Daytime Darkness: The Astrology of Eclipses. Thursday, February 8, 2024, 7:30pm-9:15pm, via ZOOM

“The hideous darkness agitated the hearts of men.” On August 2, 1133 CE, a solar eclipse plunged England into daytime darkness for over four minutes – and King Henry I left for Normandy, never to return. He died two years later. Chaos and civil war followed.

Eclipses are one of the most feared events in ancient astrology, and for good reason. Not only are they are one of the most dramatic visual astronomical events, they also often presage times of chaos, destruction and death. Yet they may also herald new life, for life and death flow into and from one another.

In this presentation, learn the astronomical basics of eclipses, how to spot them in an astrology chart, how to interpret them in both mundane and natal astrology, how to incorporate Saros cycles in your interpretations, and some remediation techniques for eclipse season.

Mel Priestley

Mel Priestley is a consulting astrologer and writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has been studying astrology for many years and completed the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology Certificate at Kepler College in 2021. She has been a professional freelance writer for over 15 years and has written extensively about wine, food, theatre and now, astrology. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Edmonton Astrological Society and is also co-lead of OPA’s Canadian satellite. Visit her site at for her latest blog posts and to book a consultation, and sign up to her newsletter to stay in touch.

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