Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Astrology


Ready or not, the winds of change are blowing. Eclipses bring the unexpected, forcing us into action. Repeat after us: Change can be a good thing.

Procrastination is part of the human condition. We avoid what’s painful and stay in our comfort zones. That’s why we occasionally need a little cosmic kick in the pants to push us off the fence and into action. Eclipses are these agents of change. They fall four to six times a year and turn things upside-down. In our disoriented state, we may act out of character or see turbulence in the world. Eclipses can also help break patterns and shift dynamics. However, most astrologers suggest waiting a week or so before taking drastic action, allowing the eclipse energy to settle first.

Solar Eclipses

During Solar Eclipses the Moon is directly between the Earth and Sun (known as a conjunction between the Sun and the Moon). During this brief time the Moon can “block out” the Sun, temporarily turning off the lights, if you will. We have a finite focus as human beings, and it’s natural to concentrate on what’s in front of us. At times, this can limit our perspectives on the world, and even cause us to miss out on opportunities. Solar Eclipses might snatch away the familiar temporarily, forcing us to consider options we would never otherwise explore. Although this can cause temporary upheaval, eclipses are “cruel to be kind.” Major growth can happen during these cosmic power outages. This is when we should leap into new (and generally improved) terrain, even if we feel forced there by circumstance.

Lunar Eclipses

During a Lunar Eclipse, the Earth is exactly between the Sun and the Moon (known as an opposition between the Sun and the Moon). For a brief spell, we can see the Earth’s shadow turning the luminous Full Moon intense shades of reds, browns and grays. According to astrology, Lunar Eclipses give us a glimpse into what Carl Jung referred to as the “shadow self.” We all want to think of ourselves as good, kind people, but c’mon—we’re also human! What we discover about ourselves and others during Lunar Eclipses can be tough to swallow, even shocking. Still, this gives us the opportunity to embrace our wholeness, and see where we have room to grow in new directions. Owning the fact that we have emotions like fear, anger, jealousy and rage is the way to get a handle on them. Trying to pretend we’re Polly Pure or Sam Straightlaced? That’s when our feelings creep up and overwhelm us. If we’re willing to accept the good along with the bad, Lunar eElipses can be magical moments of discovery.

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TABLE OF ECLIPSES (2013-2020)

2003

Lunar May 16 20033:4024° Scorpio 53′
Solar May 31 20034:0709° Gemini 19′
Lunar Nov 9 20031:1816° Taurus 13′
Solar Nov 23 200322:4901° Sagittarius 14′

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2004

Solar Apr 19 200413:3329° Aries 49′
Lunar May 4 200420:2914° Scorpio 42′
Solar Oct 14 20042:5921° Libra 07′
Lunar Oct 28 20043:0305° Taurus 02′

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2005

Solar Apr 8 200520:3619° Aries 06′
Lunar Apr 24 20059:5504° Scorpio 19′
Solar Oct 3 200510:3110° Libra 19′
Lunar Oct 17 200512:0224° Aries 13′

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2006

Lunar Mar 14 200623:4724° Virgo 15′
Solar Mar 29 200610:1008° Aries 35′
Lunar Sep 7 200618:5015° Pisces 01′
Solar Sep 22 200611:3929° Virgo 20′

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2007

Lunar Mar 3 200723:2013° Virgo 00′
Solar Mar 19 20072:3228° Pisces 07′
Lunar Aug 28 200710:3704° Pisces 46′
Solar Sep 11 200712:3118° Virgo 24′

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2008

Solar Feb 7 20083:5517° Aquarius 44′
Lunar Feb 21 20083:2501° Virgo 52′
Solar Aug 1 200810:2009° Leo 32′
Lunar Aug 16 200821:1024° Aquarius 21′

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2009

Solar Jan 26 20097:5906° Aquarius 30′
Lunar Feb 9 200914:3720° Leo 59′
Lunar Jul 7 20099:3815° Capricorn 25′
Solar Jul 22 20092:3529° Cancer 27′
Lunar Aug 6 20090:3913° Aquarius 43′
Lunar Dec 31 200919:2110° Cancer 15′

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2010

Solar Jan 15 20107:0625° Capricorn 01′
Lunar Jun 26 201011:3704° Capricorn 46′
Solar Jul 11 201019:3319° Cancer 24′
Lunar Dec 21 20108:1629° Gemini 21′

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20011

Solar Jan 4 20118:4913° Capricorn 38′
Solar Jun 1 201121:1511° Gemini 02′
Lunar Jun 15 201120:1124° Sagittarius 23′
Solar Jul 1 20118:3809° Cancer 12′
Solar Nov 25 20116:2002° Sagittarius 37′
Lunar Dec 10 201114:3118° Gemini 11′

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2012

Solar May 20 201223:5200° Gemini 21′
Lunar Jun 4 201211:0314° Sagittarius 14′
Solar Nov 13 201222:1221° Scorpio 57′
Lunar Nov 28 201214:3306° Gemini 46′

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2013

Lunar Apr 25 201320:0605° Scorpio 46′
Solar May 10 20130:2419° Taurus 31′
Lunar May 25 20134:0904° Sagittarius 07′
Lunar Oct 18 201323:4925° Aries 46′
Solar Nov 3 201312:4611° Scorpio 16′

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2014

Lunar Apr 15 20147:4525° Libra 16′
Solar Apr 29 20146:0208° Taurus 51′
Lunar Oct 8 201410:5315° Aries 05′
Solar Oct 23 201421:4400° Scorpio 25′

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2015

Solar Mar 20 20159:36 am29° Pisces 27′
Lunar Apr 4 201512:0014° Libra 24′
Solar Sep 13 20156:41 am20° Virgo 10′
Lunar Sep 28 20152:4704° Aries 40′

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2016

Solar Mar 9 20161:54 am18° Pisces 56′
Lunar Mar 23 201612:01 pm3° Libra 17′
Solar Sep 1 20169:03 am9° Virgo 21′
Lunar Sep 16 20167:05 pm24° Pisces 20′

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2017

Lunar Feb 11 201712:33 am22° Leo 28′
Solar Feb 26 20172:58 pm8° Pisces 12′
Lunar Aug 7 20176:11 pm15° Aquarius 25′
Solar Aug 21 20176:30 pm28° Leo 53′

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2018

Lunar Jan 31 20181:27 pm11° Leo 37′
Solar Feb 15 20189:05 pm27° Aquarius 08′
Solar Jul 13 20182:48 am20° Cancer 41′
Lunar Jul 27 20188:20 pm04° Aquarius 45′
Solar Aug 11 20189:58 am18° Leo 42′

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2019

Solar Jan 6 20191:28 am15° Capricorn 25′
Lunar Jan 21 20195:16 am0° Leo 52′
Solar Jul 02 20197:16 pm10° Cancer 37′
Lunar Jul 16 20199:38 pm24° Capricorn 04′
Solar Dec 26 20195:13 am4° Capricorn 07′

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2020

Lunar Jan 10 20207:21 pm20° Cancer 00′
Lunar Jun 5 20207:12 pm15° Sagittarius 34′
Solar Jun 21 20206:41 am0° Cancer 21′
Lunar Jul 5 20204:44 am13° Capricorn 38′
Lunar Nov 30 20209:30 am8° Gemini 38′
Solar Dec 14 20204:16 pm23° Sagittarius 08′

Image by Cory Verellen. Eclipse tables from Skyscript.co.uk