The SOLAR eclipse occurs when the Sun is fully or partially obscured by the Moon. Astrologer and author, Eleanor Bach says that the solar eclipse is "A special kind of New Moon and occurs when the Moon is on the Ecliptic (the path of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun) and at the proper distance from Earth so that when the conjunction occurs, her disc will appear to be the exact same size as the Sun and will precisely cover it for several minutes, shutting off the light of the Sun."
The LUNAR eclipse occurs when the Moon is fully or partially obscured by the Sun. This eclipse
happens during a full moon, but now the Earth is between the Sun and Moon and the Earth's shadow creates this darkening of the moon.
ECLIPSES are said to trigger change, indicate critical turning points/challenges ahead, affect national, political and personal affairs.
There are two major types of eclipse -- the SOLAR and the LUNAR.
BENEFIT: This is a good time to conclude what was begun at the New Moon as it is a time for culminations and endings.
Whatever was started at the New Moon has now reached the process
of completion. From the Full Moon to the next occurring New Moon is
a time for all to come together in some form of ending in order to
make way for the next New Moon and subsequent beginnings.
A FULL MOON occurs when the Sun and Moon are in opposition (180 degrees apart). It is a time when the Moon receives the full light from the Sun and then reflects this solar brightness in the brilliance known
as a full moon.
A NEW MOON occurs when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction (sharing the same degree and, in this case, also sharing the same astrological sign) when a crescent is just beginning to form.
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DEFINITION
The SIGNS
The HOUSES
The PLANETS
The ASPECTS
The TRANSITS
and TIMING
ECLIPSE BRIEFS
T R A N S I T S
What about TIMING and the MOON?
New Moon, Full Moon, Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse
Transits are the current movement of the planets in their orbits
around the Sun. As we have already learned in the previous
section on Aspects, in our natal chart the planets form angles to
each other resulting in conjunctions, sextiles etc. Each day, the
planets in orbit generally change their positions, however slightly,
affecting the angle relationships between each.
These Transits are factored into the interpretation part of the chart to reflect the daily effects these might have on the natal planets located in the birth chart.
According to the Daily Planetary Guide, "...Transiting planets represent incoming influences and events that your natal planets will be asked to handle. The nature of the transiting planet describes the types of situations that will arise, and the nature of your natal planet tells which "piece" of you you're working on at the moment. When a planet transits through a house or aspects a planet in your chart, you will have opportunities for change and growth."
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P R O G R E S S I O N S
Progression is a term applied to the natal chart that has been "progressed" to reflect the birth chart as it ages with the individual. Each planet's daily motion following the date of birth is recorded as a year of life (one day=one year). For instance, if you were born on July 4, 1970, progressing the chart to July 4th, 1975 would show the planets location at the age of 5 and how the planets have shifted,
if any, from their original location at birth. This permits further interpretation of developments from both the timing and the nature of the event that occurred
within this span of life.
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BENEFIT: This is a good time to start new beginnings.
For instance, you could start something completely new or you could begin a new phase of a project that was already in progress. It is a very auspicious time.
"...New and Full Moons literally do have a gravitational effect on the Earth, especially the waters and other Earth fluids - possibly even the inner fluid core of the Earth, resulting in especially high tides and perhaps inner surges of magma. Thus there is often severe flooding and perhaps movement of the continental plates, resulting in earthquake. The parallel effect on humans and animals is excessive emotional responsiveness: there is an increased activity in hospital emergency rooms and local police precincts at the time of and just following New and especially Full Moons."
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Astrology from A to Z, Eleanor Bach, 1990 printing, Allied Books, Ltd., New York, NY, page 58.
Daily Planetary Guide, 2004 printing, Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, page 18.
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"Solar eclipses can last as long as 7 minutes and 40 seconds (when visible at the equator) if they are
total, 12 minutes and 24 seconds at most if they are annular."
"Lunar eclipses last for as long as 3 hours and 40 minutes with the period of totality lasting for as long as 2 hours and 40 minutes."
Each hour of the Solar eclipse is said to bring effects that last for one year.
The Lunar eclipse effect is in the ratio of one month for each hour of eclipse.
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In her book, Astrology from A to Z, author Eleanor Bach states:
Astrology from A to Z, Eleanor Bach, 1990 printing, Allied Books, Ltd., New York, NY, page 58.
The Moon Book, 1988 printing, Johnson Books, Boulder, CO, page 49.