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Ah, Eclipse season.
It’s a term that you have probably heard thrown about a bit, but what exactly does it mean?
An eclipse happens when the New or Full Moon sidles up to the lunar nodes. In the birth chart, the South Node represents the past, what comes easily to us and feels comfortable. The North Node represents our path of greatest growth in this lifetime—our soul’s purpose if you like.
Eclipses occur every six months. They come in twos (but sometimes we get three in a row) and happen in the same axis* for about 18 months, making sure we get on track with those areas of our lives before switching signs.
Despite their reputation for bringing chaos, eclipses aren’t something to be afraid of.
Eclipses tend to bring about changes in our lives, and often these things can happen quite swiftly. Basically it’s like a cosmic powerup. It’s almost like the Universe has been listening to our inner being and swoops in to give us a general cleanup and point us in the direction we want to go. A Full Moon/Lunar eclipse brings an end to something, and a New Moon/Solar eclipse brings a new beginning.
When you start to pay attention to events that happen in your life during eclipses you’ll notice that you change and grow in two key areas over these 18 months. It’s not until that particular eclipse cycle is over and you are at a finish line of sorts, that you really get a chance to look back and realise why things happened the way they did.
It’s helpful if you know your birth chart so you can get a heads-up with what themes will be activated for you. This also makes it easier to go with the flow of the eclipse as you can trust that the events are playing out for a reason.
For instance, the Cancer–Capricorn eclipses activated my home and career zones. During that particular eclipse cycle, I had a lot of changes in the places I lived (ending with creating a home of my own) and the work I did changed (I started studying astrology at the beginning of the cycle, and at the end I had changed my business name to reflect the shift I had made from Life Coach to Astrologer).
Currently we are in the middle of the Gemini–Sagittarius eclipse cycle. Whatever themes you are working on will come to a conclusion at the end of 2021, which is when we begin our shift to the Taurus–Scorpio cycle.
The dates for this cycle are:
5 June 2020: Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius
21 June 2020: Solar Eclipse in Cancer
5 July 2020: Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn
30 Nov 2020: Lunar Eclipse in Gemini
14 Dec 2020: Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius
26 May 2021: Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius
10 June 2021: Solar Eclipse in Gemini
21 Nov 2021: Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
4 December 2021: Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius
(note how the cycle crosses over with the one before and the one after)
So what should you do during eclipse season? If you are someone who likes to do manifesting rituals at new and full moons, it’s generally recommended that you hit pause on these (so no intention-setting or releasing ceremonies). It’s a chance to lean back and allow what is going to go, and what is coming to come, without any extra effort on your part. Focus on taking care of your body and mind, meditate, journal, drink lots of water and rest if you need.
Above all, embrace the shifts that are happening in your life even if they feel hard or painful right now. One day you will look back and realise why things happened the way they did.
To learn more about how eclipse season will activate your birth chart, book in for a reading.
*Each Zodiac sign has an opposite. It’s like the two ends of a stick and part of our work is to help keep both in balance.
Aries–Libra (Relationship to Self vs. Relationship to Others)
Taurus–Scorpio (Personal wealth vs. Shared wealth)
Gemini–Sagittarius (Information vs. Knowledge)
Cancer–Capricorn (Home vs. Public)
Leo–Aquarius (Standing out vs. Being part of a group)
Virgo–Pisces (Physical health vs. Spiritual Health)