Image from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, 2003. Solar and lunar eclipses occur when the Moon is either full (opposite the Sun) or “new” (conjunct the Sun), and one of the lunar nodes is located within 15 degrees of a conjunction to the Moon. As you’ve probably heard me say before, the astrological impact of an eclipse comes from the presence of the lunar nodes.
The nodes of the Moon are points in the sky where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun as it is observed from Earth. They are not actual astronomical bodies, but instead serve as signposts to show us where we have come from and what we need to leave behind (South, or descending Node) and the direction in which our soul is taking us (North, or ascending Node). The Nodes represent the crossroads between the Soul (Moon) and the Spirit (Sun) with the physical incarnation (Earth). Powerful stuff!
Typically there are two pairs of eclipses in a year, with two eclipses in each pair. This summer brings three separate eclipses:
- Solar eclipse June 1st at 11 Gemini
- Lunar eclipse June 15th at 24 Sagittarius
- Solar eclipse July 1st at 9 Cancer
The last time there were three eclipses in the summer was 2009 and you can read more about that here.
Although eclipses have been feared for thousands of years, unless you follow Vedic principles there is no need to fear an eclipse period. Eclipses tend to reveal and expose aspects of our lives which are hidden and which need to be brought into the conscious realm in order for us to develop and progress. This isn’t always fun, but the end result is worth any momentary […]