Mundane Astrology

Mundane Astrology – An Introduction to Astrology of Nations and Groups, published for the first time in 1984, is a comprehensive book of 523 pages, written by Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion and Charles Harvey. Nicholas Campion is also the author of The Book of World Horoscopes and The Practical Astrologer, while Charles Harvey, a former president of the Astrological Association, is the co-author of Working with Astrology.   


The authors start with an invitation to use mundane astrology, named Forward, where mundane astrology is presented as a valuable instrument, with which they successfully predicted major events like the death of Brezhnev from November 1982, the death of Yury Andropov from February 1984, the dissolution of the Soviet Union from 1989, the progress of Spain from the late 80’s, the Pakistan military coup from 6 August 1990 etc. It is quite impressive and succeeds in making the readers interested about the book and anxious to find out how the authors made so many accurate predictions.


Part 1 – The Background

Chapter 1 – The Development of Mundane Astrology from the Babylonians to the Arabs is a very well documented essay about the early history of astrology starting from Mesopotamia through Greece, Egypt, Persia, Italy, until the Arabic world. The specific context of each period and area in which astrology developed is described in detail using plenty of historical, social, political and philosophical arguments. 


Chapter 2 – The History of Mundane Astrology in Europe presents the evolution of astrology, mainly in the medieval era, marked by different periods of ups and downs like the regression from the 5-8 centuries AD caused by the rise of Christianity, the flourishing period from the 16-19 centuries which started in the 8th century in France, in the reign of Charlemagne, or the restrictive period from the 16-19 centuries AD started with the Church Reformation initiated by Luther which created a more and more difficult climate for astrology. The overall conclusion is that astrology played an important role being used by the most important people in almost every period.  


In Chapter 3 – Mundane Astrology and the Collective, Michael Baigent uses the Jungian terms collective unconscious and archetype (pattern of emotional and mental behaviour) to explain the psychology of masses and to give some advices about how a mundane chart can work. His conclusions, after this impressive chapter, are:


"1. The mass can act as an individual. 2. The mass is more fated than an individual. 3. Natal and mundane astrology bear the same relationship to each other as do the individual and the mass – they are at the opposite ends of the same spectrum. 4. A state is a expression of the mass, usually centered about a leadership. 5. The birth time of a state is that point when the new leadership takes power."



In Chapter 4 – The National Horoscope: Mundane Astrology and Political Theory, Nicholas Campion presents different theories used to determine the appropriate time when a state is created and the natal chart can be erected.


Part 2 – The Material

In Chapter 5 – The Great Year the author shows how different cultures computed the Great Year which is the Year of the Universe. The first was the Assyrian Great Year of 12.960.000 years, then the Platonic Great Year of 36.000 years, the Arabic Great Year of 360.000 years, the Indian, European and Precessional year. Different cultures, different techniques. The only thing which is sure is that we won’t find the answer in this life. Let’s pass to the next chapter. 


Chapter 6 – Cycles in Practice

In the first part of the chapter The Concept of Cycles the author explains why cycles hold such an important place in philosophy and astrology. Starting with Plato and finishing with John Addey, the parent of harmonics in astrology, cycles were fundamental to understanding life and time, or, better expressed, the space-time relation. In astrology a conjunction is the beginning of a cycle, a trine is a phase of harmony in the cycle, an opposition represents the fruit which was promised at the beginning. In life a breath is a cycle, night and day are cycles, a year is a cycle, everything is formed by cycles.

Eclipses Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation


eclipses.jpgCeleste 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.




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.