Solar eclipses – the celestial event that can have us all looking up at the sky with those funky cardboard glasses.
So, what exactly is a solar eclipse, you ask? Well, my curious friend, let me break it down for you.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow on our planet.
Basically, the moon is photobombing the sun, and we can’t help but stare in awe.
Now, you may be wondering why we don’t have a solar eclipse every month. That’s because the moon’s orbit around the earth is tilted, and only occasionally aligns perfectly with the sun and earth. It’s like trying to get your hair to look good every day – sometimes it just doesn’t look good no matter what we do—-ok-ay.
These cosmic events can make us all feel like we’re living in a sci-fi movie.
For starters, lunar eclipses happen when the moon, Earth, and the sun align in a straight line, with Earth coming between the two.
It’s like a celestial game of hide and seek, with Earth blocking the sunlight from reaching the moon, causing it to appear a reddish-brown colour. And let me tell you, that’s a sight to see.
But wait, it gets better. Did you know that lunar eclipses can only happen during a full moon? That’s right, it’s like the moon is saying “I’m here, I’m full, and I want attention!”
But seriously, lunar eclipses are pretty cool. It’s like the moon is putting on a show for us. And let’s be real, we could all use a little entertainment these days.
But don’t be fooled by the moon’s dramatics. It’s not actually changing colours during a lunar eclipse.
It just appears reddish because of the way Earth’s atmosphere bends and filters the sunlight that’s illuminating the moon.
Imagine you’re in a dark room and you need a flashlight to find your way out.
You grab your trusty flashlight and turn it on, but instead of a bright white light, you’re met with a dull, red glow.
It’s like the flashlight went to a rave and decided to wear rose-coloured glasses. But fear not, my flashlight-loving friends!
Just because the light is red, doesn’t mean it’s not still there. It’s just hiding behind a filter, like a bad selfie on Instagram.
And just like a bad selfie, you can still make out what’s going on, even if it’s not as clear as you’d like.
In basic terms, an solar eclipse happens when the sun disappears in the sky, suddenly making the daylight night, as the earth temporarily blocks the sun’s rays.
There are four types of solar eclipses: total, annular, partial, and hybrid.
A lunar eclipse can make the Moon orangey-red as the sun and Moon meet, the sun adding a reddish hue to the appearance of the Moon.
There are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.
Solar Eclipses happen when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface, a solar eclipse occurs.
This celestial event can only take place during a New Moon, when the Moon is directly between the Sun and the Earth.
The Moon’s orbit is tilted at an angle of 5 degrees to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, adding to the rarity of this fascinating occurrence.
A solar eclipse is already a relatively rare phenomenon, but a Total or Annular eclipse is even more infrequent.
The rarest of all eclipses is the Hybrid eclipse, which occurs when the eclipse is both Total and Annular at different points along its path.
Lunar eclipses are a fascinating natural events that occur exclusively during a full moon, when the Moon and the Sun are positioned on opposite sides of Earth.
This specific alignment allows the Moon to traverse into the shadow created by our planet, thus creating a lunar eclipse.
However, it is worth noting that during the majority of full moons, the Moon’s orbit is slightly inclined, causing it to pass above or below Earth’s shadow.
Astrological and esoteric beliefs have long held that lunar and solar eclipses hold significant spiritual meanings.
The energies of eclipses can bring about a powerful shift in the universe, affecting not only the physical world but also the spiritual and emotional realms.
Astrologically, eclipses are a time of great change, offering opportunities for personal growth and transformation.
The lunar eclipse is often associated with emotions and intuition.
Repressed emotions and old psychological wounds may surface during a lunar eclipse, allowing for deep healing and release.
Esoterically, the moon represents the feminine energy, the sub conscious mind and the shadow- hidden sides-aspects of yourself, so the lunar eclipse is a time to confront and integrate the shadow aspects of our psyche.
On the other hand, the solar eclipse is associated with the ego, identity, and self-expression.
It is believed that during a solar eclipse, we may experience a shift in our sense of self and become more aware of our purpose and direction in life.
Esoterically, the sun represents the masculine energy and the conscious self, so the solar eclipse is a time to align with our true self and step into our power.
How life transforms for you during a lunar or solar eclipse depends on your actions when they are happening.
Solar eclipses drive you to set intentions and to take action to bring your desires into physical reality.
Lunar eclipses want us to detach and let go of what is hurting us and holding us back from renewal, lunar eclipses are a calling for you to start or continue a journey of healing.
In many spiritual and mystical traditions, the solar and lunar eclipse is seen as a powerful symbol of transformation and change.
Overall, eclipses are believed to be potent times for spiritual growth and transformation.
Solar Eclipse on the 20th at 05:17
Lunar Eclipse on the 5th at 18:23
Solar Eclipse on the 14th at 19:00
Lunar Eclipse on the 28th at 21:14
Solar Eclipse on the 20th at 05:17
In the constellation of Aries in Vedic- Constellational astrology
Lunar Eclipse on the 5th at 18:23, when the sun is in Aries in Vedic- constellational astrology, but the sun is in Taurus in western astrology
Solar Eclipse on the 14th at 19:00, when the sun is in Virgo in Vedic -constellational astrology, and the sun is in libra in western astrology.
Lunar Eclipse on the 28th at 21:14, when the sun is in libra in Vedic astrology and constellational astrology, the sun is in Scorpio in western astrology
Eclipses are an opportunity to take a break, start or end something and help you grow.
They only happen once in a while, so it’s good to make the best of the moment.
In our human past, lunar and solar eclipses were seen as powerful omens, bringing good changes or destruction.
They were also seen as powerful influences in the rise and fall of human civilisations.
Spiritually – lunar and solar eclipses are seen as potent life forces that can be used to make personal changes on the individual level.
There is an old saying. Every person has a destiny, but only a few reach it because most people think fate means heartbreak and repeating the past continuously.
Yet, in reality, true destiny- fate offers happiness to help you withstand the suffering, if we are willing to learn the lessons of our past and use what we learn to build a better future for ourselves.
Lunar and solar eclipses can bring change on the personal, family, community, national and global levels.
The Moon always follows a path that keeps it on the elliptical path as it orbits around the earth. One side of the Moon is always closer to the earth than the other.
Because the Moon changes visibility due to the angels it makes to the sun, is the reason why we have the moon phases, with the full and new moon phases being the most recognisable ones.
A super moon occurs when the Moon is closer to the earth than usual, super moons typically happen when there is also a solar or lunar eclipse.
We have between 4 and 6 eclipses each year. Solar and lunar eclipses happen on either a new or full moon.
The effects of the solar and lunar lunation can last up to 3-6 months after they have happened.
The energy of solar and lunar eclipses can be felt about 1-2 months before they happen.
How solar and lunar eclipses affect you depends on your natal chart and the aspects the planets and luminaries (sun and Moon) are making to each other during the solar and lunar eclipses.
Although you may want to rush ahead, when the lunar and solar eclipses happen, it is best to take things slowly, make strategic plans, and take well-thought-out action.
Solar and lunar eclipses typically happen in pairs, so a new moon solar eclipse is either preceded or followed by full moon lunar eclipses.
When a new or full moon happens during a solar or lunar eclipse on the astrological, esoteric and spiritual level, the full and new moons are seen as more powerful.
Then when they usually occur, lunar and solar eclipses increase the meaning and therefore the energy of the normal full and new moon cycles.
solar and lunar eclipses always happen in pairs and typically on in the polar opposite zodiac signs.
For example, a full moon solar eclipse in Aries means the lunar eclipses will take place in the zodiac sign of Libra.
Then reverse this pattern so the solar eclipse will happen when the Moon is in Libra, and the lunar eclipses will occur when the Moon is in Aries.
An eclipse happens on the Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, Gemini Sagittarius, Cancer, Capricorn, Leo – Aquarius and Virgo-Pisces axis- polarity.
Solar and lunar eclipses follow a Pattern that can last from 12 months to 2 years, with 18- 24 months being the average time period it takes for the solar and lunar eclipses to complete their cycle.
The cycle of pairs typically happens every 7- 9 years.
Solar and Lunar eclipses can be used to start the changes by letting go of the thoughts, relationships and behaviours that block your progress, and this is why astrologers and occultist see them as powerful
The new Moon solar eclipses act as a springboard to invite new behaviours, thoughts and relationship patterns into your life.
Whereas lunar eclipses are seen represent a time of transformation and release and seen as a time for spiritual renewal and reflection
This is because the moon is associated with emotions, intuition, and the subconscious mind.
During a lunar eclipse, the shadow cast by the Earth on the moon can bring buried emotions and unconscious patterns to the surface, allowing us to release and transform them.
They are 4 types of Solar eclipse
An annular eclipse that happens when the moon is at its farthest point from Earth. As the moon is farther away, it’ll seem smaller and is unlikely to block the entire view of the sun. The sun’s light will make a dark circle around a larger one that looks golden in colour, which creates what looks like a ring around the Moon.
4. Hybrid solar eclipses are rare because they require a precise alignment of the sun, moon, and Earth. They can only be seen in a narrow path on the Earth’s surface, which makes them even more special. The path of a hybrid solar eclipse can be thousands of kilometers long, but it is typically only about 100 kilometers wide. The duration of the eclipse can range from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the location of the observer and the path of the eclipse.
Depending on the observer’s location, a hybrid solar eclipse can appear as both an annular and a total eclipse.
This happens because the moon’s shadow falls on the Earth at a point where the distance between the Earth and the moon is just right to block out the entire sun, creating a total eclipse.
However, as the shadow moves away from this point, the distance between the Earth and the moon increases, and the sun appears as a ring of light around the moon, creating an annular eclipse.
This is also known as an “annular-total eclipse” or “annular/total eclipse.”
Hybrid solar eclipses are rare because they require very specific conditions to occur.
First, the moon must be at a specific distance from the Earth to create the annular eclipse portion.
Additionally, the observer must be located in a specific location on the Earth’s surface where the shadow’s path transitions from total to annular.
Because of these factors, hybrid eclipses only occur about once every 10- 12 years.
The last hybrid solar eclipse occurred on November 3, 2013; the next one happens on April 20, 2023, in the eastern hemisphere.
Overall, witnessing a hybrid solar eclipse is a unique and unforgettable experience that only a lucky few get to experience in their lifetime.
Solar eclipses happen when the Moon acts as a barrier- a sort of filter that sits in the middle of the earth and the sun.
Or the sun and the earth; however, you want to look at it when a solar eclipse happens.
When viewed from the earth, the moon blacks the light of the sun, so even a place that is experiencing its daylight hours can become dark.
Spiritually this reminds us that within darkness is light, and darkness is just the absence of light.
All states on earth are changeable, and it’s our perspective, the angel we are looking at or thinking about something, that determines how we act on it.
Solar eclipses happen on the new Moon; it allows for radical transformations on the personal, community or global level and will enable you to try new hobbies, relationships, and careers.
Still, it is best to make small changes and not take on more than you can handle; the new Moon solar eclipses happen about 2-3 times a year on average.
Reminding us that there are always periods where we can start again.
No matter how dark our lives may have become, the Moon will move, and the sun’s light can be viewed again on earth.
The three types of lunar eclipses are penumbral, partial, and total. Penumbral lunar eclipses are the subtlest of the three, with only a slight darkening of the moon’s surface being observed.
Partial lunar eclipses, as the name suggests, involve only a portion of the moon being obscured by Earth’s shadow.
Total lunar eclipses are the most captivating and awe-inspiring of the three, with the entire moon passing through the Earth’s shadow, turning a deep red or copper colour.
Penumbra lunar eclipses are a unique and fascinating type of lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, known as the penumbra. During Penumbra lunar eclipses, the moon is not completely obscured by the Earth’s shadow but rather appears slightly darker and reddish.
The reddish tint is caused by the Earth’s atmosphere, which scatters the sun’s light around the Earth and onto the moon.
Unlike total and partial lunar eclipses, penumbral lunar eclipses are often harder to detect due to their relatively subtle nature.
However, they provide a rare opportunity to observe the intricate interplay of the Earth’s shadow and the moon’s surface, making them an important area of study for astronomers and lunar enthusiasts alike.
Partial lunar eclipses are a specific type of lunar eclipse that occur when the Earth’s shadow partially blocks the moon, creating a visible darkening of one side.
As the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow called the penumbra, light from the sun is partially blocked from reaching the moon’s surface, resulting in a subtle and gradual darkening of the moon.
This type of lunar eclipse is not as dramatic as a total lunar eclipse, but it is still an interesting celestial event that can be observed with the naked eye.
Partial lunar eclipses occur more frequently than total lunar eclipses and can be seen from anywhere on the night side of the Earth during the eclipse’s duration.
Total lunar eclipses are one of the three types of lunar eclipses that occur when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, creating a reddish glow, commonly referred to as a “blood moon.”
During this period, the Earth’s atmosphere filters out most of the blue light, allowing red wavelengths to pass through and illuminate the moon.
This phenomenon is caused by the reflection of sunlight off the Earth’s atmosphere, which bends the light towards the moon, creating a red appearance.
Total lunar eclipses are rare events that occur a few times each year, with the lunar cycle determining the frequency of its occurrence.
These celestial events are fascinating to observe, and they offer valuable opportunities for astrological and scientific research that enables a better understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere and energies.
Some people say spiritual work is unsuitable during lunar or solar eclipses.
Still, I think it depends on your energy levels and spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological state during these times.
If you are grounded and have the correct mindset during a solar and lunar eclipse, rituals such as inviting- manifestation or letting go rituals can be powerful.
All forms of journaling, meditation, gentle exercise like tai chi and yoga, breathwork, EFT- emotional freedom technique, screaming, self-care, self-honesty, forgiveness, understanding and compassion are always powerful things to do during a lunar or solar eclipses.
Eclipses happen to give you that extra push to make progress and bring to your awareness the toxic relationships, habits, and thoughts you need to release.
Transformation and letting go are key themes of solar and lunar eclipses and how solar and lunar eclipses affect you.
Depending on the aspects the transiting planets are making to your natal chart, plus the dominant energies in your birth chart, do you have more air, fire, earth or water energy.
Is your 1st, 2nd, 8th, 12th and all the houses in between the strongest in your chart?
When the solar and lunar eclipses happen, the zodiac sign the Moon, sun, and earth are in determines how each lunar or solar eclipse will affect each person and country.
Lunar eclipses can bring endings, solar eclipses new beginnings, and lunar eclipses can be psychologically, emotionally, and spiritual draining, yet solar eclipses can be rejuvenating, even if you have to go through pain.
How you view life determines how you view the events that happen during the lunar and solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can help you face your addictions, shadow traits and emotions.
Eclipses make you take a realistic look at your life.
This may be voluntary or forced by external events or people; some of you may decide to make radical life shifts
This is good but make sure you also take it slow and make a plan that you’re not afraid to change.
When circumstances and external feedback call for it, you commit to doing the hard yet necessary work of transforming your self-destructive thoughts, habits, and relationships.
Going with the flow is the best use of this energy; being alert and ready to take action when the time calls for it, you may want to rush into a new relationship or lifestyle obsessively.
But it’s best to check the facts, not be too idealistic, and not believe all you see and hear without seeing them backed up with action and follow through.
Not all is what it seems when they are lunar and solar eclipses, the devastation of the full Moon lunar eclipses. Can make way for the powerful new beginnings that may come your way during the new moon solar eclipse phase.
For example, a relationship could end during a lunar eclipse.
Still, the new moon solar eclipse can bring a love of a lifetime; experience your emotions, just don’t make them overrun you, good or bad.