Today is the 15th anniversary of one of the great astrological events of our lifetimes — the grand cross and total solar eclipse of Aug. 11, 1999. This was the event that years earlier, astrologer Ani Black said she planned to be out of the solar system for. She stuck around.
Yesterday’s Full Moon activated that degree. Eclipses can have an influence for many years after they happen (not merely the usual six months you will read about on most blogs). It is however unusual for an eclipse to have a 15-year or longer life, but it happens.
One reason this eclipse was so influential is that the grand cross and Moon-Sun occultation happened at the same time. In April we also had a grand cross and eclipse, but the events were separated by about a week. On 8/11/99, the grand cross included a Mars-Saturn opposition exact to two arc minutes, applying.
Right around this time (that day in fact), the Cassini Space Probe was being shot past the Earth on the way to Saturn, with 72 pounds of plutonium on board. Also in the news was the formal grouping of the European Union. The eclipse cast a shadow over Europe at high noon, turning night to day and emphasizing the point that all of Europe was in something, whatever it would be, together.
The eclipse foreshadowed the stolen election of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, and combined with a second, equally powerful total solar eclipse on June 21, 2001, pointed right to the 9/11 incident. In effect these were the eclipses that described the turn of the millennium.
It’s worth studying past astrology to see what issues it highlights, what synchronicities emerge, what is happening in the world at the time, and what results are produced. One year before the eclipse I wrote an article called Thinking of You on Judgment Day, which I sometimes consider the honorary first Planet Waves article.