Warning: Eclipse to rock the world

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This is a warning.

On November 14, some of the most rational people you know may make uncharacteristic changes. Moreover, Australia could be in for a tumultuous shift.

Yep. November 14 is the day that the moon is going to cross the sun and cause a total eclipse – cue Bonnie Tyler with massive shoulder pads and big ’80s hair – and plunge Queensland’s Tropical North into total darkness. But only for four minutes!

Still, that and the fact that it’s been 1300 years since the Great Barrier Reef has experienced a total solar eclipse, is a big enough reason to bring 50,000 umbraphiles (that’s eclipse chasers in plain speak) to the region around Cairns.

Scientifically speaking, the phenomenon starts at 6:39 in the morning and ends in less time than it takes to polish off a bowl of cornflakes. But, according to Howard Errey, a Melbourne-based registered psychologist and a qualified astrologer who plans to be in Cairns for the event, bigger changes could be afoot and it’s all to do with the moon muscling in on the sun.

“Solar eclipses go in 18 year cycles and often signify [the time] when people make large beginnings and large endings,” Howard says, before adding that for some people this could spell career changes, relationship endings and even a positive lease of life.

“The intensity of change will heighten around November 14 as the more feeling qualities of the moon obscure the more rational and conscious qualities of the Sun and those who we often experience as rational [people] can make quite uncharacteristic life changes.”

Hmmmh, given this gifted message from the other world, I can only assume that Australia’s most rational person, our GG Quentin Bryce, is going to sign up to become the fifth Wiggle! Either that or the world’s least rationale celebrity, Lindsay Lohan, is in talks with Muhamma Yunus to help promote microfinance in third world countries.

But back to Howard.

This practising psychologist who has been a qualified astrologer for 18 years also believes that eclipses have the capacity to affect countries and the running of them.

“Because an eclipse moves across a country, the symbolism is reflected in that country. You may have stuff going on in Queensland and in Australia,” he warns, reminding me that  Australia has historically undergone significant political shifts around Scorpio eclipses, notably the establishment of parliament and the events of 1975.” (ed: when Australia’s then Governor General Sir John Kerr dismissed our Prime Minister of his duties).

“This eclipse cycle also lines up with [our Prime Minister] Julia Gillard’s chart,” Howard says. “I wouldn’t like to predict a change, but there will be more of a challenge going on than in regular times.”

Oh dear, that could either mean our shadow Prime Minister is in for another public tongue lashing or that Big Bob Katter is about to endorse same sex marriage!

Howard Errey may be a bit out there when it comes linking eclipses with our head space, but he’s pretty normal when it comes to a trip to Queensland.

“I’m excited to go there,” he says about his first eclipse experience in Tropical North Queensland. “Being at the eclipse is like a point of intensity in time. It’s kind of like when you drop a pebble into a pond and it ripples out.”

If anyone else is keen on seeing an eclipse – or ogling at the legion of umbraphiles wearing their special viewing goggles –  here are some of the best viewing locations to check out:

  • Join Quicksilver Cruises on luxury catamaran Wavedancer III departing Port Douglas at 4:45am.
  • Sail with Passions of Paradise to view the eclipse from the sea and then stay and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Train spotters can get on board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for a special 5:00am service from Cairns stopping at Barron Falls for eclipse viewing.
  • See the eclipse from the basket of a Hot Air Balloon over the Mareeba Valley. Tour departs Cairns at 3:00am and includes eclipse safety goggles and breakfast.