What is a lunar eclipse? What is a solar eclipse? These babies are like full moons or new moons on steroids, so here’s what you need to know.
Think of eclipses as new moons and overloaded full moons. Eclipses are different because of their connection to the Knots of Fate. It sounds like fun, but it only fuels their fire. The North Node and South Node Switch signs every 18 months or so. As the moon moves in the zodiac, in its elliptical in space, the highest and lowest points of the elliptical mark the nodes of fate in the sky.
For example, if we experience an eclipse in the zodiac sign of Gemini, the moon hits the axis of the Gemini-Sagittarius node.
The energy of eclipses is quite erratic and often signals fatal and unpredictable events. Throughout history, eclipses have been used by royalty to signal either the untimely death of a king or the birth of a new ruler. In ancient civilizations, they were often interpreted as potential apocalyptic events. It’s no surprise that they have a powerful effect on us and generally deliver their fair share of drama.
What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the sun darkens or when the moon is between the Earth and the sun. To be more technical, a solar eclipse will occur when part of the Earth is under a shadow cast by the moon, which blocks the sun. It can form an illusion that creates a kind of ring of fire.
All solar eclipses correspond to new moons in astrology. So like new moons, solar eclipses will usher in times of change and new beginnings. Regardless of which area of your birth chart the solar eclipse occurs, you will experience changes over the course of its 18 months.
But remember: the energy of the solar eclipse is unpredictable.
It is not energy that we want to manifest under or use for magic. Meanwhile, the sun and the moon, two of the most important celestial bodies in the sky, are not functioning as they normally do. Volatile energy can really spoil the manifestation and the work of defining intentions. Meanwhile, slow down, drink plenty of water (because, yes, the moon is related to the tides and humans are 70% water), and think. Meditate on where you are and visualize where you would like to be. Think about the new beginnings you would like to call.
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves in the shadow of the Earth. This alignment can only occur during a full moon, when the sun and moon face each other in the sky.
Lunar eclipses always align with the full moon cycle. Is their energy stable? Absolutely not! Is it time for magic? Nope.
Like solar eclipses, lunar eclipses also usher in unexpected changes. But like the full moon, this time is about letting go and breaking free. This overpowered full moon illuminates our path with karmic light and forces a correction of course. It often removes what no longer serves our greater good, even though we may feel like we are not ready for it.
Eclipses speed up delays. They can bring breaking points where we are finally inspired to finally make a change.
Moon phases in order
The phase of the moon is one of the most magical cycles in astrology. In accordance with the cycle and rhythm of the moon, we can appeal to desires, manifestations and intentions. This is the cycle of the phases of the moon: new moon, crescent moon, first quarter moon, waxing gibbous moon, full moon, waning gibbous moon, last quarter moon, and waning crescent moon. Then we start again with a new moon.
The moon cycle you were born under can reveal specific characteristics, strengths and weaknesses about you. For example, if you were born during a full moon (or lunar eclipse), relationships can play a major role in your life. When the sun and the moon face each other, it may be necessary to understand each other through the perspectives and interpretations of others. It is a balancing act.
Here are some keywords associated with each moon phase:
New Moon: new start, intuition
Wax croissant: define intention, form ideas and plans
First shift: take action, make a change
Gibbous hair removal: refine and review, keep hope
Full moon: celebration, reap rewards
Waning Gibbous Moon: reflect, offer gratitude
Last shift: release control
Ascending Descending: rest, surrender, let go
When is the next solar eclipse?
The next solar eclipse will take place on December 4, 2021 in the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. The sun and the moon will be at 12 degrees Sagittarius.
When is the next lunar eclipse?
The next lunar eclipse will take place on November 19, 2021 in the zodiac sign of Taurus. The moon will be 19 degrees Taurus and the sun will be 19 degrees Scorpio.