Lunar And Solar Eclipses: Dates And InfluencesLunar and solar eclipses fascinate us, but where do they come from? How are they formed? Astrologer, Susan Taylor reveals their definitions, explains the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse and talks us through influence in astrology. Discover the dates of the most important eclipses in 2020, here. Two eclipses will be observed this summer in Europe, so it's time to get ahead and learn more about them!
An eclipse is the apparent disappearance of a star A due to the interposition of another star B between the light source C and this star A. In astrology, we regularly talk about lunar and solar eclipses that we observe from Earth. We encounter at least 4 eclipses (2 solar and 2 lunar per year) but we can go up to 7 eclipses (solar and lunar combined) per year. The eclipse phenomenon occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are almost aligned!
1. What is a lunar eclipse? Definition
A lunar eclipse forms whenever the Moon is in the Earth's shadow. So, if you were on the Moon at that time, you would not see the Sun at all because of the Earth. This pattern occurs only during Full Moon, when the Moon is in opposition to the Sun.
Lunar Eclipse - Sun / Earth / Moon
2. What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is positioned in front of the Sun, completely or partially obscuring the image of the Sun from the Earth. This pattern can only occur during the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct ("next to each other"). Even though the Moon is much smaller than the Sun, it’s also much closer to the Earth. This means it can obscure the Sun because an object is always bigger when it is closer to us.
Solar Eclipse - Sun / Moon / Earth
An eclipse can be total or partial:
- When the light source is completely blocked by the eclipsing object, it is called a total eclipse.
- If the star that eclipses the other one does not completely block its light, it is called a partial eclipse.
Partial eclipses can be distinguished as follows:
- Simple partial eclipses (for the Sun and Moon): This event occurs when the stars aren’t perfectly aligned so the eclipsed object is only partially eclipsed.
- Annular eclipses (for the Sun): the annular eclipse is a particular case of partial eclipse where the three "objects" concerned are perfectly aligned. However, this occurs when the one that eclipses is too small (or the eclipsed object is too big!): there then remains a luminous ring still visible! In this case, the Moon cannot completely eclipse the Sun because it is not close enough to the Earth at the time of the eclipse.
- Penumbra eclipses (for the Moon): we speak about penumbra eclipses when the Moon passes only in the cone of penumbra of the Earth (and not in the shadow).
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Why do we have eclipses?
The Moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical and inclined to the plane of the Earth's revolution around the Sun (the ecliptic). Most often, the Moon passes above or below the Earth-Sun axis. It sometimes occurs that the lunar star cuts this axis during a New Moon or a Full Moon.
In the first case, our satellite hides the sun from us, causing a solar eclipse; a total, annular or partial eclipse of the Sun. In the second, the Moon passes through the shadow of our planet and disappears momentarily, in whole or in part, creating a lunar eclipse.
What are the astrological effects?
Astrologically, a solar eclipse acts like a powerful New Moon. We therefore experience the notion and vibes of birth and new beginnings. Everything we do on that particular day will be important and will have a great impact on the future (sometimes up to 6 months afterwards). So, if something positive is sown, you can hope that it will amplify in the following days and months... On the contrary, if you argue with someone on that day, there are important risks that afterwards, the relationship might not last... (All this is to be nuanced according to the aspects of the other planets in the sky on that date).
Astrologically, a lunar eclipse acts as a powerful Full Moon. It therefore acts as a revealer, meaning we soon become aware that either we feel good because we have sown good things previously and we reap the fruits; or we feel bad and in crisis mode. If this happens, you must reposition yourself and adjust to the given situation.
Be careful, if you are nervous and anxious (which can often happen under the effect of a solar or lunar eclipse), try to channel your aggression and keep a minimum of composure. If not, you’ll only make irreparable mistakes.
All the eclipses of 2020: The dates you need
June 21, 2020: Annular solar eclipse of Cancer
Annular solar eclipse at 0°21 from Cancer: In a Water sign and moreover, badly connected to Mars, this solar eclipse exacerbates sensitivities. We must be careful not to be immature or even impulsive. We should avoid putting ourselves in situations of tension or conflict. On the contrary, let us focus on the well-being of our family and our home to make our living conditions better.
- This eclipse coincides with New Moon June in Cancer, making for an explosive event -
December 14, 2020: Total solar eclipse in Sagittarius
Total solar eclipse at 23°08 from Sagittarius: In this sign of optimism but also linked to the Mercury Trine to Mars in signs of Fire, this solar eclipse awakens our good will and urges us to act with ardor and passion to meet our ambitions. This is the right time to contact people who can help us in our projects.
In 2020, we will have 4 lunar eclipses, which are all penumbra. In astrology, the influence of a penumbral eclipse is not that of a classical eclipse so we treat the phenomenon as a simple Full Moon.
January 10, 2020 at 20° from Cancer
We have already dealt with this event in our article: Full moon of January 10, 2020.
June 5, 2020 at 15°34 Sagittarius.
This Full Moon and penumbra eclipse in Sagittarius is stimulating and dynamic. Linked to Venus and Mars, it amplifies the passionate side of our relationships. Tensions are likely to hover but we will see more clearly and be able to redirect a relationship differently.
Full Moon June 5 gives more details on this event
July 5, 2020 at 13°38 of Capricorn
This Full Moon and penumbra eclipse in Capricorn, well connected to Uranus in Taurus, this blesses us with much lucidity and pragmatism. In our activities or at work, it can offer good news or a valuable solution to solve a situation.
The Full Moon of July 5th reveals more
November 30th at 8°38 of Gemini
This Full Moon and penumbra eclipse in Gemini brings us good news about studies, an internship or training. It can also provoke an enriching friendly encounter. The Quincoces at Venus requires us to re-establish a better dialogue in love.
There, you now know everything there is to know about lunar or solar eclipses. Do not stop on such a good path and discover: