Rob Tillett has been an astrologer for more than three decades. In previous incarnations a poet, musician, magician, healer, dramatist & composer, he is the editor and publisher of Astrology on the Web and has written many articles on this website.
Rob lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, on the east coast of Australia.
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The Eclipse of the Moon
The eclipse of the Moon, when the light of the Moon mysteriously darkens at the luminous height of a Full Moon, has traditionally been viewed as a bad omen. It can awaken distinctly irrational responses. Since the Moon governs domestic matters, the public and the emotional personality, rather than leadership, it tends to have a more personal effect than the solar eclipse, which plays a more outward, even political, role.
As a rule, women and family are generally more affected by the lunar cycle, whereas men and politics are signified by the solar. This is not to say that women are not political animals, nor that men are distinct from the family, but that the private, nurturing side is more affected than the public, social and media driven arena, which even in the 21st Century is still primarily dominated by males, or at least by what might be described as masculine energies.
Capricorn, by Barbara Nagel
Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on June 26th, 2010
The first lunar eclipse of 2010 (in Capricorn on Jun 26) is a significant eclipse, even though partial, so not darkening the entirety of the Moon's light. It will be visible from much of the Americas, the Pacific and eastern Asia, with greatest eclipse over the South Pacific. New England and eastern Canada will miss the entire eclipse since the event begins after moonset from those regions. Observers in western Canada and US will have the best views, with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. The eclipse will not be visible from Africa, Europe or Western Asia, though a penumbral eclipse will be seen in India. To catch the entire event, one must be located in the Pacific, New Zealand, or eastern Australia. To download a PDF of NASA's graphic illustration of the Moon's path through Earth's shadows, as well as Fred Espenak's map illustrating worldwide visibility, click here.
The Sun, Rider-Waite
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 26th, 2010 occurs at 4°50' Capricorn, a Cardinal sign, with the Sun on the mid-heaven in Cancer, another Cardinal sign (remember, the Sun and Moon are always opposed at a Lunar Eclipse). It is significant because, although not visible in Europe and some other parts of the world, the Moon is exactly conjunct Pluto (obstruction; transformation) at the nadir of the Greenwich chart, while Saturn (karma; restriction; sorrow) is rising conjunct the ascendant, closely opposing Uranus (disruption) and Jupiter (leadership; fortune), which are setting (in Aries, another Cardinal sign). An angular Grand Cross aspect is formed, superimposed upon a Grand Trine! This is a foretaste of the complex Cardinal Climax phase that is forming in the heavens, climaxing this year on July 31, a rare occurrence indeed and one which will have powerful effects upon the world and those who dwell therein. It makes intense contacts with the US chart, the UK chart, the EC (European Community, now the European Union) chart, the Federal Reserve chart and the UN chart—not to mention the Australia chart. The FIFA World Cup in South Africa has been positioned right across the eclipse cycle (June 11 – July 11), with the last day of the contest being on the day of the Solar Eclipse! Did they consult an astrologer for that..? [The Cardinal Climax, a once-in-a-lifetime development between 2009 and 2012 that retunes the collective unconscious, redirecting social imperatives, will be analysed in another article, under preparation.]
Let's look at these aspects individually. The most immediately striking thing is the conjunction of the Moon with Pluto, with the Sun conjunct Mercury in opposition at the time of the eclipse. In addition to the stress inherent in the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, the conjunction of the Moon and Pluto awakens very powerful, strong-willed emotions and intense feelings. The Sun in opposition gives difficulties with obstacles from those whose egos are threatened by situations in which power and control are paramount. Political disputes and social revolutions threaten danger and destruction. The common people (the Moon, Saturn) will be inclined to overthrow or resist their rulers (Sun, Jupiter) who will seek to control and repress them, even while offering blandishments and concessions.
King Phumiphon of Thailand
Saturn is rising in Virgo, so the military will be ready to take control in trouble spots. These are likely to be in Europe, where tinder-boxes are crackling, thanks to the financial crisis. The eclipse angles are exactly superimposed upon the chart of the European Community, so Saturn (restriction, control, sorrow, karma, the past, the masses) is rising exactly conjunct the EC ascendant. This chart is very heavily stressed in weeks ahead by the Solar Eclipse and then the Cardinal Climax. Greece's chart too is heavily stressed by the eclipses and the 1974 chart also has Moon conjunct Pluto. This is not to say that other areas will not be affected. For example, Thailand is already more than crackling with political violence, and it's significant that the eclipse Moon and Pluto fall exactly upon the ascendant of King Phumiphon Adunyadet (who is currently very ill in hospital), while eclipse Mars (violence) is exactly square his natal Saturn (common people) and eclipse Saturn is exactly opposed to his natal Uranus (disruption;catastrophe). Astrologically, the chart of the ruler always indicates developments in the nation, when activated. The Solar Eclipse also violently activates his chart, but enough of that.
Riots in Greece
Each of us will experience these stresses according to where the eclipse falls in our own charts, but stresses they will be! The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be most affected, especially if you were born early in the sign. There are a number of other notable aspects, the most intense being the opposition of Mercury and Pluto, so it may be we are so intent on exerting the force of our own thoughts that we refuse to listen, or that others attempt to manipulate our ideas to their advantage. It just isn't the best time for easy exchanges or free thinking. Information may be withheld as a form of paranoia or protection, or the wrong information is deliberately given in an effort to mislead. Jupiter and Saturn are the Great Chronocrators, or Time Lords, and their major aspects always mark important developments, with the opposition being the most cathartic. The T-square of Sun/Mercury to Jupiter and Uranus opposing Saturn announces a major shift of social priorities, probably in a direction that has been unexpected by most. Traditional values are threatened or even overthrown in the chaos, which comes about through forces over which we have no personal control. Normal schedules or plans may be disrupted by the weather, war, or other forces in the environment. The good side is that we will be forced to create unorthodox responses that may prove valuable in the long term. We may also feel that we are asserting our freedom or independence in so doing.
Some may be tempted to exaggerate their social status, professional position, intellectual accomplishments, or monetary assets. Restlessness and discontent, or others you wish to impress, may awaken this urge to embroider the fabric of one's achievements. We have to make choices here, and the sheer volume of information may become overwhelming. Don't get swamped in the details, but be sure to check that the info on which you base your decision is accurate.
The Lovers, Rider-Waite
The eclipse Sun/Mercury is conjunct the malefic fixed star, Propus, or Tejat Prior, which is in the foot of Castor, the Mortal Twin, a harbinger of overconfidence and pride, mixed with shamelessness and violence, but also offering eminence to those who can make use of the energy. Robson says it is associated by the Cabbalists with the Hebrew letter, Qoph, and the 19th Tarot Trump, The Sun. Propus emphasises the dangers inherent in this eclipse: serious accidents, blows, stabs, shooting, shipwreck, injuries to the face, blindness, disease, violent fevers, homosexuality, rape or murder committed or suffered, imprisonment, banishment, even decapitation. Gosh. Luckily it also gives prominence in occult matters, and in government work dealing with foreign affairs. Since Jupiter is square to this point, there will need to be quite a bit of international toing and froing, with pride, national prestige and the like being key factors. So far as we astrologers are concerned, our remarkable psychic powers will bring criticism and ridicule, but eventual prominence. Haha.
The evils of Propus starkly illustrate the issues of the eclipse phase this time around, but they are moderated somewhat by the conjunction of the Sun with Tejat Posterior, the other main star in Castor's foot. Tejat Posterior (in the heel) is forceful, energetic, loaded with power and gives protection. We will need it. Intelligence will be aided and cultural development will come through broadening our understanding of history and other cultures. Let's hope that UNESCO finds the will to counter the illegal black market trade arising from the destruction and dissipation of thousands of priceless antiquities from the pillaged Iraq Museum in 2003, during the recent Iraq war.
Opposing the Sun, the Moon aspects all of these nasties. She is conjunct Pluto, which is ominous in itself, but her conjunction with Kaus Medius, a star in the middle of the Archer's Bow, is quite threatening. Jamie Funk, of FunkAstrology, reminds us that "Pluto has been conjunct Kaus Medius this year during the Haiti earthquake, the Chile earthquake, the plane crash which killed the Polish president, the Qinghai earthquake, and the Iceland volcanic ash cloud eruption, all under one degree." It is interesting that the chart for South Africa (Pretoria, April 27, 1994) has Moon conjunct Pluto—and Cancer rising! The Lunar Eclipse during the World Cup falls right on South Africa's ascendant. Pluto will remain within this orb till 10 July, and then finally in direct motion from 14 November this year till 12 January 2011. Funk notes that the last time Pluto was conjunct Kaus Medius, in 1762, half a million Sikh’s were killed in the Great Holocaust in Indian Punjab. Well, not looking so good, especially when we factor in the malefic star Scheat, which is even now moving into Aries and will be stimulated by an incredibly rare conjunction with Jupiter and Uranus in the first degree of Aries in the second week of June 2010. Located in the constellation Pegasus (who in mythology was born from the blood of Medusa when Perseus cut off her head), our friend Scheat is fond of imprisonment, murder, suicide, drowning, and every manner of extreme misfortune—and he will be highly stimulated in this position. Blimey! Now Sagittarius (the Archer) is noted for his fierceness, but Kaus Medius is traditionally a fortunate star in the Archer's Bow, so this may be a mitigating factor, being favourable for ceremonies, friendships, planting trees and building things. Cabalistically, this constellation is associated with the 6th Tarot Trump, The Lovers and the Hebrew letter Vau.
There are positive directions that can be undertaken, even beneath such a severe set of aspects. There is no doubt that many among us have been feeling unaccountably held back and frustrated by circumstances recently. The release of energy indicated by the upcoming aspects and transitions surrounding the eclipses will be immense and will see many of us entering upon an entirely new and more positive life-path. This will apply especially to those who have Sun, Moon, ruling planet, ascendant or mid-heaven in cardinal signs.
The eclipse of the Sun has traditionally been viewed with dread over the ages, as the great giver of life seems inexplicably to disappear from the sky. Birds prepare for bed; the sky darkens in the middle of the day. It seems as though something dreadful is about to happen. Over the years, experience has shown us that old things come to an end (or are overthrown!) under a solar eclipse and a new beginning can be made. The effect on the world of eclipses has been seen to be generally felt for some six months, until the next eclipse then restructures the cosmic energies.
Astrologically, solar eclipses signify the fall of the mighty (or at least, they're in big trouble!). Depending where in the zodiac the eclipse occurs, stress is always placed on the matters governed by that sign, or sector of the zodiac. A powerful Solar Eclipse can create massive havoc, in accordance with other aspects in the heavens at the time, as can be clearly seen by the trail of earthquakes and other disasters associated with the Solar Eclipse and Grand Cross of August 1999.
At a more personal level, the solar eclipse can have a big effect on our personal lives when it occurs in conjunction with one of our natal planets, especially our natal Sun, Moon, or Ruling Planet. Other important chart factors, such as Moon's Nodes, Ascendant, Mid-heaven, or Part of Fortune can also have a very significant effect when impacted by a solar eclipse. Where the eclipse falls in the chart is significant, as the energies expressed by its house placement will show the areas of life that are affected by the new beginning that is implied.
Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 11th, 2010
The second solar eclipse of 2010 is a total eclipse of the Sun, at the New Moon in Cancer on July 11th—the climax of the FIFA World Cup. Football fans can expect some real excitement, even though the eclipse will not be visible in South Africa. A total eclipse is when the whole of the eclipsed body of the Sun is blocked out and darkened. This eclipse, although total, will not be seen by many people, as most of its pathway lies over the vast expanses of the South Pacific Ocean. It makes no landfall except for Mangaia (Cook Islands), Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) and several isolated atolls. The umbra, the path of totality, ends just after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a larger region covering the South Pacific and southern South America. Unfortunately no eclipse is visible from the rest of the world.
Easter Island, or Rapa Nui (Isla de Pascua), South Pacific
The central eclipse path begins in the South Pacific about 700 km southeast of Tonga at 18:15 UT. Travelling northeast, the track misses Rarotonga—the largest and most populous of the Cook Islands—by just 25 km. The first landfall occurs at Mangaia, where the total eclipse lasts 3 minutes 18 seconds with the Sun 14° above the horizon.
The southern coastline of Tahiti lies a tantalizing 20 km north of the eclipse path, so only experiences a deep partial eclipse at 18:28 UT. Several cruises are already scheduled to intercept the umbral shadow from Papeete, Tahiti's fabled capital, in French Polynesia.
Greatest eclipse occurs in the South Pacific at 19:33:31 UT. At this moment, the Moon's shadow passes closest to Earth's center. The maximum totality is 5 minutes 20 seconds, with the Sun's altitude at 47°. The width of the eclipse path is 259 km. Continuing across the vast Pacific, the umbral shadow' encounters Easter Island, one of the most remote locations on Earth. From the capital, Hanga Roa, totality lasts 4 minutes 41 seconds with the Sun 40° above the horizon (20:11 UT). The 3,800 inhabitants of the isle are accustomed to tourism, but the eclipse is expected to bring record numbers to this unique destination.
The Moon's shadow sweeps across another 3700 km of open ocean before beginning its final landfall along the rocky shores of southern Chile at 20:49 UT. The shadow is now an elongated ellipse and its increasing ground velocity brings with it a corresponding decrease in the duration of totality. It is mid-winter in the Andes, so clouds and high mountain peaks threaten to block views of the total eclipse. Nevertheless some hearty eclipse observers will find Argentina's tourist village of El Calafate a prime destination for the eclipse. The Sun's altitude is only 1° during the 2 minute 47 second total phase, but the lake may offer an adequate line-of-sight to the eclipse hanging just above the rugged Andes skyline.
Cancer, by Barbara Nagel
The path ends in southern Argentina, when the Moon's deep umbral shadow slips off the Earth's surface as it returns to space at 20:52 UT. Over the course of 2 hours 40 minutes or so, the umbra travels along a track approximately 11,100 km long that covers 0.48% of Earth's surface area. For more detailed info from Fred Espenak on the path of the eclipse, please click here. Or you can view some excellent images here.
This eclipse occurs at 19°24' of Cancer, the sign of the Crab, tightly conjunct the malefic Fixed Star, Wasat (δ geminorum), a star of Saturn (karma; restriction; sorrow) and Mars (violence; action; passion; warfare) on the midriff of the Immortal Twin, Pollux, son of Jupiter. Wasat is especially significant as it is almost on the ecliptic (the path of the Sun), so is more powerful than we might expect, even though it is only a 3.5 magnitude star. Some view it as the elbow of Castor, the Mortal Twin, but it seems more to me to be part of Pollux, the "Heartless Judge". It is interesting that the planet Pluto, which plays a major part in this eclipse season, was discovered close to this star on Feb 18th 1930, by Clyde Tombaugh. Wasat is a malevolent influence, awakening violence and destructiveness as a first principle, governing chemicals, poisons, and gas. Fits with Pluto rather well! People will tend to be pessimistic under this influence, though will be swayed by a clear, authoritative voice. Those born under this star may find prominence in public affairs.
The eclipse is also conjunct a star of lesser malevolence, Muliphein, in Canis Major, the Great Dog. Although it is a star of Venus, this does not necessarily make it easygoing, but under current aspects, more likely to raise violent and dangerous passions. Be sure to watch out for dog-bites. However, it does have a good heart, so may mitigate the fire and wrath of the cosmic mood in this period. Robson says Canis Major is connected by the Cabbalists with the Hebrew letter Tzaddi and the 18th Tarot Trump, "The Moon". So the Sun and Moon are awakened and according to Manilus "it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun. When it put its torch to the earth and discharges its rays, the earth foresees its conflagration and tastes its ultimate fate..." A touch melodramatic perhaps, but it doesn't it give you the shivers!
The Moon, Rider-Waite
The asteroid Juno is conjunct the eclipse and also Wasat, but interestingly, the eclipse Uranus (disruption) is retrograde and exactly conjunct President Obama's natal Juno. Juno, the wife of Jupiter, can be fierce and is bound by a sense of duty and social obligation. Her dark side also rules such things as divorce, and separation, infidelity and open conflict between partners. Will the pressure tell on his marriage? Or will he face the issues of compatibility, receptivity to others, mutual sharing, trust, jealousy, possessiveness and power struggles..? Uranus and Jupiter were conjunct this point in early June 2010, but moved on past it only to turn retrograde subsequently. Since Juno governs such things as contracts and binding agreements, will these unravel, once Jupiter turns retrograde too? Jupiter recrosses this point during the first ten days of September while retrograde, then hits it again travelling forwards in the last fortnight of January 2011. Obama's public and private commitments will come under scrutiny, so let us hope he can maintain his integrity and his wife stands by her man.
America and Europe
Both the US chart and the EC chart are buffeted by the eclipses, with Saturn (restriction, control, sorrow, karma, the past, the masses) rising within 2 minutes of the EC ascendant (29°27' Virgo) and conjunct the mid-heaven of the US Silby chart, again almost to the minute. The ascendant stands for the sense of selfhood of the community and the way it projects itself to the world. The self-image of the community is hit for six. The mid-heaven stands for the leadership and the way the nation is seen by the world, as opposed to the way it would like to be seen, represented by the ascendant. A lot of pressure is on. Interestingly, eclipse Saturn is closely conjunct the ascendant of the new British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Mars in the Solar Eclipse is exactly conjunct his natal Pluto at 19°07' Virgo, receiving a powerful aspect from the Solar Eclipse itself., which is at 19°19' of Cancer. He will no doubt be shocked by the situation this once-great nation has got itself into, once he is fully briefed by the Civil Service mandarins. Everything comes together at once this year!
Uranus and Jupiter in the first degrees of Aries are in opposition to Saturn. Jupiter's gifts often bear hidden twists or heavy responsibilities, and when opposed to Saturn, suggest that actions or hangovers from the past drag back the progressive forces, or those that wish to be seen as progressive. Leaders will seek to form partnerships to move forward, but the masses will resist their marvellous solutions, perhaps even to the point of rebellion, or revolution. Uranus adds a potent element of uncertainty, marking the catastrophic and disruptive influence of those over whom we have no control. The Dragon's Tail (the Moon's south node), which implies loss and karmic fruition is conjunct the US Sun. Eclipse Neptune is retrograde, right on the US Moon, showing that the general public has no idea of the seriousness of the situation and is still living in a dream world, though they might be forced to wake up thanks to these aspects. Ugh. Not a pretty sight.
Okay, we get the picture, but what will happen on Wall Street? This is a key factor in the ongoing financial crisis that is still gripping the world, despite the apparent easing earlier from October 2009 to April 2010, when Saturn was in the sign of its exaltation, Libra. Well, now stern Saturn has moved back into calculating Virgo, thanks to a retrograde phase that began in January 2010. The collapse and bank-run on Northern Rock, the big British bank, that began and prefigured the horrorshow, was triggered by the entry of Saturn into Virgo in September 2007. Northern Rock was the first of the dominoes to fall, followed by even bigger collapses once Jupiter entered Capricorn in December 2007 and Pluto entered Capricorn in January 2008—and we all know what happened in 2008/2009.
Wall Street Trader
What About Wall Street?
When we look at the Wall Street chart (NY, May 17, 1792) we see that during this eclipse phase, Saturn is conjunct the Moon's north node and Uranus is conjunct the Moon's south node. Jupiter is also conjunct the south node, and the significance of this must not be underestimated, as the opposition of Saturn and Jupiter at the Aries Point (in the first degree of Cardinal Signs) is a very major event. When you add disruptive Uranus into the mix we must be ready for some very unusual events, which seem to come out of the blue. Uranus last entered Aries 75 years ago, in 1935! Remember, you heard it here first...
The Lunar Eclipse falls exactly across the axis of speculation (5th and 11th house cusps) within a few minutes. This is very close to exactly square the Wall Street nodes (and the Saturn/Uranus/Jupiter opposition), making a powerful and stressful Grand Cross. The Solar Eclipse is conjunct Wall Street's Part of Fortune, square its Moon and Saturn, and in aspect to its Mars. Eclipse Mars is conjunct Wall Street Mars, which is itself aspected by the eclipse Juno. Wall Street has a Mars Return in this phase, which leads up to the Cardinal Climax chart of July 31, where Saturn and Mars are conjunct in the first degree of Libra, opposing Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon in Aries.
This is very ominous for the financial community, though it probably does not mean the collapse of civilisation as we know it. Venus (money) is conjunct Wall Street ascendant, though opposed to Chiron. This may mean financial healing, through the lancing of old financial wounds that the community and the world has been carrying for far too long. This said, eclipse Neptune (delusion; deception) is square Wall Street's Sun and midheaven, so delusions of grandeur will still dog them. It will be hard for traders and bankers to get a clear picture, as the view is very foggy, but if they read this, they will know to be ultra-cautious and to take a very conservative position. Head for safe havens and bulk up on gold. This really needs a complete article to itself, but hopefully I will find time to expand on it when I write about the Cardinal Climax, an article which should be on line in the near future.
It is also instructive to see how the eclipses strike the chart of the Federal Reserve (Washington DC, Dec 23, 1913). During the Lunar Eclipse, the Moon and Pluto are conjunct the Fed's Sun and Ceres; Mercury and Sun are conjunct the Fed's natal Pluto, so in effect, the eclipse is mirroring one of the deep contradictions in the Fed's chart, the need for complete control. We'll be flooded with propaganda, as the Fed struggles to maintain its position. Disruptive Uranus is rising in the Fed chart, within minutes of the noon ascendant, opposed by Saturn, suggesting the collapse of institutional structures, possibly through unfavourable legislation (as Jupiter is in on the act also, rising conjunct Uranus). The Solar Eclipse is exactly conjunct the Fed's Mars (action—will the troops be called in?) and exactly inconjunct the Fed's Venus (money; foreign dealings as Venus is conjunct Mercury in the Fed's ninth house). Eclipse Mars is exactly conjunct the Fed's south node (loss) and exactly square its Venus! This energises the inborn T-square in the Fed's chart, a very stressful aspect. But that gives us a fair idea of what to expect in the public and financial arenas. The Fed is also having its Chiron Return, so it will have to shed some karmic baggage and prepare for a big restructuring. Chiron at the eclipse is exactly conjunct the Fed's Vesta, so it will have to do some housekeeping. This action is happening in the Fed's twelfth house of secrets and sorrows, so expect some revelations that many will find hard to believe.
How all this affects you as an individual depends on where it falls in your own chart. Check our links at the top of the page to get some idea. Check your Sun sign and if you know it, your Rising Sign. You can calculate your rising sign here (if you know your time of birth).
Solar eclipses like this one don't often pass over populated areas. That's a good thing! However, when they do, they appear to have significant disruptive effects on the people and nations concerned (e.g., economic or political crises, civil unrest). Solar Eclipses also seem either to trigger or amplify natural events in the regions they affect (e.g., severe weather, earthquakes). Whether this effect is an astrological one or not, is a moot point, though recent scientific work on the effects of the Moon on earthquakes and other terrestrial phenomena is interesting. No doubt they would hasten to deny any astrological effect! See my article on Moon Wobbles. The eclipse being in Cancer means that people with Cardinal signs (Cancer; Libra; Capricorn; Aries) featured in their birthcharts are more likely to be affected. The next eclipse of the Sun will be on January 4, 2011, but it will be 29 months before the next total Solar Eclipse on Nov 13, 2012.
How do Eclipses Happen?
Eclipses of the Sun or of the Moon are material, astronomical events, obvious to the naked eye, and as regular and as predictable as clockwork. They have an evident physical effect, as the light of either the Sun or the Moon is noticeably dimmed during the period of the eclipse. This is a scientific phenomenon, one which has been carefully observed since quite primitive times. In astrology, which studies the cosmic phenomena in terms of their effects on the lives of beings that inhabit the Earth, an eclipse is also a psychological, spiritual, social and emotional phenomenon. This aspect of eclipses has also been studied intensely, since before the beginning of civilisation.
In ancient times, priests and astrologers discovered how to predict eclipses, having realised their significance. Using observation and mathematics, they prepared reliable tables, utilising their knowledge of the movement of the Moon's Nodes, that have hardly been surpassed for accuracy until the recent advent of the computer. The Moon's Nodes mark the points where the path of the Moon's orbit around the Earth crosses the plane of the ecliptic (the apparent path of the Sun and planets around the Earth) as viewed from the surface of the Earth. An eclipse takes place when either a New Moon (producing a Solar Eclipse) or a Full Moon (producing a Lunar Eclipse) occurs close to either of the Nodes.
The Moon's light is reflected from the Sun, as the Moon does not shine of her own accord. Each month the Moon in her orbit travels completely around the Earth; the New and Full Moons happen as the Sun aligns with the Moon, either in conjunction or opposition. These powerful periods are called lunations. Among other effects on the world, they generate the tides, as well as stimulating primeval zoological, biological and botanical phenomena which are well-documented in the scientific literature.
New Moon Solar Eclipse
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
When lunations are also eclipses, their effect is even more powerful — although solar eclipses are generally more strongly felt than lunar eclipses. Eclipses usually occur in pairs, with either a lunar eclipse (Full Moon) heralding a solar eclipse (New Moon) about two weeks later, or vice versa. The energy of any lunation is always most strongly felt a day or so before the Moon (emotions; habit patterns; the public) reaches the exact alignment with the Sun (character; rationality; rulers).
At a Full Moon, when the Earth, Sun and Moon are so closely aligned that the Earth is located precisely between the Sun and the Moon, the shadow of the Earth covers the face of the Moon generating a Lunar Eclipse. The light of the Moon is darkened temporarily. It is safe to observe the Lunar Eclipse, or to take photographs, as there is no likelihood of eye damage, unlike the dangers during a Solar Eclipse.
When similarly aligned at a New Moon, the body of the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, producing a Solar Eclipse by hiding the face of the Sun. Remember, you should never view eclipses of the Sun directly with the naked eye, because the potential for eye damage is high.
For more on the science of eclipses, click here. Remember when looking at this astronomical material that they are using the sidereal zodiac, whilst we are using the tropical zodiac, so sign placements may seem out of whack with those mentioned here. This is due to the cosmic phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes, which makes the tropical zodiac of the seasons, as used on this site, seem out of sync with the constellations. This factor however has no effect on the predictive power of astrology.
Although the actual size of the Moon is much smaller than the size of the Sun, one of the most remarkable facts about our universe is that, when viewed from the Earth during a total eclipse, the Moon's disc exactly covers the disc of the Sun. The odds against such a striking coincidence happening in the one known area of the Universe where intelligent beings can experience it are, in a word, astronomical! This is one more in a long list of phenomena that inclines this writer to believe that our world is much more like a mind than a thing. See Is Astrology Scientific, for more on this approach.
Astrology shows that the stars and planets are a map to our personalities and a guide to our place in the world. It also explains how the world is regular and predictable (up to a point!). An astrological forecast will place these trends into a context, with regard to our own personal destinies.
Enlightened Astrology does not teach a fatalistic view of the world. Within the environment indicated by the stars, we have considerable freedom to move and make decisions, according to our character and circumstances. See Nexus of Probability.