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Solar Eclipse: Understand the Phenomenon and Its Astrological Influences.
Unravel the mysteries behind a solar eclipse.
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The solar eclipse - when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, partially or entirely covering its light, has always piqued human curiosity. Since ancient times, people from various cultures have sought to unravel the secrets of this phenomenon. Many even believed that eclipses represented terrible omens.
However, as the celestial cycles between the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth became objects of study and research, it was realized that eclipses are much more common occurrences than previously imagined.
Analyses on the subject demonstrate that they are part of a natural movement of celestial bodies and do not represent imminent chaos as was once believed.
Do you also have a curiosity about solar eclipses? Can they have any impact or influence on our daily lives? Here, we will explain the occurrences of a solar eclipse, how Astrology interprets this subject, and how they can affect (or not) your natal chart.
What is a solar eclipse?
Technically, eclipses are astronomical and astrological phenomena that occur due to a precise alignment between the Sun, Earth, the Moon, and the Lunar Nodes. Eclipses can be solar or lunar, depending on the position of the Moon in relation to Earth and the Sun.
A solar eclipse always occurs during the New Moon when the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, temporarily blocking sunlight and casting a shadow on Earth.
In antiquity, solar eclipses were the most feared because they could turn day into night. Over time, they became associated with significant changes for those civilizations, such as the downfall of a king, the onset of wars, or the rise of a new leader in society.
It's worth noting that, despite eclipses occurring every six months, they are only sometimes visible to everyone. This is because the visibility of an eclipse depends on our observation point on Earth. An eclipse visible in Brazil, for example, may not be observed in Japan. Thus, the occurrence of solar eclipses visible to ancient peoples was much rarer than we know today.
What does a solar eclipse mean in Astrology?
In Astrology, eclipses can be seen as opportunities for significant changes or the consolidation of processes in your astrological experience. It all depends on your natal chart and how they relate to other predictive methods.
If you notice any signs during these phenomena, try understanding them to make the most of them. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on which area of your life is calling for changes or consolidation, either because it's not flowing as it should or because there's a need to make things happen and achieve accomplishments.
Eclipses always occur in pairs - at least one solar eclipse and one lunar eclipse, with a 2-week interval between them. Therefore, their influences also happen in pairs.
The negative and catastrophic aura that ancient cultures associated with the phenomenon no longer holds true and has not proven to be valid. It is understood that eclipses have specific influences on each person's life, depending on the positions of the planets in their Natal Chart.
How long does the influence of a solar eclipse last?
The influence of a solar eclipse can be felt most intensely around the dates when the phenomenon occurs - about 2 to 5 days before and after. However, the eclipse's effects can have a longer duration, extending up to 6 months.
At this point, you may be wondering about the reasons for such variation and imprecision. The answer is that the influences of a solar eclipse - and a lunar eclipse - are related to astrological transits and individual cycles that coincide with the event.
Eclipses and Lunar Nodes
Eclipses depend on the presence of the Lunar Nodes, as they represent a point of convergence in the paths of the Sun and the Moon. Their time of influence is generally determined by the time the Nodes spend on a specific astrological axis.
The cycle of the Lunar Nodes lasts approximately 18 months, which means that eclipses, occurring in pairs every six months, happen roughly 3 to 4 times in the same astrological axis.
To better understand this relationship, let's take the example of the Lunar Node cycle in the Taurus-Scorpio axis, which lasted from December 23rd, 2021, to July 12th, 2023. The eclipses in this axis occurred on the following dates:
- 11/19/2021 - Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
- 4/30/2022 - Solar Eclipse in Taurus
- 5/16/2022 - Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
- 10/25/2022 - Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
- 11/8/2022 - Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
- 5/5/2023 - Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
- 10/28/2023 - Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
Note that here we are only discussing the eclipses in Taurus and Scorpio.
We can see that, although they follow a specific chronology, eclipses do not strictly adhere to the position of the Lunar Nodes. This means that transitional periods of the Nodes when they are close to entering or leaving a sign, can still affect the occurrence of eclipses if a New Moon or Full Moon falls within their orb.
So, in this example, the influence of eclipses in Taurus-Scorpio likely affected your Birth Chart in this axis between 2021 and 2023.
Regarding the duration of eclipse influences, it is understood that they are renewed with each new eclipse event. Therefore, every six months, between one pair of eclipses and another, there is an update, reaffirmation, or the beginning of a new phase in a potentially broader cycle.
Contrary to what many people believe, not every solar or lunar eclipse represents a profound change or a significant turning point. They can signify small insights and momentary realizations that mark the start of a new phase in your life.
Thus, seemingly everyday and insignificant events around the eclipse dates may have consequences that become clearer to you over time.
What are the effects of a solar eclipse on the Birth Chart?
The effects of a solar eclipse can be experienced in various ways, depending on the placement of the celestial bodies at the time of a person's birth. Therefore, the first thing to note is that only some eclipse cycles will have the same influence on your life.
Interactions associated with a solar eclipse will only occur if a series of astrological factors align for that event.
As an example, let's consider the eclipses that occurred in the Taurus-Scorpio axis: if your Birth Chart emphasizes this axis - meaning you have one or more personal planets, your Rising Sign, or Midheaven in this axis - there's a possibility that the solar eclipse may bring about transformations in your life. If this axis is not emphasized in your Natal Chart, the influences may be more challenging to perceive if they exist.
Additionally, it's essential for you to critically analyze the events happening in your life during such times, noting the dates they occurred and whether there is any eclipse influence during those periods. This way, you can identify which eclipses are more influential and which axes are genuinely more sensitive for you.
Each axis of the chart affected by the solar eclipse can bring specific reflections and influences, such as the need for balance between self and others, attention to values and sustenance, the pursuit of expansion and learning, the relationship between career and family life, creativity and life projects, and the importance of self-care and spirituality.
How to harness the power of a solar eclipse?
To harness the power of a solar eclipse, it's essential to pay attention to the reflections and changes it may bring, no matter how subtle.
Being attentive to the signs and situations during this period can help you understand future events and opportunities for personal growth. It's a suitable time to question old habits, invest in new ways of progressing, and seek alignment with your emotions and aspirations.
Additionally, pay attention to which astrological axis the solar eclipse will occur in your Birth Chart and in which astrological houses it will fall. From this, you can gain insights into the transformations this phenomenon may bring to your life.
- Houses 1 and 7: Deal with personal relationships and identity.
- Houses 2 and 8: Are related to resources, values, and control.
- Houses 3 and 9: Involve learning and expansion.
- Houses 4 and 10: Refer to career and home life.
- Houses 5 and 11: Are related to creativity and life projects.
- Houses 6 and 12: Deal with health and self-awareness.
In summary, to understand and harness the power of a solar eclipse, analyze which signs it will occur in and which astrological houses those signs are placed in your Natal Chart. Then, discover if planets are positioned in those signs and observe if these elements are being activated in your life in any way, through a careful and attentive analysis of your reality.
Suppose you notice convergent signs between the characteristics of this eclipse and the events in your life. In that case, it may signify that you are in a more significant transformation cycle in that area.
Solar Eclipse in 2024
In 2024, we will witness two significant Solar Eclipses, in the signs of Aries and Libra, marking periods conducive to changes and deep reflections.
The first Solar Eclipse of 2024 occurs on April 8th, in the vibrant sign of Aries. This event represents a unique opportunity for the realization of important changes in our lives.
The second Solar Eclipse of 2024, and the last of the year, takes place on October 2nd, in the balanced sign of Libra. This period may intensify matters of the heart, bringing love issues into focus, while at the same time increasing skepticism, requiring a more realistic assessment of facts and relationships.
These Solar Eclipses of 2024 are portals for self-discovery and personal transformation. They challenge us to look inward, reassess our choices and paths, and encourage us to make the necessary changes to live more authentically and balanced.
Moreover, note that both Solar Eclipses of 2024 will occur on the Aries-Libra axis. Therefore, it is necessary to know the position of both signs in your Birth Chart, to reflect on how these signs may manifest in your personal journey.
For more information about the Eclipses of 2024, explore our detailed article on the topic.
Upcoming Solar Eclipses
The next cycle of eclipses will occur on the Aries-Libra axis, concluding in 2025.
It is important to be aware of the dates when these eclipses will occur and to observe how they relate to your personal chart, to understand their possible implications and to seize opportunities for growth and transformation.
04/08/2024 — Solar Eclipse at 19° 22' of Aries,
10/02/2024 — Solar Eclipse at 10° 02' of Libra,
03/29/2025 — Solar Eclipse at 08° 53' of Aries,
07/21/2025 — Solar Eclipse at 28° 59' of Virgo,
02/17/2026 — Solar Eclipse at 28° 56' of Aquarius,
08/12/2026 — Solar Eclipse at 20° 08' of Leo,
02/06/2027— Solar Eclipse at 17° 39' of Aquarius,
08/02/2027 — Solar Eclipse at 09° 56' of Leo,
01/26/2028 — Solar Eclipse at 06° 08' of Aquarius,
Access your Natal Chart and begin the suggested observations in our text to understand these and other astrological insights better