On on Monday August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will cross over the United States.  See below for highlights of expert commentary related to eclipses.

Highlights of the Expert Commentary Below

  • In addition to the eclipse date itself, also consider the new and full moons before and after the eclipse. (Al Larson/Hans Hannula)
  • Consider postponing significant decisions in the 7-10 days leading up to an eclipse. (Bill Meridian)
  • The transit of a planet over or in opposition to the place of an eclipse releases “extra energy.” (Charles Jayne)
  • A solar eclipse could have an effect for up to 6-12 months in advance and perhaps as long as a year afterward. (Charles Jayne)
  • The total eclipse of the Sun on 29 August 1886 was linked with the destruction of Charleston two days later (David Ovason)
  • Some of the largest earthquakes in history took place within 1 year of a solar eclipse. (Matt’s proprietary research)

Arch Crawford on Eclipses

Here is an excerpt of an interview of Arch Crawford conducted by TradingMarkets Research:

There are 3-5 eclipses per year. Around the time of the 1987 crash, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about a guy who had come up with a Mayan calendar date that was very important, and that was supposed to be August 17 and all the new new age people were going to sacred sites and dancing and drumming and praying and meditating and doing what they do. It was called the “Harmonic Convergence.” It was supposed to be this Mayan date. Well I looked at this date and I didn’t see anything.

I looked forward and here seven days later was the tightest 5-body conjunction in at least 800 years and they were all visible bodies. And I said “that is what the Mayans were talking about.” I said “this market will peak on August 24, give or take three days, after which we will have a horrendous crash.” The market peaked at Noon on August 25 and it dropped and dropped and it stopped and turned violently on the day of the solar eclipse on the Fall equinox and it had the biggest up-day in history, to that date, in points. It broke down in the morning, scared the heck out of traders, turned around and had the biggest up-day in history. Then it rallied for two weeks; at the top of that rally we had the biggest earthquake in Southern California in at least seven years and two days later we had the lunar eclipse, which was the biggest down day in history to date. So the lunar eclipse touched off the earthquake.

Donald Bradley on Eclipses

In his book “Solar and Lunar Returns,” Donald Bradley wrote the following:

“The ancient astrologers contended, and even today we concur with them, that a conjunction of the Sun and Moon is malevolent.”

Bryce Gilmore on Eclipses

In his book “Geometry of Markets I,” Gilmore noted that “a solar eclipse date is one of the most important cycle points to monitor.”

Perry Kaufman on Eclipses

In Perry Kaufman’s book Trading Systems & Methods he notes the following:

Of the major physical phenomena used in financial astrology, the most important are:

  • Solar eclipse – when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun
  • Lunar eclipse – when the Earth passes between the moon and the Sun
  • Conjunction – when any two planets are on the same side of the Sun
  • Opposition – when two planets are on opposite sides of the Sun”

The physical significance of an eclipse is said to be that it disrupts the flow of energy between two bodies by the interference of a third mass.”

Al Larson (i.e., Hans Hannula) on Eclipses

In his article “Trading Planetary Eclipses” in the publication “Stocks & Commodities,” Hans Nannula (i.e., Al Larson) used a model of cause and effect to relate solar and lunar eclipses to market action.  Larson wrote, “That study showed a significant effect due to solar eclipses, with the effects due to the moon interrupting the energy flow between the sun and the Earth.

In his book “Trading the Eclipses” Larson wrote that based on his research “fully fifty-one percent of all eclipses move the market” and “of that fifty-one percent, eighteen percent of the eclipses caused major market moves.”  Later in the book Larson noted that “sixty percent of all ‘major’ moves are for greater than fifteen percent.

Larson also noted that “solar eclipses are more effective than lunar eclipses by over ten percentage points.”  As a point of reference, the eclipse on August 21, 2017 is a solar eclipse.

In interpreting this data, Larson stated that “this says watch the new and full moons before and after eclipses, not just the eclipses.

Bill Meridian on Eclipses

Bill Merdian’s book lists 11 “Eclipses Rules,” one of which is that Solar Eclipses can have an effect both before and after the eclipse takes place.  Later in the book Meridian elaborates that according to Charles Jane’s rule of thumb, “a solar eclipse could have an effect for up to 6-12 months in advance and perhaps as long as a year afterward.”

Meridian also noted that “Events before and after the eclipses are more important, but the events occurring before the eclipse take on the added attribute of being unpredictable and fated…It is best to postpone major decisions until the week following an eclipse because one usually obtains new information or awareness that causes one to make a different decision.

Charles Jayne and Lorne Edward Johndro on Eclipses

Charles Jane was a Princeton-educated astrologer who studied eclipses for over 50 years.  He worked closely with Lorne Edward Johndro.  According to Bill Meridian’s book “The Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths,” Charles Jane indicated that Johndro and Ken Brown “were under contract to market speculator W.D. Gann.  It was they who developed Gann’s planetary stock market work.”

It can be difficult to intuitively understand how an eclipse could have an impact before it takes place (e.g., as mentioned above under the “Bill Meridian on Eclipses” section.”  Edward Johndro attempted to explain this in the 1930s as follows, “All planetary influence is basically electro-magnetic.  It is alternating current cause at high frequencies.  At such high AC frequencies, there is no such thing as yesterday, today, and tomorrow; no ‘before’ or ‘after’ – just an eternal now at high oscillatory frequencies…thus when we come to planetary causation we must put aside, or view in a new light, our ordinary time concepts and time sequences.  We must not confuse the speed and rate of consciousness with the relatively slow speed and rate of our ordinary human consciousness.  For if we do we shall continue to insist that in point in time, the cause must precede the event.”

In his book “The Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths,” Bill Meridian references the following quotes from statements made by Charles Jayne in 1953:

“Those of us who have studied eclipses intensively find that the transit of a planet over or in opposition to the place of an eclipse releases extra energy.”

“It has also been discovered that a transit to the place of an eclipse is effective within nine months to a year of the time of an eclipse, and this applies to eclipses occurring later the an the planetary transit as well as before it takes place.”

David Ovason on Eclipses (Including an Overview of the Work of Dr. L. Kolisko)

In “The Book of the Eclipse,” author David Ovason covered the scientific evidence of the impact of an eclipse on Earth in the excerpt below:

Does the world change in some way at the moment of an eclipse?  Incredibly, scientific evidence suggest that it does.  Modern research has shown that liquids and substances immersed in liquids change in some inexplicable way.  The implications of this are extraordinary, bearing in mind that our physical bodies are vertical columns consisting of about 80 per cent water.

The science of capillary-dynamolysis was developed by Dr. L. Kolisko in the 1920s, at the suggestion of the esotericist Rudolf Steiner.  Her painstaking researches showed beyond all doubt that filterpaper pictures of plant-saps changed fundamentally during eclipses.

The many filterpaper pictures, or chromatograms, made during solar, lunar and planetary eclipses, demonstrate that at the moment of eclipse the absorption rate and pattern of saps change radically, and according to recognized rhythmic (that is, non-chaotic) cycles.”

Later in the same book Ovason noted, “The total eclipse of the Sun on 29 August 1886 was linked with the destruction of Charleston two days later.”

See below for links that provide an overview of the solar eclipse in late August 1886 as well as the subsequent earthquake that destroyed Charleston, South Carolina two days later.,_1886

Eclipses and Earthquakes

Bangalore Venkata Raman on Eclipses and Earthquakes

In his book “Planetary Influences on Human Affairs,” Bangalore Venkata Raman wrote the following:

“Planetary action as an exciting cause of earthquakes is only doubted by those who have never made any fair and complete inquiry into it.  Aristotle placed on record the fact that it sometimes happens that there is an earthquake about the time of eclipse of the Moon.”

“By means of monthly lunations and solar and lunar eclipses, one could predict earthquakes.  When a number of superior planets are in conjunction or in the same declination or in the same latitude, there will be earthquakes.”

“A study of the available astrological literature reveals that (a) earthquakes generally occur at or near the times of eclipses and new and full-Moon days; (b) the time of occurrence is generally been midnight and sunrise or midday and sunset; (c) planets, especially the major ones, occupy either mutual quadrants, trines or are in mutual conjunction or opposition…and the Moon and Mercury will be in close conjunction or in the same constellation.”

Matt’s Research on Earthquakes

I leveraged data available on NASA’s web site to see if there was any clear pattern between solar eclipses and the largest earthquakes in history.  I focused on solar eclipses because they take place relatively infrequently (i.e., approximately twice each year).  Also, based on some of the research above, many experts appear to view solar eclipses as being more powerful than lunar eclipses.

Based on my research, it appears that substantially all of the largest earthquakes in history took place in a location that was directly (or approximately) crossed over by a solar eclipse within approximately 1 year before or after the earthquake date.

The exact path of an eclipse only covers a very small proportion of the Earth (see the attached PDF for details), so I found this to be especially interesting.

At first I found it difficult to understand how an eclipse could have an impact before it takes place.  However, the best research I found explaining this timing differential is described above in the section labeled “Charles Jayne and Lorne Edward Johndro on Eclipses.”

Click on the PDF icon below to download the PDF file that shows how the largest earthquakes in world history took place in a location was on (or close to) the path of a solar eclipse approximately 1 year before or after the earthquake took place.