Two eclipses in September – 1 solar eclipse


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We are having two eclipses in September 2015. Eclipses happen when the moon, sun and earth are all aligned. The first one was this morning; Sunday 13th September at 7;55am BST and was a partial solar eclipse. This happens when the moon is between the earth and the sun, and the moon obscures the sun from earth.

solar eclipse_diagram

Depending on the angle we can have a total eclipse where the moon is exactly in the right position to block out the sun completely, or we can have partial eclipses where the moon blocks out part of the sun. On September 13th the moon covered a maximum of 30% of the sun as seen from the earth. This spectacle was not visible in Europe and could only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere; from South Africa,Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean and the Northern part of Antarctica.

partial solar eclipse 2014

 A partial solar eclipse over the USA October 22nd 2014

However, although we couldn’t see this event in the UK it still has an influence astrologically. This eclipse is on a new moon (solar eclipses always are) in health conscious, analytical Virgo and opposite Chiron, the wounded healer in Pisces, a very spiritual, universal sign. Solar eclipses are a time for endings and new beginnings. So this eclipse suggests a time of healing and release.

The next one is in two weeks time and is a lunar eclipse with the moon in energetic Aries and the sun in balanced Libra. See my next post for details..


Sutton Hoo

We recently visited Sutton Hoo in Suffolk; it is the burial site of an Anglo Saxon warrior buried  within a ship with elaborate grave goods including a golden mask.


The helmet from the Sutton Hoo ship burial

I found the place fantastically atmospheric. The story of how it was discovered really captured my imagination. The owner of the house and land, Mrs Edith Pretty was a spiritualist and the story goes that she looked out of the window one night and saw an Anglo Saxon in full warrior’s dress standing on the largest burial mound. He told her to dig there because she would find treasure. She was interested in archaeology so she decided to follow her instruction and asked a local archaeologist Basil Brown to dig for her.

Clare 2013 031Mrs Pretty’s house- now owned by the National Trust

Mrs Pretty was born on August 1st 1833 in Elland Yorkshire, I don’t know her birth time so I can’t plot the astrological houses, but her chart still reflects her story.

Edith Pretty

                                       Mrs Pretty’s birth chart

Mrs Pretty had a bundle shaped chart with planets in five consecutive signs for Taurus through to Virgo. This indicates a very focused individual. She was born with Sun and Mercury in Leo and Moon, Jupiter and Venus in Cancer. Her Leo planets suggest that she was generous, creative and brave. Her Cancerian planets indicate a strong intuition and an interest in the past and strong family ties.

She was very close to her family, and she spent many years caring for her parents and did not marry Frank Pretty until 1926, after they had both died. Jupiter in Cancer suggests she is likely to enjoy Cancerian pursuits and archaeology as a study of the past falls into this category. It also suggests an interesting and adventurous home, her parents took her travelling as a child as her father saw the educational value of it. She was a well travelled adult and spent time in Egypt observing the excavations in the Nile Valley.

In finding the treasure Mrs Pretty followed her intuition, this act of faith paid off in a big way, reflecting Jupiter, planet of good luck, expansion and risk taking. Intuition is also linked to Neptune, and her Neptune in Taurus, an earth sign, made positive links to all her Cancerian planets and to Uranus, planet of unexpected surprises and rule breakers in another earth sign Virgo.

Mrs Pretty also had three planets in airy, logical Gemini, including Pluto, god of the underworld. Pluto indicates the desire to unearth secrets, literally in this case. Archaeology is all about finding long buried artifacts which provide vital clues to how people lived, the information then needs to be pieced together, a task requiring meticulous and detailed work. Edith did not undertake this task herself but she had enough knowledge to find a suitable person. In 1939 it was decided that the treasure belonged to Mrs Pretty and she was incredibly generous (a Leo trait) and gave it to the National Museum where it still resides.



Sutton Hoo tour guide

Mary Hopkirk Biography of Edith May Pretty