Common Misconceptions — How Eclipses Work in Astrology + Magic
For as much attention as Eclipses get, they aren’t very well understood – mechanically or magically. Here are some of the most common misunderstandings or blind spots I encounter about Eclipses:
On a Technical Level
- Eclipses always occur on what would already be the New Moon or a Full Moon, so saying things like “The Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius” is redundant. What occurred on January 5th was simply a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn. The next Eclipse, on January 20th, will be a Lunar Eclipse in Leo.
- Eclipses generally occur in pairs on what would be the Full or New Moons falling within a certain degree of the Nodes. The Lunar Nodes, or Head and Tail of the Dragon, are actually points of calculation for where Eclipses will take place. This is part of why the Nodes moving from one house to another means something in your chart – it’s where the next sets of Eclipses will start hitting your life. They normally happen on a single sign axis, but in this case the first Eclipse was in Capricorn and the one on July 20th will be in Leo. This is because the nodes are in the late degrees of Cancer-Capricorn and that particular Full Moon happens in the first degree of Leo.There are also rare cycles where there are 3 Eclipses in a row, such as in the summer of 2018.
- There are two weeks between when each set of Eclipses occur, the amount of time between any other New and Full Moon. Austin Coppock refers to this period as The Bardo, since effects from this time are often disruptive, excessively still, or even surreal.
On a Magical Level
- Eclipses are not good times to do any standard Lunar of Solar work, on a mundane or magical level. Their real-time energies are life-averse and toxic. Eclipses are the OG bad celestial omen. This is especially true when it is visible over any given geographical area. Think about the Great American eclipse from August 2017. Is America great again?
Do NOT make a Solar of Lunar talisman during an Eclipse. It won’t be good for normal Solar or Lunar things, in fact, it will destroy their desirable qualities. This much is obvious by the fact that the light they carry is blotted out, which is the defining point of the event. The Sun and Moon derive their power from the amount and quality of light they radiate or carry. Eclipses are an assault on that light, making them malefic events.
Many a magician has fallen victim to their astrological ignorance by talismanifying or working an Eclipse, because they think the drama, coolness, and rarity are all the matters.
Eclipses are malefic events for the Sun and Moon. The only thing you want to use Eclipses for is destroying, cursing, or banishing – but be warned, because you’ll likely need to channel it to direct it, especially if care isn’t taken to remediate, and it’s not good for you.
Eclipses frequently manifest in the body in the form of eye issues, headaches, sinus issues, ear aches, and sore throats (the head of the dragon) and nausea, digestive upsets, the runs or constipation (the tail of the dragon).
To remediate Eclipses, the Vedic tradition offers many mantras for Ketu and Rahu. The upcoming Eclipse in Leo on January 20th is on the latter, also called the North Node, or Head of the Dragon. We often listen to the mantras on YouTube during the live Eclipse window. Taking salt baths is also recommended.
If you would like to upgrade your Eclipse understanding, here is a 4-series recorded class called Here There Be Dragons: Nodes and Eclipses.
Do you have an Eclipse magic or Eclipse talisman story? Or know someone else’s? Share it on social media with the hashtag #eclipsemagicstories or #eclipsestories.