This is the year when Uranus reigns supreme! The key phrase of 1999 is: expect the unexpected. All four eclipses of 1999 fall in the fixed signs Aquarius and Leo. The lunar eclipse on January 31 has the Moon opposing Uranus/Sun/Mercury and Neptune, all in Aquarius. The February 16 solar eclipse has Aquarius Sun/ Moon conjunct Mercury in Pisces. The south node, Uranus and Neptune also tag along for this eclipse.

By July 28 the lunar eclipse forms part of a fixed grand cross with the Sun opposing Moon/Neptune, (including the south node/Uranus, still in conjunction in Aquarius) squaring the Mars/Jupiter axis. A second grand cross is made up of Mars opposite Saturn and North node opposite Uranus/south node. By the time of the solar eclipse on August 11 the Sun/Moon oppose Uranus/south node, still in grand cross formation with Saturn opposing Mars. A set of eclipses which contain the influence of so many planets are sure to have a major impact on events here on planet earth. 



The lunar eclipse of January 31 falls on the 11 degrees Leo/Aquarius axis. The second decanate of Leo is said to bring major changes; of the second decanate of Aquarius is said: universal damage to the seeds of the earth. Is this the start of a year of worldwide drought? At this eclipse, four planets are in air signs and three in fire -all "dry, barren" signs. Neptune is conjunct Altair (changes in weather) and Pluto conjunct Antares (marked increase in reptile/insect pests). 

The eclipses of January and February also have eight planets in southern declination and only two in northern declination - which will bring very much higher than normal temperatures to the southern hemisphere. The solar eclipse of February falls in the third decanate of Aquarius - the death and slaughter of sheep and beasts in the field. Crops and animals destroyed by drought? At this time Saturn is also in parallel the fixed star Altair, heralding once again, major weather changes. By July, seven planets are in "dry" signs, as Jupiter moves into opposition with Mars - a drought configuration, which will also bring some phenomenal storms with it.

The actual path of the February eclipse falls mainly over Australia, with the partial eclipse lines covering most of Indonesia and reaching as far west as the southern half of Africa. Will these be the places to experience the main onslaught of the drought? Older texts on eclipse effects state that the area in which the eclipse is visible is usually most affected by an eclipse. But these are not the only places. Those cities or countries which have an affinity for or fall under the influence of the signs or planets in the eclipse degree will also be affected.

The Capricorn ingress chart has Mercury conjunct Pluto in Sagittarius, a combination which brings the potential for severe wind damage. Sagittarius is a dry sign, and in any combination with a windy planet (Mercury) will bring extreme dryness, as too much wind tends to deplete soil of moisture.

Australia is a naturally dry continent, so moisture is a precious commodity. Broadly speaking, the whole Australian continent will be subject to dry, windy conditions under this Ingress. At the time of the February solar eclipse, the potential for wind damage and drought increases considerably. Mercury moves into a square with Pluto, increasing the chances of severe wind, destructive storms and hail. The powerfully turbulent T square formed by Mars opposing Saturn and square Neptune, creates a potent weather cocktail of more windy storms, increased humidity, cyclone potential as well as flash floods and intense heavy rain - to some areas and entirely skipping others. Bush fires will be plentiful, more so than usual and fire fighters will be hard pressed at times to cope with the outbreaks.

The Cairns/Townsville areas can expect major storms with the solar eclipse and severe wind and water damage from cyclones. Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane will also have more than their fair share of cyclones and/or severe wind storms this season. Perth will be hotter and drier than usual and will also experience major storms. Melbourne and Adelaide too will have to contend with dryness, wind and storms. 

Indonesia will not be spared any of this strange weather either. Papua New Guinea too, and especially the islands to the east/north east of PNG have a good chance of some severe storms and cyclones.

By the time of the Cancer Ingress, Uranus and the nodes track over their previous position of the January/February eclipses, reinforcing the dry, unstable weather patterns that prevailed earlier in the year. Mars moves in to oppose Jupiter in air/fire signs, adding more potential for continued drought. Mars with Jupiter will bring a cold dryness to the southern hemisphere, making winter rains unreliable and scarce. The Jupiter and Mars line runs through Ghana, West Africa, up through Spain, the western parts of France, most of England, except the west. All of these parts and most of the northern hemisphere will probably experience a hot and very dry summer, interspersed with some major storms. By the time of the July/August eclipses, Mars moves into Scorpio, opposing Jupiter in Taurus - raising the potential for some terrific storms and floods.


Although earthquakes happen every day all over the world, only a few are so large or destructive as to cause large scale damage and loss of life. Large scale quakes happen with little warning and the inhabitants of the area seldom have enough time to evacuate an area. While certain areas are well known to be seismically active, such as California, Japan and Hawaii, those which arenít, too often are forgotten - until such an event occurs.

Older astrology texts often state that some eclipses are the forerunners of earthquakes. Usually it takes a transit of a planet over an eclipse degree to trigger a quake, especially where the eclipse falls on the meridian or horizon of the chart. Earthquakes are also thought to be more likely when eclipses fall in fixed signs, or when a planet contacting the meridian or horizon, is in a fixed sign. However earthquakes also happen when many planets contact the four cardinal points. The outer planets, from Mars are all usually heavily involved in earthquake activity, with both Neptune and Uranus having a larger say than the others. Great conjunctions of the major planets have also been found to play a major part in seismic disturbances, especially where these are contacting the angles.

The Sun/Moon line of the solar eclipse of February 16 runs through 95 degrees West longitude cutting through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico up just past Houston, past Kansas on to Canada. The Uranus longitudinal line on the IC (square Mars), runs along 160E up through the Pacific ocean and through north eastern Russia. This will probably see the Pacific Ring of Fire becoming more active. Uranus on the MC runs along the 71 E longitude line through north western India, up through central Pakistan, the eastern tip of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and on through Russia. What does this eclipse have in store for these places? 

The partial eclipse of the moon on July 28 brings a fixed grand cross with Sun/Mercury opposing Moon/Neptune, both these configurations square Mars opposing Saturn and Jupiter. This is a powerful earthquake triggering combination. Watch Krakatoa and the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia around this time, as this eclipse falls on all the angles. A powerful quake south, south west of Krakatoa could easily awaken the sleeping giant. The last great eruption in 1883 had Uranus passing within 4 degrees of longitude east of Krakatoa. In the July eclipse chart Uranus is conjunct the ascendant, opposing the eclipsed Sun/Moon and squaring Mars/Saturn near the meridian. If this configuration is not triggered immediately by the eclipse, the last quarter moon chart of 2 September may act as the trigger .

South America looks very shaky under the July eclipse. Peru and Ecuador may see some major quakes, as the grand cross sits on the angles at places like Trujillo and Chiclayo, north of Lima, and also in the Guayaquil area, Ecuador. Rio de Janeiro is vulnerable to quake activity under the February solar eclipse, as transiting planets may trigger aspects in a previous quake of February 23 1925.

Between the July and August eclipses, New Zealand has a high possibly of volcanic eruptions on South Island, as a result of a sea quake off the east coast of South Island. Areas affected by this event will be those on the 172E longitude line, including such areas as Akaroa, Christchurch, Glenhope, Taiparu, Waipara etc. It could be Mt Una or Mt Owen that spring to life at this time. The entire east coast of New Zealand and more particularly North Island will experience a particularly turbulent winter under the August eclipse influence, with a high chance of some severe storms and coastal inundation.

Most of Africa will be affected by the February and August solar eclipses, as first the south and then the north are within the partial eclipse lines. Cape Town, South Africa may well have a sudden seismic event set up by the January eclipse and triggered by the July one.

The southern USA looks earmarked for some major storms and hurricanes under the July eclipse, particularly southern Florida and cities around the Gulf of Mexico. The lines of Uranus, Mars and Saturn meet in Southern Panama at the August eclipse and the town of Colon, as well as the Suez Canal may be damaged by quake activity at this time, as several planets from a previous eclipse-related quake in 1853 are activated around then.

The August solar eclipse sweeps a path over India, Pakistan (already under the influence of the February eclipse), Iran, Iraq, Turkey and the major portions of Eastern and Western Europe and the southern tip of the U.K. before heading out over the Atlantic ocean. Partial eclipse lines also cover Mongolia, much of China and Russia, all of Europe and Great Britain, most of northern Africa, Greenland and the northeastern parts of Canada. This will no doubt bring huge changes to these areas. One can expect the hurricane potential of the Atlantic ocean to be greater than in previous years, as planets crossing the eclipse path during the northern summer activate this eclipse.

The Swedish capital of Stockholm looks as if it may suffer a large inundation or a major disturbance of some kind, possibly a submarine quake which affects the city. This possibility is set up in the January eclipse and intensifies by the time of the July eclipse. The Polish city of Bydgoszcz is also vulnerable to damage at this time as it is situated along the same longitudinal line.

The seismic potential for Japan and particularly Tokyo increases markedly between the July and August eclipses, when transiting Uranus closes in on the IC of a previous destructive quake in 1923. The August eclipse Sun/Moon are then conjunct the 1923 MC/Neptune. Mars opposing Saturn on the horizon are conjunct the 1923 Jupiter/ Moon opposition on the horizon. 

One way or another 1999 will prove to be a year of great change for planet earth, with eccentric Uranus performing a massive spring clean, tossing out the old, the unnecessary and the outworn, so that the planet has a new look for the start of the new century.

by Erin Boshoff


January 14  1999

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