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Each month, we can depend on the moon’s consistent cycle: the velvety darkness of the new moon, the vivid illumination of the full moon, and all the phases in between containing divine intuition. But every so often, the moon’s orbit creates a powerful alignment with the sun, forming a potent lunation known as an eclipse.
In science class, an eclipse is an excuse to go outside and wear funny glasses. In astrology, however, eclipses are known for being drama queens. Both solar and lunar eclipses (and we'll talk about how they differ) bring massive shake-ups and surprises, and some occultists actually suggest staying inside to avoid the stress. 2020 brings many eclipses. This is your survival guide.
What is an eclipse?
Eclipses are dynamic cosmic occurrences that activate the lunar nodes. Simply put, the moon glides across an elliptical that is constantly rotating around the zodiac. The highest and lowest points of this orbit correspond with the lunar nodes, which appear in our birth charts as south and north nodes. The south and north nodes, often referred to as the Nodes of Fate, symbolize our past and future — our karmic pathway. Accordingly, eclipses activate these nodes within our birth charts, illuminating our destiny. So, yeah, they're a pretty big deal.
But even though eclipses are major, they’re actually not that rare. In fact, each year, there are between three and seven eclipses and they often occur in clusters. A nearly two-year-long eclipse series began on July 13, 2018 that will be electrifying the Cancer-Capricorn axis, shifting our public perception of safety (symbolized by Cancer) and authority (represented by Capricorn) — sounds about right, doesn’t it? The final eclipse on this axis will occur on July 5–6, 2020, when a total lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn concludes this two-year cycle. However, that's not the only date this year that's important to circle in your calendar.
2020 also brings a series of eclipses upon the Gemini-Sagittarius axis, starting with a lunar eclipse on June 5, 2020, in Sagittarius. Venus retrograde is also occupying Gemini during this time, a retrograde which makes activity surrounding beauty, love, and money a bit trickier. Gemini is a chatty air sign, and Sagittarius is an adventurous fire sign. These eclipses upon this axis will push us to become more curious and push us to take risks and choose adventure over fear.