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Eclipses: A Celestial Show in Light and Shadow
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by Rebecca Brents

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lunar eclipse

A celestial sensation

Eclipses have long been viewed with wariness and caution. They are, for certain, visually impressive events. If you ever have the chance to see one, it's worth the effort. But if you missed the latest one, never fear. There will be others!

Eclipses also seem to foretell changes and developments far more momentous than those predicted by an ordinary lunation. Their reach is also deeper and lasts longer -- 6 months or more -- compared to the 4 - 5 weeks of a New Moon's power and the 2 weeks of a Full Moon's sway.

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A visual display as awesome and mysterious
as its metaphysical meaning

The predictions made based on eclipses have usually depicted them as dark omens, harbingers of significant change in the course of history for nations as well as individuals. In practical reality, however, the events that unravel after an eclipse are unique and intriguing.

Eclipses seem to foreshadow events whose true significance can be understood only in hindsight. The catalyst that brings on the momentous consequences may seem insignificant at the time, even negligible. It can also take place, like the eclipse itself, "in the dark."

It can be something so remote and disconnected from the ultimate results that it does, indeed, take hindsight, perspective, time and a deliberate effort to trace the chain of cause and effect -- and understand how one small change ... even something casual or accidental ... set off a chain reaction that eventually made an important difference to all whose lives it touched.

It's this oddity that gives eclipse-related outcomes their grand feeling of "fated-ness" -- but always in retrospect. The start of it hinges on coincidence -- or something breath-takingly inconsequential.

So, when eclipses come, don't hold your breath and wait for a mighty eruption. It's far more likely that something somewhere way beyond your immediate knowledge ... or some decision made thoughtlessly, carelessly ... is cooking up a new set of circumstances for you somewhere.

They'll make themselves known to you by and by. Obviously some events can alter your life permanently, indefinitely, and so it's hard to say just where the outer boundary of an eclipse and its influence lies.

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Foretelling choice and change

I see eclipses as a moment when you come to a fork in the trail you're hiking. You're totally free to take whichever one you choose, but once you start walking again, the possibilities of the road not taken are permanently foreclosed.

Yes, moments like that can change the course of a life. But moments like that occur routinely every day. The ones foretold by eclipses come wrapped in exactly that kind of ordinary feeling. Only as the ripples grow can you see the connection between what you did and what it meant.

The greatest effects come when the eclipse closely aspects a planet in your Natal Chart. Conjunctions work best, but squares work, too. And in the case of a Solar Eclipse, an opposition can also come into play.

An orb of aspect around 3° is also nice to have if you're expecting -- or hoping for -- a significant change. Without all this coming together, the chances of something definite and dramatic shaking the stability of your life get pretty watered down.

But what an eclipse will do is set up a series of events, question marks, occurrences that keep your attention fixed firmly on the affairs of the house or houses which held the Sun / Moon pair, either conjunct with the New Moon or in the opposition of a Full Moon face-off.

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Eclipses -- Special Alignments between -- The Sun, The Moon and The Earth -- for those who like their Astrology straight-up and hard core ---> An eclipse -- why it happens -- In ancient times, eclipses were viewed with fear and wariness -- since they were imperfectly understood. But even today, when we fully understand the cause of eclipses ... and can predict their appearances years in advance, there's still a definite ambivalence -- even among astrologers -- about this peculiar, visually stunning astronomical phenomenon.

What's the Difference Between -- A Solar and a Lunar Eclipse? -- Different Issues ... Different Requests for Your Attention ---> The physics of it -- A Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the sunlight from view for a short time. ( Earth ---> Moon ---> Sun ) A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun blocking sunlight so that it cannot reflect off the surface of the Moon. (Moon Earth Sun )

What Is a Conjunction? ---> Conjunctions are aspects in astrology where the planets or elements involved occupy approximately the same degree and minute of arc in the Zodiac. (In practice, an "orb of aspect" of 8 - 10 degrees is still considered a valid conjunction.)

The Moon in General -- Your Inner Self of Feelings, Emotions and Intuition ---> Welcome to your inner world -- In Astrology, The Moon represents our inner feelings, our emotions ... and our deep security needs. It reflects our basic habits, instincts and automatic reactions. It speaks to some elements of our Karma and childhood home, our upbringing, family background and specifically our relationship with our mother (or major mother figure from the past.)

Shadows in the Moonlight -- The Full Moon and its Testy Temper ---> The Sun Opposing The Moon -- Who you are now vs. who you used to be -- The aspect of the Sun opposing the Moon is the classic celestial phenomenon the rest of the world calls The Full Moon. In Astrology, The Full Moon symbolically highlights tension between two conflicting desires, ambitions, requirements, or sets of values -- each a respected and necessary part of life, and each somehow problematic for the other.

The Fractiousness and Fracture Lines of the Full Moon -- The crisis is predictable. It happens every month. ---> One of life's great divides -- All Full Moons involve some kind of conflict. Usually, as the Full Moon forms ... and for several nights following, you feel pulled in two directions at once, required to try and serve two masters ... no matter how impossible you know that is logically. Life's demands in two opposing / competing areas become equally demanding and intense.

The New Moon -- A Milestone Celestial Event ---> When The Moon joins The Sun in the sky -- In astrology, the celestial phenomenon known as the New Moon occurs at the exact moment the Sun and the Moon occupy precisely the same point in the sky-map of the Zodiac -- the same degree and minute of arc in a particular sign.

Conjunctions of the Sun -- When the Essential Self Merges with Another Inner Self ---> When the Sun and another Inner Self join forces -- Conjunctions involving the Sun merge the Sun's symbolism of self-image, creative effort, personal pride and initiative with whatever the other planet (or planets) symbolize. These two are then joined together as a unit.

The Sun in General -- Your Essential Self of Power, Will, Vitality and Ambition ---> The essence of you -- In Astrology, The Sun represents your basic core identity. It gives information about the qualities of your ego, your individual self-expression, your self-image and your sense of personal identity.

The Sun -- Ruler of Leo -- Symbol of Your Essential Self ---> The Sun, without which life on Earth could not exist as we know it, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's basic personality, the underlying canvas upon which all the other colors and elements of his character are co-mingled and combined. The Sun and its meaning are the centerpiece in the structure of Astrology.

What Do Sun Aspects Show? -- The Presence and Behavior of Your Inner Selves ---> All aspects to the Sun affect how the person, entity or event you're examining expresses itself ... and how it is perceived. If you have aspects to the Sun in your Natal Chart -- and chances are you do, an unaspected Sun is rare but not impossible -- it shows influences from your family of Inner Selves that affect your self expression.

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