SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Annular solar eclipse on February 26, 2017 – Ring of fire around the Moon. 

There’s going to be an annular solar eclipse on Feb. 26, 2017.

Although this month’s eclipse is not visible in the United States, it’s kicking off the six-month countdown until the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the first visible in the US since 1979.

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So what’s an annular solar eclipse?

When the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire”, or annulus around the Moon, an annular solar eclipse happens.

An annular solar eclipse occur only:

Around a new Moon when the Earth and Sun are aligned on opposite sides of the Moon.

The Moon and Sun must be near a lunar node forming an almost perfect line between the Sun, the Moon, and Earth.

Astrology and Annular Eclipse

This annular solar eclipse is located in Aquarius Constellation. But, due to precession of the equinoxes, the eclipse actually falls within the Pisces sign. Dominated by the spiritual planet Neptune, this particular eclipse can bring good fortune, and lasting happiness.

In order to get some of that fortune and happiness for yourself, use this time to focus on what you want to bring into your life and relationships. However, be careful not to fall into the trap of greed or selfishness by seeking things you don’t really need, as this could turn your good fortune into bad luck by the time the Aug. 21 solar eclipse arrives.

This is a time for adventure, to make new friends, and begin new relationships. If you’ve been feeling stuck the past few months, here’s your chance to chart your course for happiness.

This eclipse begins west of Southern Chile and ends over Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. A partial eclipse (a total of 1 minute and 22 seconds) will be visible over most of South America, Africa, and Antarctica.




MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homicides in Mexico rose by 22 percent in 2016, the government reported Friday, the highest rate of increase since the height of the drug war.

Official statistics released by the Interior Department show that Mexico had 20,789 homicides in 2016, compared to 17,034 in 2015.

Some states saw murders rise by dizzying levels. Homicides in the Pacific coast state of Colima more than tripled, and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz they more than doubled.
Murders rose by 42 percent in the border state of Baja California, 30 percent in the border state of Chihuahua and 65 percent in the western state of Michoacan.

Security analyst Alejandro Hope said Friday the national rate of increase is the highest since 2010, when murders rose by 28 percent nationwide from 2009 levels.
“It could be a variety of things. It could involve the spreading fragmentation of criminal groups, it could the reactivation of conflicts between Sinaloa (cartel) and others, it could be the expansion of the Jalisco cartel,” Hope said.
Hope also said that the governorship elections held in 12 of Mexico’s 31 states in 2016 may have played a role. “There is a transition period, where the outgoing state police chiefs are no longer credible for the criminals,” either to make deals with them or crack down on the gangs.

Homicides largely fueled by drug violence peaked at 22,852 in 2011, and then declined, falling to 15,653 in 2014.