Eclipse-o-rama(ish) part 2
In the last post, we looked at the dubious idea of “Supermoons,” and then at the high number of eclipses that we’ll have in 2020.
When Solar Eclipses are so dead-on, there’s a high likelihood that both Full Moons for each eclipse will also be eclipses. That is, at the Full Moon two weeks before the Solar Eclipse (New Moon), and at the other Full Moon two weeks after the Solar Eclipse, the Moon, Earth, and Sun will still be aligned enough to produce partial Lunar Eclipses. Twice. Which means four Lunar Eclipses in 2020.
Actually, the eclipse that happens at midsummer happens exactly this way. And 2020 catches the Lunar Eclipse following the Christmas eclipse from 2019 (Dec 26) as well as the one that precedes this December’s total Solar Eclipse. Still. That’s six eclipses in one calendar year. Which is a LOT of action.
The Thinking Part
If we want to understand eclipses a bit better, we have to think a bit. So take a break, get a little java or something to stimulate the grey matter, and pull up a chair.
When a Solar Eclipse happens in any given astrological sign, the Lunar Eclipse that happens two weeks before or two weeks after it will happen in the opposite sign, or on either side of the opposite sign.
For example, last Christmas, the Solar Eclipse was at the beginning of Capricorn. We all learned in the Life of Brian that Jesus was a Capricorn, so, so far, it’s easy to remember.
Two weeks later, the Moon was opposite the Sun for the Full Moon. So the Sun had moved a little further, but was still in Capricorn. That put the Moon in Cancer, the opposite sign.
If the Sun had been very late in Capricorn at the New Moon Solar Eclipse, at the Full Moon two weeks later, it might have moved into Aquarius, the next sign. That would put the Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse) in Leo, its own opposite.
So why am I going on about this? I mentioned in the previous post that we have two “eclipse seasons” in a year. But these seasons follow fairly predictable patterns. If you were to look at the list of eclipses for the past few years, you would see this pattern.
In 2017, the Winter Solar Eclipses in the Northern Hemisphere were in Aquarius, with the Lunar Eclipses right before or after them in Leo. And the Summer eclipses had the Sun in Leo with the Full Moon Eclipses before or after them in Aquarius. This pattern continued for about a year and a half until it slipped backwards in order of the zodiac into Cancer/Capricorn.
And now it’s in the process of migrating to Gemini/Sagittarius. It spends about 18 months in each pair of signs.
What about me?!
What does all this mean?
Well, the good news is that it makes it sort of easy to track where the eclipse will fall in your chart. For around 18 months, it will hit a pair of opposite signs, activating those parts of your chart repeatedly.
The less-than-good news is that eclipses are not always easy, and are often challenges. It’s like taking a big spotlight to an area (or two areas when you include the opposite sign) of your chart and saying “Sh*t will happen here.”
Sometimes it’s good sh*t. But often, it’s just… well, sh*t.
When the eclipse activated the 5th house of my chart (children, among other things), my then-girlfriend got pregnant, and also grew a bunch of tumors in her uterus. (Note: That house of my chart is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of unlimited growth). There were also very strong 8th house (death) connections in my chart to this eclipse. Needless to say, the pregnancy was doomed.
Eighteen years later, when the same eclipse series activated my 5th house again, there were strong first house (life) connections, and my wife and I had a baby.
So look at where this year’s eclipses are falling in your own chart, and see what house they are activating.
The Solar Eclipse last December 26 was in Capricorn, and the following Lunar Eclipse in January was in Cancer.
The Solar Eclipse on June 21 (that’s right, Solstice Eclipse!) falls in the first degree of Cancer. The Lunar Eclipse two weeks before that falls in Sagittarius (one sign off the Cancer’s opposite sign of Capricorn), and the one two weeks later falls in Capricorn. This is the end of the 18-month Cancer/Capricorn cycle.
The Solar Eclipse of December 14 will fall in Sagittarius, and the Lunar Eclipse two weeks before it in Gemini.
So look at your own chart and see what houses are Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, and Sagittarius, and you’ll know that there’s going to be some action there. Look at this guide for a general idea of the areas that each house represents.
Of course, having a reading with your astrologer will give you a lot more clarity about what an eclipse in your chart might mean, and how it connects to other pieces or is mitigated by other things in your chart. So if you want to investigate more, book an appointment now!