So we think we’re tense in the hours before an eclipse? What if you carried that energy for your entire life? That’s in essence what happens to those born on an eclipse; they come into their life on Earth charged with the intensity, and perhaps shadowed by, eclipse energy. My theory is that those born under a Solar Eclipse may be the source of tumultuous events in their own life scenario, while those who arrive under a Lunar Eclipse may experience the chaos as swirling around them, reflected (appropriate for the Moon) in surrounding events. I’ve only just begun to explore this idea, so stay tuned for further discussion.
Right now let’s look at a Lunar Eclipse baby around whom plenty of trauma and drama has swirled in her lifetime: Gloria Vanderbilt (Feb 20 1924, 9:55 AM, New York USA, Placidus). Known in 1930’s media as the ‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ Gloria was the subject of a volatile, protracted, and very public custody battle for possession of herself and her millions upon the death of her father when she was an infant (possibly signified by Pluto, retrograde at birth, which continued backward progress for only about another month, then turned and passed back over the birth point). Ms. Vanderbilt was unusual for the time, early on attempting a career, first as a painter, then a textile designer, and finally as one of the original American designers who rose to fame in the 1970s as entrepreneurs who popularized the designer label on mass market goods. All Ms. Vanderbilt’s career choices are amazingly faithful to her Taurus Ascendant (and the Swan she chose as her symbol is also a good fit), ruler Venus in Aries (Self-assertion) in the unconscious/ Collective 12th, widely conjunct Chiron (working out wounds through beauty?) and to her Pisces Sun at 00 degrees, conjunct the South Node (the past influences the identity and Soul path), ruler Neptune in Leo in mutual reception, trine Venus ruler Mars which is conjunct Jupiter in 8th (receiving the support of others, expansive and active imagination that powers the Will), and suggesting she knew innately how to expand her audience, and to make her inheritance grow. The Sun is also semi-square Chiron, implying that the primal wound will be experienced to some extent through the discovery of the ‘I am.’
For the other side of the birth Lunar Eclipse we see the Moon at 00 Virgo, making this a very tight pattern, almost like you’d expect a little ‘ding, I’m here!’ on the child’s arrival! The Moon is conjunct Earth and the North Node (of course, contact to the Nodes is an eclipse!), hinting that both the destiny and the material experience will be inexorably entwined with the emotional Beingness; add to this a semi-square of the Moon/ Earth to Juno, and we see that this was, for her, the way to empowerment, and perhaps also instrumental in realizing, like the goddess Juno, that she could not personally control everything. This latter idea is tragically apparent with the suicide of one of her sons, who threw himself from the 14th floor family apartment right in front of his mother; she has three other sons, one of whom is reporter Anderson Cooper.
A varied marriage history does suggest recurring emotional changes, if not turmoil, and supports the Lunar Eclipse theory. She had a short, early marriage to a Hollywood agent; a second to conductor Leopold Stokowski, 40 years her senior, with whom she had two sons and from whom she parted amicably some years later; a third to producer/ director Sydney Lumet; and a fourth to Wyatt Cooper, with whom she had two more sons, and who died on the operating table, leaving Ms. Vanderbilt a widow.
Though we can’t know with any certainty that Ms. Vanderbilt sees her life as tempestuous, and herself subject to a high drama factor in events outside her direct control, we can guess that many of the events of her life at the very least required a strong character just to survive them, and her business success of course required another kind of energy and strength, equally vital for the secure development of the Self, especially important for someone with the Sun at 00 degrees.
Nina Gryphon said:
Great post – thank you. I wonder if Vanderbilt’s family expectations and general social milieu were a constant drag on her attempts at a creative career. The Moon is eclipsing the Sun here; it rules her 4th house of family and heritage (specifically her father), while the Sun rules her 5th of creativity.
Good point, well said–thanks, Nina! And I’d like to say, love your blog! Readers, please visit Nina at http://gryphonastrology.com/blog
I don’t know if this is too off topic, but I’d be curious how Randy Pausch is related to the current eclipse. He passed away a week before Friday’s eclipse, and the speech that made him a minor celebrity was given a week after the September 2007 solar eclipse.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence? 🙂
The book that he co-authored is currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. There is a brief synopsis of his life on Wikipedia but I doubt you would be able to find an exact birth time for him.
I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your Sweetie.
One thing that I have learned from my study of astrology is that looking up your transits is never a substitute for the support of friends and family.
All the best to you, your husband, and Sweetie’s sister.
I don’t know that passing away a week before an eclipse has any significance in and of itself–Sweetie died a week before, also, so I think we’ll just call it a coincidence 🙂
Thanks very much for your thoughtful condolences.
Thank you for this post. It just so happens that I was born on a solar eclipse ( March 7,1970)…this latest eclipse was right on top of my MC. I’ve been doing some research on eclipses to learn what that is all about and find there is not much info on eclipse in the birth chart.
I do have to vouch for the tumultousness and intensity..althought, despite being “from a solar eclipse”, I find that I experience the chaos as swirling around me as opposed to being the source of it. I wish I was! It rather seems everything I attempt to create and build for myself gets “occulted” by divine intervention, one way or the other, it’s so uncanny that I have to laugh – now I understand where it comes from…I think…
Thanks for the insight.
You’re welcome, C. I’m glad you found the post useful. I may be wrong about the Solar/ Lunar distinction in terms of how one experiences the effect, but one possibility may be that projection is at work, with others carrying the trauma or upset for you, and the ‘occulting’ might rather be the Universe pushing you in a more appropriate direction than those you’ve so far chosen. With a Solar Eclipse as a natal factor, it may be especially difficult to discern Soul direction. But, with the latest on your MC, you may be getting a serious glimpse of career/ public role potentials for yourself; info on what you might best create or build may be forthcoming between now and the next eclipse set of Jan/ Feb 2009. Good luck!
Thank you Julie.
I hope you are right- I could really use a hint in discerning my Soul’s desired direction because I’m quite at a loss right now as to what that is.
You’re welcome, C. I think the point is that you’ve been getting hints all along, you just haven’t recognized them–and now they’re going to be stronger than ever. It’s so for all of us, that we are given the info or at least pushed in a direction that will eventually lead us to something we feel speaks to us, but it’s the rare individual who completely sees and responds to the messages given. Being at a loss is a good thing–it might make you frustrated enough to put aside the requirements and lenses you’ve been using to look at who you are and who you should be, and see what is really there, what gifts you have that you’re not aware of.
I am so happy to find something online regarding eclipses and birth! I was born 12 July 1972, three days I think after a full solar eclipse. I have always been curious what (if any) effect that had on my chart. I appreciate the compassion inherent in the work you do here; it is evident your heart is in this. Many Thanks.
I’ve just begun looking into eclipses as a factor at birth, but am finding it an interesting area, and intend to continue exploring, so I’m glad to hear that there’s interest out there!
If I’m remembering correctly (all my books are packed as we are moving), Jan Spiller and Karen McCoy’s ‘SPIRITUAL ASTROLOGY: Your Personal Path to Self-Fulfillment’ covers the subject of pre-natal eclipses (which would technically be the case with the one three days before your birth). It contains a wealth of interesting information, specifically concerning the way eclipse patterns that occur during our ‘womb time’ may be very telling of experience orientation that follows, so it may be something you would be interested in.
Thanks very much for your kind words–I hope you’ll be a regular visitor!
Thanks for your reply Julie – I will check out the book you mentioned. I will certainly be back to visit. Best to you, MWB
Dear Julie, I was born in Oklahoma, USA on February 26, 1979 at 10:51 A.M. during a total solar eclipse. My father committed suicide when I was one year old, and my life hasn’t changed much since; I seem to loose everyone that I love. My friends have said they never seen or heard of anyone with so much loss and that I must be cursed. I never felt like I belonged in this world and I have been in constant turmoil my entire life, my mom said it was that way even as an infant. Your article on the subject has given me some peace knowing that everything is not my fault. My biggest battle has been within myself, maybe it’s because I’m a pisces, I don’t know. I can’t wait to learn more about solar eclipse babies. I am excited to see that someone has taken an interest in the effects that eclipses have on births. I think your work is great!
Thank you for everything, Michael
Thank you for your kind words, and your enthusiasm for the topic. You are at a good point right now for ‘beginning anew,’ as you’ve just passed your Saturn Return and Jupiter is headed toward conjunction with your natal Sun/Moon. With Solar Arc Pluto conj natal Uranus, and Solar Arc Uranus conj natal Neptune, it may be time for you to discover who you really are, and to let go of the illusion (for it is an illusion) that you are cursed or responsible in any way for the losses you’ve suffered.
One very hopeful note: in just under 3 years Solar Arc Neptune will reach conj with natal Venus, and this often manifests in the finding of an ‘ideal love’–so good luck!
Thank you, Michael–
Hi Julie,The Last Entry on your blog was 2 years ago by michael
I was Heart Broken,
i also was born during an solar eclipse the eclipse i was born on accured at sep 11 1969 at 7:28 pm universal time
I was born hours later on sep 12 1969 4:21 am eastern standard
not only to i have this solar eclipse birth but i was born with a 6 planet steliam conjunct the eclipse
in virgo 19 degrees sun ,pluto 24 degrees moon 25 degrees…..uranus 3 degress libra jupiter 10 degrees libra mercury 14 degrees libra
feeeewww my granfather who was a very great but yet noble and humble man died 3 days after i was born .i was his first granchild
of many more grandchildren ….my life i can write 3 books about it “seriously,a lot of people use this as a saying”but this is rediculouse.
you know…i had a lot of downs that where realy down,but i also had a lot of ups that where realy great ups in my life,guess what it;s not over i am only 42, i learned astrolgy at a young age and i learned to roll with the punches,i am definetly a weirdo highly psychic professionaly and a barrel of laughs.i have been trough it all and i have to say i would’t change a dam thing.i take life like a ride on a rollercoaster might as well injoy it.GOD chosed the time we where all born that;s all i know
PS JULIE i would love a reply from you ,also the eclipse people are born under gooes back to a family of eclipses that take thousands of years to begin and end my eclipse series is called saros series 134 in order to do a chart on eclipse babies it it crucial to go back to the first eclipse of the series that you may be born under you can get this onfo from the nasa website’s
I don’t know what you mean by my last reply being 2 years ago–you must not have visited the home page–a lot goes on here!
Thank you for sharing some of your story. As to commenting, there’s really nothing for me to add–you seem to have all the answers!
sorry , i meant the reply’s concerning the eclipse babies… i did not realise you had a whole website i thought this was the only page
could you do a chart reading on me…and what are the requirements
Sorry, Jan, I’m not available for readings at this time–but thank you for the inquiry.
I too was born 3/7/70 but the eclipse is in the first house. In my case you are correct about being intense and emotional.
My intuition is intense. If you’d like to discuss I have been learning astrology for 20 years. Rachel Weisz I believe was born 30? minutes after me. I have many traits that she has.
Thank you for the feedback, Matthew, and thank you for the offer, but my schedule at this time doesn’t allow such a pleasant indulgence as random discussion, though there are likely many who frequent forums who have the time and inclination to exchange info–you might want to try one of these.
Geoffrey Haefele said:
I am a man born on 9/11/1969 @ 6:45 PM CST right around the time of the Solar Eclipse. I was born with a six planet stellium conjunct the Solar Eclipse. My life is a dynamic and mind-bending story line that I refer to as the conundrumatic conundrum. It is an unrelenting and unavailing assault that appears to define the course of my life, both in motive, and also in receptivity. From tragedy to tragedy, and one twist and turn to another. I am very very different, as all who know me have noticed. I am truly from a different sector of the universe whn compared to the majority of folks, and this creates a substantive misunderstanding between others and myself. What I wouldn’t give to sit down face to face with one at least as knowledgeable as myself to discuss the ramifications that I believe are inherent with my particular date of birth.
I am leaving this bit of contact info for the betterment and understanding of people far and wide. I am willing to participate and contribute when and where I may be of value.
G.H. – email@example.com
Make of it what you will, Readers 🙂
And Geoffrey, good luck in finding, and I quote, “one at least as knowledgeable as” yourself
Hi, I was born on July 12, 1991 a few hours after the eclipse of 1991. I was wondering if you have looked into that eclipse? What do you conclude that is the lasting effect to people born around these eclipse?
There really isn’t a way to apply an eclipse generally to all born near it–it’s all about the individual chart, and the placement of the eclipse itself. Also, though years ago I did on occasion answer personal queries through comments, I no longer have the time for this. Good luck in exploring your chart.