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Eclipses are a disruption of the regular lunation cycles. Rather than the usual monthly New or Full Moon’s an eclipse sees the light of the Sun or Moon temporarily blocked. A New Moon eclipse, called a Solar eclipse, see’s the Sun’s light blocked by the Moon. A Full Moon eclipse, know as a Lunar eclipse, is where the Moon’s light is blocked by the Earth.
Unlike normal lunations, eclipses occur when the Sun and the Moon not only occupy the same or opposing zodiacal degree, but also the same plane within the ecliptic.
Eclipses occur in seasons, twice a year, every six months. What qualifies an upcoming lunation as an eclipse is that the Sun needs to be within 18 degrees of the North or South Node. This means, the Sun can be 18 degrees before or after either Node, spanning a 36-degree area, in total. The closer the Sun is to the Node on an eclipse, the more totality the eclipse will have. Thus, the effects of the eclipse tend to be felt more intensely.
When the Sun reaches the 36-degree range, then ‘eclipse season’ has begun. As the Sun moves one degree per day, an eclipse season ‘technically speaking’ lasts for 36 days, in which two or three eclipses can occur. There are varying ideas about how long eclipses last for. Some astrologers say their effects can linger for six months. This would then mean that we are always under the influence of eclipses, to greater or lesser extents.
Where you born on an eclipse? Look at your chart!
1) The Sun needs to be within 18 degrees of the North or South Node
2) You need to be born on a New of Full Moon
The diagram below outlines the path of the Sun and Moon around the Earth. The points of intersection are the ascending (North) or descending (South) Node. When lunations occur within range of these points, they are eclipses.
Eclipses follow the lunar nodes. The Nodes occupy opposing signs for around 18 months. Eclipses will always activate a house axis in your birth chart. Unlike planets, the Nodes transit retrograde, so they move in reverse zodiacal order. When the nodes are either at the beginning or end of a sign, eclipses can occur in the adjacent sign. The eclipse will occur in one sign, but the nodes occupy the other.
For example, the upcoming solar eclipse on the Solstice occurs at 00’ Cancer, meaning it’s a New Moon in Cancer. As this lunation occurs within 18 degrees of the North Node in Gemini (will be 29’ Gemini) not only is it an eclipse, but also total. The proceeding lunation, the Full Moon at 15 Sagittarius on June 5/6 falls within the 18-degree range of the Nodes. This eclipse sees the lunation and the nodes, occupy the same signs. From an interpretive standpoint, it’s the sign of the lunation itself that counts. For example, the upcoming Solar Eclipse occurs in Cancer, not Gemini.
Other factors of interpretation to consider is the tradtional planetary ruler of the eclipse. In the case of a Solar Eclipse, look to the traditional planetary ruler of the Sun, and the same applies for a Lunar Eclipse, except you’re looking at the Moon.
The eclipse path is also important. From a mundane perspective, the eclipse path will be felt more strongly where the eclipse shadow is felt.
You can find out the path of eclipses at https://www.timeanddate.com/
Eclipses also happen in groups or families, known as the Saros Series. These are some of the longest cycles used in astrology. Each Saros Series lasts approximately 1300 years.
These Saros Series add another distinct layer worth considering when it comes to how an eclipse may be felt, which can differentiate it to the signs the eclipse occupies. The meaning of these cycles is based on the planetary aspects, patterns and themes of the first eclipse of the Series (think the birth chart of that first eclipse), some of which are difficult and some are not. Eclipses within each of these Saros Series repeat every 18 years.
More information on the Saros Series can be found in the brilliant book, The Eagle and the Lark, by Bernadette Brady.
The upcoming eclipses, belong to the Saros Series 4 North. Brady says of this family;
“Restriction, inhibition, restraint, separation and illusions are the trademark of this family of eclipses. Events can occur which seem to block the individual. In this blocking the individual is very prone to misjudge his or her strengths or the situation and is best advised to wait until the eclipse passes before taking any real action. This is a difficult Saros Series.” p;313
To work with the upcoming eclipses and interpret the possibilities in your life, you’ll need to consider;
- The sign the eclipse occurs in and the house it occupies in your chart
- The strength and condition of the eclipse ruling planet
- The totality of the eclipse
- The flavour the Saros Series brings to the eclipse