Eclipses, their general influence:
A solar eclipse is a more dynamic new moon; A lunar eclipse is a more dynamic full moon. Both hold elements of surprise, added excitement, heightened stress, drama, and unpredictability. Both act as acceleration catalysts. The changes prompted by the astrological signature of an eclipse are non-negotiable, which is to say there is an element of permanency or no turning back regarding the evolving reality.
A solar eclipse tends to coincide with significant happenings regarding our immediate external world and larger outer world events. Typically, a solar eclipse will coincide with significant births, deaths, announcements, mergers, trends, and transitions. A new cycle/reality/chapter begins, often because something of major importance ends first. Typically, solar eclipses produce events that take us by surprise, that have not been anticipated.
A lunar eclipse references the emotional journey, the personal life, and relationships. A lunar eclipse brings that which has been on brew but that has escaped full awareness to the surface, to the light of day. Relationship undercurrents and matters are exposed, often in some abrupt and often jarring way. Often, our unconscious behaviours, propensities, and drives set up a collision course with destiny. At the time of a full moon, the sun (creator consciousness/conscious will; the present) and the moon (subconscious, security patterns; the past) are at a polarization peak. Relationships can reach a breakpoint. Although a lunar eclipse is the result of something that has already been in the works, endings are typically abrupt and often painful. Although the ancients considered eclipses as ominous, tt must be said, a lunar eclipse can also bring matters to a fruitful completion; a solar eclipse can spark new life.
The fated or karmic nature of an eclipse is not to be under-estimated or under-rated as eclipses occur relative to an interface with the nodal axis (the intersecting of a celestial body with the ecliptic, the sun’s apparent path.) As such, eclipses offer tremendous opportunity to re-meet with the past, to explore new choices, to break the chains the bind, to break free of the repetitive compulsion to fall back on the old, familiar, and limiting, and (most importantly) to accelerate evolution.
Eclipses happen twice a year, about 6 months apart. On average there are four or five eclipses a year. Years when there are 6 or 7 eclipses tend to be notable and event filled. Significant developments occur that prompt greater than average change.
You will feel the fullest impact of an eclipse if your birthday is on or near the event, or it makes an important contact to your natal chart. Otherwise you will witness their influence in the world around you.
An eclipse stays active over a length of time. In general, a lunar eclipse can launch circumstances that play out over a shorter length of time, roughly five or six weeks. Solar eclipses hold magnetic resonance over a two to three year period. They can reach notable trigger points at the three and six month marks, this is when the transiting sun will square or oppose the eclipse sun position. Building even before it happens, eclipse actication is strongest in the month prior to and following the actual event. Planetary activity, such as a mars transit over the eclipse degree can stimulate or re-trigger the eclipse.