away as to be
beyond visibility in even the strongest telescope. Others come into our solar system
from the spaces without, bringing their own astrological vibrations, and after making
an arc about our Sun, pass on into space, never again to return. Having no previous
acquaintance with such celestial visitors, their influence can not be known from
earlier observation.
Some comets in the past have coincided with pestilence, some with great wars, some
with disasters, some with revolutions, some with great constructive enterprises, and
some with the birth of illustrious persons. The general rule has been that the shape
and appearance of the comet signified the nature of its influence. If it looked red and
angry, it signified disaster. If it looked like a sword it meant war. If it had a pleasing
appearance, it heralded some great constructive enterprise.
As the matter stands there is need for much research as to just what may be expected
from a given comet. And the only reason THE BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT
ASTROLOGICAL RESEARCH DEPARTMENT has not already contributed
markedly to this knowledge is that the literature in which descriptions of the old
comets are given seldom specifies WHERE they appeared in the zodiac or on the
celestial sphere.
Significance of Eclipses
It seems likely that a great amount of nonsense has been written about eclipses. The
Brotherhood of Light Astrological Research Department, for instance, has collected
a large number of instances in which either a Solar Eclipse or a Lunar Eclipse took
place in the same zodiacal degree occupied by the Sun or other planets in people's
birthcharts. In none of these, so far as we have been able to discern, has the eclipse
coincided with events not clearly and fully accounted for by the progressed aspects at
the time.
Nor have we been able to verify the doctrine that the power of an eclipse persists,
even if a long eclipse, over a period of years. We have, however, checked the
influence of every Solar Eclipse since commencing with 1884 (back of which the
Nautical Almanacs to which we have access do not go) that was visible in a part of the
world fairly well populated. The result of this survey led to quite positive results,
which over many years we have successfully used in predicting. The definite rule is
that, if a Solar Eclipse occurs in a region where there is considerable population,
within a few months before, or much more likely within a few months after the
eclipse, there is a disaster in the region where the eclipse is visible.
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While the disaster tends to be near the central path of the eclipse, it may be anywhere
in which it is even partially visible. It seems likely that the exact place of the disaster
attracted is determined by the progressed aspects in the birth charts of cities and
regions, and the progressed aspects in the Cycle Charts affecting those places. But
while, because the birthcharts of so few cities are known, it is difficult to determine
where within the area of visibility of a Solar Eclipse the disaster will take place; the
New Moon chart often reveals the nature of the disaster.
In the Nautical Almanac each year, published by the Government, is given the
essential data regarding each eclipse of the year. In addition, for each eclipse of the
Sun which occurs in such a region that it may be observed from an accessible land
area, there is a map showing the exact region of the earth's surface where it is visible,
as well as the central path of the eclipse, together with other information. It should be
noted that, as an eclipse of the Sun is the relation of the Moon's shadow to the surface
of the earth, the moment of eclipse is not exactly the moment of the conjunction of
Sun and Moon, although the New Moon and the eclipse are never more than a few
minutes apart. Some research in the future should be done, not merely in reference to
charts erected for the exact moment of central eclipse as visible at a given place, but
also in reference to New Moon charts in which parallax is given consideration. In
other words, using charts in which instead of the conjunction of Sun and Moon being
regarded from the center of the earth, they are considered from the point on the
surface of the earth where at the moment the chart is erected. However, as New Moon
charts erected in the customary way give good results, it is wise to use them until it
has been proven by actual test that the time ascertained by including the parallax is
superior.
For the purpose of study there follow all the New Moons which were also eclipses of
the Sun, which were visible (as shown by the maps in the Nautical Almanac) in the
United States since 1884. The Solar Eclipses earlier than 1900 I shall merely mention
the date, and with each a coincident event. But for each such Solar Eclipse since
commencing with 1900, the New Moon chart is given in the table at the front of this
booklet. Due to limitations of space the comments on each such chart must be brief.
But they are well worth copying off and giving serious study, relative to the house
positions of the planets. The quotations giving the dates and events listed earlier than
1924, are from the REFERENCE HISTORY OF THE WORLD of WEBSTER'S
NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY. Those since 1924 are quoted from the
WORLD ALMANAC. My own comments are in parentheses.
March 16, 1885, Annular eclipse of the Sun visible in the United States and Canada:
June 30, Fisheries reciprocity with Canada under Treaty of Washington is terminated
by the United States; because of Canadian obstruction of what the United States
claims as rights under the Treaty of 1818 (controversy becomes acute).
March 5, 1886, Annular eclipse of the Sun visible in the U. S.: May 4, Anarchist riot
in Chicago, following a strike there.
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August 28, 1886, Total eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the S.E. United States:
August 31, Severe earthquake on the Atlantic seaboard, especially at Charleston.
October 12, Gales and floods in Texas and Louisiana destroy property and 247 lives.
January 1, 1889, Total eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America: May 31,
Breaking of the Conemaugh Dam floods Johnstown, Pa., and destroys 2,295 lives.
June 6, 1891, Annular eclipse of the Sun visible in Western North America:
November 30, 1891, Partial eclipse of the Sun visible at the southernmost extremity
of South America: October 16, Attack on American sailor by a mob at Valparaiso,
Chile; war becomes imminent through Chile's delay to make amends.
October 20, 1892, Partial eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America:
June-August, Country is affected by many strikes accompanied by much violence.
Harrison issues proclamation (July 15-30) against the striking miners in the West,
and Federal troops are used in restoring order and to support injunctions of the
Federal courts.
October 9, 1893, Annular eclipse of the Sun visible in Western North America and
Western South America: 1893, Commercial panic is started. Hard times continue for
several years.
February 1, 1897, Annular eclipse of the Sun visible in S.E. United States and Cuba:
May 20, Senate passes a resolution recognizing Cuban belligerency (Cuba is thus
recognized to be at war).
New Moon No. 151 in table, May 28, 1900, 8:30 a.m. L.M.T. Galveston, Texas.
Total eclipse of the Sun visible in the United States, at Washington as a partial
eclipse. In Gemini, conjunction Mercury (winds), opposition Uranus (extremes) and
Jupiter: September 8, Galveston and many Gulf towns are ravaged by a terrible
hurricane and flood- 6,000 lives lost, $30,000,000 of property destroyed. (The
opposition is from the eleventh to fifth, and the loss of life among children was
disproportionately heavy.)
New Moon No. 152 in table, August 19, 1906, 5:18 p.m. L.M.T. San Francisco.
Partial eclipse of the Sun visible in the Western U. S.: April 18-20 Earthquake
followed by a great fire destroyed large portion of San Francisco, including the
business section. Loss about $350,000,000. (Eclipse is in conjunction with Mars,
fires and violence, and in the house of foreign countries.) October 25, Japanese
Ambassador Aoki protests against exclusion of Japanese from the public schools of
San Francisco. (Controversy becomes acute, giving rise to talk of war.)
New Moon No. 153 in table, January 3, 1908, 2:43 p.m. L.M.T. Denver. Total eclipse
of the Sun visible throughout the S.W. United States. It is conjunction Uranus, the
planet of strikes, in the house of death, eighth, and opposition socialistic Neptune.
The death influence will be mentioned in connection with the June eclipse: March
31, Strike of some 250,000 coal miners; lasts about two weeks.
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New Moon No. 154 in table, June 28, 1908, 10:31 a.m. L.M.T. New Orleans.
Annular eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America. Eclipse is conjunction
Mercury (wind) and Neptune, and in opposition to unusual Uranus in the house of
property (fourth) and square Saturn, planet of storms: April 24, Tornadoes on the
Gulf Coast destroy much property and some 1,500 lives.
New Moon No. 155 in table, June 17, 1909, 6:20 p.m. L.M.T. Washington. Central
eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America. Eclipse is in house of foreign
countries (seventh) square Mars in house of traffic (third). Neptune, planet of fraud,
is on the cusp of the house of duties and taxes (eighth), opposition the planet of
exposure, Uranus, in the house of money (second) and square Saturn in house of
basic utilities (fourth): September 25, During the year great frauds in customs,
especially on sugar imported by the sugar trusts, are discovered and published, and
fines and unpaid duties amounting to millions of dollars collected.
New Moon No. 156 in table, April 17, 1912, 5:40 a.m. L.M.T. St. Louis. Central
eclipse of the Sun visible in Eastern United States. Neptune in Cancer is in the house
of property (fourth) square the eclipse; and Saturn, planet of storms and hardship, is
in the house of the people (first): April, Floods in the Mississippi Valley devastate
200 square miles and render 30,000 people homeless (fourth house); loss
$50,000,000.
New Moon No. 157 in table, October 12, 1912, 8:01 a.m. L.M.T. Nicaragua. Partial
eclipse of the Sun visible in Florida and throughout Nicaragua and Central America.
Eclipse is conjunction Mars, the planet of war, square Neptune, planet of schemes in
ninth; Saturn is in house of other countries (seventh): September, American Marines
are landed in Nicaragua, at request of government for the time being, and aid in
suppressing a revolution. Chief revolutionists surrender to American admiral on
September 26, and marines are withdrawn after Nicaraguan presidential election on
November 2.
New Moon No. 158 in table, April 6, 1913, 9:42 a.m. L.M.T. Sacramento. Partial
eclipse of the Sun visible at extreme western edge of America. Chief affliction is
Jupiter (finances) in house of other countries (seventh), square eclipse and
opposition Neptune in house of money (second). The war planet, Mars, is on the M.
C., square Saturn: May 19, California antialien landownership act; passed in spite of
Japanese protest and Federal disapproval.
New Moon No. 159 in table, February 3, 1916, 8:56 a.m. L.M.T. Columbus, New
Mexico. Total eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America. Eclipse is
conjunction Uranus, planet of insurrection, and opposition Mars, planet of army and
navy: March 9, Mexican brigands under Villa attack the town of Columbus, N. M.,
and the camp of the Thirteenth United States Cavalry, killing nine civilians and eight
troopers; the raiders are pursued into Mexico and more than 100 are killed. March 15,
Military expedition to punish Villa enters Mexico, under Pershing.
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New Moon No. 160 in table, June 8, 1918, 4:55 p.m. L.M.T. Washington. Total
eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America. Eclipse is on cusp of house of
death (eighth) square Mars in tenth, ruler of the first (people). The only casualties of
consequence that the American troops suffered during the World War were during
the fall following this eclipse: September, Epidemic (Mars ruler of house of sickness,
sixth, and health, first) of so-called "Spanish" influenza spreads throughout our
country. On October 4 it is reported that only five States remain immune and that
there are 127,000 cases in army (sixth house) camps (death rate was tremendous).
New Moon No. 161 in table, November 22, 1919, 10:12 a.m. L.M.T. Washington.
Annular eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America. Eclipse is in house of
Administration and business (tenth): September 26, President (tenth) Wilson's tour
is ended abruptly at Wichita, Kansas, by a stroke of paralysis. November 1, Strike
(Uranus) of 600,000 soft-coal miners, demanding a 6-hour day, a 5-day week, and
60% increase in wages.
New Moon No. 162 in table, November 10, 1920, 10:58 a.m. L.M.T. Washington.
Partial eclipse of Sun visible throughout eastern North America. Eclipse is in house
of Administration (President remained stricken) and business (tenth), square
Neptune in house of other countries (seventh), ruler of house of money (second):
December 6, Twenty-three banks, including one national bank, in North Dakota
have closed their doors as the result of the fall of the price of wheat (due chiefly to
lack in foreign market).
New Moon No. 163 in table, September 10, 1923 12:52 p.m. L.M.T. Santa Barbara,
California. Total eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America. Eclipse is
conjunction Mars and Venus in the house of ships (ninth) and opposition Uranus:
September 8, Ten destroyers are wrecked on the California coast 75 miles north of
Santa Barbara (a few lives lost).
New Moon No. 164 in table, January 24, 1925, 9:01 a.m. L.M.T. Indianapolis, Ind.
Total eclipse of the Sun visible throughout eastern and southern North America.
Eclipse square Saturn, planet of storms: March 18, A storm in Missouri, Southern
Illinois and Indiana killed over 830 persons, injured 3,800, and destroyed property
valued at $10,000,000. The main path of the blow covered 165 miles from
Annapolis, Mo., to Princeton, Ind., but as was the case at Lorain, O., last June, it
"hopped off" in several directions. In places it cut a path only 300 feet wide. It was at
its worst only about 5 minutes and struck West Frankfort and Murphysboro, Ill., with
its greatest fury.
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New Moon No. 165 in table, July 9, 1926, 5:47 p.m. L.M.T. Miami, Florida. Annular
eclipse of the Sun visible in the western and southern sections of the United States,
including Florida and the islands to the south. The eclipse is square Mars in the house
of weather and houses (fourth). July 26-27, Gulf storms have done $8,000,000
damage at Nassau in the Bahamas; $3,000,000 in Santo Domingo; and $2,000,000 at
Miami and other Florida coast places. At Nassau, 146 were drowned with 400
missing, 75 boats sunk and 500 homes destroyed; near Santo Domingo, 54 bodies
have been washed ashore; 5 were killed in Georgia and Florida.
New Moon No. 368 in tables, April 28, 1930, 1:16 p.m. L.M.T. Chicago. Central
eclipse of Sun visible throughout North America. Mars, ruler of homes and weather
(fourth) in house of death, conjunction Uranus and square Saturn (storms): May 1, 24
were killed in cyclones in the prairie states. May 6, 75 were killed, 100 hurt, by
tornadoes in Texas.
New Moon No. 369 in tables, August 31, 1932, 2:58 p.m. L.M.T. New York. Five
planets in house of death, including eclipse; and Uranus (sudden and unexpected) in
house of short journeys (third) square Saturn (workmen) in house of people (first),
and square Mars, Venus and Pluto: September 9, The 92-foot steamboat
Observation, 44 years old, crowded with workmen bound for their jobs, had scarcely
left the wharf at 8:00 a.m. (New York) when the Captain, George A. Forsyth and 70
others were killed and 70 injured (by explosion).
New Moon No. 370 in tables, February 13, 1934, 5:16 p.m. L.M.T., Pocatello, Idaho.
Total eclipse of Sun visible on West Coast of America and eastern Asia: March 12,
The 527-ton Japanese torpedo boat, Tomozuru, turned upside down off Goto Islands,
west of Nagasaki; over 100 were drowned (eclipse in house of foreign countries,
seventh). Earth shocks lasting three hours shook cities in northern Utah and southern
Idaho, caused large buildings to sway, cracked the walls of some structures, and also
jolted communities in western Wyoming, Nevada and California. Schools (Jupiter,
ruler of 5th part of T-square) at Salt Lake and at Logan, and Pocatello, Idaho, were
closed pending an examination of all buildings. Shocks were resumed March 15.
New Moon No. 371 in tables, February 3, 1935, 8:35 a.m. L.M.T. Los Angeles.
Partial eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America: The $4,000,000 U. S.
navy dirigible balloon, Macon, sank in the Pacific several miles off Point Sur,
California (Mars, ruler of ninth part of T-square). January 26, The number of dead
from the Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi flood was placed at 27, homeless 25,000,
property damage $5,000,000.
New Moon No. 372 in tables, June 8, 1937, 0:51 p.m. L.M.T. Los Angeles. Total
eclipse of Sun visible in Pacific, West Coast America and Mexico: May 27, In
Mexico 168 persons were killed and 300 homes crushed to bits by gold mine tailings.
July 2, Amelia Earhart Putnam on an equitorial air trip around the world radioed that
she was in the Pacific with a half hour's fuel and not in sight of land. That was the last
message (eclipse in house of long journeys, ninth).
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New Moon No. 373, illustrated at front of this booklet, December 2, 1937, 3:19 p.m.
L.M.T. Los Angeles. Annular eclipse of the Sun visible west coast America, over
northern Pacific, and Japan: Eclipse in house of foreign countries (seventh); Jupiter
in house of ships (ninth) opposition drastic Pluto. (Events listed from newspapers as
at this writing, April, 1938, World Almanac not issued covering these dates): Early
December, $8,000,000 liner, President Hoover, went aground in Pacific and broke
up.
December 12, Japan sank U. S. gunboat Panay and three tankers leading to talk of
war (New Moon in seventh) and bringing an immense increase in appropriations for
navy building (Jupiter abundance). January 5, Giant Navy Patrol Bomber plunged
into the Pacific with death of 7. January 11, Samoan Clipper burned in air with 7
dead. March 1, 1938, flood in Los Angeles region destroyed 50 million dollars in
property (afflicted Pluto in fourth) and about 200 lives.