Book review: Eclipses – Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation
Celeste Teal is an American astrologer from Phoenix who published in 2006 Eclipses – Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation, one of the few books about eclipses. The book is structured in 3 parts and an appendix which will be presented below. An interesting fact is that from the 275 pages of the book the appendix (eclipses data and national charts) has 113 pages!
Part 1 – The Hidden Power & Message of an Eclipse
Chapter 1 – The Mysterious Dragon’s Head & Tail explains the differences between eclipses formed at the North Lunar Node or South Lunar Node. The energy of the North Node is considered more materialistic, lustful and that from South Node like a “payback time”, more difficult, hard to manage. Mainly it is the general view which place difficulties on SN and success, new challenges, benefits on NN.
In Chapter 2 – The Lord of an Eclipse the author analyzes the effects of an eclipse in each zodiacal sign. The ruler of the sign becomes the lord of the eclipse and gives additional information. Only if a planet is closer than 3 degrees from the eclipse will become the lord of the eclipse. You’ll find a complete range of manifestations, events possible to happen for every sign and the general characteristics for every triplicity (fire, air, earth). It is a simple and useful chapter.
In Chapter 3 – The Secret Life of an Eclipse Celeste Teal writes about the length of the eclipse and the important transits over the place marked by eclipse. The general accepted theory says that an hour of shadow becomes a year of effects for a Sun eclipse and a month of effects for a Moon eclipse. Celeste agrees with the first part but makes a big difference for the Moon eclipse where she observed, from her practical experience, that should be used the same algorithm, an year for an hour. It is a very interesting point of view that should be verified by all astrologers who analyzes eclipses. About the important transits, the main idea is that Mars activates the eclipse and Saturn by conjunction or opposition stops her effects.
Chapter 4 – Planetary Stimulation to an Eclipse presents the influences of planetary transits over the eclipse degree, especially Mars an Saturn. The planets will bring in scene their well-known characteristics, it is nothing outstanding here.
In Chapter 5 – Rating an Eclipse for Power the author indicates which factors are more important to rate the power of eclipses. For example a placement in the first degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, the conjunction with planets from a national natal chart, other planets placed within 3 degrees from the eclipse means that the power is increased. Again, normal observations that must be considered when someone analyzes an eclipse.
Part 2 Eclipses & World Events: Past, Present and Future
Chapter 6 – The Impact of Eclipses upon National Figures is a discussion about the natal chart of United States of America and the White House. In Chapter 7 – Rare Predictions & JFK the author presents the eclipses which took place near the date of JFK assassination and explain the meaning. In Chapter 8 – The New Millennium Eclipse Timeline Celeste Teal presents several eclipses which happened between 1998-2004 and link them with events. Chapter 9 – Eclipses, the Stock Market & World Trade shows the relation of eclipses with the financial markets, but only for USA. Chapter 10 – Surprises & Twists 2007-2015 makes brief predictions for some eclipses. Chapter 11 – The Powerful Eclipse from 2020 give some guidelines and opinions about the 2020 eclipse.
Almost all the eclipses analyzed in this part are related with the national chart or leaders of the USA so, for a person who has no links with USA won’t be very interesting.
Part 3 Eclipses: Your Personal Cosmic Telegrams
In Chapter 12 – An Eclipse and You are some introductory words. Chapter 13 – Your Evolving Soul & Your Prenatal Eclipses presents the meanings of the NN in your natal chart. Chapter 14 – Eclipses as Guideposts on your Life Journey presents the differences between a Solar and Lunar eclipse and NN and NS one. I think are pretty well explained.
Chapter 15 – Preparing for your Special Personal Eclipse presents the detailed interpretations for every natal planet which can be eclipsed. It is one of the most useful and interesting parts of the book, for example:
“An eclipse to your Moon often announces new domestic conditions and changes involving family members. For a time, relationships with women come into higher focus that usual. […] There may be a birth in the family, or the health of the mother may be a concern.”
Chapter 16 – Real People & their Eclipse Stories presents about 30 examples of events generated by eclipses for various people. It is the part that I liked most. Just real people, real events – this is often the best way to learn.
The last part of t
he book is the Appendix which is very useful because has all the eclipses between 2000-2015 with additional details like important planetary transits or power rating, the eclipses between 1999-2012 with a short commentary for each one, many national charts with the important eclipses for each-one and a simple table with the eclipses between 1900-2054. Now, I think everyone considers this appendix really good in practice.
MY EVALUATION: 7,9
Conclusion. It is a book that makes a good symbiosis between theory and practice, even if the practical part is too focused on the USA which becomes boring for non-Americans.
It is a simple and clear book, easy to read and to understand. Do not present complicated algorithms or ideas, instead the text is elaborated around the well-known, simple astrological principles used for eclipses. The book has the quality to collect all those principles in one place, to explain them and show how are applied in practice.
I have only one question for the author: where is the Saros cycle? My evaluation is 7,9.