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A Baltimore astrologer’s insights into the eclipse

Through the millennia, eclipses have been an object of cultural superstition, says Baltimore astrologer Eliza Graney. “Historically, eclipses were always viewed as bad,” she said. Astrologers even had a name for it: “the death of the king.”

A 1932 account from The Baltimore Sun, reflecting on that year’s partial solar eclipse, remembered how the ancient Greek General Nicias, “panic-stricken by an eclipse,” surrendered to the Syracuse Army in battle. Another eclipse supposedly “frightened the Medes and the Persians into a truce and then into a peace.”

Graney isn’t super duper optimistic about how this year’s eclipse is going to pan out — astrologically, it could exacerbate problems that already exist, she said. “Needless to say this is a really chaotic time right now,” she said. “I am a tad bit concerned. I think the beginning of September could be really rough.”

Still, Graney said, it depends on how well-prepared you are for the changes ahead. For the next couple of months, she said, “It’s a good time or clearing out old stuff that isn’t working for you anymore.”


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