There are two eclipses this month. The first is a total lunar eclipse on October 8th beginning 8.15 am Universal Time. This eclipse reaches its peak at 10.54am Universal Time. It will be visible in the Americas and Asia.
The second eclipse is a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd beginning at 7.37 pm Universal Time. This eclipse will reach its peak at 9.44 pm Universal Time and will be visible in North America.
First of all, let’s address the question “what is the difference between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse?”. Then we will address the question “what does an eclipse mean in the context of my life?”.
Eclipses occur when the earth, Sun, and Moon form a straight line. During a solar eclipse, the light of the Sun is blocked out as the Moon passes between the earth and the Sun. During a lunar eclipse, the reflective light of the Moon is extinguished as the earth passes between the Sun and Moon. In either case, light is eliminated. The effect of a solar eclipse lasts one year for each hour of the eclipse’s duration (usually about 3.5 years). The effect of a lunar eclipse varies in duration. Knowing when significant planets later transit over the eclipse point is key to chart interpretation.
An eclipse indicates what in your life needs to be changed. It is like an alarm signal telling you where to focus. This depends on its location within your natal chart (the natal chart delineates the soul or astral body which resides on the astral plane). It literally changes the manner in which you receive the energies or rays of the planets.
It is particularly significant when an eclipse occurs on or very near to one of your planets. As an example, Martha Stewart experienced an eclipse at a powerful point in her chart just before she fell from grace in 2003.
It is important to distinguish between eclipses that occur at the North Node of the Moon or the South Node of the Moon. The
North Node enables energy to enter life, whereas the South Node allows energy to exit. Two very different things…
The first eclipse this month is a South Node lunar eclipse which usually creates endings. The later partial solar eclipse is a different animal: a North Node solar eclipse indicating beginnings…
The first eclipse occurs at 15 degrees Aries (Moon) and 15 degrees Libra (Sun). If you do have a planet at or within a couple of degrees of these points, check it out more thoroughly. You should also investigate the eclipse further if it opposes or squares a planet in your natal chart. The second eclipse occurs at 0 degrees Scorpio.
Always remember that an eclipse is one of many astrological indicators in your chart. To get the full picture, you have to look at all of the details.
The next eclipse carrying huge global significance occurs in 2020. More about that in time…