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Eclipses in Astrology: How They Effect You On An Astrological Level

We have a minimum of 4 special Solar and Lunar events a year that fascinate the world and are dazzling to look at, but what is the significance of an Eclipse in Astrology.

This is a lunar eclipse going through totality
Lunar Eclipse Phase in Astrology

If you pay attention to lunar events, then Eclipse Season is a term you’re probably familiar with at this point. And if you follow Astrological events, you’ll know that eclipses are very potent times.

Eclipses are New and Full Moons that are charged up. Astrologically, all Moon Cycles are essential and very strong events; however, a Solar or Lunar eclipse is rare. This is why Eclipses in Astrology are so important.

The reason why eclipses are rare is because it occurs a minimum of 4 times a year. We don’t get these kinds of Astronomical events often; eclipses are not typical, which adds to their potency. We get about 13 New Moons and 12 Full ones in a year, and at the minimum, 4 of those become eclipses. So, in a nutshell, it’s not like regular Transits we see daily with the Moon, Mercury, or Venus.

How Do Eclipses Work

Many of the celestial bodies have eclipses, but from a geocentric point of view, this occurs when our luminaries, “The Sun plus Moon,” are covered, resulting in a change of light. This happens when the Moon moves through Earth’s Shadow, known as the Umbra, causing the light to be blocked out.

New and Full Moons is when these events occur from Earth’s point of view.

At a Solar Eclipse, the Moon moves between the Earth, blocking out the Sun’s Rays resulting in the light of this luminary being obstructed.

And at the Full cycle, a Lunar Eclipse transpires. This is when the Moon’s light it receives from the Sun is obscured by Earth’s Shadow, causing a darkening over its lunar surface.

Eclipse Seasons happen a few times a year and last about a good two weeks, usually a Lunar followed by a Solar or vice versa depending on the year.

From an Astronomical perspective, these events are powerful because of the effects it causes. Solar Eclipses create a disruption and can trigger weather events. And, Lunar Eclipses can cause a more substantial impact on our tides, causing some shorelines to overflow.

How Many Eclipses Do We Get Per Year

Yearly, we get an average of 4 eclipses per year which is two Solar and 2 Lunar. We generally get 2 Eclipses; having 3 in a 4-week period isn’t common but can occur from time to time.

However, there are times when we get 5 to 7 of these Lunar events, which isn’t very common. The rarest amount of eclipses to have in a year is 7.

The last time 7 eclipses happened was in the early ’80s 1982, with the North Node in Cancer and The South Node in Capricorn.

1982 was also the same year as the Saturn Pluto Conjunction in Libra, which is also an uncommon Astronomical event.

Another event to occur that same year is two of the rarest Retrogrades, Venus “In Capricorn and Aquarius” and Mars RX in Libra. Therefore, having that many Solar/Lunar events along with a major Conjunction and two of the most infrequent Retrogrades speak volumes to events occurring around an unusual number of eclipses in a given year.

We won’t get another year with the maximum amount until 2038, which is another jammed-packed year of Astrological Transits. In 2038 the Lunar Nodes will be in Cancer and Capricorn like they were during the 1982 Eclipses.

  • January 5th, Solar 15° of Capricorn

  • January 20th, Lunar 1° of Leo

  • June 16th, Lunar 26° of Sagittarius

  • July 2nd, Solar 10° of Cancer

  • July 16th, Lunar 26° Capricorn

  • December 11th, Lunar 19° of Sagittarius

  • December 25th, Solar 4° of Capricorn

During the two eclipses in January of 2038, Venus will be Retrograde in Capricorn just as it was in 82’, adding to the intensity. Additionally, we have rare Outer Planet alignments that year, Jupiter will Conjunct Uranus, Saturn makes a Sextile to Uranus, and so many other significant alignments from the outer planets. During heavy eclipse years paired with a load of Outer Planet Transits things tend to become karmic, so this should be an interesting period of celestial activity.

Types Of Eclipses

Eclipses come in different forms Total, Partial, Solar, Lunar, Hybrid Annular, and Penumbral.

  • Lunar Eclipses happen during a Full Moon

  • Solar Eclipses happen during the New Moon

  • Annular is when the Moon covers only the middle of the Sun, causing a circle of fire.

  • A Hybrid is when an Eclipse changes its type from an Annular to a Total or from a full coverage to Partial, which often doesn’t occur.

  • Penumbral Eclipses happen when the Moon is at the faint part of the Earth’s Shadow.

  • Partial Eclipses happen when the Moon isn’t getting 100% coverage from the Earth’s Shadow.

  • Total Eclipses happen when a Lunar or Solar eclipse receives 100% coverage.

The Significance Of Eclipses In Astrology

So, why are Eclipses so crucial in Astrology?

These Lunar events are important because there is a change to essential light sources, the Sun and the Moon. We rely on the luminaries to keep us from the dark, so this event is disrupting like someone flipping a light switch on or off; it’s a sudden change in what can be seen. In other words, it’s Earth’s energetic shift to the current vibe we are experiencing.

The way I explain eclipses is like a system or patch update, which means getting new upgrades to the script we are running. When you have an update, you need to reboot your computer, causing a bit of interference as the PC powers up, you wait for things to load, and once they do, you might notice the change. Some improvements might seem subtle at first, or it can be a complete overhaul; whichever one you experience, the change is still noticeable.

Once you’ve updated your system, you want to pay attention to some of the changes that could occur over time. There could be bugs in the system or something that glitched out during the said update.

So Astrologically, you want to pay attention to events around you because eclipses trigger certain situations. And it can cause something to happen quicker than expected; in other words, if you didn’t think something would happen for a few more months, an eclipse can speed that time up. You also want to be aware of what you start during eclipse season or what you are trying to end.

World events tend to happen under eclipses, mainly in the places that are seeing them. A Solar Eclipse can only be seen in specific locations, so that could be where an event happens six months down the line or further out. And a Lunar Eclipse can be seen in most places, so pay attention to the cities with more coverage.

Solar And Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses in Astrology:

These eclipses are New Moons when the Sun is within 17 degrees of the Nodes and are very potent for starting a new cycle. So something in your life becomes illuminated and switched on. There could be changes when it comes to male figures in your life with this kind of event.

Lunar Eclipses in Astrology:

A Lunar Eclipse is a Full Moon when it is within 12 degrees of the Lunar Nodes and can mark the ending of a cycle; something needs to be cleared or switched out. This could be a period where you have an aha moment about something that isn’t working. With these cycles, we deal with feminine energies; as a result, a change could occur with female figures during these Lunations.

The Lunar Nodes

Eclipses happen around the Lunar Nodes of the Moon.