Ancient Astrologers used Eclipses to predict the rise and fall of Kings, and even today we can usually expect some notable personage to pass away close to the time of an eclipse. The more powerful the eclipse, the more powerful the person. Think back to 1999 when we had that most unusual and extremely powerful Grand Cross eclipse on August 11th. Two of the most famous personalities in the world died within weeks of that eclipse - Princess Diana in late August, and John Kennedy Jr a few weeks before on July 16th. Heath Ledger died within 2 weeks of a Solar Eclipse in January of 2008, and it also hit a very deep chord within the public, as did Michael Jackson's death in June of 2009, which was also within 2 weeks of an Eclipse. The effect of an eclipse can last up to 6 months, although some say it can carry through for a year or even longer, depending on its strength. Eclipses can also be activated before they actually occur.
There was no eclipse around the time of Whitney Houston's death on January 11th, but it did trigger the next Solar Eclipse which takes place on May 20th, 2012. This eclipse has the Sun and Moon conjunct at 0 Gemini. Whitney's funeral was on Feb 18th, the day that the Sun hit 0 Pisces and triggered that Eclipse position.
This month (May) we have two eclipses. A Lunar Eclipse on May 4th and a Solar Eclipse on May 20th. And then we have another Lunar Eclipse on June 4th. We've already had a number of important personalities pass away this month. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was a big name for those of us born in the 60s and 70s, and he died on May 4th, within hours of the Lunar Eclipse. Donna Summer - Queen of Disco passed away today, a few days away from the Solar Eclipse on the 20th. The fact that John Travolta's 'double life' is coming out under an Eclipse time shows that this issue isn't going away anytime soon. It could even be seen as the fall of a King.
Update - just got word that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees just passed away today, the exact day of the Solar Eclipse. Sad. I loved the Bee Gees.
Eclipses are like fate jumping in and giving you a push in the right direction. It's like a cosmic kick in the pants! If you're on track, then the Universe doesn't have to push too hard, but if you've been deluding yourself in some way, then shit happens!
Case in point - Tiger Woods. The first alleged incident of infidelity came out on Nov 25th, 2009. We had a Lunar Eclipse that year on Dec 31st, which just happened to be his birthday. He was, in effect, Eclipsed! This all started coming out a few weeks before the eclipse which had a double whammy effect because it was his birthday. If an eclipse hits on your birthday, then its definitely a year of change!
Mel Gibson's rants became public during the Eclipses of 2012...June 26th and July 11th, which both aspected his natal Capricorn Sun.
If you're not crazy about what's coming up during this month's eclipses, realize its just the Universe pushing you back on track. The degree you resist is the degree to which you struggle. In the end, the change is usually in one's best interest. Your best bet is to let go, and let God!