5 Things You Need to Know About Lunar Eclipses

Posted on February 08, 2017

We’re usually in awe of lunar eclipses. Even though there’s a scientific explanation for them, we still have that primeval sense of wonder when it comes to these celestial phenomena and how they influence our world.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth orbits between the Moon and the Sun. The moon doesn’t have any light of its own—it’s illuminated by the light of the sun. When the Earth gets in the way, then the Moon is plunged into darkness.

A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon, and while all full Moons are intense, that intensity skyrockets when there is a lunar eclipse. You can tune into the energy and get a lunar eclipse working to your advantage.

Eclipses happen to other planets too (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune all have moons) but we tend to get a bit twitterpated with them down here on Earth. Here are some things you need to know about lunar eclipses.

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Lunar Eclipses Deal with Changes

Eclipses usually herald the start of something significant. Remember that even though events are set in motion during the eclipse, you may not realize it for weeks to come.

If it’s not happening directly to you, then it will be happening to someone close to you and could bring influence into your life that way.

A lunar eclipse brings changeable energy has the potential to make you a bit nervous, and sometimes you won’t really understand what you’ve been through until you’re able to look back on it in hindsight.

Whatever the eclipse brings to you, you won’t be able to undo it and go back to the way that things were. You have to go forward, and if you find that you don’t like the new path, you can always change it.

Lunar eclipses bring the start of the endings. You’ll are going forward into what’s yet to come, rather than backward into your old life. You’ll have to deal with nostalgia and sentiment over what you’re leaving behind.

Lunar Eclipses Can Expose People and Situations

Lunar eclipses tend to highlight emotional issues, and that includes your relationship with yourself and other people. You could find out that someone’s not everything you think they are.

It’s hurtful to find out that people are disingenuous, or that loved ones have let you down. If this happens to you, offer up a prayer of gratitude. You’ve been saved from future disappointment, and that’s a blessing in the long run.

Lunar eclipses will also have an impact on your emotional health—particularly if it falls on or opposite your birthday, or at the quarter points between the two. You might have to face things about yourself that you’d rather keep hidden.

It also might manifest itself physically. Stress is a particular pain, simply because the energies of the Full Moon are going to be so intense during the eclipse.

Try not to get too worked up about things, though, because that will just exasperate them. Instead, know that this is a possibility, and take extra steps to stay relaxed and calm. This doesn’t have to adversely affect you.

Lunar Eclipses Can Remove People from Your Life

If you’ve been struggling to keep a relationship alive, if you’ve been trying to let a friend down gently, if you’ve been at odds with a co-worker, the eclipse can take care of this situation for you.

With a lunar eclipse, the person that may leave your life is usually a woman. In astrology, the Moon represents feminine energy. Of course, there are exceptions to every generalization.

The separation doesn’t have to be a big emotional, dramatic, ordeal. Although it could be because emotions are after all going to be heightened during a lunar eclipse. It could be a mutual decision to let the relationship go.

One or both of you could realize that it’s time to move on, gets transferred to another area. If you sense the end of a relationship brewing, don’t go looking for trouble. Pause, and see how things unfold.

Your Birthday is Influenced by Lunar Eclipses

If an eclipse falls on or near your birthday, then the following year is going to be noteworthy for you. There will be big changes, you can expect those changes to involve feelings and relationships.

It probably won’t be anything traumatic. It will seem like the natural evolution of things, leaving the old behind, and bringing a situation to a close that which no longer serves a purpose in your life.

If you have your birth chart, pay attention to where your natal Moon and your rising sign are located. If the eclipse makes an aspect to your Moon, then expect a double emphasis on emotional issues.

If it makes an aspect to your ascendant sign (and you’ll have to know your time and place of birth as well as the date to calculate that) the eclipse could very well kick off a chain reaction in your life.

It can remove a lot of emotional baggage from your life so that new and more appropriate people and relationships can find their way to you.

The Zodiac Sign Where a Lunar Eclipse Falls Matters

The zodiac sign where a lunar eclipse falls is significant, simply because of the geometry involved. Eclipses that occur within the same element as your own sign are usually helpful and bring positive situations to you.

For example, if you’re a Virgo, and the lunar eclipse happens in Taurus or Capricorn, then it should be a harmonious experience because these are the earth signs of the zodiac and you are compatible with this element.

The same goes for the fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), the air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), and the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pises).

Knowing your primal triad (the position of the Sun, Moon, and the ascendant sign) will greatly increase your understanding of how the eclipse will influence you.

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Some things to keep in mind for a lunar eclipse: be aware of your birth chart and monitor your responses to people and situations. Above all, be aware that a lunar eclipse is going to trigger feelings and emotions.

You may not be thinking clearly, so don’t make any hasty decisions during this time. You may not be able to see all sides of the situation, or your heart may try to overrule your head.

Lunar eclipses can bring closure to the past, and set you up for better things to come. They have to be approached with a patience and understanding if you’re going to get the most out of what they have to offer.

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs.