Eclipses happen every six months due to a tight alignment with Sun, Moon, Earth and the Nodes.
A Lunar Eclipse always coincides with a Full Moon (the Moon is eclipsed) and a Solar Eclipse with a New Moon (the Sun is eclipsed). There are different levels to which the sun or moon can be eclipsed – annular, penumbral, partial, total – all of which affect us, but usually total eclipses are the strongest.
When two (or three) eclipses happen together within the same four to six week span, it’s called an eclipse season. Eclipse seasons happen six months apart, so twice a year.
Crossroads, Endings & Beginnings
Given the involvement of the Nodes, eclipses are crossroads times. Sometimes the crossroads can be quite tiny; other times monumental. It’s as if the soul resets itself and reorients its direction.
Eclipses bring a sense of endings and beginnings. Some endings might seem minor and happen in our own emotional decisions and habits, e.g. releasing an outdated attitude and implementing a better one. Other endings are obvious and quite major. We each have our own rhythms and timing; how major an eclipse is for you depends on how it’s affecting your astrology.
Lights Switched Off and On
It can feel as if momentarily the lights have gone out and when they’re switched back on we see something differently. Eclipses are often intuitive opportunities to sit and feel into the emotional multi-threads of past, present, future.
Sometimes, like lights switched on at a surprise party, life throws us a celebration as if the soul has completed a task, and new connections are on offer.
The hidden soul side to eclipses makes them quite fascinating. We often get a feeling that change is in the air, and see destiny at play in our own and others’ lives.