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by Gary Brand - written August 11, 2007,
published in the September 2007 edition of Echo* newspaper

Olympus Mons on Mars is the tallest known volcano and
mountain in our solar system.  This color composite was
created using images taken on June 22, 1978 by the Viking 1 Orbiter spacecraft. Olympus Mons, a huge volcano on Mars, is about 600 km (370 miles - the distance from St. Louis, MO to Cincinnati, OH) in diameter and the summit caldera towers 24 km (15 miles) above the surrounding plains.  It is the tallest known volcano and mountain in our solar system.  Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, pales in comparison, measuring a mere 5½ miles (above sea level).  This color composite was created using images taken on June 22, 1978 by the Viking 1 Orbiter spacecraft.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

This is a diagram of a Solar Eclipse in 1654 drawn by Thomas Hewit, a late Renaissance astrologer. This is a diagram of a Solar Eclipse in 1654 drawn by Thomas Hewit, a late Renaissance astrologer in England.  It shows the moon (the black circles with a face) before, during and after covering most of the disk of the Sun (it was a partial solar eclipse like the September 11, 2007 solar eclipse).  From Hewit's "Almanack" for the year 1654 (T.H. (1654)).

Uranus as a big crescent as photographed by Voyager 2 Color image of Uranus as a big crescent, photographed by Voyager 2 spacecraft on January 24, 1986 as it left its encounter with Uranus.  We will never see it as a crescent like this from Earth because Uranus is so far from Earth and, compared with Uranus, we are relatively close to the Sun.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/USGS.
n the last two issues of Echo* newspaper, I began a series of articles on the metaphysical and esoteric meanings of the planets but I am interrupting this series to focus on the “T-square” solar eclipse of September 11, 2007 in this article.  The “grand cross” solar eclipse of August 11, 1999 was the worst eclipse (and the only grand cross eclipse) in more than a century.  It portended the many natural disasters and those caused by human beings that followed in its wake and that continued until the next solar eclipse occurred in February 2000.  The disasters following that solar eclipse included five major earthquakes (that killed over 20,000 and left three-quarters of a million people homeless), eight major accidents (including three airline crashes), seven calamities caused by storms (including India’s and North Carolina’s worst storm disasters ever) and three explosions (two were terrorist bombings).  Four of these catastrophes were the worst in recorded history and several others were the worst in decades for the locale or country where they occurred.  The grand cross eclipse of 1999 involved Mars, Saturn and Uranus, which are traditionally associated with disasters and catastrophes in general and specifically with these types of disasters.  To read more about the 1999 solar eclipse, see my article entitled "Grand Cross Eclipse of 1999" and to read about the catastrophies in its aftermath, see my article entitled "Solar Eclipse Duration of Effect," which lists the events that followed it.  What’s the relevance of the 1999 solar eclipse to the present?  The eclipse of September 11, 2007 is alarmingly similar and history has been known to repeat itself.

Like the 1999 eclipse, the September 11, 2007 eclipse point (the Sun and Moon are the same degree of the zodiac at the time of a solar eclipse) is opposite Uranus.  Another similarity is that Mars squares (is 90 degrees from) the Sun, Moon and Uranus so it forms what astrologers call a “T-square” that looks like the capital letter T.  There are, of course, differences between these eclipses too and these differences make the September 11, 2007 eclipse less disruptive and destructive than the August 11, 1999 eclipse because: (1) Saturn at the time of 1999 solar eclipse was opposite Mars and squared the Sun, Moon, and Uranus, forming what we call a “grand cross” or “grand square” but Saturn is not involved in the September 11 eclipse, (2) the one on August 11, 1999 was a total eclipse (the most powerful of the three solar eclipse types) whereas the one on September 11, 2007 is a partial eclipse (the weakest of the three types), and (3) the eclipse point (Sun and Moon), Uranus and Mars are in mutable signs on September 11 instead of fixed signs as in 1999.  The fact that Saturn is not involved in the September 11, 2007 eclipse will reduce the death toll from disasters that I expect to occur in the five months following this eclipse.

[The following paragraph was added after this article was published.]  I tend to use small "orbs" (degrees of variance in celestial longitude between an exact classical aspect and the actual angular separation of two planets in the sky) of 5° or less, even for aspects the Sun and Moon make to the planets.  However, if the orb for Sun and Moon aspects is expanded to 8°, then Jupiter is not only square Uranus (by slightly less than 5°) but it also squares the eclipse point as well (Jupiter is less than 7° from the exact square).  Additionally, Pluto is not only opposite Mars (by slightly more than 5°) but the eclipse point squares Pluto also (it is less than 8° from the exact square).  If the Jupiter and Pluto aspects are included as part of the eclipse configuration, then September 11, 2007 is a grand cross eclipse like its predecessor!  When these two planets are included as part of the September 11 eclipse configuration, the eclipse point has four planets in hard relationship to it and this eclipse could be as powerful as the August 11, 1999 eclipse, which had only three planets in hard aspect to the eclipse point.

The same types of disasters that followed the August 11, 1999 solar eclipse will follow the one on September 11, 2007:  major earthquakes, huge hurricanes, bombings/explosions, catastrophic accidents, flooding, and mudslides precipitated by extreme rainfall.  All of these types of calamities are associated with the planets Mars and/or Uranus, both of which negatively aspect the Sun and Moon at the time of the eclipse.  Because these two planets are in stressful aspect to the eclipse point (Sun and Moon), both of these eclipses mean disruptions, upheavals, and calamities, as well as unexpected accidents and outcomes.  Does the eerie coincidence that the eclipse falls on the six-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy portend another terrorist attack on this country in the next few months?  There is reason for alarm because Mars on the day of the September 11, 2007 eclipse is almost exactly conjunct Mars in the U.S. birth chart and the eclipse point (Sun and Moon) and Uranus all square the U.S. Mars (Mars represents accidents, attacks and war) but Jupiter is conjunct the U.S. ascendant so our good luck may prevail.  The high focus of the September 11, 2007 eclipse on Mars in the U.S. chart portends that the war in Iraq will worsen rather than improve during the following five months.

Just as these two eclipses and their lingering effects reveal and relieve stresses in the crust (earthquakes and mudslides) and atmosphere (hurricanes, heavy rainfall and lightning strikes causing forest fires) of the earth, many of us can also expect some stress in our lives during the five month period following this eclipse (at least some of the accidents after the August 11, 1999 eclipse were caused by human error or stress).  Stress could come in the form of too much work (or not enough for the self-employed), accidents (my wife broke her foot and couldn’t work after the 1999 solar eclipse), and relationship or financial upheavals or surprises.  As an example, after the 1999 solar eclipse I lost a close friend and colleague – she just quit speaking to me and didn’t tell me why.

There were no great calamities on August 11, 1999, the day of the grand cross eclipse, but the worst calamity (an earthquake registering 7.4 on the Richter scale that killed more than 17,000 people) did happen in August of that year.  The largest number of disasters following that eclipse occurred the following month when Venus, a planet not associated with disaster and hardship but that was at its closest approach to Earth, was near the degree of the August 11, 1999 eclipse for almost the entire month of September because Venus turned retrograde that month!  Thus, Venus was a “trigger,” precipitating and activating the 10 major calamities of September 1999.  The T-square solar eclipse of September 11, 2007 will be very similar.  The largest number of catastrophes and disasters are most likely to happen when both Venus and Jupiter conjoin the eclipse point (18 degrees of Virgo) during the latter half of October 2007.  More calamities can be expected in December when the Sun squares the eclipse point and in January 2008 when Venus squares it.  This should not be construed to mean that calamities will not occur during the other months of the five-month period following the September 11, 2007 eclipse.  After the 1999 eclipse, there were cataclysms or major accidents in each of the following six months (until the next eclipse).  The eclipse on September 11, 2007 is in the earth sign of Virgo and, because Virgo is mutable (changing, shifting), this sign is most closely associated with shifting and moveable types of earth, like sand and alluvial soil.  Thus, buildings and homes built on sand or soft soils (such as those south of San Francisco Bay in Santa Clara County, California) are particularly susceptible to earthquakes or flooding and mudslides after the September 11, 2007 eclipse.  This solar eclipse will not be visible in the U.S.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
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Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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