On average, a set of two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses occur annually.

What is their astrological significance? If you look up any kind of poetry or historical literature on eclipses, much of it tends to be fearful in tone and steeped in dark omens, mainly because it was a scary celestial event for people to go through—with the onslaught of darkness during a daylight hour and winds picking up eerily the moment before the sun blotted out into a fiery ring or else seeing a beautiful evening moon take on a startling red glow.

In contemporary times, the astrological significance of an eclipse is that it marks the part of the year where actions and events tend to speed forward. Think of the old childhood game, “Duck-Duck-Goose.” Whenever an eclipse occurs, usually within the next 30 days, it can feel as if you landed “Goose,” and are up and racing circles around a specific situation. Of course, the coloring of that situation depends on how the eclipse interacts with your birth chart, and its effects typically extend beyond 30 days into the months that follow.

Eclipses tend to generate a turning point, a major development or a crisis. They establish a theme, much like when the curtain rises at a theatre and you gain a glimpse from the scenery and stage props what the current Act will be about.

To differentiate, a Solar Eclipse leans toward growth (as the Moon increases in light) while a Lunar Eclipse indicates a situation that has reached its peak (like the Full Moon) and serves as a point of departure or ending of a matter, as the Moon diminishes in light.

Please note the timing used here is ET, not UT.  Adjust your charts by adding the Delta T to the UT if you’d like to be super-picky, and even then, your timing is not going to be stiletto due to the ‘leap second additions.  The last one was added  12.31.16, and we may see another addition of a second on 12.31.19.


April 2023

  • New Moon, (Solar Hybrid Eclipse), April 20, 2023, 29′ Aries 50″, 12:12 AM EDT

May 2023

  • Full Moon, (Lunar Penumbral Eclipse), May 5, 2023, 14′ Scorpio 58″, 1:34 PM EDT

October 2023

  • New Moon, (Solar Annular Eclipse), October 14, 2023, 21′ Libra 07″, 1:55 PM EDT

  • Full Moon, (Lunar Partial Eclipse), October 28, 2023, 6′ Taurus 09″, 4:24 PM EDT

April 2022

  • New Moon, (Partial Solar Eclipse), April 30, 2022, 10′ Taurus 28″, 20:29 ET

May 2022

  • Full Moon, (Total Lunar Eclipse), May 16, 2022, 25′ Scorpio 18″, 4:15 ET

October 2022

  • New Moon, (Partial Solar Eclipse), October 25, 2022, 2′ Scorpio 00″, 10:50 ET

November 2022

  • Full Moon, (Total Lunar Eclipse), November 8, 2022, 16′ Scorpio 01″, 11:03 ET

May 2021

  • Full Moon, (Total Lunar Eclipse) May 25, 2021, 5′ Sadge 26″, 11:20 ET

June 2021

  • New Moon, (Annular Solar Eclipse) June 10, 2021, 19′ Gemini 47″, 10:43:05 ET

November 2021

  • Full Moon, (Partial Lunar Eclipse) November 19, 2021, 27′ Taurus 14″, 8:59 ET

December 2021

  • New Moon, (Total Solar Eclipse) December 4, 2021, 12′ Sagittarius 22″, 7:34:36 ET

January 2020

  • Full Moon, (Annular Lunar Eclipse), January 10, 2020, 20′ Cancer  00″, 19:11 ET (Ephemeris Time)

June 2020

  • Full Moon, (Annular Lunar Eclipse) June 5, 2020, 15′ Sagittarius 34″, 19:26 ET (Ephemeris Time)

  • New Moon, (Annular Solar Eclipse) June 21, 2020, 0′ Cancer 21″, 6:41:15 ET

July 2020

  • Full Moon, (Annular Lunar Eclipse) July 5, 2020, 13′ Capricorn 38″, 4:31 ET

November 2020

  • Full Moon, (Annular Lunar Eclipse) November 30, 2020, 8′ Gemini 38″, 9:44 ET

December 2020

  • New Moon, (Total Solar Eclipse) December 14, 2020, 23′ Sagittarius 08″, 16:14:38 ET

  • Total Eclipses occur every 18 months on average and will reoccur in a specific geographic coordinates only once every 360-410 years, with the exception of Carbondale, Illinois, which saw a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 and will see another on April 8, 2024.

  • Interestingly, it’s well known fact in neurosurgery that there is a greater potential for intracranial aneurysm rupture during the new moon phase.  Study #1, Study #2

  • During a lunar eclipse, when the earth’s shadow falls over the moon, the moon’s surface undergoes a thermal shock as the temperature drops dramatically within a span of 30 minutes without the heat of the sun.

  • The word “syzygy” (pronounced “siz-eh-jee”) is the term for when any three planetary bodies line up in space. So when the earth, sun and moon align, that word is applicable,  and it derives from the Greek word syzgia, which means “yoked together.”

  • Immediate before and after a total solar eclipse, shadow bands or “shadow snakes” appear as light passes through turbulent cells of air in the atmosphere. This is the same effect that causes stars to “twinkle.”

  • A solar eclipse would occur monthly if the Moon’s orbit wasn’t angled five degrees toward the Earth’s orbit.

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