The End of Eclipse Season, Spring 2024

Published by chris on

With the recent Full Moon (April 23), this eclipse season comes to a close. And it’s been brutal for a lot of folks. Astrologers talk about “eclipse season,” and some mean slightly different things by it. So let’s start there.

What Is Eclipse Season?

Twice a year, on average, we have a Solar Eclipse. Usually, it’s not a total eclipse. And often, it’s not even visible from the (human) inhabited places on Earth. But it happens, and it happens in cycles. This spring, the Solar Eclipse was in Aries (April 8). About 6 months later, the next Solar Eclipse will be in Libra — a partial eclipse on October 2, visible in the southernmost parts of South America. Aries and Libra are opposite signs of the Zodiac, so it makes sense that they are about 6 months apart. Next spring, there will be a partial Solar Eclipse at the end of March, also in Aries, some of which will be visible in northwestern Europe. Then later in the year, the cycle shifts back a sign from Libra to Virgo and eventually to the Leo/Aquarius axis.

Solar Eclipses always happen at a New Moon — one that lines up so closely that the Moon covers some or all of the Sun. Two weeks before or after each Solar Eclipse is almost always a Lunar Eclipse. Again, these are often partial, and if it’s not night where you are, or if you are too far away from it’s path of visibility, or if it’s cloudy, you won’t see it. Sometimes, there’s a very partial Lunar Eclipse, followed by a total Solar Eclipse, followed by another very partial Lunar Eclipse.

So Eclipse Season usually lasts 2-4 weeks, in general. That’s not to say that sometimes the effects of an eclipse don’t last longer (sometimes years, especially in the case of their effect on countries and politics). But the “bumpy ride” is usually over within a few weeks.

Why Eclipses Are Often Not Welcome Signs

There are a lot of stories that float around about how the ancients were afraid of their own shadows. How everything that happened was a bad omen. I don’t buy it. But eclipses are a bit different. If you’ve ever witnessed a total Solar Eclipse from the path of totality — where day turns almost instantly into night — you know how eerie a feeling it is. It just feels… wrong. One of the two great lights in the sky (the Moon) appears to devour the other one (the Sun), at least temporarily. Some cultures conceived of this as the fight between dragons, and astrology even has a name for the two points where the paths of the Sun and Moon cross that reflects this ancient story — the Dragon’s Head and the Dragon’s Tail.

The Dragon’s Head is often called by its Latin name, Caput Draconis, or simply Caput. And the Tail is called Cauda Draconis, or Cauda. Other names of the same points are the North or Ascending Node (Caput) and the South or Descending Node (Cauda). Every month, the Sun and Moon line up vertically over/under one another. But only twice a year, during eclipses, does that vertical alignment coincide with being right on the Node, which is where the paths cross.

Astrology developed according to principles of light and vision. A lot of the jargon that we use revolves around optics. We talk about aspects (from “sight” in Latin — related to words like “spectacles,” “inspect,” and “perspective,”); the word “horoscope” is based on “hora” (hour) and “scopos” which is to watch or see (“telescope,” “microscope,” etc.).

So when all of a sudden we can’t SEE the LIGHTS in the sky, something seems dreadfully wrong.

The Sun — Good Guy or Bad?

We like to think of the Sun as good. It gives us light and warmth, which are the conditions for growth and life. We would have no life on Earth if not for our Sun.

However, astrologically, the Sun isn’t always the Good Guy. When a planet (or the Moon) gets within 15º (about a half a zodiacal sign) of the Sun, we say that it is “under the beams.” This is considered a weakened condition. Again, think about the visuals. If a planet or star is too close to the Sun in the sky, the light of the Sun makes it impossible to see. If a planet is within 8º, it is considered “combust,” or “burned up.” It has no power whatsoever. The Sun obliterates it. Whatever that planet represents, and the houses it rules in a chart, become ineffective.

An eclipse is an extreme example of this. When the Moon gets too close to the Sun, we can’t see it, even if it’s a simple New Moon and not an eclipse. For those who do magic, or use the motions of the heavens to guide their actions, the dark of Moon is not usually a time for action. It’s a time for quiet, introspection, and planning. But until the Moon is a few days past New, and we can SEE the crescent, we wait to act.

Final Thoughts

OK, final thoughts for this post, but certainly not on the topic as a whole!

Astrologically, the Sun can function as a benefic (good) or a malefic (bad), depending on how things are configured at any given moment.

The challenge with a Solar Eclipse is that while the Moon appears to “eat” the Sun, the Sun obliterates the effectiveness of the Moon. So if a Solar Eclipse falls in a sensitive place in your chart, it can cause all sorts of havoc.

Now, not all eclipses bring bad news. Some end up heralding great new beginnings, as well as the end of things that we need to be done with. But they always do so with a bit (or a lot) of chaos. And we need to be ready to move through that chaos and those endings in order to step into a new light on the other side.

Liked it? Take a second to support Chris on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!