5 Things You Need to Know About Lunar Eclipses

Posted on November 22, 2020

A person looks at a lunar eclipse through a telescope.

Have you ever experienced the beauty, the magic, and the splendor of a Lunar eclipse? Whether you’ve viewed this magnificent sight for yourself or felt the powerful, potent celestial energy that accompanies this phenomenon, it’s impossible to deny the mystery and the mystical nature of the enigmatic Lunar eclipse.

While science can easily explain the ins and outs of a Lunar eclipse, there’s a primordial, primeval part of our human nature that can’t help but bask in the awe and the wonder of such a thrilling Lunar occurrence.

On a scientific level, a Lunar eclipse happens when the Earth orbits between the Moon and the Sun.

On its own, the Moon does not actually provide any light – it is illuminated by the glowing light of the life-giving Sun. And when the Earth gets in the way of this shining light, the Moon dances into darkness.

Let’s explore more about these magical occurrences.

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

Lunar eclipses can only occur during the Full Moon, bringing even more intensity to an already powerful astrological transit.

All Full Moons bring fierce, energetic waves to our periphery. Still, when the Full Moon is combined with a Lunar eclipse, you are met with the energy that has the potential to shine a light on any hidden information or feelings lying beneath the surface.

And if you learn to use this energy to your advantage, you can expect some incredible emotional and psychological healing during this transit.

While eclipses happen to other planets – like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, which all have moons of their own – it is the Lunar eclipse that occurs here on Earth that seems to stir up our energetic juices to create a unique astrological cocktail.

Don’t forget to read: 5 Law of Attraction Tips to Make New & Full Moon Wishes Come True

5 Things You Need to Know About Lunar Eclipses

1. Lunar Eclipses Signal Transformation

Eclipses tend to indicate the start of something significant, something new. Events are set into motion during a Lunar eclipse that signals individual transformation, although these transformations may not be made manifest for a few weeks or even a month.

You may even notice that these changes are not happening directly to you but the world around you. Something may be shifting for someone or something around you that might influence you in the long run.

Just as the Full Moon brings powerful energy that can feel overwhelming at times, the Lunar eclipse’s energy can make us feel anxious or nervous. That’s why it’s so important to understand the effects of a Lunar eclipse. If you can prepare yourself for transformation and learn to breathe through the anxiety, you’ll begin the trust the Universe and its plan for you.

2. Lunar Eclipses Shine a Light

Some of the transformations we experience in life require endings so they can begin to take shape, and a Lunar eclipse may expose situations or relationships that you need to release before you can evolve.

While the light of the Full Moon may not be visible during a Lunar eclipse, this transit is just as skilled at exposing certain elements of your life that need your attention. This can include bad habits, toxic relationships, buried emotions, and situations that are no longer serving your growth and balance as an individual.

You may realize that someone in your life is not exactly who they appear to be, which can be a painful realization. What is important is that you don’t take this disappointment personally and remember that the Universe is protecting you and guiding you toward the path you’re meant to be on.

3. Lunar Eclipses Connect to Health

A Lunar eclipse can have an impact on both your emotional and physical wellbeing – especially if it happens to fall on or opposite your birthday or at the quarter points between each two.

You may have to face certain aspects that you’ve been hiding from yourself, things that you’d prefer to keep hidden.

Buried emotions may come spilling forth during a Lunar eclipse, so you must plan on utilizing a particular outlet during this time – whether that’s writing, drawing, ritual work, crystal healing, Tarot, or astrology. There are many activities you can choose from that will help you remain calm and grounded when faced with these big feelings and emotions.

This energy may also manifest itself in a physical manner, from muscle tension to physical pain in a certain part of the body. Meditation and yoga are excellent ways to keep your body balanced and harmonized during this transit. Take care of your sacred vessel right now.

Learn more about creating your own unique meditation practice: The Best Meditation for Your Zodiac Sign

4. Lunar Eclipses May Clear a Path

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There may be people or relationships removed from your life to make room for bigger and better things during a Lunar eclipse. If you’ve been having issues with a friend, co-worker, partner, or family member, the eclipse may swoop in to let you know that this relationship is no longer meant to be.

With a Lunar eclipse, this person is often a woman, as the Moon represents feminine energy.

This separation does not have to be emotional or dramatic, even with the heightened emotions inherent in this transit. In fact, the decision to end this connection may be mutual and even amicable.

Perhaps each of you realizes that it’s time to move on, time to give one another the space they need to grow and flourish.

This is not, however, an excuse to go looking for trouble in your relationships. You don’t have to scrutinize your connections, as the Moon will provide exactly the information you need to make an informed, respectful decision.

5. The Zodiac Sign the Lunar Eclipse Falls Under Matters

Each eclipse occurs in a certain sign, whether it’s a Lunar or a Solar eclipse. And when an eclipse occurs in your sign or even a sign that shares a common ruling element, that specific eclipse tends to have a particularly beneficial impact on your life.

For instance, the next Lunar eclipse we’ll experience will be in the sign of Gemini, meaning that Air signs in general – Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius – and Geminis, in particular, will benefit most from this eclipse.

Understanding your primal triad – your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs – will give you a better idea of your chart’s most prominent placements and their corresponding ruling elements.

Learn more by reading: Sun, Moon, & Rising: Understanding Your Primal Triad

What Happens if the Lunar Eclipse Falls on or Near My Birthday?

If the Lunar eclipse occurs on or near your birthday, you can expect this to be a significant year for you. There will be big, positive changes in your life during the following year, many of which may involve personal relationships and your own feelings and emotions.

Don’t expect anything traumatic, as these changes – while potentially challenging – are making room for wonderful experiences in your life.

The evolution of things in your life will flow naturally, and any situations that aren’t bringing you closer to your purpose will naturally fall away. It’s important that you try not to cling to anything, whether a relationship or a professional position, this year. Let the Universe roll out the red carpet to your future, and trust that your path is unfolding as it should.

If you can access your birth chart, pay special attention to the locations of your Rising sign and your natal Moon. If the eclipse in question is aspecting your Moon, prepare yourself for amplified emphasis on emotional issues.

If, however, the eclipse is making an aspect to your Rising sign, it may very well signal a chain reaction in your life, leading to big opportunities and changes.

When is the Next Lunar Eclipse?

The next Lunar eclipse that we’ll grow and learn from takes place on November 30th, 2020, in the sign of Gemini.

While the Lunar eclipse may only occur over the course of one evening, its effects can be felt for 48 hours before and after it takes place.

How to Make the Most of the Lunar Eclipse

There are a few things to keep in mind when met with the energy of a Lunar eclipse, and when you hold these thoughts in your consciousness, it will be much easier to flow through this transit with ease and harmony.

The first thing to be aware of is that a Lunar eclipse can cause heavy feelings and trigger buried emotions, which means that misunderstandings and conflicts with others are possible. Try to stay patient with those you love, as well as yourself, during this time.

This transit can also signal brain fog and mental confusion, making it more difficult to make decisions and focus on work. It can be difficult to see a certain situation clearly, so it’s best to avoid making big or life-changing decisions until after this energy has passed.

And finally, your trust in the Universe is crucial right now.

Lunar eclipses can bring a sense of closure to past situations, setting yourself up for better things to come. You’ll need to approach life with a sense of patience and understanding right now, reminding yourself that even difficult moments will lead to a better, more fulfilling future.

Any eclipse, but especially a Lunar eclipse, is an excellent time for transformation, growth, and manifestation – especially if you learn how to work with this energy correctly.

Try performing a Moon ritual during the Lunar eclipse to help yourself align to the celestial, powerful energies of this unique lunar phase. Be patient with yourself and your surroundings, as the seeds of change are being sown.

Bask in the magical essence of the Lunar eclipse to help your dreams come true!

Related article: How to Make Moon Water for Full Moon Rituals

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