The eclipse of the Sun has traditionally been viewed with dread over the ages, as the great giver of life seems mysteriously to disappear from the sky. Birds prepare for bed; the sky darkens in the center of the day. It seems as though something awful is about to happen. Over the years, experience has shown us that old things come to an end under a solar eclipse and a new beginning can be made. The result on the world of eclipses has been seen to be generally felt for some six months, until the next eclipse then restructures the cosmic energies.
Astrologically, solar eclipses signify the fall of the mighty. Depending where in the zodiac the eclipse occurs, pressure is always placed on the matters governed by that sign, or sector of the zodiac. A powerful Solar Eclipse can create massive chaos, in accordance with other aspects in the heavens at the time, as can be clearly seen by the trail of earthquakes and other disasters associated with the Solar Eclipse and Grand Cross of August 1999.
At a more personal level, the solar eclipse can have a big effect on our personal lives when it occurs in combination with one of our natal planets, especially our natal Sun, Moon, or Ruling Planet. Other important chart factors, such as Moon's Nodes, Ascendant, Mid-heaven, or Part of chance can also have a very significant effect when impacted by a solar eclipse. Where the eclipse falls in the chart is significant, as the energies expressed by its house situation will show the areas of life that are affected by the new beginning that is implied.