Hermes Trismegistus, the author named in the text of the enigmatic Emerald Tablet, said, “That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that is below.”
We interpret these wise words of the Hermetic tradition to refer to the occult principle that the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and the macrocosm reflects the microcosm.
In other words, celestial happenings-astronomical, astrological, and numerological indicators and patterns–symbolize life circumstances. They don’t make things happen (a common misconception), but they do represent key life events and happenings.
One of those heavenly occurrences is the eclipse (both solar and lunar), which happens on a regular basis, four to six times each year. Eclipses are commonly associated with new beginnings (solar) and endings (lunar), as well as distorted perception and a tendency for greater than average erratic behavior. But eclipses also have predictive value, being linked with previous and future, similar eclipses, as we show below.
Definition of an Eclipse
An eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun, and Moon–three heavenly bodies–align roughly in a straight line (an astronomical alignment called a syzygy). The Moon goes into the Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse, and the Moon’s shadow travels across the Earth’s surface during a solar eclipse.
Origin of Making Predictions Using Eclipse Cycles
In recorded history, the Babylonians first recognized the potential of making predictions based on celestial patterns. “The Babylonians administered the longest enduring scholarly science project in recorded history, for 700 years, and it involves astrology. According to Yale Assyriologist Eckart Frahm, stars and other heavenly bodies were worshipped as deities in ancient Babylon and, ‘The ancient stargazers were so intrigued by the mechanics of the heavens – and the possibility of being able to make predictions from what they saw in the night sky – that, from the 8th century to the 1st century BC, they observed very closely on a daily basis the movements of the stars to determine what exactly was happening in the sky, and documented these observations on clay tablets.'”
Eclipse cycles https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_cycle#Eclipse_cycles, such as the Lunar Year (.970 tropical years), Octon (3.8 tropical years), Tzolkinex (7.115 tropical years), Sar (9.015 tropical years), Saros (18.030 tropical years), Metonic Cycle (19.000 tropical years), Exeligmos (54.090 tropical years), and others, are important celestial sequences that contribute to effective predictive pattern recognition. They likely inspired the discovery of innumerable other cycles of time, both universal and personal. The Babylonian calendar included the use of the Metonic Cycle.
Personal Prediction Using 19-Year Metonic Cycle
While it takes many years to establish a working system of checks and balances based on numerological, astrological, and astronomical patterns-figuring out which indicators are exceptional and which aren’t–the Metonic Cycle, for example, is an easy to figure indicator and may give you valuable perspective in your life.
Incredibly, the Metonic Cycle shows that almost exactly (within several hours) every 19 years the Moon and the Sun are aspected identically, on the same day of the year. Thus, a solar or lunar eclipse occurs in the same astrological sign, on the same day, 19 years apart.
For example, on this page https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LEcatalog.html, an eclipse Metonic Cycle can be figured by observing the 7-16-2000 eclipse preceding the 7-16-2019 eclipse.
Application of 19-yr Eclipse Metonic Cycle
Application of this cycle is easy: simply begin to build a timeline of key events in your life, some of which may not be obvious at first, relating to eclipses using the Metonic Cycle.
For instance, you may have started a new and exciting phase in your career in 2016 that relates directly to your career in 1997, almost exactly 19 years earlier. Or, a relocation may connect to important events in the past, or a new relationship (friendship, romantic, or professional) may connect to important events 19 years ago.
Pay attention to consequential circumstances involving family members, and other significant people in your life, along with other notable situations in your life and you may begin to see how the Metonic Cycle can be used to give you valuable perspective.
In doing so, you’ll get an idea of how, beyond a single cycle like the Metonic Cycle, multiple astrological and numerological cycles, forming patterns, represent personal fate.
To find out more about what any given eclipse may symbolize in your life, you must determine where it is in your natal and timing charts. Start with your basic natal chart. For example, the lunar eclipse in July 2019 (and July 2000) occurred in the sign of Capricorn. Let’s say you have a Capricorn Ascendant. Capricorn Ascendant (first house) means that particular eclipse occurred in your first house, at least by sign. By degree, it may be slightly different. Then consider the qualities of your first house and everything connected to it, which is beyond basic astrology and the scope of this article. Generally first (self, ego, beginnings, etc.), fourth (real estate, home, early life, etc.), seventh (partnerships, marriage, etc.), and tenth (career, status, etc.) houses, the angular/strong houses, carry more symbolic impact.
View the 2019 eclipses in the graph here:
Ultimately, recognizing the symbolism of celestial events, such as eclipses relating to your life, is inspiring because it suggests that life is more than just a random series of events; the circumstances and events in your life have important spiritual meaning.