Lunar And Solar Eclipses: Dates For 2021 And Their InfluencesLunar and solar eclipses fascinate us, but where do they come from? And, how are they formed? Astrologer, Susan Taylor reveals everything you need to know, plus she 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 2021, here. Three total eclipses will be observed in Europe this year and one partial, so it's time to get ahead and learn more about their impacts!
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? Here's the 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? Read the definition here
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.
The eclipses of 2021: The dates you need to look out for
Celestial phenomena are not only reserved for couples and astrologers never cease to marvel at the impacts on our lives including at work and with family and friends...
|European time||In which sign?||Type of eclipse|
|26 May 2021||11:19||Sagittarius||Total|
|10 June 2021||10:43||Gemini||Total|
|19 November 2021||9:04||Taurus||Partial|
|4 December 2021||7:34||Sagittarius||Total|
May 26: Total Lunar Eclipse at 5 degrees 26 in Sagittarius
On May 26, the Full Moon in Sagittarius is also a total lunar eclipse. It is square to Jupiter, which sometimes leads to excesses, but its energetic and athletic influence urges us to go beyond ourselves to obtain the fruits of what we have previously sown. It's a great day to get past obstacles and hindrances with our will, flexibility and inspiration.
June 10: Annular Solar Eclipse at 19 degrees 47 in Gemini
On June 10, the New Moon in Gemini is also an annular solar eclipse. Linked to the square of Mercury to Neptune, it makes us aware of certain abuses or prevents us from lying to ourselves. The Sun and the Moon are also trine to Saturn. It is therefore the moment to roll the dice in a conscious and constructive way when faced with a situation that escapes us or after a disappointment.
November 19: Partial Lunar Eclipse at 27 degrees 14 in Taurus
On November 19, the Full Moon in Taurus is greedy and sensual. It urges us to share moments with our loved ones: a friendly outing, a family meal, cuddles between lovers! Linked to the square of Mercury and Jupiter, you must however beware of the temptation to bluff, to put yourself forward, to show bad faith. Let's not try to seduce at all costs! In our active life, this Full Moon reinforces our practical sense, allows us to juggle with many problems and facilitates our adaptation to all kinds of activities.
December 4: Total Solar Eclipse at 12 degrees 22 in Sagittarius
On December 4, the New Moon in Sagittarius is also a total solar eclipse. Linked to Mercury and Saturn, it helps us to set up a winning strategy for work and finances. We have at heart to establish a good communication with our collaborators, clients, work or business partners and not only do we not lack convincing arguments but our seriousness inspires confidence! Our initiatives pay off.
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