We have entered eclipse season! This summer three eclipses will take place.
Mark the dates below in your calendar. These are the dates of this eclipse season.
5th of June 9.12 pm CEST penumbral Lunar eclipse; Full Moon at 15 degrees Sagittarius
21st of June 8.41 am CEST annular Solar eclipse; New Moon at 0 degrees Cancer
5th of July 6.44 am CEST penumbral Lunar eclipse; Full Moon at 13 degrees Capricorn
In this article I will share my insights on eclipses in general. I will also give you some tools that you can use to interpret what these eclipses may bring about for you.
What are eclipses?
Eclipses occur when the New Moon or Full Moon occurs within 18 degrees of the north node or south node of the Moon. Every six months the New Moon and Full Moon align with the nodes. So every six months there is a Solar eclipse, which is accompanied by either one or two Lunar eclipses.
A Solar eclipse occurs during a New Moon. The Sun and Moon are conjunct, together in the same sign on the same degree. When an eclipse occurs the Sun and Moon are aligned from our viewpoint on earth; the Moon blocking the light from the Sun. Depending on where you are on earth the day turns dark. For us in Europe the coming Solar eclipse will be only partially visible; not incredibly spectacular but maybe you will get to see a bit of it.
A Lunar eclipse occurs during a Full Moon. The Sun and Moon are opposite of each other, in signs opposite of each other at the same degrees. The Earth is in between the Sun and the Moon. During an eclipse the Earth blocks the light of the Sun that wants to reach the Moon. So the Moon doesn’t reflect the Sun his light anymore and disappears (partially) from our sight.
What are the nodes?
Like stated in the above, eclipses happen when the New Moon or Full Moon is within 18 degrees of one of the nodes. The north node and south node are the points where the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the mean plane of the apparent path that the Sun follows over the course of one year. As seen from our viewpoint on the moving Earth, the Sun appears to move relative to stars that are fixed in the sky. So the path that the Sun seems to follow each year is called the ecliptic. The ascending node (north node) is where the Moon moves into the northern ecliptic hemisphere. The descending node (south node) is where the Moon enters the southern ecliptic hemisphere. The north and south node are always exactly 180 degrees apart, so always exactly opposite. They are always retrograde.
Since May 2020 the nodes are in Gemini and Sagittarius. The north node is in Gemini and the south node is in Sagittarius. For the past year and a half the nodes were in Cancer and Capricorn. So you will see that the upcoming eclipses will happen in the signs Sagittarius on the 5th of June, Cancer on the 21st of June and Capricorn on the 5th of July. We will be rounding of a chapter of eclipses that happened over the past two years in the signs Cancer and Capricorn.
Bad omens and karmic lessons…
Eclipses have always been considered important events in astrology. From ancient Egypt to Greece and Mesopotamia to India, eclipses have been considered to be inauspicious events. There are different explanations as to why eclipses are inauspicious. One reason is that the light of one of the luminaries gets blocked. The luminaries support life on Earth. Without the Sun there would be complete darkness and coldness. The Moon guides the different rhythms on Earth, plants notice the cycle of the Moon, the waters are guided by the Moon and human bodies follow her cycle. And the Moon is the source of light when the Sun is away. The very first traditions in astrology were based on the Sun and Moon. Which you can see in the Vedas, the ancient Indian texts: the Sun and Moon are worshipped, but there is no mention of others planets. Only in texts that were handed down later in history in India the astrology is broadened (probably under influence of the astrology practiced in Mesopotamia). Without the Sun and Moon we would be nothing. To have one of the two luminaries (partially) disappear, like happens during eclipses, just can’t be good.
The lights, the Sun and Moon, are symbols of life. To have one or the other vanish, even just for a little while, has always been considered to be a bad omen. Symbolically, the loss of light that occurs during an eclipse is due to the influence of the nodal dragon, which ‘eats’ the Sun or Moon during the eclipse.
“For when the Sun is directly opposite the Moon, as occurs in an eclipse, then the power of each of them reaches the earth in a straight line, and the mingling of influences of Sun and Moon with that of the superior planets creates a single celestial force.” (Geoffrey de Meaux)
Astrologers give eclipses meaning based on a number of factors: where in the Zodiac it might be and any other planets that are involved with the eclipse and in which countries the eclipse might be visible. The impact of an eclipse on an individual also differs depending on their birth chart and if you happen to be in a region on Earth where the eclipse is visible.
In the above I mentioned that symbolically the loss of light that occurs during an eclipse is due to the influence of the nodal dragon, which ‘eats’ the Sun or Moon during the eclipse. The north and south node together form a dragon; the north node being the head and the south node being the tail. In Jyotish (‘Vedic’ astrology) the north node is described as Rahu and the south node as Ketu. Rahu and Ketu were once one demon, a snake demon. Until the deity Vishnu decapitated the demon. Rahu is the head of the serpent demon without the body. Ketu is the tail without the head. Rahu has a voracious appetite without, however, the ability to digest. He is responsible for obsessions and desires that push us to our limits. Wherever Rahu is there is inexperience. So wherever Rahu is there is also room for growth; there is potential. Ketu governs things we have learned very well. He withdraws and leads us out. But because Ketu governs what we have learned, he also shows us where we get stuck. It’s so easy in life to stick to what we know and thus not grow. In an individual’s birth chart the Rahu – Ketu axis points to karmic lessons.
In modern western astrology the axis of the nodes are described as a dragon, with the north node being the head and the south node being the tail. The symbolism is not that different from the snake demon’s head and the snake demon’s body in Jyotish. Modern western astrology also gives a ‘karmic’ meaning to the nodes. The north node pointing to what we have to learn, where there is a lust and where we have something to gain. The south node pointing to what is familiar and where we tend to go overboard. At least, this is how the nodes are often interpreted in birth chart readings. In mundane astrology, the north node is often also understood as where we tend to indulge or what we crave and the south node where we are challenged to release something. It is interesting that the nodes just shifted into Gemini and Sagittarius just after the pandemic happened and the world turned into lockdown. The north node in Gemini in mundane astrology can be understood as the craving for close communications. The south node in Sagittarius points to the loss of travel far and wide.
The nodes can help highlight direction and purpose, or the way forward in a particular area of life. One way to work with the nodes is to look at where they are in your birth chart; the sign and house. This points to a more general karmic story in your in life. Another way to work with the nodes is to see in which houses they are currently residing. Further on in this article you can check where the nodes are currently residing in respect to your birth chart.
What do eclipses bring forth?
So, every six months the New and Full Moons align with the nodes, so every six months we have at least one Solar in other words New Moon eclipse. Each Solar eclipse can be accompanied by one or two Lunar Full Moon eclipses. So again, a Solar eclipse occurs at the New Moon, when the Moon temporarily blocks the light of the Sun. A Lunar eclipse occurs at the Full Moon, when the Earth temporarily blocks the light of the Sun reaching the Moon. In addition, an eclipse can be a south node eclipse; the eclipse happens near the south node. Or, an eclipse can be a north node eclipse; the eclipse happens near the north node.
The north node represents the future. It’s associated with increase, and the expression – or obsession – of a hunger that can never be satisfied. It is also associated with something we need to gain or learn. Eclipses that align with the north node encourage you to break with the past to leave behind situations that are comfortable, safe or familiar. North node eclipses want us to release in order to grow.
The south node represents the past. It’s a highly spiritual point, and a south node eclipse can remind you of your more esoteric and meaningful plans. The south node is about decrease, and can shrink or reduce matters, especially relating to the material realm. South node eclipses encourage letting go, release and closure. They can trigger endings and may help you deal with or overcome baggage from the past. South node eclipses want us to release in order to overcome.
Solar eclipses happen during New Moons. New Moons bring the energy of new beginnings and starting over. That is why a lot of people set intentions during New Moons. However, eclipses ‘take energy away’. A source of light is blocked, a shadow comes over the world, energy is taken away. So Solar eclipses are not good times for intention setting or manifestation. But, they are connected with new beginnings! Solar eclipses want us to release in order for new things to emerge, new journeys to start. Usually unexpected journeys. Or the ones we didn’t dare to start before.
Lunar eclipses happen during Full Moons. Full Moons are associated with times of harvest and fruition. But with a Lunar eclipse the Moon disappears. This makes Lunar eclipses times of mystery and good times to be quiet, sit alone and enter the mysteries of your own life. Things in life are never exactly as they seem and the fruits of your labor might be different than you expected when you put the seeds in the soil. Lunar eclipses may bring insights, pleasant or harsh, that may ask you to review stories in your life. Lunar eclipses ask you to release the known in order to gain new perspectives.
Eclipses act like spotlights that help you reconnect with the deeper threads of meaning and purpose in your life. These threads are often ignored in our busy, fast paced modern lives. A Solar or Lunar eclipse provides a special chance to reconnect with these internal, deeper desires of your being. As a result, you might be inspired to make a meaningful or radical course correction, or recommit to a path that matters. An eclipse can offer you the chance to realign the external manifestation of your life with these often hidden but powerful yearnings in your soul. The energy of an eclipse can be felt in the week before and after the eclipse itself. In addition, the influence of the eclipse can ring out through the cosmos, and in your life, for up to six months following the eclipse.
Eclipses come in chapters, a chapter that lasts about a year and half sometimes two. We are now rounding off a chapter of eclipses that happened in the Cancer – Capricorn axis and we are starting a chapter of eclipses that happens in the Gemini – Sagittarius axis. So eclipse seasons are best understood as parts of a chapter; the busy parts, the paragraphs in which the most interesting, surprising or major things happen. And eclipse seasons come with pairs: an eclipse near the north node and an eclipse near the south node; a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. During eclipse season we are asked to release and let go. But somewhere we are also pushed forward into growth. Furthermore, eclipses are connected over a period of six months.
This coming season we start with a Lunar eclipse on the 5th of June in Sagittarius; the first eclipse on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis and this the start of a new chapter. The next two eclipses, the Solar eclipse on the 21st of June and the Lunar eclipse on the 5th of July happen in Cancer and Capricorn; so with these two eclipses we are rounding off a chapter. The Solar eclipse in Cancer is one final push into growth regarding that Cancer – Capricorn chapter in our lives.
How to work with eclipses
Eclipses always come with darkness, because one of the luminaries is blocked. In the dark is where we let go and release. In the dark is also where we find new light. Release and growth go together. Life comes after death. Growth can only happen when there is space to grow into; for space to emerge we need to let something go (which is often especially true in our busy modern lives). So, even if an eclipse wants to push you forward into growth, it is still a dark time. But every life is born in a dark womb. This pushing forward into growth, this realization or awakening that an eclipse might bring on, can often be experienced as highly spiritual. (And as such, one might also push the awakening that wants to occur away, because awakenings often aren’t easy.) And the release that an eclipse might ask of you, can be incredibly difficult (which we can also push away). I view eclipses as chances to realign with our purpose in life. During eclipse seasons the universe pushes us to realign. But if we do so or not, is up to us!!!
I would suggest to let eclipses bring forth want they want to bring forth and to surrender. Surrender, surrender, surrender; that’s my advice for eclipses. And personally; when eclipses occur I want to claim the day for myself as much as possible. So I can actually allow things to occur, so I can gain insights, so I can work with the emotions that might occur and so I can be sensitive to what is going on. When my days are filled with distractions, I have no time to actually sense what wants to happen in life.
In India one does not go outside during an eclipse. One fasts and one does offerings to the Gods and Goddesses. Because, remember, eclipses are considered to be bad omens. (In my humble opinion; yes eclipses can bring events in life that are experienced as difficult, but I don’t necessarily see them as bad. I may have initiated a divorce during an eclipse, which indeed was extremely painful and extremely sad. But, that divorce meant the start of a total new chapter of my life that is unfolding now and it gave me the needed space for a more spiritual life.) If you are willing to practice the art of letting go. If you are willing to experience the uncomfortable parts in yourself and in life; then eclipses offer beautiful chances for realignment. I love that in India so many rituals are practiced; during eclipses but also in daily life. Rituals help us to mark events and to deal with certain moments in life. Rituals can also help to gain insight, release, or support whatever process you are going through. So when an eclipse takes place you could chant (like one does in India) or make offerings to your favourite Gods and/or Goddesses. You could also do some other kind of ritual; like taking a cleansing bath to support the releasing; fasting; doing some kind of detox; do some kind of fire and burning ritual; whatever that supports you in surrendering and calmness.
How to interpret the coming eclipses, what do they mean for you personally?
Let me state immediately, to prevent disappointment, that I can’t give you specific insights. Because this is a general article and not a personal one on one reading.
How intense eclipse seasons are for you, depends a lot on your personal birth chart and the eclipses that are going on. Some seasons or chapters will be more intense than others; some seasons and chapters might not be that noteworthy at all to you personally. In the beginning of January 2019 there was a Solar eclipse that happened on 15 degrees Capricorn. My midheaven is on 15 degrees Capricorn, close to my Sun which is also in Capricorn. That specific eclipse was the one when I told my ex I wanted a divorce. I didn’t even realize that the Solar eclipse happened right on my midheaven, because obviously my mind was occupied with other things. (I still get and probably always will be fooled by astrology; a while ago I mentioned in articles not to send love declarations in certain weeks because of a square between Neptune and Venus. What do you think I did? And who do you think got hurt? So even though I look in the stars, I always tend to forget how they influence me too.)
Eclipses in general are more intense when they happen in signs where your Sun, Moon or midheaven is and/or when they happen in your first, fourth, seventh or tenth house; or when they happen in houses where you have a stellium of planets. But this is general! It also very much, maybe even more, depends on exact placements of the planetary bodies and points. So in this article I can only give you insight in what possibly might be topics for you that the eclipses highlight. But only in a one on one session, I would be able to give a better clarification.
How to gain insight in how intense an eclipse might be for you and to anticipate what topics it might bring forth for you:
1) Look in your chart where the sign is where the eclipses take place. (Please remember to use Whole Signs as a the house system.) What house is that sign on? The topics related to that house are marked by the eclipses. Below you will find lists to figure this out. This doesn’t say that much on how ‘intense’ the eclipse will be. Sometimes eclipses bring forth very small barely noticeable events. (Luckily! It wouldn’t be fun, and life would be even more difficult than it already is, if we would have to go through intense transformations or events every six months.)
2) Look at the sign and exact degree where the eclipse will take place. The sign is part of a group. Either cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn); fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius); or mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). Now look at what group the sign belongs to where the eclipse takes place. Now look at the degree where the eclipse takes place. Then look at the four signs of ‘your’ group in your chart and check if there are any luminaries or personal planets, or the ascendant or midheaven in a 2 degree radius of the degree where the eclipse takes place. This is probably one of the best indications you can get on how ‘intense’ the eclipse will be for you (other analysations are too complicated to describe here). The eclipse will be more intense if it happens in the same sign as that planet or point, or in the sign opposite of it; then follow the signs that are squared by the eclipse. Now you can get a clue of what the eclipse will be about by analyzing what that planet or point signifies in your chart. Unfortunately I can’t help you with that in this article; because it is highly individual. So you either need to figure this out on your own or book a session with an astrologer.
So what about the upcoming eclipses? Some generalizations:
The eclipse on the 5th of June is a penumbral Lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius. This is an eclipse that is about reviewing the past, going into the pain, so one can shine one’s inner light on it and as a result one can release patterns, modes of thinking, traumas, etc, that don’t serve you anymore. This specific eclipse is most noteworthy for those with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) or ascendant or midheaven in between 13 – 17 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. Look to the house that Sagittarius is on in your chart to gain a clue for related topics.
The eclipse on the 21st of June is an annular Solar eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer. This eclipse is a last final push into growth regarding the chapter you are closing. It’s like: ‘come on, throw those limiting self beliefs away, finally and forever, so you can do your best in this lifetime; don’t let shit hold you back anymore’. This specific eclipse is most noteworthy for those with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) or ascendant or midheaven in between 0 – 2 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Look for the house that Cancer is on in your chart to gain a clue for related topics.
The eclipse on the fifth of July is a penumbral Lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn. This eclipse is here to remind you that there is one last thing to let go off. The last time you will need to attend to a wound, in order for it to heal and become a scar. Especially if you fall in one of these categories: if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) or ascendant or midheaven in between 11 – 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Look for the house that Capricorn is on in your chart to gain a clue for related topics.
Eclipses want to do their work on everyone. However, they ‘are more powerful’ when they hit something in your chart by conjunction, opposition or square. Then the process of transformation will be more intense, the urge and need for change will be felt more intense, and consequently (if you are willing to give in) the growth will be more intense too. Luckily we don’t always all need to go through major processes of transformation. But again, eclipses want to do their work on everyone. Also if no planet or point is ‘hit’ in your birth chart, there is still a karmic event happening in one of your houses. And the topics of the houses where the eclipses happen, are in for some karmic lessons, revelations and growth. Even if it is very small.
So, to get an idea what topics are highlighted by the past chapter of eclipses and the coming chapter of eclipses, check the lists below. First check what houses are implicated by the eclipses for your rising sign. Then check the list with significations for the houses, to see what topics in your life the eclipses are about.
Aries rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the fourth house – tenth house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the third house – ninth house axis of your chart.
Taurus rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the third house – ninth house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the second house – eight house axis of your chart.
Gemini rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the second house – eight house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the first house – seventh house axis of your chart.
Cancer rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the first house – seventh house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the twelfth house – sixth house axis of your chart.
Leo rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the twelfth house – sixth house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the eleventh house – fifth house axis of your chart.
Virgo rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the eleventh house – fifth house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the tenth house – fourth house axis of your chart.
Libra rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the tenth house – fourth house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the ninth house – third house axis of your chart.
Scorpio rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the ninth house – third house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the eight house – second house axis of your chart.
Sagittarius rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the eight house – second house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the seventh house – first house axis of your chart.
Capricorn rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the seventh house – first house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the sixth house – twelfth house axis of your chart.
Aquarius rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the sixth house – twelfth house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the fifth house – eleventh house axis of your chart.
Pisces rising: the eclipses on the Cancer – Capricorn axis took / will take place in the fifth house – eleventh house axis of your chart. The eclipses on the Gemini – Sagittarius axis will take place in the fourth house – tenth house axis of your chart.
Significations of the houses:
1st house: self, appearance, vitality and life force
2nd house: assets, resources and self-worth
3rd house: communication, daily rituals, siblings
4th house: parents, roots, home, foundations
5th house: sex, romance, creative energy, children
6th house: work and health
7th house: committed partnerships (in love and business)
8th house: death, mental health, collaboration / other people’s resources
9th house: travel, education, publishing, religion, astrology and philosophy
10th house: career and public roles
11th house: community, friends and good fortune
12th house: loss, sorrow, hidden places