The Saros Cycles helps define individual eclipses as characters. Their names are numbers.
These characters return every 18 years, 11 days and 8 hours. That is exactly one lunar year shy of 19 years.
A Saros Cycle is exactly 19 Draconic ( eclipse) years. It is also exactly 223 Lunar (synodic) months.
This is not to be confused with the 19 year Solar Year Metonic "coincidence", which is exactly 235 lunar months and regularly aligns with the Draconic year as well.
The Saros "lives" for between 1200 and 1500 years. It begins its life as a partial eclipse, matures into a complete eclipse (Annular, Hybrid,or Total) and then fades again into a partial before eventually ceasing altogether. It begins its life at the polar regions, and ends it there as well.
Saros is a Greek word that essentially means "repetition". Knowledge of the cycle has been around since at least the Babylonians ( 700 BC), who determined it by observing the lunar Eclipses
The Saros Cycle has about 40 members at any one time, creating all the kinds of eclipses there are---lunar and solar, partial and complete.
For our purposes of establishing personality, we eliminate all consideration of lunar eclipses. They are not appropriate for our consideration, because they do not give any geographic centrality. Likewise for partial solar eclipses, which are blobular insignificant events. By removing both of these events ( i believe appropriately) from consideration, we are able to bring the cast of characters into a reasonable size for mental apprehension. 35% of solar eclipses are partial, either immature or dying Saros members. Lunar eclipses are almost half of all eclipses and involve a phenomenon ( the moon passing through the earth's shadow) which is completely different than the phenomenon we are concerned with--namely the moon passing directly in front of the sun as seen from earth.
By eliminating consideration of unnecessary manifestations, we are left with our current cosmic tribe.
There are 26 current complete ( or mature) personalities of the Saros Cycle Tribe. They interact with each other and the earth through other cycles, like the Hepton, Inex and Metonic, but their return remains consistent. Every 18 years 11 days and 8 hours, they will appear somewhere on earth. They maintain a certain pattern of shadow for centuries, though change slowly as they reach away from and towards the Poles.
The individual eclipses are called members by eclipse scientists, and they have numbers as well. For instance in the picture below, we have member 29 of Saros Cycle 136 ( What I call The Abe Lincoln Assassination eclipse April 25, 1865,--ten days after his murder) Saros Cycle 136 appears over the Valley of the Kings in Egypt on August 2nd, 2027--the first line in the Mideast Tav. That is member number 38 of Saros 136.
Some of these personalities of the Saros Tribe seem insignificant. They are lodged in Antarctica or the northern latitudes or persistently seem to prefer the open ocean to any continental interaction.
Others are in full maturity during the modern era-- passing over the great empires of man, tying together history, cosmic time and eternal divine judgment in extraordinary shadow paths, all made possible by the indisputably astonishing co-ordination of sun/moon alignment and the arrangement of the solar, draconic and lunar years.
After a quick example of the history of a single Saros cycle, we will meet all 26 characters in our 125 year modern judgment timeline.
From Wikipedia---Solar Saros 136, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, contains 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on June 14, 1360, and reached a first annular eclipse on September 8, 1504. It was a hybrid event from November 22, 1612, through January 17, 1703, and total eclipses from January 27, 1721 through May 13, 2496. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 30, 2622, with the entire series lasting 1262 years. The longest eclipse occurred on June 20, 1955, with a maximum duration of totality at 7 minutes, 7.74 seconds. All eclipses in this series occurs at the Moon’s descending node.
Series members 29–43 occur between 1865 and 2117
Solar Saros 136 is for now producing the longest total solar eclipses. It produced the six longest total solar eclipses of the 20th century, three of them over seven minutes long. It also produced the longest total eclipse of the 21st century at 6 min 38.86 sec, and overall will produce the century's three longest total eclipses. Saros 136 in turn surpassed the previous longest-eclipse series, Saros 133, with its member event on May 18th, 1901. Saros 136 will ultimately produce a total of 44 total eclipses. It produced the most central total eclipse between the years 1209 and 2718 and the greatest magnitude of any eclipse since the year 540 on July 11, 1991. All eclipses in this series occurs at the Moon's descending node. Solar Saros 136 contains 71 events in which of 15 will be partial eclipses, 6 will be annular, 6 will be hybrid and 44 will be total.
Here are the eclipses of 134 years of Saros 136, 9 different eclipses. you can see the pattern of the geographical shift where the shadows land over the course of the centuries...in this diagram, simply put, read from bottom right to left, return and repeat, and you follow the course of eclipse history for 134 years of one single Saros Personality.
Included in this diagram are some amazing eclipses ...the 1901 is the longest ever experienced on Earth. Above it appears the 1955 Southest asia Judgment just as the war in Vietnam heated up. Above it is the extraordinary Wuhan Totality of 2009, to the left of it the Great valley of the Kings that awaits us in 2027, go to the bottom of that row and you find Einsteins eclipse that proved his Theory of Relativity on John F. Kennedy's 2nd birthday.
Meaning? Do we believe in meaning at all?
The lifespan of Saros 136 begins as a partial eclipse 7 years after the end of the Black Death Plague in Eurasia. It first becomes a Ring of Fire in 1508 as the Spanish Conquest of the New World shifts into high gear. It becomes a Hybrid ( part Total-part Annular) on the Nov.22nd JFK Metonic on 1612 as the British Empire spreads across the world and switches to a Total in 1721.
You will notice that the eclipse lifespan achieves a maximum expression, like all forms of expression in reality. The duration of the eclipse and the width of the path are the obvious means of determining its maturity. Saros 136 achieves maximum duration in the 1955 Southeast Asia Eclipse and maximum width is still currently happening and concludes with the 2027 Valley of the Kings, which may be the maximum expression of the entire solar eclipse phenomenon occurring within a possible date of the 2000 year anniversary of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Chart below has date of eclipse, number,
type ( P for Partial, A for Annular, H for hybrid and T for Total)
it has Gamma ( not explained here)
magnitude ( amount of coverage of sun by moon)
the co-ordinates of latitude and longitude of maximum eclipse,
width of the path of shadow on earth in kilometers
and finally, the duration of the eclipse in minutes and seconds.
The Saros 136 Cycle is scheduled to end 600 years from now, but I only include up to 2045, and i must confess that is being extremely optimistic.
The eclipse of August 2nd 2027 of Saros 136 over the Valley of the Kings is the most serious contender for the last eclipse in what we call modern civilization.
Date Eclipse ΔT Num. Type Gamma Mag. Lat Long Width Dur.
1360 Jun 14 05:56:04 378 -7910 Pb -1.5227 0.0495 65.8S 78.2E 0
1378 Jun 25 12:45:16 349 -7687 P -1.4392 0.1976 64.8S 34.2W 0
1396 Jul 05 19:37:40 323 -7464 P -1.3568 0.3449 63.9S 147.2W 0
1414 Jul 17 02:35:03 298 -7241 P -1.2770 0.4881 63.1S 99.0E 0
1432 Jul 27 09:39:02 274 -7018 P -1.2011 0.6250 62.4S 16.3W 0
1450 Aug 07 16:48:49 251 -6795 P -1.1286 0.7560 61.8S 132.8W 0
1468 Aug 18 00:08:08 230 -6572 P -1.0627 0.8753 61.3S 108.4E 0
1486 Aug 29 07:34:56 210 -6349 P -1.0018 0.9856 61.0S 12.1W 0
1504 Sep 08 15:12:15 191 -6126 A -0.9486 0.9924 55.3S 102.6W 83 00m32s
1522 Sep 19 22:57:33 173 -5903 A -0.9011 0.9946 53.9S 146.1E 42 00m23s
1540 Sep 30 06:54:11 157 -5680 A -0.8620 0.9960 54.6S 29.2E 27 00m17s
1558 Oct 11 14:58:55 143 -5457 A -0.8289 0.9971 56.5S 90.3W 18 00m12s
1576 Oct 21 23:13:06 131 -5234 A -0.8031 0.9981 59.2S 147.9E 11 00m08s
1594 Nov 12 07:34:49 121 -5011 A -0.7829 0.9991 62.4S 25.1E 5 00m04s
1612 Nov 22 16:04:35 104 -4788 H -0.7691 1.0002 65.7S 98.4W 1 00m01s
1630 Dec 04 00:38:59 78 -4565 H -0.7585 1.0017 68.7S 139.6E 9 00m07s
1648 Dec 14 09:17:55 51 -4342 H -0.7510 1.0035 70.9S 19.6E 18 00m14s
1666 Dec 25 17:59:16 27 -4119 H -0.7452 1.0058 71.6S 98.3W 30 00m24s
1685 Jan 05 02:42:50 11 -3896 H -0.7409 1.0086 70.7S 143.1E 44 00m35s
1703 Jan 17 11:24:25 8 -3673 H2 -0.7345 1.0120 67.9S 22.2E 61 00m50s
1721 Jan 27 20:05:11 10 -3450 T -0.7269 1.0158 64.0S 102.4W 79 01m07s
1739 Feb 08 04:41:13 11 -3227 T -0.7149 1.0203 59.2S 131.0E 99 01m27s
1757 Feb 18 13:14:12 14 -3004 T -0.6999 1.0251 53.8S 2.9E 119 01m51s
1775 Mar 01 21:39:20 16 -2781 T -0.6783 1.0304 47.9S 124.8W 139 02m20s
1793 Mar 12 06:00:07 16 -2558 T -0.6524 1.0359 41.7S 107.8E 158 02m51s
1811 Mar 24 14:12:13 12 -2335 T -0.6190 1.0416 35.2S 18.0W 176 03m27s
1829 Apr 03 22:18:36 8 -2112 T -0.5803 1.0474 28.5S 142.6W 192 04m05s
1847 Apr 15 06:16:13 7 -1889 T -0.5339 1.0530 21.6S 95.0E 206 04m44s
1865 Apr 25 14:08:34 6 -1666 T -0.4826 1.0584 14.8S 25.8W 219 05m23s
1883 May 06 21:53:49 -6 -1443 T -0.4250 1.0634 8.1S 144.6W 229 05m58s
1901 May 18 05:33:48 -1 -1220 T -0.3626 1.0680 1.7S 98.4E 238 06m29s
1919 May 29 13:08:55 21 -997 T -0.2955 1.0719 4.4N 16.7W 244 06m51s
1937 Jun 08 20:41:02 24 -774 T -0.2253 1.0751 9.9N 130.5W 250 07m04s
1955 Jun 20 04:10:42 31 -551 T -0.1528 1.0776 14.8N 117.0E 254 07m08s
1973 Jun 30 11:38:41 44 -328 T -0.0785 1.0792 18.8N 5.6E 256 07m04s
1991 Jul 11 19:07:01 58 -105 Tm -0.0041 1.0800 22.0N 105.2W 258 06m53s
2009 Jul 22 02:36:25 66 118 T 0.0698 1.0799 24.2N 144.1E 258 06m39s
2027 Aug 02 10:07:50 76 341 T 0.1421 1.0790 25.5N 33.2E 258 06m23s
2045 Aug 12 17:42:39 89 564 T 0.2116 1.0774 25.9N 78.5W 256 06m06s
The word "Saros" is a Greek word for repetition. There are 26 different Saros cycles currently creating complete eclipses on Earth.
We will look at them in order of appearance using the 2015 Spring Equinox as a milestone...The Saros, of course, runs into history and into the future.
Look at these eclipses and you will see them Metonically linked in that various fashions with either the last eclipse in the cycle, the next eclipse, or sometimes two eclipses away. .the days of the eclipse will be either identical or sometimes one or two days apart, at 19 year intervals. These slight variations are to be expected and appreciated because of the time zone and orbital realities of earth. This extraordinary Metonic reality involves the impossibly brilliant co-ordination of cosmic timekeeping set forth by an omniscient Creator God.
Maps are used from solar-eclipse.info...These maps show all the eclipses in the 1200 to 1500 year lifespan of each Saros, whether they are partial, annular, hybrid or total.
Saros 120 (currently bringing total eclipses) brought the March 20, 2015 North Pole Spring Equinox Total Eclipse. It reappears next in the amazing Bering Strait Eclipse of 3-30-2033, which links the USA and Russia.
Its eclipses in our 125 year study period are all over significant Northern Hemisphere Modern Empires.
USA-Mount Saint Helens/ Microsoft Eclipse--Feb. 26, 1979
The Great European eclipse of Feb 15, 1961
USA/Japan Wartime Eclipse Feb.4, 1943
Roaring Twenties USA to England Jan.24, 1925
Europe/China/ Russia Jan.14 1907
Saros 130 (currently bringing total eclipses) last brought an eclipse on March 9, 2016 over Indonesia.
Its next eclipse is the tremendous Spring Equinox March 20, 2034 Mideastern Tav, on the 19th Metonic year to the day from Saros 120's North Pole Equinox.
Look at these dates and you will see them Metonically linked in that fashion with the last eclipse, Saros 120...the days will be either identical or one day apart, at 19 year intervals. This extraordinary reality is underappreciated and involves the co-ordination of cosmic timekeeping set forth by an omniscient Creator God.
Saros 130 History:
Pan American Isthmus Eclipse Feb. 26 1979...look at column left and see USA eclipse on same date 19 years prior.
Africa to India Feb 16, 1980 ..
New Guinea/Open ocean 2-5-1962
South America to Africa 1-25-1944
Africa to Indonesia 1-14-1926 (notice how the eclipse resumes the exact Metonic 19 year anniversary at this point with Saros 120's Jan.14 1907 eclipse.)
Saros 135 (currently bringing annular/ring of fire eclipses)
Last appearance 9-1-2016 Africa to ocean .
Next appearance 9-12-2034 South America
7-31-1962 S. America to Africa
7=20-1944 South Asia to SE Asia
7-9-1926 South Pacific
You will see these same dates ( and nearby) appear in the Saros Cycle 145.
Last appearance 2-26-2017--Patagonia South America to Africa.-199
Next appearance--3-9-2035 Wellington New Zealand ( single city eclipse)
2-16-1999 Atlantic Ocean to Austra;lia ( the second to last eclipse of the 20th Century)
2-4-1981 South pacific no land. Grazes southern New Zealand.
1-25-1963--Extreme South America to extreme South Africa
1-14-1945 Ocean to Hobart Tasmania
1-3-1927 Ocean--Australia to Patagonia
This eclipse is currently residing in the Southern hemisphere, preferring mostly ocean. You will notice the calendar dates are in line with Saros 120 and 130 at the top of this section ( i.e. Feb. 26 and Jan.24/25)
One of the greats.
most recent appearance 8-21-2017 The Great American Cross Country eclipse.
Next Appearance 9-2-2035 China/Beijing
8-11-1999 20th Century judgment Eclipse
7-31-1981 USSR Judgment
7-20-1963 The 60's Eclipse USSR to USA (Maine)
7-9-1945 Atom Bomb Eclipse USA
6-29-1927 British Judgment/ Liverpool
Too awesome to be dismissed. Dates Metonically linked with Saros 135 above
Another big one! different, more selective.
Most recent 7-2-2019 Pope Francis Eclipse
Next appearance 7-13-2037 Australia/New Zealand; the last of the Hepton Judgment series 3043 years since the entrance of Israel into Canaan at July 14, 1406 B.C. solar eclipse (Saros 33).
Most Famous ancient history: 8-8-1496 The Mayan/Aztec Apocalypse Eclipse
6-21-2001 South Africa ring of Fire Summer Solstice/ last eclipse before 9-11
5-30-1965 Open Ocean/JFK Birthday Metonic in line with next Saros--read explanation elsewhere
5-20-1947 South America to Africa/ Columbus Death metonic
5-9-1929 Open Ocean SE Asia
metonically in line with Saros 137
Currently a Ring of Fire .
its most recent appearance: 12-26-2019 Tsunami Anniversary Eclipse
12-14-2001 Ocean to pan-American isthmus-first eclipse after 9-11/ on 19 year Metonic with 12-14-2020 Electoral College Eclipse.
12-4-1983 Africa to Horn
11-22/23-1965 New Guinea PT 109 Eclipse on Jfk Death Day metonic
11-12-1947 Ocean to barely touch South America
11-1-1929 Stock Market Crash Eclipse--New York to Africa
Linked Metonically with Saros 142
Great Ring of Fire .
its most recent appearance: 6-21-2020 Summer Solstice pandemic Ring of Fire on Father's day
5-30-1984 Washington DC JFK Metonic (the last year of birth and death days in same year)
5-20-1966 Africa/ Europe/USSR / Columbus Death Metonic
5-9-1948 Korea/ SE Asia
4-28-1930 San Francisco
4-17-1912 ( as Hybrid) Titanic Eclipse
Its most recent appearance:
12-14-2020 Electoral College Eclipse --South America
12-04-2002 South Africa/ Indian Ocean
11-22-1984 Almost open ocean/ New Guinea PT 109---last JFK Death Day Metonic
11-12-1966 South America/ Ocean
11-1-1948 Small part of Africa/ Ocean
10--21-1930 all Ocean
10-10-1912 South America/ Ocean
linked metonically with 132, 152, 141
Its most recent appearance:
6-10-2021 Canadian Judgment Ring of Fire
5-31-2003 Northern latitudes
Saros 147 is just now maturing into a complete eclipse, becoming annular for the first time in 2003
Just began maturing in 1967...all these eclipses are in Antarctica
A ring of fire maturing into a Hybrid for its next eclipse which occurs:
4-20-2023 Australia Hybrid..first time Hitler birthday appears ( metonic had been lodged at 4-19 darwin death Day metonic for a century) --on 100th year anniversary of Beer hall Putsch in Munich.
4-20 is a catch phrase in America and elsewhere...
History: 4-8-2005 Only through pan'American isthmus 19 year metonic before 4-8-2024 USA Judgment
3-29-1987 South America- Africa
3-18-1969 Ocean and Indonesia
2-24 1933 an astonishingly similar path to the 3-29-1987 eclipse/ almost identical
Above is illustration of path of upcoming 10-14-2023 Ring of Fire eclipses in the Americas.
last appearance was 10-3-2005 in Spain and Africa
9-23-1987 China and Ocean
9-11-1969 Ocean and extreme South America..first appearance of 9-11 Metonic, which only lasts a few decades.
9-1-1951 Almost USA to Africa
8-21-1933 The Great Jerusalem Ring of Fire
First New Moon after Easter 4-8-2024, a total eclipse crosses Mexico, USA, and eastern Canada as the second half of a national TAV in conjunction with its Hepton Tribe partner Saros 145, mentioned above. Its not the first Tav this eclipse has made in relation with 145.
3-29-2006, second line of Turkish Tav...Africa too
3-18-1988 Indonesia, Southern Phillipines
3-7-1970 USA end of 60's eclipse
2-25-1952 Iranian Shahrud Tav--Africa/ Arabia
This ring of Fire has liked the Ocean recently....
Up next 10-2-2024 Chile and Ocean
9-22-2006 Fall equinox and Ocean
9-11-1988 The amazing 9-11 Mogadishu Sunrise Single City Eclipse
8-20-1952 South America and Ocean
8-10-1934 south Africa
A fading Ring of Fire which has its last complete eclipse in 2044, Saros 121 has been lodged in Antarctica for centuries. Connected metonically with Saros 131 and Saros 141
Next up 2-17-2026
12-25-1935 Christmas in Antarctica
A fading Total eclipse, which like the previous Saros (121) also has its last complete eclipse in 2044, Saros 126 has some great eclipses under its belt and one last Big One yet to come, diving down from the northern latitudes to the suburbs of Madrid..
Coming Soon: 8-12-2026 Spanish Judgment
7-22-1990 Northen latitudes
7-10-1972 You're So Vain eclipse---Nova Scotia
6-30-1954 USA to Iran (via Europe)
6-19 1936 USSR/ Europe
6-8-1918 Great USA Century Eclipse, Spanish Flu, WW1 ends 5 months later
Saros 131 loves the Southern hemisphere.
next up the 2-26-2027 Slave Coast Eclipse
History: 1-26-2009 Ocean
1-15-1991 Tasmania/New Zealand
1-4-1973 Chile 9 months before coup. Argentina
12-25-1954 Christmas in South Africa...one of two complete Christmas Eclipses in many centuries, the other occurring in Saros 121 19 years previously
12-13-1936 New Zealand/ Australia
12-3-1918 3 weeks after Armistice of WW1...South America
The Saros that we began this section with, the astonishing Saros 136.
next up the 8-2-2027 Valley of the Kings
History: 7-22-2009 Wuhan Eclipse
7-11-1991 Hawaii/ Central America
6-20-1955 Vietnam/ Southeast Asia
5-29-1945 JFK 2nd Birthday/Einstein's Eclipse
Of note, if the story unexpectedly continues the Synchronicity Eclipse USA 8-12-2045
Metonically connected with Saros 146
Following on the heels of a great Saros Cycle, 177 days later through History, an extraordinary Ring of Fire, Saros 141
next up the 1-26-28 Spanish ring of Fire on Australia Day
1-15-2010 MLK 81st Birthday Africa to China
1-4-1992 LA Metropois ---
12-24-1973 Fauci 33rd Birthday/ Christmas Eve South America to Africa
12-14-1955 Vietnam Southeast Asia One Year Tav 177 days after 6-20-1955
11-22-1919 JFK Death Day Metonic---Texas to Africa 44 years before assassination
Up Next: 7-22-2028 Australia Judgment
7-11-2010 Extreme South pacific
6-30-1992 Montevideo Single City Eclipse
6-20-1974 Antarctica--scraping Australia
5-29-1938 JFK 21st Birthday...the 1st coomplete eclipse of Saros Cycle 141
5-18-1920 Partial...60 years to day before Mount Saint Helens
Judgment is written all over this phenomeal Annular eclipse
Up Next --6-1-2030 Athens/Istanbul
History 5-20-2012 Columbus Death Day/Mayan Calendar---from China to USA
5-10-1994 USA RING of Fire
4-29-1976 North Africa to China
4-19-1958 Darwin Death Day Metonic Southeast Asia splitting North and South Korea
4-7-1940 Mexico and USA deep South
3-28-1922 South America to Africa
Interesting, lately mostly southern oceanic Total eclipse
Up Next ;11-25-2030 Part of the Great Monday Hepton Judgment Series---British Empire South Africa to Australia
11-13-2012 Ocean/North Australia
11-3-1994 Argentina/ Francis elevated
10-23-1976 Australia barely
10-12-1958 Columbus Day Pacific Ocean
10-1-1940 South America to Africa
9-21-1922 Australia Equinox
Up Next 5-21-2031---Africa/India/ Indonesia...end of Columbus Death day Metonic
5-10-2013 tiny bit Australia/South Pacific
4-29-1995 South America
4-18-1977 South Africa
3-27-1941 Ocean to South America
3-17-1923 Ocean to South Africa
Up Next: 11-14-2031 Hybrid Pacific to Panama as the Totality begins to fade from this once great Saros
11-3-2013 Hybrid US coastal waters to Africa
10-24-1995 Iran etc...
10-12-1977 Columbus Day Metonic North Pacific to Colombia
10-2-1959 JFK Election Boston Single City Sunrise
9-21-1941 Equinox USSR/China
9-10-1923 Japan Earthquake/ L.A> Metropolis
Saros 148 is just becoming an annular
Up Next 5-9-2032 South Atlantic
first complete eclipse was on 4-29-2014 with a tiny spot of annularity in Antarctica
This is one of the last great riddles of history and science. It is unexplored territory of meaning. It is the work of a mighty and unimaginably brilliant Creator.
We have 26 Saros with complete eclipses. Some of them are superstar personalities. Others only show up with a significant eclipse once or twice, and spend the rest of their days appearing over oceans.
These personalities interact with each other and with history.
Since 1912, we are considering about 175 complete eclipses.
Of these, more than 50 appear empirically insignificant, as they lurk around the north or south unihabited latitudes, or persist over open ocean.
So therefore, only 125 possible Judgment events in these last days of the empires.
Of these, maybe 70 absolutely demand consideration. That is not an impossible task.
Glory to God, who set the sun and moon.