Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008: The China Olympics in Beijing
July 1, 2008 by Nina Gryphon
Following right after a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, the China Olympics are the most anxiously awaited Olympic Games in recent history. From an astrological perspective, some pre-Olympic anxiety is not a surprise, as a solar eclipse immediately preceding the China Olympics is a little scary. Echoes of the 2008 earthquake might overshadow the China Olympics this year, and I hope that the Olympic games and buildings are all as safe as possible to prevent any problems.
Solar Eclipse: Effects on China’s Horoscope and the Olympic Games
China has some earthquake-prone spots in its horoscope, all of which were triggered during two of the biggest earthquakes China has ever seen, including the one this year. Those planets are Venus in Cancer right on the powerful 10th house cusp, Mercury, the ruler of earthquakes, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the 8th house of death. These points will all be active during the China Olympics this year, which causes me some concern. Starting the China Olympics so soon after an eclipse is a bold move indeed.
In September, shortly after the August 1st solar eclipse visible in Beijing, China’s secondary progressed Mercury squares the Sun from the fifth house of games. Mercury opposed Jupiter-Saturn this March, which soon manifested in China as an earthquake. Secondary progressions in China’s chart will only manifest if they are triggered by something else, such as the August solar eclipse. We would expect some activity in China’s horoscope because the country is hosting the Olympic Games, but we would want to see more benefic activity, rather than the earthquake sensitive points being emphasized yet again.
Below is the horoscope for the August solar eclipse set for Beijing, China. The eclipse Mercury conjoins China’s natal Sun, and the Midheaven of the solar eclipse opposes the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction; precisely the point activated earlier this year by progressed Mercury.
Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008. Beijing, China. 6:11 pm local time.
The fact that the solar eclipse is visible in Beijing makes it active in that area. The connections between the eclipse horoscope, China’s horoscope, and the earthquake triggers are all in place.
We also see a strong link between the Cancer ingress preceding the August solar eclipse, and China’s horoscope. Combust Venus and the Sun in the ingress are conjunct China’s natal Venus in the 10th house, and Mars is in the same position in both charts. The Cancer ingress Moon opposes the natal Mercury. Note how the same planets are emphasized over and over by the solar eclipse.
Cancer Ingress preceding August 2008 Solar Eclipse. Beijing, China.