Ancient Chinese  believe that solar eclipses happen when a mighty dragon attempts to swallow the Sun.  Africans believeAncient Chinese  believe that solar eclipses happen when a mighty dragon attempts to swallow the Sun.  Africans believe that they are manifestations of the anger of Gods.  In Japan, solar eclipses are viewed with trepidation that poison drops from the darkened sky.

In India, mystics and yogics look on eclipses as a sign that indicates the coming of war and devastation.  On the day of the eclipse, they do not eat food that is uncooked.  They do not hold knives or other sharp objects, as these indicate the befalling of severe misfortune.

Pregnant women were warned not to look at the eclipse or even be outdoors, as this would cause their unborn babies to be born with birth defects.  They say it is better to stay indoors and close one’s eyes in meditation.  Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism believe that the merit of whatever good deeds done or prayers said or mantras chanted during the eclipses would be multiplied.

In ancient times, eclipses of the Sun were viewed as warnings of disasters.  In modern times, they become major tourist attractions for countries lucky enough to witness this phenomenon.  If you have seen a total solar clipse, then you’ve got some idea of why people will travel thousands of miles to witness one, and why there is a common feeling extending from the distant past to the present day that these events are momentous not only in a visual sense.  It’s easy enough to feel that they must have implications that are both personal and worldwide.

            

Eclipses and Astrology

Today we know that an eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are all lined up and the Moon is close to the ecliptic, the Sun’s apparent path.    Sometimes, the eclipse is total and sometimes it is partial.  It depends on the angle of the coverage.  Solar eclipses occur at the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (the Moon is between the Eath and Sun).  Lunar eclipses occur at the Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are opposite each other (the Earth is between the Sun and Moon).

Eclipses occur when the Sun moves into the zodiacal sign occupied by either the North or South Lunar Node.  They typically occur in pairs, with a Lunar Eclipse falling in an opposite sign about two weeks before or after a Solar Eclipse.  These eclipse pairs occur about every six months and move backward in the Zodiac, with the current eclipse taking place a bit behind the previous one.

Each month when we have a New Moon, it brings a one-month spotlight to a certain area of our life.  This might be career, relationships, family, or another of the twelve life sectors symbolized by the tweleve houses in an astrological chart.  When we have a Solar eclipse, it is like a Super New Moon, providing new energy, opportunities, and processes that take many months to complete.

With a Solar eclipse occurring roughly twice a year, and a similar number of Lunar eclipses, we have overlapping processes that we are working through with each.  The effects of the processes brought by a Solar eclipse are more visible and manifest in an outer way, relating to the ego.  The processes of a Lunar eclipse are experienced at a deeper, private, and inner feeling.

The Lunar Nodes: The Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail

The invisible Lunar Nodes, which are the points of intersection of two orbits that pierce the celestial sphere,  have long been associated with karmic workings, timing, and connections.  The North and South Lunar Nodes are called the Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail.

Traditionally, the Dragon’s Head was considered as more lucky and auspicious than the Dragon’s Tail, which was associated with sacrifice, vulnerability, or loss. The North Node eclipse furnishes new energy to express ourselves and achieve our ambitions on a material level, while the South Node eclipse is an invitation to be of service, to leave a gift as promised by the eternal soul.

In a North Node Solar eclipse, if it falls closely aligned with an important personal planet in one’s astrological birth chart, one may become nervous with energy to DO something, to take on more, to acquire something. Used positively, this eclipse can help focus and direct ambitions toward successful and fulfilling goals.

In a South Node Solar eclipse, one may experience an energy leak or drain, the problem may be related to reduced self-esteem, lack of confidence, insecurity, and the urge to give up or escape. This eclipse is about empathy, giving of self, and serving, and it can be a means by which to transcend the material world, making one available for spiritual deeds.

It is adviced to avoid initiating major decisions or life changes near the time of an eclipse. But, if the eclipse falls on a personal planet of your astrological birth chart, this may be the time you are most tempted to make big changes. So, proceed with caution.

The Difference Between A Solar And Lunar Eclipse

One thing that can be said of any eclipse is that it is the forerunner to change, especially an eclipse that falls within three degres of a conjunction or an opposition to a personal planet in the astrological birth chart.  When an eclipse falls on the cusp of  first, or fourth, or seventh, or tenth house, one will usually move and/or change occupation.  For example, if the eclipse falls on the cusp of your fourth house, pertaining to your home, you may change residence, which then requires a change of occupation.

Since an eclipse can only take place at the time of the New Moon for a Solar eclipse or at the time of the Full Moon for a Lunar eclipse, we can rely on the nature of those general Moon phases to understand some of the specific dynamics behind an eclipse.

From New Moon to Full Moon – an increase of energy.  People in general are more receptive to new ideas, and it is a good time to initiate new projects.  It is very positive in nature.

From Full Moon to New Moon – a decreasing in energy as the Moon decreasing in light. Things set in motion at the New Moon tend to come to a culmination or maturation.

So, a Solar eclipse, akin to the New Moon, is about being refueled, new potential, planting new seeds, initiating projects, reaching outward, and striving toward new experience.  The Solar eclipse is about ego, identity, spirit and vitality.

The Lunar eclipse, akin to the Full Moon, represents sudden awareness of things previously out of sight; revelation,  culmination, completion, and relationship themes are stressed.  Lunar eclipses generally link to elements of our most personal environment, usually rooted to home, security and the people closely connected to these.

A Lunar eclipse with the attendance of the North Node represents an influx of new elements that generally precedes a very joyful period, although one should still expect changes.  A Lunar eclipse with the attendance of the South Node may correspond to a separation from someone or a letting go of old emotional habit patterns.

With an eclipse falling on a personal planet in astroloigical birth chart, change is due, or perhaps overdue, as symbolized by the planet receiving the eclipse.  If a situation has been neglected or allowed to deteriorate, an eclipse can trigger what seems at first to be an upheaval in the associated affairs.

Matters and issues of the astrological houses in which the Sun and/or Moon fall during an eclipse are likely to be activated.  Those related to the house in which a Solar eclipse falls will be influenced by your conscious and awareness, perhaps to a point of crisis.  Those related to the house in which the accompanying Lunar eclipse occurs represent the areas of everyday life that are affected by the influences or crisis of the Solar eclipse.

Eclipses typically precipitate events you thought were not to happen for some time or bring matters you need to address to your attention, in a way you cannot ignore.  Pay attention to the signals you receive near the time of the eclipse, because these may help you figure out the direction from which changes will enter your life.

If an eclipse occurs on your birthday, then you are in for a major change in your life.  An eclipse occurring on one’s birthday makes for a year to remember.  Such years are fated.  If your birthday occurs simply in the week prior to the eclipse, then things will not work out as planned.  If your birthday is in the week after the eclipse, this will be an important year, but it will not out unexpectedly.

 Years 2006 – 2015 Solar and Lunar Eclipses

that they are manifestations of the anger of Gods.  In Japan, solar eclipses are viewed with trepidation that poison drops from the darkened sky.

In India, mystics and yogics look on eclipses as a sign that indicates the coming of war and devastation.  On the day of the eclipse, they do not eat food that is uncooked.  They do not hold knives or other sharp objects, as these indicate the befalling of severe misfortune.

Pregnant women were warned not to look at the eclipse or even be outdoors, as this would cause their unborn babies to be born with birth defects.  They say it is better to stay indoors and close one’s eyes in meditation.  Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism believe that the merit of whatever good deeds done or prayers said or mantras chanted during the eclipses would be multiplied.

In ancient times, eclipses of the Sun were viewed as warnings of disasters.  In modern times, they become major tourist attractions for countries lucky enough to witness this phenomenon.  If you have seen a total solar clipse, then you’ve got some idea of why people will travel thousands of miles to witness one, and why there is a common feeling extending from the distant past to the present day that these events are momentous not only in a visual sense.  It’s easy enough to feel that they must have implications that are both personal and worldwide.

            

Eclipses and Astrology

Today we know that an eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are all lined up and the Moon is close to the ecliptic, the Sun’s apparent path.    Sometimes, the eclipse is total and sometimes it is partial.  It depends on the angle of the coverage.  Solar eclipses occur at the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (the Moon is between the Eath and Sun).  Lunar eclipses occur at the Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are opposite each other (the Earth is between the Sun and Moon).

Eclipses occur when the Sun moves into the zodiacal sign occupied by either the North or South Lunar Node.  They typically occur in pairs, with a Lunar Eclipse falling in an opposite sign about two weeks before or after a Solar Eclipse.  These eclipse pairs occur about every six months and move backward in the Zodiac, with the current eclipse taking place a bit behind the previous one.

Each month when we have a New Moon, it brings a one-month spotlight to a certain area of our life.  This might be career, relationships, family, or another of the twelve life sectors symbolized by the tweleve houses in an astrological chart.  When we have a Solar eclipse, it is like a Super New Moon, providing new energy, opportunities, and processes that take many months to complete.

With a Solar eclipse occurring roughly twice a year, and a similar number of Lunar eclipses, we have overlapping processes that we are working through with each.  The effects of the processes brought by a Solar eclipse are more visible and manifest in an outer way, relating to the ego.  The processes of a Lunar eclipse are experienced at a deeper, private, and inner feeling.

The Lunar Nodes: The Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail

The invisible Lunar Nodes, which are the points of intersection of two orbits that pierce the celestial sphere,  have long been associated with karmic workings, timing, and connections.  The North and South Lunar Nodes are called the Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail.

Traditionally, the Dragon’s Head was considered as more lucky and auspicious than the Dragon’s Tail, which was associated with sacrifice, vulnerability, or loss. The North Node eclipse furnishes new energy to express ourselves and achieve our ambitions on a material level, while the South Node eclipse is an invitation to be of service, to leave a gift as promised by the eternal soul.

In a North Node Solar eclipse, if it falls closely aligned with an important personal planet in one’s astrological birth chart, one may become nervous with energy to DO something, to take on more, to acquire something. Used positively, this eclipse can help focus and direct ambitions toward successful and fulfilling goals.

In a South Node Solar eclipse, one may experience an energy leak or drain, the problem may be related to reduced self-esteem, lack of confidence, insecurity, and the urge to give up or escape. This eclipse is about empathy, giving of self, and serving, and it can be a means by which to transcend the material world, making one available for spiritual deeds.

It is adviced to avoid initiating major decisions or life changes near the time of an eclipse. But, if the eclipse falls on a personal planet of your astrological birth chart, this may be the time you are most tempted to make big changes. So, proceed with caution.

The Difference Between A Solar And Lunar Eclipse

One thing that can be said of any eclipse is that it is the forerunner to change, especially an eclipse that falls within three degres of a conjunction or an opposition to a personal planet in the astrological birth chart.  When an eclipse falls on the cusp of  first, or fourth, or seventh, or tenth house, one will usually move and/or change occupation.  For example, if the eclipse falls on the cusp of your fourth house, pertaining to your home, you may change residence, which then requires a change of occupation.

Since an eclipse can only take place at the time of the New Moon for a Solar eclipse or at the time of the Full Moon for a Lunar eclipse, we can rely on the nature of those general Moon phases to understand some of the specific dynamics behind an eclipse.

From New Moon to Full Moon – an increase of energy.  People in general are more receptive to new ideas, and it is a good time to initiate new projects.  It is very positive in nature.

From Full Moon to New Moon – a decreasing in energy as the Moon decreasing in light. Things set in motion at the New Moon tend to come to a culmination or maturation.

So, a Solar eclipse, akin to the New Moon, is about being refueled, new potential, planting new seeds, initiating projects, reaching outward, and striving toward new experience.  The Solar eclipse is about ego, identity, spirit and vitality.

The Lunar eclipse, akin to the Full Moon, represents sudden awareness of things previously out of sight; revelation,  culmination, completion, and relationship themes are stressed.  Lunar eclipses generally link to elements of our most personal environment, usually rooted to home, security and the people closely connected to these.

A Lunar eclipse with the attendance of the North Node represents an influx of new elements that generally precedes a very joyful period, although one should still expect changes.  A Lunar eclipse with the attendance of the South Node may correspond to a separation from someone or a letting go of old emotional habit patterns.

With an eclipse falling on a personal planet in astroloigical birth chart, change is due, or perhaps overdue, as symbolized by the planet receiving the eclipse.  If a situation has been neglected or allowed to deteriorate, an eclipse can trigger what seems at first to be an upheaval in the associated affairs.

Matters and issues of the astrological houses in which the Sun and/or Moon fall during an eclipse are likely to be activated.  Those related to the house in which a Solar eclipse falls will be influenced by your conscious and awareness, perhaps to a point of crisis.  Those related to the house in which the accompanying Lunar eclipse occurs represent the areas of everyday life that are affected by the influences or crisis of the Solar eclipse.

Eclipses typically precipitate events you thought were not to happen for some time or bring matters you need to address to your attention, in a way you cannot ignore.  Pay attention to the signals you receive near the time of the eclipse, because these may help you figure out the direction from which changes will enter your life.

If an eclipse occurs on your birthday, then you are in for a major change in your life.  An eclipse occurring on one’s birthday makes for a year to remember.  Such years are fated.  If your birthday occurs simply in the week prior to the eclipse, then things will not work out as planned.  If your birthday is in the week after the eclipse, this will be an important year, but it will not out unexpectedly.